Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • Ballot Box

    Election Law, Politics, State Judges

    Judge Loses Election, Vows To Ignore Result

    Electing judges creates a messy system. And it’s messier when one of the judges doesn’t believe in the process.

    18 Comments / / Nov 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM
  • Fat choosing LF

    Fat People, Law Schools

    Are You Too Fat To Get A J.D.?

    A professor at NYU thinks that your weight is an indication of how successful you’ll be in your education.

    81 Comments / / Jun 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM
  • chair LF office chair think chair

    Law Schools, Lawsuit of the Day, Tort Reform

    Geotropic Law Student Sues Law School Over Broken Chair

    Sit, fall, sue: America’s ridiculous tort system is on display.

    54 Comments / / Mar 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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  • Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.11.13

    * DC Comics didn’t take kindly to a garage selling replica Batmobiles without permission. A federal court agreed. But if we outlaw Batmobiles, only outlaws will have Batmobiles! [Comic Book Resources]

    * Mistrial in Philadelphia after the witness lost (part of) his head on the witness stand. [Philly.com]

    * Taser or Lightsaber? I never thought that would be a serious question. [Legal Juice]

    * A quick refresher from that “Law and the Vatican” course you took as a 3L. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A compilation of some bad courtroom (and quasi-courtroom) behavior including our friend from last week, Penelope Soto. [LOL and Smile]

    * The Bratz case is so totally over. The result? A whole lot of nothing — much like the Bratz movie. [The Recorder]

    * Shorter version of this article: Morpheus explaining, “But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see?…The very minds of the [nice legal academics] we are trying to save. But until we do, these [law professors] are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy.” [Inside the Law School Scam]

    * New Mexico is considering a new law against bullying — but does it go too far? Does it? Answer me, you little wuss! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    1 Comment / / Feb 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • NM Flag RF

    Abortion, Politics, Rape

    Lawyer’s Rape Evidence Law Should Probably Be Aborted

    A new abortion proposal in New Mexico was actually a drafting error. The actual proposal is simply stupid, instead of being barbaric…

    27 Comments / / Jan 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM
  • Baby with Rainbow Flag

    Biglaw, Crime, Department of Justice, Election 2012, Election Law, Gay Marriage, Law School Deans, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Violence

    Morning Docket: 09.25.12

    * Will the members of the Supreme Court announce which gay marriage issues they’ll be hearing this term any time soon? With Proppsition 8 appeal and several DOMA appeals on hand, there’s certainly a lot for them to choose from. [CNN]

    * It’s beginning to look a lot like Biglaw, everywhere you go: lawyers are miserable, clients are unhappy, and apparently profits per partner are all to blame. Gee, thanks for those rankings, Am Law, they were really helpful. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Instead of arguing over font size, the Department of Justice argued law yesterday during closing arguments in its attempts to convince a three-judge panel to strike down South Carolina’s voter ID statute. [National Law Journal]

    * Unlike Elizabeth Warren, he’s no “Fauxcahontas”: Kevin Washburn, the dean of the University of New Mexico Law School, has been confirmed by the Senate to oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs. [Washington Post]

    * If you’re going to allegedly slash someone’s face in an attempt to defend your honor, at least do it with class like this Columbia Law grad, and use a broken champagne flute as your weapon of choice. [New York Post]

    5 Comments / / Sep 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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    Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.12

    * New Zealand’s Parliament has passed the first stage of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers were apparently inspired by President Obama’s public support of the issue. [Huffington Post]

    * The trial of a Florida teen accused of impersonating a physician assistant is underway. Among other things, he allegedly dressed in scrubs, used a stethoscope, and performed CPR on a patient. Apparently, just because you’ve seen it on Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you’re allowed to do it in real life. [ABC News]

    * “And to my son, I bequeath my playlist of one-hit wonders and my season pass to Breaking Bad.” Marketwatch tackles the tricky question of who owns your digital music (and e-book) collections after you die. [Marketwatch / WSJ]

    * A New Mexico criminal defense attorney, David “Chip” Venie, was charged yesterday with allegedly shooting a man in the leg at his law office. Oh, and Venie’s wife filmed the whole thing on her cell phone, including the unarmed victim holding out his empty hands. [ABA Journal]

    * Lawyers for the Amish men and women charged with forcibly cutting the beards and hair of their “perceived enemies” say they were motivated by compassion, not hatred. Sometimes you’ve just got to let someone know her haircut’s not doing her any favors. [NY Times]

    * In First Amendment news, the D.C. Circuit court has invalidated an FDA regulation requiring cigarette companies to place warning labels on packages. Is this a victory for free speech, or for big tobacco? [The Atlantic]

    4 Comments / / Aug 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM
  • attorney-in-cuffs

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Divorce Train Wrecks, Legal Ethics, Videos

    Zealous Representation? Attorney’s Misconduct Caught on Candid Camera

    If you took a professional responsibility course in law school, or even studied for the MPRE, then you’re familiar with the the main takeaway on legal ethics for attorneys. It looks like this attorney didn’t get the memo….

    9 Comments / / Mar 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
  • Crime, Prostitution, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Accused of Raping Prostitute Will Put Away His Gavel

    A New Mexico judge who has been accused of raping a prostitute has decided to resign from the bench.

    20 Comments / / Jul 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM