The $53 billion dollar oil spill.
Obama could tell Shell to find oil in a seal with a spoon and it would be more practical.
* The “Stepford Hipsters” of Abercrombie & Fitch have to make reasonable accommodations for employees wearing hijabs. [ATL Redline]
* The EPA is seeking comment to a proposal to limit the pesticide exposure of bees, yeah… I am sure a few labels will stop the coming global agricultural disaster that colony collapse portends. [JD Supra]
* David Boies is leading a legal all-star team fighting the construction of a new Warriors Arena, guess BSF will be rooting for the Cavs. [San Francisco Business Times]
* We love a dash of dry humor buried in an answer — classic rockers Led Zeppelin admit to being one of the “greatest bands in history,” deny other allegations. [Lowering the Bar]
* On the rarity of Mark Fuller resigning from the federal judiciary — it is about a once-in-every-ten-years kind of an event. [Legal Schnauzer]
* Creating laws to keep up with advancements in artificial intelligence is bound to be… complicated. [Legal Theory Blog]
* Judge Alex Kozinski gets testy in a dissent, calling the result (denying insurance coverage for sunken oil barrels before they started actually leaking) “absurd.” [Trial Insider]
* Lindsay Lohan is heading back to community service. This time someone decided the party girl should be helping out at a preschool. She’s apparently working down the block from me so I’ll keep my eyes out. [Jezebel]
* Exploring the labor issues involved in ESPN’s
hasty and pettyconsidered decision to fire Bill Simmons because he is willing to speak honestly about Roger Goodell. [PrawfsBlawg]
* Whoa. Vermont State Senator arrested late last week accused of raping three women. One of the alleged victims was a 15-year-old intern at the time. And then the court released the victims’ contact information in direct violation of a judge’s order. [VT Digger]
* Next time you’re in Yellowstone, be careful what you do with your photos: Wyoming just made it illegal to give them to a government agency lest they use the photos to figure out how badly Wyoming is poisoning the environment. Rationality! [Slate]
* Meanwhile, Native Americans are both underrepresented and ignored in the profession. [The National Law Journal]
* Staci spoke with Nicole Abboud about Women in the Law. [The Gen Why Lawyer]
Owners of land with substantial oil and gas resources have begun using the “takings” concept of property law to challenge local bans on fracking.
* Oh no you didn’t. Benchslap comes down on firm who tried to squeeze words together and tighten spaces to stay within page limits. [How Appealing]
* “Five Charts That Show You Should Apply to Law School This Year.” Slightly less educational than the 30 Cats That Are More Badass Than You. [Bloomberg Business]
* In fact, law schools are really almost indistinguishable from the show Community. Funny but not quite as funny as 4 years ago? Well, maybe that too. [The Legal Watchdog]
* I’ll just leave this as a prompt for your own short fiction: “Lexington woman being strangled with bra fights off attacker with ceramic chicken”… [WKYT]
* Do you know your Earth Day history? Like which lawyer turned Senator founded the occasion? [What About Clients?]
* Loretta Lynch might actually get confirmed, you guys! Senate Republicans have agreed to a bipartisan deal on human trafficking legislation which should end the Lynch logjam. America in 2015, “human trafficking bad” now requires months of negotiation. [CNN]
* Our old friend Professor Michael Simkovic is back and defending the decision to go to law school based on part-time job numbers because, hey, that’s how the Bureau of Labor measures unemployment so it must be the same for judging employment for struggling J.D.s. Professor Bernie Burk gives a thorough, thoughtful, and respectful retort. [The Faculty Lounge]
* Meanwhile, failing to learn the lesson of America, students seeking law degrees skyrocket in the UK. Thomas Cooley considers Norfolk campus. [Legal Cheek]
* The property law of Downton Abbey. It teaches the most important lesson of property — historically it’s really, really good to be a wealthy white guy. [Vanderbilt Law Review]
* Digging into a less heralded subsidiary argument in the marriage equality cases: the “proceed with caution” rhetoric intended to push the issue to the backburner. [NYU Law Review]
* On that note, same-sex marriage kills babies!!! Well, no, not really. But that is the argument one former Scalia clerk is making for some reason. [Dorf on Law]
* Looks like Europe is going to hit Putin where it hurts… an antitrust courtroom. That’ll learn him! [New York Times]
* Authorities have cleared the robot built specifically to buy illegal stuff off the dark web. In related news, officer, all that panda meat was bought by my robot… for an art project. [Hopes and Fears]
* Laurence Tribe’s arguments are getting closer and closer to Homer Simpson’s. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* In case you weren’t counting, there’ve been 95 Senate roll call votes while Loretta Lynch has been waiting… [People For The American Way]
* Lawyer suspended for handing out ecstasy to drug women into sex. I don’t disagree with the outcome, but there’s one pretty troubling aspect of the opinion: “The OLR noted… that his victim was much younger.” She was 22! At a certain point can we just admit women are adults? Focus on the drugging predatory behavior instead of constructing her as an addled-brained ingenue. [Legal Profession Blog]
* Daredevil’s courtroom antics evaluated by New York Judge Matthew Sciarrino. [The Legal Geeks]
* If you’re interested in the legal landscape of marijuana, here’s a cool infographic summing up where we are and how we got here. [Diego Criminal Defense]
* If you’re interested in February bar exam results from across the country, Bar Exam Stats is keeping a running tally complete with a nice map. [Bar Exam Stats]
* And meet the two legal heavyweights who will be arguing the case before SCOTUS. [Politico via How Appealing]
* Meanwhile, another Supreme Court has put a stop to same-sex marriage down in Alabama — for now. [Buzzfeed]
* General David Petraeus reaches a plea deal, requiring him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and pay a fine (but no prison sentence). [Washington Post]
* It’s not as sexy as Obamacare or marriage equality, but the collection of state sales tax on out-of-state purchases made online is a pretty important issue — and Justice Kennedy wants SCOTUS to revisit it. [How Appealing (linkwrap)]
* A jury of eight men and 10 women will start hearing arguments today in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, defendant in the Boston Marathon bombing. [How Appealing (linkwrap)]
* Legal ethics guru Monroe Freedman, RIP. [ABA Journal]
Opportunities abound in Texas.
The federal government can restrict access to public lands for oil and gas drilling purposes through a number of means.
Hydraulic fracturing and energy policy promise to be an interesting area to watch in 2015 as many competing political forces push to control the agenda.
What do these trends mean for lawyers in different specialties and at different seniority levels?