Books

  • Saul_Goodman2

    Books, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.23.13

    * Sort of, not really spoiler alert: Saul Goodman apparently left New Mexico and joined Covington’s D.C. office. That’ll be a good fit. [Legal Cheek]

    * There’s a Broadway version of A Time to Kill? And Fred Thompson is in it, because this is a lot better than putting in that modicum of effort it takes to mount a campaign for president. [A Time to Kill on Broadway]

    * A bestselling author is suing USC for discrimination. I find that hard to believe. If USC turned any discriminating eye toward hiring, they wouldn’t employ Lane Kiffin. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Check out the new book by former firm partner Liz Brown about the process of leaving the legal profession. [Life After Law (affiliate link)]

    * A humorous take on the Supreme Court’s preparations for the new term. Justice Ginsburg is basically a Time Lord. [McSweeney's]

    * Class certification is denied for the Thomas Jefferson School of Law grads alleging the school misled them with false and inaccurate employment statistics. The case was doomed from the beginning, because there’s nothing “typical” about TJSL students! [San Diego Courts]

    * A profile of Ted Cruz by Jason Zengerle. It’s unfair to call Cruz a “Wacko Bird from Texas”; he’s a “Wacko Bird from Canada.” [GQ]

    * Lawyers defending the accused rapists of a Naval Academy Mid asked the victim to describe her oral sex technique, if she “felt like a ‘ho,’” and if she wore underwear. The goal was to teach Afghanistan to be more like the U.S., not to teach the Navy to be more like the Taliban. [Jezebel]

    13 Comments / / Sep 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM
  • gun in hand LF

    Biglaw, Books, Crime, Violence

    You’re Ruthless — But Are You Gangster Ruthless?

    Novelist Allison Leotta, author of the just-released Speak of the Devil, compares Biglaw life to the gangster life.

    36 Comments / / Sep 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM
  • Twitter small

    Antitrust, Biglaw, Books, Deaths, Divorce Train Wrecks, Douglas Ginsburg, Fenwick & West, Free Speech, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patents, SCOTUS, Suicide, Supreme Court, Technology, Theater

    Morning Docket: 09.13.13

    * Congrats to @FenwickWest on landing the big Twitter IPO! #yaylegalfees [American Lawyer]

    * The Deal Professor, Steven Davidoff, surveys the legal landscape around the Twitter filing, focusing on the #JOBSAct. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Jamie McCourt, a former family law attorney, strikes out in trying to set aside her divorce settlement with Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She’s stuck with $131 million and several luxury homes. #richpeopleproblems [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * An inquest reveals that a Hogan Lovells partner who took his own life had warned a colleague that he was going to kill himself the day before his death. [Daily Mail via ABA Journal]

    * Good news for the news business: the Senate Judiciary Committee approves a federal media-shield bill. [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal]

    * Nathan Myhrvold, the CEO of a patent holding company, warns that anti-patent-troll sentiment could have unforeseen consequences. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Praise in the WSJ for Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (affiliate link), the new book by Professor Josh Blackman (who recently wrote a guest post for us on Supreme Court beauty contests). [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Congrats to George Mason Law on its two high-profile hires: D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg and Covington antitrust partner Damien Geradin. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]

    * If you’re in New York this weekend, go see Arguendo. Or buy tickets for the 7 p.m. performance on September 22, when I’ll be doing a talkback with artistic director John Collins after the show. Enter the discount code “ABOVE” for $35 tickets (a special rate for ATL readers). [Public Theater]

    3 Comments / / Sep 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM
  • to-train-up-a-child-21-RF

    Adoption, Books, Crime, Deaths, Kids, Religion, Trials

    The Crazy Parenting Book That Inspired Parents To Kill Daughter (And How To Avoid Another Tragedy)

    The legal regime surrounding adoption is relatively lax, sometimes with tragic results.

    57 Comments / / Sep 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM
  • Andrew L. Sandler

    Ask the Experts, Books, Boutique Law Firms, BuckleySandler, Partner Issues

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Andrew L. Sandler from BuckleySandler LLP

    Andrew L. Sandler from BuckleySandler LLP answers 10 questions for the ATL Interrogatories, sponsored by Lateral Link.

    0 Comments / / Sep 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Biglaw, Books, Constitutional Law, Health Care / Medicine, Maureen Mahoney, Partner Issues, Paul Clement, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Olson

    The Supreme Court ‘Beauty Contest': A Behind-the-Scenes Look

    How did the Obamacare litigants select their Supreme Court lawyers? Josh Blackman, author of Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare, reveals all.

    8 Comments / / Sep 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM
  • Bride and groom.

    Books, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Texas, Weddings

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.13

    * A comprehensive analysis of the New York Times wedding announcements over the years. As the research team frames the question, “What do the world’s most self-important people think is important?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is “where they went to law school.” [News Genius / Rap Genius]

    * The National Jurist would like to deceive convince the potential law school class of 2017 that there will be tons of jobs for them. Apparently the legions of unemployed lawyers now will just disappear in some sort of legal industry Carousel. [National Jurist]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel’s mom loves Al Jazeera because she hates pundits and talking heads. Like, for instance, Elizabeth Wurtzel. [The Daily Beast]

    * Walter Olson of Overlawyered is going on the road. There are a lot of stops; check if he’s coming to a town near you. You could totally tag one of these venues in a big slip-and-fall case. [Overlawyered]

    * The million-dollar-law-degree guys mount another defense. [Am Law Daily via Law School Tuition Bubble]

    * In the midst of a slew of law deans stepping down, Dean Patricia Salkin thinks this is the perfect time to become a law dean. Elie already put his hat in the ring for every available position via Facebook. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Military personnel are guaranteed benefits for same-sex partners. Including personnel in state national guard units. But Texas has decided to deny those benefits. Yeehaw! In all seriousness, this is why all those liberals rooting for state marijuana ballot measures against the feds needed a little more foresight. [Dallas Voice]

    * An interview with Helen Wan, the author of The Partner Track: A Novel (affiliate link). Keep on the lookout for David’s coming interview with Helen. [CNN]

    3 Comments / / Sep 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • 220px-Sagger_in_NYC

    Books, Crime, Fashion, Feminism, Health Care / Medicine, Music, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.03.13

    * Sagging is one of the best anti-crime tools going. Since it stymies people who actually commit crimes, it seems to work better than stop-and-frisk… [Lowering the Bar]

    * From an appellate brief in New York: The “’Question Presented’ stated only “’WHAT’S A BOY TO DO?’” What, indeed. [MyCase]

    * Geraldo Rivera is out of an upcoming symposium on the Kennedy assassination reviewing the accuracy of the Warren Report. The reason? This half-naked selfie. I know he’s against wearing concealing hoodies, but dude, there’s a middle ground. [Inside Higher Ed via TaxProf Blog]

    * Are energy drinks the next tobacco? ::sips from old-school Four Loko:: [Law and More]

    * W(h)ither equity partnerships in Biglaw? [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * Professor Josh Blackman discussing his new book Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (affiliate link). [Josh Blackman's Blog]

    * A Blurred Lines parody video made by law students less than thrilled with the date-rapey message of the original. It’s got some language that you don’t want to blast in the office (though, again, it’s fundamentally less offensive than what Thicke actually sings). Embed after the jump…

    5 Comments / / Sep 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM
  • Tony Humphrey Allen Overy

    Allen & Overy, Books, Depositions, Magic Circle, Ridiculousness, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Videos, YouTube

    50 Shades of Biglaw: Watch This Managing Partner Read Erotica Out Loud

    Based on his videotaped deposition, this retired managing partner could have a second career as a reader of erotic audiobooks.

    14 Comments / / Aug 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM
  • 6577201-M-RF

    Books, Movies

    The Famous Lawyer Who Never Existed

    This star attorney’s autobiography was hailed by the New York Times and the Washington Post; too bad he never really existed….

    15 Comments / / Aug 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM
  • Alan Dershowitz

    Alan Dershowitz, Books, Constitutional Law, Death Penalty, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Supreme Court

    The Eventual Death of the Death Penalty?

    How will the death penalty come to an end in the United States? Alan Dershowitz makes a prediction.

    7 Comments / / Aug 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • happy scalia RF

    Antonin Scalia, Books, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Aww, Justice Scalia Isn’t Such A Bad Guy After All

    The good justice is actually willing to compromise with people!

    6 Comments / / Aug 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM
  • sexy anonymous lawyer LF

    Books, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Is This Lawyer More Successful In The Bedroom Than The Office?

    The book by the lawyer who was a swinger might actually be more interesting if she talked about her legal career.

    23 Comments / / Aug 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM
  • Rosenbaum

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Books, Partner Issues

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Richard Rosenbaum from Greenberg Traurig

    Richard A. Rosenbaum of Greenberg Traurig answers 10 questions for the ATL Interrogatories, sponsored by Lateral Link.

    0 Comments / / Aug 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel small Liz Wurtzel

    Ann Althouse, Books, Celebrities, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Quote of the Day, Romance and Dating

    Is Elizabeth Wurtzel Getting Married?

    Elizabeth Wurtzel, the prominent writer and lawyer, shares relationship advice and talks about her next book.

    60 Comments / / Aug 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM
  • It's always sunny - or raining money? - in Philadelphia.

    Books, Copyright, Intellectual Property, John Marshall Law School, Jury Duty, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, State Attorneys General

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.13

    * “Our graduates have a history of going to small firms, DAs and public defenders’ offices. We don’t have the employment swings that big law schools have because their graduates are focused on more elite firms,” says the dean of law school that costs $185,214 to attend. Certainly all of those students at the District Attorney’s office are making enough bank to pay that off. [Daily Report]

    * Looking to avoid jury duty? Practice some F-Bombs. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Copyright carries with it a substantial weakness — most publishers would rather reprint public domain works than deal with authors. [The Atlantic]

    * 75 percent of IP counsel are either litigating with patent trolls or expect to in the next 12 months. The other 25 percent just represent really sh**ty products. [Consero]

    * A former attorney is aiming to crowdfund her invention, a 3-in-1 kitchen tool. [Gambas and Grits]

    * Several State Attorneys General want to make it easier to go after bloggers because narrowly tailored laws are for suckers. [Popehat]

    * A tipster sent us this from Facebook. This is the best tattoo of Lady Justice ever. Picture after the jump…

    By the way, if you have pics of other great legally-themed tats, send them to us and we’ll see about crafting a full mash-up post.

    4 Comments / / Aug 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • student-loan-debt

    9th Circuit, Banking Law, Bar Exams, Biglaw, Books, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Racism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Sports, Student Loans, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Video games

    Morning Docket: 08.01.13

    Ed. note: We are having an Above the Law retreat this afternoon, so we may be less prolific than usual today. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

    * “I think I am now the hardest-working justice. I wasn’t until David Souter left us.” Justice Ginsburg celebrates her twentieth year on the high bench in true diva style. [USA Today]

    * Sorry, EA, the Ninth Circuit thought your First Amendment free expression defense to allegedly stealing college sports players’ likenesses was a load of hooey. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “It’s a decision that clearly favors the merchants.” A federal judge gave the Fed a spanking in a ruling on its cap for debit card fees earned by banks after consumer swipes. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “What makes this discriminatory? I don’t think there’s anything in Title 7 that says an employer has to be consistent.” Ropes & Gray’s “token black associate” had his day in court. [National Law Journal]

    * The firm that outed J.K. Rowling as author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” will make a charitable donation as an apology — getting the book to the bestseller’s list wasn’t charitable enough. [New York Times]

    * As the bar exam draws to a close today, here’s something to consider: 12,250 people signed up to take the test in New York alone. Are there jobs out there for them? Best of luck! [New York Law Journal]

    * The feds want to make a better return on their investment on law student loans. Perhaps it’s time for those good old gainful employment regulations. [Student Loan Ranger / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro is expected to speak at his sentencing hearing today, where a judge will decide if a term of life in prison plus 1,000 years is appropriate punishment for him. [CBS News]

    14 Comments / / Aug 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM
  • 170px-Pietro_Perugino_040

    Bankruptcy, Books, International Law, Law Firm Mergers, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.31.13

    * Daniel Chong, the student that the DEA locked in a cell and forgot about for a few days, has settled his lawsuit against the government for $4.1 million. No snark here, congratulations. [CNN]

    * Meanwhile, O.J. Simpson is getting parole (but not quite getting released yet). Here comes Naked Gun 4! [ABC News]

    * A Kenyan lawyer is challenging the trial of Jesus Christ at the International Court of Justice. [Legal Cheek]

    * Professor Paul Campos notes that from 2004-2013, it’s gotten much easier to get into law school. This year 80 percent of students applying to law school will get in somewhere. At least the profession is upholding its high standards. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * DMX declared bankruptcy because bankruptcy actually makes it easier to get a passport. How is DMX broke? Are the residuals from Exit Wounds not paying the bills? [Grantland]

    * King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin LLP are merging to create one of the largest law firms in the world. Dewey think a merger is a good idea? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A follow-up on a previous item, checking in on the status of the petition to save the federal defenders one week in. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * A profile of the “eighth governor” of the Federal Reserve and Georgetown Law grad, General Counsel Scott G. Alvarez. I would say this is a fascinating look at a prominent regulatory staff member, but the article makes it clear that “regulation” is not exactly the Alvarez agenda. [DealBook]

    * Watch the dean of a law school defend a 0 percent bar passage rate. [ABC 33/40]

    * Another new resource out there — LawTrades. Basically, it’s ZocDoc for lawyers where lawyers can register and prospective clients can search for an attorney who meets their needs. [LawTrades]

    * What are the greatest legal novels of all time? The ABA Journal assembled a panel including our own David Lat and provided a list. You can disagree, but I see one of Archer’s favorites made the list (clip after the jump)…

    7 Comments / / Jul 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Our Sites

  • Above the Law
  • How Appealing
  • ATL Redline
  • Breaking Defense
  • Breaking Energy
  • Breaking Gov
  • Dealbreaker
  • Fashonista
  •