pants 2 Roy Pearson Judge Roy L Pearson Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.JPGSee the Associated Press and the WSJ Law Blog. From the AP:

The $54 million pants, as they’ve come to be known, were the subject of a widely mocked lawsuit that garnered international attention. Now, they have their own security guard….

On display [at a fundraiser last night] were what the Chungs say are the pants that Roy Pearson brought in, were misplaced, and were later found. The guests had appetizers and cocktails, and under the stern gaze of the security guard, some posed for photos with the pants.

Quips reader Melissa Zawadzki: “Don’t ya just love happy endings?”
The Smithsonian famously dissed Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress. But how can they say no to a pair of $54 million pants?
$54M Pants Star in Fundraiser [Associated Press]
The Great American Pants Suit Fundraiser [WSJ Law Blog]

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Fashion news from across the pond: English judges and barristers are leaping willy-nilly into the nineteenth century, shedding the curly horse-hair wigs that have symbolized the British legal system for centuries.
(Memo to Lat: Explore possibility of haircut for ATL logo-thing.)
The wigs are being removed despite their popularity with the public, who like to be represented by “a proper lawyer with a wig.”

But many others despise wigs as hot, smelly, and more to the point, elitist – they make all too obvious the caste system in British law, dividing the more numerous solicitors, who do most of the day-to-day work of representing clients, from the more prestigious barristers, who for centuries had a monopoly on the right to speak (and to wear a wig) in court. These days the functional distinction between the two kinds of lawyer is eroding, and the solicitors, at least, want the sartorial distinction to vanish as well.

We’re torn. Elitism is of course fabulous, but “smelly” is not.
Judges in criminal cases will keep their wigs, because . . . well, we have no idea why, really.

Then you need some of this gear from the “Pundits” series from Illegal Briefs. Available, among other things, are mugs, mousepads, shirts and boxer shorts with the logo to the right imprinted. Also included in the series is Howard Bashman, Eugene Volokh, Dahlia LIthwick, and others.
So if you’ve got a unshakeable crush (or man-crush?) on Lat, pick up some of this Lat Schwag at

cockfighting cock fights rooster Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpg* According to a lawsuit filed by fellow blogger David Oscar Markus, you have a First Amendment right to cocks on the internets. [Althouse; Volokh Conspiracy]
* In other odd legal news from Florida, Holland & Knight has discovered a new practice area: “suing Little League back to the Stone Age.” [St. Petersburg Times via Deadspin]
* Still more Florida weirdness. Avoid wearing black in this judge’s courtroom. [Daily Business Review]
* Speaking of fashion, should federal judges be provided with clip-on ties? Sadly, it might mark a style improvement for many. [Underbelly]

seersucker suit.jpgThe results of our summer fashion polls are in (see our original posts here and here), and the message is loud and clear: ATL readers don’t like arms. You gave emphatic thumbs-down to spaghetti-strap tops for women and short-sleeved dress shirts for men.
The latter was the object of much mockery: “i feel like telling the guys who are wearing them to go back to the appliance store and sell some more ovens,” said one commenter.
More discussion and poll results, after the jump.

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One of the biggest legal and political stories today is the congressional testimony of Sara Taylor, former White House political director. Taylor declined to answer a number of questions, based on executive privilege.
We’ll leave substantive discussion of the Taylor testimony to others, and focus instead on matters of style. From a tipster:

“Check out this photo essay. I don’t mean to sound catty, but shouldn’t she have used Monica Goodling’s stylist?”

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We agree wholeheartedly. Screw executive privilege — what about stylist’s privilege?
We comment on some of the Sara Taylor photos, after the jump.

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Nina Totenberg NPR Georgetown Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgThe interesting anecdotes about NPR’s Nina Totenberg, the grande dame of the Supreme Court press corps, continue to fill our inbox. And just as in the case of Peter Barta, it’s fascinating to see how little stories can come together, like pieces of a puzzle, to give you a more complete portrait of a person.
Anyway, here’s the latest gossip about Ms. Nina, from a former neighbor:

True story. Nina Totenberg used to live [a few] blocks away from me on Capitol Hill.

A few years back, she put her house on the market and had an open house. The house was perfectly fine — nothing particularly grand or tacky.

The one thing that stuck out, however, was that she left her nylons hanging to dry in the bathroom. Classy.

Très, très Britney. Not unlike loudly chewing gum during a Supreme Court argument.
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Nina Totenberg (scroll down)

Phillip Pilie Phillip R Pilie Philip Pilie Philip R Pilie Phil Pilie Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgMany of you are studying for bar exams at the end of this month. You read ATL while procrastinating — and perhaps you feel guilty about it.
But you shouldn’t. There are far worse ways to procrastinate.
Like using the internet to set up trysts with underage females — who turn out to be undercover detectives. This email was forwarded to us yesterday:

From: [UGA Law grad]
Date: Jul 10, 2007 1:32 PM
Subject: Another great moment for UGA Law!
To: [Various other UGA Law alumni]

Philip Pilie… a graduating 3L this past May. See these links.

More background, from a tipster:

Guy in question was studying for the Louisiana Bar Exam before he got picked up [for computer-aided solicitation for sexual purposes and attempted indecent behavior with a juvenile].

He was a Georgia Law ’07 grad, with a job lined up at Baker Donelson (a big firm for the city) in New Orleans. All of that is obviously not going to happen now.

Kicker is this: If you Google his online handle, it comes up with forum posts for a bunch of fashion sites. In one he gives lengthy fashion advice…

Read more about the Prada Predator, after the jump.

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Legal Aid Society New York Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgIn the discussion about Peter Barta, the Legal Aid lawyer who allegedly made secret videotapes of his female colleagues getting dressed in the office, one question keeps coming up, again and again.
This comment is representative:

“[C]an someone explain why people are getting dressed/undressed at the Legal Aid office in the first place?”

We were curious ourselves. So we undertook an ATL investigation, contacting a few sources with firsthand knowledge.
If you’re curious, the results of our investigation appear after the jump.

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Muslim woman Islamic woman hijab burqa burka Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgWhile we’re on the subject of reluctant jurors, check out this news story:

A female Muslim juror has been arrested in Britain after allegedly listening to an MP3 player under her hijab headscarf during a murder trial, police said Monday.

The woman in her early 20s was spotted by a fellow juror listening to music as she was meant to be helping try the case of a pensioner accused of bludgeoning his wife to death after 50 years of marriage.

The judge in the case thought that something might be up:

Judge Roger Chapple, presiding, said that he thought he could hear “tinny music” in the courtroom at Blackfriars Crown Court in Central London, but dismissed it as a figment of his imagination until another juror sent him a note.

We’re surprised this juror tuned out during a MURDER trial. What would she have done if the case were truly boring — whipped out a laptop and started watching movies?
British juror arrested after listening to music under hijab [AFP]
Muslim juror ‘listened to iPod under hijab’ [Times of London]

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