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Chick-fil-A: because it tastes like hate.

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 / 11:38 AM

* The lawyers fighting against marriage equality say “[w]hether [they] win or lose in lower courts doesn’t matter that much,” because everything will be up to the Supreme Court at the end of the day — but so far, they mostly lose. [National Law Journal]

* On the other side of the coin, the lawyers fighting in favor of marriage equality are sounding more and more like used car salesmen, always bragging about the quality of their “vehicles” just to get their cases in front of the justices. [New York Times]

* In the meantime, Justice Kagan officiated her first same-sex wedding this weekend for one of her former clerks. Only the women of SCOTUS, sans Sotomayor, have performed such ceremonies. [Huffington Post]

* In a landmark decision, Arab Bank PLC was found liable for supporting Hamas in a civil terrorism-finance case. There will be a second trial to determine damages, but the bank plans to appeal. [WSJ Law Blog]

* Here’s advice for those of you considering reapplying to law school during a time of educational crisis: rewrite your app in crayon, you’ll probably get in. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 / 9:10 AM

Law schools are experiencing their own version of the housing bubble.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 4:13 PM

Will the school die in debt like its namesake?

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 12:11 PM

If law school is “a distilled bunch of the biggest a-holes you knew in college,” then this kid is the Pappy Van Winkle.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 10:12 AM

* 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]

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 / 9:07 AM

What Frank Underwood can teach us about naming a law school.

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 4:04 PM

Ann K. Levine shares some insights about the right way to approach law school and the law school application process.

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 3:36 PM

Now Charleston has a new suitor willing to save it from for-profit InfiLaw. But would it run the school any better?

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 12:21 PM

How does the PMF program work, and when is the application deadline?

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 / 11:05 AM