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

  • 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
  • student-loan-debt

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.17.15

    * If you’re unsatisfied with your current income-based loan repayment plan, wait until you see what the government has in store for you with its Revised Pay As You Earn plan. Here’s a hint: more pain, more tears, and more anger. [Am Law Daily]

    * If you haven’t heard, SABMiller will likely be getting taken over by Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in a “mega-beer merger.” Sadly for Hogan Lovells, SABMiller tossed the firm out like a skunked beer in favor of representation by Linklaters. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Rather than poaching lawyers from other local firms, Jones Day is trying to grow its Detroit office by calling home Michigan attorneys who expatriated from the state. No offense to the firm, but these people probably left for a reason. [Crain’s Detroit Business]

    * Slowly but surely, results from the July 2015 administration of the bar exam are being released. Duke Law did best in North Carolina, where the overall combined pass rate for all takers was 69.4 percent (down from 75 percent last year). [Triangle Business Journal]

    * With hours to spare, Richard Glossip — a man you may know from the Glossip v. Gross case that was before SCOTUS — was able to secure a last minute stay of execution. An Oklahoma appeals court has given him two more weeks to live. [New York Times]

    29 Comments / / Sep 17, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • offer girl happy

    Biglaw, Rankings, Summer Associates

    Summer Associates Were Happy, But Annoyed By ‘Rude’ Partners, Tech From The Stone Age

    There was a major shake-up in the rankings this year, and some firms that were in the top 10 last year sank (some like stones).

    21 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 1:41 PM
  • Angry businessman fire breathing lawyer

    Free Speech

    Judge Says Writing ‘F*ck Your Sh*tty Town Bitches’ On Ticket Payment Form Is Free Speech

    Justice has been served for a Connecticut man with a penchant for scrawling nasty screeds.

    36 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.16.15

    * Justices Kennedy and Breyer seemed to be champing at the bit for a prolonged solitary confinement case last Term, and now they may have the opportunity to weigh in on one. Let’s see if the Supreme Court decides to let Justice Kennedy swing his vote around. [New York Times]

    * We all know that Mark Cuban isn’t that big of a fan of the Securities and Exchange Commission, but now he’s trying to inject himself into the debate over the agency’s use of in-house administrative law judges by way of filing a brief in support. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Winston & Strawn elected Jeffrey Kessler to serve as its co-chair. He’s got experience running firms with others — he once served as a member of Dewey’s four-partner Office of the Chairman before the firm completely imploded. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * IU Maurer Law is teaming up with Chapman and Cutler, an Am Law 200 firm, to create a two-year rotational program in finance and law. There’s just one catch: this is only for recent college graduates, not law school graduates. Oops! [Indiana Daily Student]

    * Lucrative niche alert: They’re calling this the green rush, but we don’t need to remind attorneys that green is also the color of money. By 2020, the market for legal recreational marijuana is going to be booming, with billions of dollars in business. [Fortune]

    34 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • Judge Judy

    Celebrities, Television

    Judge Judy Still Has A Great Time Berating Morons On TV After 20 Years

    Based on her ratings, America REALLY loves Judge Judy after all these years.

    21 Comments / / Sep 15, 2015 at 2:47 PM
  • Gym, Tan, Uniform Bar Exam!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.15.15

    * “We’re going to the Jersey Shore, bitch!” This probably isn’t the kind of marketing that Jackson Lewis had in mind when the firm announced it was going to be opening an office north of Seaside Heights. Associates, you better get ready for some very serious GTB (gym, tan, billable hours). [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Kim Davis may be back to work at the Rowan County Clerk’s Office in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean she’s done with her fight to not do her job. She’ll be suing Gov. Steve Beshear for failing to provide her with a religious accommodation. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Some progress has been made in the infamous “dancing baby” case thanks to a recent Ninth Circuit decision. As it turns out, “copyright law does not authorize thoughtless censorship of lawful speech.” Prince would’ve wanted it this way. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Public interest problems: When you work in Biglaw, performing a high number of pro bono hours may keep you from “doing the amount or quality of billable that it takes to advance in the firm, because there’s only 24 hours in the day.” [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Necrophilia is apparently still legal in several of our fine states, but a lawmaker in Massachusetts is trying to get a law on the books that would make sex with the dead illegal. It’s already illegal for Massholes to have sex with animals, so it’s only fair. [Metro]

    29 Comments / / Sep 15, 2015 at 9:06 AM
  • It's raining scholarship money!

    Law Schools

    The Absurdity Of Current Law School Scholarship Offerings

    This is ridiculous.

    40 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 1:15 PM
  • Justice Stephen Breyer

    SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer

    Supreme Court Justice Says He’ll Probably Retire… At Some Point

    Will President Obama be able to appoint another Supreme Court justice before his second term is up?

    12 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM
  • This lawyer is totally butthurt.


    Is This The First Use Of The Word ‘Butthurt’ In A Deposition?

    You wouldn’t expect the word “butthurt” to be used professionally by lawyers during legal proceedings — until now.

    38 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM
  • Taylor Swift (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.14.15

    * A former DJ is suing Taylor Swift because he claims that he lost his job after he was falsely accused of grabbing the singer’s ass. When contacted for comment, Swift said, “I’ve got a blank motion to dismiss, baby, and I’ll write your name.” [Associated Press]

    * BakerHostetler’s partners unanimously agreed to do away with its two-tiered partnership structure. We would’ve been shocked the firm was going to kick its nonequity partner title to the curb, but we broke the news on it last month. [Am Law Daily]

    * Albany Law’s new dean thinks she may have a solution to the school’s enrollment problem, which is down by 38 percent since 2010. She wants to hire more professors, even though the school’s existing professors aren’t exactly pleased. [Albany Business Review]

    * California’s legislature approved a landmark bill that will permit physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. If Governor Jerry Brown refuses to sign the “death with dignity” law, supporters will likely bring it to a ballot referendum. [New York Times]

    * A Brooklyn bride alleges in a recently filed lawsuit that she’s still waiting for her wedding pictures… more than two years after her wedding took place. She’s clearly not a bridezilla, because if she were, a lawsuit wouldn’t have even been necessary. [New York Post]

    28 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • 'But... on Wednesdays we wore pink.'

    Fashion, State Judges

    State Supreme Court Objects To Judges Making Fashion Statements On The Bench

    This is like taking away RBG’s signature collar collection. Don’t do this to judges on state courts!

    24 Comments / / Sep 11, 2015 at 1:44 PM
  • Charlotte Proudman LF

    Biglaw, Sexism

    Female Lawyer Who Called Out Biglaw Partner’s Sexist Remarks Now Considered ‘Unemployable’

    Women lawyers shouldn’t have to be publicly lambasted in the name of decrying sexism.

    196 Comments / / Sep 11, 2015 at 11:42 AM
  • Ellen Pao

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.11.15

    * Ellen Pao, formerly of Cravath, won’t be appealing her gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins. Did she settle? Hell no! “Settlement might have provided me with financial benefits, but only at the great cost of silence.” [Re/code]

    * During a time when first-year law school applications are still low, Arizona State Law claims to have just welcomed its “largest class” in law school history. Spoiler alert: The school is counting all of its LL.M. students in that figure. [ASU News]

    * BU Law teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for clinic offerings that will provide entrepreneurs from both schools free legal advice. MIT students might “change the world,” and BU Law students might… get jobs? [Boston Business Journal]

    * Per the latest report from the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, East Texas is the nation’s “least fair and reasonable litigation environment.” With its huge tort awards, this pro-business lobby thinks it’s simply the worst. Go figure. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Leaford George Cameron, a man who allegedly practiced law without a license for more than a decade, has been indicted on federal charges. The “scary man” would-be lawyer reportedly defrauded clients across the country. [Daily Delco / Philadelphia Daily News]

    37 Comments / / Sep 11, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • Michelle Carter

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.10.15

    * “We saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and she just blew that tunnel up.” Massachusetts teen Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend after she texted him numerous times, encouraging him to kill himself. If you haven’t seen them, her messages are chilling. [Associated Press]

    * “If you are a lawyer thinking about having sex with your client, you better think first.” Go ahead, argue that your client’s 30-day suspension from practice was “just” because the woman kept coming back for more. Maybe your judge won’t be as sarcastic. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

    * If you’re starting law school, you probably haven’t heard about the biggest law firm bankruptcy in history, and you likely don’t know what the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial is about. Here’s a listicle of reasons to doubt the prosecution’s case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Biglaw firms are rethinking their office space at the same time as they’re building up their posh amenities. At the end of the day, associates may be forced to move to cubicles, but it’s all for the clients’ benefit, so hooray for them. *golf claps* [Commercial Observer]

    * Our congratulations go out to Alicia Ouellette, Albany Law School’s newest president and dean. We’re certainly hopeful that she’ll be able to handle the tenuous employment situation with the school’s tenured faculty better than her predecessor did. [Times Union]

    70 Comments / / Sep 10, 2015 at 9:09 AM