Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • Martin Shkreli (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.10.16

    * Uh-oh! Martin Shkreli may have gotten more than he bargained for when he bought the one and only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.” An artist whose work appears on the album’s packaging has filed a copyright infringement suit against the smug pharma bro. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A Texas ADA was arrested this weekend for DWI after crashing into a parked car. According to police, it appeared as if she was trying to leave the scene. She’s been a prosecutor for almost a year, and hasn’t been put on a leave of absence for her alleged transgressions (yet). [FOX 7 Austin]

    * “I don’t understand why donors should not donate money to the Law School because some moron, some racist decided to put black tape on some portraits.” Some alumni (not this guy) are uncertain if they’ll continue to donate to Harvard Law. [Harvard Crimson]

    * President Obama has proposed a cybersecurity plan that’ll cost $19+ billion. Americans will learn how to better secure their accounts to prevent illegal hacks. That’s a lot of cash to teach people not to use “123456” as their password. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Have your birthday cake and eat it too, because the terms of Warner Music Group’s “Happy Birthday to You” settlement have been disclosed, and up to $14 million is up for grabs for those who’ve had to pay licensing fees to use it. [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    39 Comments / / Feb 10, 2016 at 8:52 AM
  • Alan Dershowitz


    Non-Sequiturs: 02.04.16

    * Listen, I support people leaving the law to take a job that is more fulfilling, but Emily Boutard quit her job to make tiny furniture. I just hope the paycheck isn’t correspondingly small. [deMilked]

    * Law professor Alafair Burke uses her real life experiences in the law to write her novels. [Female First]

    * Alan Dershowitz reflects on his work on the O.J. Simpson trial. [Business Insider]

    * This week in Black History includes a notable first for Harvard Law. [LA Sentinel]

    * Can you imagine getting censured at your job for a paper you wrote in law school? That might happen to Ben Lindy, who is running for an Ohio House seat. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Best practices for law firms when dealing with cloud security. [LCCA]

    11 Comments / / Feb 4, 2016 at 5:31 PM
  • Ted Cruz (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)


    Non-Sequiturs: 01.26.16

    * Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig is now depending on a future President Trump to enact the campaign finance reforms he built his failed presidential bid upon. He’ll be waiting for a while. [The Crimson]

    * Ted Cruz has pretty much always been a douche. [Funny or Die]

    * The People v. O.J. Simpson explores racism, sexism, and more — all through costume. [Fashionista]

    * U.S. Senators: They’re just like us! Claire McCaskill live-tweets her jury duty experience. [The Slot]

    * How can you avoid burnout as a lawyer? [Associate’s Mind]

    * Why are embattled public defender offices actually excited about the lawsuits against them? [Christian Science Monitor]

    * Practical advice for taking advantage of the opportunities that are staring you right in the face. [Guile is Good]

    * Get the inside scoop on why Rudy Giuliani jumped ship to Greenberg Traurig. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    5 Comments / / Jan 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM
  • Martin Shkreli

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.26.16

    * Martin Shkreli’s hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been rescheduled due to this weekend’s blizzard. This will give the reviled pharma bro even more time to brush up on constitutional law. [CBS News]

    * Uh-oh! Thanks to some “cash flow issues” — like partners not being paid on time — King & Wood Mallesons is currently in the process of raising capital and will be conducting a review of its overall financial structure. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Cert denied! The justices of the Supreme Court may have bought these lawyers’ arguments and struck down a crucial part of the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County case, but they’re certainly not buying their request for $2 million in legal fees. [Reuters]

    * A hate crime without a resolution? Police are closing their investigation into the defacement of black professors’ portraits at Harvard Law without having found a perp. Maybe they decided to take Elie Mystal’s advice not to feed the trolls. []

    * Florida State settled a lawsuit filed by Erica Kinsman, a former student who claimed Jameis Winston raped her, for $900K, but the school claims $700K of that amount will go to her legal team. Her lawyers, however, would politely beg to differ. [USA Today]

    54 Comments / / Jan 26, 2016 at 8:55 AM
  • Ted Cruz (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)


    Non-Sequiturs: 01.22.16

    * Martha Coakley joins BU Law faculty. A job she will somehow manage to lose in a landslide to an unqualified Republican. [Boston Globe] * You’ve heard all about the Ted Cruz birther controversy, but maybe Cruz is just being trolled for being such a tremendous dick while at Harvard Law School. [Needs Further Review] * […]

    28 Comments / / Jan 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM
  • Harvard Law School

    Law Schools

    Has Harvard Law Always Been Filled With Sexist A-holes?

    A story about a law professor that does not know best.

    52 Comments / / Jan 14, 2016 at 12:37 PM
  • Amal Clooney (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.13.16

    * Has the dearth of law school applicants finally pinched Harvard Law? [Bloomberg Business]

    * Meanwhile, New York Law School is doing just fine… thanks to its savvy real estate moves. [Crain’s New York Business]

    * Amal Clooney sighting in D.C. [Washington Post]

    * For those keeping score, only Scalia, Thomas, and Alito skipped the State of the Union last night, which was not really surprising. [CBS News]

    * Former Cravath attorney Robert Miranne talks about the movie “Joy,” chronicling the life and times of his mother, Joy Mangano. [The Am Law Daily]

    * In July, China arrested Wang Yu, a top women’s rights lawyer for creating a disturbance. They got around to notifying her mother of this… on Monday. In fairness, they’ve really been swamped over there with the sabotaging the global economy thing. [Reuters]

    * FLSA class actions expected to hit record high this year. “I keep waiting — because I’ve been studying it for 15 years — for the number of wage-and-hour lawsuits to crest or go down” said Seyfarth’s Gerald Maatman Jr. And I keep waiting for companies to dutifully pay employees the money they actually owe them, yet here we are. [Law 360]

    54 Comments / / Jan 13, 2016 at 9:01 AM
  • Harvard Law School Austin Hall

    Law Schools, Rankings

    Which Law Schools Accepted And Lost The Most Students As Transfers?

    Surprisingly, one of the top transfer schools is also one of the top law schools in the nation.

    37 Comments / / Jan 8, 2016 at 12:06 PM
  • Photo by Shalom Jacobovitz

    Public Interest

    Deaf-Blind Harvard Law Grad Learning To… Surf?

    First Harvard Law… then surfing.

    34 Comments / / Jan 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM
  • Bluebook Legal Bluebook

    Law Reviews, Law Schools

    Is This The Biggest Bluebook Error Of Them All?

    Who deserves credit (or blame) for the authoritative (and often criticized) legal citation manual?

    33 Comments / / Dec 7, 2015 at 11:57 AM