• Kid Rock

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Celebrities, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drugs, Facebook, Gay, Labor / Employment, Marijuana, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.23.14

    * Yesterday afternoon, two of D&L’s former executives quietly settled a clawback suit filed by Alan Jacobs, the firm’s bankruptcy trustee. Dewey know how much Messrs. Sanders and DiCarmine had to pay the piper? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * GrayRobinson is the latest firm to hop aboard the medical marijuana bandwagon by launching its own regulated products practice group. Lawyers will soon puff, puff, pass around those lovely billable hours. [Daily Business Review]

    * Pain at the pump apparently extends to this gas giant’s résumé dumps. A suit alleging bias in ExxonMobil’s hiring moves forward thanks to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. [Washington Blade]

    * Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying against Paul Ceglia in court to prove that the alleged huckster faked a contract that claimed he owned more than half the company. Like. [Bloomberg]

    * It seems that Kid Rock has been subpoenaed over a glass sex toy that was supposedly given to him by a former Insane Clown Posse employee. Kid Rock is probably thrilled to be in the news again. []

    1 Comment / / Jul 23, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • Brad_Pitt_June_2014_(cropped)

    Football, Gay, Non-Sequiturs, Romance and Dating

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.21.14

    * Applying Moneyball to your love life. You’re still going to get Jonah Hill instead of Brad Pitt. [TaxProf Blog]

    * A Virginia lawyer ran an underground poker game, cops say. She was basically Teddy KGB, ESQ. [Daily Press (Hampton Roads)]

    * Chris Kluwe’s lawsuit is coming on Wednesday. [Pro Football Talk / NBC Sports]

    * Making the most of your legal career may require moving out of the big city. [Law and More]

    * From a capital murder trial: “You’re going to hear that Mr. Lewis’s I.Q. is in the 70′s, just spitting distance from retarded.” [Houston Chronicle]

    * Hotel owner tried to bully a settlement out of aggrieved guests. Local judge sees through it. [Grand Forks Herald]

    2 Comments / / Jul 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • diversity

    Biglaw, Gay, Gender, Minority Issues, Rankings, Vault rankings

    The Best Law Firms For Diversity (2015)

    If you’re looking for a firm that will treat you well no matter who you are, you can’t go wrong with one of these.

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM
  • debt shackles

    Celebrities, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Religion, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 07.16.14

    * Per the latest Gallup study, Republican approval of SCOTUS is up, while Democratic approval is down. Gee, considering how the biggest cases of OT 2013 went down, no one should be terribly surprised by this news. [New York Times]

    * Will our leader make the grade? Law profs wrote a strongly worded letter to President Obama, asking that he not include a religious exemption in his executive order prohibiting anti-gay bias in federal contractor hiring. [National Law Journal]

    * Hey guys, there’s a new report out that contains some pretty shocking information about the realities of life after law school. Seriously, who knew that would-be lawyers were poor? Oh wait, we did. [CNN Money]

    * Washington & Lee recently surrendered its Confederate flags to appease its black student population. Here’s an interview with Brandon Hicks, the law student behind the historic movement. [Huffington Post]

    * “Fret for your latte, and fret for your lawsuit.” Tool hasn’t put out a new album in in almost a decade, and it’s all because of one pesky little lawsuit filed way back in 2007 that just won’t go away. [Rolling Stone]

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • 190px-Judge_Judy

    8th Circuit, Baseball, Dahlia Lithwick, Daily Show, Football, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.14

    * There’s a company with no revenue and no profit run out of Belize with a $6 billion market cap. And this lawyer might be the reason why. [Fortune]

    * The discrimination claim brought by former professor Teresa Wagner against the University of Iowa College of Law must be retried. Congrats, Teresa! Celebrate with a round of shots. [Iowa Appeals]

    * Chris Kluwe intends to sue the Minnesota Vikings. He has a good chance because the Vikings can’t beat anybody. [Sports Illustrated]

    * Judge Judy is suing a lawyer over advertisements. [ABA Journal]

    * A-Rod is being sued by his lawyer for $380,000 in unpaid bills. Life’s hard for multimillionaires when the income stream is temporarily suspended. [NY Daily News]

    * Breaking up is hard to do. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to dissolve a law firm ethically if you follow this advice. Dewey know anyone who could have used this advice earlier? [Legal Talk Network]

    * Indiana Tech law school is in desperation mode. Who would have seen this coming? [Third Tier Reality]

    * The horrors of law school debt are becoming more obvious even to non-students. [Law School Lemmings]

    * Jon Stewart chats with Dahlia Lithwick about the Supreme Court. Embed after the jump…. [The Daily Show]

    1 Comment / / Jul 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • prayer LF

    Copyright, Debra Wong Yang, Education / Schools, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.14.14

    * Man claims his former employer discriminated against him because he was an atheist. Yep, this Hobby Lobby thing isn’t going to have any repercussions at all. [Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal]

    * Speaking of atheists and SCOTUS, the Court may have authorized the Town of Greece to get all religiousy at town board meetings, but an atheist is stepping up to the plate to deliver an invocation. Freedom of religion does mean he gets a turn. [Rochester Homepage]

    * There’s an icky sexual harassment story coming out of an elite L.A. school. And they’ve hired an elite law firm to investigate. [Gawker]

    * Cops do hear some pretty funny stories when they pull people over. [Legal Juice]

    * If you’re out of work, here’s an idea: this solicitor-to-be posted a selfie with a pigeon on Facebook and got an offer — along with a lot of publicity. [Legal Cheek]

    * Is the future of legal education online? Perhaps the better question is, “How will law schools overcharge when they no longer have brick-and-mortar facilities?” [Tipping the Scales]

    * A judge explains that incest and pedophilia aren’t such big deals anymore because gay people are accepted. Wow. [Jezebel]

    * Are you keeping up with Kirby v. Marvel? Because Jack Kirby’s estate is making a run at the Supreme Court in a case that affects billions. Embed below… [Bloomberg]

    7 Comments / / Jul 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM
  • rainbow flag

    Gay, Labor / Employment, Politics, Religion, Texas

    There Are No HEROs: The Fight Between LGBT Rights And Religious Objectors Gets More Polarized

    Does the debate over LGBT rights and religious freedom suffer from a dearth of diverse perspectives?

    50 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM
  • gun with bullets

    Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.03.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, July 4, in observance of the day when Will Smith beat those aliens.

    * Two state supreme courts rejected the bids of guns rights advocates to give felons the right to own guns. But if you outlaw guns, only outlaws… wait, that slogan doesn’t work here. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Hobby Lobby fallout. Religious groups are asking President Obama to accommodate their “sincerely held belief” that gay people don’t deserve jobs. [Talking Points Memo]

    * On the other hand, Hobby Lobby opens the door to student loan forgiveness. [Tyler Coulson]

    * People hated talking to Steve Jobs about their work. Was it because kids these days don’t understand the value of hard work? Or was it because computer geeks are notoriously introverted? [What About Paris?]

    * Don’t discriminate against people getting divorces — they’ve got enough to worry about. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Some legal academics think bank executives should be paid in bonds. Here are some arguments against that. [Fortune]

    15 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
  • Ted Olson and David Boies (photo by yours truly)

    Books, Colbert Report, Constitutional Law, David Boies, Gay, Gay Marriage, Quote of the Day, Ted Olson, Television, Videos

    A Lesson In Constitutional Law From Stephen Colbert

    How would Stephen Colbert interpret the Equal Protection Clause?

    4 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM
  • sexual harassment

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Confirmations, Federal Judges, Gay, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Prisons, Sexual Harassment, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.18.14

    * In a “historic day for our judiciary,” the Senate confirmed the first openly gay black male judge, and the 112th female federal judge appointed by Obama — more than any other president. Congrats! [AP]

    * “It looks like science fiction, but it’s real.” That’s probably what the good folks at Amazon are going to say after they take a look at Akin Gump’s bill for its drone delivery lobbying efforts. [Legal Times]

    * A 90-year-old judge removed himself from Michael Jordan’s big-money case against a grocery store chain, but dropped the gavel on the basketball star’s lawyers before leaving the bench. [Chicago Tribune]

    * This Ohio attorney was suspended after he sent some pretty dirty text messages to a 3L who was working in his office. He just wanted assistance on his pro boner representation. [National Law Journal]

    * Give this man some money: Jonathan Fleming, the New York man who was wrongly imprisoned for almost 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit, has filed a $162 million lawsuit against the city. [Reuters]

    9 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • Brain on LSAT

    Antonin Scalia, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Television, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.17.14

    * Law school kills brain cells. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo takes on Justice Scalia’s recent critique of legal education. Oh, it’s on now. [Los Angeles Daily Journal]

    * A look inside a mock law school admissions meeting. It’s not a Texas admissions meeting, so you’re still not going to learn the relative merits of a 128 LSAT. [Most Strongly Supported]

    * Newsmax has a new cable network and it’s bringing on Professor Alan Dershowitz to offer “practical legal advice to ordinary Americans.” Hopefully he’ll be able to walk us through the legal points of Newsmax’s usual coverage of how the Black Panthers ordered Hillary to let Benghazi happen. [Digital Journal]

    * PRIDE cometh before the court. [Likelihood of Confusion]

    * A fourth case has been reopened in light of CPI’s expose of judges hearing cases despite financial conflicts. [Center for Public Integrity]

    * Lip-sync battle starring 3L Ty Wood and Professors George Bach, Alex Ritchie and Kevin Tu. Complete with cheesy effects! [UNM School of Law]

    1 Comment / / Jun 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • iStock_000016329481Small

    Football, Gay, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Pets, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.11.14

    * The intellectual property history of dog leashes. How long is a patent in dog years? [Slate]

    * Trinity Western University, the new law school that bans gay people, just earned a thumbs down vote from thousands of area lawyers objecting to its accreditation. [CBC]

    * 10 real-life laws that regulate the supernatural world. [io9]

    * There’s a new bill of rights in this country and it comes from the IRS. The right to basically avoid taxes is only on the form for rich people. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Mass incarceration in this country degrades citizenship. Sadly, this statement needed to be made. [Boston Review]

    * After receiving an award, a young lawyer blasts legal aid cuts. [Legal Cheek]

    * The Daily Show examines the ongoing effort to unionize college football with commentary by Dee Dee Benkie. She’s wrong of course — college football unions would work like professional sports unions representing players who face exactly the same workplace hazards, instead of stereotypical longshoremen — but it’s good to see even an anti-union advocate agreeing that players deserve something more than what they currently get. Video below…. [The Daily Show]

    1 Comment / / Jun 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Jesus Happy Jesus

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Summer Associates, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.10.14

    * When you look back and see only one set of footprints, that was when Jesus was telling you, “Don’t go to law school.” [Law School Lemmings]

    * Attention summers! Here’s a cavalcade of advice on not acting like an a**hole. [Corporette]

    * ABA committee approves new accreditation standards allowing more students to enter without taking the bar exam. Texas breathes a sigh of relief. [LSAT Blog]

    * This is the nerdiest law school final ever. Bravo. [Law and the Multiverse]

    * Judge and prosecutor discuss dinosaurs. [New Yorker]

    * I know a physician sending sexts while patients are under is serious, but I just can’t help but envision Dr. Nick Riviera. [Seattle Times]

    * Law firms are rushing to get into the marriage equality game — but only on one side. [Reuters]

    * Here’s a nice little listicle of famous female criminals. Just in time for Orange Is The New Black. [Arrest Records]

    * Virginia State Senator resigns and changes the leadership of the Senate to the opposite party. Why would he do this? His daughter isn’t going to get a judgeship out of this or anything is she? [Slate]

    * The Republicans are in long-term trouble. Maybe they should consider becoming the “party of innovation.” Apparently regulation is the only thing holding that back. Not investing in education, infrastructure, or having a government hostile to science. [National Review]

    * Philip K. Howard, the author of The Rule of Nobody (affiliate link) sat down with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night. Video after the jump….

    8 Comments / / Jun 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Michael McShane RF

    Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Kids, Quote of the Day

    Thanks, Dad, For Memorializing My Embarrassing Childhood Comments In F. Supp. 2d

    Is this a downside of having a federal judge for your father?

    25 Comments / / May 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM
  • XXX sign RF

    Gay, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges

    Judge Who Posted Sex Ad Retires From Bench

    Why did this judge step down, since he did nothing wrong?

    14 Comments / / May 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM
  • 233 West 21st Street 5CD 1

    Fabulosity, Gay, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Real Estate, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Lawyerly Lairs: A Law Clerk’s $1.7 Million Apartment

    How can a law clerk afford such an expensive apartment? Well, he’s not your ordinary “law clerk.”

    41 Comments / / May 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM
  • Chris Kluwe

    Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, John Roberts, Morning Docket, Racism, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 04.28.14

    * Meow! Last week, in a rare move, Justice Sonia Sotomayor let the world see that she’s not exactly the best of friends with Chief Justice John Roberts through her fiery dissent in the Schuette affirmative action case. [National Law Journal]

    * The Am Law 100 law firm rankings are out, and 2013 is being described as a “middling” year for most Biglaw firms. On the bright side, it looks like the big and rich got even bigger and richer. We’ll have more on this later. [American Lawyer]

    * Bingham McCutchen has settled a discrimination suit filed by Sleeping Beauty a former associate with a rare sleep disorder. We hope this lawyer will be able to sleep well on her new bed of cash. [Am Law Daily]

    * Secrets, secrets are no fun: The search for a new dean is on at George Washington University Law, but professors say they were “sworn to secrecy” on the candidates who’ve visited campus. [GW Hatchet]

    * “It’s not about me getting the money; it’s about showing the NFL you can’t do this.” Ex-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe may sue the team after being cut for expressing positive views on gay marriage. [NBC Sports]

    * Donald Sterling’s wife ain’t sayin’ V. Stiviano is a gold digger — she’s alleging V. Stiviano is a gold digger. This, plus the accusations of racism against Sterling, is a flagrant foul. [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    2 Comments / / Apr 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM
  • chobani

    Biglaw, Canada, Drinking, Gay, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 04.25.14

    * Mmm, the taste of money. Kirkland & Ellis and Ropes & Gray are assisting in TPG Capital’s $750M investment in Chobani, a Greek yogurt everyone (except me) absolutely loves. [Am Law Daily]

    * A partner from the DebtStoppers law firm was arrested earlier this week after he was accused of refusing to pay a $950 bar tab. Well, we guess that’s one way to stop debt. [RedEye Chicago]

    * The FBI raided an Ohio law firm this week, possibly in connection with a client’s murder outside its doors and one of its attorneys calling in a courthouse bomb threat. [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

    * Canadian karma: As it turns out, graduates of the newly approved Trinity Western University Law School won’t be able to practice law in Ontario because of the school’s “abhorrent” anti-gay policies. [GlobalPost]

    * Tony Buzbee, regent of the Texas A&M System, donated $1M to Texas A&M Law to fund the Johnny Football Endowed Chair. Okay, not really, but it’d be a lot cooler if he did. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

    2 Comments / / Apr 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM