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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.07.15

    * Chris Christie argued passionately about national security with Rand Paul, noting that he was appointed a U.S. Attorney the very day before 9/11. Except, you know, he wasn’t and is completely lying. [Empty Wheel]

    * The Simpson Thacher and Mayer Brown epic screw-ups: where are the individual lawyers now? [The Am Law Daily]

    * Choose the right firm for you… with the help of these Legos. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]

    * A bipartisan bill hopes to replace loan default rates with a repayment metric. [Insider Higher Ed]

    * The most predictable prison escape ever. [Lowering the Bar]

    * John McAfee’s new security update includes a handgun — which he was arrested for carrying while high on Xanax after a “shootout” with police. He explains the whole thing on Facebook. [Gawker]

    * Liberty Law has a new dean. [News & Advance]

    * Pretty sure Key & Peele read the Elonis decision. [Key & Peele / Comedy Central]

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    4 Comments / / Aug 7, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Britney Spears (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.04.15

    * Her dad’s the ringleader, he calls the shots; she’s like a firecracker, she makes it hot: Since “everything is working perfectly” under pop star Britney Spears’s conservatorship — which has been in effect for the past seven years — it’ll likely stay that way indefinitely. [Us Weekly]

    * Well, that was fun while it lasted. The ABA did away with its year-old LSAT exemption rule in record time. Law schools will only have until 2017 to lard up classes with students who haven’t taken the exam. Good luck and Godspeed. [National Law Journal via TaxProf Blog]

    * Simpson Thacher isn’t the only Biglaw firm that allegedly blew it when it came to turning hundreds of General Motors’ secured creditors into unsecured creditors. Mayer Brown is also facing twin class-action suits for this $1.5 billion boo-boo. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Good news, everyone! The ABA approved a merger between Rutgers Law-Camden and Rutgers Law-Newark, and we’re going to look at this in a positive light because theoretically speaking, there’s now one less law school out there. [MyCentralJersey.com]

    * “Are Law Schools Skewing Job Placement Numbers?” In a word, yes. Not to be a complete pessimist realist, but come on, you know most school-funded positions exist solely to prop up any given law school’s less-than-pleasing job statistics. [Bloomberg]

    * When you’ve taken the lives of so many, no one cares about your sad life story. A Colorado jury inched closer to inflicting the death penalty upon convicted movie theater shooter James Holmes in the second phase of his trial’s penalty portion. [New York Times]

    21 Comments / / Aug 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Simpson Thacher Bartlett STB photo by David Lat

    Biglaw, Screw-Ups

    Simpson Thacher Sued In Two Class Actions

    Biglaw firm allegedly cost lenders big bucks.

    32 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 1:26 PM
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    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: A July Bonus Memo?

    Isn’t it a bit early to be talking about 2015 bonuses?

    15 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 1:31 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.15

    * Conan O’Brien faces a new lawsuit alleging that he stole jokes from a Twitter user’s feed. Meanwhile, Conan mulls suit against Tinder for ripping off Pimpbot 5000 character. [The Hollywood Reporter] * Snoop blames racial profiling for his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession in Sweden. Others say it’s “celebrity profiling,” suggesting that racial […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
  • Email in Inbox

    Biglaw, Technology

    Which Biglaw Firm Has Blocked Personal Email?

    Which firm is banning personal email at work? Hint: it’s a bit of a trick question.

    51 Comments / / Jun 4, 2015 at 1:31 PM
  • Displeasure

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Furious Associates At A Major Law Firm

    Will the firm do anything about it? That’s not so clear.

    58 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 2:31 PM
  • saul

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.19.15

    * A look at the ethical issues that arise when Saul takes a detour into “elder law.” [The Legal Ethics of Better Call Saul]

    * Guess the law firm whose D.C. managing partner just said, “You would be hard-pressed to find another law firm of almost 200 lawyers that gets less name recognition than we do.” [National Law Journal]

    * Everything is bigger in Texas — including the number of lawyers (300!) behind the effort to overturn the one-year suspension of prominent capital defense lawyer David Dow. [Slate]

    * Linda Greenhouse on the Supreme Court’s “identity crisis” on voting rights. [New York Times]

    * In defense of Pace Law’s “fire sale” for prospective students with strong GPAs and LSAT scores. [Jane Genova]

    * Congrats to Professor Will Baude on landing a regular gig for the New York Times! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Several members of the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) took to television to discuss Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), as well as PABA’s great work:

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    11 Comments / / Mar 19, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • bonus money gold ribbon cash 100 dollar bill benjamin

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Mayer Brown (Non-New York)

    Here’s the memo from managing partner Ken Geller.

    5 Comments / / Mar 3, 2015 at 3:46 PM
  • Hotel Sink

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.30.15

    * Did two little kids get slapped with a lifetime gag order barring them from talking about fracking. But how will they explain their third eye? [The Guardian]

    * Private equity firm TPG is suing its former PR man — former Bush spokesperson Adam Levine — for allegedly stealing confidential documents and threatening to leak them to the press. They probably showed where the Iraq WMDs were. [O’Dwyer’s]

    * So maybe the blizzard of 2015 fizzled for New Yorkers. But winter’s not over yet — how do you interview in a snowstorm? [Corporette]

    * Simpson Thacher could have some malpractice issues with that $1.5 billion SNAFU. [Law360]

    * “The Supreme Court’s Billion-Dollar Mistake”? Well, they’re still half a billion ahead of Simpson Thacher. [New York Review of Books]

    * Suge Knight accused of murder. Not an archival story. [Los Angeles Times]

    * As Juggalo Law likes to say, “‘Sup With Aaron?” A recap of day 2 of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, the Patriots scandal that isn’t about deflated balls. [ESPN]

    * Lagarrette Blount marijuana charges dropped like a Boise State linebacker. Huh. I guess this was yet another Patriots scandal. [ESPN]

    * 30 bats flew into an Arkansas courtroom disrupting a trial. That’ll teach them to let Joe Chill go free. [MyFoxNY]

    * An online CLE on the ethical issues of laterals and collapsing firms. Dewey know any firms who could have used this information? [Bloomberg BNA]

    16 Comments / / Jan 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM