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  • Greensboro sit-in_lunch_counter

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.01.16

    * Fifty-six years ago today, a group of African-American students sat down at the whites only section of a lunch counter. Can you even imagine the BS talking heads and think pieces would spew if that event happened today? [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * University of New Mexico Law School is ranked number 1… for public defenders and prosecutors. [Daily Lobo]

    * Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick is going after T-Mobile “Binge On” service, which allows users to watch streaming content from approved providers without using their data plan, saying it violates net neutrality. [Tech Times]

    * Oyez, oyez! Anyone got a million-plus to buy a multimedia history of the Supreme Court? [Wall Street Journal]

    * All the Iowa caucus coverage making you excited? You’d probably enjoy Wonkette’s Game Of US America Elections: The Game. [Wonkette]

    * Utah State Senator Todd Weiler wants to do something — anything, really, — to stop the terrible moral decline caused by PORN. [Popehat]

    * Lawyers are stuck in a rat race, and it could kill you. [Law and More]

    * Get updated on the best in the legal tech world, before the Legaltech conference. [CodeX]

    * If you’re going to be in San Diego for the ABA Midyear Meeting, come out Friday to “Blawgs and Listservs: Legal Publications in the Digital Age” to see Craft Beer Attorney Candace Moon, bankruptcy and fraud litigator Kathy B. Phelps, and our own Joe Patrice discuss the state of legal publishing and social media, with moderator Jordan Maglich of Ponzitracker. [American Bar Association]

    26 Comments / / Feb 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM
  • Preston Brooks caning Charles Sumner on the Senate floor in 1856

    Politics

    The (Mostly Liberal) Political Ideologies Of American Lawyers, Law Schools, And Firms

    Some findings from the most extensive analysis of the politics of U.S. lawyers ever conducted

    17 Comments / / Sep 1, 2015 at 3:09 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.31.15

    * Ugh, you throw one stinkin’ party that infringes on the Pokemon copyright and the lawyers shut you down. Buzzkills. [Vice]

    * You know what Ryan Phillippe loves to do? Run around without his shirt on and talk about how his Stanford Law girlfriend is awesome. Dontcha love it when a piece of man meat has respect for the T-14? [Daily Mail]

    * Are you gambling in Vegas attending the ILTA conference today? Come Hear Legal Bytes play favorites of the legal industry like Old Technology Blues and Lawyers Love Lexis. [Business of Law Blog]

    * Just in time for OCI season — what should you do if your Biglaw dreams go pop? [Underdawg Law]

    * You’re not alone feeling the Biglaw burnout after a few years, but maybe technology can help? [Bloomberg BNA]

    * Greeeeeaaaat… Now employers can deny employees birth control for non-religious reasons. [Think Progress]

    * Opening lines to opinions can really set the tone. Take a look at this forceful start from an old Ninth Circuit decision. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Podcast with the curmudgeon of the legal profession, Mark Herrmann. [Hsu Untied]

    40 Comments / / Aug 31, 2015 at 5:14 PM
  • Cuddihy-Urbina

    Harvard, Harvard Law Review, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Indian Summer

    Columnist Laurie Lin sizes up the latest featured couples: no tackiness here, just limitless love and legal prestige.

    / Aug 25, 2015 at 2:29 PM
  • US-Flag-Grouping

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.15

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule today and we’re off on Friday, July 3, in observance of whipping those English wankers a couple centuries ago.

    * After the German robot ran amok and killed a worker in a VW plant, prosecutors are struggling to figure out whom to charge in this violation of Asimov’s First Law. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky thinks Ted Cruz is right about the Supreme Court. [The New Republic]

    * In the wake of Obergefell, Bloomberg chats with Margaret H. Marshall, the former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, who wrote the opinion making that state the first to legalize same-sex marriage. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * California February bar exam results. A couple of schools got a 100 percent passage rate. Stanford was not one of them. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Love wins. The Chamber of Commerce wins more. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * A not-entirely-partisan argument that Justice Scalia should retire. He may be slipping into William O. Douglas circa 1975 territory. [Dorf on Law]

    * Did you know that David Lat was supposed to play Quentin Tarantino’s role in Pulp Fiction? I didn’t either until I saw this video (at 0:48). [ClickHole]

    47 Comments / / Jul 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM
  • John,_Magna_Carta

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.09.15

    * It’s the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta. Have you ever read it? Because it includes some stereotypically troubling thoughts on Jews. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * The lawyer from the Lady Chatterley’s Lover obscenity trial is 100 years old. So… take that, “clean living.” [Daily Mail]

    * Tennessee Law Review hosted a Third Amendment Symposium. Professor Reynolds waxes philosophic on whether the Third Amendment might limit government intrusiveness into domestic affairs in areas as diverse as computer spyware, “affirmative consent” laws, and childrearing. Sounds like one of them pinko commie “non-Originalist” readings to me. [Instapundit]

    * In a sign of the times, there’s a new information service providing analysis of critical legal issues related to cybersecurity, data protection, and data privacy challenges. But since most lawyers still think “banning personal email” is the height of cybersecurity, it may be a bit advanced for you. [The Cybersecurity Law Report]

    * Davis Polk associate Elyssa Friedland has a new book titled Love and Miss Communication (affiliate link) about a Biglaw associate fired for sending too many personal emails at work. As we just wrote before, that won’t be a problem at a lot of firms anymore. [Amazon]

    * We talked about lawyers meditating, so now let’s talk about lawyers and taijiquan. [Katz Justice]

    * Kudos to Lucosky Brookman LLP for raising over $155,000 for Save a Child’s Heart with its Second Annual Charity Golf Outing. [Lucosky Brookman LLP]

    * Richard Hsu chats with Mark Lemley, Stanford Law professor and founder of Lex Machina, about playing video games. Something we understand here at ATL. [Hsu Untied]

    8 Comments / / Jun 9, 2015 at 5:31 PM
  • atl-lsr-2015-feat

    Law Schools, Rankings

    ATL Law School Rankings: Top Schools By Category

    The top performing schools in the some of the various categories that make up the ATL Law School Rankings.

    18 Comments / / Jun 2, 2015 at 4:16 PM
  • Computer science

    Conferences / Symposia, Technology

    alt.legal: Stanford’s FutureLaw 2015 – Literally With Robots (And RoboCops)

    Technological change is coming to the legal profession, and those that embrace it (and understand it) will prosper.

    1 Comment / / May 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM
  • Green California Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.26.15

    * If you thought Squire Patton Boggs would be able to meet its projection of $1 billion in combined revenue after its merger, you’d be wrong. If you thought the firm would be able to meet its projection of having more than 1,500 lawyers after its merger, you’d also be wrong. [National Law Journal]

    * Use this slideshow to compare how California law schools are doing in terms of job placement. Stanford was on top, and Golden Gate was dead last. Bonus: If you strip out school-funded jobs, the numbers look even worse. [Sacramento Business Journal]

    * Uh… oops? Keila Ravelo, the ex-Willkie Farr partner who was accused of stealing millions of dollars from two of her former firms, is now at the center of questions over settlements in credit-card cases she worked on. [New York Law Journal via ABA Journal]

    * “Please help us heal.” David Messerschmitt’s widow is begging for information about the DLA Piper associate’s death. The case is being actively investigated, and police believe the person of interest who was seen on surveillance footage is a woman. [Legal Times]

    * In case you missed it yesterday, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The first charge could result in up to five years in jail, while the second could result in a life sentence. Yikes! [WSJ Law Blog]

    29 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Good Bad Credit Shows Financial Record

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings, Student Loans

    The Most And Least ‘Creditworthy’ Law Schools

    What if law schools were assigned “credit ratings” like the ones that are given to corporations?

    9 Comments / / Mar 3, 2015 at 6:02 PM