SCOTUS

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    Bar Exams, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, John Roberts, Law Firm Mergers, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.06.14

    * The Supreme Court’s new term kicks off today, and lawyers are pumped — especially since “the Roberts court [may] be to the rights of gays and lesbians what the Warren court was to the rights of African Americans.” [New York Times]

    * But come on, the Supreme Court hasn’t even decided to take up a same-sex marriage case for October Term 2014, you say. Not to worry, because “[h]owever slow the term is starting, it could obviously explode.” [USA Today]

    * This year’s law firm merger pace is slightly more robust than last year’s record-breaking rate. Lawyers should probably get ready for some real merger mania before the new year comes. [Am Law Daily]

    * The legal services sector just lost the largest number of jobs in a one-month period in almost five years. Our condolences to recent law school graduates who are still searching for employment. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * On the other side of the spectrum, this recent law school graduate has it made. This former bank robber turned D.C. Circuit clerk just found out he’ll be allowed to take the bar exam. Yay! [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Oct 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM
  • Carmelo Anthony

    Election Law, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.03.14

    * Apparently, heckling Carmelo Anthony can cost you your job. [Dealbreaker]

    * There’s nothing the Supreme Court can do to stop cops who want to take a long time to release you from a stop, even if the Court wants to. [Simple Justice]

    * I think we should just ask John Roberts to tell every state precisely how they are allowed to discriminate against black voters and be done with it. Just tell us the rules so we can start the GOTV campaigns. [Election Law Blog]

    * Former Manhattan Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa gets a year in jail for purchasing a sham marriage to gain citizenship. The “for citizenship” part is what got her, because lots of politicians are in sham marriages. [Journal News]

    * Judge Frank Easterbrook thinks that the new proposed length limit for appellate briefs is too short. Verbose litigators everywhere, rejoice. [How Appealing]

    * I thought “spoofing” was bad for the market, but Matt Levine says cracking down on spoofing “helps” high-frequency traders, who I also think are bad for the market. You know why I’m not an SEC lawyer? Prosecuting people based on them being “bad” becomes untenable when everybody involved is rich. [Bloomberg View]

    24 Comments / / Oct 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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    Mergers and Acquisitions, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law

    Upcoming Supreme Court Securities Cases

    As the Supreme Court begins its 2014-15 term this month, it will be considering a number of securities cases, including the Omnicare case, which is scheduled for oral argument on November 3rd, and three other cases in which petitions for certiorari are currently pending before the Court. As discussed below, these cases raise significant questions concerning the standards for claims under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933, prosecution of insider trading, and the scope of disgorgement penalties in an SEC enforcement action. We also discuss IndyMac, another securities case that had been scheduled to be heard as the first case of the new term on October 6th, but was abruptly dismissed by the Court earlier this week.

    / Oct 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM
  • FYI Jami and Therese: On Wednesdays, we wear pink!

    5th Circuit, Abortion, Biglaw, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 10.03.14

    * SCOTUS justices added 11 cases to this term’s docket yesterday following their megaconference earlier this week. Alas, no same-sex marriage cases have been added yet. [New York Times]

    * The Fifth Circuit allowed Texas to enforce its new abortion clinic restrictions. The only thing that will stop its “devastating impact on abortion access” is SCOTUS intervention. [MSNBC]

    * Two more women just joined the ranks of the highest tier of Biglaw firm leadership. Congrats to Jami Wintz McKeon of Morgan Lewis and Therese Pritchard of Bryan Cave. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Gibson Dunn poached a prominent partner from U.K. firm Ashurst following his fall from grace as its leader last year. He’s thrilled to work for “one of the strongest U.S. firms around.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The Thomas Jefferson School of Law may be “California’s worst-performing law school,” but it certainly performs well in terms of providing entertainment for those who are big fans of schadenfreude. [City Journal]

    * Many schools pay their grads to count them as employed — but not UNC Law. Its career services office is aware that “jobs don’t grow on trees,” but hey, at least they’re trying to be transparent. [Daily Tar Heel]

    4 Comments / / Oct 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM
  • Lisa Blatt and Tom Goldstein

    Advertising, Events, SCOTUS, Shameless Plugs, Supreme Court, Thomas Goldstein

    Join Above The Law For A SCOTUS Event In D.C.

    If you’d like to hear two veteran Supreme Court advocates discuss the upcoming SCOTUS Term, we’ve got a great event for you.

    / Oct 2, 2014 at 4:33 PM
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    Quote of the Day, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    I Still Trust Him More Than Alito

    A frighteningly cruel and capricious future Supreme Court justice.

    12 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Books, Boutique Law Firms, Crime, Department of Justice, Immigration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.02.14

    * Justice Scalia spoke at CU-Boulder last night. For his sake, we certainly hope he didn’t speak about any issues that might someday appear before SCOTUS, lest he be asked to recuse. [Boulder Daily Camera via How Appealing]

    * Another one bites the dust over at Main Justice: David O’Neil, the head of the criminal division, is stepping down in the wake of the BNP Paribas case, and will likely have many white-shoe law firm suitors. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Fox Rothschild picked up a 18-lawyer boutique firm in Texas, which will serve as the home of its first outpost in the Lone Star State. Energy law, surprisingly, wasn’t the driving factor. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “I have a heart and I have two kids.” That’s a pretty damn good reason for Biglaw attorneys to take a break from their corporate billable hours to represent undocumented children pro bono. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Scott Greenfield reviews Lat’s forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). Of course, in SHG style, it contains a spoiler. Try to skip that clearly marked paragraph. [Simple Justice]

    4 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • Voting rights

    Election Law, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Why Do Conservative Justices Hate Voters?

    Restricting voting rights is the wrong side of history

    149 Comments / / Sep 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM
  • SCOTUS broke this con law nerd's heart.

  • Amanda Bynes

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Celebrities, Drugs, DUI / DWI, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.30.14

    * “[T]he ‘superstar’ model of Supreme Court advocacy marketing is prevailing”: recent Supreme Court litigation has been dominated by Biglaw and boutiques, and five of them handled about half of last term’s cases. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It’s not a “done deal” yet, but Albany Law School is in serious talks with the University at Albany to form an affiliation by the end of the year. There’s been no word on whether Albany Law would remain a stand-alone school under the yet-to-be inked arrangement. [Albany Business Review]

    * The dismissal of lawsuits concerning allegedly deceptive employment statistics at several Chicago-area law schools was affirmed by an Illinois appeals court. ::insert sad trombone here:: [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re still thinking about applying to law school for some reason, you might find these tips on what not to write in a personal statement to be useful. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Amanda Bynes, one of our favorite fading starlets who was already on probation, was arrested this weekend on a DUI charge after stopping her car in the middle of an intersection. [Los Angeles Times]

    2 Comments / / Sep 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Supreme Court justices RF SCOTUS group portrait

    Biglaw, Laurence Tribe, Pro Bono, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Professor Laurence Tribe Calls Out Biglaw Pro Bono And Shares His Take On The Roberts Court

    Professor Tribe spoke at the UJA-Federation last night and provided an awesome evening of reflection upon his career, his take on the Supreme Court, and his plea to Biglaw.

    19 Comments / / Sep 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Old People, Quote of the Day, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tells The World When She’ll Retire

    The world wants to know when she’ll do it, and she’s finally got an answer.

    28 Comments / / Sep 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM
  • gay marriage men holding hands

    Elena Kagan, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Morning Docket: 09.23.14

    * The lawyers fighting against marriage equality say “[w]hether [they] win or lose in lower courts doesn’t matter that much,” because everything will be up to the Supreme Court at the end of the day — but so far, they mostly lose. [National Law Journal]

    * On the other side of the coin, the lawyers fighting in favor of marriage equality are sounding more and more like used car salesmen, always bragging about the quality of their “vehicles” just to get their cases in front of the justices. [New York Times]

    * In the meantime, Justice Kagan officiated her first same-sex wedding this weekend for one of her former clerks. Only the women of SCOTUS, sans Sotomayor, have performed such ceremonies. [Huffington Post]

    * In a landmark decision, Arab Bank PLC was found liable for supporting Hamas in a civil terrorism-finance case. There will be a second trial to determine damages, but the bank plans to appeal. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Here’s advice for those of you considering reapplying to law school during a time of educational crisis: rewrite your app in crayon, you’ll probably get in. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    3 Comments / / Sep 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • John Roberts RF Chief Justice John Roberts

    John Roberts, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Chief Justice Roberts Also Has A Bridge To Sell You…

    The Chief Justice may want America to have a post-partisan Supreme Court. But he definitely wants America to *think* we have a post-partisan Court.

    8 Comments / / Sep 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Biglaw, Litigators, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Supreme Court

    Appellate Practices: Big, Small, And Dangerous

    Good appellate practices are good, but bad appellate practices aren’t just bad — they’re dangerous….

    3 Comments / / Sep 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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    Constitutional Law, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Supreme Court Holdings Made Simple

    When you think about it, memes are the perfect medium for teaching constitutional jurisprudence: you take something established and scribble new stuff all over it.

    19 Comments / / Sep 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM
  • Jodi Arias

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, In-House Counsel, John Paul Stevens, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.16.14

    * If you want to know why Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s summer was “really not fun,” it’s because she spent it reading a book about Justice Antonin Scalia and a book written by Justice John Paul Stevens. [Washington Whispers / U.S. News & World Report]

    * “There is less money to pay everybody.” Corporations are shifting more and more of their legal work to their in-house lawyers, and some law firms — especially smaller ones — are feeling the financial squeeze. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you’ve wanted to know what federal judges discuss during their bathroom breaks, stop wondering, because it’s not that exciting. All they talk about is their “stupid little trials,” and get overheard by jurors and forced into disclosures. [New York Daily News]

    * Dewey know why the former leaders of this failed firm want their criminal indictment dismissed? It’s because the case is allegedly based on a “flagrant misunderstanding of the law.” [New York Law Journal]

    * If you want to own a “piece of history,” Jodi Arias is auctioning off the glasses she wore during the first phase of her murder trial. She intends to donate the proceeds of the sale to (her own?) charity. [Daily Mail]

    1 Comment / / Sep 16, 2014 at 9:11 AM