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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.01.15

    More concrete rumors are swirling that President Obama will teach at Columbia Law School once his term is up, with Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger seemingly confirming Obama would have some role at the school in 2017. [Quartz]

    * We told you Amal Clooney just lost a big case, but did the AP lose even more when they tweeted about the case referring to the human rights lawyer as an “actor’s wife”? [Legal Cheek]

    * Everyone knows the legal profession has a… problem when it comes to substance abuse. But do lawyers overshare their issues? Or does an open attitude about these problems create a culture where more are willing to seek help? [Law and More]

    * Yes, that clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Maybe we should blame her lawyers. [Slate]

    * If you want to be the best, learn from the best — writing tips from none other than Justice Kagan. [Business Insider]

    * Some tough words for lawyers that want the easy life: you shouldn’t get the clients. [It’s Not About The Lawyers, Teacups]

    * How do we go about changing the public defense system, which serves ~80% of all defendants? [Fulling the Promise]

    45 Comments / / Sep 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.31.15

    * Ugh, you throw one stinkin’ party that infringes on the Pokemon copyright and the lawyers shut you down. Buzzkills. [Vice]

    * You know what Ryan Phillippe loves to do? Run around without his shirt on and talk about how his Stanford Law girlfriend is awesome. Dontcha love it when a piece of man meat has respect for the T-14? [Daily Mail]

    * Are you gambling in Vegas attending the ILTA conference today? Come Hear Legal Bytes play favorites of the legal industry like Old Technology Blues and Lawyers Love Lexis. [Business of Law Blog]

    * Just in time for OCI season — what should you do if your Biglaw dreams go pop? [Underdawg Law]

    * You’re not alone feeling the Biglaw burnout after a few years, but maybe technology can help? [Bloomberg BNA]

    * Greeeeeaaaat… Now employers can deny employees birth control for non-religious reasons. [Think Progress]

    * Opening lines to opinions can really set the tone. Take a look at this forceful start from an old Ninth Circuit decision. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Podcast with the curmudgeon of the legal profession, Mark Herrmann. [Hsu Untied]

    40 Comments / / Aug 31, 2015 at 5:14 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.28.15

    * Curious about what Ant-Man has to say about Civ Pro? And while you’re there vote for ATL fav Legal Geeks for best podcast in The Geekie Awards. [Legal Geeks]

    * Speaking of podcasts, here’s a great one about the movement to abolish the death penalty, with a particular focus on the recent spate of botched executions. [Punishment Podcast]

    * Update from the wide world of organized labor — yes, that’s still a thing — there is a major steelworkers lockout with employers advertising on Craigslist to get scabs to work 84 hours a week of hard labor. See this is EXACTLY why we need unions. [Lawyers Guns and Money]

    * The latest in James Woods’s suit to reveal the anonymous Twitter user that called him names: Twitter sends the actor a harshly worded letter. [The Hollywood Reporter]

    * Should the Supreme Court take up a case to have the remains of Jim Thorpe moved from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma? [The Hill]

    * Was the latest decision on protesting in SCOTUS plaza motivated by personal factors? [Fix the Court]

    * Today’s the 60th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, whose death was a catalyst in the civil rights movement. [Time]

    20 Comments / / Aug 28, 2015 at 5:34 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.27.15

    * Folks may argue over whether the Iran deal is a good idea, but one “citizen-lawyer” has taken to court to prove it is unconstitutional… but does that argument hold any weight? [Constitution Center]

    * An Arkansas law firm is offering to represent Anna Duggar — pro bono — should she ever decide to divorce her husband, Josh Duggar, after his very public cheating scandal. Which is good, since you know Jim Bob is never going to let Anna see any of that rapidly vanishing TV money. [THV11]

    * What are the 5 best Halloween costumes for law students/lawyers? The real key to nailing number 5 is the bangs. [Law and More]

    * At last, some cold hard evidence that the nation’s fever dream — the one where Donald Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination — might be ending. [New York Times]

    * How do you deal when you’re assigned to work with a real prick who always has to be right? [Attorney at Work]

    * You guys, the intellectual property regime in this country is definitely broken, but at least it isn’t so bad that a man can copyright a chicken sandwich. [Washington Post]

    * In unsurprising news, George Zimmerman had some pretty disgusting things to say about the deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. [Salon]

    21 Comments / / Aug 27, 2015 at 4:53 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.26.15

    * District Judge Henry Wingate suspends Mississippi’s death penalty. The full written decision is expected later this week. [BuzzFeed]

    * Wondering why Roger Goodell is taking a hardline over Deflategate? He’s just acting like any good dictator and securing his power. [Washington Post]

    * Trying to get bail set in a massive insider trading case? It helps if you’ve got God as a character reference. [Dealbreaker]

    * Of all the dumb, stupid, obvious, %^$*#, frustrating AF horse hockey. Alabama is in the process of closing 45 out of 49 DMVs around the state. For the uninitiated: Alabama passed a strict voter ID law in 2011 and now there’s this new barrier to getting the proper identification. I guess it isn’t a stretch to pencil in Alabama as red in 2016. [Daily Kos]

    * In less depressing news, read contemporary coverage of the passage of the 19th Amendment. [The Nation]

    * … And right back to the depressing: a commenter places the blame for a lack of women lead counsel squarely with clients. Oh good, I was afraid for a minute that the legal industry might actually have to do something about gender issues. [What About Paris?]

    * Rest in peace, Amelia Boynton Robinson. The civil rights activist died today at age 104. Best known for her fight for voting rights in the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march, she was portrayed by Lorraine Toussaint in the movie Selma. [WTOP]

    17 Comments / / Aug 26, 2015 at 5:20 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.25.15

    * Too many students who still apply and attend law school, convinced they are the special snowflake that will beat the odds, are just lying to themselves. [Law and More]

    * A new motion in the case of Adnan Syed, featured in the inaugural and highly successful first season of the Serial podcast, casts doubt on key evidence used to convict him. [Gawker]

    * Attention in-house counsel: Please, please, please stop sending money to a Nigerian prince. It is, in fact, a scam. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The legal battle to define mayo has reached its conclusion. Cutting edge of the legal world people. [Slate]

    * Colleges are back in session and have to deal with the ramifications of incredibly offensive and juvenile behavior. Again. [Popehat]

    * Is it possible there will be a legal research competitor to Lexis and Westlaw? Or Nah? [William Ha]

    36 Comments / / Aug 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.24.15

    * I get that litigation is expensive, but I promise, Tom Brady doesn’t need donations for his Deflategate legal bills. Especially not when they’re solicited in an obituary. [Deadspin]

    * Protip: Don’t ask a female attorney if she is going through menopause, unless you like sanctions. [Lawyers for the Profession]

    * Great time waster: what’s the weirdest law in your home state? [Yahoo!]

    * Lat reviews Allegiance (affiliate link), a novel by Kermit Roosevelt featuring a Supreme Court clerk. [Wall Street Journal]

    * An all too realistic look at what it is like to be a lawyer — substance abuse, terrible workload, self-loathing and all. [Vice]

    * A case study of estate planning as played out in the life of fashion icon Helen Gurley Brown. [New York Times]

    * Heads up to Missouri lawmakers — you don’t end sexual harassment by telling interns to dress “modest.” [Think Progress]

    28 Comments / / Aug 24, 2015 at 5:23 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.21.15

    * Tough legal questions that need to be answered: What to do when you inherit a school bus full of guns? [Adequate Man]

    * Do you know when to quit Biglaw? If you’re miserable, when should you start the search for your next career? [Corporette]

    * When it is Justice v. Football on college campuses, justice usually loses — a look at Baylor’s investigation of Sam Ukwuachu. [Deadspin]

    * Finally, a job that makes Biglaw look appealing. [Careerist]

    * A Biglaw firm doing parental leave right. [Talentkeepers]

    * What is real? Can it be the essence of a character distilled? [What About Paris]

    * Toddlers’ favorite lawyer makes a late night appearance [YouTube]

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    56 Comments / / Aug 21, 2015 at 4:57 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.20.15

    * Out of Germany comes news of a real tragedy — spoiled beer. [Legal Juice]

    * Justice Sonia Sotomayor got a pretty bad-ass tribute in the form of a graffiti mural, unveiled in the Bronx. [Colorlines]

    * A look at how voter suppression efforts have morphed with the times. [Washington Post]

    * Don’t feel bad about your Josh Duggar/Ashley Madison schadenfreude. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Want to waste some time? Take this fun quiz matching quotes to the lawyers that said them. [Suited Gladiators]

    * A lesson in how not to deal with a government investigation, courtesy of the American Red Cross. [Cady Bar The Door]

    * George Washington would be embarrassed to hear today’s candidates’ take on torture. And so would the rest of the founding fathers, ya know, if they were zombies. [Lowering the Bar]

    * We’re about to announce the finalists for our Summer Associate Event Contest — so if you have a nomination, send it to us ASAP! [Above the Law]

    22 Comments / / Aug 20, 2015 at 4:58 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.19.15

    * Unsurprising: Donald Trump does not understand the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments. Surprising: Bill O’Reilly comes off as a defender of the 14th Amendment. [Politico]

    * On the subject of Donald Trump and birthright citizenship: here’s a primer on the history of the law. [The Guardian]

    * An analysis of the laws and contracts that govern student athletes. You already know they get screwed, right? [Legal Blitz]

    * Apparently animal trials — actual animals on trial — were a real thing. Mind blown. [Slate]

    * Even famous people have to deal with legal technicalities. [Jezebel]

    * Is Hillary blowing it when it comes to her tone? Is her legal training to blame? [Law and More]

    16 Comments / / Aug 19, 2015 at 5:02 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.18.15

    * Are you one of the millions of Americans wasting time at work compiling your draft order in anticipation of fantasy football season? Then there’s a case in Florida you should pay attention to… [ATL Redline]

    * One Texas clerk’s bid to make their small-minded beliefs more important than the Supreme Court’s ruling has cost taxpayers a mere $43,000. [Dallas Morning News]

    * How can you look professional, but still shop ethically? [Corporette]

    * In obvious, but depressing, news — the lonely road to partnership for black lawyers. [New York Times]

    * The IRS is wrong by 200% — don’t worry, I’m sure they’d be sympathetic if you were off by a mere 200% on your tax return. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Wherein part of your law school grade is determined by how well you know Strunk and White. Madness, madness, I say. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    25 Comments / / Aug 18, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.17.15

    * A look back at the impact Justice Scalia’s signature snarky style has had on the high court. [Jost on Justice]

    * Decry “big government” all you want, but this is a great use of its power: one Wal-Mart declared a public nuisance. [Law and More]

    * A horse! A horse! My law license for a horse! One attorney faces sanctions for his love of racing horses. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * The NLRB might have dashed Northwestern’s football players’ unionization hopes, but they still won a lot of concessions. [Fox Sports]

    * More than 50 days after the landmark Obergefell case, there are still pockets of the country where same-sex couples can’t get married. [BuzzFeed]

    * What can the RNC offer Donald Trump to GTFO of the Republican primary? [Funny or Die]

    19 Comments / / Aug 17, 2015 at 5:07 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.14.15

    * Personal assistant claims Stan Lee less Mr. Fantastic, more Dr. Doom. Jesus, this kid wouldn’t last five minutes in Biglaw. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Hot buns make customer very cross. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Future generations are suing Obama over climate change. In Oregon. Of course it’s in Oregon. [MSNBC]

    * Judge sets murder defendant free citing double jeopardy after first judge declares a mistrial. [Baltimore Suns]

    * Woman’s terrorist conviction disbarment-worthy. That sounds open-and-shut, but it’s a lot more confusing than that sentence makes it appear. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * And congratulations to Elie! Yesterday (or maybe early, early this morning), he welcomed little Max.

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    29 Comments / / Aug 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.13.15

    * The legal battle over the AIG bailout rolls into the Federal Circuit. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * What does a lawyer say when he gets caught swapping fees for oral sex? Claim sex addiction, of course! [Legal Profession Blog]

    * The New Orleans public defender office is a testament to underfunding. [Buzzfeed News]

    * Charleston School of Law loses a dean right before school resumes. Yep, nothing wrong here! [South Carolina Lawyers Weekly]

    * Neighbors sue 8-year-old girl for being kind to animals (or sues her parents anyway). [KIRO]

    * A friend remembers John Ralston Pate. [What About Clients?]

    * A counterargument to the suggestion of suspect classification for poverty (final item). [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The ABA is diving into the world of legal publishing, riding the success of Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Chicago Tribune]

    * A domestic violence defendant got the first name of his judge tattooed on his neck. Paul Clement has similar ink that reads “Nino.” Check out the pic. [North Carolina Lawyers Weekly]

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    17 Comments / / Aug 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.12.15

    * A new paper by Professors Josh Blackman and Howard Wasserman on the process of marriage equality. For those of you who get really excited over civil procedure. [SSRN]

    * Fresh off the threat of Supreme Court sanctions, partner Howard Shipley, formerly of Foley & Lardner, has landed at Gordon & Rees. Good fit… there’s no way he’ll embarrass that firm. [Gordon & Rees]

    * We had some fun at the expense of a very predictable Norwegian prison escape the other day, but it’s worth recognizing an outlier for what it is — here’s a detailed look at Norway’s usually successful prison system. [New York Times]

    * With public defenders like these… An interpreter employed by the public defenders’ office scammed immigrants seeking bribes with promises to pull strings to avoid deportation. [Times-Picayune]

    * Is “Office Temperature-Gate” worthy of a Title VII claim? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * A guy sat in prison for over 3 months after he completed his sentence because the system is as awful as it is incompetent. [Mother Jones]

    * If you’re looking for CLE and have tickets to New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 8, then here’s the panel for you. [NY Comic Con]

    * Most employers in New York City can no longer check credit history in making employment decisions. Time to hit up Saks for that shopping spree. [DLA Piper]

    19 Comments / / Aug 12, 2015 at 5:03 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.11.15

    * The two-tiered partnership model turns out to be much more complicated than firms expected. That’s why we’re seeing moves like BakerHostetler’s proposed elimination of non-equity partners. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Graffiti artist files suit claiming fashion designer violated his copyright in his work. [The Legal Artist]

    * On the unpaid internship front, the Olsen twins have been sued by a former intern who claims she clocked 50-hour weeks and didn’t earn a penny from her multimillionaire bosses. [New York Daily News]

    * Before the 25th Amendment, the ill-defined line of succession could have landed one of these guys in the White House. [Constitution Daily]

    * Who said it: Justice Scalia or a YouTube commenter talking about Magic Mike XXL? [Suited Gladiators]

    * There’s a big gap between law school graduates and practice-ready skills. Somewhere the ABA is scheming about how to turn this into the case for four-year law schools. [LexisNexis]

    * California is removing the word “Alien” from the labor code. Because symbolic gestures are still important gestures. [Associated Press via NBC]

    12 Comments / / Aug 11, 2015 at 5:07 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.10.15

    * Interesting… audio of Richard Nixon’s only oral argument before the Supreme Court. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers want his murder indictment tossed. Tom Brady is relieved he now has the second-dumbest Patriots legal challenge. [NECN]

    * There’s a robust piranha-smuggling operation in the United States. That’s… Sharknado levels of terrifying. [Legal Juice]

    * In between ripping Rosie O’Donnell, the GOP “debate” actually talked a little about the Constitution. [Dorf on Law]

    * New York’s responsible banking law is unconstitutional. Banks rejoice. [Reuters]

    * The New York Times broached the subject of “resting bitch face.” How do lawyers avoid the phenomenon? [Attorney at Work]

    * God Donald Trump is entertaining. [What About Clients?]

    * Why aren’t the poor a suspect class? [PrawfsBlawg]

    17 Comments / / Aug 10, 2015 at 5:11 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.07.15

    * Chris Christie argued passionately about national security with Rand Paul, noting that he was appointed a U.S. Attorney the very day before 9/11. Except, you know, he wasn’t and is completely lying. [Empty Wheel]

    * The Simpson Thacher and Mayer Brown epic screw-ups: where are the individual lawyers now? [The Am Law Daily]

    * Choose the right firm for you… with the help of these Legos. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]

    * A bipartisan bill hopes to replace loan default rates with a repayment metric. [Insider Higher Ed]

    * The most predictable prison escape ever. [Lowering the Bar]

    * John McAfee’s new security update includes a handgun — which he was arrested for carrying while high on Xanax after a “shootout” with police. He explains the whole thing on Facebook. [Gawker]

    * Liberty Law has a new dean. [News & Advance]

    * Pretty sure Key & Peele read the Elonis decision. [Key & Peele / Comedy Central]

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    4 Comments / / Aug 7, 2015 at 4:57 PM