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    Non-Sequiturs: 11.25.15

    Ed. note: Above the Law will be dark on Thanksgiving and on a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, November 27.

    * This is one way to make sure atheist voices are heard… and immediately mocked. [Indy Star]

    * A roundup of fun and wacky recent cases. [Texas Lawyer]

    * A practical guide for lawyers looking to embark on annual planning. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Finally, resolution on Judge Ashley Tabaddor’s lawsuit against the DOJ after the DOJ ordered her off all cases involving Iranians based on her heritage. [PAAIA]

    * It’s the holidays, so take time to catch up with friends — just make sure you do it in this incredibly photogenic way. [The Onion]

    * John Kasich takes a swing at the big dog, Trump. This is one time that invoking Godwin’s Law doesn’t seem like hyperbole. [YouTube]

    11 Comments / / Nov 25, 2015 at 2:09 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.24.15

    * Sometimes lawyers really can do good work. Let’s try and remember that this Thanksgiving. [Guile is Good]

    * More people against marriage equality are blatantly disregarding the law. [Slate]

    * Honestly, does this sh*t even surprise you anymore? Ben Carson doesn’t know much about who actually wrote the Constitution. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Score 1 for the First Amendment and the good folks at Cartoon Network. [Gawker]

    * Does mass surveillance even work to stop terrorism? [Pacific Standard]

    * How much should your law firm spend on marketing? [Law Reboot]

    23 Comments / / Nov 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM
  • Damn you, bar exam!


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.23.15

    * There is life after a failed bar exam. Here’s how to make it through. [The Anxious Lawyer]

    * Get the full breakdown of the results of the California bar exam. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * “Mayor of Roanoke not racist, says Mayor of Roanoke,” and really, do you need a better source than that? [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Ugh, the discovery of employee text messages — it’s gonna get messy. [Law and More]

    * Get some *free* CLE credit for an online session on legal project management. [Practical Law]

    * It sucks, but being too busy really does make you better at your job. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    32 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 5:47 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.20.15

    * Stingrays — no, not the kind that killed the Crocodile Hunter, but the kind that are used to determine cell phone locations and intercept messages — have been deemed by a judge as too powerful for law enforcement to use without safeguards. [Ars Technica]

    * On the ethics of misrepresentations in negotiations. [Associate’s Mind]

    * You shouldn’t have to feel bad about billing 2,000 hours — even if everyone around you is billing 2,500. [Bashful Buffalo Marketing]

    * The latest buzz from the world of family law: judge rules a divorced couple’s frozen embryos should be destroyed. [LA Times]

    * The controversy surrounding the new documentary The Hunting Ground about sexual assault on campus features an incident at Harvard Law School. [Slate]

    31 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 5:14 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.19.15

    * #tbt to The Onion’s glorious take on the average American’s understanding of the Constitution — it’s sad because it is still so very true. [The Onion]

    * Forget all those stories about hitting kids with rulers — nuns are so badass. Here’s a group of nuns that work undercover to rescue women from human trafficking. [Huffington Post]

    * Remember Judge Olu Stevens? He’s the judge that took to dismissing all white juries for black defendants. One commentator thinks he should be right — even if he isn’t. [Louisville Constitution-Journal]

    * You shouldn’t let the sh*tstorm that your job creates for you make you a terrible person. Rise above. [Katz Justice]

    * Evaluating the potential legal claims of Charlie Sheen’s former paramours. [Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * Attention law students: start networking now. Yes, even if it makes you look like a B-school tool. [Law and More]

    14 Comments / / Nov 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • Han Solo Face


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.18.15

    * Eric Schneiderman sure is keeping busy. Now he’s investigating a troubled non-profit. [New York Daily News]

    * Legal scholar Cass Sunstein is writing a book about Star Wars. What big questions should he tackle? [New York Magazine]

    * Exploring the potential First Amendment implications for computers. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Thank goodness she didn’t! Justice Sotomayor talks about how she nearly pulled out of the confirmation process. [Daily Progress]

    * Law firms? Slow to change? Go on… [Geek Law Blog]

    * Speaking of law firms and change, here’s some advice on updating your website. [Law Reboot]

    14 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 5:26 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 11.17.15

    * A true model of what political discourse should look like in this country: West Point cadets and Bard College students squared off in a debate over individuals’ right to privacy over national security concerns. [Huffington Post]

    * The debate over bail reform in New York gets real, and some judges get angry. [Wise Law NY]

    * Oof! Which Massachusetts law school saw a 14% drop in its bar passage rate? And other trends from the latest states to release its bar exam results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Lawyers fighting the good fight, and standing up for your right to wear a pasta strainer over your head in your driver’s license photo. [Boston Globe]

    * So it looks like the Supreme Court will be revisiting the reproductive choice rights set forth in Roe, but how did we get here? [RH Reality Check]

    * Tom Hanks plays a lawyer that can predict the future. [Guile is Good]

    34 Comments / / Nov 17, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Got debt?


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.16.15

    * Is Andrews Kurth facing a possible mega-malpractice judgment? If you know more, please drop us a line. [MahanyLaw]

    * Elsewhere in Texas, a UT law student stands accused of leading an intimidation campaign against a professor of Israel studies. [Legal Insurrection]

    * Advice from our columnist Keith Lee on how to write an excellent legal memo. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Did Michigan prosecutors pressure the state’s crime lab to falsely classify the origins of THC the lab was testing? [The Intercept]

    * An interview about interviews: Richard Hsu interviews Bryan A. Garner about Professor Garner’s famous series of interviews with Supreme Court justices. [Hsu Untied]

    * Does your employer offer assistance with student loan repayment as an employee benefit — and should it? []

    1 Comment / / Nov 16, 2015 at 6:16 PM
  • drunk wine woman


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.15

    * Gaming laws are incoherent and inconsistent… do go on. Check out Steve Silver’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. [NBC Sports]

    * Lady lawyers: Do you drink more to impress partners? [Corporette]

    * How’s this for a thought experiment? If Mozart were a lawyer, what would his closing argument look like? (It’s a truck question — he’d probably settle.) [Jurispire]

    * The coming elections are really inspiring people to be dumb. Especially when the future of the Supreme Court gets bandied about. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Advice for hitting your yearly billable targets — 6 minutes at a time. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    17 Comments / / Nov 13, 2015 at 5:37 PM
  • Kim Davis


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.12.15

    * Take a look at this glorious send-up of the hypocrisy behind Mat Staver, Kim Davis’s attorney, who now has his panties in a twist because he doesn’t think a public servant is doing their job. Oh, the delicious delicious irony. Maybe Alanis can stick it in her next song. [Wonkette]

    * Well, isn’t this f**king stupid. A Utah judge orders a same-sex couple to give up their foster child because the child would be better off with heterosexual parents. This is just infuriating. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Just when you finally had all the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure memorized, they’re about to change. [Associate’s Mind]

    * How lawyers can draw the line when asked to support judicial candidates? [Katz on Justice]

    * Greenberg Traurig’s CEO, Richard Rosenbaum, predicts some Biglaw firms will die. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    18 Comments / / Nov 12, 2015 at 5:34 PM
  • Trace Schmeltz


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.11.15

    * What sanctions might we awaiting Trace Schmeltz, the Biglaw tweeting partner? [The National Law Journal]

    * For comparison, here’s the right way to deal with courtroom restrictions on tweeting. [Katz on Justice]

    * Once you get to the “forging your degree” stage, you can almost certainly count on being disbarred once you’re found out. [Law Society Gazette]

    * The ramifications of student conduct codes that are more restrictive than the U.S. Constitution. [The Atlantic]

    * Should the future composition of the Supreme Court force people to be single issue voters? [Salon]

    * Sepp Blatter loses his s**t. [Law and More]

    22 Comments / / Nov 11, 2015 at 5:12 PM
  • dog ate homework


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.10.15

    * Hey there 3Ls — need a handy excuse for why you didn’t do the assigned reading? Here’s some help. [Law Prof Blawg]

    * One law review’s attempt to address diversity among its ranks. [Yale Law Journal]

    * One Missouri Law School professor supports the protesting students, but with caveats. [Truth on the Market]

    * Most lawyers DO have fulfilling careers — well, as long as you live in Texas. Hardly seems worth it. [TaxProf Blog]

    * One NYU Law professor, Jason M. Schultz aka @lawgeek, is moving on up. He’ll be advising the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on IP and innovation. Congrats! [Twitter]

    * On the eve of yet another GOP shitshow primary debate, a question for the ages: Is Hillary Clinton to the right, politically, of Richard Nixon? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * From an orphaned child refugee to a diplomat, an inspiring story. [Quartz]

    14 Comments / / Nov 10, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Jackie Robinson


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.09.15

    * From Jackie Robinson to Missouri: Money is more important to white people than hating on blacks. [ATL Redline]

    * Are you right to be outraged when the government lies to you? [Guile is Good]

    * A glimmer of hope in 2015 bar exam results, but mostly more bad news. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * On the minutiae of sentencing: one man’s prison term all comes down to a comma. [The Economist]

    * Do you have a reputation? Or a personal brand? [Associate’s Mind]

    * The science and art of jury consultation. [Life of the Law]

    * A blueprint on the future of “spoofing” cases. [New York Times]

    15 Comments / / Nov 9, 2015 at 5:32 PM
  • Courthouse


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.06.15

    * The Supreme Court announced today it will take up yet another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time on the contraceptive compromise. [Wall Street Journal]

    * You know all those Special Lawyer lists? Yeah, they’re silly and meaningless. [Attorney at Work]

    * Rut-roh. Did Congress screw up and make the latest appropriations bill end a day sooner than they intended? I mean would Congress ever screw up?!?! [Notice & Comment]

    * Oh no they didn’t! Law & Order: SVU takes on the Duggars and it is glorious. [Slate]

    * When Mexican Donald Trump gets going he cannot be stopped. [Funny or Die]

    14 Comments / / Nov 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.05.15

    * These kind of technicalities are why people hate lawyers: A judge is requiring Bindi Irwin submit proof that her father, Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, is dead in order to collect her Dancing With The Stars money. Or, you know, he could look at the internet. [Gawker]

    * Law professor gets ripped for “ridiculous” stance on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. [Techdirt]

    * The 5 New York District Attorneys are seeking a raise, hoping to bring their salary up to a whooping $250,000. Which actually seems entirely reasonable. [New York Daily News]

    * Good news for the Facebook obsessed — the Second Circuit has found “liking” something is a protected activity. [The Modern Workplace]

    * Oh, the shame of going to Harvard Law. [Washington Post]

    * Are legal tech startups lying to you? [Associate’s Mind]

    * Exploring the disjunction between legal scholarship and legal practice. [TaxProf Blog]

    21 Comments / / Nov 5, 2015 at 5:04 PM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.04.15

    * Yeah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was cool even before she became the Notorious RBG. [Fusion]

    * Can you improve your courtroom performance by vibrating? I promise it isn’t a dirty as it sounds. [Katz Justice]

    * Authorities are scrutinizing advertisements in building their case against Volkswagen in the emissions cheating scandal. [Star Tribune]

    * One way to follow up from a Supreme Court argument years in the making is to open a new office the very next day. Congrats to Edelson P.C. (you remember these guys, don’t ya?) on taking on way too much in a very short amount of time. [The Recorder]

    * Northwestern Law has a debate series on prosecutorial overreach beginning next Tuesday. Check it out if you’re in the area. [Northwestern Law School]

    11 Comments / / Nov 4, 2015 at 5:29 PM
  • (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Sprint)


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.03.15

    * Weed legalization seems like a good idea on paper, but this probably isn’t the way to do it. Unless you’re a fan of cartels and Nick Lachey. Yes, that Nick Lachey. [Gawker]

    * Is there a legal controversy brewing surrounding Demi Lovato’s new album? In related news: there’s a new Demi Lovato album coming out. [Entertainment Weekly]

    * Which legal TV show is law firm life really like? [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * Ralph Nader? In the tank for creditors? Say it ain’t so. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Practical advice for laid off lawyers — don’t get fooled by the “advice industry.” [Law and More]

    * Are we looking at the future of legal advertising? [AZA Law]

    * It’s time to start thinking about what to put into your holiday cards. [Attorney at Work]

    20 Comments / / Nov 3, 2015 at 5:28 PM
  • D'oh


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.02.15

    * An amazing look at the exact way lawyers should NOT handle cleaning up their reputation after a PR snafu. [Techdirt]

    * Even more bad bar results news, with Charleston School of Law taking a particularly bad hit. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * A single lawyer — a divorce lawyer no less — cannot bring the NSA to its knees. Color me surprised. [Ars Technica]

    * Attention new lawyers! Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a list of online resources to make your day easier. [Associate’s Mind]

    * A detailed look into the how-tos of complying with U.S. anti-corruption laws while conducting business in India. [Forbes]

    * Here’s what a real Biglaw partner does in a day — or at least what Christina Martini, Chair of DLA Piper’s Chicago Intellectual Property Practice Group does when a camera is following her around. [Big Law Business/Bloomberg]

    13 Comments / / Nov 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM