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    Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Duane Morris

    Bankruptcy Judge Benchslaps A Biglaw Firm — Hard

    This bankruptcy judge is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take this anymore.

    40 Comments / / Mar 23, 2015 at 1:05 PM
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    Crime, Ridiculousness

    Lawyer Unsure What To Do With Client’s Dead Body

    What would you have done in this crazy situation?

    29 Comments / / Mar 6, 2015 at 2:01 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.19.15

    * Utah court rules woman can sue herself. Technically there are three separate parties to the case, and she’s all three of them. Leave it to the Mormons to have the best practical description of the Catholic Trinity since St. Patrick and the clover. [Lowering the Bar]

    * An entertaining look at 50 ridiculous anomalies that arise in the ACA if the King v. Burwell plaintiffs succeed. Noscitur a sociis, people! [Miami Business Law Review]

    * The geniuses at Clickhole have a quiz: How many John Grisham novels have you read? [Clickhole]

    * The Obama administration has gotten some high-profile scrutiny for its zealous campaign to stamp out government leaks. Here’s the story of one of the lower-profile government workers under the thumb of the Espionage Act. [The Intercept]

    * A follow-up on his earlier piece on whether or not New York should adopt the Uniform Bar Exam focuses on what the UBE might mean for finding a job. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Seven months after the fact, Professor Dan Markel’s death is still a mystery. [Tallahassee Democrat]

    * The National Association of Women Lawyers Mid-Year meeting will commence in Chicago on March 5. Check out details here. [NAWL]

    5 Comments / / Feb 19, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • Thanks, Davis Polk!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.16.15

    Ed. note: Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, we will be on a reduced publication schedule today. We will still be publishing, but less frequently than usual. We will be back in full force tomorrow.

    * The news is in, and it seems that Davis Polk’s financial numbers were at record highs. The firm’s revenue beat the $1 billion mark for the first time ever, and its PPP rose to $3.29 million. No wonder its 2014 bonuses were so awesome! [Am Law Daily]

    * Yes, we know that William Mitchell Law and Hamline Law are merging to survive as a result of a quickly disappearing applicant pool. We’d really love to know how many other law schools are considering this as an alternative to closing their doors. [Star Tribune]

    * How are Nebraska and Oklahoma, which neighbor Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized, handling the situation? Not well. Their AGs want SCOTUS to rule the weed law in the state where you can get Rocky Mountain High is unconstitutional. [PBS NewsHour]

    * Thanks to a recent ABA rule change, schools are beginning to admit students without LSAT scores. One of those schools is Iowa Law (ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News), but those students need to have done really well on other standardized tests. [Daily Iowan]

    * “How have I done as a judge today?” “Not bad, but you could do better.” Judge John Hurley had a run-in with an 80-year-old criminal defendant who wouldn’t stop calling him sweetheart. Flip to the next page to see the entertaining video. [NBC 6 South Florida]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mEQp33kr2O8#t=0

    32 Comments / / Feb 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM
  • David Schwimmer

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.22.14

    * Florida Judge Cynthia Imperato was “devastated” after a jury found her guilty of DUI and reckless driving charges, but we imagine the judge may be more devastated by the fact that she’s a sitting judge who’s been sentenced to 20 days of house arrest. [Florida Sun Sentinel]

    * David Schwimmer, best known for his role as Ross on Friends, has been cast as lawyer Robert Kardashian in an O.J. Simpson true crime television miniseries. He surely knows it’ll take a lot of “unagi” to play the role just right. [Rolling Stone]

    * If you have to debt finance your J.D., you’re going to in for a rude awakening when you graduate and the loans start coming due. FYI, “lot[s] of graduates [are] buried in private student loan debt with not enough income to repay it.” [Forbes]

    * The parents of James Holmes, who’s better known as the alleged shooter in the Aurora movie theater massacre, have begged for him to be spared the death penalty ahead of his trial, but prosecutors say that in this case, “justice is death.” [Denver Post]

    * When it comes to Russia, “[a] lot of firms are thinking about pulling out.” That’s what she would’ve said if she were a managing partner. Biglaw firms that have been rocked by the ruble’s ruin are telling lawyers to leave before they’re laid off. [Am Law Daily]

    * Binder & Binder, the National Social Security Disability Advocates® whose late-night TV commercials you’ve grown to love, has filed for bankruptcy. The firm’s headcount will likely drop by more than half because of this. Yikes! [WSJ Law Blog]

    26 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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    Football

    Stat Of The Week: Law School Football Playoff Edition

    Are any of these approaches any goofier or less scientific than predicting the upcoming College Football Playoff by using law schools?

    3 Comments / / Dec 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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    7th Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Crime, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Richard Posner, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.14.14

    * Morgan Lewis approves the Bingham deal, with 227 of the roughly 300 Bingham partners moving over as full partners. Morgan Lewis is calling it a “mass lateral move,” which is the nice way of telling the remaining 70+ partners (and whatever associates and staffers they don’t care to include) to enjoy early retirement. [American Lawyer; WSJ Law Blog]

    * A follow up report on the horrific story of the lawyers accused of stabbing a managing partner and his wife. [Washington Post]

    * Justice Scalia realizes that strict constructionists are just jerks. [The Onion]

    * When the title of the story uses the phrase “super-drunk judge”… [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Judge Posner took a detour into Jewish theology, apparently based on scholarly research from “Google” and “Wikipedia.” In his defense though, he thought he was citing the well-known Hebrew texts of “Elgoog” and “Aidepikiw.” [The Jewish Daily Forward]

    * It may sound like a terrible horror movie, but “Darkhotel” is actually a campaign of cyberattacks against business executives logging in from their high-end hotels. [Internet, Information Technology & e-Discovery Blog]

    * Um, Florida State may care so much about their (number 3) football team they gloss over criminal activity. And this article is NOT about Jameis Winston. [New York Times]

    * Linda Greenhouse. Damn. “In decades of court-watching, I have struggled — sometimes it has seemed against all odds — to maintain the belief that the Supreme Court really is a court and not just a collection of politicians in robes. This past week, I’ve found myself struggling against the impulse to say two words: I surrender.” [New York Times]

    * If you’re in L.A. tonight, check out the 6th Annual Justice Jam, celebrating “A Tradition of Advocacy” at 5:30 p.m. at La Plaza De Cultura y Artes. The event benefits Community Lawyers, Inc., an organization working to promote access to affordable legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals. [Community Lawyers, Inc.]

    14 Comments / / Nov 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Ebola

    Blog Wars, Blogging, Health Care / Medicine, Judicial Nominations, Law Reviews, Non-Sequiturs, Television, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.17.14

    * Congratulations (and good luck) to our nation’s new ebola czar — who happens to be a high-profile lawyer. [ATL Redline]

    * An update on the Charleston Law/InfiLaw drama. [Post and Courier]

    * If they had only taken the pink underwear off the patient before he woke up, he wouldn’t have his panties in a bunch. [Huffington Post]

    * Getting people to read law review articles is hard enough; why put them behind a wall? [TaxProf Blog]

    * It’s funny that Floridian lawyers are having such a bad reaction to Bad Judge, since the show could actually be reality TV down there. [Daily Business Review (sub. req.)]

    * Career advice: if you aspire to the federal judiciary, try to avoid writing blog posts about biting girls in the butt. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly (sub. req.)]

    * Congrats to lawyer Lisa Smith on winning the Pitch Week book competition at the When Words Count Retreat! [Street Insider]

    8 Comments / / Oct 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • Amanda Bynes

    Celebrities, Crime, Drugs, Health Care / Medicine, Job Searches, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Sentencing Law

    Morning Docket: 10.14.14

    * Law schools are in trouble, but Cooley Law is “going strong” — after all, only “28 percent of last year’s graduates at its Michigan campuses failed to land jobs as lawyers within nine months.” You’re really doing it wrong. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * This guy broke into the University of Oregon School of Law three times, and all he got were these computers for hipsters and a crappy 11-year sentence. (He should’ve broken into the football facility for better loot.) [Register-Guard]

    * Should you go to law school if you know for a fact that you don’t want to be a lawyer? This is the type of question that would render your ATL editors unable to even. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Amanda Bynes has been placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, and people suddenly care about mental health law. It’s sad that it takes a celebrity to make people care about these issues. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Marijuana is making its way to the ballot in some states this November, but before you vote, here’s a primer on where it’s legal to smoke weed, where it might be, and where it’s not. [Washington Post]

    12 Comments / / Oct 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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