• zombie-lawyer

    Animal Law, Attorney Misconduct, Baseball, Biglaw, California, Contracts, Death Penalty, Disasters / Emergencies, DUI / DWI, Kids, Lateral Moves, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.05.14

    * Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin Gump’s dugout. He hopes to hit it out of the park and slide into his new home at Jackson Lewis. Please, no more baseball references. :( [Am Law Daily]

    * Thanks to Virginia, the electric chair may be making a comeback when drugs for lethal injection aren’t available. OMG, that’s so freakin’ lame. Bring back the breaking wheel or death by disembowelment. [Gawker]

    * A lawyer won’t have to pay an ex-law student $1M after making a hyperbolic challenge in a TV interview. Better luck reading the Leonard v. Pepsico case next time, pal. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Protip: when you’ve been suspended for your “contemptuous attitude,” bragging that one of the judges who disciplined you thinks you’re “probably the best DUI lawyer” isn’t smart. [Santa Barbara Independent]

    * If you watch The Walking Dead, you’ve probably wondered if all of the killing was legal — because you’re a lawyer, and you can’t enjoy anything anymore. Here’s your answer, from a UC Hastings Law prof. [GQ]

    * If you’d like your chickens to live a life of luxury before you eat them and their eggs, then you’re going to love this law in California. If not, you can move to Missouri. See Elie squawk about it here. [ATL Redline]

    * Ian Whittle, a recent George Mason Law grad, took a break from watching the saddest Super Bowl ever to save a little girl from drowning in a pond. Check out the news coverage, after the jump. [CBS 6 WTVR]

    0 Comments / / Feb 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM
  • fine print RF

    Contracts, English Grammar and Usage, Fast Food, Food, In-House Counsel

    Fun With Fine Print: Fast Food Fun

    Welcome to Above the Law’s newest feature, a column devoted to especially clever or awful examples of legalese, fine print, disclaimers, disclosures, and the like.

    20 Comments / / Oct 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM
  • gavel money

    Biglaw, Contracts, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Litigators, Money, Rankings

    Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies? (2013)

    Which firms do Fortune 500 companies turn to when facing bet-the-company litigation?

    19 Comments / / Sep 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM
  • iStock_000000041987XSmall

    Contracts, Football, JPMorgan Chase, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Sports, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.05.13

    * Fine Print as “Surrealist Masterpiece.” Because sometimes you need legal analysis involving Foucault. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Speaking of fine print, the story behind an attack ad in Virginia is all about fine print. Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli is running an attack ad against Terry McAuliffe connecting him to the collapse of Global Crossing. The problem is the former Global Crossing workers in the ad thought they were talking to a documentary film crew about the company, not making an ad attacking McAuliffe. Should have read that waiver form more closely! [Mother Jones]

    * JPMorgan Chase is dropping out of the student loan business. Must be getting too difficult to package likely defaults into some kind of billion-dollar derivative these days. [American Banker]

    * A New York attorney candidly tells the world that dealing with his kids “is not my problem” because he has a long-suffering wife for that job. See conservatives, gay marriage hasn’t destroyed all the traditional families. [Dealbreaker]

    * More analysis on the legality of intervention in Syria under international law. Welcome to the art of writing listicles, Lawfare! [Lawfare]

    * A Q&A with Ignatius Grande of Hughes Hubbard & Reed on the importance of Twitter for clients and law firms. Intriguingly, Hughes Hubbard doesn’t have an active Twitter account. What gives? [Commercial Litigation Insider]

    * The NFL’s concussion settlement wasn’t just about screwing over the former players, but about the NFL covering up its business practices. But who cares, KICKOFF TONIGHT Y’ALL! [Grantland]

    * We’re not saying you should drop out of school, but if you do, try to make it like these people. Video embedded after the jump. [Bloomberg via YouTube]

    3 Comments / / Sep 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM
  • 220px-Janet_Napolitano_official_portrait

    Abortion, Contracts, iPhone, Labor / Employment, Lindsay Lohan, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.12.13

    * Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is leaving the cabinet to head the University of California system. That’s a natural transition because UC already treats its students like threats to national security. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Texas banning tampons from the Texas Capitol building in advance of abortion vote. Guns are still fine though. In the words of the inimitable Spencer Hall, “But what about a gun that FIRES tampons, Texas?” [Huffington Post]

    * A lot of folks are anticipating Noel Canning, but if Harry Reid invokes the so-called “nuclear option” (fifth item), does that render the whole case moot? [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Three years for stealing an iPhone from a child. I guess it’s like taking Candy (Crush) from a baby. [Law and More]

    * If you stop to think about it, someone should totally have sued the camp from The Parent Trap (affiliate link). If for no other reason than the likelihood Lohan was dealing to all the other campers. [Crushable]

    * An iOS app for creating semi-bespoke contracts. That’s cool, but I’ll stick to Temple Run, thanks. [Associate’s Mind]

    1 Comment / / Jul 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM
  • Rihanna

    Animal Law, Contracts, Football, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Rankings, Sports, STDs, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 05.31.13

    * The Am Law 200 rankings are out, and the difference between the First Hundred and Second Hundred Biglaw firms has been described as “stark.” Check out who made the grade here. [American Lawyer]

    * Many Biglaw attorneys are sharks, but at Crowell & Moring, a firm with a duck as its mascot, at least they’ve got hearts. They’re awaiting the birth of little ducklings outside of their office. [Washington Post]

    * Spyfall, Round Two: General David Petraeus, of CIA and sex scandal fame, is joining private equity company KKR & Co. with Williams & Connelly advising on his employment agreement. [Am Law Daily]

    * Want to know at which law school you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck? Want to see which law school is best at financial efficiency? You may be surprised at some of the schools on this list. [Morse Code / U.S. News & World Report]

    * No, silly, he wasn’t being an antisocial gunner, he just wasn’t old enough to go to the bar with you. Harvard Law recently graduated one of its youngest African-American students ever. [Boston Globe]

    * A legal Hail Mary? Joe Paterno’s family, former Penn State football players, and select members of the school’s board of trustees are suing the NCAA over its Sandusky sanctions. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * A woman is suing MAC after she allegedly picked up the gift that keeps on giving from Rihanna’s lipstick: herpes! Chris Brown, don’t hurt me for implying it was from Rihanna. [New York Daily News]

    5 Comments / / May 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM
  • House-Rules-small-In-House-Counsel RF

    Contracts, In-House Counsel, Practice Pointers

    House Rules: Catastrophic Events…

    Taking legal lessons from disaster.

    4 Comments / / May 22, 2013 at 4:02 PM
  • mother's day RF

    Contracts, Fabulosity, Holidays and Seasons

    It’s Time You Legally Enforced Your Love for Your Mom

    This Mother’s Day, give the woman who birthed you a gift on her own terms… literally.

    4 Comments / / May 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM
  • 220px-Mary_Poppins3

    Biglaw, Contracts, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Litigators, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.06.13

    * “Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey. Chim chim cher-ee! A sweep of a law firm has found a body!” Dead body found in law firm chimney at Moody and Woolley Solicitors in England. [BBC]

    * Reddit joins the new trend of writing terms of service that can be read by real-life people. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Defense Distributed, the arms dealer fronted by Texas law student Cody Wilson, announced today that they have completed a fully 3D printed gun, with the added benefit of avoiding metal detectors. Yay? [Gizmodo]

    * In honor of May the Fourth: a legal analysis of the Chewbacca defense. [The Legal Geeks]

    * A Howard Law School grad has set up a new business allowing companies to hire bike messengers through their smartphone. So now there’s an app for THAT. [DCist]

    * Is the legal profession poised for a comeback? Not sure I buy the argument. Just because more litigation kicks up, doesn’t mean firms will go on a hiring spree because litigation doesn’t need a glut of associates anymore. Document management companies are smothering future associate jobs in the cradle and they’re not going anywhere. [TaxProf Blog]

    * A review of ATL’s Top 50 Law School Rankings. In the interest of complete modesty, this is the most accurate review ever. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    4 Comments / / May 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM
  • 225px-Big_Ten_Conference_logo_(2012).svg

    Basketball, Contracts, Facebook, Football, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.19.13

    * A Big Ten Commissioner filed a declaration claiming that the Big Ten will stop competitive collegiate athletics if Ed O’Bannon wins his lawsuit. This level of disingenuous blackmail is why we invented sanctions, people. [Sports Illustrated]

    * On the heels of a federal judge allowing service through Facebook, a Texas lawmaker wants to make service of process over Facebook the rule rather than the exception. [IT-Lex]

    * The next time you feel embarrassed by a U.S. politician, note that this Japanese city council member refuses to remove his wrestling mask. America doesn’t have anyone that clownish in office… she resigned the governorship in 2009. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Everyone always talks about plain language contracts. Here’s how someone actually wrote “Terms and Conditions” that a user might actually read. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Once again, the Supreme Court comes down to the Breyer-Thomas coalition against the Scalia-Ginsburg coalition. [ABA Journal]

    * Slate’s Jessica Grose weighs in on the suicide of Cynthia Wachenheim reported here last week. [Slate]

    * And here, just for fun, see if you can guess who said these quotes: Spongebob Squarepants or Friedrich Nietzsche. Surprisingly harder than you’d think. [Buzzfeed]

    2 Comments / / Mar 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • tiffany box

    Airplanes / Aviation, Basketball, Biglaw, Blogging, Contracts, Douglas Berman, Education / Schools, Environment / Environmental Law, Federal Government, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Politics, Sentencing Law, State Judges, Trademarks, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 02.15.13

    * What to do when your federal agency’s website has been hacked by Anonymous and you’re unable to post a major report online for public dissemination? Well, just ask a law professor to do it for you on his blog; that’s not embarrassing, not at all. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The many victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster can now rejoice, because yesterday, Transocean pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act, and will pay the second-largest environmental fine in United States history to the tune of $400 million. [CNN]

    * Money takes flight: eleventy billion Biglaw firms are behind the beast that is this awful airline merger, but taking the lead are lawyers from Weil Gotshal for AMR and Latham & Watkins for US Airways. [Am Law Daily]

    * After questioning the validity of one of the NBA players union’s contracts, Paul Weiss is withholding details about it thanks to the government’s intrusion. Way to block nepotism’s alleged slam dunk. [New York Times]

    * “When is the last time you took the biggest financial institutions on Wall Street to trial?” Elizabeth Warren took the Socratic method to the Senate Banking Committee and she was applauded for it. [National Law Journal]

    * If you liked it, then perhaps you should’ve put a ring on it, but not a Tiffany’s diamond engagement ring that you’ve purchased from Costco, because according to this trademark lawsuit, it may be a knockoff. [Bloomberg]

    * “We feel very badly for Megan Thode.” A Pennsylvania judge ruled against the Lehigh student who sued over her grade of C+ because let’s be serious, did ANYONE AT ALL really think he wouldn’t do that?! [Morning Call]

    7 Comments / / Feb 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • kissy lips RF

    Contracts, Holidays and Seasons, Romance and Dating

    Slaying Romance, Lawyer Style: A Romantic Valentine’s Day Memorandum of Understanding

    If you came to Above the Law for dating advice, you’re doing it wrong.

    11 Comments / / Feb 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM
  • monkey suit LF

    Celebrities, Contracts, Donald Trump, Quote of the Day

    Bill Maher Goes Apesh*t on Donald Trump’s Lawyer

    Not one to pass up a good joke, Bill Maher went to town on Donald Trump’s lawyer…

    18 Comments / / Feb 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM
  • downfall-dmca-notice

    Contract Attorneys, Contracts, Document Review, DUI / DWI, Law Schools, Videos, YouTube

    A Children’s Treasury of Hitler Reacting To Legal Stuff

    Hitler reacts… to a bunch of practical legal and law school concepts.

    12 Comments / / Feb 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM
  • donald trump RF

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Contracts, Donald Trump, Quote of the Day, Twittering

    Quote of the Day: Trump’s Lawyers May Be ‘FIRED!’ Over This

    “You’re FIRED!” Those are probably words that Donald Trump’s lawyers will soon hear after they lose this absurd case.

    38 Comments / / Feb 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM
  • second restatement of contracts

    American Bar Association / ABA, Clarence Thomas, Contracts, Facebook, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.18.13

    * Is this contract for sex based on Facebook likes enforceable? [Gawker]

    * Speaking of unenforceable contracts, what in the hell does Bilbo sign before his unexpectedly long journey? [Wired]

    * And Jesus, you certainly can’t barter legal services for sex! I think everybody needs to go home and read the Second Restatement. [Indianapolis Star]

    * Now you can hear for yourself the three words that Clarence Thomas spoke. It’s at the 41 minute mark. [The Supreme Court]

    * Ms. JD is offering lawyers and law students the chance to submit questions to ABA President Laurel Bellows that will be answered at an event on January 31 (with viewing parties around the country). [Ms. JD]

    * How to answer a question when an interviewer asks you something that you don’t have to answer. []

    * Litigation can be a good excuse to get your client to do things they should have been doing all along. [What About Clients?]

    * North Carolina dean claims she was forced to underreport sexual assaults at the college. When reached for comment, the Duke Lacrosse team said, “We kind of have the opposite problem.” [Salon]

    3 Comments / / Jan 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM
  • Vertical Dance – Cradle

    Contracts, Donald Trump, John Roberts, Non-Sequiturs, Nude Dancing, SCOTUS, Sex, Supreme Court, Tort Reform

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.09.13

    * They should teach “defending strippers” in law school. I feel like people could have a thriving practice just representing strippers against the various perils in their lives. [The Smoking Gun]

    * And of course, that class should be taught by Marc Randazza. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * Bill Maher v. Donald Trump. Offer v. Consideration. Comedian v. D-bag. This will make for a fun issue spotter for any spring term contracts classes. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Can you prove that a getting a legal aid lawyer actually helps? Are you sure? [Boston Globe]

    * Birthers are now coming after Chief Justice Roberts. You know what they’re not coming after? Book learning! (zing) [Huffington Post]

    * Here’s a formal job application, I think, to be the new Clerk of the Supreme Court. [Prawfsblawg]

    * In the state of nature, this is how pizza places were kept down to the level of the rest of us. [Legal Juice]

    2 Comments / / Jan 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • sheena monnin

    B for Beauty, Contracts, Defamation, Donald Trump

    Donald Trump Teaches a Disgruntled Beauty Queen an ‘Expensive Lesson’ in Arbitration

    This beauty queen is no Miss Congeniality, and now she owes Donald Trump $5 million…

    18 Comments / / Dec 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM