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  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Books, Boutique Law Firms, Crime, Department of Justice, Immigration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.02.14

    * Justice Scalia spoke at CU-Boulder last night. For his sake, we certainly hope he didn’t speak about any issues that might someday appear before SCOTUS, lest he be asked to recuse. [Boulder Daily Camera via How Appealing]

    * Another one bites the dust over at Main Justice: David O’Neil, the head of the criminal division, is stepping down in the wake of the BNP Paribas case, and will likely have many white-shoe law firm suitors. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Fox Rothschild picked up a 18-lawyer boutique firm in Texas, which will serve as the home of its first outpost in the Lone Star State. Energy law, surprisingly, wasn’t the driving factor. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “I have a heart and I have two kids.” That’s a pretty damn good reason for Biglaw attorneys to take a break from their corporate billable hours to represent undocumented children pro bono. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Scott Greenfield reviews Lat’s forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). Of course, in SHG style, it contains a spoiler. Try to skip that clearly marked paragraph. [Simple Justice]

    4 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • SCOTUS broke this con law nerd's heart.

  • iStock_000046447498_Small

    Books, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Solo Practitioners, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.29.14

    * Well here’s a headline: My Solo Practice Ended My Marriage. [Law Firm Suites] * Pennsylvania Attorney General claims officials sent and received porn via state email accounts for years, “including top state jurists and 30 current employees of the state Attorney General’s Office.” If the AG’s office is swapping porn at all hours, somehow […]

    4 Comments / / Sep 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM
  • The-Jerry-Springer-Show

    Books, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Facebook, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.26.14

    * A list of lawyers who followed their passions. Let’s be honest: I just like that Lat’s in the same listicle as Jerry Springer. [One 400]

    * Another report on the Brian Leiter kerfuffle (by Professor Jonathan Adler). [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Postal carrier hoarded 40,000 pieces of mail. Newman! [The Smoking Gun]

    * Another court allows service via Facebook. [Peter S. Vogel]

    * Eric Holder is resigning. Time for the speculation that he must have done something awful to begin! [New York Observer]

    * D.C. lawyer Ronald Goldfarb reviews John W. Dean’s new book (affiliate link) about the Nixon tapes. [Washington Independent Review of Books]

    1 Comment / / Sep 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • DLA Piper won't 'like' this lawsuit.

    Books, Facebook, Football, Gay, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.22.14

    * New York court authorizes service over Facebook. Finally, a reason to use Google Plus. [Slate]

    * Texas struck down the statute banning upskirt photos. The decision is more interesting than the sound byte press it’s getting. [Popehat]

    * Some PR advice may be privileged. Which is good because the law needs to incentivize companies trying to cover up possible legal liabilities. It might be more nuanced than that, but still. [Corporate Counsel]

    * In the wake of the passing of Tommy Boggs, a profile on his power within Patton Boggs, including details of the final year leading up to its merger. [National Law Journal]

    * A roundup of early reviews for Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]

    * On choosing a criminal defense lawyer and why you might not want some reformed prosecutor. [Katz Justice]

    * The Senate confirmed Gordon Tanner as general counsel to the Air Force. This is noteworthy because it reflects just how quickly the country has progressed from affirmative witch hunts, to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to confirming a gay man as the top lawyer for a branch of the Armed Forces. [Washington Blade]

    * A 49er fan is suing the NFL for $50 million for a policy that limited ticket sales to customers in Seahawks territory. Based on the season so far, he luckily won’t have to worry about the 49ers in the playoffs this year. [ESPN]

    * Speaking of football, South Park ran an ad limited to D.C. during the Washington-Eagles game. See Eric Cartman school Dan Snyder on trademark law after the jump…. [SB Nation]

    3 Comments / / Sep 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Insider trading tastes delicious!

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Books, Crime, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Securities Law

    Morning Docket: 09.22.14

    * Politics and Biglaw just don’t mix: House Republicans hired Quinn Emanuel to handle their suit against President Barack Obama after Baker Hostetler withdrew from the representation due to “political pressure” the firm was facing. [Politico]

    * The paper and napkin-eating “Middleman” in the post-it note insider trading ring pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges. This might make it difficult for his cohorts to substantiate their not-guilty pleas. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “This is a tale with no shortage of knaves or villains.” If you’re interested in learning about Chevron’s legal wranglings in Ecuador and with plaintiffs attorney Steven Donziger, there are a bunch of interesting new readings for you to peruse. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Crisis in legal education be damned! They may have bad timing, but these law schools are focusing on building bigger and better facilities for students they’re unable to put in their seats. [National Law Journal]

    * Ohio law schools have taken a bruising in terms of decreased enrollment, but the University of Toledo has faced the worst of it. With a 25.9% reduction in 1Ls, tuition cuts can only do so much. [Toledo Blade]

    1 Comment / / Sep 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • 640px-Twain1909-RF

    Books, Jury Duty, Quote of the Day

    On The Importance Of Jury Trials… Sort Of

    A famous author explains how important jury trials are. Or at least how important he imagines they might be.

    5 Comments / / Sep 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM
  • iPhone

    Books, Contract Attorneys, Election Law, Insider Trading, Non-Sequiturs, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.17.14

    * Law student sends naked selfie to her father. Hilarity ensues. [Inside Edition]

    * “Is insider trading bad?” Asking for a friend. [The Atlantic]

    * Judge catches law firm cheating on the page limit. Apparently, Judge Carl Barbier was well-versed in the “slightly less than double-spaced” trick. [NPR]

    * What’s the matter with (statutory interpretation in) Kansas? [KSN]

    * You may have heard that technology is going to gut the market for low-level lawyering. If not, here’s a wakeup call. [Forbes]

    * This year’s MacArthur genius grant recipients. Is your name on the list? SPOILER: No. But a William Mitchell Law professor is. [New York Times]

    * Steve Klepper’s fair-minded and favorable review of Lat’s forthcoming book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Maryland Appellate Blog]

    4 Comments / / Sep 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Helen Wan RF

    Asians, Biglaw, Books, Career Alternatives, Minority Issues, Partner Issues, Time Warner, Women's Issues

    From Lawyer To Novelist: An Interview With Helen Wan, Author Of The Partner Track

    How can you write a novel while holding down a demanding day job as a lawyer? How can women and minority lawyers position themselves for success in Biglaw? Author Helen Wan shares her insights.

    / Sep 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM
  • David Foster Wallace

    Books, Deaths, Law Schools, Suicide

    On The Anniversary Of His Death: Why Lawyers Love David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace captured the vices and virtues of a certain type of reader, a certain type of writer, a certain type of mind.

    13 Comments / / Sep 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM
  • 220px-Roger_Goodell_at_Super_Bowl_43

    Books, Football, Legal Ethics, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.11.14

    * Our columnist Steve Dykstra opines that Roger Goodell is not going to get fired over the Ray Rice investigation/non-investigation. But what we really want to know from Dykstra is his opinion on how badly the West is going to beat the East in this year’s Grey Cup. [Steven Dykstra]

    * Apparently, we’ve been banned by Reddit. I think as editors we’ve posted on Reddit maybe 3 times in the last year, so it certainly isn’t our fault. Reddit notes “above the law will no longer be receiving traffic or page views from here,” which I guess is supposed to be a threat. Hey, don’t fault us just because our content is so good. *cue unimaginative trolling* [Reddit]

    * A discussion of gutless women. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]

    * MGM might lose the rights to a pair of Clint Eastwood classics. Specifically, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, and Last Tango in Paris. [Hollywood, Esq. / Hollywood Reporter]

    * The winner of the Hofstra Law School Mystery Short Story Contest is “A Prisoner of Time” by Lucian E. Dervan. That sounds like a 1980s Doctor Who episode. [Mulholland Books]

    * Beau Brindley pleads not guilty to telling a witness to lie. So, that case is moving right along. [My Fox Chicago]

    * Vermont Law School cites children’s story books. [Law School Lemmings]

    * D.C. lawyer Jacob McDermott is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for LiveStrong. Check out his donation site. [LiveStrong]

    7 Comments / / Sep 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
  • Supreme Court Clerk Hallway original

    Bonuses, Books, Clerkships, Fabulosity, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Kellogg Huber, SCOTUS, Shameless Plugs, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Into 2016 We Go — Plus SCOTUS Clerk Bonus News

    Who are the latest Supreme Court clerks, and how high are signing bonuses going for outgoing SCOTUS clerks?

    6 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
  • Griffin sacked Watt

    Books, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, Harvard, Morning Docket, Richard Posner, Sports

    Morning Docket: 09.08.14

    * It’s fun to keep suing the Redskins over their racist nickname. It’s also fun to watch the Washington Football Club get the snot beat out of them. [ABA Journal] * Legal aid… for inventor seeking venture capital. Everybody needs lawyers, folks. Nobody wants to pay for them. [San Jose Mercury News] * Goldman picks […]

    2 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM
  • Judge Richard Posner

    3rd Circuit, 7th Circuit, Biglaw, Books, Deaths, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues

    Morning Docket: 09.05.14

    * A unanimous Seventh Circuit panel, in an opinion by Judge Posner, just struck down Wisconsin and Indiana’s bans on same-sex marriage. The result isn’t surprising in light of the blistering benchslaps delivered by Judge Posner at oral argument, but the timing is faster than usual (for a federal appellate opinion in a high-profile case, not for the prolific Posner). [BuzzFeed]

    * Bad news for Cahill Gordon: the Third Circuit just revived a fraud case against the high-powered firm and one of its clients, a unit of BASF. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * And badder news for BP: a federal judge just concluded that the oil giant was grossly negligent in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [New York Times]

    * Freshfields gets fresh talent, adding former Wachtell partner Mitchell Presser and former Skadden partner James Douglas to its ranks. [American Lawyer]

    * The dean of Seton Hall Law, Patrick Hobbs, will step down from the deanship at the end of the current academic year. Congratulations to Dean Hobbs on a long and successful tenure. [South Orange Juice]

    * And congratulations to John Grisham and Jason Bailey, winners of, respectively, the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and the 2014 ABA Journal/Ross Short Fiction Contest. [ABA Journal]

    * Brittany McGrath, Brooklyn Law class of 2014, RIP. [TaxProf Blog]

    0 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • pig lipstick

    Books, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.25.14

    * The Minnesota Republican party banned their own candidate for Supreme Court from the State Fair. I just feel bad that she’ll never know who won the prize pig competition. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
    * Lawyers are narcissists and that’s not good for their careers. [Law and More]

    * A writer figures out that American University’s Law School is a trap. [Washington City Paper]

    * Disturbing video of a judge ordering the illegal assault and arrest of a disabled, indigent litigant. The fact that this is the second “judge assaults a litigant” incident I’ve written about in a week is terrifying. [Sacramento Family Court News]

    * Steph Cha’s new tale of old school noir, Beware Beware (affiliate link), is now available. Its setting is “a picture of desolation, of crushed dreams dressed in grimy fourth-hand garments.” And yet, somehow she’s not talking about the last days of Dewey. [LA Times]

    * If you’re doing some kind of charity, do us a favor and shut up about it. [What About Clients]

    * A Connecticut lawyer was barred from ever representing women again for the rest of his career. Now he may be disbarred for breaking that simple condition. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    1 Comment / / Aug 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • textbooks

    Books, Education / Schools, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Professors, The Cause Of, And Solution To, The Great Textbook Scam

    Faculty are unlikely allies in the textbook wars.

    30 Comments / / Aug 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM
  • Ben Shapiro

    Barack Obama, Blogging, Books, Media and Journalism, Politics

    Meet The Harvard Law Grad Who Wants Us To Sue Obama: A Conversation With Ben Shapiro

    Should the Obama Administration be sued under RICO? A prominent young pundit makes the case.

    38 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM
  • iStock_000003041694_Small

    Books, Eugene Volokh, Law Schools, Shameless Plugs, Shopping, Shopping For Others, Technology

    The Essential Law School Shopping Guide

    When it comes to shopping for your law school needs, ATL has you covered.

    17 Comments / / Aug 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

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