Barack Obama

  • The 2008 Secession Proposal

    Barack Obama, Michael Dorf, Politics, Sanford Levinson, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? Post-Election Secession Talk

    In the wake of last week’s election, citizens from all 50 states have signed petitions calling for secession from the United States. Do they have any legal standing?

    57 Comments / / Nov 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM
  • Megyn Kelly

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Election 2012, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Sex, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.12.12

    * Barack Obama will not be invited to party with the Supreme Court justices to celebrate his reelection — which is too bad, because from what we hear, they really know how to get down. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Here’s a protip that essentially comes straight from David Petraeus. You can add these to the list of crazy things that your jealous mistress will say to any other woman who so much as looks in your direction. [Althouse]

    * “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?” Career alternative for this attorney: bludgeoning Karl Rove with witty election night insults. [Daily Beast]

    * Here’s a list of the five kinds of partners you’ll typically find in Biglaw. All you’ve got to do is find their weaknesses, and use them to your advantage. [Greedy Associates / FindLaw]

    * In the days ahead, should law schools cut tuition or cut class size? Obviously the solution is to do a little from column A and a little from column B, but you know they’ll never budge on tuition. [PrawfsBlawg]

    0 Comments / / Nov 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM
  • 'I'm coming for you, SCOTUS.'

  • Money-Black-Hole

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, In-House Counsel, King & Spalding, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Sentencing Law, Willkie Farr

    Morning Docket: 11.08.12

    * Now that Barack Obama has secured his seat as a two-term president, in-house counsel in the financial sector can kiss their dreams of Dodd-Frank being repealed goodbye. Here are some issues to think about in light of its new footing. [Corporate Counsel]

    * “We’re in the early innings of adjusting what value means.” And these days, it looks like “value” is synonymous with “making less money.” Given the results of this third quarter analysis, it’s quite clear that flat is still the new up for Biglaw. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Blow my whistle, baby? A DLA Piper partner filed a $4M suit against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on claims he was maliciously prosecuted as revenge for whistleblowing. [Daily Business Review]

    * After being arrested on domestic violence charges, it seems that Steven Guynn of King & Spalding has left the firm. He doesn’t need to sweat his unemployment, because his house is for sale for $3.3M. [Am Law Daily]

    * From Biglaw to Midlaw: Morrison Cohen, a midsize firm, managed to poach a partner from Willkie Farr. But how? Apparently this guy was no longer interested in billing “$900-plus” per hour. [New York Law Journal]

    * Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be present at Jared Lee Loughner’s sentencing hearing today, though it is unknown if she herself will speak. His expected sentence is life without parole. [ABC News]

    2 Comments / / Nov 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • gay-marriage-grooms-two-men-on-wedding-cake-150x220

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Gay, Gay Marriage, Politics

    Gay Marriage: Did The Courts Lead The People?

    On gay rights, the courts didn’t legislate from the bench, they led.

    26 Comments / / Nov 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM
  • 4 more years

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Politics, Reader Polls, Technology

    ATL Readers Totally Called It (and Rate Their Firms’ Performances Pre-Sandy)

    How prepared were law schools and legal employers in Sandy-impacted areas? Did the storm affect the outcome of the election? Let’s find out!

    12 Comments / / Nov 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM
  • barack__obama

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Deaths, Disasters / Emergencies, Election 2012, Election Law, Eric Holder, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 11.07.12

    * “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.” Barack Obama was re-elected as president. Bring on the hope and change! No, seriously. [New York Times]

    * In news that shouldn’t come as a surprise, regardless of who won the presidential race, there are still post-election voting issues that will likely be resolved in the courts. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * But what we really want to know is who will be our country’s next attorney general. Because if anyone can fill Eric Holder’s shoes, it’s Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the S.D.N.Y. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * In other important news, several states approved gay marriage ballot initiatives, and others legalized marijuana. But hopefully you don’t have a case of the munchies yet, because federal law still says it’s illegal. [CNN]

    * They helped American citizens “ba-rock” the vote: hundreds of law students from around the country rallied around the craziness of Election Day to volunteer their assistance to worthy causes. [National Law Journal]

    * Biglaw firms in NYC are still reeling after Hurricane Sandy. While WilmerHale set up temporary offices last week, both SullCrom and Fried Frank could be out of commission for weeks. [Reuters; New York Times]

    * At this point, in-house counsel are kind of like the McKayla Maroneys of the legal profession, because they are seriously unimpressed with outside counsel’s efforts to improve services and fees. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Judge Theodore Jones, associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals, RIP. [New York Law Journal]

    4 Comments / / Nov 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Obama Romney

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Morning Docket, Politics

    Morning Docket: 11.06.12

    * It’s the most wonderful time of the year. [National Law Journal]

    * If it’s close, Ohio could keep us watching for weeks. [New York Times]

    * But it might not be close. [FiveThirtyEight]

    * And afterwards we can all have a joint. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * It’s important to on a day like today to remember and be thankful that we don’t live Russia. [Jonathan Turley]

    * Because in America, we can sue over blood thinners that make you bleed. [ABA Journal]

    * Anyway, if you want my prediction for tonight:

    4 Comments / / Nov 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • zombies

    Barack Obama, Christopher Christie, Disasters / Emergencies, Election 2012, Hurricane Katrina, Politics

    How Lawyers Would Botch The Zombie Apocalypse

    When we suffer the zombie apocalypse, if we continue to place executive power in the hands of lawyers, we’re all screwed….

    5 Comments / / Oct 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM
  • hacker

    Advertising, Barack Obama, Election 2012, Politics, Privacy, Technology

    How Obama and Romney Both Rock Stalk the Vote

    Most national polling data on the presidential race shows an essentially dead heat between the Kenyan communist and the plutocrat in magical underpants. The president seems to have a lead in the electoral college race, and Romney appears to have a slight edge in the overall count, but this may just be statistical noise. Any […]

    23 Comments / / Oct 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Depositions, Election 2012, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, SCOTUS

    Morning Docket: 10.30.12

    * People realize that the next President will probably get to appoint a couple of SCOTUS justices, right? [Slate]

    * That’s some costly attorney misconduct: a lawyer who got slapped with a $10,000 sanction for “egregious conduct” at a deposition now has to pay an additional $36,274 in legal fees. [New York Law Journal]

    * The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau better hope for Obama wins. [National Law Journal]

    * Fun legal times at the Village Voice. [Corporate Counsel]

    * When Sandy got real for people in Manhattan. [New Yorker]

    5 Comments / / Oct 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM
  • Hannibal-Lecter-hannibal-lecter-24822525-320-244

    5th Circuit, Barack Obama, Crime, Election 2012, Fashion, Gay, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Nauseating Things, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.25.12

    * The Fifth Circuit upheld a federal law banning gun sales to people under 21 years old. Oh! The humanity! What will the nation’s teenagers do without booze or their own guns? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A New York cop is charged with planning to kidnap, cook, and eat 100 women. Gross. I wonder if this will tarnish the NYPD’s sterling reputation. [Daily Intel / New York Magazine]

    * Scratching your nuts in public is gross, but it’s not the same as, uh, some other grosser, more illegal activities. It would behoove this woman to learn to recognize the difference. [Legal Juice]

    * Should wearing “personality” glasses count against a criminal defendant? I dunno, but as a guy who has to wear glasses I find it bizarre that people choose to wear them as fashion accessories. Might as well wear a useless prosthetic arm too; I hear they’re the next hip trend. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Another intra-family lawsuit: Geoffrey Richards, who teaches at Northwestern Law School, has been sued by his 95-year-old grandfather over a family financial dispute. The grandfather is also calling Richards a “scoundrel” and the “greatest disappointment” in his life. Ouch. [DealBreaker]

    * President Obama has endorsed several same-sex marriage ballot proposals. Nice work, Barry. [BuzzFeed]

    * Insights and advice for people interested in fashion law (from Ron Coleman and others). [Likelihood of Confusion]

    4 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM
  • Lindsay-Lohan_82

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Donald Trump, Election 2012, Gay Marriage, Gloria Allred, Insider Trading, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, White-Collar Crime

    Morning Docket: 10.24.12

    * While the mainstream media may claim the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is neck-and-neck in a dead heat, the majority of Am Law 200 managing partners are predicting the incumbent will be reelected for another four years. [Am Law Daily]

    * In the meantime, infamous media whores Donald Trump and Gloria Allred have both promised “October surprises” for our presidential candidates. Guess we’ll finally find out what they’re yapping about later today after Allred gets back from court and the Don tweets. [ABC News]

    * “These [lawyers] are my kind of scum. Fearless and inventive.” Raj Rajaratnam’s attorneys plan to appeal his insider trading conviction later this week on claims that the government improperly wiretapped him. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * There’s no way this statute is going to be pushed back into the closet. New York’s Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the state’s gay marriage law on the basis of a violation of open-meeting laws. [Bloomberg]

    * Lindsay Lohan’s father wants a judge to place the fading star under a conservatorship. Hey, it worked for Britney Spears, right? And on the plus side, it’s a great way to get her name back into the news. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Oct 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • binders small

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Bill Clinton, Election 2012, Feminism, Gender, Litigators, Litigatrix, Politics, Women's Issues

    A Biglaw Binder Full of Women?

    Mitt Romney’s unfortunate “binders full of women” comment at the last presidential debate has become a huge internet meme. At which leading law firm can you assemble your own “binder full of women”?

    13 Comments / / Oct 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM
  • Hofstra Law Logo

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Politics, Student Loans

    At The Hofstra Debate, Both Candidates Dodge Student Debt Issue

    The presidential debate last night featured no new ideas about dealing with student debt.

    25 Comments / / Oct 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM
  • drinking

    Barack Obama, China, Election 2012, Morning Docket, Police, SCOTUS, Videos, Violence

    Morning Docket: 10.16.12

    * Check out the absurd rules governing tonight’s presidential debate. Should make for some awesome boring-as-hell television. And yes, of course the rules document was signed by lawyers. [Gawker]

    * Chinese politics is starting to adversely affect American law firms. Next thing you know, attorneys will be hiding out in the woods, drinking deer blood. Oh wait, that kind of already happened. [Asian Lawyer]

    * Despite the passage of time, mentioning torture at a Guantanamo hearing is still about as awkward as… some generic Family Guy-style non sequitur. [Thomson Reuters News and Insight]

    * This is a newly released video of NYPD kicking the ever-loving sh*t out of a homeless man, who was inexplicably charged with assaulting the officer who, again, beat him up on video. Inside a synagogue. Where the man was sleeping. With permission. Can’t wait to see the lawsuit that comes out of this. [Gothamist]

    * SCOTUS has agreed to review the Arizona voter ID law. Oh goodie. [WSJ Law Blog]

    10 Comments / / Oct 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM
  • Judge Richard Cebull

    Barack Obama, Email Scandals, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, Racism

    Quote of the Day: Run! Run Away and Never Return!

    Embattled federal judge Richard Cebull will take senior status early next year. Is that good enough to atone for his sins?

    8 Comments / / Oct 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM