Recent Headlines from Above the Law
* Jose Baez of Casey Anthony trial fame gave the commencement address at Valparaiso Law this weekend and let graduates know that they, too, can be attorneys, even if they’ve been financially irresponsible. They’re letting this man teach at Harvard Law now. [The Times]
* Suffolk Law and Cardozo Law will have new deans this summer, and both are planning for smaller classes. Considering Suffolk’s plummeting LSAT scores (and standards?), its new dean may have bigger problems to deal with than filling seats. [National Law Journal]
* He “Pressure Drop[ped]” the ball: If you could take the LSAT or open for the Rolling Stones with Toots and the Maytals, which would you pick? This Paul Hastings partner took the test, and says it’s his only regret about choosing law over music. [Am Law Daily]
* Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have been sentenced to death last week, but it’s highly unlikely that his punishment will be carried out any time soon, if at all. Instead, he’ll be putting his lawyers to work for time ad infinitum. [WSJ Law Blog]
* “[D]on’t let anyone say that Charleston School of Law was already in trouble.” A local attorney says that this soon-to-fail law school only started circling the drain after its proposed sale to InfiLaw was announced. That’s quite the indictment. [Post and Courier]
* Texas wants to strip lawyers of their license if they don’t pay their student loans. Yeah, if they’re getting behind, taking away their ability to earn money seems like a good strategy. [Texas Lawyer]
* Lawyer gives waiter a $25K tip to get dental surgery. Based on the picture, I’d have given him that tip for free. [ABC 11]
* Let’s all hope John Oliver never goes back to The Daily Show, because his HBO show is making a real-life impact. The Tennessee Supreme Court cited Oliver on civil forfeiture in an opinion handed down yesterday. [Tennessee Courts]
* From the strip club to the mental hospital. Pretty standard murder scenario actually. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
* Suge Knight’s defense to murder and attempted murder charges? He’s legally blind in one eye so didn’t see the people he killed. [NY Daily News]
* Reality star testifies under oath that reality shows aren’t real. Try and pick up the pieces from your shattered world. [Morning After / Gawker]
* The final segment of an interview with Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. In this part of the interview, Zachary discusses weathering and overcoming the collapse of his previous firm Finley Kumble, the former Biglaw giant that went under in the 80s. This is where we make the obligatory, “Dewey know anyone who might appreciate this tale?” [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]
* Jury can’t agree to put Jodi Arias to death, guaranteeing Morning Docket/Non-Sequiturs fodder for the next 25 to life. [HLN TV]
* The best students in the country are looking at law school… and passing. Get ready for the “now’s the best time to go to law school” articles! [Associate’s Mind]
* It’s time you lawyers do something good for the world. Here’s an easy proposal for how you can help someone today. [What About Clients?]
* A San Diego law student is suing the school, alleging that the university tried to discourage her from reporting that she’d been raped. [NBC San Diego]
* Dean Richard Gershon is stepping down from his post at Ole Miss Law. Professor Deborah Bell will serve as interim dean. [Hotty Toddy]
* Paul Hastings Chair Seth Zachary discusses the future of Biglaw. He “predicts extreme change along the lines of the Soviet political movement, Perestroika.” Wake us when Peter Kalis is climbing on a tank. [Bloomberg BNA — Big Law Business]
* Congratulations to Loretta Lynch, who cleared a divided Senate Judiciary yesterday. And now secret Kenyan Muslim Barack Obama is one step closer to whatever conservatives think he’s planning in their fever dreams. [National Law Journal]
* Police made an arrest in the bizarre hatchet attack upon a lawyer in Massachusetts. The motive, according to authorities, stemmed from the lawyer representing one of the suspect’s family members in probate court. [The Patriot Ledger]
* Nice rundown from Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center: 5 myths about King v. Burwell. [Washington Post]
* Prosecutors lodge a number of additional charges against Supreme Court protestors because there’s a surprisingly high number of distinct federal crimes for “standing up and chanting in protest.” [Legal Times]
And how do the associates feel about the news?
How much does law school pedigree correlate with other measures of law firm “success”?
How does expected talent (as measured by law school credentials) correlate with other indicators of “success” (as measured by profits per partner)?
* With fewer and fewer students applying to law school, acceptance rates have skyrocketed. Some, like GW Law, have even been accused of “laundering [their] credentials” by padding their enrollment numbers with transfers. [GW Hatchet]
* “People don’t graduate from law school understanding the business of law.” That’s just one of the reasons recent grads are having such a tough time getting jobs as associates. Suffolk Law thinks it can help change that. [Boston Business Journal]
* “This is an example of the system working as intended”: Hundreds of thousands of dollars are due to successful plaintiffs in same-sex marriage cases, and millions of dollars in attorneys’ fees for that work is racking up interest. [National Law Journal]
* James Risen, the New York Times reporter who refused to out his source as part of a CIA investigation, has won the right to keep his journalistic integrity intact after a long legal battle. Prosecutors have officially dropped him as a witness. [Bloomberg]
* After much talk about partners heading for the exits before, during, and after the Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders merger, and Bob Luskin has finally left the building for Paul Hastings. We hope his parting wasn’t “painful” for him. [WSJ Law Blog]
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