Cass Sunstein

  • Robin Williams

    American Bar Association / ABA, Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Crime, Deaths, Federal Judges, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.12.14

    * “No person, no matter how high, is above the law.” It would seem Chief Judge John Roberts is unfamiliar with many of the attorneys we write about on a daily basis. [Associated Press]

    * Considering many Americans can’t name a single justice, whether the high court issues 9-0 or 5-4 opinions likely matters little, but Cass Sunstein has a study on it. [New York Times]

    * Judge Mark Fuller (M.D. AL) spent a night in jail this weekend after an alleged domestic violence incident with his wife. He paid $5,000 bond before he was released. Uhh… Roll Tide? [CNN]

    * The ABA moved forward with reforms to help students gain clinical and distance-learning opportunities. Alas, being paid for work was too controversial this time. [National Law Journal]

    * A woman who was trapped inside a law firm as a gunman opened fire before killing himself is now suing everyone for damages. You’d probably sue, too — it must’ve been terrifying. [Times-Picayune]

    * Robin Williams, the beloved actor who recently played a very disgruntled lawyer, RIP. [ABC News]

    3 Comments / / Aug 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM
  • You Won't Believe How Much These 18 Cats Look Like Past Solicitors General -- by Laurence Tribe

    American Bar Association / ABA, Cass Sunstein, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.01.14

    So which of these are real and which are not?

    * Cass Sunstein is writing listicles on the best Supreme Court justices. [Bloomberg View]

    * Attorney General Holder is really going to get to the bottom of these serious allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The ABA is ending the mandatory use of the LSAT to allow some struggling schools more flexibility in filling empty seats. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * The DOJ is looking into whether or not “God” has such a stranglehold on religion in America that it constitutes an antitrust violation. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A pair of Texas lawyers tussle over the rights to a motorcycle club they ran. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Americans in the 80s made fun of lawyers more than any other society. [Overlawyered]

    2 Comments / / Apr 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Woody Allen

    Asians, Books, Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Drinking, Drugs, Elena Kagan, Jed Rubenfeld, Kids, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.03.14

    * Woody Allen’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, responds to Dylan Farrow’s account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her famous father. [Gawker; Gothamist]

    * Sound advice from Professor Glenn Reynolds on how not to increase applications to your law school. [Instapundit]

    * What is a “nitro dump,” and will it provide information about who (or what) killed Philip Seymour Hoffman? [ATL Redline]

    * “Is Elena Kagan a ‘paranoid libertarian?’ Judging by [Cass] Sunstein’s definition, the answer is yes.” [Reason via Althouse]

    * A petition of possible interest to debt-laden law school graduates: “Increase the student loan interest deduction from $2,500 to the interest actually paid.” []

    * Vivia Chen wonders: Is Amy Chua, co-author of The Triple Package (affiliate link), being attacked as racist in a way that it itself racist? [Time]

    * Yikes — journalists around the country have been receiving “a flurry of subpoenas in recent months,” according to Jeff Kosseff of Covington & Burling. [InsideTechMedia]

    * Congratulations to Orrick’s 15 new partners — an impressively diverse group, from a wide range of practice areas and from offices around the world. [Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe]

    1 Comment / / Feb 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Oh no you didn't!

    Biglaw, Cars, Cass Sunstein, Kids, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.12

    * Cass Sunstein provides a calm, well-reasoned discussion about how much personal opinions about sources matter in shifting people’s beliefs. Whatever, I hate that pinko commie. [New York Times]

    * So you know that whole “NYC hires big scary Proskauer to evict old, folk-hero newspaper vendor”? Yeah, well, maybe let’s replace “folk-hero” with alleged “back-door dealer” and “scary Proskauer lawyer” with “former NYC attorney trying to help her city out pro bono.” [New York Magazine]

    * This Ohio inmate says he’s too fat to be executed. That’s nuts: his extreme obesity might actually save his life. Eat your heart out, American Heart Association.[Columbus Dispatch]

    * “Don’t tase me bro!” Then don’t act all crazy and try to enter the courtroom with a camera… bro. [Jonathan Turley via Legal Blog Watch]

    * Oh snap! The Winklevii are back, and they’re investing in a new social network… for investors. Hmmm… was kind of hoping after such an extended absence they’d have come up with something with a little more pizazz. On the upside, they still look creepily identical! [SF Weekly]

    * Big government is completely out of control! First they try to kill grandma, and now they won’t even let two-year-olds drive cars! I can’t take this socialist nonsense anymore; I’m moving to Canada. [Legal Juice]

    2 Comments / / Sep 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM
  • chicken offsets

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Cass Sunstein, Drugs, Fast Food, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Sam Sparks, Sports, Student Loans, Ted Frank, UVA Law, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.06.12

    * From the White House to the ivory tower: Cass Sunstein is leaving OIRA to return to Harvard Law. Perhaps his thoughts on behavioral economics and public policy will be appreciated in academia. [New York Times]

    * It’s too late to apologize this time, Cesar. Greenberg Traurig has been sanctioned in the TD Bank to-do for the firm’s negligent failure to bring forth documents during discovery. [Tampa Bay Business Journal]

    * Jared Loughner is reportedly set to plead guilty in the Arizona shooting attack that killed six people, including Judge John Roll, and injured 13, including former Representative Gabrielle Giffords. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Lance Armstrong is going for the gold against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, this time with a bid to Judge Sam Sparks for a restraining order blocking the USADA from forcing the cyclist into binding arbitration. [Bloomberg]

    * “[T]his is not the time for us to become an international accrediting agency.” The ABA will remain a faulty U.S. accrediting agency, because the Legal Ed Section voted against accrediting foreign law schools. [ABA Journal]

    * Apparently Texas Tech Law has more than beauty queens. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has appointed dean emeritus and current law professor Walter Huffman to the new Defense Legal Policy Board. [KCBD 11]

    * Remember Joshua Gomes, the UVA Law student who allegedly broke into the school’s registrar office? As it turns out, there’s no more “allegedly” about it. We’ll likely have more on this news later today. [Daily Progress]

    * Law school graduates’ tales of woe are still making headlines in newspapers. Please take heed, 0Ls, and remember that you decided to discount this info if you’re told that you “should have known better.” [Oregonian]

    * If you want to eat mor chikin but the thought of supporting Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage is giving you indigestion, now you can eat your fill with the assistance of Ted Frank’s chicken offsets. [Huffington Post]

    11 Comments / / Aug 6, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Fabulosity, Hotties, Law Professors, Quote of the Day, Samantha Power

    Quote of the Day: She’ll Be Played By Julianne Moore in ‘Libya: The Movie’

    [There wasn’t] some dramatic meeting in the Oval Office where everybody tried to persuade the president not to do this, and Samantha rolled in with her flowing red hair and said, ‘Mr. President, I stand here alone in telling you that history calls upon you to perform this act.’ That’s not how it happened. — […]

    34 Comments / / Mar 29, 2011 at 7:56 PM
  • Cass Sunstein, Harold Koh, Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sullivan, Larry Lessig, Politics, SCOTUS, SCOTUS Potential, Supreme Court

    The Unconfirmable Supreme Court (Part 1): The Liberals

    Update: Check out Part 2: The Conservatives. As we were planning Above the Law’s Elena Kagan confirmation coverage, we got to thinking (always a dangerous thing around these parts): What if Supreme Court nominees didn’t have to defend themselves to the American public? What if the U.S. Senate’s constitutional privilege of “advice and consent” was […]

    66 Comments / / May 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM
  • Cass Sunstein, Federal Government, Law Professors, Politics

    Quote of the Day (Part 2): From the Ivory Tower to the White House

    When I was an academic, I’d sometimes get a little feeling of excitement when I had an idea that was, I hoped, fresh…. [W]hether anyone should act on that idea is a very different question. — Cass Sunstein, the Harvard law professor now heading the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

    4 Comments / / May 17, 2010 at 3:40 PM
  • Cass Sunstein, Federal Government, Law Professors, Politics

    Quote of the Day (Part 1): Sassy Cass?

    Who the f**k says my personality is not like Rahm Emanuel’s? — Cass Sunstein, the University of Chicago Harvard law professor now heading the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

    9 Comments / / May 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM
  • Cass Sunstein, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.10.09

    * Sunstein. Confirmed! Finally. [Law Dork 2.0] * Ben Roethlisberger is ready for the season opener tonight. His attorneys are pursuing all avenues against the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct. [Pro Football Talk] * Yes, we read the Fail Blog. But we also read the WSJ Law Blog. [Fail Blog] * Beatles Rock […]

    15 Comments / / Sep 10, 2009 at 5:49 PM
  • Cass Sunstein, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 07.06.09

    * Legal bills to blame for Sarah Palin’s exiting the Alaskan gubernatorial stage. [New York Times] * Appellate lawyer Gregory Coleman had two dates with the SCOTUS justices in eight days. [Austin American-Statesman] * The U.S. Treasury will soon have a Department of Automobiles. [Washington Post] * Cass Sunstein has his fingers in White House […]

    12 Comments / / Jul 6, 2009 at 8:59 AM
  • Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Fabulosity, Law Professors, Pictures, Politics, Samantha Power, Slideshows

    ATL World Exclusive: Paparazzi Photos of Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power!

    The world is obsessed with celebrity professors Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power, who recently left the ivory tower to take high-ranking positions in the Obama Administration. He might someday sit on the Supreme Court; she’s a winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and together, as we previously reported (see the update), they’re creating the World’s Smartest […]

    63 Comments / / Feb 27, 2009 at 12:17 PM
  • Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Federal Government, Law Professors, Samantha Power, White House Counsel

    Musical Chairs: Now Power and Sunstein Can Carpool To Work

    Back in July, when we covered the nuptials of celebrity professors / Obama advisers Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power, we wrote: “We look forward to seeing the heights to which they will ascend, together, in the administration of President Obama.” Well, now we know. Both have snagged important positions in the White House. As previously […]

    48 Comments / / Jan 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM
  • 2nd Circuit, Cass Sunstein, New York Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samantha Power, Supreme Court Clerks, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: July’s Couple of the Month

    Good news for Legal Eagle Wedding Watchers: LEWW will be returning to a more frequent and timely posting schedule! Beginning next week, we’ll once again feature our gold standard of three fabulous couples per week to ogle and dissect. We’ll bring you more hot August weddings tomorrow and Friday, but for now, it’s time for […]

    45 Comments / / Aug 20, 2008 at 1:22 PM
  • Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Fabulosity, Hotties, Law Professors, Politics, Samantha Power, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch (Bonus Edition): Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein Get Hitched

    Back in May, we broke the news of the engagement of celebrity professors Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power. Both are Harvard-trained lawyers and high-profile advisers — current in Sunstein’s case, and former in Power’s case (see Monstergate) — to fellow HLS grad Barack Obama. In the fall, Professor Sunstein will be teaching law at Harvard, […]

    1 Comment / / Jul 7, 2008 at 12:20 PM
  • Cass Sunstein, Law Professors, Law Schools, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Posner, Romance and Dating, Samantha Power

    Wanna Be A Public Intellectual? Date Cass Sunstein!

    In the current issue of Foreign Policy magazine, you’ll find their list of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals. The list appears here (and you can vote for your top five). Bios of the honorees — and we must confess, some of these names didn’t ring a bell — appear here. The public intellectuals explicitly […]

    46 Comments / / May 2, 2008 at 1:52 PM
  • Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Samantha Power

    Update: Cass Sunstein’s ‘Power’ Resigns

    We updated our original post from this morning about Samantha Power calling Hillary Clinton a “monster,” but it’s a big enough development to cover in a separate post. So here we go. Professor Power, rumored love interest of Cass Sunstein, resigned from the Obama campaign because of her tawdry remarks about Hillary Clinton in an […]

    89 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM
  • Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Hillary Clinton, Politics, Rudeness, Samantha Power, Screw-Ups

    ‘Hillary Clinton’s a monster.’

    That statement was made by Samantha Power, a top foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama and new-ish love interest of Professor Cass Sunstein. Sunstein recently accepted a position at Harvard Law, leaving behind in Chicago his ex, philosopher Martha Nussbaum. Bossman David Lat posted all the gossip about the academic love triangle here. Power, pictured, […]

    132 Comments / / Mar 7, 2008 at 9:23 AM