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  • Mike Sorrentino

    1st Circuit, Bar Exams, Crime, Gay, Gay Marriage, Jersey Shore, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Tax Law, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.25.14

    * Per the First Circuit, plaintiffs who successfully challenge the Defense of Marriage Act in court aren’t entitled to attorneys’ fees. The Department of Justice had no comment. [National Law Journal]

    * Florida Coastal Law finished second-to-last in bar passage for the July 2014 exam, with 58% of grads passing. It was one of Florida Coastal’s worst performances to date. [Florida Times-Union]

    * ASU Law got a $10M donation, its largest ever. “The remarkable thing about it is we didn’t ask him for it,” says the dean, which is a slightly better response than Drexel’s dean had. [The Republic]

    * Much to his defense team’s chagrin, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial will remain in Boston. The media spectacle is set to begin in January 2015. [New York Times]

    * Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of Jersey Shore fame was indicted on tax fraud charges to the tune of $8.9M. He pleaded not guilty yesterday afternoon. There aren’t tanning beds in jail. :( [Asbury Park Press]

    10 Comments / / Sep 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM
  • teen pregnancy

    Allen & Overy, Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Disasters / Emergencies, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Jersey Shore, Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Magic Circle, Morning Docket, Patents, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 11.26.13

    * You’d think that when discussing major reforms to the patent system, the director of the USPTO would be there, but you’d be wrong. You’d also be wrong if you thought we had a director right now. [National Law Journal]

    * Welcome to the future of Biglaw: Allen & Overy has realized that it’s a waste of money to keep hiring in a weak market, so the firm is recruiting its alumni to serve as contract attorneys in times of higher legal demand. [Legal Week]

    * Dean Gregory Maggs, the interim leader of George Washington University Law, is being lauded for increasing first-year enrollment by 22 percent in a time of crisis. Excellent work, sir. You flood that job market. [GW Hatchet]

    * Just because you have a law degree doesn’t mean you’re “entitled to rise up and become partner.” Getting a job in the new normal involves having a good attitude and social graces. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Ladies, if you get pregnant after a fling with an Olympic medalist and move out of state, please know your “appropriation of the child while in utero [will be deemed] irresponsible, reprehensible.” [New York Times]

    * GTL stands for “Gym, Tan, Laundry,” but the owner of these Jersey Shore nightclubs thinks it stands for “Gym, Tan, Lawsuit” — thanks to losses uncovered by its insurer in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. [Newark Star-Ledger]

    4 Comments / / Nov 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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    Associate Advice, Copyright, Jersey Shore, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Lawrence Lessig, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.01.13

    * A California judge sentenced a man to 53 years in prison and then officiated his wedding. So she gave him 53 years followed by a life sentence? Hey ho! [CBS News]

    * Jersey Shore’s The Situation suffers the indignity of a legal defeat. I mean, if he has dignity left. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Who would make a better juror: a non-citizen or Charlie Sheen? I’d prefer to have Sheen… I don’t know if there are many crimes he wouldn’t understand. [The Atlantic]

    * The results are in from Kaplan’s just completed 2013 survey of law school admissions officers. The headline is that 54 percent of law school admissions officers report cutting their entering law school classes for 2013-2014 and 25 percent plan to do so again next year. Time to build another law school! [Kaplan Test Prep]

    * A comprehensive list of the crimes committed by Batman in Batman Begins. And I’m not entirely sure everything he did in his hostile takeover of Wayne Enterprises was on the up-and-up either. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Here’s a list of online resources for new attorneys. Here’s another helpful one. [Associate’s Mind]

    * An attorney bit his 3-year-old son. Hurray for bath salts! [KRQE]

    * A record label threatened to sue a guy. Unfortunately for them they threatened to sue Professor Lawrence Lessig. [NPR]

    * Student loan default rates are at the highest level in 20 years. Seems like a sustainable model. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The recycling of policy debaters into litigators brings good and bad habits to the legal profession. On the plus side, there’s the refined research skills. On the other hand, stenographers have a hard time keeping up. [Houston Law Review]

    * The new song “Lady Justice” by lawyer-artist DNA (featuring Zoha). He’s already figured out that all the good songs these days have to be “featuring” someone. Song after the jump…

    0 Comments / / Oct 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM
  • Marvin Miller

    Deaths, International Law, Jersey Shore, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.27.12

    * Legendary union leader Marvin Miller died today at the age of 95. This is a guy who lost a huge case at the Supreme Court fighting against Major League Baseball, and still found a way to win. He wasn’t a lawyer, but he mastered the law. [USA Today]

    * Tax professors weigh in on the fiscal cliff. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Jersey Shore residents are suing over sand dune protection from storms. They’re not suing because they’re weren’t protected enough, they’re suing because the new sand dunes block their ocean view. [Asbury Park Press]

    * Yahoo! and NBA lawyers might need to talk about what, precisely, the NBA is endorsing. [Marc Edelman Blog]

    * I’m going to go on and vote “no” on the question of whether or not the U.N. should get to “govern” the internet. Wait… I don’t get a “vote” on what the U.N. should do? Well, that sounds like a good reason to go back to not giving a crap about anything the U.N. says. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Looks like the wheel finally came ’round on InTrade. [Dealbreaker]

    * The Justice Resource Center, coordinator of the 2013 NYSBA High School Mock Trial Tournament, seeks voluntary attorney-coaches. Help teach young people about the law — and get CLE credit, too! [Justice Resource Center]

    1 Comment / / Nov 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM
  • snooki-2

    Biglaw, Cozen O'Connor, Jersey Shore, Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Prostitution, Reality TV, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.26.12

    * To prepare for the upcoming term, the Supreme Court added six new cases to its docket. Much to our chagrin, none of them are about gay marriage. In other news, Matt Kaiser was right: this is a term only a lawyer can love. [National Law Journal]

    * “We are not going to forget where we came from.” As it turns out, not everyone at this firm is a “huge [bleep]hole.” Cozen O’Connor announced this week that Michael J. Heller will step up to serve as the firm’s chief executive officer. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Apparently law school deans are “merely middle management.” Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings Law, gives an interesting insider opinion about what the view is like from the top of the ivory tower. [Huffington Post]

    * “Caveat emptor makes for a lousy law school motto”: an exposition on why law schools should tell their prospective students the truth about their job prospects after graduation. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Anna Gristina, the Millionaire Madam, pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prostitution. Does this mean we’ll never find out more about the “prominent Manhattan lawyer” who was allegedly a client? [New York Post]

    * New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (ne Fist Pumper) proposed a piece of legislation called the “Snookiville Law.” If it means more cash for the towns that have to suffer wrath of reality TV, then so be it. [CNN]

    2 Comments / / Sep 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • Nice mug shot! Happy Friday the 13th!

    Biglaw, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Football, Jersey Shore, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Morning Docket: 04.13.12

    * A legal threat goes viral: if you’ve been living under a rock, Epstein Becker & Green is repping Fox News in any legal action brought against Gawker for the “Fox Mole.” [New York Observer]

    * Jerry Sandusky’s motion to dismiss his child sexual abuse charges have been denied. And the fact that he thought this would get him off is funny on its own. [New York Daily News]

    * When shouldn’t you flash an expired DA’s ID card at the cops? During a DUI stop. She can always use the “celeb angels and demons made me do it” defense. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

    * New York City’s first female commissioner of the Department of Information Technology is leaving her job to milk the New York Law School cash cow. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Law schools are snatching up old ass buildings left and right to house new programs and clinics. Looks like upcoming episodes of “Flip This House” will be brought to you by overpriced tuition. [National Law Journal]

    * Yeah buddy! Apparently acting like a drunken idiot in Sleazeside pays off. A lawsuit has revealed Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D’s salary per episode, and it rivals a Biglaw starting salary. [The Clicker / MSNBC]

    2 Comments / / Apr 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Biglaw, Edwards Wildman, Election 2012, Facebook, Jersey Shore, Lateral Moves, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Politics

    Morning Docket: 02.01.12

    * Florida: a place where people don’t care about your income tax returns. Mitt Romney dominated the state’s primary, grabbing all 50 of the delegates needed for the Republican nomination. [New York Times] * Entry-level hiring might be down, but lateral hiring is being approached like an NFL draft. Biglaw firms want the best of […]

    19 Comments / / Feb 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • Biglaw, Election 2012, Gay, Health Care / Medicine, Jersey Shore, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Money, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 12.20.11

    * The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Obamacare over three days in March. Let’s fast forward to June so we can see how Election 2012 is going to turn out. [Blog of Legal Times] * The Grinch definitely stole AT&T’s Christmas this year, and even a team of Biglaw superstars couldn’t save the […]

    28 Comments / / Dec 20, 2011 at 9:01 AM
  • Jersey Shore, New Jersey, Reality TV

    Vinny From Jersey Shore Now Lecturing Columbia Students

    Giving a platform to an anti-semitic global strongman is less damaging to your reputation than allowing a cast member from Jersey Shore to address your students. Vinny Guadagnino, the “smart one” from the Jersey Shore who occasionally talks about going to law school, was actually a guest speaker in front of college students at a Columbia University class….

    45 Comments / / Nov 4, 2011 at 4:13 PM
  • 9/11, Biglaw, Celebrities, Jersey Shore, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, State Judges, Tax Law, Thompson Hine, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 10.17.11

    * Wait, is this real? People actually sued al-Qaeda and expect to be paid billions of dollars in damages? Seriously? Having a major “what is this I don’t even” moment over here. [Bloomberg] * Judith Kaye is the new centerfold for the New York State Court of Appeals. She’s the first woman in history whose […]

    9 Comments / / Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17 AM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Crowell & Moring, Deaths, Free Speech, Health Care / Medicine, iPhone, Jersey Shore, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 10.07.11

    * The Westboro Baptist Church has announced — on an iPhone — that it will be picketing Steve Jobs’s funeral. And now I have an Alanis Morissette song stuck in my head. [Los Angeles Times] * Price check on aisle seven. Price check on aisle seven for a divorce train wreck. People over in England […]

    23 Comments / / Oct 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM
  • Jersey Shore, Law Schools, LSAT, Reality TV

    Vinny From Jersey Shore In Re: The LSAT And Its Relevance In Building A Legal Career

    We’ve reported before on Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino’s law school aspirations. Vinny is now talking about his LSAT score, and his take on things is not going to sound strange to anybody who has spent time around recent law school applicants….

    70 Comments / / Aug 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM
  • Cars, Cozen O'Connor, Deaths, Gay, Jersey Shore, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Sexual Harassment, Texas

    Morning Docket: 08.03.11

    * Cozen O’Connor is caught between the parents and lesbian partner of a deceased attorney in a death benefits war. Lawyers’ fees will eat through that profit-sharing plan in no time. [Philadelphia Inquirer] * Because everything’s bigger in Texas, they’ve got the seventh-largest lawyer surplus in the country. Wrangling a job at the employment rodeo […]

    16 Comments / / Aug 3, 2011 at 9:14 AM
  • Celebrities, Jersey Shore, Law Schools, New Jersey, Quote of the Day, Reality TV, Television

    Quote of the Day: Jersey Shore Star Just Says No — to Law School

    Every season leads to more opportunity for me. I want a future too. I was going to go to school to get my law degree, but I really don’t want to do that work in the ant farm world. I’m seeing where it leads me, I want to be a performer. – Vinny Guadagnino of […]

    29 Comments / / Jun 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM
  • Deaths, Jersey Shore, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing

    Morning Docket: 01.20.11

    * Modesty reared its ugly head after Jersey Shore’s JWoWW discovered that she might not be able to cash in on her naked photos. [New York Law Journal] * Which is Mayor Bloomberg more pissed about — that some more ice melt could’ve saved a life, or that it could’ve saved $20 million? [Wall Street […]

    18 Comments / / Jan 20, 2011 at 9:20 AM
  • Breasts, Celebrities, Crime, Jersey Shore, Reality TV

    Jersey Shore’s Snooki Is Not Above the Law

    Some Italian-Americans from New Jersey end up handing down the law. E.g., Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito. And some Italian-Americans from New Jersey end up getting in trouble with the law. E.g., Snooki, the pint-sized, gallon-breasted breakout star of MTV’s popular Jersey Shore reality TV show. According to TMZ, Snooki — a.k.a. Nicole Polizzi […]

    34 Comments / / Jul 30, 2010 at 5:53 PM
  • Crime, Deaths, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Jersey Shore

    Jersey Shore’s Snooki Charged in Connection with Teen’s Death

    Now here’s something from RadarOnline that I think we can believe: Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was criminally charged for selling booze to minors at a party at her house — a party that ended with the tragic drunk driving death of one of her classmates, RadarOnline.com has uncovered in a blockbuster exclusive. Snooki […]

    / Mar 18, 2010 at 11:58 AM
  • Celebrities, Jersey Shore, Law Schools, New Jersey, Reality TV, Television

    Is Vinny of ‘The Jersey Shore’ Smarter Than You Are?

    Are you one of the 21 percent of law school students who, due to the changing legal job market, regret going to law school? If going to law school was a stupid decision decision for you, then congratulations — Vinny Guadagnino, the “self-confessed mama’s boy” of Jersey Shore fame, is smarter than you are. We […]

    93 Comments / / Jan 29, 2010 at 3:45 PM

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