Recent Headlines from Above the Law
* Remember Kent and Jill Easter, the married lawyers who planted bags of weed and pills in the car of Kelli Peters, a PTA volunteer at their son’s school? Kent’s law license was suspended, Jill was disbarred, they’re now divorced, and to top it all off, a jury recently awarded Peters $5.7M in her case against them. [Orange County Register]
* The horror! The horror! Not only did Marco Rubio get his ass handed to him during this weekend’s Republican debate, but it turns out he’s accused of having been a law firm lobbyist for Florida firms Becker & Poliakoff and Broad and Cassel. [BuzzFeed News]
* A proposed ABA resolution that local bar groups think has to do with non-lawyer ownership of law firms — they’re not entirely sure, of course — is making the hair stand up on the back of attorneys’ necks. What could possibly go wrong? [WSJ Law Blog]
* Career alternatives for attorneys law school deans: David Yellen, dean of Loyola Law – Chicago for more than a decade (and former ATL columnist), will be leaving the law school game to assume the presidency at Marist College. [Poughkeepsie Journal]
* Applications may be down at Yale Law School when compared to prior years, but administrators aren’t exactly concerned about it. Come on, get real: It’s Yale, and the law school “still [has] more qualified applicants than [it] can accept.” [Yale Daily News]
* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal profession celebrated the New Year by shedding 1,400 jobs. Don’t worry, 2016 graduates, there’s still a chance the job market could improve, but we’ll have to wait it out. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Miriam Cedarbaum, longtime federal judge of the S.D.N.Y., RIP. [New York Times]
A story about a law professor that does not know best.
Ever wonder how Bill and Hillary found each other?
* What is Amal Clooney’s billing rate? Normal people may be shocked by it, but it seems well in line with Biglaw. [The Sun]
* Looks like Stanford Law student Paulina Slagter has “nabbed her man” — God, what a terrible phrase. Anyway, she reportedly got engaged to Ryan Phillippe over Christmas. [ET Online]
* Hope is in short supply in the legal profession. [Law and More]
* Which films were included as selections to be included in the National Film Registry? [Lawyers, Guns and Money]
If you freaked out over a viral video showing students eager to abolish the First Amendment, you’re probably a bigger threat to American democracy than those kids.
Judge Posner’s views on gays and gay marriage have evolved greatly since he was 13 years old — and so have the American people’s.
By openly and directly confronting their diversity challenges, the Journal hopes to spark the difficult reflection and dialogue necessary for meaningful and lasting change.
* Hey there 3Ls — need a handy excuse for why you didn’t do the assigned reading? Here’s some help. [Law Prof Blawg]
* One law review’s attempt to address diversity among its ranks. [Yale Law Journal]
* One Missouri Law School professor supports the protesting students, but with caveats. [Truth on the Market]
* Most lawyers DO have fulfilling careers — well, as long as you live in Texas. Hardly seems worth it. [TaxProf Blog]
* On the eve of yet another GOP
shitshowprimary debate, a question for the ages: Is Hillary Clinton to the right, politically, of Richard Nixon? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* From an orphaned child refugee to a diplomat, an inspiring story. [Quartz]