• 50 Pence None The Richer (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.17.15

    50 Cent a/k/a The Secured Creditors’ Half-Dollar (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    50 Cent a/k/a The Secured Creditors’ Half-Dollar (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    * “I don’t know what you heard about me, but a bitch can’t get a dollar out of me.” Truer lyrics have never been rapped. 50 Cent’s legal team will face off in bankruptcy court against lawyers for a woman owed $5 million thanks to a sex-tape scandal. [Business Insider]

    * You may be happy that income-based loan repayment exists and is saving you from defaulting on your law school debts, but in a few decades, you’re probably going to get F’d in the A by a ticking tax time bomb. [Student Loan Ranger / U.S. News]

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    * "I don't know what you heard about me, but a bitch can't get a dollar out of me." Truer lyrics have never been rapped. 50 Cent's legal team will face off in bankruptcy court against lawyers for a woman owed $5 million thanks to a sex-tape scandal. [Business Insider]

    * You may be happy that income-based loan repayment exists and is saving you from defaulting on your law school debts, but in a few decades, you're probably going to get F'd in the A by a ticking tax time bomb. [Student Loan Ranger / U.S. News]

    * If you missed it, James Eagan Holmes, the shooter in the Dark Knight movie theater massacre in Colorado, was convicted for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. Next up is the sentencing phase of his trial, and the death penalty is on the table. [Denver Post]

    * The head honchos at Goldman Sachs are sad their second-quarter profits were reduced by ~half thanks to protracted litigation stemming from the financial crisis. The bank had to put away $1.45B for “mortgage-related litigation.” [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The stars at night may be big and bright deep in the heart of Texas, but Berg & Androphy, led by attorney David Berg, is trying its hand at big city life in New York. It got the hang of things, y'all: B&A has already poached two Kasowitz partners. [Lawdragon]

    14 Comments / / Jul 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Ellen Wieser as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Overholt as Justice Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s opera, Scalia/Ginsburg.

    Music, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Theater

    ATL Opera Review: Scalia/Ginsburg

    Legal nerds and Supreme Court devotees will enjoy Scalia/Ginsburg, Derrick Wang's new comic opera about the two iconic SCOTUS justices.

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 5:37 PM
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (L) and Governor Greg Abbott  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.16.15

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (L) and Governor Greg Abbott  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (L) and Governor Greg Abbott (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

    * Not just a liberal wet-dream: the case for the disbarment of Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott for defying the Supreme Court on same sex marriage. [Talking Points Memo]

    * How does an addicted lawyer survive the first year of law school? [Cubanity / Brian Cuban’s Recovery Rantings]

    * Defense attorney William C. Costopoulos channels 40 years of experience into a new suspenseful novel (affiliate link) about domestic terrorism. [Soul Witness]

    * It took Justice Kennedy less than a week to make this union “a little more perfect.” Guess he (or his clerks) work(s) well under pressure. [San Diego Tribune]

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    * Not just a liberal wet-dream: the case for the disbarment of Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott for defying the Supreme Court on same sex marriage. [Talking Points Memo]

    * How does an addicted lawyer survive the first year of law school? [Cubanity / Brian Cuban's Recovery Rantings]

    * Defense attorney William C. Costopoulos channels 40 years of experience into a new suspenseful novel (affiliate link) about domestic terrorism. [Soul Witness]

    * It took Justice Kennedy less than a week to make this union "a little more perfect." Guess he (or his clerks) work(s) well under pressure. [San Diego Tribune]

    * Before we start throwing around the word God around in the context of the law, we should understand what was originally intended by the term. [Legal History Blog]

    * Color Elie surprised: Donald Trump makes his financial disclosures... though the details aren't yet public. [CNN]

    * An open-source guide for unpacking legalese. [Law Sites]

    23 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • APP Logo

    Events, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    Coming In October: ATL Academy For Private Practice

    APP will offer practical solutions and expert insight on meeting the challenges of starting and optimizing a solo or small firm practice.

    / Jul 16, 2015 at 4:28 PM
  • police crime tape

    Police, Racism

    Funny Or Die Gets This One Absolutely Right

    This is really funny until you start crying.

    0 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 3:59 PM
  • jury

    Crime, Sentencing Law, White-Collar Crime

    Kozinski On Juries, Sentencing, and Justice

    Judge Kozinski has some ideas for fixing our criminal justice system.

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 9:52 AM
  • Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.16.15

    Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    * No pudding pops for you, POTUS! When President Obama answered a question about the possibility of revoking Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, he more or less insinuated that the comedian was a rapist, saying this country should “have no tolerance” for it. [New York Times]

    * “He was acting like a clown.” Even if you reportedly act like a complete and total drunk idiot while hitting on a partner’s wife at your would-be law firm’s holiday party, it’s still possible that you’ll get a job if your dad has political ties and allegedly makes certain promises to the firm. [Journal News]

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    * No pudding pops for you, POTUS! When President Obama answered a question about the possibility of revoking Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom, he more or less insinuated that the comedian was a rapist, saying this country should "have no tolerance" for it. [New York Times]

    * "He was acting like a clown." Even if you reportedly act like a complete and total drunk idiot while hitting on a partner's wife at your would-be law firm's holiday party, it's still possible that you'll get a job if your dad has political ties and allegedly makes certain promises to the firm. [Journal News]

    * Everyone's eager to make the jump to an in-house job after years in Biglaw, but many forget the comp scheme is different from what they're used to. Some in-house earners, however, blow away the competition. We'll have more on this later. [Corporate Counsel]

    * One of the most important lessons that can be learned from the D&L debacle is that “[g]igantic law firms have a major Achilles’ heel.” When attorneys flee in droves, it can really upset the balance, and boy, Dewey know what a pain that can be. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you think all New York City firms will only hire from elite law schools that make up the U.S. News T14, then think again. This prominent real estate boutique seeks to "hire the best candidates based purely on merit, not aristocracy." Refreshing. [Huffington Post]

    16 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • scary judge

    Benchslaps, Litigators, Pornography

    Benchslap Of The Day: Your Client Is Winning Despite Your Best Efforts To The Contrary

    You can see the judge's patience wearing thin as he is writing the words.

    18 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 5:27 PM
  • When real life and fiction collide.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.15

    When real life and fiction collide.

    When real life and fiction collide.

    * Doesn’t the increasingly bloated Republican presidential primary field seem like a plot from Veep rather than real life? Well, take a break from the world’s insanity and break down the election law quandary from the season finale of the hit show. [Law.com]

    * Spoiler alert: the performance art defense doesn’t work. [Dealbreaker]

    * Good news for New York Bar Exam takers — don’t stress about grabbing lunch on the day of the exam. [Custom Gourmet]

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    * Doesn't the increasingly bloated Republican presidential primary field seem like a plot from Veep rather than real life? Well, take a break from the world's insanity and break down the election law quandary from the season finale of the hit show. [Law.com]

    * Spoiler alert: the performance art defense doesn't work. [Dealbreaker]

    * Good news for New York Bar Exam takers -- don't stress about grabbing lunch on the day of the exam. [Custom Gourmet]

    * This... is not going to end well. China arrested more than 100 human rights lawyers for inciting trouble. [Christian Science Monitor]

    * I think it's entirely possible Harper Lee never intended to publish "Go Set A Watchman" and that makes me hesitant to read the novel, but Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy's call to "abandon the immature sentimentality ingrained by middle school lessons about the nobility of the white savior" has me itching to buy the book. [New York Times]

    * Speaking of the incredibly sketchy circumstances under which Harper Lee's novel was published, maybe it's time to blame the lawyer? [New Republic]

    * Remember that viral video about cat-calling on NYC streets from last year? Yeah, the woman featured is suing the makers of the video (along with Google, YouTube, and TGI Fridays). Only problem? She got nothing in writing. [Slate]

    * I sure hope no attorneys were sucked into this M&A fraud. [Forbes]

    * OIL AND HEAVY WATER FOR EVERYBODY -- a take on the Iran deal. [Breaking Energy]

    22 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM