Recent Headlines from Above the Law
* Kid gets caught trying to buy skin mag with his dad’s money. Not one copy, but the whole magazine. Proving there are some fantasies too big even with $8 million and a Bryan Cave lawyer in your pocket. [Law360]
* Chris Christie is taking a strong stand against bestiality. There you go, buddy — it’s these sorts of courageous, controversial positions that will get you back in the prime time debates. [Associated Press]
* Congratulations to Neal Katyal, who has now argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any male minority lawyer save Thurgood Marshall. With his argument in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan, Katyal passed Drew Days and Wade McCree in this accounting (No, not that Wade McCree). [Supreme Court Brief]
* Hollywood hotshot gives $5 million to UCLA School of Law. [National Law Journal]
* Supreme Court ignores all lower courts and expands qualified immunity to cops who base their decisions on well-established action movie tropes. [Huffington Post]
* Biglaw faces slowdown. [American Lawyer]
* One law school is taking a stab at the access to justice problem in this country. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
If you get into legal trouble as a result of work you perform at a law firm, shouldn’t that firm cover the cost of defending you?
* “Sixty-year-old lawyers are out of touch with technology and today’s legal market.” ::nod:: [Chicago Lawyer Magazine]
* Lawyer suspended with no possibility of reinstatement for at least 120 days after skipping the country during a client’s trial. And lying about it. She’s actually ended up in our pages before. [Legal Profession Blog]
* Today, President Obama started smacking around for-profit schools, a group of people that, on a scale of 1 to ISIS rank about a 9. [Politico]
* Everyone’s talking about what was done to reach the marriage equality decision. What about what wasn’t done to get here? [Slate]
* More exposition of the famous 12 Rules of Client Service, and a chance to give credit where credit is due. Today, “Rule 4: Deliver work that changes the way clients think about lawyers.” Or convincing them that you may be a human parasite, but you’re their human parasite. [What About Clients?]
What Biglaw firm is in hot water for ordering the destruction of dox?
Check out a Biglaw manager giving the worst line readings since Attack of the Clones….
* SCOTUS justices added 11 cases to this term’s docket yesterday following their megaconference earlier this week. Alas, no same-sex marriage cases have been added yet. [New York Times]
* The Fifth Circuit allowed Texas to enforce its new abortion clinic restrictions. The only thing that will stop its “devastating impact on abortion access” is SCOTUS intervention. [MSNBC]
* Two more women just joined the ranks of the highest tier of Biglaw firm leadership. Congrats to Jami Wintz McKeon of Morgan Lewis and Therese Pritchard of Bryan Cave. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Gibson Dunn poached a prominent partner from U.K. firm Ashurst following his fall from grace as its leader last year. He’s thrilled to work for “one of the strongest U.S. firms around.” [Am Law Daily]
* The Thomas Jefferson School of Law may be “California’s worst-performing law school,” but it certainly performs well in terms of providing entertainment for those who are big fans of schadenfreude. [City Journal]
* Many schools pay their grads to count them as employed — but not UNC Law. Its career services office is aware that “jobs don’t grow on trees,” but hey, at least they’re trying to be transparent. [Daily Tar Heel]
* The DOJ is looking to retry an accused Somali pirate. They’re totally on top of piracy as long as it doesn’t take place here. [The Blog of the Legal Times]
* Yesterday we posted our holiday tipping thread, heavily citing Corporette’s Kat Griffin. Now she’s posted her own guide and we’re linking to it. It’s like Inception up in here. [Corporette]
* Why fashion gets knocked off: delving into the world of design patents and trade dress. [Fashionista]
* Comparing the modern NSA to the intelligence-gathering techniques employed during the American Revolution. Interesting stuff, but a total cover-up job. Where’s the discussion of Ben Franklin’s “electric kite drones,” eh? You must think we’re pretty naïve, Logan Beirne. [Fox News]
* Incredibly sad, but also incredibly fascinating: if a child is rendered brain dead by a possible medical mistake, should the state honor the wishes of the family to keep the kid on life support even though every day on life support makes an investigation into the cause of death harder? [CNN]
* Loyola University Chicago introduces a new curriculum to give students an opportunity to get real-world experience with a judge or practicing lawyer before graduating. A law school focusing on training lawyers to be lawyers? This isn’t all that surprising when you look back at Dean Yellen’s previous work. [Loyola University Chicago]
* Congratulations to Therese Pritchard on her election as the first female chair of Bryan Cave. We’re big fans… until you fail to leak your bonus memo to us first. The ball’s in your court now Pritchard. [WSJ Law Blog]
* The venerable Green Bag is parting ways with GMU Law. Thankfully, it has already found a new home. [PrawfsBlawg]
* Former White House attorney John Michael Farren who we reported on a lot in the past about beating his wife nearly to death… was found liable for beating his wife nearly to death. So that happened. [News Times]
This laid-off associate may be headed back to work — on a chain gang.