Recent Headlines from Above the Law
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* Yeah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was cool even before she became the Notorious RBG. [Fusion]
* Can you improve your courtroom performance by vibrating? I promise it isn’t a dirty as it sounds. [Katz Justice]
* Authorities are scrutinizing advertisements in building their case against Volkswagen in the emissions cheating scandal. [Star Tribune]
* One way to follow up from a Supreme Court argument years in the making is to open a new office the very next day. Congrats to Edelson P.C. (you remember these guys, don’t ya?) on taking on way too much in a very short amount of time. [The Recorder]
* Northwestern Law has a debate series on prosecutorial overreach beginning next Tuesday. Check it out if you’re in the area. [Northwestern Law School]
Northwestern’s new sugar daddy.
* Any day Cadwalader can avoid damages in a huge, multimillion-dollar malpractice case is a great day. Yesterday, the New York Court of Appeals dismissed a never-ending suit filed against the firm by a former client over a failed commercial mortgage-backed securitization. Phew! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Say hello to Northwestern Pritzker Law: In case you missed it, Northwestern Law recently received a $100 million donation, the largest single gift ever made to a law school. For that much money, you’re damn right the school has a new name. [Chicago Tribune]
* This must’ve been a huge blow to his ego… U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had to dismiss insider trading charges against seven defendants thanks to a Second Circuit decision that made it harder to prosecute certain financial crimes. [DealBook / New York Times]
* Charleston Law fired back against professors who sued the school by saying in its answer it wouldn’t be in such dire straits if they hadn’t “sabotaged the transfer of the school to InfiLaw.” Take that back, they did a good deed. [Charleston Regional Business Journal]
* “Sorry, not sorry, narcs,” says Judge Breyer. Earlier this week, a California judge informed the DEA that it needed to stop harshing medical marijuana patients’ mellows by shutting down medical pot dispensaries that were operating within state laws. [TIME]
* John Stamos of Full House fame was formally charged with driving under the influence earlier this week following his arrest for erratic driving this summer. He faces up to six months in jail if convicted. We have faith that his beautiful hair will survive time in the slammer. [USA Today]
* While the vast majority of the law school lawsuits containing allegations related to deceptive employment statistics have been dismissed, a few are still alive and kicking. The very first one filed — Alaburda v. Thomas Jefferson School of Law — is heading to trial in 2016. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Trick or treat? Per federal prosecutors, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will plead guilty before Halloween as part of a deal in his ongoing sexual misconduct hush-money case, but whether he’ll serve time is a question that’s yet to be answered. [Reuters]
* Headcount at real estate firms with once-prominent foreclosure practices continues to shrink thanks to the recession’s end. To that effect, two Chicago firms have eliminated hundreds of positions for legal professionals since 2013. [Chicago Business Journal]
* Thanks to a new online system, Northwestern Law will be able to interview prospective students any time, anywhere. The school is the first in the country to offer awkward casting couch sessions as part of its admissions process. [Northwestern University News]
Northwestern’s accelerated J.D. program quickly turns into history.
Law professors are desperate to justify value of law school.
* A look back at the impact Justice Scalia’s signature snarky style has had on the high court. [Jost on Justice]
* Decry “big government” all you want, but this is a great use of its power: one Wal-Mart declared a public nuisance. [Law and More]
* A horse! A horse! My law license for a horse! One attorney faces sanctions for his love of racing horses. [Legal Profession Blog]
* The NLRB might have dashed Northwestern’s football players’ unionization hopes, but they still won a lot of concessions. [Fox Sports]
* More than 50 days after the landmark Obergefell case, there are still pockets of the country where same-sex couples can’t get married. [BuzzFeed]
* What can the RNC offer Donald Trump to GTFO of the Republican primary? [Funny or Die]
When reading this book, lawyers that are tired of their soul-sucking firm jobs will be able to fondly reminisce about the days of yore when they were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 1Ls.