• Cartman Somali pirate RF

  • Semi automatic handgun and pistol cartridges

    Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Racism, Violence

    Misdirection And Casting Aspersions: The Predictable Response To My Stand Your Ground Post

    Tamara Tabo responded to my post about Stand Your Ground laws in the wake of the Renisha McBride shooting. It was what I’d expected.

    54 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM
  • gun with bullets

    Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Racism, Violence

    A Person Not A Political Prop: Questions About Renisha McBride’s Tragic Death

    Before leapfrogging over the specifics of Renisha’s case and launching a politically motivated rant, let’s look at what we do and don’t know about the tragedy that occurred on that Dearborn Heights porch.

    39 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM
  • iStock_000016146459

    Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Racism, Violence

    Another Black Teenager Shot Dead — Is ‘Stand Your Ground’ To Blame?

    Another state’s Stand Your Ground law is about to become a big issue, even if it never comes up in the case.

    66 Comments / / Nov 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM
  • Gun America RF

    Guns / Firearms, Racism

    Is The Second Amendment Racist?

    A new study suggests gun ownership is correlative with racism.

    176 Comments / / Nov 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM
  • Trolls gotta troll.

    California, Lunacy, Minority Issues, Racism, Real Estate, Rudeness

    From The ‘Why People Hate Lawyers’ File: An L.A. Lawyer’s Letter

    This lawyer’s letter is certainly over the top; is it awesome or atrocious?

    12 Comments / / Oct 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM
  • Devil man

    Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Billable Hours, California, Football, Immigration, John Roberts, Litigators, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Racism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.07.13

    * The Supreme Court’s Term opens today, and the conservative justices may have the opportunity to shift the law even further to the right when it comes to today’s social issues. [Los Angeles Times]

    * In his Biglaw days, Chief Justice Roberts “gave his adversaries heartburn.” Now, his litigation skills serve the same purpose for those giving oral arguments before SCOTUS. [National Law Journal]

    * It seems that in the end, Justice Ginsburg’s career choices have been whittled down to the lyrics found in one of The Clash’s catchiest songs: Should she stay or should she go now? [Washington Post]

    * In other news, in case you were wondering, Justice Antonin Scalia, a firm believer in the Devil, is just as scary in real life as he is when he haunts your dreams (which is impressive!). [New York Magazine]

    * “If this continues, it’s going to be very problematic.” Clients are very annoyed, and some Biglaw firms continue to worry about how the government shutdown will affect their bottom line. [New York Law Journal]

    * The defections at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas: Weil Gotshal’s Houston office is still leaking partners like a sieve. We’ll have more on these developments later today. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * President Obama continues to comment on the important issues of the day. He’d “think about changing” the Redskins team name if he were its owner — just like this fired Quinn Emanuel associate. [CNN]

    * Viva la raza! The federal government is too slow for California, so the governor signed a bill into law that will allow illegal immigrants to become licensed as lawyers. Congratulations to Sergio Garcia. [Reuters]

    * No, we won’t remove that embarrassing story we wrote about you — but at least we’re not trying to charge you hundreds of dollars for their removal like those pesky mug shot websites. [New York Times]

    10 Comments / / Oct 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • Mopping RF

    Law Schools, Minority Issues, Racism

    Overcoming Stereotypes, One Study Room At A Time

    The minority tax has to be paid by law students too.

    72 Comments / / Oct 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM
  • asian lawyer RF

    Asians, Biglaw, Minority Issues, Quote of the Day, Racism, Sexism, Women's Issues

    Biglaw, And Even Bigger Allegations Of Racism And Sexism

    What can you expect as a minority woman working in Biglaw?

    67 Comments / / Sep 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM
  • Officer with Gun RF

    Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Police, Racism

    Crashing Your Car and Seeking Help While Black Is Apparently A Capital Offense

    Another weekend, another unarmed black person gets shot to death by the police.

    53 Comments / / Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM
  • Word with scrabble blocks

    Jury Duty, Labor / Employment, Minority Issues, Racism, Rudeness, Trials

    Jury Rules That Black People Shouldn’t Say The N-Word Either

    Being professional is simpler than a black or white question.

    61 Comments / / Sep 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM
  • Marni Halasa

    Associate Advice, Banking Law, Biglaw, Email Scandals, Law School Deans, Law Schools, listserv, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Racism, Shira Scheindlin, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.29.13

    * Is Justice Ginsburg, our favorite judicial diva, foiling her own jurisprudential legacy by refusing to retire from the Supreme Court before another president takes office? [Daily Beast]

    * Year-over-year, there’s been a double-digit drop in demand for legal services, so now is a great time to start speculating about which firm will be the next to conduct layoffs. [Am Law Daily]

    * Don’t despair, the results of the Am Law Midlevel Survey are out, and associates are more satisfied than ever — except for the women. They’re “leaning out,” so to speak. [Am Law Daily]

    * New York City (d/b/a Mayor Michael Bloomberg) wants Judge Shira Scheindlin to stay her stop-and-frisk rulings pending appeal, because racial profiling is an effective crime fighting tool. [New York Law Journal]

    * If you want to know why law school is three years long instead of two, it’s because back in the day, the T14s of the world were convinced it’d “stop the proles from sullying the image of the bar.” [The Economist]

    * In an effort to keep law school deans’ listserv drama and email scandals to a minimum, the American Bar Association just doled out some rules to keep their ivory tower talk in check. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * “[I]f I die because of this, my life will have been worthwhile.” The HSBC whistleblower is willing to face death to talk about big banks’ alleged money laundering — and to see Marni Halasa. [Huffington Post]

    6 Comments / / Aug 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • girls gone wild

    Biglaw, Cars, Cellphones, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Crime, Drugs, Husch Blackwell, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Racism, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Morning Docket: 08.28.13

    * After three years on top, Baker & McKenzie has lost its place as the top grossing firm in the Global 100. But which firm dethroned the once king? None other than… [Am Law Daily]

    * Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, and yet some of the things he sought to change still remain the same in 2013. [Washington Post]

    * The house always wins: Navin Kumar Aggarwal, the ex-K&L Gates partner who stole client funds to pay gambling debts, was jailed after receiving a 12-year sentence. [Am Law Daily]

    * “This is like a triple-overtime win.” Merrill Lynch is making a huge $160 million payout in a racial bias case that’s been stuck in the courts for nearly a decade. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * As eager young law students return to school, maybe it’s time for you to consider brushing up on the basics. Now is an excellent time to take care of those pesky CLE requirements. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Husch Blackwell is teaming up with WUSTL Law to launch a training program for… partners. Take this for what is is, law students: a great opportunity to résumé bomb the hell out of them. [National Law Journal]

    * Career alternatives for attorneys: judicial drug mule. Following an investigation by the DEA, a former Utah judge pleaded guilty to the possession of enough Oxycodone to kill a small horse. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Don’t even think about texting anyone, ever again, in the state of New Jersey, especially if they might be driving, because the appeals court says you could be held liable for negligence. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild has been sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation after being convicted of assault and false imprisonment by a jury of “stupid, stupid idiots.” [Los Angeles Times]

    19 Comments / / Aug 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • CoverPhoto4

    Copyright, Depositions, FCC, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Paul Caron, Racism, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.27.13

    * Mike Brown, the man at the center of the would-be South Carolina restaurant racial discrimination suit, has a post over at xoJane telling his story. [xoJane]

    * Time for a Team Prenda update! Now they are making really embarrassingly terrible “your mom” jokes. [Popehat]

    * Contrary to Elie’s tweet, there is kind of a legal angle to the debacle at the VMAs that was Miley Cyrus dancing with an aging Michael Keaton dressed as Beetlejuice Robin Thicke. MuckRock has submitted a FOIA request to find out how many complaints were filed with the FCC. Unfortunately, my bet is that the number is more than zero, despite the FCC having no legal authority over indecency on MTV. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, here’s a collection of GIFs. [MuckRock]

    * Shots fired! Law Librarian Blog snarks on Law Professor Blogs 2.0 re-design. Palace Intrigue: Blogger Edition. [Law Librarian Blog]

    * A new website provides an online course in general deposition prep for witnesses. Will this work? Pro: Deposition prep involves haphazard application of life lessons from a lawyer’s individual career and a professionalized course is beneficial. Con: Why would a firm forfeit all those billable hours to a third-party? [The Perfect Witness]

    * Not every law school is cutting back. San Joaquin College of Law is expanding its enrollment. It’s not ABA-accredited, so all these students are sure to land on their feet. [KFSN]

    * Since we’re likely to be at war with Syria by the end of the week, here’s a thoughtful piece on the legality of intervention in light of the UN charter and moral obligations. [Boston Review]

    13 Comments / / Aug 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM
  • CoverPhoto4-RF

    Civil Rights, Department of Justice, Food, Minority Issues, Racism

    South Carolina Restaurant Refuses To Serve Black Patrons — Denny’s Redux

    The firestorm over a restaurant’s decision to kick out a group of black patrons because a white woman felt “threatened” brings back memories of the 1990s.

    80 Comments / / Aug 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM
  • Kamala Harris

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, California, Celebrities, Depositions, Divorce Train Wrecks, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Practice Pointers, Racism

    Morning Docket: 08.15.13

    * The Poly Prep alumni who settled their sex abuse suit against the school are going after O’Melveny & Myers for allegedly playing a part in prolonging the litigation by doing what lawyers do best: lying. [Am Law Daily]

    * If you’ve got a case up on appeal and you’re like a virgin, giving oral (arguments) for the very first time, then you should probably consider taking a look at the top 10 tips that’ll help you to prepare for it. [The Recorder]

    * The California Supreme Court denied petitions from Proposition 8 proponents seeking to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage across the state. Kamala Harris, the country’s best looking AG, approves. [BuzzFeed]

    * The Chapman School of Law will change its name after receiving the second-largest donation ever made to a law school. N.B. The donor isn’t a law school graduate, which certainly explains why he has cash to spare. [National Law Journal]

    * Notebooks from the most famous law school you’ve never heard of are now on digital display thanks to Harvard Law. Unlike today’s students, Litchfield lawyers had lovely handwriting. [Brainiac / Boston Globe]

    * Keep ya head up: Legendary lawyer Roger Rosen, whose clients range from O.J. Simpson to Phil Spector, will hang up his shingle to avoid prosecution for leaking info to Tupac’s killers. [New York Post]

    * Just think, if the judge in Paula Deen’s case had permitted counsel to stay discovery, perhaps the celebrity chef wouldn’t have been able to serve up a slice of her piping hot racism casserole. [Daily Report]

    * Sure, Lamar Odom allegedly cheated on Khloe Kardashian with a lawyer, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to get divorced. If they do, we’ll be there for the train wreck. [Ministry of Gossip / Los Angeles Times]

    8 Comments / / Aug 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Holder ABA RF

    American Bar Association / ABA, Conferences / Symposia, Crime, Drugs, Eric Holder, Minority Issues, Racism, Sentencing Law

    Eric Holder Preaches To The Choir At ABA: It’s Nice When Lawyers Think People Will Listen To Them About Laws

    Holder’s speech at the ABA would have been more interesting if the ABA could have done anything about it.

    29 Comments / / Aug 14, 2013 at 3:52 PM
  • Hope the football makes up for the unemployment.

    Alston & Bird, Biglaw, Celebrities, Facebook, Federal Judges, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, Police, Privacy, Racism, Ted Frank

    Morning Docket: 08.13.13

    * In the latest round of musical chairs, Skadden Arps managed to scoop up products liability queen and top woman litigator Lisa Gilford from Alston & Bird. Congratulations! [The Recorder (sub. req.)]

    * Is merger mania a thing of the past? With pocketbooks tighter than ever, “pseudo-mergers” are starting to look great. No one will complain about more lawyers with less liability. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Man, it’d be great if you could represent plaintiffs in a class action suit and keep all of the settlement funds without having to pay your clients a cent. Oh wait, you can actually do that? [New York Times]

    * “It shows he’s adventuresome and he’s got good taste.” Peter Zimroth, the lawyer appointed to oversee the reform of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies, married very, very well. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * The ABA approved Texas A&M’s acquisition of Texas Wesleyan’s law school. Hello to the Texas A&M Johnny Football School of Law! We hope to see the Heisman of employment stats. [National Law Journal]

    * A judge says the woman who sued Paula Deen for racial discrimination was nothing more than an “accidental victim.” And like that, her race-based claims have melted away like butter, y’all. [ABC News]

    3 Comments / / Aug 13, 2013 at 9:14 AM