Staci Zaretsky

Staci Zaretsky became an editor for Above the Law in June 2011. Before becoming an editor, she pseudonymously wrote the site's Morning Docket column. Staci graduated from Lehigh University and Western New England University School of Law, where her writing was published in the Western New England Law Review. Before deciding to pursue writing as a full-time career, Staci worked at a small law firm. Her writing has appeared in other legal publications, such as Judgepedia, Lawyerist, and Ms. JD. She has been featured on various television and radio programs, like CNBC's Power Lunch, HuffPost Live, TF1 TV France, Chicago Public Radio, and Civil Discourse Now.

Posts by Staci Zaretsky

  • Stanford Law Sports Studying

    Caption Contests, Law Schools, Sports

    Caption Contest Finalists: Law School Ruins Sporting Events

    Maybe these law students were scoring the basketball game the old school way — not studying in the stands.

    32 Comments / / Feb 11, 2015 at 11:45 AM
  • That's. So. Gay.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.11.15

    * Today’s inspirational human being: An ordained minister in Alabama was arrested after offering to perform a same-sex marriage inside a probate judge’s office. She says she’ll do it again, even though she knows she’ll likely be rearrested for doing so. [USA Today]

    * Meanwhile, Judge Callie V.S. Granade will hear arguments on whether she must order Alabama judges to issue marriage license to gay couples. Granade is the one who ruled the state’s ban was unconstitutional in the first place. [New York Times]

    * Per Major Lindsey & Africa’s 2014 Partner Compensation Survey, women partners have finally beaten men when it comes to law firm compensation. Wait, no, that’s not true, it’s just an “anomaly,” and “[t]hese women might be outliers.” [The Careerist]

    * Blank Rome’s ex-chairman donated $5M to Villanova Law to establish an ethics and compliance center. You’re a few years too late, pal. The school could’ve used an ethics and compliance center to avert its admissions scandal. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * “The legal profession can benefit from more diversity. Should those students only attend low-ranked law schools? Absolutely not.” As we mentioned previously, law school diversity has improved, but only at the bottom. [National Law Journal]

    24 Comments / / Feb 11, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Yes, there will be mean girls.

    Law Schools

    Law School Is Just Like High School — But Worse

    If you didn’t like high school, what makes you think law school will be any better?

    57 Comments / / Feb 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM
  • airplane

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.10.15

    * “The reality is, the university has done a lot to be a part of the solution. This undoes a lot of that work.” Students and professors at St. Louis University School of Law are up in arms because Bob McCulloch, the prosecutor in the Ferguson case, is coming to speak at an event on police practices. [ABC News]

    * “Travel by coach will make it impossible for the attorneys to work and or sleep effectively upon our arrival.” Defense lawyers for three suspected terrorists motioned for a judge to give them business-class seats on a plane while federal prosecutors bum it back in coach. [New York Daily News]

    * SCOTUSblog has been denied a Supreme Court press pass, yet again. Lyle Denniston, the site’s main reporter, had to go to great lengths in an attempt to circumvent the high court’s new journalist credentialing process. [Associated Press]

    * “I would really think long and hard before defying a federal court order.” SCOTUS declined to issue a stay that would keep gay marriage at bay in Alabama, but some judges are still refusing to marry gay couples. Thanks Roy Moore. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Paul Weiss: lookin’ nice! In a look at some of the early numbers from the latest Am Law 100 rankings, the firm increased its gross revenue year over year by 10.9 percent, allowing Paul Weiss to finally break the billion-dollar mark in revenue. [Am Law Daily]

    34 Comments / / Feb 10, 2015 at 9:08 AM
  • saul

    Attorney Misconduct, Television

    ‘Better Call Saul,’ But How Can You Reach Him?

    What’s the easiest way to reach the shadiest lawyer you know?

    38 Comments / / Feb 9, 2015 at 1:44 PM
  • student looks from behind the books

    Caption Contests, Law Schools, Sports

    Caption Contest: Law School Ruins Sporting Events

    Basketball game? Can’t, studying — actually… what if you study while “watching” the game? It just might work.

    69 Comments / / Feb 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM
  • Adriana Ferreyr

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.09.15

    * People keep asking Justice Ginsburg how many women she thinks will be “enough” for the SCOTUS bench, and she keeps giving us the same amazing answer. Flip the page to find out what the Notorious R.B.G. thinks. [Mother Jones]

    * Law school deans gone wild! From sex scandals to rankings rumpuses, here’s a look at the crazy and sometimes criminal activities that law school administrators and faculty members have been accused of over the years. [National Law Journal]

    * “That’s it. Case dismissed. Your behavior is contemptuous.” Adriana Ferreyr, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of George Soros who filed a $50 million lawsuit over a $2 million apartment, allegedly went “berserk” in court… yet again. [Dealbreaker]

    * The job market would like to wish the legal profession a very unhappy New Year. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector lost 1,400 jobs in January, with overall jobs down by 4,500 since last year. [Am Law Daily]

    * “I felt like my head was just mush inside, and I thought, ‘I’m dying.'” Mary Margaret Farren, the former Skadden attorney who survived her ex-husband’s brutal attack on her life, recounts the flashlight bludgeoning that nearly killed her. [ABC News]

    * Is there no relief in sight for law schools? Moody’s says: “This continued decrease in student demand is consistent with our belief that the legal industry is experiencing a fundamental shift rather than a cyclical trend.” [Indianapolis Business Journal]

    (Flip to the next page to see how many women Justice Ginsburg thinks SCOTUS needs.)

    http://youtu.be/vJs1H5tQlDc

    62 Comments / / Feb 9, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Elsa Frozen

  • Katy Perry

    Celebrities, Copyright, Intellectual Property

    Katy Perry’s Biglaw Firm Sends Out ‘Left Shark’ Cease & Desist Letter

    You don’t want to make Katy Perry your enemy, because her lawyers will come at you like a dark horse. Check out the UPDATE: we’ve got the response to the C&D letter.

    67 Comments / / Feb 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM
  • Angry menager

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.06.15

    * Justice Ginsburg is concerned that “our system is being polluted” by the deluge of money that’s being dumped into election campaigns, including judicial elections. “Something is terribly wrong” and it needs to be fixed. [Legal Times]

    * A Suffolk Law professor says laptops should be banned from law school classrooms because of a recent study that says taking verbatim notes makes student comprehension suffer. But then they wouldn’t be able to play online! :( [ABA Journal]

    * “It is virtually inevitable that some or many of the carriers will challenge the rules.” It’s highly likely that net neutrality will be headed back to the courts, no matter what the Federal Communications Commission has to say about it. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “I think that a law degree is a worthwhile investment for students that have a goal. I don’t know if it’s good for students trying to figure things out.” Enrollment is down at Elon Law, but you should go if your goal is to be employed… eventually. [Pendulum]

    * “Trying to make a claim there’s negligence when there are lawful exemptions is very problematic.” Also problematic are the measles outbreaks across the country, and it may soon be harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations. [National Law Journal]

    4 Comments / / Feb 6, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • ghost

    Holy Crap, Videos, Weirdness

    Woman Claims ‘Angry Law Firm Ghost’ Pushed Her To The Ground

    Don’t believe in ghosts? Check out the video footage of this woman’s supernatural fall.

    9 Comments / / Feb 5, 2015 at 11:59 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.05.15

    * Lindsay Lohan and her mom are suing Fox News with claims the TV network defamed them by saying “Lindsay Lohan’s mom is doing cocaine with her.” Legal experts are of the opinion the Lohans must be doing lines if they think they’ll win. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * A prospective juror in the Colorado movie theater massacre case was released after telling a judge she brought her unvaccinated grandchild to court and ripping her hair out. Well, that’s one way to get out of jury duty. [Aurora Sentinel]

    * Justice Elena Kagan says that if she hadn’t left her Harvard Law deanship to become solicitor general, she “[doesn’t] think [she] would be doing law, quite honestly.” The Supreme jurist says that “[i]t shows you how weird life can be.” [Supreme Court Brief]

    * Lawyers in New York are worried that if the state adopts the Uniform Bar Exam, the “gold standard” of having passed the tougher version of the New York exam will be devalued. Aww, sorry about your butthurt. Get well soon. [New York Law Journal]

    * Fresh off an 18-month tour of racking up insider trading convictions as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Richard Tarlowe will join Paul Weiss to focus on white-collar criminal defense. Best of luck. [DealBook / New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Feb 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • sad lawyer at desk

    Biglaw, Partner Issues

    Politician Rejects Biglaw Offer Due To Newfound Understanding Of How Law Firms Work

    This guy didn’t want to live his life in six-minute increments.

    5 Comments / / Feb 4, 2015 at 1:29 PM
  • Lawyer Zen

    Fabulosity, Weirdness

    Smells Like DWI: Law-Scented Candles Are A Thing Now

    Your office smells like a cold, uninviting place, with undertones of Wite-Out and stale coffee. You need to fix this problem as soon as possible.

    14 Comments / / Feb 4, 2015 at 12:10 PM
  • A very 'special pen' for a very special lawyer.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.04.15

    * When we first reported on this former law school dean’s arrest for prostitution, we weren’t sure if he was the alleged john. Now we know: SMU Law’s John Attanasio allegedly offered to pay an undercover officer $100 for “specific sexual acts.” [Dallas Morning News]

    * It seems that a lawyer in Nebraska lost his “special pen” at the courthouse, and he’d really like it to be returned to him. It’s not just any pen — it’s a $500 Montblanc Meisterstück. Help this man get his prestigious pen back. [Omaha World-Herald]

    * The early numbers on Cadwalader’s ranking in the Am Law 100 seems to indicate that would-be chair James Woolery got the hell out while the getting was still good. The firm’s profits per partner dropped by 15.3 percent in 2014. Ouch. [Am Law Daily]

    * “Being in the law school business looked like a good idea. Those days are over.” Enrollment continues to decline at law schools across the country, and in Virginia, class sizes are about 20 percent smaller than they were in 2011. [Roanoke Times]

    * When it comes to the recent murder-suicide of two Tulane Law students, “[p]eople are really surprised and baffled about what happened” because they say there were no warning signs. If you’re depressed, please seek help. [New Orleans Advocate]

    * Given the fact that children’s vaccinations have become a topic presidential candidates are debating, you should know that almost half the states allow anti-vaxxer parents to opt-out. Thanks for the measles, everyone! [WSJ Law Blog]

    57 Comments / / Feb 4, 2015 at 8:53 AM
  • Judge using hammer

    Federal Judges, Rudeness

    This Pissed-Off Judge Is Really Sick Of Discovery Disputes

    The judge was so annoyed with the litigants in this case that she wrote a rather sarcastic ruling.

    27 Comments / / Feb 3, 2015 at 12:30 PM
  • fighting gloves

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.03.15

    * You know that televised Supreme Court oral arguments are a technological advance that is far away from happening when even Elena Kagan, the youngest justice on the high court, is “very conflicted” about the idea. [Legal Times]

    * “Legal jujitsu. Lethal jujitsu.” Meet William “Hale” Kelly. He’s a second-year law student at Florida A&M by day, and an MMA fighter by night (i.e., he was punched in the head so many times he thought law school was a good idea). [Orlando Sentinel]

    * For the fourth year in a row, Skadden snagged the top spot in the Acritas Biglaw brand index. The firm’s competition — Jones Day, Baker & McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, and DLA Piper — is getting closer to overthrowing the ranking’s leader. [Am Law Daily]

    * Justice in the United States costs a pretty penny, and it’s obvious from the Department of Justice’s proposed 2016 budget of $28.7 billion. It’s too bad the White House set the DOJ’s budget at about $13.7 billion lower than that. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “At none of these top law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent.” Diversity may be lacking at some of the nation’s top law schools, but minority students who are interested in law may find welcoming homes at lower-ranked schools. [U.S. News]

    15 Comments / / Feb 3, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • police crime tape

    Law Schools, Murder, Suicide

    Two Law Students Found Dead In Possible Murder-Suicide

    Additional information about this past weekend’s disturbing news.

    / Feb 2, 2015 at 12:01 PM