Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • John Roberts Chief Justice John Roberts

    Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Small Law Firms, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.23.14

    * Does Chief Justice Roberts care enough about avoiding the appearance of partisanship that he’ll sink challenges to Obamacare? [Huffington Post]

    * Wow. In 1938, they arrested a woman for wearing pants to court. [LA Times]

    * LSAT takers were down AGAIN. It’s now down more than 40 percent since 2009. Maybe someday soon it really will be a good time to “Apply to Law School Now!” [Excess of Democracy]

    * Don’t go to jail in Alabama. Just a general rule. [Mother Jones]

    * Interesting. LexisNexis is partnering with Microsoft to create a cloud-based system for small law firms. [PR Web]

    * The remains of famed athlete Jim Thorpe will remain in the Pennsylvania town where he was buried, ruled Judge Richard Caputo. His family wanted the remains returned to his birthplace. Even in death this guy is getting jerked around. [Associated Press via ABC News]

    * Speaking of sports, Oklahoma State is suing New Mexico State alleging that its mascot looks “confusingly similar” to OSU’s mascot. There are only so many ways to depict a cowboy. Compare and contrast. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Man Okie State is litigious all of a sudden. Oklahoma State is suing the University of Texas for poaching the former Cowboys Offensive Line coach to be the Longhorns’ Offensive Coordinator. I can see the deposition now. Imagined transcript after the jump…. [ESPN]

    Attorney: And how old are you, describe yourself?
    Other Attorney: Objection, compound.
    Attorney: Go ahead and answer the question.
    Mr. Gundy: I’M A MAN! I’M 40!

    29 Comments / / Oct 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Texas LF

  • 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
  • Godzilla

    Death Penalty, Education / Schools, Election Law, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.23.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will not be publishing on Monday, May 26, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

    * Who cleans up after Godzilla rolls into town? I figure it’s Damage Control. [The Legal Geeks]

    * So we all know University of Texas Law admits politically-connected students with bad grades and scores. But did you know they let in someone with a 128 on the LSAT? ONE. TWENTY. EIGHT. [Watchdog.org]

    * Do we even need the Supreme Court? Well, that’s one way to get RBG to retire. [Huffington Post]

    * Seriously, the Boston Public School system is eliminating its history department. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Yesterday I talked about a devastating takedown of the latest National Review article contending that sexual assault is no big deal. Perhaps I crowned a champion too soon, because this is an even better whipping of that article. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Wait, ID laws ultimately suppress voter turnout? What a surprise! [Election Law Blog]

    * The last word in the death penalty debate after the jump… [The Onion]

    4 Comments / / May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM
  • Wang Dong

    Copyright, Department of Justice, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.14

    * The best part of the DOJ’s charges against the Chinese hackers is definitely the fact that we now have a “Wanted” poster for “Wang Dong.” Third graders of the world, go ahead and snicker. [What About Clients]

    * This is a literal way of sticking it to the banks — man arrested for attempting to have sex with an ATM machine. He was charged with public intoxication. And solicitation… goddamned $3.00 out of network charge. [The Smoking Gun]

    * A new NFL lawsuit alleges that the NFL illegally used painkillers to cover up injuries. This story is brought to you by the letters D, U, and H. [Sports Illustrated]

    * In an interview, the admissions dean of the University of Texas says the school “extend[s] opportunities to students who aren’t 100% perfect on paper.” No kidding. [Tipping the Scales]

    * Australian lawyers are trying to argue that their cease and desist letters are copyrighted and cannot be republished. Professor Volokh explains why that’s not a viable argument in the United States. We. Totally. Concur. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A transwoman was denied a requested name change. The judge? The former counsel to Liberty University. Of course. [GayRVA]

    * Twitter icon Judge Dillard cited Wikipedia in a decision. Didn’t Keith Lee just have an article about that? [Court of Appeals of Georgia]

    * More analysis of Gaston Kroub’s look at Biglaw’s Scarlet Letter. [Law and More]

    * The DOJ announced that LSAC will pay $7.73 million and institute systemic reforms over its ADA violations. If only the DOJ could get on top of LSAC’s problems securing your private personal information. [U.S. Department of Justice (press release)]

    4 Comments / / May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • law_school1-e13663075495591-RF

    Bar Exams, Law Schools, LSAT, Politics, Texas

    Top Law School Admitted Dozens Of Unqualified — But Politically Connected — Students

    Law schools have a vested interest in keeping the powerful happy — they bring prestige, donations, and possible jobs for grads. But does any other school have a roster of students like this?

    91 Comments / / May 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM
  • Do not give up

    Law Revue, Law Revue Video Contest, Law Schools

    Law Revue Video Contest 2014: Dishonorable Mentions

    The worst Law Revue submissions for 2014.

    25 Comments / / Apr 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM
  • The Decision USE

    Law Schools, Rankings, Reader Polls

    The Decision: Jersey Boys And The Book Of Mormon

    Where should these two aspiring law students matriculate?

    49 Comments / / Apr 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM
  • CCI00007r3-RF

    Drugs, Football, Sports, Texas

    Joe Jamail And Texas Football

    Combative Joe Jamail and his role in Mack Brown’s inevitable firing.

    1 Comment / / Dec 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM
  • Andy_Warhol_by_Jack_Mitchell-RF

    Art, Movies

    Andy Warhol Gives Everyone Their 15 Minutes In Court

    Two lawsuits over Andy Warhol works manage to sum up the artist’s legacy perfectly: glittering, drama-fueled celebrity and making way too much money out of the utterly mundane.

    2 Comments / / Dec 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM