* Alaskan attorney survives icy spill. [CNN]
* “Scream” thieves sentenced in Norway court. [MSNBC]
* ABA hosts legal technology expo. [ABA]
* Supreme Court hears arguments in high school sports recruitment case. [Washington Post]
* Timetable of VOIP litigation. [WSJ Law Blog]
- Art, Crime, Education / Schools, Football, Morning Docket, Patents, Sentencing Law, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology
* Alaskan attorney survives icy spill. [CNN]
* Legal “loophole” with dangerous consequences. [CNN]
* In defense of the defense. [WSJ]
* DNA exonerates man after 25 years in prison. [MSNBC]
* Dick Butkus files suit over rights to name top college linebacker. [AP via SI]
* Law firms are paying more for advertisement exposure. [ABA Journal e-report]
Sunday’s NYT sports section features a short interview with our favorite NFL referee, Ed Hochuli. Hochuli is a minor celebrity among football fans for two things: his brawny physique and the commendably detailed on-field explanations he gives when announcing penalties and other calls.
He’s also a partner in the Phoenix law firm of Jones, Skelton, and Hochuli.
From the interview:
YOU WORK AS A REFEREE AND A LAWYER?
I am a full-time civil litigator and a full-time referee. I go and defend in court. The two jobs have a lot in common.
YOU APPEAR TO TAKE WORKING OUT SERIOUSLY.
I do. I do cardio, at least an hour, sometimes more, every day. I lift weights four days a week for another hour.
If you want to feel like a total slob, read all the details of Hochuli’s diet and workout regimen here. And for the next time you’re debating whether to go for a run or merely dash down the hall to the vending machine, you can buy “What Would Ed Hochuli Do?” merchandise here.
Is it any surprise that this strapping specimen of manhood has fathered six children?
We wonder what Hochuli is like to work for. Are there any JSH associates out there who’d like to give us a report?
- Advertising, Crime, Football, Immigration, Iraq, Monica Goodling, Morning Docket, U.S. Attorneys Offices, War on Terror
* Officers face sanctions in Pat Tillman death in Afghanistan. [CNN; Sportsline]
* Australian at Gitmo pleads guilty to terror charges. [New York Times]
* Is Coke suing itself… for taste infringement? [Law.com]
* DOJ’s Monica Goodling to plead the 5th. [CNN]
* Border protection agent gets jail time for taking bribes. [MSNBC]
- Blackberry-Crackberry, Celebrities, Divorce Train Wrecks, Football, Pillsbury Winthrop, Romance and Dating, Sex, Weddings
In the past week or so, the romantic exploits (and misadventures) of lawyers and law students have been in the news. Here are a few noteworthy links:
1. ‘ABORT’ SHOCK IN GIANT DIVORCE [New York Post]
Football star Amani Toomer (at right), a wide receiver for the Giants, is divorcing his wife, Dr. Yola Dabrowski. The parties’ divorce filings are full of salacious allegations, but here’s what jumped out at us:
Dabrowski’s papers complain that Toomer: … * Sabotaged her dream of becoming a lawyer by stealing her computer and files, making it impossible to study for her law-school exams and leading to her getting an incomplete for the term.
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the way to a law student’s heart — or the way to break her heart, as the case may be — is through her papers.
[W]hen she didn’t want to have sex, Toomer acted “irrationally and outrageously” – once urinating on her clothes, and another time tossing her BlackBerry into the Hudson River.
Destroying your spouse’s Blackberry? Now you’ve thrown down the gauntlet. If The War of the Roses were updated for 2007, there would surely be a scene of Blackberry destruction.
2. Date Lab [Washington Post]
“Date Lab,” in which the Post sets up two people on a blind date and then writes it up, is one of our favorite guilty pleasures. This recent date, involving Pillsbury Winthrop associate Damon Colbert (at right), actually went fairly well. (The column is more fun when the dates are disasters.)
But the WaPo reader comments — “the two shallowest people in all of Creation,” “this Date Lab made me unbearably sad” — are kinda vicious. And we thought ATL commenters were harsh….
3. Page Six: Ready To Wed [New York Post]
Gillian Hearst Engaged! [Socialite Rank]
From Page Six:
LOVE is in the air for Hearst heir Gillian Hearst-Shaw and her yearlong boyfriend, Christian Simonds. Sources say the gorgeous brunette socialite and philanthropist was proposed to with “a blindingly huge diamond engagement ring” from Simonds. Her hubby-to-be, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer, popped the question last weekend, following a romantic sleigh ride for two in the Berkshires. Mazel tov!
Page Six doesn’t identify his firm, but as Socialite Rank points out, Christian Simonds is an associate in the New York office of Lowenstein Sandler. Next time you make a disparaging remark about the New York office of a New Jersey law firm, ask yourself: “If my firm is so much better, then why am I not marrying a beautiful media heiress?”
4. Wendi Adelson and Dan Markel [New York Times]
Happy Anniversary to Wendi Adelson and fellow legal blogger Dan Markel, of PrawfsBlawg fame!
- Anna Nicole Smith, Anthony Kennedy, Federal Judges, Football, Malpractice, Money, Morning Docket, Sports, Weddings
* Lawyer was grand jury leak in BALCO case. [MSNBC]
* Justice Kennedy: Pay the judges! [Law.com]
* Notre Dame’s Coach Weis testifies in gastric bypass malpractice case. Tom Brady may testify. [CBS Sportsline]
* Judge allows burial of Anna Nicole Smith. [MSNBC]
* Should you marry a lawyer? [WSJ Law Blog]
- Anna Nicole Smith, Bad Ideas, Crime, Football, Intellectual Property, Iraq, Morning Docket, Sports, Technology
* The next great chapter in first-year Contracts: stupid sports bets. [CBS]
* What’s a little software piracy between post-Cold War friends, right? [CNN]
* Soldiers busted for bribes in Iraq contracts. [MSNBC]
* Lawyer takes advantage of that First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances… And it works! [WSJ Law Blog]
* “The Litigation-Filled Life of Anna Nicole Smith, and the Legal Aftermath of Her Demise” [FindLaw via How Appealing]
- Bad Ideas, Copyright, Football, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Intellectual Property, Morning Docket, Sports, Trials, War on Terror
* More details constantly emerging from the Scooter Libby trial [CNN]
* That Boston duo is out of custody for ATHF ads that caused a bomb scare. They gave a bizarre press conference, insisting on speaking only about ’70s haircuts. One reporter asked, “[Lawyer], are you disappointed by your client’s behavior?” to which the attorney responded, “My client is a performance artist.” [CNN]
* Yesterday an article discussed the NFL’s IP enforcement. Today, they enforce. [SI]
* Of course, “Dodgeball” is also subject to IP enforcement. [Hollywood Reporter Esq.]
* When fantasy football meets “legal prowess,” you get the WSJ Law Blog Football Hall of Fame. [WSJ Law Blog]
Have a great
Super Sunday, Big Game weekend, lawyers! All billing stops at 6:25 EST.
- Affirmative Action, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Deaths, Divorce Train Wrecks, Football, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Racism, Religion, Sports, Tobacco / Smoking, Violence
* His world may have collapsed, but his lung won’t. [MSN]
* They probably weren’t staying together for the kids. [Judicial Reports (third item)]
* Some African-American college students are, in fact, just African. Another way to summarize this “finding” is that “Not All [insert color here] People Are the Same” (or, as many a clever columnist would no doubt call it, the “Barack Theory”). [Althouse]
* I’m not sure what constitutes innovation in law practice management, but I wouldn’t nominate Sullivan & Cromwell. [Adam Smith, Esq]
* No need for a state-funded “Inner Change Program.” After they get stabbed by a pick fashioned out of a bed spring and gang-raped in the shower, inmates usually turn to God of their own will. [ACSBlog]
* Be careful when deciding what to call your party on Sunday night. [Overlawyered]
- Aaron Charney, Barry Ostrager, Biglaw, Charles "Cully" Stimson, Civil Rights, Department of Justice, Dewey Ballantine, Dewy Orifice, Football, Litigatrix, Marjorie Rendell, Money, Music, New Orleans, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Rudeness, Shanetta Cutlar, Sports, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Sullivan & Cromwell, Week in Review
* Last Tuesday, a civil action captioned Aaron Brett Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP was filed in New York Supreme Court — and the world of Biglaw has never been the same ever since. Click here to access the complete archives of our Aaron Charney coverage.
* Of course, Sullivan & Cromwell partners aren’t the only bosses who are
jerks challenging (allegedly).
* Don’t forget the Divine Miss C, Shanetta Cutlar, whose delicious reign continues over at the Justice Department’s Special Litigation Section.
Compared to Aaron Charney and Shanetta Cutlar, other topics pale by comparison. But here are other highlights from the past week in legal news:
* Charles “Cully” Stimson apologizes for ranking on Gitmo lawyers.
* In New Orleans, trials get rescheduled for football.
* Barry Ostrager of Simpson Thacher, the renowned business litigator, has poor bathroom manners (or aim).
* The justices of the Michigan Supreme Court just can’t stop squabbling.
* Now we know the real reason — or rather, the 25 million reasons — that the Dewey Ballantine / Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe merger was scuttled.
* Third Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell, who also serves as the First Lady of Pennsylvania, sings a duet with Jon Bon Jovi. We don’t know whether to be delighted or frightened.