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Justice Clarence Thomas in conversation with Judge Diane Sykes.

Over the past few years, some amazing speakers have appeared at the Thursday evening dinner of the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention. Last year, Justice Samuel A. Alito offered a very funny look back at his time at Yale Law School. In 2010, Justice Antonin Scalia engaged in a spirited and wide-ranging conversation with legal journalist Jan Crawford.

Last night’s event will be tough to top. Justice Clarence Thomas, speaking with Judge Diane Sykes of the Seventh Circuit, delivered remarks that were “equal parts hysterical, poignant and inspiring,” as Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett noted on Twitter.

I was lucky enough to attend, seated just one table away from the stage. Here’s my account of the evening (plus a few photos)….

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Chief Judge Alex Kozinski

Conservative and libertarian judges on the Ninth Circuit — yes, they exist — have been showing the East Coast a lot of love lately. Last month, my former boss, Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, delivered the Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture at the Heritage Foundation (an excellent speech that you can watch here). Later this week, Judge O’Scannlain and one of his colleagues, Judge Carlos Bea, will make appearances at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention.

And yesterday, the ringmaster of the Ninth Circuit himself, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, delivered a talk at Yale Law School entitled “The Immigrant Experience and Judging.” He spoke to a packed house in YLS’s largest classroom.

Here are some highlights from his remarks….

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Earlier this week, we asked readers to submit possible captions for this photo (click to enlarge):

On Wednesday, you voted on the finalists, and now it’s time to announce the winner of our contest…

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Earlier this week, we asked readers to submit possible captions for this photo (click to enlarge):

Let’s have a look at what our readers came up with, and vote on the finalists…

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If you want to convince potential clients to hire your firm, one of the best ways to do so is to give them some free swag. It makes the whole experience of being wooed by a law firm all the more memorable. You just need to make sure the freebies don’t flop with your audience.

Check out the “energy drink” that one Biglaw firm is giving away for free. Unless that bottle is full of cocaine, we’re not sure it’s going to work…

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Last week, we asked readers to submit possible captions for this photo:

On Tuesday, you voted on the finalists, and now it’s time to announce the winner of our caption contest…

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Halloween is a little more than a week away, and everyone in the legal community is gearing up for the inevitable parade of naughty librarian and schoolgirl costumes.

As usual, here at Above the Law, we’re soliciting legally themed costumes for our annual Halloween contest. It’s always a lot of fun, and we’re always impressed with how creative lawyers and law students can be.

This year should be no different. Have you got what it takes to top the winners of years past?

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Bringing in new business is tough, but understanding who your customers are is apparently even tougher.

Everyone and their mother knows that in the wonderful world of Biglaw, associates are nothing more than glorified document monkeys with six-figure salaries. It’s the partners who make all of the important decisions and carry all of the purchasing power.

It seems like this legal services provider didn’t get that memo…

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Earlier this week, we asked readers to submit possible captions for this photo:

On Friday, you voted on the finalists, and now it’s time to announce the winner of our caption contest…

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