Recent Headlines from Above the Law
* Color me surprised: Amal Clooney is redefining the power suit. [Huffington Post]
* If you haven’t watched Mike Huckabee’s take on the instant Adele classic, “Hello,” you really should. If for no other reason than to see the former governor weigh in on whether he thinks Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen. [Mother Jones]
* Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout is running for Congress. You’ll remember the politically minded professor previously ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor. [New York Daily News]
* An adorably old 102-year-old British lawyer became the oldest to have his master’s conferred by Cambridge. [Legal Cheek]
* It is easy to get mad when things are unfair, but like momma used to say, “life isn’t fair,” and there is a lesson to be learned there. [Katz Justice]
* Has NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio lived up to his campaign promises? A detailed look. [City and State]
* Yes, even lawyers — heck, especially lawyers — need to be responsible for their own marketing. [Reboot Your Law Practice]
A school-by-school look at the latest grim New York State bar passage rates.
* Seton Hall Law Professor Michael Simkovic — he of the million-dollar law degree study — is back with a vengeance. Pay no attention to that law school scam op-ed in the New York Times; very few law school graduates are actually defaulting on their crushing loan debt. [ABA Journal]
* The U.S. Senate is finally looking into what’s going on with predatory pharmaceutical pricing at companies like Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Turing Pharmaceuticals, both of which have recently hiked up the price on lifesaving drugs to an absurdly exorbitant degree. [Reuters]
* Judge Arnold Ogden Jones II, a North Carolina state court jurist, has been accused of attempting to bribe an FBI agent with “a couple of cases of beer” in exchange for information. It better have been some damn good beer, Your Honor. [News & Observer]
* Complaints about tuition be damned, because law schools are still churning out pricey LL.M. programs like its their job. Fordham Law’s compliance program may be useful for some, but it comes with a $53,000 price tag. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Law schools have been in a “death spiral” since applications started to drop along with admissions standards and student debt started to increase exponentially, but some will survive if the ABA steps in and polices accreditation and gainful employment. [Forbes]
* Chattels, bailment, and your car: What everyone needs to know. [Adequate Man]
* What would the tax code look like if Donald Trump were president? A lot like Donald Trump actually. [Dealbreaker]
* If it looks like a
duckbribe, swims like a duckbribe, and quacks like a duckbribe, then it probably is protected speech??? [Slate]
* We know bar exam results are getting worse, but does that impact Biglaw? [Bloomberg BNA]
* What is really behind Edward Snowden’s new Twitter account? [Law and More]
* Fordham Law professor does a deep dive into the psyche of a Republican voter. Scary. [Huffington Post]
* In which reason and passion are equal partners in the law. [Guile is Good]
* Consumers seeking litigation financing are smarter than you think. [Mighty]
Is this LL.M. in Fashion Law worth the high cost?
Oh my. This is sad and embarrassing, all at the same time.
Law school administrators don’t listen to the concerns of their full-time day students, so I’m sure they look at their night students like dollar signs with moving lips.
* Following the divisive decision in Shelby County v. Holder, voting rights cases may be heading back to the SCOTUS sooner than we thought. Thanks, Texas and Wisconsin. [USA Today]
* Bienvenidos a Miami? Cities compete to be designated as sites where global arbitration matters are heard. Miami is an up-and-comer, but New York is king. [DealBook / New York Times]
* Thanks to anonymous donors, the reward for info related to FSU Law Professor Dan Markel’s murder has been raised to $25,000. Not a single suspect has been named since his death. [Tallahassee Democrat]
* After losing the Democratic primary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Professor Zephyr Teachout drank some gin and tonics like a boss before returning to her class at Fordham Law to teach property. [New York Times]
* Try as he might, the Blade Runner just can’t outrun the law: Oscar Pistorius might have been cleared on the murder charge he was facing, but now he’s been found guilty on a culpable homicide charge. [CNN]