Recent Headlines from Above the Law
* Yup, the criminal justice system is super broken. After being jailed for 2 years in Rikers and still fighting to clear his name for a crime even the victim’s family doesn’t think he committed, Enger Javier now wants to be a lawyer. [Gawker]
* Emotional tale of the lives behind mandatory minimums, though this one might have a happy ending. Demaryius Thomas’s mother, recently released from prison after 15 years after being pardoned by President Obama, is going to the Super Bowl. [ESPN]
* Should conservatives accept the delegation of legislative power? Heresy! [Library of Law and Liberty]
* Is there an issue with cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court? And will anyone do anything about it? [Los Angeles Times]
* It’s a jungle out there: If you’re a lawyer, when you wake up, you better be running. [Associate’s Mind]
* Yup, a law student is suing over a wafer-less Kit-Kat. [Yahoo]
* Great advice for making the most of networking opportunities. [Rebooting Your Law Practice]
* ATL managing editor David Lat will be in San Francisco a week from today, and you’re cordially invited to meet him at this cocktail reception and Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) book signing. [FBANC via Eventbrite]
These aren’t the biggest bonuses of the season, but associates seem quite content.
Should women learn to take sexism in stride and move along with their careers?
* Justice Judy? According to a poll conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, about 10 percent of college graduates think that Judith Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy, serves on the bench of the Supreme Court. [CNN]
* If you haven’t heard, Houston-based firm Bracewell & Giuliani lost one of its famous name partners this week. Former New York Mayor and founding New York partner Rudy Giuliani is taking his nouns and verbs about 9/11 and heading to presumably greener pastures at Greenberg Traurig. [DealBook / New York Times]
* Yeehaw! Ride ’em, partners! Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is the latest Biglaw firm to open an outpost in Houston, Texas, and there’s no better way to staff an office in the Wild Wild West than to poach 20 partners from your competitor firms. [Texas Lawyer]
* Texas Wesleyan Law graduates have officially lost the diploma war they’ve been waging against Texas A&M Law. A judge recently dismissed their case for want of any evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever. [National Law Journal via Courthouse News Service]
* Martin Shkreli is sick and tired of being depicted as nothing more than a “pharma bro” in the press, so he’s decided to get new legal representation in his securities fraud case, as if that’ll somehow solve all of his problems. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* The most difficult thing to inherit may just be an Apple ID — a widow is told by the technology behemoth she needs a court order to continue playing her games on a jointly owned iPad. [Digital Passing]
* Your trusty Bluebook is going to need some help if it is going to continue to be the bane of law students’ existence. [Harvard Crimson]
* Is it too much to ask for a picture of RBG playing Xbox? A class action over Xbox’s tendency to scratch discs heads to the Supreme Court. [Forbes]
* Orrick is casting its lot with the energy market — they are opening up a Houston office with the addition of 20 new partners. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Is threatening someone with blackmail merely a courtesy? [Associates Mind]
* ATL managing editor David Lat will be in San Francisco next month, and you’re cordially invited to meet him at this cocktail reception and Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) book signing. [FBANC via Eventbrite]
What a surprise: another firm decides not to merge with Pillsbury.
Looks like Pillsbury may finally have found the law firm of its dreams.
You know it’s gonna be a fun case when the parties are already willing to take shots.
What value can lawyers bring to startups?