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Why Are D.C. Lawyers Such Frigging Babies?

Are these Biglaw attorneys a bunch of big wimps? Or are they clever and creative lawyers? Read more »
34 Comments / / May 21, 2015 at 3:03 PM
  • Daredevil

    Television

    Standard Of Review: In Daredevil’s Final Episodes, Matt Finally Uses The Legal System

    Daredevil may have great fight scenes, but it's still fairly weak as a legal show.

    1 Comment / / May 21, 2015 at 11:06 AM
  • Technology today's tech

    Litigators, Technology

    Today’s Tech: A Litigation Attorney And His Apple Watch

    Want to streamline your digital life and increase your productivity in the process? Get an Apple Watch.

    1 Comment / / May 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM
  • Ariel Winter (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 05.21.15

    Ariel Winter (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

    Ariel Winter (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

    * Modern Family star Ariel Winter wants to go to law school. Aw, that’s a shame — she seems so smart. [E!]

    * Five major banks will plead guilty to felony charges over allegations they illegally manipulated the dollar/euro exchange rate and pay over $5 billion in fines. Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the scheme as “brazenly illegal.” [National Law Journal]

    * Preet Bharara is making the rounds as a law school commencement speaker; find out why Lat calls him “surprisingly entertaining for a prosecutor.” [Wall Street Journal]

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    * Modern Family star Ariel Winter wants to go to law school. Aw, that's a shame -- she seems so smart. [E!]

    * Five major banks will plead guilty to felony charges over allegations they illegally manipulated the dollar/euro exchange rate and pay over $5 billion in fines. Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the scheme as “brazenly illegal.” [National Law Journal]

    * Preet Bharara is making the rounds as a law school commencement speaker, find out why Lat calls him, "surprisingly entertaining for a prosecutor." [Wall Street Journal]

    * Despite release of several hundred pages of the report on CIA abuse and torture a federal judge will not require the disclosure of the full report citing evidence that Congress intended to "retain control" over it. [Legal Times]

    * Stay at home moms with JD are now commanding "bonuses" from their spouses --  at least on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. [American Lawyer]

    * Bail is set at $1 million for each of the bikers arrested in Waco after the deadly brawl. [CNN]

    * ConAgra Foods will plead guilty to criminal charges over a 2007 outbreak of salmonella that was traced back to peanut butter. [NPR]

    30 Comments / / May 21, 2015 at 9:09 AM
  • Paypal RF

    Technology

    What You Need To Know About The PayPal Settlement

    What is behind the $25 million settlement PayPal entered into with the Consumer Financial Protection Board?

    13 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • Court Reporting Stenograph

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.15

    Court Reporting Stenograph* Judge settles sexual harassment case brought against him by his former court reporter for $744,000. Why would you ever harass a court reporter? It’s not “he said-she said” when she’s got a verbatim transcript. [Missoulian]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel talks about Biglaw inefficiencies. Branding the billable hour “inefficient” may not be earth-shattering commentary, but it’s Elizabeth Wurtzel, so maybe Salon will pick it up or something. Then we’ve really got the ball rolling. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Teacher eats live hamster in front of children to teach them “how dear life is.” Makes sense. [Legal Juice]

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    * Judge settles sexual harassment case brought against him by his former court reporter for $744,000. Why would you ever harass a court reporter? It's not "he said-she said" when she's got a verbatim transcript. [Missoulian]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel talks about Biglaw inefficiencies. Branding the billable hour "inefficient" may not be earth-shattering commentary, but it's Elizabeth Wurtzel, so maybe Salon will pick it up or something. Then we've really got the ball rolling. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Teacher eats live hamster in front of children to teach them “how dear life is." Makes sense. [Legal Juice]

    * Uncle Sam. Always wanting to go in the backdoor. [LXBN]

    * College sued over forced vaginal examinations. Ummm... what? [CNN]

    * Vermont has banned litigation financing for a year. Was there some compelling reason? Nope, businesses just told the legislature that letting people bring merited claims would be "bad" so they banned it. DEMOCRACY! [LFC 360]

    * Crowdfunding police abuse lawsuits. You may have seen their ads running 24/7 on cable news a few weeks ago. Oh, wait, that wasn't an ad? [KPCC]

    * What do this elderly couple in Seattle and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. have in common? [Seattle Times]

    * Yale asked some of its graduates to go on camera and explain what they'll be doing after graduation. Their answers may vary from those at the Florida Coastal graduation.

    https://vimeo.com/128271168

    10 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • resume girl

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Student Loans

    3 Recommendations For The Law School Graduating Class of 2015

    Financial and professional advice for new law school graduates from columnist Shannon Achimalbe.

    17 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM
  • Josh Seiter (Photo by The Bachelorette/ABC)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.20.15

    Josh Seiter (Photo by The Bachelorette/ABC)

    Josh Seiter (Photo by The Bachelorette/ABC)

    * Thus far, five law schools — Hawaii, Iowa, St. John’s, Drake, and Buffalo — have decided to drop the LSAT for top-performing applicants, and it’s no surprise that all five law schools have watched their enrollment numbers take traumatic tumbles. [Bloomberg Business]

    * “[E]veryone calls colleagues for advice, particularly when we get gnarly jury notes.” As it turns out, judges in the Southern District of New York are big proponents of the “phone a friend” lifeline for their trickier cases. FYI, those friends are never law profs. [New York Times]

    * Well, that was incredibly quick! Josh Seiter, the 2013 graduate of Chicago-Kent Law who’s built a successful career stripping, working as an escort, and appearing on reality TV shows, didn’t even make it past the first rose ceremony on The Bachelorette. [Heavy]

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    * Thus far, five law schools -- Hawaii, Iowa, St. John's, Drake, and Buffalo -- have decided to drop the LSAT for top-performing applicants, and it's no surprise that all five law schools have watched their enrollment numbers take traumatic tumbles. [Bloomberg Business]

    * "[E]veryone calls colleagues for advice, particularly when we get gnarly jury notes." As it turns out, judges in the Southern District of New York are big proponents of the "phone a friend" lifeline for their trickier cases. FYI, those friends are never law profs. [New York Times]

    * Well, that was incredibly quick! Josh Seiter, the 2013 graduate of Chicago-Kent Law who's built a successful career stripping, working as an escort, and appearing on reality TV shows, didn't even make it past the first rose ceremony on The Bachelorette. [Heavy]

    * Without WARNing? Butler & Hosch, one of the largest foreclosure firm's in the country, decided to abruptly close up shop, leaving hundreds of attorneys and staff members of out work. Sources have told us that the firm was unable to make payroll. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Sorry, boutiques, but according to Lexis/Nexis CounselLink's Enterprise Legal Management Trends report, the biggest of all Biglaw firms are controlling the market when it comes to performing specialized IP litigation work. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * As we mentioned previously, Sam Kamin of Denver Law is the first professor to hold a pot law professorship. Here's an interesting Q&A with the law firm partner who came up with the idea. See Prof. Kamin at our marijuana law event in June. [National Law Journal]

    33 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Biglaw, Summer Associates

    Biglaw’s Top Rated Summer Programs

    Which firms are most highly rated by their summers? Our survey asks current and former summers to rate their employers based on the categories of Compensation, Hours, Firm Morale, Training, and Culture and Colleagues.

    5 Comments / / May 19, 2015 at 5:16 PM
  • "Oh, I see! You were just joking about defiling my daughters. How droll."

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.19.15

    "Oh, I see! You were just joking about defiling my daughters. How droll."

    “Oh, I see! You were just joking about defiling my daughters. How droll.”

    * Yeah he told a client he’d waive his legal fees “in exchange for a sexual encounter with Client and her daughters” (emphasis added), but you know, he was “just teasing.” [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Hipster lawyers. Seriously. That’s how they market themselves. Their office is even a repurposed factory. They’re in LA now, but you know they’re just dying to move to Portland. [LA Weekly]
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    * Yeah he told a client he'd waive his legal fees "in exchange for a sexual encounter with Client and her daughters" (emphasis added), but you know, he was "just teasing." [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Hipster lawyers. Seriously. That's how they market themselves. Their office is even a repurposed factory. They're in LA now, but you know they're just dying to move to Portland. [LA Weekly]

    * Are you following these Biglaw managing partners on Twitter? Because LOL totally RT worthy. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    * Three Wisconsin Supreme Court justices skipped out on Marquette's swearing in ceremony. One more development in the ongoing bats**t insane happenings on that court that previously included "[conservative Justice] Prosser put his hands on the neck of [liberal Justicee] Bradley in front of four of the other justices as they argued about a case." [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    * I get called out for being clickbaity. But I'm really just indirectly teaching lawyers lessons in marketing they really should learn. [Law and More]

    * What would an interview with Tom Brady about Deflategate look like? [Coverage Opinions]

    * Bloomberg BNA introduced a new corporate deal drafting product. My eyes just glazed over, but I was a litigator. [Dewey B. Strategic]

    * President Obama's immigration executive action should have kicked in today. It didn't because the Fifth Circuit are a bunch of layabouts. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * The Irish same-sex marriage referendum hit a snag when someone realized the Irish language version would probably render heterosexual marriages unconstitutional. If you can't write a neutral version of the law without encountering this problem... kind of proves a point, doesn't it? [The Irish Times]

    * R.I.P. Bob Foster, former dean of University of South Carolina School of Law . [The State]

    9 Comments / / May 19, 2015 at 4:59 PM