• Basketball_through_hoop

    Crime, Education / Schools, Election Law, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, Police, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.21.14

    * The Ed O’Bannon suit against the NCAA will proceed to trial in June barring settlement. Football writer/genius Spencer Hall put it best when he described the hearing as “a judge looks at amateurism and says ‘this is bulls**t’ in legalese.” [Sports Illustrated]

    * McCutcheon will usher in even more campaign finance excess, but could alleviate gridlock. Plutocracies are efficient! [Election Law Blog]

    * Hold the phone! Coerced confessions aren’t admissible? Next thing you’ll tell us is waterboarding is illegal. Thanks Obama. [New York Law Journal]

    * Juror who couldn’t stop using Facebook didn’t cause a mistrial because he didn’t post any details about the case. In other news, he really needs a goat in FarmVille you guys, so if anyone can hook him up, that’d be great. (Alternative heading for this one: “11 Angry Men, 1 ‘Likes This’”) [IT-Lex]

    * Disbarred lawyer mistakenly allowed to serve as a judge. But only for about 16 years, so it’s all cool. [Washington City Paper]

    * “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the [Baby Boomer] lawyers.” [Law and More]

    * A California lawsuit argues that pro-teacher policies in the state are hurting education. The defendants point to the fact that California’s educational administration and funding in the state is best described as a “sh*tshow.” Experts are fighting it out with some novel metrics. [The Expert Institute]

    * Elie talks about the new ad for cameras in the Supreme Court and the EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gases on Legalese It! with Mike Sacks. Video embedded below… [Huffington Post Live]

    2 Comments / / Feb 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Olympic_rings_without_rims.svg

    Copyright, Sports, Technology

    How Snowboarders Are Waving Company Logos In The IOC’s Face… And There’s Nothing It Can Do About It

    The Olympics are about abusing intellectual property laws and some sports. These athletes are sticking it to the Games.

    8 Comments / / Feb 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM
  • Juri the Dreamer by Juri H Chinchilla RF

    Contracts, Sports

    On Remand: Museums Will Take The Shirt Off Your Back, But Will They Return It?

    An Olympic legal tale of hockey jerseys and contracts.

    15 Comments / / Feb 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM
  • Jennifer Jones

    Biglaw, Canada, Career Alternatives, Food, In-House Counsel, Kasowitz Benson, Law Schools, Layoffs, Morning Docket, Sports, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 02.21.14

    * A source says the casualties at Kasowitz were a matter of “managing the pipeline” after work involving the credit crisis dried up. Don’t worry, he says the firm’s still really busy. Aww, someone will believe you. [New York Law Journal]

    * Sorry, folks, but if you want to work in Biglaw, taking classes during law school like “Law and Unicorns” isn’t going to cut it. Try to stick to the boring stuff, and you probably won’t get dinged as often. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Oregon’s AG is refusing to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage because it “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review.” That’s just fabulous, darling. [Bloomberg]

    * Career alternatives for attorneys: Olympic gold medalist. Jennifer Jones, in-house counsel at National Bank Financial, helped Canada’s curling team take the win this week in Sochi. You go, girl! [The Star]

    * Say hi to this century’s Stella Liebeck. A woman is suing Dunkin’ Donuts after suffering second and third degree burns to her crotchal region after spilling her hot apple cider. [New Jersey Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    3 Comments / / Feb 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM
  • gay marriage cake

    Elena Kagan, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.12.14

    * Kentucky joins all those other liberal bastions in recognizing gay marriages. [The Courier-Journal (Louisville)]

    * Brilliant… especially the last line. [The Onion]

    * Legal luminaries at last night’s White House State Dinner included Justice Elena Kagan, Secretary Jeh Johnson, and ATL’s reigning Lawyer of the Year, Roberta Kaplan. [White House]

    * An EMT-trained judge came to the rescue of a criminal defendant critically injured in a car accident. She was assisted by several other criminal defendants due to appear before her that day. When they finally made it to court, she sentenced him to death row. Just kidding, but admit it, that would have been the better ending. [Albuquerque Journal]

    * A tipster asks if this guy is the most embarrassing HLS grad. Isn’t Ted Cruz still around? [Associated Press via ABC15]

    * Judge Victor Marerro is none too pleased to have to do this whole MF Global case. [Dealbreaker]

    * The winter weather in Minnesota is continuing to make lawyers crazy. This time the bug allegedly bit Frank Schulte, who is accused of freaking out at the “mere sight of a car parked too far from the curb for his liking,” battering the car, punching the driver, and hurling racial epithets. Just as warm and fuzzy as the Mary Tyler Moore show made it seem. [CityPages]

    * What courts could learn from AA meetings. [Law and More]

    * A few events coming up for sports law fans in New York. This Friday, Fordham is hosting its 18th Annual Sports Law Symposium covering issues from the Redskins to Jay-Z. Then a week later, New York Law School is hosting an event on doping, the NCAA, and getting into the sports business on February 21. [Sports Agent Blog]

    1 Comment / / Feb 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • richieincognito

    Biglaw, Football, Quote of the Day, Social Media, Sports, Twittering

    Wherein Richie Incognito Thinks It’s A Great Idea To Bully A Biglaw Firm

    You’re under investigation for bullying, stupid. Now is not the time to get smart with a law firm.

    20 Comments / / Feb 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM
  • George Zimmerman and DMX

    Celebrities, Quote of the Day, Rap, Sports, Violence

    Won’t A Lawyer Help DMX Contractually Kick George Zimmerman’s Ass?

    Won’t someone, anyone, draft this contract? The world needs to see this boxing match!

    27 Comments / / Feb 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM
  • Jamie Casino RF

    Football, Lawyer Advertising, Lawyer of the Day, Plaintiffs Firms, Small Law Firms, Sports, Videos, YouTube

    Jamie Casino’s Two-Minute Super Bowl Law Thingy

    Did you see this lawyer awesomeness during the Super Bowl?

    39 Comments / / Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    10th Circuit, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, David Boies, Federal Government, Gay, Gay Marriage, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Sports, Ted Olson, Utah

    Morning Docket: 02.03.14

    * The U.S. government has decreased funding to outside counsel for the third year in a row, leaving most Biglaw firms high and dry — except for Curtis Mallet-Prevost. Spend that $8.7M in contract cash wisely. [National Law Journal]

    * Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who brought DOMA down to its knees, is repping clients who want to intervene in the gay marriage case before the Tenth Circuit. Looks like somebody wants to be 2013 and 2014 Lawyer of the Year. [BuzzFeed]

    * A judge has granted class action status in the suit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. Let’s see if David Boies and Ted Olson can take another case to the Supreme Court and win. [Reuters]

    * If you’ve been wondering why David Wildstein picked the Friday before the Super Bowl to stab Governor Chris Christie in the back, Lat thinks it might have been “some kind of act of revenge.” [Bergen Record]

    * No acquittals this time: George Zimmerman is planning to enter the wonderful world of “celebrity” boxing. He’s set to enter the ring on March 1, and is more than likely to get his ass kicked. [Chicago Tribune]

    6 Comments / / Feb 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM
  • 220px-Chris_Christie_2011_Shankbone

    Affirmative Action, Celebrities, Football, John Yoo, Law Reviews, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.31.14

    * This is the place where we pretend to be shocked that Chris Christie abused his power. [New York Times]

    * Remember the Super Bowl Shuffle? Now there’s a lawsuit over it. Proving even terrible art can give rise to litigation. [Business Wire]

    * Miami criminal defense attorney Michael Grieco thought he was representing Justin Bieber and let all the media outlets know it. Well, he’s not. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Listen up, law review editors! This is how you avoid making authors angry. [Nancy Rapoport’s Blog]

    * John Yoo for Dean of Boalt Hall? OK, maybe not, but here are the finalists for the position. [Nuts & Boalts]

    * California is eyeing a referendum to allow affirmative action considerations to be employed in college admissions for the first time in almost 20 years. Surely the same people who passed Prop 8 will be enlightened enough to do something proactive about systemic discrimination. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The art of negotiation and terrible cigars. [Katz Justice]

    * And I joined Mike Sacks and Jessica Mederson on Legalese It! today. So check out our rousing discussion of the State of the Union v. Supreme Court, Foxy Knoxy’s extradition fears, and California’s decision to keep disgraced journalist Stephen Glass out of the legal profession. Video below… [Huffington Post Live]

    2 Comments / / Jan 31, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • Football-stadium-RF

    Football, Labor / Employment, Sports


    Northwestern student athletes filed a petition to form a union; Eli Manning is allegedly peddling imitation goods.

    4 Comments / / Jan 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM
  • Amanda Knox

    Benchslaps, Biglaw, Drugs, Football, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Prostitution, Sex, Sports, State Attorneys General, Technology, Trials

    Morning Docket: 01.31.14

    * Quinn Emanuel got a pretty harsh benchslap from Judge Paul Grewal over its litigation strategy in the Apple / Samsung case, calling it “650 lawyers wide and one lawyer deep.” Sick burn, Judge. [Courthouse News Service]

    * At Cardozo Law, Jordan Belfort’s former lawyer says that the movie Wolf of Wall Street “played down the sex and drugs.” Dear Lord, if that’s the case, Leo’s muse should be happy he’s alive. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “I’ve been around the block. And I’ve never seen an attorney general sanctioned.” Ahh, the rarest rose. Nevada’s AG was sanctioned for failing to provide evidence in a fraud case against a mortgage lender. [Forbes]

    * Eighteen people were arrested for their alleged attempts to market and sell Super Bowl “party packs” to football fans. It’s pretty sick, but you’d got to admit that hookers and blow beat wings any day of the week. [Bloomberg]

    * Law schools in the Southeast closed their doors because their states were “unequipped for dealing with the roadways.” Send them up here, we’ve got school when there’s a foot of snow. [National Law Journal]

    * A recent grad of a “good school” wanted to know how to get a job, so she asked an advice columnist. Here are five of the suggested jobs she probably already applied to and was rejected from. [Fortune]

    * The third time’s apparently the charm in Italy: Amanda Knox was convicted of murder, again. Foxy Knoxy must be pissed that her case has turned into an extradition question on an international law exam. [CNN]

    15 Comments / / Jan 31, 2014 at 8:57 AM
  • See, this is an awesome logo.

    Bar Exams, Books, Cellphones, Crime, Eric Holder, Free Speech, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Technology, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.30.14

    * The Phoenix Coyotes plan to change their name to the Arizona Coyotes. They probably should have looked into whether or not someone had trademarked “Arizona Coyotes.” I don’t care about their name as long as they go back to their awesome original sweaters. [The Legal Blitz]

    * As expected, Mayor Bill De Blasio has dropped New York City’s appeal of the stop-and-frisk case. [New York Times]

    * As we discussed this morning, Eric Holder had to make a decision on whether or not to pursue the death penalty in the Boston Bomber case. Well, he made it. [CNN]

    * No, getting mocked on late night TV is not the same as torture or the mass extermination of human beings. [Popehat]

    * What happens when 16 children’s book characters are sent to court? []

    * Here are 5 quick tips to employ when preparing for the bar exam. [BigLaw Rebel]

    * Prosecutors aren’t all out to get your client. You need to read the signals to figure out when they’re willing to help. [Katz Justice]

    * Unlocking your phone is still a crime. It’s almost as though Congress was deliberately obstructionist on every issue for a whole year. Weird. [Politix]

    * Ever wonder how to make the transition from law school to journalist? Here’s one answer from across the pond. [Legal Cheek]

    1 Comment / / Jan 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • lacy RF

    California, Football, Hotties, Labor / Employment, Quote of the Day, Sports

    Cheerleader Proves To Be Less Than Cheertastic After Suing Her Team

    Will this Oakland Raiders cheerleader be able to win?

    22 Comments / / Jan 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
  • iStock_000015388527XSmall

    Antonin Scalia, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.17.14

    * Once again, a group is about to learn that “not being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want” is not really a Constitutional violation. This time it’s snowboarders. [St. Louis Tribune] * Justice Scalia’s snarky lesson in public speaking 101 continues to divide commentators. [The Blog of the Legal Times] * Former […]

    1 Comment / / Jan 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM
  • "Hey, kids! Just keep clicking the 'Mommy's Credit Card' button!"

    Biglaw, Health Care / Medicine, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Prisons, Religion, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.16.14

    * The feds say that Apple has agreed to pay “at least $32.5 million in refunds” to people who didn’t realize their children were racking up huge bills in FarmVille and the like. It’s good to see parents won’t actually have to pay for their absentee parenting. [Washington Post]

    * It’s a good day for successful — kind rapey — pop songs, as the family of Marvin Gaye decided that they “Got to Give It Up” and settled with Sony over alleged copyright infringement by the Robin Thicke song, Blurred Lines. [Rolling Stone]

    * Apparently the Florida Bar Association took a look at the state of the judicial system and decided to screw it and start selling baking utensils. Or it was hacked. But probably they just gave up. [IT-Lex]

    * Tailgating at the Yale-Harvard game is way more dangerous than I’d realized — a clutch of Yale frat bros (what is the proper collective noun for Elis) have been sued over an incident where a U-Haul loaded down with kegs struck and killed one person. [Jezebel]

    * A hearing was cut short in New Orleans when an inmate arrived from the prison high as a kite on illicit drugs he procured in custody. Way to run a tight ship, New Orleans. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on them. After all, they just got their “inmates unintentionally set free due to clerical oversight” statistic back down to zero. [New Orleans Times-Picayune]

    * A rundown of high-profile cases that turned on expert witnesses. Good to see that everyone’s favorite “affluenza” made the list. [The Expert Institute]

    * Cable news has really botched their coverage of Little Sisters. For example, if you think Obamacare requires religious institutions to offer coverage for contraception, then you’ve been duped. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * To shake things up, let’s check out a defense of stop-and-frisk policies. If a society isn’t prepared to pay for police protection, it’s likely to find cops resorting to these sorts of short cuts. [Voice of San Diego]

    * Musings on Staci’s recent piece on law firm client service and/or arrogance. [Law and More]

    * A Little League coach is suing one of his players for $600,000. Something tells me a reboot of Bad News Bears would end exactly like this. Video of the story from local news channel KCRA embedded below…. [Deadspin]

    1 Comment / / Jan 16, 2014 at 5:29 PM
  • Gogogo

    Benchslaps, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.14.13

    * The FBI announces that there will be no criminal charges over the “scandal” in which the IRS gave heightened scrutiny to conservative groups that sought tax exemption for their entirely, in no way political activities. As another faux scandal bites the dust, here’s a good round up of butthurt right-wing editorials. [TaxProf Blog]

    * SCOTUS Benchslaps! In a lengthy footnote in Daimler v. Bauman, Justice Ginsburg accuses Justice Sotomayor of misstating the record in the latter’s concurrence. In reading the competing interpretations, it seems as though Justice Sotomayor has the most fair reading, but then again the case is 62 years old, and Justice Ginsburg was probably there when it decided the first time. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Investment banks are seeing potential recruits running over to the tech industry. Law firms haven’t felt the same draw, mostly because you got a law degree because you suck at math and science. [Law and More]

    * It’s about time Wile E. Coyote fought for his rights against Acme’s wanton disregard for customer safety. [Pentagram]

    * An interview with Stephen Neal, the chairman of Cooley LLP, probing why Cooley is such a cool firm (evidenced by their #1 ranking in the ATL Insider Survey). [The Careerist]

    * There’s a proposed law in Wisconsin designed to get dads out of child support payments. I know this may come as a shock, but it was written by a millionaire who doesn’t want to pay his court-ordered child support. [Jezebel]

    * Well, we suggested the NFL concussion settlement was a bum deal the other day, and apparently Judge Anita Brody agrees, halting the deal. [Bleacher Report]

    1 Comment / / Jan 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • iStock_000009509529XSmall-RF

    Drugs, Football, Sports

    Big Ten Finds Ecstasy Not The Bestasy

    Is Ecstasy a performance-enhancing drug? The Big Ten thinks so, because the Big Ten is stupid.

    9 Comments / / Jan 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM