Joe Patrice

  • same-sex bride cake RF

    Benchslaps, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Litigators

    Same-Sex Marriage Judge Benchslap: Litigation Is Between One Plaintiff And One Defendant

    There's a certain level of irony at play when anti-gay marriage advocates decide the normal binary rules shouldn't apply to them….

    27 Comments / / Oct 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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    9th Circuit, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.14.14

    * A blistering dissent from that usual suspects: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas. [The Atlantic]

    * Same-sex marriage opponents in Nevada suggest liberal bias in the selection of the Ninth Circuit panels hearing gay rights cases. They demand en banc review after noting that “two of the Ninth Circuit’s more liberal judges wind up most often on panels deciding cases involving gay rights.” Let me peruse that roster of Ninth Circuit judges… yeah, good luck with that en banc review, guys. [SCOTUS Blog]

    * A Toledo Law student was arrested on a child sex charge. [NBC24]

    * Kesha is suing producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery. [TMZ]

    * Can you guess which states lead the way on transgender rights? The answer will… actually not surprise you much at all. [Vocativ]

    * The travails of Albany Law School continue. President and Dean Penny Andrews announces that she is stepping down. [Albany Law School]

    * As if police departments weren’t militarized enough, they’re using cash seizures to fuel even more ridiculous spending. [Washington Post]

    * Staci profiled some legal cosplayers, and when I saw the Judge Dredd costumes, all I could think about is one of the greatest Onion videos about SCOTUS ever. “I am the law!” [The Onion]

    * Katie Couric sits down with Susan Mellen, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years. [Yahoo! News]

    2 Comments / / Oct 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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    Food, Labor / Employment

    Jimmy John’s Serves Up Sandwiches And Oppressive Non-Compete Agreements

    In other words, non-compete are not intended to keep 18-year-old delivery drivers from seeking employment. Yet that’s exactly how bread and meat purveyor Jimmy John’s uses them.

    44 Comments / / Oct 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM
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    Antonin Scalia, Guns / Firearms, Prisons, Religion, Samuel Alito, Supreme Court, Television

    Did The Simpsons Predict A Hot-Button SCOTUS Case 22 Years Ago?

    A tipster noted that a controversial Supreme Court case from this Term gets a predictive wink from an episode that aired in 1992…

    15 Comments / / Oct 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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    Food, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.13.14

    * Florida State QB Jameis Winston is still in a heap of legal trouble and it turns out his best legal move might just be to drop out. It’d save him the trouble of getting demolished by Mississippi State. [Sports Illustrated]

    * A follow-up on the Yale Law/Colombia Prostitution/Secret Service/Obama scandal. An amateur poet was hot on this story from the start and sent cryptic verse about it to a Yale student paper way back in the day. [Ivy Gate Blog]

    * Ron Swanson explains lawyers. Best line, “The man who kills me will know.” [Legal Cheek]

    * Remember when the Texas Supreme Court cited Walter from Big Lebowski? Now we have the proper citation form for the occasion. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * Perdue has settled two lawsuits against it over the use of the phrase “humanely raised.” Apparently its chickens were “not that.” [Salon]

    * One lawyer explains why it’s high time we eliminate this holiday. [Katz Justice]

    18 Comments / / Oct 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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    Law Schools

    Another Stupid Defense Of Law School From HuffPo

    We get to look inside what the leading law school trade organization actually wants kids to think about law school, and the floor model falls laughably far from the reality.

    76 Comments / / Oct 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM
  • Buck up Professor. Your hero Nietzsche always says "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

    Elena Kagan, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.10.14

    * Remember that whole Brian Leiter kerfuffle? Well he’s gone. The world (of philosophy rankings) was not ready for one as beautiful as thee. [Daily Nous]

    * Before They Were Famous: Newly released documents reveal a pre-SCOTUS Justice Kagan writing memos admitting that she “really f**ked up” and “God, do I feel like an idiot.” At least she understood how she made her 1L class feel when she was a professor. [Josh Blackman's Blog]

    * A lawsuit over who owns the word “how.” Can’t make this up. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * How do we know that driverless cars are going to be wonderful for human society? Because they will be absolutely horrible for lawyers and insurers. [Legal Funding Central]

    * This guy explains what everyone should understand before going to law school by walking through his decision to not to go to law school despite gaining admission to some T14 heavies. He gives ATL a shout. We hear you buddy, congratulations on your decision. [Chronicle Vitae]

    * A Delaware attorney sued for allegedly aiding and abetting a fraudulent emerald salvage operation. Kind of “X marks the disbarment.” [Delaware Online]

    * Exxon won an arbitration and got $1.6B from cash-strapped Venezuela, but wanted $14.7B. Poor Exxon, they face so many struggles. [Bloomberg h/t Breaking Energy]

    * The D.C. Bar Association is hosting a “Go Formal For Justice” event to raise many for its many programs to help, directly or indirectly, the indigent. [D.C. Bar Foundation]

    23 Comments / / Oct 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM
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    Animal Law, Lawsuit of the Day

    Appeals Court Hears Chimpanzee Rights Case

    Is New York on the brink of a revolution in animal law? Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!

    99 Comments / / Oct 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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    Privacy

    Does The Mass Collection Of Phone Records Violate The Fourth Amendment?

    It may be too clever by half, but maybe the collection of phone data wasn’t really a search or seizure? Maybe it’s a “reasonable” search?

    12 Comments / / Oct 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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    Cellphones, Crime, Immigration, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.09.14

    * Zombies responsible for tort. It’s like Walking Dead but with more motion practice. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * As much as you hate pocket dialing someone, you don’t hate it as much as these people who pocket dialed 911 while making a drug deal. [Legal Juice]

    * Ever wonder why AIG seemed to fare much worse under the bailout than the banks? Perhaps that’s because the government used the AIG bailout to play favorites and help out all their banking buddies. [Medium]

    * Here’s one out of left field: Oregon’s first lady had a secret marriage to an 18-year-old immigrant 11 years her junior. Was this a “green card marriage” (i.e., a felony)? My home state doesn’t have great luck with political figures and legal trouble. [Willamette Week]

    * Is law one of the most profitable industries for private companies? Of course it is. [Inc.]

    * Guess what? Spending decades decrying “for’ners” for stealing hard-earned American cash, people consistently believe we spend tons more on foreign aid than we really do. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Legendary plaintiffs’ attorney Fred Levin talks about the ongoing effort to demonize plaintiffs lawyers. Video after the jump…. [Mimesis Law]

    4 Comments / / Oct 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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    Politics, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Yale Law Students Love Hookers

    Sex, corruption, hypocrisy, oh my! And yet, should anyone even care about this? The answer is “yes,” but not for any of the reasons you’ll hear from the nattering nabobs….

    79 Comments / / Oct 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM
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    Bad Ideas, Biglaw, Partner Issues, Videos

    Biglaw Chairperson Entirely Unexcited About New Job

    Check out a Biglaw manager giving the worst line readings since Attack of the Clones….

    21 Comments / / Oct 8, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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    9th Circuit, Books, Federal Circuit, Gay Marriage, Hair, Non-Sequiturs, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.08.14

    * Some marriage equality enthusiasts applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the way and let the circuits do their thing. But the history of miscegenation in America suggests the Supreme Court had a moral obligation to interject. [USA Today]

    * On this subject, Professor Dorf presents a fascinating hypothetical: is it in the strategic interest of an anti-gay marriage conservative lower court judge to strike down same-sex marriage bans in light of the Supreme Court’s cert denials? [Dorf on Law]

    * One more story while we’re at it, after the Ninth Circuit struck down bans on same-sex marriages, District Judge Robert C. Jones of Nevada, who upheld the ban in the first place, recused himself rather that be forced to issue an opinion in accordance with Ninth Circuit precedent. [BuzzFeed]

    * If you’ve ever wondered how Islamic State manages to recruit Western youth to the cause, the answer is a “Disney-like” social media campaign. It’s like a Biglaw summer program, but for murder. [Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy]

    * “Better Hold Off Sexting With High School Students” in Indiana. The Indiana Supreme Court finally weighed in last week after the lower court had okayed a teacher texting a 16-year-old to sneak out of the house for sex. Wait, this required the Supreme Court to weigh in? What is wrong with you Indiana? [Valpo Law Blog]

    * Looking professional with a pixie cut. [Corporette]

    * Enter for a chance to win a Chief Judge Randall Rader bobblehead! Yes, these exist. [Santa Clara Law]

    * The Zephyr Teachout book tour for Corruption in America (affiliate link) begins. Is your town on the list? [Teachout-Wu]

    * New Orleans taxpayers spent around $75K traveling judges to conferences and resorts last year. Quoth the tipster: “I could make a joke about New Orleans judges going to the third world to learn how to run their courtrooms, but I think I already did.” [The Times-Picayune]

    8 Comments / / Oct 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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    Food, Rudeness

    ‘I’m A Lawyer’ Threat Ends In Internet Humiliation

    A lawyer tried to bully a non-takeout restaurant into sending him takeout because, of course, “I’m a lawyer.” The restaurant disagreed and posted an epic takedown to the Internets…

    90 Comments / / Oct 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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    Books, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools

    Is The Bluebook About To Be Killed Off?

    What kind of silver bullet could kill this venerable institution?

    38 Comments / / Oct 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM
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    9th Circuit, Gay Marriage, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.07.14

    * Congratulations to Tony West on his new gig as General Counsel of PepsiCo. It sounds like an exciting and challenging opportunity. Plus, you know, free Mountain Dew. [Politico]

    * What the hell? The feds stole a woman’s identity and made it into a Facebook page. Well, now she’s found out and she’s suing. Identity theft was one thing, but the way the DEA Agent kept spamming the woman’s friends to play Candy Crush Saga was just unacceptable. [Buzzfeed]

    * Time for some court news: Ninth Circuit joined the chorus in striking down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. [Ninth Circuit]

    * It’s Nobel Prize time, and one of the winners for Physics has a personal story about how important it is to hire a good lawyer. In fact, it was about $180 million important. [Slate]

    * We constantly beat the drum of how law schools need to adjust to reality and stop duping students into terrible financial decisions. But here’s the PR secret that’s kept law schools from, by and large, collapsing: they sell the experience. [Law and More]

    * An open letter begging Amal Alamuddin not to quit her day job now that she’s married to some acting guy. [The Careerist]

    * New York City paid $50K to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a child who killed herself after school officials allegedly did nothing despite several warnings that the girl was being brutally bullied. There’s a lot of “in my day…” types who read this site who may not care about bullying, but this is more a question of irresponsibility. If your job is to provide a safe learning environment and you fail, you pay. [DNA Info]

    * At oral argument, the Court seemed generally supportive of the Muslim inmate hoping to grow a beard. If this intuition is right, soon individual people may have the same religious rights as corporations! [Supreme Court Brief]

    * Finally, thanks to the Rutgers-Newark Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society for hosting a great event today where Elie and I previewed the upcoming SCOTUS Term. My personal highlight was watching Elie’s head explode while talking about Young v. UPS.

    8 Comments / / Oct 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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    Headhunters / Recruiters, Laurence Tribe, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.06.14

    * New Supreme Court term kicks off with some bizarre argumentation. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Professor Tribe doesn’t think Obama’s getting another justice confirmed. Vegas is setting the over/under off his remarks. [Coverage Opinions]

    * More on The Law Hawk (insert screeching eagle sound effect). [Legal Cheek]

    * Picking the right legal recruiter is important. It’s like having an agent, which is awesome because it makes you feel like Peyton Manning for a bit. [Major, Lindsay & Africa]

    * What. The. Hell? You can survive being sucked into a jet engine? Without wearing Iron Man Mark V armor. [Lowering the Bar]

    * You know what’s lame? Civil forfeiture. John Oliver rants after the jump… [Last Week Tonight]

    2 Comments / / Oct 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM
  • Angry Lawyer

    Paralegals

    We Should All Be Nicer To Our Paralegals

    Here’s a refresher on how much it sucks to be a paralegal….

    22 Comments / / Oct 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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