J. Howard Marshall

Anna Nicole Smith 2 J Howard Marshall Anna Nicole Smith J Howard Marshall Anna Nicole Smith pic picture photo photograph.JPGThe will of Anna Nicole Smith, aka Vickie Lynn Marshall, is now available. You can check it out here (PDF).
We haven’t read it yet; right now we’re in another panel at the NYLS conference. But we welcome your thoughts on it in the comments to this post.
To get things started, the CNN article about the will is available here.
Anna Nicole Smith’s will is revealed [CNN]

Anna Nicole Smith J Howard Marshall Anna Nicole Smith J Howard Marshall Anna Nicole Smith pic picture photo photograph.jpgAs we mentioned yesterday, victorious Supreme Court litigant Anna Nicole Smith has passed away. She was 39, and the circumstances of her death are still being investigated. Here were some of your comments:

“ANS, we’ll miss you. We celebrate your reunion with your son, and we mourn your separation from your newborn daughter. Thanks for showing us all that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.”

“I feel so bad about the fact that there is a little baby with no mom.”

“This is our Princess Di, people!”

By email, we received this interesting news:

Anna Nicole Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall, was a big donor to Yale Law School [where he once served as assistant dean and taught Trusts and Estates].

When he died, and it immediately became clear that there would be a dispute over the estate, there was an internal debate whether Yale Law Dean Tony Kronman should attend both of the dueling memorial services — the staid family affair, and the one featuring Anna Nicole Smith spilling out of her dress and singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.” I believe he only went to the former.

Also, there is a great picture of the happy couple from around the time of their engagement or marriage. He looks old and frail but has the biggest s***-eating grin you have ever seen.

We think we’ve found that photograph. Is this the right one?
Anna Nicole Smith Dead At 39 [Access Hollywood via Drudge Report]
Earlier: Breaking: Anna Nicole Smith, Successful Supreme Court Litigant, Has Passed Away

Anna Nicole Smith pic Anna Nicole Smith photo Anna Nicole Smith photograph former topless dancer Supreme Court Above the Law Above the Law.jpgPlease observe a moment of silence for one of the most celebrated litigants in the history of the Supreme Court. Anna Nicole Smith was a fascinating personality, and one of the great beauties of our time.
From the Associated Press:

Anna Nicole Smith, the former Playboy playmate whose bizarre life careened from marrying an octogenarian billionaire to the untimely death of her son, died Thursday after collapsing at a South Florida hotel, one of her lawyers said.

Smith, 39, collapsed and was unresponsive while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino, said the attorney, Ron Rale. She was rushed to a hospital.

Smith had been a tabloid staple even before she became Playboy’s playmate of the year in 1993. Readers were fascinated by her bombshell good looks, her marriage to an elderly billionaire and subsequent court fight over his estate, her weight fluctuations, and last year, the sudden death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel Smith.

A former topless dancer, she made her name squeezing into Guess jeans. She resembled the late actress Marilyn Monroe, a similarity played up in her Guess magazine ads, billboards and department store displays.

But unlike most other “tabloid staple[s],” Smith’s significance was legal as well as cultural. How many people can claim to have appeared in both Page Six and U.S. Reports? As the petitioner in Marshall v. Marshall, Anna Nicole Smith helped clarify (1) the scope of the “probate exception” to federal jurisdiction, and (2) its applicability to cases that do not directly involve the administration of a will or estate.
We overuse the word “fabulous” around here. But just like Justice Potter Stewart, “we know it when we see it” — and Anna Nicole Smith was it. She will be missed, by celebrity and Supreme Court groupies alike.
Update (5 PM): A most interesting comment:

Her ex-husband was a graduate of our host’s alma mater — Yale Law School. That makes her 2 degrees of academic separation from him.

J. Howard Marshall was an early figure in the legal realist movement and for a little while, an assistant dean at YLS and a colleague of William O. Douglas.

Anna Nicole Smith dies after collapsing at hotel [Associated Press via New York Daily News]
Marshall v. Marshall [Oyez.org]
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Anna Nicole Smith (scroll down)

anna nicole smith and j howard marshall.jpg* Judge Manuel Real (C.D. Cal.) defends himself against impeachment charges before the Senate. The accusation that he made rulings “to benefit an attractive female” is one that the 82-year-old jurist “find[s] repugnant, particularly at my age.” [Los Angeles Times]
(But who says old guys can’t be horndogs? See, e.g., J. Howard Marshall, the late husband of victorious SCOTUS litigant Anna Nicole Smith.)
* Senatrix Dianne Feinstein — who has a really nice house, by the way — storms out of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, vowing to filibuster the Ninth Circuit nomination of Idaho judge Randy Smith. DiFi wants the seat to go to a Californian. We love a little SJC drama!!! [Associated Press via How Appealing]
* Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters were sentenced to up to 18 months in jail, for refusing to disclose their confidential sources with knowledge of steroid use by star baseball players. ATL tipsters, listen up: We’ll go to jail to protect your anonymity too. It would be great publicity for us! [Los Angeles Times]
* Fifth Circuit Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., will assume senior status next year, creating a Fifth Circuit vacancy. [Confirm Them via How Appealing]
* Apparently Cablevision awarded stocks options to a dead guy. Oops. Columbia Law prof John Coffee: “Trying to incentivize a corpse suggests they were not complying with the spirit of shareholder-approved stock-option plans.” [WSJ Law Blog]