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, CBS Radio News, BBC Radio, CLTV Chicago, HuffPost Live, TF1 TV France, Chicago Public Radio, Civil Discourse Now, KGNU Denver, and iHeartMedia Denver.

Posts by Staci Zaretsky

  • Calling Ronda Rousey! (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.28.15

    * Jurors in the criminal trial for former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf have reviewed evidence for a full week already, and will return to court today for their eighth day of deliberations. At least the defendants will be able to keep killing time on Candy Crush. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A federal judge denied the UFC’s motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit that was filed against it by current and former fighters over the organization’s monopolization of the MMA industry. It’s time to bring in an armbar submission artist to stop the UFC for good. [ESPN]

    * “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn.” Hot on the heels of his surprise resignation, House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to avoid a government shutdown and pass some legislation before his time is up. Well, it’s good to have goals. [Reuters]

    * Volkswagen can expect nothing less than a “tsunami” of lawsuits and legal proceedings thanks to its emissions scandal. On the bright side, Kirkland & Ellis is going to be able to reap the rewards of thousands of billable hours. [Chicago Tribune; Automotive News]

    * TV staffers who worked on “The Following” and “The Blacklist” filed suit against production companies Warner Brothers, NBC, and Sony, alleging they were forced to work 24 hours straight — and pee in bottles — without being paid overtime. [New York Post]

    22 Comments / / Sep 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Broke and poor business man with empty pockets

    Layoffs, Money

    Lawyers Flee, Layoffs Follow After Biglaw Firm’s Pay Problems

    Uh-oh! This firm is leaking lawyers like a sieve.

    48 Comments / / Sep 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM
  • Damn you, bar exam!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.25.15

    * Why are so many law grads failing the bar exam? Law profs, a law dean, and a Biglaw recruiting specialist all have answers to this question… and only some of them come close to being satisfactory. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial have deliberated for five days thus far, and seem to be no closer to coming to a verdict than when they first started. They’re quibbling over thesaurus entries for the word “fake” (i.e., “fake income”). [Am Law Daily]

    * Thanks to the OnRamp Fellowship, more women lawyers are making a reentry into the legal profession through Biglaw firms than ever before. Participating firms now include Skadden Arps and MoFo, amongst others. Congrats! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Law school enrollment may be stagnant across the country, but at Colorado Law, it’s booming. The size of the school’s incoming class is 22 percent larger than last year’s was. What can we say other than students were sTOKEd to get in. [Boulder Daily Camera]

    * If you’re ever fired from your job, charged with insider trading, and the SEC wants access to your work phone, take heart in the fact that your personal passcode is just that — personal. The SEC can’t treat it as a business record thanks to this ruling. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Richard Cudahy Sr., longtime Seventh Circuit judge, RIP. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    39 Comments / / Sep 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • layoff notice

    Biglaw, Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Litigators Left Longing For Labor

    Which firm is trying to quietly reduce its attorney headcount?

    44 Comments / / Sep 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM
  • (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Ford Motor Company)

    Cartoons / Comics, Copyright

    Ninth Circuit Gives Batmobile The Copyright It Deserves, The One It Needs Right Now

    A federal judge uses a cartoon character’s famous exclamatory catchphrase to announce the court’s unanimous ruling.

    11 Comments / / Sep 24, 2015 at 11:31 AM
  • 'Please don't fall asleep, RBG!'

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.24.15

    * Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be in attendance during Pope Francis’s Congressional address. Here’s hoping a certain someone doesn’t nod off in the middle of it. [National Law Journal]

    * This courthouse clerk is accused of trying to go out with a little too much style after being fired from his job. He allegedly tossed thousands of pages of court documents in the garbage before leaving the building, and he now faces up to 10 years in prison. [Houston Chronicle]

    * Lawrence Mitchell, the former dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was supposed to return to the school this year after taking a sabbatical. Instead, he resigned. When it comes to this creeper, maybe that’s a good thing. [Cleveland Scene]

    * Sorry to burst your bubble, law schools, but if you think spending millions to complete major building projects during a serious downturn in applicants will result in a “Field of Dreams” type of situation, you’re flat-out wrong. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Good news, everyone! Thanks to this appeals court decision, registered sex offenders in Wisconsin will now be able to take pictures of children in public. Child predators have never, ever been so excited to assert their First Amendment rights. [WSJ Law Blog]

    25 Comments / / Sep 24, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • angry summer associate

    Job Searches

    Rejection Letter Of The Day: A Firm That’ll Make You Pay Proper Postage To Be Rejected

    It’ll cost you around $5 to find out you didn’t get the job.

    44 Comments / / Sep 22, 2015 at 1:35 PM
  • Bluebook Legal Bluebook


    An Embarrassing Typo… In The Bluebook?

    Is it just us, or have the editors of The Bluebook been getting sloppier with each edition that’s printed?

    47 Comments / / Sep 22, 2015 at 12:04 PM
  • Kim Davis

    Gay Marriage, Weddings

    Kim Davis Rejects Yet Another Same-Sex Marriage License?

    Who were the denied applicants? It seems one was Jesus Christ himself.

    54 Comments / / Sep 22, 2015 at 10:49 AM
  • Tracy Morgan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.22.15

    * In case you missed it, on top of her perjury and obstruction charges, Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane’s license to practice law was suspended. As a law professor attempting to make a sick burn noted, “She may be at this point our paralegal general.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Tracy Morgan made an appearance at The Emmys on Sunday night that earned him a standing ovation, but David Jay Glassman, the attorney representing the Walmart truck driver who hit the comedian’s car last summer, wasn’t applauding. Hmm, perhaps his wife suddenly got pregnant? [The Wrap via Yahoo!]

    * If the former leaders of failed firm D&L are convicted this week, we seriously hope that they’re not so disillusioned as to believe they’ll be shipped to a “Club Fed” facility. How long Dewey think these Biglaw alums will last at a place like Rikers? [Am Law Daily]

    * New Biglaw associates at some firms are being treated to a second college experience filled with orientation programs, resident advisers, summer reading, and even parties. (At least they get to drink champagne, not Franzia.) [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * The president of UMass says its law school will be fully accredited by the American Bar Association within one year’s time. Given that everyone gets a turn when it comes to ABA accreditation, this is one low-expectation-having educator. [Boston Business Journal]

    59 Comments / / Sep 22, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Justice Samuel Alito

    Privacy, Samuel Alito, Supreme Court

    Justice Alito Says SCOTUS Is Clueless On New Tech, Which Makes Privacy Cases Even Harder

    The justice has called on Congress to legislate on the latest in technology.

    22 Comments / / Sep 21, 2015 at 1:46 PM
  • rifle

    Drugs, Murder

    Attorney Accused Of Trying To Arrange Murder-For-Hire Scheme During Heroin Drug Deal

    Prior to his arrest, he’d been practicing law out of an office located inside of a car dealership.

    22 Comments / / Sep 21, 2015 at 12:20 PM
  • Casey Anthony

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.21.15

    * Somewhere in Florida, Casey Anthony can rest a little easier knowing that Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman she falsely implicated in the kidnapping and death of her already deceased child, just had her defamation suit thrown out. [WKMG]

    * Better late than never? The Judicial Conference finally decided impeachment is warranted for Judge Mark E. Fuller, who recently resigned from his position on the Middle District of Alabama’s bench in the wake of his “reprehensible” domestic violence scandal last summer. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * In case you were wondering which Biglaw firms were reaping financial rewards in the race to represent clients in space, Squire Patton Boggs and K&L Gates have both performed at least six figures of work from their mission control centers. [Am Law Daily]

    * Thomas Rubino, a paralegal at Manhattan firm Paris & Chaikin, allegedly forged the names of 76 judges on fake orders to make his life easier at work. Now that he’s facing 234 counts of forgery, something tells us his life is going to be more difficult. [New York Post]

    * Lindsay Lohan’s defamation case against Fox News over comments made on The Sean Hannity Show that she did coke with her mother was dismissed because as Justice Wright noted, “truth is a defense.” He clearly didn’t think LiLo’s claims were fetch. [MSN News]

    41 Comments / / Sep 21, 2015 at 9:06 AM
  • associate young handsome clueless stupid indifferent screwup

    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    As Bar Exam Scores Continue To Plummet, Early Results Reveal Worst Performance In Decades

    What do these terrible test scores say about the current state of legal education?

    131 Comments / / Sep 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM
  • US Constitution - We The People

    Law Schools

    This T14 Law School Has Some Trouble With Spelling

    Should you be concerned if a law school can’t spell “constitution”?

    60 Comments / / Sep 18, 2015 at 10:53 AM
  • Judge using hammer

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.18.15

    * The outcomes of misconduct complaints against members of the federal judiciary will now be posted online for your viewing pleasure to “provide for greater transparency” — and schadenfreude. This could wind up being entertaining, so keep your eyes peeled. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Apparently there are people out there who don’t know that law schools are in trouble and have been for a while, which is certainly news to us. See how the dean of UNLV School of Law explains the “new normal” to a human interest writer. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * The White House just launched a nationwide movement to encourage legal immigrants in America to become U.S. citizens. What a happy coincidence that this campaign will likely add millions of voters to the rolls just in time for Election 2016. [New York Times]

    * Per a report from The Real Deal, real estate practices are heating up in Biglaw firms across New York City. Firms like Fried Frank, Skadden, and Proskauer are expanding their real estate groups, so be on the lookout, laterals. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Harvard Law is supposed to be overseeing the rollout of a new Title IX program for the reporting of sexual harassment, but so many of the administrators who were in charge of its implementation have left that its come to a standstill. Oopsie! [Harvard Crimson]

    36 Comments / / Sep 18, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • 'Don't ruin your career for me, dad.'

    Biglaw, Pregnancy / Paternity

    Taking Paternity Leave Can Be ‘Damaging’ To Your Career

    If paternity leave is on the table, should you take it? Maybe not, according to this associate.

    46 Comments / / Sep 17, 2015 at 12:16 PM
  • police crime tape

    Marijuana, Murder

    Law Grad Allegedly Murdered Fellow Classmate In Drug Deal Gone Bad

    Both law school graduates were apparently “in the game” of selling marijuana.

    / Sep 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM