Deaths

  • Tim Tebow

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Deaths, Football, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Rudeness

    Morning Docket: 04.11.12

    * Well, at least somebody’s getting a spring bonus. A Biglaw firm has folded against the EEOC’s will on the de-equitization of partners. And all of the underpaid old farts at Kelley Drye & Warren rejoiced! [Bloomberg]

    * Jets fans, are you ready for some football? That’s too bad, because no amount of Tebowing could have saved Reebok from settling this Nike suit. You’re going to have to wait for your damn jerseys. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * George Zimmerman’s lawyers, Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, have dumped him as a client. They’re probably just pissed that the “defense fund” he set up wasn’t linked to their PayPal account. [Miami Herald]

    * Marrying a terminally ill client who’s as old as dirt may seem like a great way to make some quick cash, but it’s more likely that you’ll just be disbarred. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * When you’ve been late to court so many times that a judge calls your behavior “premeditated, blatant and willful,” you better be ready to open your wallet. That’ll be $500; at least pay on time. [New York Law Journal]

    * If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — but only after a few years, banking on the off chance that the bar admissions people have forgotten about all the bad sh*t you did in law school. [National Law Journal]

    * Frank Strickler, Watergate defense lawyer to two of President Nixon’s top aides, RIP. [New York Times]

    6 Comments / / Apr 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Stephen McDaniel

    Bail, Crime, Death Penalty, Deaths, Murder, Pranks, Violence

    Was the Shocking McDaniel Internet Post Unveiled Last Week a Fake?

    Did alleged killer Stephen McDaniel really write the lurid internet post prosecutors say he did? Some people aren’t so sure…

    11 Comments / / Apr 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM
  • Stephen McDaniel small Stephen-Mark-McDaniel-Stephen-M-McDaniel-Lauren-Giddings

    Bail, Crime, Death Penalty, Deaths, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    A Creepy New Claim About Stephen McDaniel in the Lauren Giddings Murder Case

    The prosecution claims it has new evidence against Stephen McDaniel, the Mercer Law School graduate accused of killing a former classmate, Lauren Giddings. It is lurid stuff; reader discretion is advised.

    45 Comments / / Apr 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM
  • i_am_trayvon_martin

    Deaths, Intellectual Property, Minority Issues, Racism, Trademarks, Violence

    Trayvon Trademark? An ATL Debate

    A Trayvon trademark? Your Above the Law editors debate.

    57 Comments / / Mar 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM
  • alexander wang

    Bloomberg, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Fashion, Football, Guns / Firearms, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Privacy, Sports, Videos, Violence, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.12

    * Alexander Wang says that he wasn’t running a sweatshop and that the former employee making the allegations was actually mean to all the other indentured servants workers. [Fashionista] * We’re well into the phase of the Trayvon Martin investigation where people are trying to blame the victim, but until they show me a guy […]

    16 Comments / / Mar 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM
  • Northwestern-Law-School-Northwestern-University-small

    Cars, Deaths, Drinking, DUI / DWI

    Northwestern Law Student Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

    Over the weekend, a Northwestern 3L was hit and killed by an allegedly drunk driver in downtown Chicago. This is not the kind of story we like to write here at Above the Law…

    38 Comments / / Mar 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM
  • student-loan-debt

    Deaths, Football, Law Schools, LLMs, Morning Docket, Student Loans, Twittering, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.23.12

    * Joe Amendola has filed a motion to dismiss the child sex abuse charges against his client, Jerry Sandusky. And if he actually thinks that’s going to happen, then he definitely needs to call 1-800-REALITY. [Associated Press]

    * @AllenStanford’s motion for a #newtrial has been denied. The Ponzi schemer’s “conviction by journo tweet” argument has failed. Major props to Judge David Hittner for issuing a ruling in less than 140 characters. [Bloomberg]

    * Everyone’s obsessed with the U.S. News law school rankings, but here’s a ranking that people should actually be paying attention to: the law schools that lead to the most debt. [The Short List / U.S. News and World Report]

    * This defunct firm’s homeless Halloween party just won’t be as fun this year. Steven J. Baum P.C. has to fork over $4M to settle a probe over its alleged foreclosure abuses. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * St. John’s Law is planning to launch two new LL.M. programs, neither of which is in tax. This is newsworthy because people will apply anyway, and then bitch about the “value” of their degree. [National Law Journal]

    * John Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, RIP. [NAACP LDF]

    3 Comments / / Mar 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Castle doctrine

    Crime, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Racism

    Are ‘Stand Your Ground’ and ‘Defense of Home’ Laws Racist?

    Now that everybody is being reminded of stand your ground statutes, are we still sure they’re a good idea?

    153 Comments / / Mar 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM
  • Kenan Gay

    Charlotte, Crime, Deaths

    New Interviews Might Help the Charlotte Law 2L Charged with Murder

    Kenan Gay’s lawyers start to tell a different story about the man Gay allegedly pushed into traffic.

    32 Comments / / Mar 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM
  • Dharun-Ravi

    Deaths, Education / Schools, Privacy, Trials

    BREAKING: Verdict in the Dharun Ravi Case

    Dharun Ravi has been charged with a number of counts of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation because of the events surrounding Clementi’s suicide. On March 16, the jury reached its verdict….

    158 Comments / / Mar 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM
  • money-in-the-bank

    Biglaw, Deaths, Federal Judges, Health Care / Medicine, Money, Morning Docket, Privacy, Rankings, SCOTUS, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 03.14.12

    * Who will play starring roles in the Obamacare arguments before SCOTUS? A bunch of older white guys. Good thing this isn’t televised, because the ratings would probably suck. [Legal Times]

    * The judiciary is on the cusp of a “financial crisis,” and some trials may be put on hold. That, or they’re just going to get rid of people. Which do you think it’ll be? [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * When rankings like these are available, who cares about U.S. News? Here’s a list of the law schools you should go to if you want to actually make bank as a lawyer. [Forbes]

    * Covington & Burling is the latest Biglaw firm to sign up for an office in Seoul. Memo to partners: this is not the spring “bonus” your associates care about. [Capital Business Blog / Washington Post]

    * The jury in the Dharun Ravi privacy trial is set to begin its deliberations this morning. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that room — or, more on point, a webcam. [Statehouse Bureau]

    * Thomas Puccio, a former Biglaw partner known for his notorious clientele, RIP. [New York Times]

    8 Comments / / Mar 14, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • Kenan Gay

    Charlotte, Crime, Deaths, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    Law Student Charged With Murder Claims It Was All About A Girl

    The law student accused of murder claims that the alleged victim was harassing his girlfriend…

    109 Comments / / Mar 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM
  • Kenan Gay

    Charlotte, Crime, Deaths, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    2L Charged With Murder: A Case of Student v. Townie Rage?

    They say campus security starts in the admissions office, but no admissions committee can truly screen out all of the bad apples. The community at Charlotte School of Law (not to be confused with UNC-Charlotte) is in a state of shock. A current student there was charged with murder following a bar fight….

    193 Comments / / Mar 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM
  • Breitbart

    Blogging, Deaths, Politics, Television

    In Re: Andrew Breitbart

    Four weeks ago, Andrew Breitbart would have been in the running for people Elie Mystal would be least concerned about if they happened to die. And it’s not like Mystal had any kind of political conversion, and he doesn’t have a particular soft spot for saying nice things about dead people just because they died. So why in the hell is he about to say something nice-ish about Andrew Breitbart?

    57 Comments / / Mar 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM
  • 11th Circuit, 7th Circuit, Cellphones, Deaths, Immigration, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Privacy, Richard Posner, Technology, Tobacco / Smoking, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 03.01.12

    * A federal judge tossed out a law requiring tobacco companies to put graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. If paying $7 a pack doesn’t stop you from buying smokes, I don’t think nasty photos will either. [CNN]

    * SCOTUS won’t deal with Arizona’s controversial immigration law for a couple months, but the 11th Circuit will hear oral arguments about Alabama’s even stricter law today. But why would you immigrate to Alabama, of all places? Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The Seventh Circuit ruled that police can search a cellphone for its number without a warrant. Judge Richard Posner compared it to law enforcement’s ability to open a pocket diary and copy the owner’s address. The bigger question is: do drug dealers keep diaries? [Wall Street Journal]

    * James Murdoch, the News Corp. heir apparent, has resigned in the wake of the News of the World scandal and related lawsuits. Now everyone can just go back to reading British tabloids for the Page Three Girls. [Los Angeles Times]

    * RIP Lynn D. “Buck” Compton, the prosecutor who secured a conviction of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin, and the Army paratrooper portrayed in the book and HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Mar 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM
  • car crash parking lot car crash McCandless Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    Cars, Deaths, Drinking, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms

    Associate Killed in Dramatic Drunken Car Crash

    Last night, a dramatic scene unfolded in the parking lot of a movie theater. A suspected drunk driver allegedly took off without his headlights on, hit two police cruisers, terrified several witnesses, and then slammed his car into a tree, killing himself. The driver was a graduate of a top law school and an associate at a law firm….

    / Feb 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM
  • Art, Deaths, Morning Docket, Movies, Real Estate, Sex Scandals, Student Loans, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 02.27.12

    * It’s hard to get a mortgage if you have a lot of student debt, even if you make a lot of money. Who needs a house anyway? Your advanced degree will keep you warm. [BusinessWeek]

    * A civil trial over BP’s Gulf Oil spill was supposed to start today, but it was postponed at the last minute. Is it just me or does it smell like settlement in here? [New York Times]

    * As if anyone needed another reason to never take a Carnival Cruise… [CNN]

    * The Catholic Church just couldn’t handle sharing its ignominious spotlight with Penn State any longer. Attorneys allege that the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, destroyed a list of 35 active priests accused of child sexual abuse. [Washington Post]

    * Some movie with no sound, color, explosions, or giant robots won a bunch of Academy Awards last night. I can’t say I care too much. Here’s a rundown of some classic cine con lawyers instead. [ABA Journal]

    * Advice for art collectors: CHECK YOU PROVENANCE. [New York Times]

    * Michael Rothenberg, executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, RIP. [New York Law Journal]

    3 Comments / / Feb 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM
  • Deaths, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Trials

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.24.12

    * So, your colleague or family member dies, suddenly, after allegedly being worked into the ground. But it’s my blog post about it that “turned the sad situation into a nightmare”? I think instead of lamenting for a fluff piece in a local paper, the media geniuses at Dinsmore should respond to a legitimate press inquiry. [West Virginia Record]

    * The Dharun Ravi trial is under way. I’ll be calling it the Ravi trial, not the Tyler Clementi trial. Because Tyler Clementi is the kid that tragically killed himself, while Dharun Ravi is the very much alive person who has already had his life ruined even thought he didn’t kill anybody. [Metropolis]

    * Are law firms finally starting to make money off of their investments in social media? [Legal Blog Watch]

    * HoLove is getting a Brazilian. [Legal Week]

    * Mmm… Section 230. [Paid Content.org]

    * Does pot make you less productive, or does lack of productivity make you smoke pot? Or, man, have you ever thought that, like, maybe the pot was smoking you, or something? [What About Clients?]

    * If you go to the second hour of this show, at about the 33-minute mark, you’ll hear me start to absolutely lose my mind over the Supreme Court’s decision to grant cert in Fisher. [WBEZ]

    15 Comments / / Feb 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM