Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • Fire

    Cars, Contracts, Guns / Firearms, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Police

    Morning Docket: 10.24.14

    * Thanks to this Government Accountability Office ruling, the company that cleared NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis may lose a $210M contract. [Legal Times]

    * After being acquitted on insider trading charges, Rengan Rajaratnam agreed to settle the civil suit filed against him for a cool $840K. At least he’s not in jail like his brother. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Those interested in going to law school may want to know that Philadelphia is purportedly home to some of the cheapest law schools in the country — not Penn Law, though, sorry ’bout that. [Main Street]

    * Professors at WUSTL Law held a “teach-in” to discuss the Michael Brown police shooting case. According to them, the likelihood Darren Wilson will be federally charged is “slim to none.” [Student Life]

    * Attack of the aggrieved ex: a man drove a burning pickup truck loaded with explosives into a law firm, destroying much of the building. He had apparently dated one of the firm’s former clients. [Virginian-Pilot]

    19 Comments / / Oct 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM
  • It's like this except with no smiling and everyone secretly resenting each other.

    Contracts, Law Schools, Ridiculousness

    The Worst Study Group Ever

    If law school is “a distilled bunch of the biggest a-holes you knew in college,” then this kid is the Pappy Van Winkle.

    56 Comments / / Sep 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM
  • Congrats, professor!

    Blogging, California, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, State Judges Are Clowns, Supreme Court, Ted Olson

    Morning Docket: 06.03.14

    * “I don’t think the government should be in the credentialing business.” Thanks to the whims of politicians, SCOTUSblog is having trouble getting media credentials to continue its coverage of the Supreme Court’s cases. [New York Times]

    * How you like me now? In Redeeming the Dream (affiliate link), a new book co-authored with David Boies, Ted Olson says he experienced “some blowback” when he announced he was taking on the Prop 8 gay marriage case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Steve Davis and Steve DiCarmine of failed firm fame think it’s “unfair” they have to defend themselves in a criminal case and an SEC case at the same time. They want the SEC case to be halted. Dewey think the judge will say yes? [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Back in 2011, Pillsbury decided to ship its back-office operations to Nashville, and now it’s hiring a small contingent of lawyers to work there. FYI, an Ivy League degree may not be necessary. [Washington Post]

    * Only in Florida would a judge allegedly challenge a public defender to a fight out back during a hearing and start throwing punches. We’ll definitely have more on this fiasco later today. [WFTV Eyewitness News]

    * Peter Mutharika, a former law professor who taught at Washington University in St. Louis Law for about 40 years, is now the new president of Malawi, where it’s illegal to fart. Congrats! [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    2 Comments / / Jun 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM
  • thumbs down

    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Law Professor Doesn’t Want Her ‘Ghetto’ Award

    Teacher of the year awards an ‘F’ to fellow faculty.

    90 Comments / / May 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM
  • Law Revue 2014

    Contests, Law Revue, Law Revue Video Contest, Law Schools, Music, Videos, YouTube

    Law Revue Video Contest 2014: Honorable Mentions

    Although they didn’t make the finals, these videos were worth watching.

    13 Comments / / Apr 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • budweiser-cans

    Drinking, Holidays and Seasons, Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Halloween-over: Law School Bans Alcohol In Building Named After Beer

    According to a tipster: “The front entrance to the law school was a minefield of vomit puddles.”

    29 Comments / / Oct 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM
  • 200px-Page_Artwork-Trevor-GTAV-RF

    Crime, Guns / Firearms, Violence

    Lawyer Charged With Bank Robbery, Shooting Cop

    That’s one way to deal with the down market.

    14 Comments / / Sep 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
  • Lady Gaga

    Bar Exams, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Education / Schools, Labor / Employment, Law School Deans, Law Schools, LLMs, Money, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 09.16.13

    * You skip over the footnotes when you’re reading for class, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t think you should. She’s a proponent of the most important footnote in all of constitutional law. [New Yorker]

    * New York will modify its pro bono requirement for LL.M. students to allow public service completed outside the country. Well, so much for closing the state’s justice gap. [New York Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the government-initiated trademark infringement actions over “Don’t Mess With Texas.” Like “I <3 NY,” the Lone Star State’s slogans are off limits. [New York Times]

    * WUSTL Law Dean Kent Syverud didn’t mind advocating for halving professors’ salaries. He just stepped down to become Syracuse University’s president — for much higher pay. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * You can sue Lady Gaga for overtime pay all you want, but you do not want to face her wrath. The pop star is due in court in early November where she’ll tell a judge “exactly what f**king happened.” [Daily Mail]

    2 Comments / / Sep 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • girls gone wild

    Biglaw, Cars, Cellphones, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Crime, Drugs, Husch Blackwell, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Racism, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Morning Docket: 08.28.13

    * After three years on top, Baker & McKenzie has lost its place as the top grossing firm in the Global 100. But which firm dethroned the once king? None other than… [Am Law Daily]

    * Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, and yet some of the things he sought to change still remain the same in 2013. [Washington Post]

    * The house always wins: Navin Kumar Aggarwal, the ex-K&L Gates partner who stole client funds to pay gambling debts, was jailed after receiving a 12-year sentence. [Am Law Daily]

    * “This is like a triple-overtime win.” Merrill Lynch is making a huge $160 million payout in a racial bias case that’s been stuck in the courts for nearly a decade. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * As eager young law students return to school, maybe it’s time for you to consider brushing up on the basics. Now is an excellent time to take care of those pesky CLE requirements. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Husch Blackwell is teaming up with WUSTL Law to launch a training program for… partners. Take this for what is is, law students: a great opportunity to résumé bomb the hell out of them. [National Law Journal]

    * Career alternatives for attorneys: judicial drug mule. Following an investigation by the DEA, a former Utah judge pleaded guilty to the possession of enough Oxycodone to kill a small horse. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Don’t even think about texting anyone, ever again, in the state of New Jersey, especially if they might be driving, because the appeals court says you could be held liable for negligence. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild has been sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation after being convicted of assault and false imprisonment by a jury of “stupid, stupid idiots.” [Los Angeles Times]

    19 Comments / / Aug 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • 325 West 52nd Street 1

    Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Media and Journalism, Money, New Yorker, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates

    Lawyerly Lairs: Sixth-Year Associate Snags Seven-Figure Pad

    How many sixth-year associates can afford $2 million apartments?

    19 Comments / / Aug 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM