Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • A Supreme cat fight?

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Education / Schools, Howrey LLP, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.08.14

    * Footnote fight! Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been clashing with quite a few of her fellow Supreme Court jurists lately, aside from Chief Justice John Roberts. She recently inspired the wrath of Justice RBG herself. [New York Times]

    * After months of being poked and prodded for cash, 60 former Howrey equity partners have reached clawback deals with bankruptcy trustee Allan Diamond, and it looks like a few of them agreed to pay pretty hefty sums. [Am Law Daily]

    * Here’s a headline we could’ve told you was coming: “The US lawyer bubble has conclusively popped.” It’s not a terribly good decision to attend now, but if you do, people who can’t pay you need your help. [Quartz]

    * Cutting law school tuition may be a good idea to attract more students, but in the long run, it could hurt the schools, says Moody’s. Aww, let us shed some tears for those poor law schools. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Crim Law prof not guilty of… crime. Stephen Smith of Notre Dame Law was acquitted on a misdemeanor invasion of privacy charge, and the felony battery charge he faced was dismissed. [South Bend Tribune]

    * The University of Arizona will be the first school in the U.S. to offer a bachelor’s degree in law. The degree is being marketed to people who eventually want to have lots of law-related debt. [National Law Journal]

    2 Comments / / May 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • drunk old man

    Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Divorce Train Wrecks, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Melvyn Weiss, Milberg Weiss, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 04.04.13

    * “Beware of conservatives bearing gifts.” While there may be a federalism argument to be made in the DOMA case, it’s really about discrimination. It’s too bad some are afraid to stand up and say that. [Opinionator / New York Times]

    * Sooo… was Melvyn Weiss, founder of Milberg LLP, really old, really drunk, or really old and drunk when he allegedly recited part of the alphabet as, “H, I, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, S, X, U, V, W, S, I, C”? [Am Law Daily]

    * “Can’t fire me, I quit” moments are much better when they involve partners. Ogletree’s ex-VP was asked to leave over a dispute with another lawyer, so he resigned. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The U. of Arizona is thinking about lowering tuition by 11% for in-state students and 8% for out-of-state students. On behalf of your indebted students, MOAR doing and less thinking. [Arizona Republic]

    * The only thing that’s worse than allegations of insider trading is having your ex-wife’s post-divorce suit reinstated. This is really the last thing Steve Cohen needs right now. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie banned minors from using tanning beds without parental consent. Fare thee well, GTL. Young Jersey Shore wannabes must be weeping. [Clarion Ledger]

    1 Comment / / Apr 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • Crime, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Politics, UVA Law, Violence

    Federal Judge John Roll Among Victims in Arizona Congresswoman Shooting

    We’re not going to weigh in on all the rampant speculation about what gave rise to the shooting today in Arizona involving Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona). But we did want to inform you that news outlets are now reporting that federal judge John Roll was one of the victims in the shooting in Tucson. UPDATE: […]

    214 Comments / / Jan 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM
  • Crime, Hotties, Kumari Fulbright, Law Schools, Prisons, Sentencing Law

    The Sentencing of Miss Kumari Fulbright

    When we last discussed Kumari Fulbright, the Arizona beauty queen and law student turned felon, we mentioned that she was going to be sentenced in early 2011 for her role in the kidnapping and torture of her ex-boyfriend. Well, it looks like Christmas came early for Kumari — her sentencing hearing took place yesterday. Fulbright […]

    19 Comments / / Dec 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM
  • Crime, Kumari Fulbright, Trials

    Beauty Queen Kumari Fulbright’s Star Turn — On the Witness Stand

    About once every two months, someone sends us an email asking, “Whatever happened to Kumari Fulbright?” Well, now we have an update. In case you don’t recall, Kumari Fulbright was a Texas high school cheerleader, Arizona beauty queen, and second-year law student at the University of Arizona — until she was accused of participating in […]

    / Nov 11, 2010 at 5:30 PM
  • Crime, Law Schools, Rudeness

    Bathroom Etiquette for Lawyers

    Welcome to Above the Law’s remedial skills class for current and aspiring attorneys. Here, we will trying to help people who were so busy studying in law school or servicing clients that they missed some crucial life lessons along the way. Today we’ve got a special lesson for all of you who were raised in […]

    83 Comments / / Oct 7, 2010 at 1:46 PM
  • Immigration, Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Update on Ted Vogt and the Immigration Law Controversy at the University of Arizona

    Arizona’s harsh new immigration laws are causing debate across the country. Apparently, having to show your papers for being brown might not conform with federal law. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is considering getting involved, threatening to file a federal lawsuit against the state, according to the Washington Post, based on the “doctrine of ‘preemption’ […]

    124 Comments / / Apr 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM
  • Law Schools, listserv

    Immigration Debate Causes University of Arizona Law Students to Turn on Fellow 3L Ted Vogt

    It’s a heart-warming story turned cold. Earlier this year, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 3L Ted Vogt was appointed to the State House of Representatives, after the previous seatholder was promoted to the Senate. Vogt, who went to Yale for undergrad, wasn’t necessarily a typical law student — age 37, he […]

    162 Comments / / Apr 26, 2010 at 3:08 PM