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  • Amanda Bynes

    Biglaw, California, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, D.C. Circuit, Deaths, Education / Schools, Eric Holder, Federalist Society, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Litigatrix, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, Religion, SCOTUS, Shoes, Supreme Court, White House Counsel

    Morning Docket: 05.28.13

    * Let’s get ready to rumble! Some of the Supreme Court’s most controversial opinions yet are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks — and maybe even today. Stay tuned for news. [CNN]

    * Let’s see what happens when Obama nominates three judges at once to the D.C. Circuit. How many of them will be confirmed as quickly as Sri Srinivasan? Probably not many. [New York Times]

    * White House counsel and leading litigatrix Kathryn Ruemmler is best known for her fabulous shoes, but this week, she’s taking some flak for her involvement in the IRS scandal. [New York Times]

    * “I don’t know whether the Lord Himself could get confirmed at this point.” It looks like poor Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t have very many people left to turn to thanks to executive and congressional inaction. [Bloomberg]

    * When it comes to recent diversity efforts in Biglaw there’s an ebb, but not really a flow, and it’s all being blamed on the recession. Also, “diversity fatigue” is apparently a thing now. [New York Times]

    * The $200 million gender discrimination suit filed against Greenberg Traurig over the firm’s alleged “old boys club” has been settled for an undisclosed amount. You go girl! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * According to Judge Murray Snow, Arizona’s most beloved sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has been violating the constitutional rights of all of the Latinos whom he supposedly “hadn’t” been racially profiling. [Reuters]

    * My, how things change: David Blankenhorn, a man who once testified as an expert witness in support of Proposition 8 at trial, has come forward to condemn anti-marriage equality laws. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Stewart Schwab, the dean of Cornell Law School, will step down in June 2014. Perhaps the next dean will crack down on the number of cam girls pleasuring themselves in the law library. [Cornell Chronicle]

    * Law schools tend to be “bastions of liberalism,” which makes it hard for students to find intellectual diversity. It’s a good thing we’ve got the Federalist Society to balance things out. [Washington Times]

    * People who think Washington needs another law school propose one for students “who can’t afford to … go into debt … to get their legal degree.” This won’t sit well with the legal academy. [News Tribune]

    * With Lindsay Lohan stuck in rehab, Amanda Bynes decided it was her turn to go wild. The retired actress says she’s suing the NYPD for unlawful arrest and sexual harassment. [New York Daily News]

    * Alton Lemon, the Supreme Court plaintiff behind the eponymous Lemon test, RIP. [New York Times]

    8 Comments / / May 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM
  • Holdem

    Death Penalty, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Religion, Sentencing Law, State Attorneys General, Tax Law, Videos

    Morning Docket: 05.23.13

    * Online gambling wants to come back to the U.S. after the government cracked down last year. Anybody want odds on whether this works? [Wall Street Journal]

    * In news that only affects those who want to dress like whores, Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister may systematically mistreat the disabled. [Fox News]

    * Post-disaster price gouging is sad, but inevitable. Oklahoma’s Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt is having none of it. [The National Law Journal]

    * Obama will address drone policy and Gitmo in a security speech today because, after the last couple weeks of scandal, he’s hoping to introduce fodder for another round of withering criticism. [Huffington Post]

    * The Daily Caller is all over the idea that Michelle Obama may have dated the Inspector General of the IRS at Harvard Law. Which proves… actually I have no idea if the Daily Caller even knows why this might be significant. [Daily Caller]

    * U.S. and Chinese law schools are collaborating more. American law schools are really desperate to open themselves to more students, aren’t they? [China Daily]

    * The Jodi Arias jury may not be able to make a decision on sentencing. If you cared about this story at all, you’ve already heard Nancy Grace’s opinion. [NBC News]

    * Elie argues with folks about Greece v. Galloway and legislative prayer. Video after the jump… [Huff Post Live]

    4 Comments / / May 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • Even the liberals look okay with the Red Mass

    2nd Circuit, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Legislative Prayer: Should We Really Care?

    SCOTUS should have left well enough alone instead of granting cert in Greece v. Galloway

    15 Comments / / May 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM
  • 0330chewbacca-RF

    Crime, Music, Religion

    Lawyer Previews Novel Defense For Christian Metal Rocker

    How to explain away hiring a hitman.

    11 Comments / / May 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM
  • iStock_000006136154XSmall-RF

    Constitutional Law, Religion, State Judges, Texas

    Texas Cheerleaders Win Right To Do Religious Cheers. Give Me a G! Give Me an O!

    The problem isn’t that the signs are overtly religious, it’s that they’re terrible signs.

    23 Comments / / May 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM
  • Bible LF Holy Bible

    Biglaw, Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Harvard, Religion, Videos, YouTube

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Religious Ministry

    From working for The Man to working for The Man — Upstairs….

    1 Comment / / May 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM
  • 220px-Ground_Zero_Mosque_Protesters_11

    Blogging, Crime, Federal Judges, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.23.13

    * Federal judges are going to keep getting their cost of living raises. Sequestration be damned! [CBS DC]

    * Florida passes “anti-Sharia law” law. Accidentally outlaws Jewish divorce instead. [Gawker]

    * Why are people so stupid? Legal threat based on the name of a blog. Not the actual content, just the name. In a related note, we’d like to let everyone know that if we write about you, you are not, in fact, “above the law.” [Popehat]

    * This is curious. Convicted of stealing $1 million dollars and walking away without jail time. And no written opinion to explain it. Moral of the story? Commit your crimes in Judge Carney’s court. [Navelgazing / OC Weekly]

    * You’ve got to move fast if you want to take the profit off a disaster. Best part? A tipster says the explosion pictured isn’t even of the fertilizer plant explosion. [Baron & Budd]

    * Newsmax videoed an interview with Logan Beirne, author of Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency (affiliate link). Apparently, George Washington was a badass. No kidding. [Newsmax]

    * Well you must have expected something like this. Michael Shannon delivers a dramatic reading of the sorority girl’s memorable cease and desist letter….

    5 Comments / / Apr 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • DH-10_pp-RF

    Politics, Religion, Sex Scandals, UVA Law

    A 2L at the Center of a Political Sex Scandal

    Politician charged in bribery scandal also reportedly carried on an affair with a current law student.

    69 Comments / / Apr 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM
  • Gay, Monica Lewinsky, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Religion

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.03.13

    * Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer is checking out the big stained dress in the sky. William Ginsburg, RIP. [CNN]

    * Hoo boy, North Carolina is trying to opt out of the Constitution. As the article notes, they tried this in the 1860s and it didn’t work out so well. [Lowering the Bar]

    * New York state government gets another black eye with a couple of arrests for bribery. [Gothamist]

    * Judge Richard Cebull is retiring to spend more time on his racist rants. [Billings Gazette]

    * Obama is forfeiting $20,000 in solidarity with sequester victims. An excellent opportunity for right-wing hacks to complain about his vacations, as though Secret Service protection is supposed to be free. [Washington Examiner]

    * Ken Cuccinelli is running for governor in a state that voted for Obama twice. So, obviously, he’s making a public show of his fight to reinstate a law used to harass gay people. [Washington Blade]

    * Conrad Black, the media mogul who served three years in the federal pen, sits for an interview with California Lawyer magazine. Check it out (and earn California CLE credit). [California Lawyer]

    7 Comments / / Apr 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM
  • Statue of Cooley apparently letting a homeless man go to law school.

    Law Schools, Religion

    Cooley Casserole: School Is Poised To Change Its Name Even As Preachers Make Fun Of It

    How many more students will fall prey to Cooley if it just changes its name?

    62 Comments / / Apr 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM
  • Bible LF Holy Bible

    Law Schools, Religion, Sexism, Women's Issues

    Don’t You Hate It When Your Crazy Religious Views Come Back To Bite You During SBA Elections?

    Okay, so you don’t like female missionaries, but what about female SBA presidents?

    84 Comments / / Mar 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM
  • Copyright, Frank Easterbrook, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Religion, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.13

    * Prosecutor charges America’s official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, for failing to accurately predict the weather. Good to know Pennsylvania prosecutors are on top of the groundhog beat after messing up the “sexual predator coaching a football program” beat for about a decade. [Washington Times]

    * UPDATE: Judge Easterbrook is getting hitched to former Anchorage City Clerk Barbara Gruenstein on May 12. [Anchorage Daily News]

    * Tattoo convention discusses copyrights. As long as I don’t have to remove the giant butterfly tat on the small of my back I’m cool. [Washington Post]

    * “Pope Francis changes Holy Thursday plans to celebrate Mass in prison.” OK, ready yourself for the Pope Francis “Man in Black” phase. [Catholic News Service]

    * Defending yourself from solicitation charges counts as “Official Senate Business?” Actually, that sounds about right. [Lowering the Bar]

    * UChiLawGo sums up the end of law school. [UChiLawGo]

    * Sad news, “Mississippi State Rep. Jessica Upshaw (R), an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004, was found dead at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry (R) in Mendenhall, Mississippi…Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said it did not appear to be a natural death.” This is the fifth Mississippi lawmaker to die in five months. The other four all died of natural causes…so they say. [Jezebel]

    * David and Elie will be showing up at Georgetown this Thursday afternoon. RSVP at the linked ACS site. [ACS]

    5 Comments / / Mar 25, 2013 at 5:25 PM
  • lindsay lohan rehab mug shot

    Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Crime, D.C. Circuit, Facebook, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Religion, Rudeness, Shopping, Weddings

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.22.13

    * So, after being shut down for more than two years, Caitlin Halligan asked President Obama to withdraw her nomination to the D.C. Circuit. This is how democracy works in our country, folks, and it’s pretty sad. [People For the American Way; Post Politics / Washington Post]

    * In America, we’re trying to get official recognition for gay marriage. In Scotland, they’re trying to get official recognition for weddings performed by Jedi Knights. Please, by all means, proceed to stroke each other’s lightsabers over this exciting nerd news. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Oh my god, this is something I’m definitely going to have to sit down and read, it looks so salacious and — oh. *eyeroll* This just in from the subtitle letdown department…. [Overlawyered]

    * A political consultant in Nebraska apparently got himself fired because he called Sen. Danielle Conrad a C-U-Next-Tuesday on his Facebook page. That was way harsh, Tai. [Jezebel]

    * Click here to listen to Professor Brian Tamanaha and Dean Lawrence Mitchell talk about rethinking the future of legal education. Tamanaha thinks the tuition is too damn high, whereas Dean Mitchell simply thinks that “life is expensive.” Not even kidding, he really said that. [Associate’s Mind]

    * At Target, you can definitely expect more and pay less, but that’s probably because your money’s allegedly being stolen out of the cash register. [Legal Juice]

    * And just because I love just about everything that Lindsay Lohan does because she’s the hottest of all messes, here’s a timeline of her mug shots ranked in order of her sex appeal. I love that we live in a world where such a thing actually exists! [Gawker]

    6 Comments / / Mar 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM
  • Ted Olson

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Olson

    And Stick Pins Into Voodoo Dolls of Ted Olson and Don Verrilli

    Praying for a miracle: that both Ted Olson and Don Verrilli have a bad day in court next week.

    12 Comments / / Mar 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM
  • Education / Schools, Google / Search Engines, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, U.S. News, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.13.13

    * We have a new pope. Pope Francis I has no involvement with the sexual abuse scandals surrounding the Church, but has had other legal troubles in his past. [Los Angeles Times]

    * UNLV Law Dean Nancy Rapoport schools other deans on drafting press releases about the U.S. News rankings. [Nancy Rapoport’s Blogspot]

    * Lend your support to this new project to create Oyez-style audio/video archives of state Supreme Court proceedings. This will be really helpful, but I’m holding out for audio/video of Wade McCree’s courtroom. [Knight News Challenge]

    * If you’re mad that your name comes up when people Google “erectile dysfunction,” filing a public lawsuit over that fact isn’t the answer. [IT-Lex]

    * Charter schools are lame because the crazy people running them teach whatever they want, like this one that teaches students that hippies were dirty. Well, okay, that’s not actually untrue, but the system’s textbooks have other faults, like explaining how the KKK was just misunderstood, y’all. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Man loses his memory after car crash-induced head trauma, decides to become a lawyer. I’ve always said would-be lawyers should have their heads examined. [BBC News via Legal Cheek]

    6 Comments / / Mar 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM
  • medium_yeti-dvd

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Prisons, Religion, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, UVA Law, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.08.13

    * Nepal had actual regulations regarding Yeti killing. When will America join the international community and enact strict protections for Sasquatch? [Lowering the Bar]

    * A state bar association is actively discouraging students from going to law school. Which is odd, since the state in question has a top five law school… according to National Jurist. [Associate’s Mind]

    * A clever Civ Pro class used the system against Howard Wasserman to get an extension on their assignment. I respect Wasserman for crediting the students’ ingenuity, but it would have been a better life lesson if he’d impleaded the Dean for forcing him to have grades in early. Or at least ding the students with a Rule 11 claim. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Inmate forgotten for 22 months in solitary confinement wins $15.5 million reward. Hopefully he’ll be ready in time to protect us from that bioweapon attack from Alcatraz. [CNN]

    * In honor of International Women’s Day, enjoy an interview of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. [The New Yorker]

    * To follow up on an old story, law grad/convicted sex criminal Chris Dumler is reporting to jail today. [WVIR]

    * The Conclave is now set for Tuesday. Place your bets on the new pontiff now! [CNN]

    2 Comments / / Mar 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM
  • 220px-Popemobile_passes_the_White_House-RF

    International Law, Religion, Sex Scandals

    Have Popemobile, Will (Not) Travel

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI raises some complicated questions about legal immunity. The moral of the story? He may want to get comfortable never leaving Vatican City.

    13 Comments / / Mar 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM
  • Lynn Hughes RF Judge Lynn Hughes

    Federal Judges, Judge of the Day, Labor / Employment, Minority Issues, Racism, Religion, Texas

    Judge of the Day: Lynn Hughes Strikes Again

    Judge Hughes is at it again, according to a new recusal motion.

    48 Comments / / Feb 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM