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  • George Zimmerman

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.12.15

    * George Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon. His lawyer said his client “has not been lucky with the ladies.” He hasn’t been lucky with being a decent human being, either. [USA Today]

    * Lawrence McCreery, the Hawaii lawyer who licked a client’s ear and inspired the judge on his case to call him a “dirty old man,” has had his harassment conviction upheld on appeal. Get excited, he’s still got a law license, ladies. [Associated Press]

    * We may soon see same-sex marriage bans in three states struck down, as the Fifth Circuit “appeared poised” to do so after oral arguments on Friday. Roberta Kaplan, our 2013 Lawyer of the Year, delivered a standout performance in arguing against Mississippi’s ban. [BuzzFeed]

    * What do Sidley Austin, Baker & McKenzie, Reed Smith, Hogan Lovells, and Skadden Arps have in common? Their names were used in phishing emails to scam people out of their money. Some might say that’s business as usual. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * An arrest was made in the forcible rape of a woman — presumably a law student — that took place in the stacks of the Southern University Law Center’s library last semester. The accused rapist is currently behind held without bond. [WBRZ]

    14 Comments / / Jan 12, 2015 at 9:09 AM
  • letter-shock

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime

    Oops! Law Firm Promotes Associate Who Likely Wasn’t A Lawyer To Partner

    Whoa! The lawyers at this firm must have been pretty shocked by the unexpected news.

    45 Comments / / Dec 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM
  • tips and hints

    Accounting / Accountants, Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    10 Tips For Managing Partners From A Managing Partner Turned General Counsel

    If you’re involved in law firm management, here are some things you should know.

    8 Comments / / Nov 6, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • hire me girl

    Bar Exams, Biglaw, Crime, Disasters / Emergencies, Health Care / Medicine, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.22.14

    * Squire Patton Boggs may be lobbying for Ebola drugs, but Reed Smith has launched a Global Ebola Task Force. Don’t worry, folks, the firm doesn’t want to “sensationalize” the outbreak. [Washingtonian]

    * Hong Kong is great for lawyers interested in corporate misconduct. “I’ve barely had a weekend off for the last eight months,” says this partner who’s really excited about a not having a life. [Bloomberg]

    * As we noted, New York is considering adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. Touro Law’s dean thinks the format change could be “jolting” for students, but the head of the NY BOLE doesn’t agree. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Wayne State Law is freezing tuition and giving a scholarship to incoming student that’s equal to a 14 percent tuition cut. That’s one way to combat a 13 percent drop in enrollment. [Detroit Free Press]

    * Whittier Law is one of the “most challenged” when it comes to its graduates’ ability to obtain legal employment. Just one in four students gets to be a lawyer after graduation. [Orange County Register]

    13 Comments / / Oct 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM
  • tax-law-taxation

    Basketball, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.20.14

    * You’d think a tax attorney would remember to file a tax return. You’d be wrong. [SF Gate]

    * You think you have difficult clients? Try representing a sovereign hellbent on making political hay by contradicting every representation you make in court. [Reuters]

    * Dov Charney out at American Apparel. And he seemed like such a nice guy… [Slate]

    * The Central Park Five civil rights lawsuit has settled for $40 million — or roughly $1 million for each year the accused spent in prison. [New York Times]

    * It’s a bad week for everyone affiliated with the Miami Heat. Now they’re losing to bloggers. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * In an unfortunate follow-up, the effort to unionize some lawyers at Bloomberg has fizzled and the primary organizer has been fired with no severance and a baby on the way. Which is surely a complete coincidence and not related to his organizing activity at all. [Fortune]

    * Former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger has resigned and she is not bashful that it’s all to do with being passed over as chief justice in favor of Leo Strine. [Delaware Law Weekly]

    * Save the date, D.C. The 2nd Annual Go Formal for Justice gala will be held October 18. [DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network / Facebook]

    * Yale Law grad and former Senior Counsel to the World Bank, Karen Hudes, wants you to understand that JFK was killed over the gold standard and that there’s a species of coneheads in control of the Vatican. We should do a Career Alternatives on her. Video after the jump… [Starship Earth: The Big Picture]

    0 Comments / / Jun 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • combat battle crossed swords

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, Vicious Infighting

    A Leadership Battle At A Biglaw Firm

    How often do you see a hotly contested leadership election at a major law firm?

    4 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM
  • Sexy woman's

    Pornography, Television

    Actress Shocked — Shocked! — To Learn Skinemax Wanted Her To Do Softcore Porn

    An actress and TV suits try to screw each other in court over just how naked she had to get in a soft-core series.

    17 Comments / / Apr 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Christopher Christie, Gay, Gay Marriage, Jury Duty, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Rudeness, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Twittering

    Morning Docket: 10.22.13

    * President Obama defends Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act), saying that the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website will get fixed. [Washington Post]

    * “Calling All Unemployed Law Grads: Greenberg Traurig Is Hiring.” But there’s a catch. We’ll have more on this later today. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case regarding how to determine mental disability in death-penalty cases. [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re thinking of selling legal services over Groupon, proceed with care. [ABA via WSJ Law Blog]

    * Want to get out of jury duty? Try flipping the bird at the defendant. [ABA Journal]

    * Chris Geidner takes a closer look at Chris Christie’s decision not to keep fighting marriage equality in New Jersey. Is it all about 2016? [BuzzFeed]

    * More details on the circumstances surrounding a Reed Smith partner’s profane and ill-advised tweet. Expect Steven Regan to be sent back to “Tweet School.” [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    6 Comments / / Oct 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • I mean, art teachers seem a little too calm.

    Baseball, Drugs, Football, Google / Search Engines, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Technology, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.18.13

    * A high school teacher admits to taking heroin before teaching. But it was art class, so if he wasn’t on something it would have seemed weird. [Daily Mail]

    * Reed Smith issued a statement on the complete meltdown one of its partners had over Twitter. They did not go ahead and tell the partner to “go f@ck himself and die,” so that’s a start. [Roll on Friday]

    * Man fleeing police threw a parrot at the police officer to slow him down. The parrot bit the cop. Polly wants some bacon. [The Smoking Gun]

    * Anyone read through the new Google Terms of Service? Well, they’re going to start using your name and profile in sharing your endorsements of music and restaurants. Here’s how you can opt out if you don’t want people to know how much you love Ace of Base. [Electronic Frontier Foundation]

    * A veteran news reporter is suing the L.A. Times for discrimination after he was fired for not “taking it easy” on former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. The only person who went less easy on Frank McCourt was the former Mrs. McCourt’s lawyer. [Courthouse News Service]

    * A financial trader is suing his lawyer brother because he lost a bunch of money investing in real estate from 2004 through 2007. It seems like something more significant might have happened to real estate around 2007. But hey, congrats financial traders! You’re officially worse than lawyers. [Daily Business Review]

    * If reviews and endorsements aren’t honest, they undermine the entire process. [Associate’s Mind]

    * 13 Signs You’re a Law Student. [Thought Catalog]

    * The House stenographer loses it during the shutdown debate. Have any court reporters done the same? [Chaos in the Courtroom]

    * Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz of ESPN give an Illinois law student a hard time. The discussion begins at the 34:00 mark. And then they start making fun of the school’s ranking at the 39:00 mark. [ESPN]

    1 Comment / / Oct 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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