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  • Rabbit_in_montana

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.04.15

    * DEA Agent thinks legalized pot will get rabbits high. Do you know how quickly they reproduce? This could lead to a terrifying Dorito’s shortage. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Facebook lands a guy in prison after he “Likes” his own Wanted poster. [Jonathan Turley]

    * The billable hour is a recipe for law firm failure. [The Legal Intelligencer]

    * Dov Charney really really wants to get back control of American Apparel. Guy can’t seem to take no for an answer. In any event, his legal maneuvers may have set the stage for the intentional death of the company. [Dealbreaker]

    * In honor of Star Wars Day, here are lessons lawyers can learn from Star Wars. Don’t go Jar Jar. [The Nutmeg Lawyer]

    * The $140 million suit brought against Proskauer Rose by the Johnson & Johnson heirs will go forward. So… more tears for Proskauer. [Reuters]

    * Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Brooklyn spin class turns into a celebration. [Wall Street Journal / Metropolis]

    10 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • Kim_Kardashian LF

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.26.15

    * Kim Kardashian is reportedly seeking law firm experience despite having no “legal training” or “redeeming qualities,” and she wants Amal Clooney to give her a hand. [Legal Cheek]

    * Do you remember Jennifer Gaubert, the New Orleans lawyer and radio host who hooked up with her cab driver… on video? She’s been sentenced. [Times-Picayune]

    * Supreme Court hears attorneys’ fees case. Baker Botts wants to get paid, yo. [Washington Post]

    * With three NFL teams publicly announcing their intention to build multi-billion dollar arenas in L.A., now’s a good time to mention that firms specializing in sports work have a pretty sweet business model. [The American Lawyer]

    * That was fast. Days after Dean Nora Demleitner announced that she was stepping down, Washington & Lee already has a new dean. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Jury slams Apple with $533 Million verdict. As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas. [The Litigation Daily]

    10 Comments / / Feb 26, 2015 at 8:33 AM
  • 06.10.11 christmas stock

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Magic Circle, Money, Sheppard Mullin

    Associate Bonus Watch: 10 Leading Law Firms — Who’s Naughty And Who’s Nice?

    A round-up of bonus news from 10 leading law firms.

    7 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM
  • Young Proskauer associates taking stock of their compensation.

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: One More Firm Matches The Simpson Scale

    Firm decides to be a team player and match the Simpson scale.

    44 Comments / / Nov 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM
  • iStock_000008424247_Small

    Biglaw, Divorce Train Wrecks

    Biglaw Partner’s New Wife Stole Inheritance Says Ex-Wife

    Unfortunately, as with so many who die leaving a reasonably hefty estate, Goldsmith’s legacy is locked up in court, and in the court of public opinion.

    39 Comments / / Nov 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM
  • derek_jeter_getty-300x300

    Baseball, Biglaw, Sports

    Biglaw Lawyer Is The Dad Behind Jeter Ball Video

    Biglaw and Derek Jeter

    5 Comments / / Sep 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM
  • Professors Tim Wu and Zephyr Teachout

    Biglaw, Football, Law Professors, Law Schools, Litigators, LSAT, Money, Morning Docket, Plaintiffs Firms, Politics, Violence

    Morning Docket: 09.10.14

    * Sweet billable hours: Congrats to Proskauer Rose on its efforts to keep the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, New York. It’s the largest deal for the sale of an NFL team in history. [Am Law Daily]

    * Your firm brings in billions in verdicts, but that’s not prestigious enough. It needs to be on the inaugural list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers. See if yours made the cut. [National Law Journal]

    * The best way to dodge traps in the LSAT analytical reasoning section is to display your analytical reasoning capabilities by not taking the LSAT in the first place during a time when law schools are in turmoil. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Law professors Zephyr Teachout (Fordham) and Tim Wu (Columbia) were defeated in the Democratic primary election for New York governor and lieutenant governor, but they lost well. [New York Daily News]

    * The world wants to know if Ray Rice can be prosecuted for domestic violence, even though he’s enrolled in a pre-trial intervention program. Like the answer to all legal questions, it depends. [WSJ Law Blog]

    1 Comment / / Sep 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • Dan Markel

    Elena Kagan, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.09.14

    * A website has been set up to collect stories, videos, photos, memories, and more, to share with slain Professor Dan Markel’s young sons. His memorial is scheduled for next Tuesday. [Prawfsblawg]

    * What would happen if lawyers gave out GPS directions? [Legal Cheek]

    * George Mason Law is looking for a new dean. Brush off that résumé, Elie! [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Is it me, or do we need to buy Justice Kagan a new outfit? [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * The scion of a Biglaw Bigwig (go ahead and guess which firm…) arrested for filming and distributing video of his sexual escapades with his girlfriend without her permission. It’s like revenge porn without the revenge element. [Law and More]

    * Don’t bring creeps with you to a jury trial. [What About Clients?]

    0 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Yelp-Reviews

    Biglaw, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sexual Harassment, Sports, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 03.21.14

    * Lawyers from top New York City firms like Skadden, Proskauer, Stikeman, Weil Gotshal, Kaye Scholer, and Bailey Duquette took to the ice to compete for the Lawyers’ Cup. The team with Canadian imports won, obviously. [Forbes]

    * Andre Bouchard was nominated to replace Judge Leo Strine as Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. We can only hope he’ll be as outspoken as his predecessor. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * UNC Law has been receiving fewer applications, and perhaps that’s the reason why its acceptance rates have gone up, up, up — from 36 percent to 45 percent — in the last year alone. Yikes. [Daily Tar Heel]

    * A woman alleges her Uber driver “fondled [her] legs, groin area and breasts” as she tried to give him directions. That extra customer service is what makes it cost more during peak times. [Chicago Tribune]

    * A watch repairman was so pissed about this Yelp review he sicced his lawyer on the man who handed out the two-star report. Of course his lawyer’s one-paragraph demand letter barely makes sense. [Gawker]

    0 Comments / / Mar 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM
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    Advertising, Biglaw, Caption Contests

    Hashtag War Finalists: Biglaw Winos

    Vote for your favorite!

    3 Comments / / Feb 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM