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    Blogging, Social Media

    Restoring The Allure Of Being A Lawyer

    They’re no panacea, but blogging and social media do give us a shot at restoring a little of that allure of being a lawyer.

    30 Comments / / Jul 1, 2015 at 3:23 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.30.15

    * Next time on Nancy Grace: A recent graduate of Michigan State Law allegedly got a master’s degree student from the school pregnant twice before he left the country. The woman allegedly murdered one of the babies, and the other is now missing. [Detroit Free Press]

    * I’ll just leave this right here so I won’t get fined. It looks like a partner from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton helped Marshawn Lynch trademark his nickname “Beast Mode” — a trademark that may lead to Lynch getting a $100,000 fine from the NFL. [Am Law Daily]

    * In other trademark news, Taylor Swift got approval for catchphrases from her album. “Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?” Her IP lawyers “Could Show You Incredible Things,” but you could’ve been getting down to “This Sick Beat.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Gibson Dunn earned $459,000 for successfully challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, which was apparently a “sharp cut” in the fees the firm initially requested for star litigator Ted Olson’s time. Poor Teddy. [National Law Journal]

    * According to Am Law’s latest Lateral Partners Survey, there was a 7 percent increase in lateral moves — 2,736, to be precise — between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014. Guaranteed pay packages, though, seem to be a thing of the past. [American Lawyer]

    * The K&L Gates Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, a clinic that’s perhaps better known as the firm’s revenge porn project, is assisting a California law student whose nude pictures and videos were allegedly put online by an ex. [DealBook / New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Jan 30, 2015 at 9:08 AM
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    Technology, Uncategorized

    Today’s Tech: How An Adjunct Professor Teaches Law Students Trial Technology

    This law professor is teaching her students how to use trial technology, and it may be helping them to land jobs.

    1 Comment / / Jan 15, 2015 at 11:06 AM
  • Got debt?

    Student Loans

    This Law School Wants To Stop Students From Drowning In Debt

    Will more law schools adopt initiatives like this one?

    11 Comments / / Dec 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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    Animal Law, Bankruptcy, Football, Free Speech, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.10.13

    * Remember the chimps seeking habeas? Well, bad news: they’re staying in custody, per an order from Judge Ralph A. Boniello III. Now their freedom is up to the Army of the 12 Monkeys. [Wired]

    * Elizabeth Coker has announced she is seeking the office of Polk County Criminal District Attorney. While some may disagree, I think this is a great idea. She’s been directing the litigation strategies of prosecutors for some time now. So why does a judge drummed out of office for texting prosecutors think she should go back into public service? Prayer. Of course. [Polk County Today]

    * Judge Steven Rhodes is overseeing the Detroit bankruptcy. He’s not taking any guff off anyone, including an investment banker who pledged that it was “very important” that his firm help the city, prompting Judge Rhodes to point out, “What’s very important to you is to make money.” He’s also a badass rhythm guitarist. [Associated Press via Yahoo!]

    * A Colorado judge has declared that a discriminating baker can no longer prevent gay couples from buying wedding cakes. It’s unclear if he’s ordering the baker to stock those stupid plastic cake toppers in groom & groom format. [Consumerist]

    * Proofreading law school exams. This article is aimed at law students, but maybe it should be directed toward a certain St. John’s professor… [Law School Toolbox]

    * George Zimmerman’s girlfriend wants him out of jail. She originally told police that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun in her face. That’s Princess Bride-level true love s**t right there. [Slate]

    * Michigan State celebrated putting Ohio State in its place by setting “at least 57 fires.” Can someone holding a sign encouraging people to “Burn the Couch” be held liable? A better question is whether West Virginia can sue Michigan State for stealing their hillbilly intellectual property? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Sadly, Akerman partner Richard Sharpstein was found dead in his home today. He was 63. [Daily Business Review]

    * A few tipsters sent this one in. They claim it’s a law student acting like a jerk trying to buy cigarettes in a drug store. The sound is spotty, so none of us could figure out exactly what was going on, but it’s worth it for the guy who yells: “Yeah, tell him! Tell him when you were born!” Video after the jump….

    5 Comments / / Dec 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • Michigan RF

    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Harder Michigan Bar Is Here To Stay

    Is the Michigan bar exam too hard, or are students in Michigan too dumb?

    50 Comments / / Dec 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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    Death Penalty, Defamation, Fashion, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Real Estate, State Judges, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.25.13

    * At MSU Law, a couple of law professors are getting serious about figuring out how to leverage technology in the profession. They envision making legal hiring into “Moneyball” with MSU Law representing Oakland. So they plan to raise false hopes and ultimately fail too? [Lansing State Journal]

    * A real estate attorney is hosting a boot camp to train slumlords. Yay? [SF Gate]

    * If you never thought electing state judges was a matter of life and death, read this. [Huffington Post]

    * Here’s a fun one: Should be liable for encouraging readers to submit gossip? Our old friend Sarah Jones hopes so. [Forbes]

    * The Steubenville rape case is back in the news after a grand jury has indicted four school officials for covering up the school’s infamous rape. [Jezebel]

    * A couple of former Harvard Law roommates have a fashion startup called ShopRagHouse that allows customers to design their own clothes. They’re seeking some additional funding for their next collection with a Kickstarter campaign now. [Kickstarter]

    * If you’re in New York and interested about legal careers in banking, swing by the Fordham Law amphitheater tonight from 6 to 8 for a free panel discussion featuring representatives from some of the largest banks in the world hosted by the Chinese Business Lawyers Association. [Eventbrite]

    2 Comments / / Nov 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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    Baseball, Sports

    Cooley Law School Stadium: The House That Broken Dreams Built

    The full scoop on the only ballpark we know of named after a law school.

    47 Comments / / Jul 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM
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    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Rankings, U.S. News

    Responding to the New U.S. News Rankings: The Parade of Butthurt Deans Begins Now

    Law school deans are trying to explain away drops in the rankings, but one leading indicator is always on the way up….

    27 Comments / / Mar 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Rankings, U.S. News

    Law School Making Excuses About Its Low Ranking Before U.S. News Is Even Released

    Law school is already making excuses about its U.S. News ranking, many more schools will be offering you this false choice…

    86 Comments / / Mar 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM