Quote of the Day
[T]he only thing holding many large firms together now is money. No shared history. No shared values. Money by itself is weak glue.
The [Megaupload] prosecution is a depressing display of abuse of government authority. It’s hard to comprehensively catalog all of the lawless aspects of the US government’s prosecution of Megaupload[.]
– Eric Goldman, Professor at Santa Clara Law and editor of the Technology and Marketing Law Blog, criticizing the government’s prosecution of the infamous cyber locker and its eccentric leader, Kim Dotcom, in a post earlier this week.
(Goldman had a lot to say about the Megaupload case, most of it quite critical of the government. Keep reading to see more of his blunt analysis.)
Our courts are the guarantors of civil justice, social order, and public safety, and we must do everything we can to enable their critical work. The courthouse doors must be open and the necessary services must be in place to allow all litigants, judges, and juries to operate efficiently. Likewise, we must ensure that access to justice is not an abstract theory, but a concrete commitment that delivers the promise of counsel and assistance for all who seek it.
– Barack Obama, in today’s presidential proclamation regarding Law Day.
(The theme for this year’s Law Day is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,” but it’s not clear that people still trust the justice coming from our highest court…)
When we graduated from college and law school, we had a mountain of debt. When we married, we got poor together. We only finished paying off our loans, check this out: I’m the president of the United States. … We only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago. That wasn’t that long ago.
Today, if you use the names Sonia Sotomayor, they would probably figure out I was a citizen.
(Justices on both sides of the political spectrum appeared unsympathetic to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. More harsh words that the justices had for him, after the jump.)
If we continue at the same rate, the gender gap won’t close until 2083.
(What else did the study reveal? Find out, after the jump.)
Once you pay for a house, a car and child care, it’s not that much money. You feel like regular middle-class people.
(Baugh gives more explanation of his #firstworldproblems, after the jump…)
I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.
– George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who stands accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, apologizing to Martin’s parents, who were in the courtroom during his bail hearing.
(Did Zimmerman make bail? Find out, after the jump.)
– 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.”