Non-Sequiturs

  • Entertainment Law, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.12.14

    * The makeup of the Supreme Court is the most important issue in the 2016 election. Well, the most “important” issue will be if Hillary is a crone who murdered everyone in Benghazi with Obamacare, but the Supreme Court should be the most important issue. [Slate]

    * We’ve wondered why the Supreme Court isn’t more accountable before. Fix the Court wants to do something about it. [USA Today]

    * In-house counsel are optimistic. Too bad they aren’t optimistic about sending work to firms. [Business of Law Blog / LexisNexis]

    * The Italians just overturned the manslaughter convictions of a bunch of scientists for failing to accurately predict an earthquake. But, sure, let’s send Amanda Knox back over there. [Reuters]

    * Latham snags a gaggle of high-profile O’Melveny entertainment lawyers and O’Melveny names three new co-heads of its Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice. [Deadline Hollywood]

    * An infographic of firm trends. Technological upgrades are the name of the game. [Think Tank / Aderant]

    * While we treat high school athletes as adults in so many aspects of their lives, America just won’t let go of labeling them juveniles unable to grasp sexual assault. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Horrific tale of systematic sexual abuse in the ranks of USA Swimming, which turns to Bryan Cave for what a lawyer profiled in the article calls “plaintiff-draining legal tactics.” [Outside Online]

    * R.I.P. John Michael Doar, former chief of the DOJ civil rights division in the 60s, who died at age 92 yesterday. [What About Clients?]

    8 Comments / / Nov 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM
  • Financial data analyzing. Counting on calculator.

    Billable Hours, Food, Gambling / Gaming, Health Care / Medicine, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.11.14

    * Law students (and prospective law students)! Figure out your expected class rank with this handy calculator. [Witnesseth]

    * Elie wonders if law students are getting dumber. [Redline]

    * Great law review article, or greatest law review article? Judge M. Margaret McKeown’s “Culinary Ambiguity: A Canonical Approach To Deciphering Menus.” [Harvard Law Review]

    * Remember the lawyer caught billing 29-hour days? The guy pleaded his case to the Ohio Supreme Court and they won’t give him the time of day. [Ohio Supreme Court]

    * Veterans Day seems like the right time to remember the Feres Doctrine, which bars armed forces personnel from suing the government for negligence. How ridiculous is the Feres Doctrine? Justice Scalia thinks we need to allow more negligence suits! [Legal Funding Central]

    * A sad story of a married partner romancing a married young associate that ends in her death. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    * If you support Obamacare, is there any reason for optimism in King v. Burwell? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * In case you were ever interested in eminent domain in a galaxy far, far away. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Casino sends promotions to “compulsive gamblers” on a voluntary opt-out list. The casino calls it a “software issue.” What are the odds on that? [Ars Technica]

    * A former Texas judge earned a reprimand for violating the state constitution and seven ethical canons in three years. Gauntlet thrown, judges aspiring to enter our pages. [Houston Chronicle]

    13 Comments / / Nov 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM
  • internet address

    American Bar Association / ABA, Death Penalty, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.10.14

    * Huge Net Neutrality development: President Obama believes the FCC should reclassify the Internet as a utility. Will his three appointees listen to him? [Vox]

    * Rick Springfield’s butt faces retrial. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is recommending the sale of Charleston Law School to InfiLaw. Well, now we should feel secure in knowing this is a great plan. [TaxProf Blog]

    * An interview with famed mob lawyer turned mayor, Oscar Goodman. [Coverage Opinions]

    * In Alabama, if a jury misbehaves and doesn’t sentence a murderer to the death penalty, the judge has full power to overrule them. Delightful. [The New Yorker]

    * A white former prosecutor has to work really, really hard to get himself arrested, along the way exposing just how racially stilted the criminal justice system is. [The Atlantic]

    10 Comments / / Nov 10, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • law_school LF

    6th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Gay Marriage, Immigration, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.07.14

    * U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved the deal tossing about $7 billion of Detroit’s debt. He declared that it was now time to restore democracy to Detroit. We’ll see how that turns out. [The Detroit News]

    * How many law schools are in dire economic straits? Try 80. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Professors Eric Posner and Glen Weyl think the answer to global income inequality is low-paid migrant labor. It’s not entirely as crazy as it sounds. But it’s still kinda crazy. [The New Republic]

    * On the other hand, economic inequality could be greatly exacerbated by technology anyway. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Life imitates Shawshank. [Clarion-Ledger]

    * Attorney and author Lawrence Otis Graham explains how no amount of economic or educational privilege can fully shield African-Americans from racism. [Washington Post]

    ** A women’s group pledges to stand up for victims of harassment on Twitter. Not to discount some of the vile stuff women are subjected to on Twitter, but it’s possible that Twitter is rife with gender-neutral horribleness. [What About Clients]

    * That Sixth Circuit marriage equality opinion is… well, fundamentally wrong about how constitutional democracy works. [Detroit Free-Press]

    8 Comments / / Nov 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • yoga downward facing dog

    6th Circuit, DUI / DWI, Gay, Gay Marriage, JPMorgan Chase, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.06.14

    * The Sixth Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Jeff Sutton, just upheld four states’ bans on same-sex marriage. Next stop, SCOTUS? [BuzzFeed]

    * JPMorgan Chase really doesn’t want people to hear this woman’s story. [Rolling Stone]

    * Dating site busted for sharing users’ STD info. [Slate]

    * If you’re opting for a life of crime, dream bigger. [Legal Juice]

    * There’s a patent on filming yoga classes. So class, you’re going to transition from “downward dog” to “shameless patent troll.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * The continued existence of Thomas Jefferson School of Law has spawned so many good lines. The Times compared the school to Dracula. Now Steven Harper describes it as “throwing furniture into the fireplace to keep the house warm.” [TaxProf Blog]

    11 Comments / / Nov 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • She didn't want to be a 'sexytary.'

    Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Ted Frank

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.05.14

    * A cautionary tale about using online dating to cheat on your spouse — you might end up upwards of $54K poorer. [Legal Cheek]

    * Alabama wasted time and energy passing a ballot measure for the purely symbolic purpose of reaffirming Xenophobia? Shocking! [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Interesting tale of reporting a female boss for sexual harassment. [Vice]

    * When the police inevitably come down on you, turn off your iPhones first. [Versus Texas]

    * 6 Hilarious Trials That Prove the Legal System Is Screwed. [Cracked]

    * CCAF is hiring. Good pay, flexible hours. Sounds like a great gig if you hate plaintiffs’ firms. [Center for Class Action Fairness]

    * Should Jewish judges recuse themselves in Palestinian terrorism cases? Um. No? [Tablet Magazine]

    * Jameis Winston’s lawyer is just the worst. [Jezebel]

    9 Comments / / Nov 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM
  • Alcohol

    Banking Law, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Events, Football, Jed Rakoff, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.04.14

    * If you’re a law student in Philadelphia or D.C., come hang out with us this week. RSVP to tomorrow’s Philly event here. [Above the Law]

    * Or RSVP to Thursday’s D.C. trivia night here. [Above the Law]

    * Judge Jed Rakoff explains exactly why innocent people plead guilty for all those people who don’t believe it. Well, the people who don’t believe it probably don’t read the New York Review of Books, but maybe John Oliver will have Judge Rakoff on so this can go viral. [The New York Review of Books]

    * The sex, lies (about polygamy), and videotape article from this morning raises another important issue I’d missed: the heightened stigma faced by women with substance abuse issues. [Law and More]

    * 10 thoughts on business development. Don’t do what the guy in the last story did. [Medium]

    * Adjunct law professor threatens to quit. Law school dean surely replies, “You must not know ’bout me.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Georgia state legislature has the novel idea to punish the people who exploit student athletes as opposed to only the athletes themselves. Too bad that doesn’t apply to the universities. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Five years after New York State required banks to negotiate in “good faith” with homeowners facing foreclosure, the Second Department approved a sanction for banks that ignore this obligation. The 2009 law created the “good faith” obligation but contained no remedy for violations. That left trial judges without guidance as to how to proceed when faced with an intransigent bank. [WiseLaw NY]

    10 Comments / / Nov 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • passport US passport

    Courthouses, D.C. Circuit, Department of Justice, Election Law, Environment / Environmental Law, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.03.14

    * Floridian women lawyers got their wish: Bad Judge, plagued by bad ratings, is getting canceled. [Daily Business Review]

    * A round-up of write-ups about today’s oral arguments in the Israel / Jerusalem passport case. [How Appealing]

    * Interesting reflections from Professor Glenn Reynolds on the controversial catcalling video.
    [USA Today via Instapundit]

    * Things are bats**t insane — literally — at this Utah courthouse. [Gawker]

    * The D.C. Circuit gives the EPA its way on cross-state air pollution. [Breaking Energy]

    * Election monitors from the Justice Department: possibly coming to a jurisdiction near you (including Bergen County, New Jersey, where I grew up). [BuzzFeed]

    * Can cops force suspects to use their fingerprints to unlock their cellphones? Eric Crusius and Lisa Giovinazzo debate, after the jump. [Fox News]

    11 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM
  • 2nd Circuit, Books, Holidays and Seasons, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.31.14

    * Thanks to Wonkette for pointing out that we were on this whole Ruth Baby Ginsburg thing last year. [Wonkette]

    * Speaking of our legally themed Halloween costume contest, please send us your nominations. [Above the Law]

    * Salacious allegations about a high-flying investment banker invite comparisons to The Wolf of Wall Street. [Dealbreaker]

    * The Second Circuit puts a stop to a legal challenge to the stop-and-frisk settlement. [How Appealing]

    * You’d expect a former lawmaker to have a better understanding of… the law. [Lexington Herald-Leader]

    * The Wall Street Journal reviews Paul Barrett’s new book (affiliate link) about the never-ending Chevron/Ecuador litigation. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Speaking of the Chevron/Ecuador matter, here’s more about the Canadian Bar Association’s controversial involvement, which Canada columnist Steve Dykstra covered earlier. [rabble.ca]

    * Some thoughts from Jonathan Mermin on something lawyers see every day: bad arguments. [Green Bag]

    * Here’s a great new resource for our fellow aficionados of appellate arguments. [Free Law Project]

    2 Comments / / Oct 31, 2014 at 4:47 PM
  • Grover

    Abortion, Antonin Scalia, Books, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.30.14

    * Using children’s books to describe the legal academy. It also works for law firms. Like The Monster at the End of This Book (affiliate link), about an associate who fears and reviles an overbearing partner and then learns (about 8 years in) that they’ve had the monster within them all along. [lawprofblawg]

    * In advance of its showdown before the Supreme Court, UPS changes its policy, but denies wrongdoing. [Redline]

    * I’ve never been called a Greek Chorus before. I like it. [Law and More]

    * Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice senior legal analysts Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo discuss both voting rights and abortion access in Texas with political reporter Andrea Grimes. [RH Reality Check]

    * Op-ed notes that Obamacare opponents are cherry-picking their history. Are there actually Obamacare opponents left? [Washington Post]

    * A week or so ago I made a joke about OSU Coach Mike “I’m a Man! I’m 40!” Gundy. Apparently he tried to trademark it. [Campus Insiders]

    * LFC360 chats with Bentham IMF’s Ralph Sutton about making Biglaw more affordable with third-party litigation funding. [LFC360]

    * A list of the top 100 Wild Men and Wild Women in history. Justice Scalia, Racehorse Haynes and David Boies all make the list. I get why he went with Haynes, but when it comes to a Texas litigation “wild man,” I think Joe Jamail. [What About Clients?]

    7 Comments / / Oct 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM
  • LaurenceLeavy

    Baseball, Clarence Thomas, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.29.14

    * As the World Series draws to a close, be sure to salute Miami-based lawyer Laurence Leavy, who will be sitting front and center behind home plate tonight wearing a garish Miami Marlins jersey. Troll so hard, buddy! [CBS Sports]

    * Speaking of the World Series: Do you think you know the law? How about baseball? Here’s a Law and Baseball trivia competition in the form of a crossword. Act fast because the first one with a completed entry is declared the winner. [Dewey B Strategic]

    * Thomas Jefferson School of Law restructures its debt and manages to stay alive! Oh happy day! [TaxProfBlog]

    * Selling yourself is important, but NOT selling yourself may be more powerful. [Law and More]

    * I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising, but there’s a hefty hiring and pay gap between the sexes in the expert witness industry. [The Expert Institute]

    * Donald Trump’s “Trump University” can add “RICO defendant” to its list of accomplishments after a federal judge grants class certifications to students suing the school. [Law 360]

    * A discussion of the lack of diversity on the Court cites our list of Supreme Court clerks and notes that Justice Clarence Thomas practices what he preaches about expanding opportunity beyond Harvard and Yale. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Elie joined Daniel Gershburg on his podcast to discuss legal education, Vegas, and the phenomenon of Walmart Law, Inc. Podcast embedded below…. [I Am The Law Podcast]

    6 Comments / / Oct 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Cocaine addiction

    Crime, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.28.14

    * He stuck all that cocaine, where? [Legal Juice]

    * We saw the list of the Most Impressive, but what can you really tell about a law school from its building? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * A musical about Thomas Jefferson’s moose skeleton and what it means for Internet regulation. It makes more sense than it sounds. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Virginia’s Supreme Court to hear the Case of the Annoying Yelpers. [WTOP]

    * SLU law professor Justin Hansford writes about his experience as a legal observer to the protests following the Michael Brown killing. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Interesting piece on the “multiple jeopardy” faced by patentees. [Patently-O]

    12 Comments / / Oct 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM
  • Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey

    DUI / DWI, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Pro Se Litigants, State Judges, Television, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.27.14

    * After being temporarily suspended as part of “Porngate” for trafficking in “highly demeaning portrayals of members of various segments of the population, including women, elderly persons, and uniformed school girls,” Seamus McCaffrey retires from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. [Philadelphia Daily News]

    * A group of women lawyers in Miami has called for NBC to cancel Bad Judge because it “depicts a female judge as unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized, and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power.” Indeed there’s no place for depicting women judges that way on TV. Especially when Miami is perfectly capable of depicting them that way in real life. [Crushable]

    * Epic trademark infringement. [Legal Cheek]

    * Crazy pro se guy slapped down in Canada. [Lowering the Bar]

    * While almost everyone else is seeing lower applications, USC Law saw a 5 percent bump. [USC Gould School of Law]

    * Stanford and Dartmouth in hot water over election law charges in Montana. Apparently piercing the imaginary veil of non-partisanship in judicial elections is the problem and not the whole idea of judicial elections in the first place. [Montana Standard]

    5 Comments / / Oct 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM
  • NFL_logo

    Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, FCC, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Sexism, State Judges

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.24.14

    * NFL blackout rules will be a thing of the past on November 24. So just in time for all you rabid Rams fans to watch them play the Raiders. [CommLawBlog]

    * Electing judges is so very stupid. [What About Clients?]

    * OK, Alex Rich: it’s time to ditch document review and become a psychic. [Law and More]

    * A tumblr of offensive stuff overheard at Yale Law. If these are true, then that place sounds horrible. [The YLS Offensive]

    * Exactly where is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? It turns out the government doesn’t really even know. They’re looking to shift the border and possibly allow more oil drilling. [Breaking Energy]

    * How to get your Biglaw career right from the beginning. [Medium]

    10 Comments / / Oct 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • John Roberts Chief Justice John Roberts

    Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Small Law Firms, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.23.14

    * Does Chief Justice Roberts care enough about avoiding the appearance of partisanship that he’ll sink challenges to Obamacare? [Huffington Post]

    * Wow. In 1938, they arrested a woman for wearing pants to court. [LA Times]

    * LSAT takers were down AGAIN. It’s now down more than 40 percent since 2009. Maybe someday soon it really will be a good time to “Apply to Law School Now!” [Excess of Democracy]

    * Don’t go to jail in Alabama. Just a general rule. [Mother Jones]

    * Interesting. LexisNexis is partnering with Microsoft to create a cloud-based system for small law firms. [PR Web]

    * The remains of famed athlete Jim Thorpe will remain in the Pennsylvania town where he was buried, ruled Judge Richard Caputo. His family wanted the remains returned to his birthplace. Even in death this guy is getting jerked around. [Associated Press via ABC News]

    * Speaking of sports, Oklahoma State is suing New Mexico State alleging that its mascot looks “confusingly similar” to OSU’s mascot. There are only so many ways to depict a cowboy. Compare and contrast. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Man Okie State is litigious all of a sudden. Oklahoma State is suing the University of Texas for poaching the former Cowboys Offensive Line coach to be the Longhorns’ Offensive Coordinator. I can see the deposition now. Imagined transcript after the jump…. [ESPN]

    Attorney: And how old are you, describe yourself?
    Other Attorney: Objection, compound.
    Attorney: Go ahead and answer the question.
    Mr. Gundy: I’M A MAN! I’M 40!

    29 Comments / / Oct 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • 41YtD+ApH+L

    Free Speech, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Social Media, Sports, State Judges, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.22.14

    * A Saul Goodman Bobblehead. You know you want it. [Amazon (affiliate link)] * It looks like that Jimmy John’s non-compete agreement we reported on is going to spawn a congressional inquiry. [Huffington Post] * His dreams of becoming a solicitor were sidetracked when he was “jailed for slapping a sleeping woman in the face […]

    8 Comments / / Oct 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Alito

    Document Review, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Police, SCOTUS, Suicide, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.21.14

    * That didn’t take long. John Oliver’s Supreme Court dogs have already been used to recreate Hobby Lobby. The entire Hobby Lobby argument. [Above the Law]

    * Squire Patton Boggs is representing the pharmaceutical company promoting Ebola drugs. Or, as CNN would put it, EVERYONE AT SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS HAS EBOLA!!!! [Law and More]

    * China Central Television advises citizens not to name themselves “Lawyer.” Good advice. [CCTV News]

    * Slate posits that appealing gay marriage decisions to the Supreme Court may violate Rule 11. They’re wrong, but that’s what they’re positing. [Slate]

    * Dr. Ruth is incredibly impressive. Next time you complain about the job market, try moving somewhere with no understanding of the language and getting your own TV show. [What About Clients?]

    * Documentary about eDiscovery going on a six-city tour. This way other people can understand how much it sucks to do document review. [Bloomberg BNA]

    * UC Hastings students are protesting their own graduation. [Change.org]

    * Judges are an autocratic lot, and as long as we inflate the criminal justice system, many of them will be subpar and autocratic, which is an unfortunate combination. [Katz Justice]

    * A man arrested for a carjacking and shooting up an apartment last week is — per our sources — a law student at Florida Coastal. Probably testing out the Crim issue spotter. [News4Jax]

    * Are lawyers the new dentists? Or something like that. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Man attempting suicide by cop told detectives he’d wanted to be killed and was disappointed in the officers’ marksmanship. [Seattle Times]

    3 Comments / / Oct 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • 220px-Eric_Holder_official_portrait

    11th Circuit, Copyright, Department of Justice, Election Law, Fashion, Law Reviews, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.20.14

    * Eric Holder gave millions to Nazis! Or at least that’s how Darrell Issa will put it. But seriously, the Department of Justice has a long-standing policy of allowing Nazi war criminals to collect Social Security payments if they agree to get the hell out of the U.S. [Associated Press via New Europe]

    * A Cleveland attorney, Peter Pattakos, is not worried about contracting Ebola, even though he was in a room with a current Ebola patient, because Pattakos is neither a crazy person nor a cable news producer and realizes that he never exchanged bodily fluids with the patient. As he points out, “I’m much more likely to be mistakenly killed by a police officer in this country than to be killed by Ebola, even if you were in the same bridal shop.” [Cleveland.com]

    * Chanel is suing What About Yves for trademark infringement. The question Professor Colman asks is whether “we really want a trademark ‘protection’ regime in which mark ‘owners’ can prevent creative, non-confusing uses of ‘their property.’” [Law of Fashion]

    * One for the career alternatives file: Miami lawyer who ranks local restaurants opens his own restaurant. At ATL we rank law schools, maybe we should open our own law school. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Academic publishers fighting the war on common sense by charging an arm and a leg for access to research that is written and peer reviewed by other people for free scored a victory on Friday when the Eleventh Circuit rejected the lower court’s articulation of educational fair use in the digital age. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Balancing parenthood and the “jealous mistress” that is the practice of law. [Jed Cain]

    * An amazing symposium on campaign finance reform from the NYU Law Review and the Brennan Center for Justice. It’s a wealth of content. [NYU Law Review]

    * Josh Gilliland from The Legal Geeks gave a presentation on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Law at the San Diego Comic Fest, which sounds much more fun than any “and the Law” class I ever took. He’s provided his slideshow presentation…

    8 Comments / / Oct 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM