Election 2012

  • Photo-ID-voters

    Election 2012, Election Law

    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says Not So Fast On Controversial Voter ID Laws

    Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID isn’t a done deal yet…

    49 Comments / / Sep 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM
  • Constitution Day

    Constitutional Law, Election 2012, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    On Constitution Day, Americans Like The Constitution Just The Way It Is, So Long As It Says What They Like

    On Constitution Day, the day when Americans get to show how much they love the Constitution that they barely understand…

    12 Comments / / Sep 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM
  • How many times do we have to go over this?

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Quote of the Day, Rank Stupidity

    Quote of the Day: Actually, We’re Pretty Sure That’s Exactly What It Is

    The birthers are at it again, and they want to keep Obama’s name off the Kansas ballot.

    9 Comments / / Sep 14, 2012 at 5:39 PM
  • In vino veritas -- about unannounced transactions.

    Biglaw, Election 2012, Election Law, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Paul Bergrin, Prostitution, Real Estate, Summer Associates

    Morning Docket: 09.13.12

    * The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments today over the state’s voter ID law. But at this point, who cares? Come on, Election 2012 is probably going to be decided by a court anyway. [Bloomberg]

    * Sedgwick’s New York office is relocating to Two World Financial Center. This won’t be just any office; no, it’ll be an “office of the future.” They don’t need roads where they’ll be reviewing documents. [Real Estate Weekly]

    * Paul Bergrin, the Baddest Lawyer in the History of Jersey, will be tried on all 26 counts in his racketeering case in one fell swoop. Not to worry, because this badass thinks he’s going to be acquitted. [The Record]

    * This year’s summer associates didn’t want to be wined and dined. They wanted to be put to work, because “[m]andatory social events can be physically and mentally taxing.” Aww, boohoo, social skills sure are tough. /sadface [Am Law Daily]

    * Another day, another law school lawsuit tossed out: Team Strauss/Anziska’s case against DePaul Law was dismissed because it’s pretty hard to blame a law school for the effects of a bad economy. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Anna Gristina, the alleged Millionaire Madam, vowed that she’d never spill the beans on a mystery man from her little black book. Could it be the “prominent Manhattan lawyer” mentioned earlier? [New York Daily News]

    5 Comments / / Sep 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM
  • campaign funds

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Election 2012, Politics

    Obama Leads Romney In Terms Of Lawyer Fundraising

    Obama leads Romney in terms of lawyer fundraising. See which Biglaw firms are the top contributors…

    11 Comments / / Sep 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM
  • lawyer fonts for briefs

    Brett Kavanaugh, Department of Justice, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Size Matters

    Instead of arguing the law, the DOJ is arguing over font size…

    21 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM
  • 9-11-tribute-in-light-260x195

    9/11, Art, Confirmations, Department of Justice, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Politics

    Morning Docket: 09.11.12

    * Politicians are barred from speaking at this year’s memorial ceremony at Ground Zero, but will this ever be a day without politics? That still remains to be seen, but it will always be a day of remembrance. Never forget. [ABC News]

    * What could possibly be more important than a resolution in the South Carolina voter ID case? Prejudice by font size. The Department of Justice is arguing over the alleged 12-point font size used by the state in a brief. Yes, seriously. [National Law Journal]

    * Stephanie Rose was confirmed by the Senate as the first female federal judge in Iowa’s Southern District by a margin of 89-1. Damn, the one guy who voted against her better have a good reason. [Des Moines Register]

    * “[He’s] still trying to exculpate himself from one of the biggest blunders in the history of jurisprudence.” O.J.’s Dream Team denied allegations that Johnnie Cochran tampered with the bloody glove. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Obama “Hope” poster — you know, the one that Paul Ryan says is fading on your wall — has been sentenced to two years’ probation for tampering with evidence. [CNN]

    * What are some of the advantages of applying to law school on an early decision basis? If anything at all, you’ll find out earlier that you won’t be getting any scholarship money. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    7 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • curse1

    Biglaw, Election 2012, Election Law, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Federal Judges, Job Searches, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Politics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Summer Associates

    Morning Docket: 09.10.12

    * There are only 56 days until Election 2012. Does anyone actually think that’s enough time to resolve all of the state election law battles? Even if it is, we could still be looking at a “potential disaster” in terms of post-election litigation. [New York Times]

    * “It’s a horrible feeling when you keep waiting for the phone to ring and slowly realize that it isn’t…” Second-year law students are learning that waiting to see if you’re getting a summer associate position is a lot like dating — but worse. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Meanwhile, law school graduates are trying to figure out what to do because the call never came. Per the BLS, the legal sector lost 1,400 jobs in August. Must be encouraging if you’re looking for a job. [Am Law Daily]

    * Seventeen years after the conclusion of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, the lead prosecutor on the case accused the late Johnnie Cochran of tampering with the infamous glove. Um, better late than never? [Reuters]

    * “If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you.” Because being groped by a cop wasn’t traumatic enough, this judge wants you to know that it was all your fault. [New York Daily News]

    * If you allegedly tell a judge’s clerk that his boss should “get the f**k off all [your] cases,” and then follow up by allegedly telling the judge to “straighten the f**k up,” then your next stop is probably jail. [National Law Journal]

    * Fashion law goes to Fashion Week and makes it work: Fordham’s Fashion Law Institute celebrated its clinics with a presentation at Lincoln Center. Papa Gunn would be so proud. [Crain’s New York Business]

    8 Comments / / Sep 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • You know what would have been awesome, 2012-Bill Clinton versus 1980-Ronald Reagan in 2008. I'm not saying that Slick Willy would have beaten the Great Communicator, but it's always a bad idea to bet against Bill.

    Election 2012, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.07.12

    * Concurring Opinions has the unsent emails from the Scalia-Posner flap. It’s the funniest thing since they explained how professors grade. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Since a lot of smart kids are not taking the LSAT and applying to law school, maybe this is an opportunity for kids who are not so great at standardized testing to get into a better school than they would have under normal circumstances. Of course, that’s not what I would do. If a bunch of people suddenly start running in one direction, I’m the kind of brother who starts running with them and figures out later what all the fuss is about. [The Careerist]

    * Ohio rescinds it’s early voting directive and asks Sixth Circuit for a stay. [Election Law Blog]

    * Charlotte bankers survive the Democratic National Convention. Somehow. [Dealbreaker]

    * The problem with owning a gun is that eventually, you are going to give yourself a reason to use it. [NY Daily News]

    * Former tennis star ready to return serve at Columbia law school. Obviously, I’m using “star” a little bit broadly since I’m talking about a man who finds himself in the drunken class of 2015. [Dealbook]

    * You have to think that Bill Clinton would have made the best trial lawyer ever. “Can you see her? I want you to picture that little girl. [bites lip.] Now imagine she’s white.” [What About Clients?]

    7 Comments / / Sep 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM
  • Coming soon: Chadbourne & Parke!

    5th Circuit, American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Chadbourne & Parke, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Election 2012, Election Law, Football, Legal Ethics, LSAT, Morning Docket, Real Estate, Texas

    Morning Docket: 09.07.12

    * It seems that the good people at Chadbourne & Parke won’t wind up homeless after all — or maybe they will. The firm is taking over Dewey’s old digs at 1301 Avenue of the Americas. How ominous! [Reuters]

    * The Fifth Circuit gave Texas a stay on a decision that blocked enforcement of the state’s third-party voter registration law. Well, on the bright side, at least the Lone Star state isn’t getting its ass completely kicked in the courts this election season. [Bloomberg]

    * While Jerry Sandusky awaits his sentencing on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, his attorney Joe Amendola is contemplating grounds for an appeal. Seriously? It seems to be time for yet another 1-800-REALITY check, my friend. [Centre Daily Times]

    * Remember the Texas family law judge who got caught beating his daughter in a viral video? An ethics panel issued him a “public warning” as punishment — he didn’t even get a reprimand. Sigh. [Houston Chronicle]

    * The DOJ has asked for permission to intervene in a class-action suit against LSAC that alleges an epic fail on organization’s part when it comes to accommodating LSAT exam takers with disabilities. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Bucky Askew, a former adviser to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, has moved on to bigger and better things. He’s now a trustee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. [ABA Journal]

    3 Comments / / Sep 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Judge Stephen Reinhardt (left) and Judge Robert Jones

    9th Circuit, Benchslaps, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Judges, Politics, Stephen Reinhardt

    Benchslap of the Day: The District Court Strikes Back

    Chief Judge Robert Jones of the District of Nevada lashes back at Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit. It’s a battle of the benchslaps…

    20 Comments / / Sep 6, 2012 at 3:54 PM
  • Talk about a pole tax...

    Animal Law, Biglaw, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Judges, Immigration, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Partner Issues, Police, Politics, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 09.06.12

    * Dewey know if Citibank is planning to sue other former D&L partners over their capital contribution loans? According to one court document filed by Luskin Stern & Eisler, the bank’s counsel, the fun has just gotten started. [Am Law Daily]

    * Unlike the voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, the Department of Justice has approved New Hampshire’s law of the same ilk. Apparently hippies from the “Live Free or Die” state are incapable of discrimination against minorities. [CNN]

    * Arizona, on the other hand, can discriminate against minorities all the live long day — for now. A federal judge ruled that the “show me your papers” provision of S.B. 1070, the state’s strict immigration law, may be enforced. [Bloomberg]

    * The latest argument raised in the case over the Mongolian Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton is that the bones are actually a “Frankenstein model based on several creatures.” This movie is getting boring. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “[T]he state of New York doesn’t get to be a dance critic.” We’re sure that any man would gladly tell the New York Court of Appeals that lap dancing is a form of art, but should it enjoy a tax exemption? [Associated Press]

    6 Comments / / Sep 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • Stephen Reinhardt David Lat small

    9th Circuit, Benchslaps, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Judges, Kim McLane Wardlaw, Politics, Stephen Reinhardt

    Benchslap of the Day: Trust Judge Reinhardt, He’s An Expert

    Judge Reinhardt is apparently not a fan of judicial “arrogance and assumption of power.”

    10 Comments / / Sep 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM
  • 'This is much worse than my 72-day marriage.'

    Art, Celebrities, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, SCOTUS, STDs, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.04.12

    * Want to know what they call the Supreme Court attorney who deals with requests for stays of execution? The death clerk. Paging John Grisham, because this guy’s nickname would make a great book title. [New York Times]

    * “If you’re going to sue, it’s better to sue earlier rather than later.” Probably why battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in a tizzy over their election laws. [Washington Post]

    * WikiLeaks or it didn’t happen: Bradley Manning’s lawyer has demanded that seven years be cut from his client’s prospective sentence due to allegations of improper treatment while in military custody. [The Guardian]

    * Michigan Law’s Sarah Zearfoss, she of Wolverine Scholars fame, finds media coverage about the awful job market for recent law grads “really frustrating.” Try being unemployed. [Crain’s Detroit Business (reg. req.)]

    * Kris Humphries is being sued for allegedly giving a girl herpes. But alas, the plaintiff seems to have no idea who actually gave her the herp — four John Doe defendants are identified in the complaint, too. [Star Tribune]

    * “Given the police idiocy, one wonders where the boobs really are.” A nude model who was arrested during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square won a $15K false-arrest settlement from the cops. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Crushing-Debt-Obligations2

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Politics, Student Loans

    Barack Obama Takes To Reddit And Answers A Question About Law Student Debt… I Didn’t Say He Answered It Well.

    Obama answered a student loan question on Reddit yesterday in a vapid, uninformed manner…

    167 Comments / / Aug 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel small Liz Wurtzel

    Election 2012, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Sort of Like Being ‘Of Counsel’?

    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Gen X icon and former Biglaw litigatrix, shares her views on the vice presidency.

    22 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM
  • UN troops

    Election 2012, Politics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Calling This State Judge A ‘Clown’ Is Insulting To Clowns

    Texas judge says tax hike needed so county can be prepared for potential civil war if Obama is reelected…

    80 Comments / / Aug 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM
  • 7th Circuit, Ann Althouse, Benchslaps, D.C. Circuit, Election 2012, Eugene Volokh, Free Speech, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Rape

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.21.12

    * “Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, and Nietzsche (figuratively) walk into the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Hilarity ensues.” [FindLaw]

    * The EPA gets benchslapped by the D.C. Circuit. [Instapundit]

    * What can law firms learn from… the Cheesecake Factory? Besides how to make people fat; Biglaw’s already great at that. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * If you enjoy gambling or legal hypotheticals, check this out. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Professor Eugene Volokh examines the tricky tension between constitutionally protected speech and laws against blackmail. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    Professor Ann Althouse

    * Professor Howard Wasserman grades Representative Todd Akin’s apology for his “legitimate rape” remarks — and gives the congressman partial credit for “owning” it. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Meanwhile, Professor Ann Althouse wonders: “Would the Democrats oust one of their own because he said one thing wrong?” [Althouse]

    * Don’t forget: tonight is the nomination deadline for our Lawyerly Lairs contest for the best law firm offices in America. [Above the Law]

    * Our commenting platform, Disqus, is having issues — which may explain why comments are mysteriously disappearing from the site. We apologize for the problem, which we are investigating. [Disqus]

    8 Comments / / Aug 21, 2012 at 5:55 PM

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