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  • Bill Cosby

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.25.14

    * “Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways.” Louisa Moritz, one of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims, is interested in filing a class-action lawsuit against the comedian. [Fox News Latino]

    * If you’re interested, here’s all of the testimony and evidence that was presented to the grand jury that resulted in no true bill for Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting. [Associated Press]

    * HBO hired a team of 160 lawyers to look at its film adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s book about Scientology. The power of thetans compels them to keep churning that bill, baby. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * “The Constitution is not a math problem,” but it seems like the Supreme Court is playing a numbers game when it comes to its decisions having to do with same-sex marriage. What’s the magic number for SCOTUS to take a case? [New York Times]

    * It’s official: Morgan Lewis has gobbled up most of Bingham McCutchen ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Stick a fork in it, because Morgan Lewis is done — it’s now stuffed full of more lawyers than any other firm in the country. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Emerson Briggs III, an ex-partner at Hunton & Williams, is facing disbarment in D.C. over the child pornography he downloaded at work. Oh, how the mighty have fallen: he’s been working as a paralegal since being disbarred in New York. [Legal Times]

    * Patricia Nesci, a law firm secretary, allegedly forged a judge’s signature on an order to show cause to keep herself from being evicted from her home earlier this month. She apparently did not get a Biglaw-style bonus from her former firm. [Syracuse.com]

    * Before you submit your applications, you should try creating a budget to see just how financially screwed you’ll be during and after law school, and then compare it to your pre-law school budget. Try not to cry. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    22 Comments / / Nov 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM
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    Crime, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.14

    * The 25 most influential people in legal education. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Shell preemptively suing environmental groups over its Arctic drilling program. Nothing says, “we’re on the up and up” like hyperactive declaratory judgment motions. [Breaking Energy]

    * I’m not normally in the “America is overlitigious” camp, but the idea that we’re scaling back corn mazes to accommodate people too dumb to find their way out is ridiculous. [Daily Mail]

    * What does the Fox say? I’m not sure, but whatever it is, it involves peeing in this guy’s Super Soaker. [Legal Juice]

    * Hunton & Williams has formed a new multidisciplinary practice to assist clients with legal issues surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones. Good idea. I hear those things fly by themselves. [Hunton & Williams]

    * The career services director at LSU Law School got married over the weekend… in the stands during the Saints-49ers game. I’m guessing the reception had to wait until after overtime. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Um. If this is how you want to steal that thing, more power to you. [Slate]

    * “A distinguished panel of former and current judges including John Cleland, John Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Jed Rakoff, and Marjorie Rendell join Joel Cohen to for a discussion drawing inspiration from his new book, “Blindfolds Off.” Video available after the jump… [National Constitution Center]

    4 Comments / / Nov 13, 2014 at 5:07 PM
  • happy young lawyers thumbs up

    Biglaw, Fabulosity, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Rankings, Sheppard Mullin

    Crain’s 2013 ‘Best Places To Work In NYC’ List Includes Seven Law Firms

    Which law firms are considered tops in the city that never sleeps? Let’s find out…

    13 Comments / / Dec 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM
  • Louboutin

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Crime, Fashion, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Murder, Patton Boggs, Politics, Religion, Shoes, Texas, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 10.16.13

    * Stop bullying the judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. They don’t cave to just any government data request — they make changes to about 25 percent of them. But uh… they don’t like to talk about the other 75 percent. [Bloomberg] * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the number of Biglaw firms with […]

    7 Comments / / Oct 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM
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  • Tim Gunn Make It Work

    Biglaw, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gender, In-House Counsel, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Sports, Tax Law, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 09.10.13

    * Even at the top of the in-house food chain, women lawyers are still paid less than their male counterparts. But hey, at least they’re not being forced to cry poverty like their in-house staff attorney brethren. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Neil Barofsky, the former King of TARP in the United States, is making the move to Jenner & Block, specifically because as opposed to all other firms, “Jenner took the side of really getting to the truth of the matter.” [Reuters]

    * Luxury fashion is fun: four Biglaw firms, including Cleary Gottlieb, Cravath, Torys, and Proskauer Rose, all took Tim Gunn’s mantra to heart to make it work for the $6 billion sale of Neiman Marcus. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * If you want to try some lawyer, we hear that they taste great when poached this time of year. Speaking of which, Troutman Sanders just reeled in three attorneys from Hunton & Williams. [Richmond BizSense]

    * Law schools in the Dakotas are renovating their buildings in the hope of enrolling more students. Luckily, South Dakota has that sweet indentured servitude plan. [Prairie Business; National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * If you’re thinking of applying to law school, here’s a plan of attack for the month of September. That’s right, friends, you can start gunning right now! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Are you ready for some tax law?! The NFL and other professional sports leagues might lose their nonprofit status if new tax reform legislation makes it through the House and the Senate. [Businessweek]

    1 Comment / / Sep 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • I'll miss you the most, cupcake.

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Deaths, Federal Judges, Food, FTC, Google / Search Engines, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Privacy, Venable

    Morning Docket: 11.19.12

    * Billable hours in Biglaw are down 1.5 percent, and 15 percent of U.S. firms are planning to reduce their partnership ranks in early 2013. Thanks to Wells Fargo for bringing us the news of all this holiday cheer! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Hostess may be winding down its business and liquidating its assets, but Biglaw will always be there to clean up the crumbs. Jones Day, Venable, and Stinson Morrison Hecker obviously think money tastes better than Twinkies. [Am Law Daily]

    * How’s that “don’t be evil” thing working out for you? Google’s $22.5M proposed privacy settlement with the FTC over tracking cookies planted on Safari browsers was accepted by a federal judge. [Bloomberg]

    * Greenberg Traurig and Hunton & Williams face a $7.2B suit from Allen Stanford’s receiver over a former attorney of both firms’ alleged involvement in the ex-knight’s Ponzi scheme. [Houston Business Journal]

    * Perhaps the third time will be the charm: ex-Mayer Brown partner Joseph Collins was convicted, again, for helping Refco steal more than $2B from investors by concealing the company’s fraud. [New York Law Journal]

    * H. Warren Knight, founder of alternative dispute resolution company JAMS, RIP. [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Nov 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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  • Dewey LeBoeuf logo large

    Accounting / Accountants, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Money, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Tax Law

    Dewey Know How To Do The Taxes?

    Dewey know how to do the partnership’s taxes? Some D&L partners are confused by the updated K-1 tax forms issued to them by the firm. And, speaking of Dewey partners, defections continue….

    58 Comments / / Apr 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM
  • Our hazing shenanigans are cheeky and fun! Your shenanigans are cruel and tragic.

    Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Sports, UVA Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.06.12

    * There is a woman on my block who walks her inconceivably yappy dogs every damn day at 4:45 PM. Do I routinely go outside and yell at her to shut her dogs up? Yes. Do I pepper spray her pitiful excuses for K-9 companions, like this Hunton & Williams partner allegedly did? No. At […]

    13 Comments / / Mar 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM