• zulu2

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, Racism, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Blackface Is Not OK — Someone Please Tell This Biglaw Firm

    An unearthed photo shows the former top partner of an international heavyweight firm in blackface. And no one is apologizing.

    36 Comments / / Aug 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM
  • Incredible Hulk

    Advertising, American Bar Association / ABA, D.C. Circuit, Health Care / Medicine, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Pets, Racism, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.25.14

    * Proximate cause and the Incredible Hulk. Whatever, everyone knows Kirby was the real brains behind Palsgraf. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Someone is having fun with their RFAs: Admit… that we are going to whip the dog piss out of you. We were specifically chided: “please don’t say ‘only in Arkansas,’” so we won’t. You should feel free to say exactly that though. [Hawg Law Blog]

    * Not really surprising, but patent trolling is the worst it has ever been. I’ll sit here and wait for the New York Times to blame millennials. [io9]

    * The most important Supreme Court decision you’ve never heard of! Well, except I have heard of it. In fact, there was a year-long college debate topic about it. But it’s still important. [Washington Post]

    * What’s the appropriate sentence for having a dog off a leash? Confining the guy to a seven-county area? [LA Weekly]

    * Things to do in Denver when you’re a lawyer: allegedly scam a few million off a client. [Denver Post]

    * Meet the lawyer who came up with the quirky reading that got the D.C. Circuit to temporarily derail Obamacare. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Meanwhile, this title says it all about Halbig: “Well, Conjecture, Tendentious Misreadings, and Cherry Picking Are Kinds of Evidence.” Pour a little out for Lionel Hutz. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Everyday we (the ABA) hustlin’. [Law and More]

    0 Comments / / Jul 25, 2014 at 4:52 PM
  • toilet

    Crime, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, State Attorneys General, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.17.14

    * A company has limited bathroom breaks to 6 minutes daily. Well, gutting pensions and suppressing wages hasn’t caused a revolution, why not let it ride. [Slate]

    * A Florida town has imposed criminal sanctions against sagging pants. But Chief Justice Roberts told me racism was over in the South… [Fashionista]

    * Who says crime doesn’t pay? [CBS News]

    * Mayer Brown wants you to think the Supreme Court wasn’t tilted toward business interests this Term. Yes, we all know how Homer City turned out, but maybe it’s worth evaluating this based on how important the cases were. Is Petrella really equivalent to Noel Canning? [Mayer Brown]

    * Not one, but two former Utah Attorneys General charged with corruption. [Deseret News]

    * The CFPB brought suit against a debt collection lawsuit mill. A working CFPB. One more great thing we used to get from recess appointments. Thanks Breyer. [CFPB]

    * Oh no. A law school tuition Kickstarter. [Kickstarter]

    * New York tried to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Unfortunately, the law didn’t create a remedy if the banks refused to follow the law. Well, it was our fault for thinking Albany could do something right. [WiseLaw NY]

    5 Comments / / Jul 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Confederate Texas Jalopnik

    Free Speech, Racism, Texas

    Confederate License Plates Should Ruin License Plates For Everybody

    To stop the Confederate Flag, we must first stop the Union’s recognition of specialty license plates

    33 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM
  • David Nicosia

  • porn-keyboard1-e1353342581720-RF

    Feminism, Pornography, Racism, Sex

    Radical Right-Wing Lawyer Fights With Revenge Porn Site On Twitter — Everyone Wins

    It’s a legal conflagration that makes you want to cast a pox on both houses and curl up in the fetal position and pray for humanity.

    136 Comments / / Jul 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • Confederate Flag USE

    Law Schools, Minority Issues, Racism

    Washington & Lee Surrenders On Confederate Flag Issue

    Black law students triumph in Confederate flag controversy.

    69 Comments / / Jul 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM
  • Aunt Jemima 2

    Racism, Sexism, Trademarks

    Your Legal Guide To Offensive Trademarks

    Everything you ever needed to know about racist trademarks

    21 Comments / / Jun 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM
  • Donald Sterling

    Department of Justice, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.19.14

    * Donald Sterling allegedly threatened to kill Shelly Sterling’s lawyer. Look Don, threatening to kill lawyers will certainly help your image, but you may be too far gone. [New York Daily News]

    * “Tagger arrested for tagging courtroom while awaiting prosecution for tagging.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * You know public law schools are more expensive today than in 1985. But just how much more expensive may absolutely shock you. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Law school tutor seems creepily excited about making students cry. [Sunshine and Potatoes]

    * 17 bizarre lawsuits. I don’t know, I view the people making sure I get every delicious inch of my meatball sub as heroes. [Crime Wire]

    * Dallas just threw its support behind reparations for slavery. Because obviously they didn’t bother to read the resolution. Democracy in action! [Gawker]

    * J. Christian Adams misunderstands an election law. This shocks me not at all. In the past, he complained to me that Pam Karlan didn’t understand voting rights based on a panel I covered. She’s now the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Voting Rights and Adams is still spouting off (affiliate link) about how the DOJ is bending over to service the Black Panthers. [Election Law Blog]

    * Did you know the history of drones in America dates back to the Civil War? Well, now you do. And knowing is some proportion of the battle. Infographic below…. [Criminal Justice Degree Hub]

    1 Comment / / Jun 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Redskins

    D.C. Circuit, Football, Quote of the Day, Racism, Trademarks

    Redskins Really Hoping For Judge Who Has Never Read A Dictionary

    A long time ago, one judge thought Native Americans weren’t necessarily offended by “Redskins.” Washington is really hoping they find another judge like that.

    37 Comments / / Jun 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM
  • large-falling-down-blu-ray9

    Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Rap, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.12.14

    * Opening fire because a fast food place screwed up your burger order would be crazy. If they did it a second time? Well… [Lowering the Bar]

    * McCutcheon at work in North Carolina. Yay free speech! [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Texas prosecutor compares NAACP member to white supremacist. Because those are totally the same thing. [Houston Chronicle]

    * In case you’ve ever wondered who’d win a fight between DMX and Justice Frankfurter, here’s your answer. [Slate]

    * Having more fun with gun nuts. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * We’ve discussed trial by combat’s past before, but is it still a real thing? Video below, including shout-outs to Professor Adam Winkler. [The Young Turks]

    4 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Buck up Professor. Your hero Nietzsche always says "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Racism

    Bigmouth Law Professor Flubs Research, Defends Racists

    Brian Leiter went off half-cocked on the Internet? Wonders will truly never cease…

    20 Comments / / Jun 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • Not courtroom attire.

    Biglaw, Non-Sequiturs, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.05.14

    * Apparently Hogwarts has opened up a law school. Protip: Slytherin kids make the best lawyers. [Legal Cheek]

    * Judge Ana Gardiner was disbarred for texting the prosecutor while presiding over a murder trial. It’s good to see Broward County take back the spotlight of crazy from Brevard County. [Daily Business Review]

    * Don’t dress as an animal at a zoo unless you want to get shot. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Remember the Seinfeld episode where Uncle Leo thinks every bad break is the result of anti-Semitism? Meet Uncle Leo the Lawyer. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * What does your hair mean for your career? [Corporette]

    * Skadden Arps says there’s no such thing as “clandestine contracts” with high-frequency traders. They probably wanted to check with their clients before making that claim… [Wall Street on Parade]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel wants to have babies. Woe to the Republic. [Time]

    * We are entering the Age of Narcissism. [What About Clients]

    * We’ve discussed the troubling statistics showing that black people are by and large shut out of career advancement in Biglaw. Aric Press, editor-in-chief at ALM, discusses the study with Lee Pacchia below…. [Mimesis Law]

    1 Comment / / Jun 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Maiko Maya King

    Gloria Allred, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, New York Times, Patents, Politics, Racism, Sexual Harassment, State Judges Are Clowns, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 06.04.14

    * The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been operating without a director for almost a year and a half, and Sen. Orrin Hatch is calling it “inexcusable.” Here’s his politely pissed off letter to President Barack Obama. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The chief judge of Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Court wants you to know Judge John “I’ll Just Beat Your Ass” Murphy’s behavior “in no way reflects the typical manner that courtrooms are managed … in this circuit.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Weed has been legal and free flowing in Colorado for months, but now the state is starting to see its dark side. It seems morons who get too high are accidentally killing themselves and others. [New York Times]

    * InfiLaw’s bid to purchase Charleston Law reached the pages of the NYT, with a shout-out to one “scrappy website” that referred to the company by its one true name: “diploma mill.” [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “Why would you bring black people into the world?” An ex-lover/employee of Donald Sterling is suing him for racial and sexual harassment over lovely comments like this. She’s repped by Gloria Allred. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Jun 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • The only thing more obsolete than this building is what is inside it.

    Affirmative Action, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Racism, Reader Polls

    Campus Strife Over Law Review Diversity

    How should a law review handle its diversity issues?

    118 Comments / / May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM
  • En garde, esquires of the Biglaw realm!

    Basketball, Biglaw, Cars, Google / Search Engines, In-House Counsel, Law Firm Mergers, Law Firm Names, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Patton Boggs, Racism, Real Estate, Technology

    Morning Docket: 05.19.14

    * Partners from Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders may vote on their merger sometime this week. Get ready to say hello to Squire Patton, House of Boggs, Hodorific of Its Name. [Reuters]

    * “[E]xcuse me, sir, you may not be here in five years.” Biglaw firms are becoming more “egalitarian” about office space because attorneys have expiration dates. [National Law Journal]

    * After a flat year in 2013, and much to Biglaw’s chagrin, “[i]t is going to be harder to sustain year-over-year profitability gains.” Oh joy, time to power up the layoff machine. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Tech giants Apple and Google have called a ceasefire in their dueling patent suits in a quest to reform patent law — and so Apple can concentrate all of its efforts on suing the sh*t out of Samsung. [Bloomberg]

    * GM’s in-house legal department is being heavily scrutinized in the wake of the car maker’s ignition switch lawsuit extravaganza. You see, friends, people die when lawyers don’t even bother to lie. [New York Times]

    * Donald Sterling found a lawyer willing to represent him, an antitrust maven who thinks the NBA should take its ball and go home because “no punishment was warranted” in his client’s case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    0 Comments / / May 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • 220px-Johnny_Cash_Promotional_Photo

    Crime, Football, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.16.14

    * Who is the “Man In Black?” If you said, “Johnny Cash” you’d have been wrong in this instance. But right in life. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Oh screw these guys. Hospital fires a radiation therapist who helped the mother of a cancer patient get in touch with the kid’s favorite football team. [Courthouse News Service]

    * The latest on Net Neutrality. [LXBN]

    * More news in the struggle to end unpaid internships — plaintiffs suing Warner Bros. have been granted the right to invite more people to a class action party. [Inside Counsel]

    * There’s a quirk of the criminal justice system unfairly hurting African-Americans. I’m sorry, I thought that was all the criminal justice system. [PolicyMic]

    * We’ve been wondering where Ed Siskel would land after leaving the Office of White House Counsel. Well, now we know. Congratulations WilmerHale. [Main Justice]

    0 Comments / / May 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • Donald Sterling

    Basketball, Football, Racism

    The NBA Constitution Is Not A Suicide Pact

    My father had a theory. Like most of his theories, he freely admitted that he had probably heard or read it somewhere else. At any rate, the theory involved the scrubs who sat at the end of NBA benches and how a subtle and acceptable racism dictated that those guys who would never see the […]

    13 Comments / / May 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM