Now we have an update to our prior coverage, an ATL exclusive: WEDDING PICTURES!!! And they’re not boring, like the ones your college roommate makes you look at every time you visit her house. Did Justice Sandra Day O’Connor attend your college roommate’s wedding?
Check out the pics — there are just a few of them, it won’t take you long — after the jump.
* Does fat = lazy or lazy = fat? Becker and Posner discuss the “Fat Law” and causation, but do not explain why there are so many fat people at Disneyland and on the Jerry Springer show. [Becker-Posner Blog (Posner); Becker-Posner Blog (Becker)]
* If we’ve committed genocide, you’ve committed genocide. French-Armenian crooner Charles Aznavour would have some profound words, or perhaps a melody, about this legislative controversy. [Jurist]
* Since when is political incorrectness a crime? I think the only crime here is this girl’s overplucked eyebrows. [Daily Mail]
* We know that law school + Texas = limited party options, but please, no one does “Pimps and Hos” anymore. [In the Pink Texas]
We’re always grateful for legal celebrity sightings for Eyes of the Law, our sightings column. So please keep them coming (by email).
Recent sightings have been rather Washington-centric. So if you spot a famous lawyer, judge, or law-related TV personality outside the Beltway, we’d be especially interested in hearing from you.
Our latest sightings come from the heart of downtown D.C. A tipster reports:
I was hoping to score some Supreme Court justice sight-ations, in addition to miniburgers, at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse — the venue for the noisy and expensive National Review Online Tenth Anniversary party Wednesday night. But I mostly saw B- and C-listers.
* Is Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney a lawyer? He’s taller than I thought, has a very authoritative voice, and was mobbed by groupies throughout the evening.
We’re not sure of Romney’s bar admissions or whether he’s ever practiced law. But he is a 1975 Harvard Law School grad (see here).
* Ex-Solicitor General Ted Olson, impeccably dressed, apparently alone, didn’t seem to be taking advantage of the open bar the way some other conservatives were doing.
No surprise there; the former SG is a very proper man. We will pay good money for photographs of Ted Olson downing tequila shots at Smith Point.
* Jonah Goldberg’s lawyer wife was probably there, too, but I didn’t see her.
[Ed. note: Is Goldberg's wife, Jessica Gavora, actually a lawyer? We don't believe so. See here and here. But she did work for one -- she was a speechwriter for former Attorney General John Ashcroft.]
Jonah Goldberg took control of the PA system to tell a long, unfunny story about the origin of the phrase ‘winged monkey,’ which I promptly forgot.
Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain’s current law clerks, a merry band: Vincent Kalafat, from Notre Dame; Rod Forter, from Columbia; Marah Stith, from Yale (blogged about supra); and Father Bill Dailey, from Columbia.
Well, Ninth Circuit and O’Scannlain groupies, we’ve come to the end of the road. This is our last batch of pictures from our delightful weekend in Portland, Oregon, attending DFOpalooza.
After the Friday night reception at the Pioneer Courthouse, and the Saturday night dinner at the Town Club, the weekend concluded with a farewell brunch at the O’Scannlain residence. The weather couldn’t have been better, and many guests sat out on the expansive judicial patio, where they enjoyed wonderful brunch fare (including an amazing artichoke-and-chicken dish that was nothing short of a revelation).
More pictures, after the jump.
Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Mrs. Maura O’Scannlain, and two decades’ worth of law clerks and judicial assistants. (We apologize for the less-than-stellar quality of this pic. If you live in the D.C. area and would like to give us a tutorial in digital photography, email us.)
Our photo essay about the historic Pioneer Courthouse, in Portland, Oregon, is complete . But our coverage of “DFOpalooza” — the delightful weekend of events celebrating Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain’s20th judicial anniversary — isn’t quite done.
After the jump, more fun photographs. We traveled across the country to be there, so we intend to milk it for all it’s worth. And, of course, it’s good publicity for our awesome former boss.
If you’re a federal judge who’s wondering, “Why isn’t my law clerk reunion being covered this lavishly?”, there’s a solution: Invite us to your next one! (Hey Frank — we hear your house in Alaska is pretty sweet.)
* Bill Childs disses AEI’s parties. He just doesn’t appreciate a good formal gala. [TortsProf Blog]
* FAA regulations: comply with weirded-out flight attendant at all times, no matter how irrational she is. [Prettier Than Napoleon]
* Apple claims right to word “podcast”; next: all soundwaves between 4500 and 6000 MHz. [Overlawyered]
* Blogs can be used against you in court. Duh. [Boston Globe via Elefant]
* Soon to be issued to all incoming associates. [The Billable Hour]
* The first judicial citation to CuteOverload.com. [Volokh]
* Two new books attack string theory; class action lawsuit against Stephen Hawking’s “Brief History of Time” inevitable. [New Yorker]
* “I keep forgetting how women are disadvantaged by having to write a research agenda, but I am sure they have to be. Somehow. Always disadvantaged.” [Kate Litvak comment on PrawfsBlawg]
* Dom Deluise is not only still alive, but can legally sue his litigious ex-daughter-in-law’s lawyer. [Overlawyered]
* Weird Al Yankovic also alive, has aspirations of Jeremy Blachman-dom. [Overlawyered]
* Some might call it clever marketing of E. coli lawsuits, but I say it’s spinach and I say to hell with it. [Wall Street Journal]
* It’s not too late to download my law review article, and move me higher on the dowload rankings. [SSRN]
* Protest demands recognition of zombie legal rights: “What do we want?” “BRAINS!” “When do we want it?” “BRAINS!” [Boing Boing]
* Upcoming deadline #1: The statute of limitations for suing Merck over Vioxx expires for many many putative plaintiffs today. Court clerks will be busy as attorneys forum shop. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Upcoming deadline #2: The Days of Awe end Sunday, and Yom Kippur starts Sunday night. Stephen Colbert offers a toll-free number, 1-888-OOPS-JEW, if you wish to atone to him. The recorded disclaimer alone (and Colbert’s addendum afterwards) makes it worth it, but you get what you pay for. [News From Me]
* It has nothing to do with the law, but how can we avoid mentioning this important press release on Kazakh-Uzbek relations? [Borat.tv]
* Corporate associates, listen up: sometimes that mind-numbing due diligence actually matters. Sometimes. [The Recorder]
* Oooh, we no likee. Will this prevent us from forwarding embarrassing summer associate emails to 50 of our closest friends? [WSJ Law Blog]
* What the “Burning Man” cultural festival shares in common with a law firm: “It’s a very intense place. People sometimes have a meltdown.” [Law.com]
* Can someone please invite us to some cool lawyer parties? Like ones with models ‘n stuff? Please? [Wonkette]
* Stuart Rabner, New Jersey’s next attorney general (barring something totally unforeseen), really is as great as everyone says he is. (Disclosure: We’ve worked with him.) [Philadelphia Inquirer; New Jersey Law Journal; Harvard Law Bulletin]
One of our favorite legal reporters, Anna Schneider-Mayerson of the New York Observer — a paper that is, by the way, now under new ownership — chimes in on the slow death of securities class-action behemoth Milberg Weiss (headed by Melvyn Weiss, pictured).
Most of her piece summarizes recent developments that have been reported previously elsewhere. But the article does contain some nice color, including details about the indicted firm’s summer party on board an enormous yacht.
Some of our favorite anecdotes, after the jump.
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The last time I flapped my wings your way, I tried to make at least enough noise about your mobile phone to make you more than a little bit uncomfortable. I hope I did. If enough of us become anxious enough about the known and unknown unknowns and knowns in our mobile phones, then we can start making wise decisions about how to manage that information and its resultant investigations.
Today, I’d like to put a finer point on the last installment’s topic by asking a question that seemed to catch most attendees off-guard at a conference panel that I moderated last week: is there discoverable personal information in a mobile app? Our panelists’ answer was a uniform “yes” with one stating that, if he had to choose only one type of data that he could discover from a mobile phone, he’d choose app data. Why? Because there’s simply so much of it and because almost all of it is objective – not just user-created like an email – but machine-tracked like GPS, usage duration, log in and log out times, browsed web addresses, browsed actual addresses. Also, most of us seem to have the idea that data doesn’t actually “stick” to our mobile devices the way it “sticks” to our hard drives. Maybe there’s a disconnect based on the fact that our phones are mobile so we assume the data is mobile to?
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