Posts by Joe Patrice
Law school prestige sticks with you throughout your career, so don’t underestimate its value.
With its critical impact on the world economy and global trade, privacy legislation in Asia has been extremely active in the last several years. A recently released report, Privacy Laws in Asia, written by Cynthia Rich of Morrison & Foerster LLP for Bloomberg BNA, analyzes commonalities and differences in the privacy and data security requirements in countries including Australia, India, Hong Kong and more.
This report gives you at-a-glance access to a side-by-side chart comparing four key compliance areas, a country-by-country review of the differences and special characteristics in the law, and explanations of the common elements of the privacy laws in 11 jurisdictions.
Legal career ends in the most bizarre manner possible.
After honoring a story written by a man associated with a hate group, a state bar flies into embarrassing damage control.
* Personal assistant claims Stan Lee less Mr. Fantastic, more Dr. Doom. Jesus, this kid wouldn’t last five minutes in Biglaw. [Courthouse News Service]
* Hot buns make customer very cross. [Lowering the Bar]
* Future generations are suing Obama over climate change. In Oregon. Of course it’s in Oregon. [MSNBC]
* Judge sets murder defendant free citing double jeopardy after first judge declares a mistrial. [Baltimore Suns]
* Woman’s terrorist conviction disbarment-worthy. That sounds open-and-shut, but it’s a lot more confusing than that sentence makes it appear. [Legal Profession Blog]
* And congratulations to Elie! Yesterday (or maybe early, early this morning), he welcomed little Max.
Imagine your bar prep course fed you wrong information. Would that make you mad?
* The legal battle over the AIG bailout rolls into the Federal Circuit. [DealBook / New York Times]
* What does a lawyer say when he gets caught swapping fees for oral sex? Claim sex addiction, of course! [Legal Profession Blog]
* The New Orleans public defender office is a testament to underfunding. [Buzzfeed News]
* Charleston School of Law loses a dean right before school resumes. Yep, nothing wrong here! [South Carolina Lawyers Weekly]
* Neighbors sue 8-year-old girl for being kind to animals (or sues her parents anyway). [KIRO]
* A domestic violence defendant got the first name of his judge tattooed on his neck. Paul Clement has similar ink that reads “Nino.” Check out the pic. [North Carolina Lawyers Weekly]
Scary story about a lawyer’s behavior results in immediate suspension.
It has long been the case in Hong Kong that most UK law firms and a very small minority of US law firms have three month notice periods for their US associates built into their employment contracts. But until about 18 months ago it was not common for any firm to enforce a three month notice period when a US associate left solo[…]
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s jurisprudence.
* A new paper by Professors Josh Blackman and Howard Wasserman on the process of marriage equality. For those of you who get really excited over civil procedure. [SSRN]
* Fresh off the threat of Supreme Court sanctions, partner Howard Shipley, formerly of Foley & Lardner, has landed at Gordon & Rees. Good fit… there’s no way he’ll embarrass that firm. [Gordon & Rees]
* We had some fun at the expense of a very predictable Norwegian prison escape the other day, but it’s worth recognizing an outlier for what it is — here’s a detailed look at Norway’s usually successful prison system. [New York Times]
* With public defenders like these… An interpreter employed by the public defenders’ office scammed immigrants seeking bribes with promises to pull strings to avoid deportation. [Times-Picayune]
* Is “Office Temperature-Gate” worthy of a Title VII claim? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]
* A guy sat in prison for over 3 months after he completed his sentence because the system is as awful as it is incompetent. [Mother Jones]
* If you’re looking for CLE and have tickets to New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 8, then here’s the panel for you. [NY Comic Con]
* Most employers in New York City can no longer check credit history in making employment decisions. Time to hit up Saks for that shopping spree. [DLA Piper]
* The two-tiered partnership model turns out to be much more complicated than firms expected. That’s why we’re seeing moves like BakerHostetler’s proposed elimination of non-equity partners. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Graffiti artist files suit claiming fashion designer violated his copyright in his work. [The Legal Artist]
* On the unpaid internship front, the Olsen twins have been sued by a former intern who claims she clocked 50-hour weeks and didn’t earn a penny from her multimillionaire bosses. [New York Daily News]
* Before the 25th Amendment, the ill-defined line of succession could have landed one of these guys in the White House. [Constitution Daily]
* Who said it: Justice Scalia or a YouTube commenter talking about Magic Mike XXL? [Suited Gladiators]
* There’s a big gap between law school graduates and practice-ready skills. Somewhere the ABA is scheming about how to turn this into the case for four-year law schools. [LexisNexis]
* California is removing the word “Alien” from the labor code. Because symbolic gestures are still important gestures. [Associated Press via NBC]
Cooley grad has best idea ever! (Nope, not at all.)
* Interesting… audio of Richard Nixon’s only oral argument before the Supreme Court. [Concurring Opinions]
* Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers want his murder indictment tossed. Tom Brady is relieved he now has the second-dumbest Patriots legal challenge. [NECN]
* There’s a robust piranha-smuggling operation in the United States. That’s… Sharknado levels of terrifying. [Legal Juice]
* In between ripping Rosie O’Donnell, the GOP “debate” actually talked a little about the Constitution. [Dorf on Law]
* God Donald Trump is entertaining. [What About Clients?]
* Why aren’t the poor a suspect class? [PrawfsBlawg]
A major law firm considers eliminating its non-equity partner class.
* Chris Christie argued passionately about national security with Rand Paul, noting that he was appointed a U.S. Attorney the very day before 9/11. Except, you know, he wasn’t and is completely lying. [Empty Wheel]
* Choose the right firm for you… with the help of these Legos. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]
* A bipartisan bill hopes to replace loan default rates with a repayment metric. [Insider Higher Ed]
* The most predictable prison escape ever. [Lowering the Bar]
* John McAfee’s new security update includes a handgun — which he was arrested for carrying while high on Xanax after a “shootout” with police. He explains the whole thing on Facebook. [Gawker]
* Liberty Law has a new dean. [News & Advance]
* Pretty sure Key & Peele read the Elonis decision. [Key & Peele / Comedy Central]
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A legal recruiter pens a fantastic screed explaining the virtues of keeping your mouth shut if you’re not a straight white guy.
* The Washington NFL team has filed a notice of appeal to the Fourth Circuit over their canceled trademark registrations as they move their failure off the field and into the courts. [Bloomberg BNA]
* Penn State unveils a new logo. Critics call it a “hypnotized dog looking at cupcakes,” but it actually looks more like the vacant stare of someone who has seen something but refuses to tell authorities about it. [TaxProf Blog]
* How to take good notes. Apparently, “actually take notes” is the first step. Good to know. [Survive Law]
* Congrats to occasional Legal Cheek blogger Amy Woolfson on her Harvard Law scholarship. Welcome to our side of the pond. [Legal Cheek]
* Understand the tax implications of your student loan forgiveness program. [Lawyerist]