Non-Sequiturs

  • Donald Sterling

    Basketball, Benchslaps, Books, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.07.14

    * Mitchell Epner breaks down the Donald Sterling trial, which kicked off today. Or “tipped off” today. [CNBC]

    * Judge Kopf reviews Keith Lee’s The Marble and the Sculptor. Keith can take heart that His Honor didn’t tell him to STFU. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * MoloLamken offers its comprehensive review of the Supreme Court’s recently concluded adventures from the perspective of businesses. Spoiler alert: businesses did really, really well. [MoloLamken]

    * Former seminary dean lied about his religious background and then tried to sue the guy who called him out on it. Benchslapping ensued in a fee decision: “Plaintiff’s sparse trickle of written argument gave way at the hearing to an overflow of objectively unreasonable claims…. Plaintiff either cast unsupported aspersions or asserted boldfaced contradictions, adopting whatever narrative best served him at the time.” In fairness, those sound like they might be assets in organized religion. [Religion Posts]

    * If you want to know what’s up in the energy sector, Breaking Energy now has a “Law Firms Perspective” feed. [Breaking Energy]

    * Discretion is the better part of valor: gamblers turned down around $1.5 million payout to sue casino for illegal detention… and then lost. [ATL Redline]

    * I’ve said before that I find the concept of legal tattoos fascinating. This one is incredibly meta….

    5 Comments / / Jul 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • gun with bullets

    Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.03.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, July 4, in observance of the day when Will Smith beat those aliens.

    * Two state supreme courts rejected the bids of guns rights advocates to give felons the right to own guns. But if you outlaw guns, only outlaws… wait, that slogan doesn’t work here. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Hobby Lobby fallout. Religious groups are asking President Obama to accommodate their “sincerely held belief” that gay people don’t deserve jobs. [Talking Points Memo]

    * On the other hand, Hobby Lobby opens the door to student loan forgiveness. [Tyler Coulson]

    * People hated talking to Steve Jobs about their work. Was it because kids these days don’t understand the value of hard work? Or was it because computer geeks are notoriously introverted? [What About Paris?]

    * Don’t discriminate against people getting divorces — they’ve got enough to worry about. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Some legal academics think bank executives should be paid in bonds. Here are some arguments against that. [Fortune]

    15 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
  • Supreme Court portrait 2013

    Football, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.14

    * Politico asked 19 legal experts to evaluate the Supreme Court term. I wonder which 9 justices they thought were most important this term? [Politico]

    * One of the girls who stabbed a friend at the supposed behest of the fictional “Slenderman” was deemed incompetent. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Have you checked out the logo for Stussy jeans? Because those horsies look awfully familiar to a certain other, more famous jean company. [Los Angeles Intellectual Property Attorney Blog]

    * The sad truth for those of you banking on Biglaw careers to pay off your loans? You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. [Law School Lemmings]

    * The recent study that created a cumulative ranking of law schools based on LSAT scores, employment, and citations has been updated to account for school-funded jobs. No more gaming the system schools. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Womble Carlyle prevails in the discrimination suit brought by a cancer survivor they fired when her cancer treatment left her weak. What’s with lawyers picking on cancer survivors today? [Triangle Business Journal]

    * Mr. Florida Football: July 2014. Check out his stats: 6’1″, 245, 3 murder charges… [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The next generation wants to change the world. Maybe consider something other than law school. [Law and More]

    * The suit between Jerry Only and Danzig (Glenn, not Chris) is heating up with a countersuit. [Metal Sucks]

    * Time for another Battle of the Law Firm Bands! This one is in L.A. next Tuesday, July 8, and 11 bands from area law firms and companies are playing, including bands from Latham, Gibson, O’Melveny, and MoFo. It’s for a good cause, so show up. [Family Violence Appellate Project]

    2 Comments / / Jul 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • 190px-Judge_Judy

    2nd Circuit, Benchslaps, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.01.14

    * Judge Judy hears a case about Grindr. “Don’t pee on my leg… unless you’re into that.” [Gawker]

    * Supreme Court retirements announced! [Legal Times]

    * Most criminals don’t walk around in a giant yellow bird costume. This guy is not most criminals. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The Washington Post credits blogger Josh Blackman with coining the term “benchslap.” Professor Blackman corrected the author. Let’s get a Kickstarter going to buy her a Black’s Law Dictionary (affiliate link) so she doesn’t make this mistake again. [Washington Post]

    * The Chamber of Commerce didn’t win every case this term. But it came awfully close to perfect when it counted. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * If you’ve been looking to complete your collection of Second Circuit bobbleheads, behold Judge Denny Chin! If this wasn’t sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, I’d worry this pic was a little racist…. [Squareup]

    4 Comments / / Jul 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • images

    10th Circuit, Bar Exams, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.30.14

    * For all of you gearing up for the bar exam, take heart that failure isn’t the end of the world. At least if you fail with a last name like “Roosevelt” or “Kennedy.” [Buzzfeed]

    * Hobby Lobby may be behind us, but there are still anti-ACA cases on the horizon. [The Advisory Board Company]

    * Morning Docket noted Neal Katyal’s op-ed suggesting the Supreme Court was less divided these days. Consider this a detailed response. [mitchellepner]

    * Thoughts on Kitchen v. Herbert. [Pollvogtarian]

    * The great unpaid internship revolt is on. And based on Harris, we should expect the working stiff’s got a great chance here. [Capital New York]

    * Some right-wing college paper is bent out of shape that a full law professor teaching one class (and running a clinic) is paid over $200,000. That salary actually doesn’t sound all that shocking. Now what would be interesting (though these folks probably wouldn’t care) is how that salary stacks up to his female colleagues’ pay. [The College Fix]

    * Ever see Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” sketch? Here’s video of professors reading mean evaluations… [TaxProf Blog]

    0 Comments / / Jun 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • NCAA_logo.svg

    11th Circuit, Antitrust, China, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.27.14

    * As I noted yesterday over at Redline, the defense in the NCAA trial is putting up some terrible witnesses. Here’s another example. The NCAA’s expert wrote a textbook. The NCAA might have wanted to check it out before bringing him on to help defend themselves IN AN ANTITRUST CASE. [Twitter / Stewart Mandel]

    * Elie and I got in a spirited discussion with Slate’s Jordan Weissmann over my edits to his piece on law schools. And it looks like some outside observers took notice. [Law and More]

    * The case for grade inflation. [The Atlantic]

    * In Wisconsin, a Scott Walker supporter allegedly voted for his boy 5 times. His defense is ripped from a Days of Our Lives script. [CBS News]

    * Our mates at Legal Cheek have the ideal follow-up to our World Cup guide: Which last 16 World Cup team is your law firm? As a QPR fan, I’ll tip my hat to their Harry Redknapp quote. [Legal Cheeks]

    * Overpreparing for a simple meeting. [What Should Law Bros Call Me]

    * An 11th Circuit PIP nightmare. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Hong Kong lawyers protesting what they see as China meddling. Honestly can you blame China? Ever since Hong Kong let Batman just swoop in and grab that guy, you can’t really trust the Hong Kong legal system. [Reuters]

    1 Comment / / Jun 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM
  • persiancatkitten

    Animal Law, Biglaw, Copyright, Non-Sequiturs, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.26.14

    * Watchcat! [Legal Juice]

    * On a similar note, New York banning “Tiger Selfies.” When do they give out the Darwin Awards again? [Lowering the Bar]

    * Are there lessons to be learned from the lawyer who applied for — and got rejected from — a paralegal gig? [Law and More]

    * Have you ever seen a standup comic playing music during a set? Well, they’re doing it to prevent others — clubs, networks, etc. — from lifting their work and selling it as their own. Welcome to the world of standups and copyright. [The Legal Geeks]

    * You already heard our take. Now for someone who took some actual time to think about what Noel Canning means. [Federal Regulations Advisor]

    * The sexiest law firm in the world? [The Careerist]

    * The Supreme Court is less conservative than we think. Let’s have a poll! After reading this, do you think SCOTUS is less conservative than you expected? After the jump…. [Washington Post]

    3 Comments / / Jun 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM
  • intimate young couple during foreplay in bed

    Baseball, Crime, Food, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.25.14

    * The legal price of adultery has apparently gone down. That’s good news if you’re trying to keep your motorcycle. [Verdict]

    * The title is “Apply to Law School Now!” No. Seriously, don’t. [Slate]

    * Professor David Bernstein says of Gawker: “So you can see how the headline is false on multiple levels but it certainly provides clickbait for Gawker.” The initial story Bernstein wrote kicking this off was: “YOU are a rapist; yes, YOU!” But, yeah all caps and exclamation points is in NO WAY click-baiting (oh, and it was also hyperbole on many levels). [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Barry Scheck was brought on as an expert to review the conviction that formed the subject of Capturing the Friedmans (affiliate link). Let’s just say he’s brought a different angle to it than the D.A.’s internal review. [WiseLaw NY]

    * Federal judge nixes the infamous “no-fly list” for denying due process. Looks like a certain judge is going to have a hard time leaving PDX next time. [The Oregonian]

    * If you’ve long feared injury from flying foodstuffs at baseball games, worry no more. [ABA Journal]

    * Gifts for the Homeless is hosting a Battle of the Law Firm Bands in Washington, D.C. tomorrow. Be there or be square. [Crowdrise]

    16 Comments / / Jun 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM
  • 538px-Toilet_with_flush_water_tank

    Biglaw, Cocaine / Crack, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.24.14

    * The importance of firm toilets. [Legal Cheek]

    * JFK University is holding “Saturday Law School” at a shopping mall. They’ll be down by the “Macy’s and California Pizza Kitchen.” [Pleasanton Weekly]

    * Professor David Bernstein from GMU Law explains how sex works. Basically, unless you’re dealing with prostitutes, the proper way to deal with women is to just stick it in and see what happens. [Gawker]

    * “Noticing that different people look differently = innate human observation a little girl can do. Ascribing vastly different levels of trustworthiness based on skin color = police work.” [ATL Redline]

    * Michelle MacDonald, the GOP nominee for Minnesota Supreme Court, has a pending DWI and an old contempt arrest, which she blows off with the line, “You can play foosball in the court when a judge isn’t there.” Picking real winners there, Minnesota. [Politics in Minnesota]

    * Cocaine gave this lawyer 9 lives. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly (sub. req.]

    * Mike Rowe decides not to take a lawyer’s advice. [IJ Review]

    * The Supreme Court was pretty good to the environment yesterday. Something must have been wrong. [Grist]

    2 Comments / / Jun 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Condoms

    Biglaw, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.23.14

    * 8 reasons that lawyers are like condoms. Not included: on the inside, they’re just dicks. [Legal Cheek]

    * A bunch of reporters that no one reads anymore take out their frustrations on SCOTUSblog for having the audacity to be good at its job. [ABA Journal]

    * Presented without commentary — a dean is not pleased with us. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Jobs for law grads may be scarce, but WSJ wants you to know that Biglaw specifically is hiring again. So for a few of you, you’re set until you try to lateral. [Gawker]

    * Deluding yourself is a valuable career strategy. [Law and More]

    * Guy is suing an airline because he went to Grenada when he wanted to go to Granada. This gave me a great excuse to rematch the classic Newhart episode, Oh, THAT Morrocco. [Daily Mail]

    * A woman who tried to save some ducklings now faces life in prison. The moral of the story, as always, is screw animals. [USA Today]

    * The real winner in the protracted courtship of Patton Boggs was Akin Gump. [Washingtonian]

    * Teaching the law has suffered because of the influx of stupid “Law and…” courses. [TaxProf Blog]

    * But Oklahoma knows how to fix the problems with law school — give you an iPad! Video below… [YouTube]

    10 Comments / / Jun 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • 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
  • Donald Sterling

    Department of Justice, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.19.14

    * Donald Sterling allegedly threatened to kill Shelly Sterling’s lawyer. Look Don, threatening to kill lawyers will certainly help your image, but you may be too far gone. [New York Daily News]

    * “Tagger arrested for tagging courtroom while awaiting prosecution for tagging.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * You know public law schools are more expensive today than in 1985. But just how much more expensive may absolutely shock you. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Law school tutor seems creepily excited about making students cry. [Sunshine and Potatoes]

    * 17 bizarre lawsuits. I don’t know, I view the people making sure I get every delicious inch of my meatball sub as heroes. [Crime Wire]

    * Dallas just threw its support behind reparations for slavery. Because obviously they didn’t bother to read the resolution. Democracy in action! [Gawker]

    * J. Christian Adams misunderstands an election law. This shocks me not at all. In the past, he complained to me that Pam Karlan didn’t understand voting rights based on a panel I covered. She’s now the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Voting Rights and Adams is still spouting off (affiliate link) about how the DOJ is bending over to service the Black Panthers. [Election Law Blog]

    * Did you know the history of drones in America dates back to the Civil War? Well, now you do. And knowing is some proportion of the battle. Infographic below…. [Criminal Justice Degree Hub]

    1 Comment / / Jun 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Trump-for-Prez

    Books, Canada, Death Penalty, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.18.14

    * Donald Trump slapped with sanctions. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * The very, very, very long arm of Canadian jurisdiction. [Slate]

    * Alafair Burke, author of All Day and a Night (affiliate link), lists her favorite “lawyers are people too” books. In other words, fiction. [Omnivoracious]

    * The latest assault on Hillary Clinton — dusting off an old story about a particularly nasty case where she served as a court-appointed attorney — is the latest in a string of political attacks on the foundation of the criminal defense system. [Washington Post]

    * Tomorrow, the Family Violence Appellate Project is throwing a battle of the bands! “Banding Together To End Domestic Violence” features bands from law firms and businesses competing at San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom club. Voting is “Chicago-style,” with each vote $1. Buy tickets and submit “votes” at their website. [Family Violence Appellate Project]

    * Professor Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law appeared on Rachel Maddow last night to discuss whether or not doctors should participate in executions. I guess no one would be around to complain about the six-month-old issue of People in the waiting area. Video below. [Rachel Maddow Show]

    0 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Brain on LSAT

    Antonin Scalia, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Television, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.17.14

    * Law school kills brain cells. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo takes on Justice Scalia’s recent critique of legal education. Oh, it’s on now. [Los Angeles Daily Journal]

    * A look inside a mock law school admissions meeting. It’s not a Texas admissions meeting, so you’re still not going to learn the relative merits of a 128 LSAT. [Most Strongly Supported]

    * Newsmax has a new cable network and it’s bringing on Professor Alan Dershowitz to offer “practical legal advice to ordinary Americans.” Hopefully he’ll be able to walk us through the legal points of Newsmax’s usual coverage of how the Black Panthers ordered Hillary to let Benghazi happen. [Digital Journal]

    * PRIDE cometh before the court. [Likelihood of Confusion]

    * A fourth case has been reopened in light of CPI’s expose of judges hearing cases despite financial conflicts. [Center for Public Integrity]

    * Lip-sync battle starring 3L Ty Wood and Professors George Bach, Alex Ritchie and Kevin Tu. Complete with cheesy effects! [UNM School of Law]

    1 Comment / / Jun 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • 1024px-Microchips

    American Bar Association / ABA, FDA, Food, FTC, Immigration, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.16.14

    * Lawyer explains to court how people illegally implanted a silicon chip in her head. No word on her feelings about Mondays. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * How much juice content did Coca-Cola think allowed them to market a product as juice? The answer will actually surprise you unless you really, really hate Coke. [PR Log]

    * Defendants should not have access to the Internet because they could beat someone to death with an iPad. I guess. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Mobile crammers settle for $10 million. The charge will appear on their next month’s phone bill. [Law and More]

    * Like most things in life, the path to victory involves beginning from the KISS principle. [Katz Justice]

    * Of all the over-the-top immigration control efforts in this country, arresting a couple in bed for not being “married enough” is one of the craziest. [Sun Sentinel]

    * The American Bar Association, fresh off loosening its accreditation standards, is actually trying to dupe kids into thinking this is the best time to attend law school. Check out this ad. And if you want to play with it in Photoshop, that would be cool too…

    1 Comment / / Jun 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM
  • 220px-Phil_Mickelson_@_2008_US_Open,_Torrey_Pines,_San_Diego,_CA

    Barack Obama, Books, Golf, Insider Trading, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Summer Associates, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.13.14

    * While you weren’t looking, Phil Mickelson was cleared of insider trading of Clorox options. How does Lefty get his reputation back? Shooting better than 70 at Pinehurst would help. [mitchellepner]

    * Lat reviews The Good Lawyer by Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Canada grants asylum to Florida sex-offender. Maybe Canada can give a hand to Crystal Metheny. [National Post]

    * Lawyer charged with stealing from clients defends himself: “[Wife] had become accustomed to a lavish lifestyle that generated living expenses of $40K per month.” Well then! [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Can President Obama just raise taxes unilaterally? Apparently so. [DealBook / New York Times (gavel bang: TaxProf Blog)]

    * So as I read this, someone who definitely bought prostitutes to influence people is accusing someone else of allegedly buying prostitutes to influence people. [Forbes]

    * How to make the most of your summer associate experience and not screw up spectacularly (though if you choose to screw up spectacularly, please do it in a reportable way). Video below… [Mimesis Law]

    1 Comment / / Jun 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM
  • large-falling-down-blu-ray9

    Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Rap, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.12.14

    * Opening fire because a fast food place screwed up your burger order would be crazy. If they did it a second time? Well… [Lowering the Bar]

    * McCutcheon at work in North Carolina. Yay free speech! [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Texas prosecutor compares NAACP member to white supremacist. Because those are totally the same thing. [Houston Chronicle]

    * In case you’ve ever wondered who’d win a fight between DMX and Justice Frankfurter, here’s your answer. [Slate]

    * Having more fun with gun nuts. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * We’ve discussed trial by combat’s past before, but is it still a real thing? Video below, including shout-outs to Professor Adam Winkler. [The Young Turks]

    4 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • iStock_000016329481Small

    Football, Gay, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Pets, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.11.14

    * The intellectual property history of dog leashes. How long is a patent in dog years? [Slate]

    * Trinity Western University, the new law school that bans gay people, just earned a thumbs down vote from thousands of area lawyers objecting to its accreditation. [CBC]

    * 10 real-life laws that regulate the supernatural world. [io9]

    * There’s a new bill of rights in this country and it comes from the IRS. The right to basically avoid taxes is only on the form for rich people. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Mass incarceration in this country degrades citizenship. Sadly, this statement needed to be made. [Boston Review]

    * After receiving an award, a young lawyer blasts legal aid cuts. [Legal Cheek]

    * The Daily Show examines the ongoing effort to unionize college football with commentary by Dee Dee Benkie. She’s wrong of course — college football unions would work like professional sports unions representing players who face exactly the same workplace hazards, instead of stereotypical longshoremen — but it’s good to see even an anti-union advocate agreeing that players deserve something more than what they currently get. Video below…. [The Daily Show]

    1 Comment / / Jun 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM