Posts by Joe Patrice
How many Cooley alumni can you name? One will be all over TV for the next week or so.
Yesterday we learned that the CSOL Board believes it’s the responsibility of faculty to save the school. The faculty
Some lawyers are best-served beavering away in the firm where they have worked since law school. For most legal careers, though, there come inflection points where a change of job can open a whole new world of opportunity. Recognizing whether your career has reached such an inflection point, and then knowing whom to trust to help […]
Defendants can get a little salty after sentencing. This one got slapped with an extra 5 years in the slammer for his outbursts.
* The NFLPA is appealing the 4-game suspension Tom Brady received in the wake of the Wells Report. It’s more probable than not that he’ll lose. [CNN]
* Lawyer tackles his own client trying to flee the courtroom. Great, now litigators have to start worrying about the long-term effect of concussions. [Legal Cheek]
* The Wright Brothers: The Original Patent Trolls. [Concurring Opinions]
* Are you into spy thrillers? What about lengthy treatises on standing? Well, then you’re in luck. [Dorf on Law]
* The jury is deliberating on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fate in the Boston bombing trial [Law and More]
* The final two items both focus on agricultural regulations. First, a look back at the life of Roscoe Filburn, the wheat farmer at the center of Wickard v. Filburn. Now I’ll never not see Homer Simpson when I think of that case. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* Second, if you aren’t following the raisins takings case, basically the government takes a share of the annual raisin crop for its own use… without compensating the growers. Put aside the constitutionality, that’s startlingly inefficient when the government encourages farmers to shift away from a crop the government needs. Here’s a video about the farmers at the center of the case. [YouTube]
Charleston is nearing the end of the line.
* The New Jersey legislature is considering a law decriminalizing slingshots. Finally, New Jersey’s leaders looked at a map and realized the word “Philadelphia” looks suspiciously like “Philistines.” [NJ.com]
* The case for drone-based graffiti. People have complained of drones invading the privacy of innocents for a while now and nothing’s happened. Now that drones can deface corporate property, what do you bet regulation comes fast and furious. [The Legal Artist]
* Over a quarter of Harvard Law grads don’t practice law. [Tax Prof Blog]
* Sentencing reform may be coming, but that’s not going to keep private prison companies from raking in the cash. [Sentencing Law and Policy]
* Professor Campos on the role of government subsidies on the rising cost of higher education. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* A legal analysis of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Apparently creating a genocidal death machine is not frowned upon as much in the Marvel Universe as it might be here. [Law and the Multiverse]
Yeesh, tell your associate to be better in bed 5 or 6 times and next thing you know they’re suing you.
Studies have found that 63 million Americans qualify for Legal Services Corporation-funded civil legal assistance. These lower-income persons may have serious legal needs, and when they do they completely mess up the courts smooth operations. In a survey of trial judges, more than 60% of the judges reported that unrepresented litigants had errors in procedure. 78% […]
* Lindsay Lohan is heading back to community service. This time someone decided the party girl should be helping out at a preschool. She’s apparently working down the block from me so I’ll keep my eyes out. [Jezebel]
* Exploring the labor issues involved in ESPN’s
hasty and pettyconsidered decision to fire Bill Simmons because he is willing to speak honestly about Roger Goodell. [PrawfsBlawg]
* Whoa. Vermont State Senator arrested late last week accused of raping three women. One of the alleged victims was a 15-year-old intern at the time. And then the court released the victims’ contact information in direct violation of a judge’s order. [VT Digger]
* Next time you’re in Yellowstone, be careful what you do with your photos: Wyoming just made it illegal to give them to a government agency lest they use the photos to figure out how badly Wyoming is poisoning the environment. Rationality! [Slate]
* Meanwhile, Native Americans are both underrepresented and ignored in the profession. [The National Law Journal]
* Staci spoke with Nicole Abboud about Women in the Law. [The Gen Why Lawyer]
When you think your lunch date gave you herpes, you know whose fault that is… the dating service, of course.
The man who killed Trayvon Martin was injured in an altercation this afternoon.
* “Representing Yourself? Not Too Smart. Calling The Prosecutor a Nazi? Brilliant!” More “pro sanity.” [Legal Juice]
* After the resounding Tory victory yesterday, let’s check in on the UK to see what it means for the legal landscape. Oh, it’s going to be the end of legal aid lawyers. That sounds about right. [Legal Cheek]
* Speaking of Staci’s wedding invitee, here’s a new interview with Justice Ginsburg. New question: will interviewers ever get tired of asking her about the “Notorious RBG” moniker? She needs to start responding with “Asked and Answered!” [Moment]
* Professor Steven Lubet explains why Pamela Geller is not morally responsible for the Texas attack. It’s like Palsgraf for morality. [The New Republic]
* The 2015 Rising Stars list. Do you know one of the 50 young lawyers on this list? [New York Law Journal]
* What’s wrong with an alternative holding every now and again? [Concurring Opinions]
* Immigration is magically complex — the same administration crafted two executive actions unilaterally and still managed to make them conflict, as noted by Laura Murray-Tjan. [Huffington Post]
* Even as clients rail against it, the billable hour is still the key to Biglaw billing, according to Kent Zimmermann of the Zeughauser Group. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]
Imagine playing top-flight basketball during your 1L year.
* For Mad Men fans: Have you wondered how the show is getting away with making real-life ad agency McCann Erickson sound like a hellhole? [The Legal Artist]
* The hell? An aide to California AG Kamala Harris was arrested for serving as “chief deputy director” of a rogue police department. That claims to be descended from the Knights Templar. And run by the Freemasons. The conspiracy is real, my friends. [Slate]
* Catholic priest dubbed “Monsignor Meth” sentenced to 5 years for running a drug ring. This may be an obvious point, but in the grand scheme of “crimes committed by Roman Catholic priests” this really isn’t so bad. Unless kids were paying for meth the way… well, they sometimes pay for meth. [NBC Connecticut]
* Nobody wants to throw children to the wolves, but current child support laws are less about helping kids and more about throwing poor parents in jail when they can’t afford to pay money they don’t have. [LFC 360]
* The Goebbels estate is seeking royalties for biographies about the Nazi propagandist, giving new meaning to the term “IP Troll.” [Inside Higher Ed]
* Fascinating. All the cool stuff you can do now that the U.S. Code is published as structured data. If you like your statutes in cool graphs, this is for you. [Concurring Opinions]
* RIP Richard Bartlett, who helped bring the New York courts into unity. He was 89. [New York Law Journal]
The always entertaining Judge Richard Kopf opines on the biggest case in his local courthouse.
A federal judge cites the TV sitcom “Friends” to kick off her latest opinion.