– Richard Komaiko, a former student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, lamenting the plight of young lawyers in a story profiling “10 Faces Behind the Incredible Law School Underemployment Crisis.”
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Folks go out there and say, ‘I’m mad at the plaintiffs,’ and ‘I see the same names,’ and ‘Let’s go bash the plaintiffs’ attorneys.’ I don’t mind that, but the law has been there, don’t kid yourself.
(Coleman also had more choice words for his detractors. Check them out, as well as the other side of the ADA suit debate, after the jump.)
There are firms that won’t do it at all, and God bless them if they can get away with that in this environment. Any law firm leader today who thinks they can do 100 percent of work on billable hours forever into the future is not going to have a law firm for very long.
He’s going to try the case in court, not in the press, and I admire that.
– Jeff Ashton, speaking about Mark O’Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. For his part, Ashton is no stranger to the spotlight. The former Florida Assistant State Attorney was the prosecutor in charge of the Casey Anthony case.
- Elena Kagan, Quote of the Day, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court
Maybe you haven’t noticed but I think about 51 or 52 percent of population is female. I think they notice when their public bodies are dominated by one sex. Women care about this and they should.
– Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, commenting on the importance of having women on the Supreme Court. Justice O’Connor made this remark while sharing the stage with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor at a gala in honor of the 30th anniversary of O’Connor’s appointment to the Court.
Half of it’s nonsense, and the other half is more nonsense.
(What are the salacious comments that “Lawyer” is being sued over? Find out, after the jump.)
- 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps, Blind Item, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Federal Judges, Law Reviews, Quote of the Day
Majority opinions are hardly sitting ducks for the criticism dissentals may heap on them. If a panel majority finds that a dissental scores some valid points, it can modify its opinion to eliminate the problem, something that happens regularly in the Ninth Circuit. Indeed, fear that internal criticisms will be taken public often causes judges to moderate outlier opinions so as to present a smaller target for public criticism and possible certiorari. One of us (yes, the hot one) is even aware of a case where the panel withdrew its opinion and reversed the result, after winning the en banc vote, in the teeth of a stinging dissental.
– Chief Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Cir.) and his former law clerk, James Burnham of Jones Day, in a Yale Law Journal online essay entitled I Say Dissental, You Say Concurral (defending the practice of filing a dissental, aka dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc).
(Additional discussion, after the jump.)
(Additional fun facts, plus a link to the full interview, after the jump.)
We don’t respond to criticism. Judges use what’s known as the rope-a-dope trick. It’s judicial tradition.
– Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking yesterday at the University of Southern Mississippi. Citing precedent set in Ali v. Foreman, Justice Scalia declined to answer a question about President Barack Obama’s controversial statements about the Supreme Court earlier this week.