Sharon Eliza Nichols

Posts by Sharon Eliza Nichols

  • Judge of the Day

    Judge of the Day: Thomas E. Stringer Sr.

    Move over, Eliot Spitzer and the Emperor’s Club. The St. Petersburg Times has a story on a Florida judge accused of stealing money from a New York stripper: Christy Yamanaka says she had sex with 2nd District Court of Appeal Judge Thomas E. Stringer Sr. three times during their 15-year friendship. She paid him rent […]

    13 Comments / / Mar 14, 2008 at 9:45 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.07.08

    * Status of the Roger Clemens steroid investigation. Just in case you didn’t already know he’s guilty. [ESPN] * Forget about lead-tainted toys and pet food. Charges were filed yesterday in LA against four American executives who imported toothpaste that contained antifreeze. [WSJ Law Blog] * “The weirdest legal pleading ever” included a “children’s book […]

    57 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 4:29 PM
  • English Grammar and Usage, Law Professors, Weirdness

    Frivolous Friday Pronunciation Dispute

    Is it SUBstantive or subSTANtive? Our dictionary tells us to emphasize the first syllable. A lovely Canadian professor at our law school emphasizes the second syllable, and although our affection for him is great, every time he says “subSTANtive” we take away ten points on our completely subjective professor-grading scale. How about THAT, professor? Students […]

    142 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 3:26 PM
  • Technology

    Crackberry v. iPhone: Smackdown Part I

    Apple wants to put its iPhones in the workplace, which may mean that your firm Crackberry could be replaced by an equally addictive (but much more hip) iPhone. We think, however, that there should be a screening process for determining who gets the iPhones. There’s a certain degree of unaffected coolness, a hipster air, that […]

    92 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 2:41 PM
  • Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Samantha Power

    Update: Cass Sunstein’s ‘Power’ Resigns

    We updated our original post from this morning about Samantha Power calling Hillary Clinton a “monster,” but it’s a big enough development to cover in a separate post. So here we go. Professor Power, rumored love interest of Cass Sunstein, resigned from the Obama campaign because of her tawdry remarks about Hillary Clinton in an […]

    89 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM
  • Guns / Firearms

    Law Students with Guns: Bad Idea, or Worst Idea Ever?

    There’s a national movement pushing for law students to have the right to carry guns on campus. They’ve even got an official acronym: SCCC (Students for Concealed Carry on Campus). The group formed in response to the VA Tech shootings last year, and currently claims to have more than 16,000 members. They argue that when […]

    297 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 1:22 PM
  • Biglaw, Weirdness

    Update: Do the Cadwalader Shuffle

    Here’s the most comprehensive bit we’ve heard from a tipster: [N]o longer at CWT anymore (thankfully), but I did hear that Chris White (the Partner who deposed Link) is attempting a major realignment of practice groups. Apparently he wants to move the Corporate department into the Real Estate and somehow make it a sub group. […]

    157 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 12:09 PM
  • Book Deals, Books, Julie Buxbaum

    Lawyerly Chick Lit (?)

    Julie Buxbaum is a Harvard alumna and lawyer turned novelist. Her first book, The Opposite of Love, is getting favorable reviews. As we’ve written about before, she’s signed a deal for two books, so it’s a good sign that the first is being well-received. For the lawyers who want to be writers: her advance was […]

    70 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM
  • Biglaw

    What’s going on at Cadwalader?

    We’re getting tips about something big going down at Cadwalader today, but no specifics yet. If you have information, be sure to let us know: tips AT abovethelaw DOT com. Hopefully this is as exciting as their bed-bug infestation of ’07.

    67 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 10:25 AM
  • Tobacco / Smoking

    Smoking Hot

    If you live in NYC, you’re used to smoking being banned in almost every place of business; your law dates back to 2003. DC caught up in January of 2007. However, the pro-health laws have had a harder time down south where people get all hot and bothered when the government tries to tell ’em […]

    68 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 10:08 AM
  • Health Care / Medicine, Kids, Washington Post

    “Special Courts,” Vaccines, and Autism

    The government acknowledged that a link exists between autism and the routine vaccines which one girl from Georgia was given as a child: The cases are before a special “vaccine court” that doles out cash from a fund Congress set up to pay people injured by vaccines and to protect makers from damages as a […]

    82 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 9:39 AM
  • Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Rudeness, Samantha Power, Screw-Ups

    ‘Hillary Clinton’s a monster.’

    That statement was made by Samantha Power, a top foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama and new-ish love interest of Professor Cass Sunstein. Sunstein recently accepted a position at Harvard Law, leaving behind in Chicago his ex, philosopher Martha Nussbaum. Bossman David Lat posted all the gossip about the academic love triangle here. Power, pictured, […]

    132 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 9:23 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.07.08

    * UNC student body President Eve Carson (pictured) was shot and killed yesterday in Chapel Hill. [CNN] * NYC Assemblyman popped for DUI with a passed out woman in the backseat, and that’s not all. His sullied past includes allegations (plural) of rape and corruption. But, of course, he’s innocent until proven guilty. [CNN] * […]

    10 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 8:50 AM
  • Law Schools

    Book-Stealing Hoodlum on the Loose at U of Kentucky Law

    That’s right, people. Kentucky Law’s lockers are unsafe. A tipster forwarded us the email that Associate Dean Bakert sent out today warning students not to keep books in their lockers until the security threat is addressed. There was a lock on the locker in question, but the crafty thug apparently broke it. We know those […]

    28 Comments / / Mar 6, 2008 at 3:30 PM