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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.03.14

    * As we’ve addressed, the grand jury declined to indict the officer in the police-cause homicide — per the medical examiner — of Eric Garner. [New York Times]

    * This is a good time to remember Eric Garner was killed for the horrible crime of selling loosies, a product that developed a black market in NYC in response to rising cigarette taxes. Evading cigarette taxes should be a crime. But, like, a “here’s your $50 ticket” crime, not the death penalty. [Huffington Post]

    * An anonymous Georgetown law student has filed suit against the school and one of its instructors, Rabbi Barry Freundel, for “luring her to the bath as part of her studies at the school.” And who didn’t have that lesson in Civ Pro? [Washington Post]

    * Another in the continuing series looking back on a decade of Chief Justice Roberts. This time looking back at the slow and steady drive to curtail women’s rights. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Remember the woman suing the owner of the dog that her dogs killed? She’s dropped her suit. [ABC News]

    * The Bar Association of San Francisco is hosting an event next Tuesday featuring Chief Judge Alex Kozinski entitled: The Wizard of Koz. Um, may not be the best time to use to “Cos” sound in a title. But that aside, it promises to be an interesting event if you’re in the area. [San Francisco Bar]

    * Brian Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop talks cyberattacks and admits what everyone else wants to deny: law firms are a weak link in cybersecurity. [Bloomberg TV]

    10 Comments / / Dec 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM
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    Biglaw, Federal Government, Partner Issues, Privacy, War on Terror

    Pathways To Partnership: To Specialize Or Not To Specialize

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of focusing on a niche practice area?

    / Oct 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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    Baseball, Basketball, Environment / Environmental Law, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs, White-Collar Crime, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.11.14

    * For all you surprised by LeBron James, let me remind you: Cleveland is all about two non-consecutive stints. [Wikipedia]

    * Speaking of basketball, Mitchell Epner takes his talents to CNBC to breakdown the 5 things he learned during the first week of the Donald Sterling trial. [CNBC]

    * Who is the Litigator of the Week, per Litigation Daily? It’s Daniel Gitner of Lankler Siffert & Wohl because he became the first lawyer to beat the S.D.N.Y. U.S.A.O. in an insider trading case. Also because he’s awesome. Pardon me while I put on my LSW shirt. [The Litigation Daily (sub. req.)]

    * Hey! Take a second to take our latest law firm survey. We really want your feedback on your perception. [Above the Law]

    * “5 Reasons the Sleeping Yankees Fan’s Lawyer Should Be Disbarred.” Fair enough. [Internet on Trial]

    * Will the EPA’s latest carbon rule survive judicial challenge? I would have said “no” but after Homer City… [Breaking Energy]

    * Do blondes make more money? I guess that’s the trade-off with being the focus of revenge porn. [The Careerist / American Lawyer]

    * Aereo is back. Sort of. [Comm Law Blog]

    * A former Patton partner lost his new job at Pillsbury over the Chevron case. Could anybody have suffered more over this case? Oh, right, all the Ecuadorians. [Legal Times]

    * While you weren’t looking, even fewer people took the LSAT. Obviously. [LSAC]

    2 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM
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    Blogging, California, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, State Judges Are Clowns, Supreme Court, Ted Olson

    Morning Docket: 06.03.14

    * “I don’t think the government should be in the credentialing business.” Thanks to the whims of politicians, SCOTUSblog is having trouble getting media credentials to continue its coverage of the Supreme Court’s cases. [New York Times]

    * How you like me now? In Redeeming the Dream (affiliate link), a new book co-authored with David Boies, Ted Olson says he experienced “some blowback” when he announced he was taking on the Prop 8 gay marriage case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Steve Davis and Steve DiCarmine of failed firm fame think it’s “unfair” they have to defend themselves in a criminal case and an SEC case at the same time. They want the SEC case to be halted. Dewey think the judge will say yes? [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Back in 2011, Pillsbury decided to ship its back-office operations to Nashville, and now it’s hiring a small contingent of lawyers to work there. FYI, an Ivy League degree may not be necessary. [Washington Post]

    * Only in Florida would a judge allegedly challenge a public defender to a fight out back during a hearing and start throwing punches. We’ll definitely have more on this fiasco later today. [WFTV Eyewitness News]

    * Peter Mutharika, a former law professor who taught at Washington University in St. Louis Law for about 40 years, is now the new president of Malawi, where it’s illegal to fart. Congrats! [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    2 Comments / / Jun 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM
  • goodbye farewell Ill miss you

    Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Law Firm Mergers, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs

    More Partners Depart From Patton Boggs

    How many partners are leaving, and where are they going?

    1 Comment / / Mar 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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    Biglaw, Law Firm Mergers, Partner Issues

    Orrick And Pillsbury Call The Whole Thing Off

    A once-touted mega-merger ends up falling apart.

    8 Comments / / Nov 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM
  • quality

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    Quality Versus The Perception Of Quality

    Would you rather be a great lawyer or be perceived as being a great lawyer?

    2 Comments / / Nov 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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    Advertising, Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Law Firm Mergers, Locke Lord, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Recently Announced Law Firm Mergers Could Create Cascade of Lateral Moves

    With mega-mergers on the horizon, partnership moves can change the legal landscape.

    6 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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    D.C. Circuit, Kids, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.28.13

    * Chief Judge Philip P. Simon of the Northern District of Indiana has ruled that being a federal judge is better than being an equine semen collector. Agreed. [The Kentucky Trial Court Review]

    * The Supreme Court lets tradition trump technology. Because if the Founders wanted cameras in the courtroom they would have written it into the Constitution. [Washington Post]

    * NBC is developing a TV show based on Shon Hopwood’s memoir Law Man (affiliate link). Could NBC have a watchable drama? [Variety]

    * Congress keeps telling us the D.C. Circuit is not overworked. They’re wrong. [People for the American Way]

    * A poem about the lawyer as shark. Wasn’t this a whole TV show once? [Poetic Justice]

    * Legal education needs to adapt to reflect the fact that 50 percent of law students don’t intend to use their law degrees to work in traditional legal fields. In other words, legal education needs to adapt to people too stupid to figure out the only jobs that require a law degree are those in traditional legal fields. [New York Law Journal]

    * Harvard is hosting an event on the “business of college sports.” You can learn all about the business of college sports from this video right here. [Sports Agent Blog]

    * The judge who forced a family to change their baby’s name from “Messiah” is getting disciplined. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Flash mobs are disturbing enough without being composed entirely of lawyers. [Daily Report Online]

    * Elie and Staci appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch today to discuss the Orrick and Pillsbury merger talks and the Clifford Chance memo. Video embedded after the jump… [CNBC]

    12 Comments / / Oct 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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    Biglaw, Law Firm Mergers

    Proposed Merger To Create New Top 10 U.S. Law Firm In The Making

    Two firms issue a joint statement today announcing a possible mega-merger.

    12 Comments / / Oct 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM