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  • 'Damn this tax scam!' says the tax law prof.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.16.15

    * At least a dozen professors from UT Law have had their identities stolen, and they only found out about it after their tax returns were rejected. As it turns out, the data thief had already filed their returns for them. Law profs’ tax refund checks must be tasty. [American-Statesman]

    * If you’ve been wondering what kind of salary it’d take to woo away the dean of one of the top law schools in the nation to become your university’s president, wonder no more. The answer is $660K per year. Way to go, Dean Schill! Play on, playa. [Register-Guard]

    * If you thought the list of the legal profession’s luminaries was looking like a giant sausage party, then you should check out this new ranking of the “most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.” [National Law Journal]

    * Biglaw, bigger egos? Law firm managing partners aren’t feeling as confident as they once were about economic and legal industry growth, but they’re totally jazzed about their own firms’ potential for revenue growth and the demand for their services. [Am Law Daily]

    * Another law school makes big changes thanks to legal academia’s rocky road: Loyola Law in L.A. is planning a 25% enrollment cut and is taking $20 million from its university’s endowment to entice students to attend with fat scholarships. [Los Angeles Loyolan]

    27 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Dean Michael Schill

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.15.15

    * Sorry, Chicago Law, but it looks like you’re going to lose your dean. Michael Schill, the school’s departing dean, will leave to assume the presidency at the University of Oregon. It’s an upgrade for UO, and a potential downgrade for UChiLaw. Yikes… [Willamette Week]

    * FYI, D.C. Circuit litigants, you really need to “avoid using acronyms that are not widely known.” This is your second warning, your colleagues have already been benchslapped for this behavior, and the clerk’s office literally can’t even anymore. [National Law Journal]

    * After six months spent completing a domestic violence program, the battery charge against Judge Mark Fuller has been dropped and expunged from his record. Whether he’ll be allowed to keep his job on the federal bench is another story entirely. [Reuters]

    * Your law school application is a great place to explain why your undergraduate GPA is so damn low, because at this point in the process, the law school of your choice may be happy that you actually have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Theo Shaw, a member of the “Jena Six” who had to spend 7 months in jail because he couldn’t afford bail for his alleged participation in a gang-beating, is going to law school on a full ride. He’s “profoundly grateful” to Washington Law. Congrats! [Business Insider]

    20 Comments / / Apr 15, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Someone actually tried to arm wrestle this woman.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.23.15

    * Chicago Law grad went up to Alaska and challenged an Iditarod musher to an arm wrestling match. That’s when she broke her arm. This decision should trigger an automatic two-spot drop in the U.S. News rankings. [Alaska Dispatch News]

    * An interview with Keith Wetmore, former Chairman of Morrison and Foerster, diving into his childhood growing up in a funeral home. From working with one group of stiffs to another. [Hsu Untied]

    * The Howard Shipley saga has come to an end. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Ruh roh. Biglaw partner earns a hearty benchslap for deliberately misleading the court. You can’t do that — save it for the summer associates asking about having a family. [Legal Business]

    * California lawyer Matt McLaughlin continues his Quixotic drive to have the state execute all the gay people. Now we have a pithy name for his proposed amendment: “The Intolerant Jackass Act.” [Slate]

    * David talks to Bloomberg about why Above the Law hurts people’s feelings. It’s more diplomatic than my answer: because they’re soft. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * A lawyer testifies to the state legislature about how great a right-to-work law will be… for his bankruptcy practice. Troll hard, my friend. [YouTube]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwnwXFhKObI

    14 Comments / / Mar 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Laptop in classic library

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings

    What Are ‘The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools’?

    Check out the top 10 “go-to” law schools. What does it mean to be a “go-to” law school? Find out.

    20 Comments / / Feb 23, 2015 at 1:02 PM
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    Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Theater

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.18.14

    * 7 tips for surviving the first week of law school. Apparently tip #7 is “proofread numbered lists better.” [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Lost in the controversy over Trinity Western Law School and bigotry is the fact that it may not really be a good law school. [The Province]

    * A conservative UChicago Law student explains why The Book of Mormon signals the fall of society. The essay is almost as funny as the show itself. [Red State]

    * A crowdsourcing call for help in getting a “vexatious litigant” order against a particularly troublesome individual. If you’re interested in helping out, check this out. [Popehat]

    * Not only is NYC routinely sued, but the city releases helpful reports containing “a bevy of settlement data.” [LFC360 / Legal Funding Central]

    * Here are the five jobs that can ruin your social life. I wonder if lawyers are on here…. [Yahoo! Education]

    3 Comments / / Aug 18, 2014 at 4:57 PM
  • 309 West 91st Street

    Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Politics, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: A Prominent Chicago Law Grad Sells His $11 Million Townhouse

    You’ll feel pangs of envy when you find out how much he paid for it….

    12 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • Grumpy old judge ruling during a trial in his courtroom

    Defamation, Law Professors, Law Schools, Rape, State Judges

    Law Prof Sez: State Judges Have Contempt For Smart Guys Like Me

    Who Has Two Thumbs And Thinks The Judicial System Is Out To Get Him? This Professor!

    29 Comments / / Jul 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM
  • gender_gap

    Gender, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Women's Issues

    This Law School Pays Male Faculty $44K More Than Female Profs

    Even bastions of self-described enlightenment willingly participate in gender inequality.

    41 Comments / / Jun 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM
  • soccer ball world cup

    American Bar Association / ABA, Law Schools, Sports

    Which World Cup Team Is Your Law School?

    You can understand a lot about the World Cup when you realize every team is basically a law school.

    28 Comments / / Jun 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM
  • law clerk RF

    Clerkships, Rankings, U.S. News

    Which Law Schools Get The Most Clerkships?

    U.S. News releases its findings on the most successful law schools when it comes to placing grads in clerkships.

    8 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM