Guns / Firearms

  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Antonin Scalia, Constitutional Law, Elena Kagan, Guns / Firearms, John Roberts, Prostitution, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court Provides Aid To Disaffected Teenagers And Groups Working With Prostitutes

    Today the Supreme Court issued three opinions. Listen up if you’re a disaffected teenager, a felon with a gun, or someone who has signed an arbitration agreement.

    8 Comments / / Jun 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM
  • Two_Cell_Phones_2

    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.18.13

    * As we noted last week (third item), Judge Rosenbaum recognized that the government was bound to have phone records of the defendant since they were dragnetting the whole friggin’ country. Now the government has responded and predictably claims that this is all classified. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Speaking of follow-ups, remember how NYU Law was using non-profit slush funds to pay for housing for professors? Well, they also provided sweetheart loans for summer houses. [New York Times]

    * The battle rages over the admissibility of audio expert witness testimony in the George Zimmerman trial. At least Howard Greenberg isn’t going to be there to call them all whores. [The Expert Institute]

    * With the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy about to get smacked down in federal court, it’s important to remember there’s nothing wrong with “stop and frisk” — just every single way that it’s been applied for over a decade. [Vocativ]

    * For our law professor readers, cognitive psychology says you get more fair results if you grade exams by question rather than grading the whole exam at once. It also means you’re not as likely to find 15 whole exams missing and fail to grade one student’s exam for weeks on end (in fairness, I ran into Professor Winkler and he assures me he eventually graded that exam). [Concurring Opinions]

    * Communications between Superman and a minister in Man of Steel would likely be shielded by Kansas law. A better question is what law are we going to use to prosecute Superman for wontonly demolishing a city? [The Legal Geeks]

    * If you’re living the Bitcoin lifestyle, you’re probably about to get taxed. [TaxProf Blog]

    1 Comment / / Jun 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Constitutional Law, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Introverts And The Fifth Amendment: Or, Why You Should Go To Law School

    An interesting ruling from the Supreme Court today on the Fifth Amendment raises a possible new argument for going to law school.

    19 Comments / / Jun 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM
  • Shakespeare

    Books, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.11.13

    * Shakespeare’s “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” has multiple meanings. Or so say lawyers trying to lawyer their way out of being reviled. [The Read Zone]

    * Embracing your identity is good advice for life and career. Just note that one of those identities is as a meaningless cog in the legal machine. [Ms. JD]

    * Florida attorney Marshall Dore Louis sought some phone records from the government that he claims might provide an alibi for his client. The government claimed it did not have the records. Judge Robin Rosenbaum politely called bulls**t, having recently read about the government having EVERYONE’S PHONE RECORDS. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Lisa Linsky muses about the difficulty of waiting for universal recognition of same sex marriage. [Huffington Post]

    * Attorney Carolyn Barnes, who landed in hot water after shooting at a census worker, has been convicted. I wonder where she’ll be residing in 7 years? [KXAN]

    * Albany Law School is cutting enrollment and slashing faculty appears to be next. It sucks to lose your job, but at least you’ll be able to move out of Albany. Small miracles! [The Business Review]

    * A review of Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family (affiliate link), a memoir from attorney David Berg covering his career and family from arguing before the Supreme Court, to serving as legal counsel to President Carter, to the killing of his brother at the hands of Woody Harrelson’s father. [NY Times]

    * Three SUNY-Buffalo Law Students have a band and their cover of Icona Pop’s I Love It is trending. The Spin Wires turn the electro house number into an Offspring like rock song. Video after the jump… [BroBible]

    16 Comments / / Jun 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • iStock_000014291338XSmall

    Craigslist, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Prostitution, Texas, Violence

    Jury Sez: Killing a Hooker Is A-OK. Guess Which State!

    Man acquitted after shooting an unarmed sex worker because she didn’t sleep with him.

    51 Comments / / Jun 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM
  • Hasan_nidal-RF

    Guns / Firearms, Military / Military Law, Trials

    Fort Hood Shooter Defending Himself, ‘Cause That Always Works

    This is why you don’t defend yourself.

    19 Comments / / Jun 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM
  • Trayvon_Martin_on_the_backseat_of_a_car-RF

    Guns / Firearms, Jury Duty

    Judge Makes Obvious Rulings In Trayvon Martin Case

    Defense lawyers exhibit an ulterior motive in pushing for prejudicial evidence.

    115 Comments / / May 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM
  • Cody_Wilson

    Defamation, Guns / Firearms, Harold Baer, International Law, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Technology, Television, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.10.13

    * Texas law student/international small-arms dealer Cody Wilson got shot down (pun!) days after revealing a fully security-proof 3D printable gun. The State Department pointed out that Wilson seems to be violating all manner of international arms agreements, which was pretty obvious when he went on video boasting about how his weapons were being used in hotbeds of civil strife. [Foreign Policy: Passport]

    * The Juice may soon be loose! But probably not. O.J. Simpson has a hearing seeking a new trial in Vegas and blaming his former lawyer, Yale Galanter. Best part? Simpson claims Galanter approved the whole “armed, threatening confrontation” plan beforehand. Oops. [FOX News]

    * Michael Arrington, a lawyer and “one of the most powerful people on the Internet,” is suing his ex-girlfriend for defamation. The complaint compiles some pretty salacious claims that she made via social media. [Valleywag]

    * Just when you thought being an unpaid intern couldn’t be sadder, Judge Baer makes it sadder. [Fashionista]

    * The “Thug’s Lawyer” got a reprieve when a judge tossed his indictment for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, theft, and perjury. [The Advocate]

    * The EEOC filed suit against a Miami company that required its employees to become Scientologists. In other news, someone actually thought they could get away with making all their employees join the Church of Scientology. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The history of the Madison Avenue IPOs alluded to in last week’s Mad Men. [DealBook]

    7 Comments / / May 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • shooting in the foot

    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools

    Apparent Montana Law Student Shoots Himself In The Foot… Again

    Every time a gun owner shoots himself in the foot, a liberal gets his wings.

    42 Comments / / May 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM
  • 220px-Vijay_Singh

    Affirmative Action, Federalist Society, Golf, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.09.13

    * An analysis of Vijay Singh’s suit against the PGA. Any legal analysis that requires that much use of the phrase “deer antler spray” is worth it. [Sports Law Blog]

    * The highest paid state employee by state. If you’re a lawyer, you want to live in Maine. [Deadspin]

    * A visual representation of every Federalist Society event. [UChiLawGo]

    * Cheez-Its are really, really good. [Legal Juice]

    * “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a bear cub with a gun. Or something.” [Bear Lawyer]

    * Professor Nick Rosenkranz wonders if a 50/50 quota is appropriate to generate intellectual diversity at law schools since Harvard Law seems to think that gender diversity merits a 50/50 quota. The answer is no. Thanks for playing. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Our own rankings guru Brian Dalton sat down for an interview about the new ATL Top 50 Law Schools rankings. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * And Elie went on Bloomberg to discuss our inaugural rankings, too….

    2 Comments / / May 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM
  • Righteous Indignation RF

    Crime, Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Politics

    Righteous Indignation: Why Is the NRA So White?

    Why then is there not greater support for gun rights in urban communities where the need for self-protection is so great?

    85 Comments / / May 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM
  • 220px-Mary_Poppins3

    Biglaw, Contracts, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Litigators, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.06.13

    * “Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey. Chim chim cher-ee! A sweep of a law firm has found a body!” Dead body found in law firm chimney at Moody and Woolley Solicitors in England. [BBC]

    * Reddit joins the new trend of writing terms of service that can be read by real-life people. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Defense Distributed, the arms dealer fronted by Texas law student Cody Wilson, announced today that they have completed a fully 3D printed gun, with the added benefit of avoiding metal detectors. Yay? [Gizmodo]

    * In honor of May the Fourth: a legal analysis of the Chewbacca defense. [The Legal Geeks]

    * A Howard Law School grad has set up a new business allowing companies to hire bike messengers through their smartphone. So now there’s an app for THAT. [DCist]

    * Is the legal profession poised for a comeback? Not sure I buy the argument. Just because more litigation kicks up, doesn’t mean firms will go on a hiring spree because litigation doesn’t need a glut of associates anymore. Document management companies are smothering future associate jobs in the cradle and they’re not going anywhere. [TaxProf Blog]

    * A review of ATL’s Top 50 Law School Rankings. In the interest of complete modesty, this is the most accurate review ever. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    4 Comments / / May 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM
  • Pentagon

    Guns / Firearms, Labor / Employment, Morning Docket, Police

    Morning Docket: 05.01.13

    * Gun nuts want to prevent THE PENTAGON from buying too many bullets. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Subway employees can be held liable for not helping police officers. I’m a legal genius. [New York Law Journal]

    * Employment lawyers get catty on their way out of the door. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Do top firms even have compliance departments? [Corporate Counsel]

    * Colleges are cracking down on Adderall abuse. So… it only took administrators about a decade to figure out that was going on. [New York Times]

    * Okay, now Obama is going to close Guantanamo. And by “close,” I think he means “finds other excuses to leave it open.” [SCOTUSblog]

    8 Comments / / May 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • 220px-Civilian_air_traffic_controllers,_Memphis

    Blogging, Bloomberg, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, DealBreaker, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Paul Caron, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.26.13

    * Yesterday, we shared Paul Caron’s plan to end the sequester by forcing government officials to experience delays due to air traffic control furloughs. Well, Congress voted to end the furloughs. We should have known that once the sequester inconvenienced a member of Congress this would end. [Reuters via Yahoo!]

    * Ken Langone does not agree with Richard Farley of Paul Hastings. And tells him so. Loudly. [DealBreaker]

    * If you’re looking for CLE credits in Houston, check out this event where you can win a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun for your trouble. And it counts for Ethics! [NRA Blog]

    * “Izadi suggested she could pay her law school tuition by turning tricks.” Is a pimp really that much worse than Sallie Mae? [Las Vegas Review Journal]

    * Overlawyered is now part of the CATO Institute. Enjoy working for the Koch brothers! I hear they’re really easy to work with over there. [Overlawyered]

    * Getting tossed from a case for “bad behavior”? That’s the Chicago way! [Chicago Tribune]

    * An interview with American Lawyer Editor-in-Chief Robin Sparkman about the newly released Am Law 100 law firm rankings, after the jump….

    33 Comments / / Apr 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • Cinemark theaters

    Crime, Guns / Firearms

    Even When Mass Shooters Are Broke, Somebody Has to Pay

    As long as we have guns, we’re going to have innocent victims, and if we’re going to have victims it’d be nice to have a way to compensate them for their injuries.

    54 Comments / / Apr 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM
  • billing-overbilling-legal-bills

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Canada, Environment / Environmental Law, Federal Government, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Patton Boggs, Texas

    Morning Docket: 04.18.13

    * “[T]hese senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them” Yesterday, the Senate blocked gun-control legislation that could have saved lives, and Gabrielle Giffords, a victim of gun violence, wrote a powerful op-ed in reaction. [New York Times]

    * DLA Piper won’t be churning that bill anymore because the firm managed to settle its fee dispute with Adam Victor, but it’s certain that the firm’s embarrassment over the overbilling incident will know no limits. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Ahh, best-laid plans: Kim Koopersmith, the first woman to serve as Akin Gump’s chair, never thought that she’d be working in a law firm. In law school, she wanted to work in public interest. [Bloomberg]

    * You’ll never guess which firm has the best brand in Canada according to the latest Acritas survey, but that’s probably because you don’t care. Come on, it’s Canada. Fine, it’s Norton Rose. [Am Law Daily]

    * Oopsie! Burford Capital claims that it would never have funded plaintiffs’ representation by Patton Boggs in the Chevron case if it weren’t for a partner’s “false and misleading” statements. [CNN Money]

    * The wife of a former justice of the peace has been charged with capital murder after she confessed to her involvement in the slayings of Texas prosecutors Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse. [Reuters]

    * Baltimore Law has a beautiful new building that cost $112 million. Just a thought: perhaps more of that money should’ve been spent putting the class of 2012 to work as lawyers. [National Law Journal]

    13 Comments / / Apr 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • gun and gavel

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Disasters / Emergencies, Divorce Train Wrecks, Edwards Wildman, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Schools, Litigatrix, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 04.16.13

    * Without issuing any reasoning, the justices of the Supreme Court gave a thumbs down to New York’s “de facto ban” on carrying guns in public, prompting members of the National Rifle Association to poop their pants. [New York Times]

    * Now that Mary Jo White is the chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Debevoise has picked her successor to act as co-chair of the litigation department. Congratulations go out to Mary Beth Hogan. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * In its latest court filings, Ropes & Gray explains why failing to give its “token black associate” a recommendation letter wasn’t an act of retaliation. That’ll surely be an interesting read. [Am Law Daily]

    * A former client sues a major law firm, raising fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other claims. [Bailey & Glasser (press release and complaint)]

    * Boston Biglaw firms — like Dechert, Edwards Wildman, and Foley & Lardner — were “really shaken” by yesterday’s blasts, but report that all employees are safe and accounted for. [National Law Journal]

    * Six out of 10 of the 4,967 class of 2012 graduates from New York’s law schools were able to find full-time, long-term positions as lawyers nine months after graduation. Yay? [New York Law Journal]

    * Secrets, secrets are no fun; secrets, secrets hurt… someone’s wallet. Sorry, Jamie McCourt, but all of the secret MLB documents concerning the Dodgers’ $2 billion sale will remain secret. [Bloomberg]

    9 Comments / / Apr 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM
  • lilo

    Biglaw, Book Club, Books, D.C. Circuit, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Jed Rakoff, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patents, Politics, Senate Judiciary Committee, Wall Street Journal, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 04.11.13

    * “I don’t believe judges should be filibustered.” Tell that to the rest of your Republican pals, Senator Hatch. D.C. Circuit nom Sri Srinivasan faced little drama at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. [Bloomberg]

    * A bipartisan gun regulation deal has been reached in the Senate, and of course the NRA is opposing it — well, except for the parts that expand gun rights. The group really likes those parts. [Washington Post]

    * Trolling for patent partners? Bingham recently snagged five IP partners from DLA Piper’s Los Angeles office, including the former co-chair of DLA patent litigation department. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Time well spent: while Detroit hangs on the precipice of bankruptcy, local politicians are worrying about whether retaining Jones Day poses a conflict of interest for their emergency manager (formerly of Jones Day). [Am Law Daily]

    * NYLS — or should we say “New York’s law school” — is revamping its clinical program to kill two birds with one stone (e.g., fulfilling pro bono hours and boosting job prospects). [National Law Journal]

    * For all the talk of his being a hard ass, Judge Rakoff is a nice guy after all! The judge gave an ex-SAC trader permission to go on a honeymoon after his release from prison. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * If you’ve ever wondered how Lat spends his free time, sometimes he’s off writing book reviews for distinguished publications. Check out his review of Mistrial (affiliate link) here. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “Lindsay Lohan is the victim.” What the Heller you talking about? LiLo’s lawyer thinks there’s a conspiracy among the prosecutors on her case that’s resulted in leaks of information to TMZ. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Apr 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM