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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.14.15

    * Here’s a tip to grab a few minutes of down time at a law firm. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * 9th Circuit makes a move to save the honey bee. [Earth Justice]

    * More July bar results are in, and… they aren’t good — just like Erica Moeser predicted. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * A trio of lawsuits suggest that Trump University (basically a bunch of seminars, so one day you can declare bankruptcy just like Donald Trump) is nothing but a scam. Kinda like a certain presidential campaign I know. [The Slot]

    * Supreme Court clerk feeder judges: still white and male. [Slate]

    * How can you work the trend and be an un-lawyer? [Law and More]

    37 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • O.J._Simpson_1990_·_DN-ST-91-03444_crop


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.11.15

    * The Juice is not loose. The Nevada Supreme Court rejected O.J. Simpson’s latest appeal. [CBS News]

    * Governor Huckabee explains that Dred Scott is still the law of the land. To recap, Donald Trump thinks he can unilaterally overturn the 14th Amendment while Huckabee just thinks it never happened. Elie will have to explain this whole thing to his old friend when Huckabee gets his show back. [The Hill]

    * Jesus wept. Then celebrated his Ninth Circuit victory. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Sanctions for foul-mouthed judge. I wonder what she said when she heard that? [Daily Business Review]

    * Wanton endangerment charge for a law student who crashed a drone into Kentucky’s football stadium. Take solace kid: you’re not the most embarrassing legal news item out of Kentucky this month. Thanks Kim Davis. [WLKY]

    * David explains that more “shakeout” is coming for Biglaw. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    17 Comments / / Sep 11, 2015 at 4:54 PM
  • Super Mario Bros


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.10.15

    * The fascinating and brave story of Phyllis Frye, the nation’s first openly transgender judge — and in Texas no less! [New York Times]

    * Copyright law ruins something new: this time the YouTube channel of the creator of “hardest Super Mario World level ever.” [Kotaku]

    * Take a look at the correspondence Judge Berman received on Deflategate — all the completely sane and hinged rantings of Pats fans. [Deadspin]

    * A law firm that lets you have a life? Blasphemy! [The Atlantic]

    * Even if Larry Lessig becomes President of the United States, his presidency will still be a failure. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * So… if a vampire makes a human their servant what liability does the human have for the vamp’s bloodsucking? [The Legal Geeks]

    * An ode to Valorem’s Patrick Lamb and his incisive look at the failure of Dewey & Lebouef. [What About Clients?]

    * The phenomenon of Quit Lit: when law professors take to the op-ed page to talk about their resignations. [TaxProf Blog]

    16 Comments / / Sep 10, 2015 at 5:13 PM
  • (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.09.15

    * Six years and you get a Bachelor’s degree and a JD? Not a terrible deal University of Tennessee, Knoxville. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville]

    * Winning two NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships as an assistant coach WHILE attending Duke Law School is just showing off, Jay Bilas. [Hsu Untied]

    * Now THIS is how you become divorce attorney to the stars! (It also doesn’t hurt to be born into it.) [Jezebel]

    * If you can’t solve this, rethink your LSAT plans… [IFL Science]

    * In defense of the end of summer associate programs. [Bloomberg BNA]

    * Nick Gordon’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate, calling the accusations “conclusory, untrue, criminal.” [US Magazine]

    * This is how contracts work in the real world, or at least in the legal world. [Concurring Opinions]

    28 Comments / / Sep 9, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • sonia sotomayor RF


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.08.15

    * Sonia Sotomayor talks about feeling like an outsider on the court… aaaaaaaand this is what white privilege means. [Slate]

    * Vehicles you can still get a DUI while driving: Barbie Jeep, Zamboni, wheelchair, inflatable raft, motorized beer cooler. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Step into the political slime and see how the halted campaign finance investigation into Scott Walker is being used to undermine regulations. [PR Watch]

    * Fascinating speculation on who should be Donald Trump’s running mate — assuming, arguendo, the end times are upon us and he wins the Republican nomination. [Law and More]

    * Debating Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig’s theories about the presidency. [Pacific Standard]

    * Bound by Law? Tales of the Public Domain, a cheeky comic book sponsored by Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain is fun and useful for lawyers and nonlawyers alike. [Open Culture]

    * Yes, Ohio, a man’s family does include his wife. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Perverse incentives dominate Chinese victim compensation laws and drivers try to kill any pedestrians they may hit. [Slate]

    28 Comments / / Sep 8, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • DUI


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.15

    Ed. note: Due to the Labor Day holiday we will be on a reduced publication schedule today, and observing the holiday on Monday. Hope everyone has an enjoyable, restful and long weekend.

    * Oh yay! An attorney hits something with his car, doesn’t stop, and uses the “I’m an attorney!” line, complete with F-bombs. And he was drinking, because of course he was. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * You shoot for the stars Utah! Utah Law announced a new initiative to have 100 percent bar passage and 100 percent professional employment. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Burn! Not only did the Ninth Circuit overturn Judge Robert Jones’s decision, they reassigned the case. [Election Law Blog]

    * A war between Harvard Law professors! Okay, it’s just a war of words, but Cass Sunstein really takes it to former Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren and law prof turned presidential candidate Larry Lessig. [American Thinker]

    * Lessons on being a lawyer you can get from watching Peggy Olson. [Careerist]

    * Here’s a horrifying fact: “Defendants who can’t make bail, regardless of their crime, are four times more likely to be sentenced to time in prison.” [Pacific Standard]

    * This is fun! A 1947 anti-union propaganda comic put out by General Electric. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Food in exchange for legal advice. Seems like a good deal. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

    * Moving ever closer to the day when a marriage license for a same sex couple is just a matter of paperwork — even in Kentucky. [Huffington Post]

    29 Comments / / Sep 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM
  • harris faulkner


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.03.15

    harris faulkner* Who could be mad at this cute little hamster? Oh, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner for whom the toy was named… without her consent. [Jezebel]

    * You like song parodies. So checkout these law-based ones that are “funny to lawyers who have had three drinks after the dessert course.” Bonus: it also raises money for Legal Aid. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    * Handy guide to law schools that offer the biggest tuition discounts. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Fun way to end Throwback Thursday: scroll through the wills and probate records for historical figures like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Eli Whitney, and Daniel Webster. [Pictorial]

    * Interested in a private legal networking site? Not so fast, you’ll be banned if you write about it. [Law Sites]

    * Ugh, this Kentucky clerk/Kim Davis debacle is still going on, now with 100% more jail time. [New York Times]

    * Tips on how to get over that awkward hurdle and actually talk to a colleague who recently lost their job. [Law and More]

    * What traits make for good lawyers? [It’s Not About The Lawyers, Teacup]

    * We’ve told you before about Covington partner Mark Mosier’s son, Michael, who passed away at age 6 from DIPG, a rare brain tumor. Now Eric Holder has recorded a video to raise awareness of the disease. [Defeat DIPG]

    29 Comments / / Sep 3, 2015 at 4:27 PM
  • (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.02.15

    * The GOP field is getting a heads up on what to expect at their next debate, but the real question is: how will this change JoePa’s drinking game… [Politico]

    * Let Judge Matthew Sciarrino take you through the minutiae of how exactly Batman would testify in court. [Legal Geeks]

    * Good news: Missouri failed at gerrymandering. Better news: it’s gotten the Taiwanese animation treatment. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Men’s rights activists are using the legal system to derail women’s networking events. [Yahoo]

    * Navigating employment contracts outside of the U.S. [JD Supra]

    * In the beginning of a startup, everyone is friends…. but it doesn’t always end that way. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Former governor Jan Brewer threatens a lawsuit over the use of her picture. [Jezebel]

    23 Comments / / Sep 2, 2015 at 5:07 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    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]

    50 Comments / / Sep 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    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
  • (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)


    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
  • Duggars


    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
  • (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


    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
  • Adnan Syed


    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
  • Tom Brady (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


    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
  • shot out school bus


    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]

    56 Comments / / Aug 21, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • sonia sotomayor RF


    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
  • The Donald


    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