State Judges

  • roulette

    Antonin Scalia, Books, Cozen O'Connor, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.05.12

    * When in doubt, seek divine guidance and bet it all on black. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is going to be visiting Las Vegas this week, where he will attend a Red Mass and then head for the Strip. [Reno Gazette-Journal]

    * After being limited on page length, a licensing expert opted to file a five-page cartoon brief in the Apple e-book case. This dude can retire, because he’s achieved legal baller status. [Bloomberg]

    * James Hayes’s lawsuit over ICE’s alleged federal “frat house” has been sent to mediation for a possible settlement — but in real Greek life, he likely would’ve been peer pressured to de-pledge. [Washington Post]

    * Bull’s-eye! Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack has recused himself from a personal injury case where he was alleged to have called a Cozen O’Connor partner a “piece of sh*t.” [New York Law Journal]

    * The case of the missing asterisk: an Ohio Court of Appeals candidate was fined for wearing judge’s robes in her campaign flyers because she failed to indicate her judicial status or lack thereof. [National Law Journal]

    * How much does it cost to cover up and then begrudgingly deal with a child sex abuse scandal? The tab thus far for Penn State University is about $17M — $4M of which went to legal services and defense. [CBS News]

    * Despite Villanova Law’s admissions scandal, the dean reports that the school has admitted its “highest-quality” class ever. You know it’s hard to believe anything you say about your data, right? [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    4 Comments / / Sep 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM
  • Angelica Cecora

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Celebrities, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, State Judges, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 09.03.12

    Ed. note: Due to the Labor Day holiday, we’ll be on a reduced publication schedule today. We’ll be back to normal tomorrow. A restful and happy Labor Day to all!

    * The lone ex-Dewey partner who was sued by Citibank for defaulting on his capital loan is fighting back, claiming that he was “fraudulently induced” into signing up for the plan even though the bank knew that the S.S. D&L was sinking. [Reuters]

    * If you’re trying to avoid additional questions being raised about your alleged bad behavior, a resignation amid scandal isn’t the way to do it. Suzanne Barr, the ICE official accused of running a federal “frat house,” has quit her job. [New York Daily News]

    * A federal judge taught the members of the Louisiana Supreme court that the year 1994 did, in fact, occur before the year 1995. Justice Bernette Johnson will now ascend to the rank of chief justice. [Times-Picayune]

    * Because we’re all a little hopeless these days: given the bleak realities of our economic situation, perhaps it’s finally time to change the standard for a discharge of student loan debt in bankruptcy. [New York Times]

    * “The groups that attempt to rank schools are involved in a lot of hogwash.” Even if that’s the case, people are still going to care about the University of Illinois’s rankings nosedive after the Paul Pless to-do. [News-Gazette]

    * Don’t be scared by the absurd tuition rates or the abysmal job prospects, because law school is still a great investment for African-Americans — and for law schools in search of diversity, too. [National Law Journal]

    * “[T]hat a lawyer would take this kind of case is shocking.” Sadly, it’s not. Angelica Marie Cecora, the alleged escort who filed a $5M suit against Oscar de la Hoya, now has to pay all of his legal fees. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM
  • gun-firearm-Glock-horizontal-300x207

    Guns / Firearms, Judge of the Day, Screw-Ups, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge of the Day: This Is What You Call a ‘Lack of Good Judgment’

    Our Judge of the Day accidentally fired a revolver in his chambers. Oops!

    21 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM
  • girl-scout-cookiesjpg

    Food, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Judge’s Alleged Bias Spurred By Attorney’s Refusal to Purchase Girl Scout Cookies

    A lawyer allegedly faced a judge’s wrath due to his unwillingness to purchase Girl Scout cookies…

    17 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM
  • AppleSamsungRuling_610x426

    Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Police, Politics, State Judges, Technology

    Morning Docket: 08.27.12

    * Unhappy with eleventy billion dollars in damages due to Apple, Samsung will begin its appeals, perhaps even to the Supreme Court (because you know that SCOTUS wants a bite at the proverbial literal patent apple). [Wall Street Journal]

    * And speaking of that jury award, jury foreman Velvin Hogan had this to say about it: “We wanted to make sure it was sufficiently high to be painful, but not unreasonable.” Yeah, because a billion dollars in damages isn’t unreasonable at all. [Reuters]

    * Do judges with lawyerly license plates avoid traffic infractions instead of getting tickets? The New York Commission on Judicial Conduct is investigating this issue of epic importance. [New York Law Journal]

    * If bill collectors are threatening to sue you over your credit-card debts, you better pray that your case lands on Judge Noach Dear’s docket, because in his courtroom, “it’s dismiss, dismiss, dismiss.” [New York Post]

    * Hippies can file lawsuits, too: Burning Man starts today, but the event’s organizers claim that its Nevada venue is pursuing a new theme in view of a “drastic increase in fees” — burning money. [All Things Digital]

    * Protestors should be allowed to act however they want when carrying prohibited machetes in Republican National Convention event zones. This was the first, and definitely the coolest, RNC arrest made. [ABC News]

    6 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • no_pants

    Drugs, Judge of the Day, Sex, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Ex-Judge of the Day: Hey Baby, Wanna See What’s Under These Robes?

    This ex-Judge of the Day is accused of propositioning a woman and then planting drugs on her car when she rejected him. Sounds like quite the southern gentleman…

    5 Comments / / Aug 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM
  • Bedbugs-Bed-Bugs-Manhattan-DA-office-260x195

    Quote of the Day, State Judges

    Quote of the Day: In Other News, Detroit Still Sucks

    Bedbugs invade a Detroit courtroom.

    13 Comments / / Aug 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM
  • Bullseye!

  • UN troops

    Election 2012, Politics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Calling This State Judge A ‘Clown’ Is Insulting To Clowns

    Texas judge says tax hike needed so county can be prepared for potential civil war if Obama is reelected…

    80 Comments / / Aug 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM
  • Rage against the machine

    Drugs, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Pornography, Rape, Sam Sparks, Sports, State Judges

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.20.12

    * So now the judge accused of watching porn from a courthouse computer admits to watching porn on a courthouse computer. Let me just get this out of the way: if I’ve used your computer, it was probably to watch porn. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * Too soon for Aurora jokes? I think it’s weird that more people believe in waiting periods for zingers than for handguns. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Lance Armstrong’s suit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks. How come the only athlete that seemed to get his day in court was Roger Clemens? [Bloomberg]

    * Another kid is packing in his sports dreams to go to law school. Though, in fairness, one of the few things worse than the law graduate economy is probably the NHL economy. [North Dakota Inforum]

    * I think Republican political candidates should know by now that they only bands they are allowed to like are country music bands. If they want to like non-country music, they should get the artist’s approval, in writing. Meanwhile, liberals are allowed like all kinds of music, even music performed by people who don’t know what they are talking about. [What About Clients?]

    * Attorney and rape victim Shauna Prewitt has some facts about rape that apparently Todd Akin didn’t know. [xoJane]

    12 Comments / / Aug 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM
  • I'm not the guy you kill. I'm the guy you buy!

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Breasts, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Privacy, Racism, Screw-Ups, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.16.12

    * A St. Louis plastic surgeon has been sued for allegedly posting topless photos of her breast augmentation patients online — with their names attached to the photos. It’s just more evidence that sooner or later everyone will be naked on the internet. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * Dewey have enough partners to make the Partner Contribution Plan viable? It seems that we do! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Wow, the miracles of technology. Now if you have a paternity dispute that you need to clear up, you don’t need to go on Jerry Springer. All you need to do is visit your local taco truck DNA testing van. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * You know that scary feeling when it seems you have forgotten something but you can’t figure out what it is? Well, you forgot your toddler — at the grocery store. There, fixed it for you. [Legal Juice]

    * Oh boy, another misbehaving state judge. This one, from Georgia, allegedly pre-signed arrest warrants and hit on a woman who appeared before him in court. Sounds like quite the stand-up dude. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

    * What are the top five movies all law students should watch? Let the arguing over this list begin… [Greedy Associates]

    * I’m sure there must have been a legitimate reason for a federal judge to compare the civil liberties of Muslim Americans to a “hideous sea monster,” but c’mon, really? [Chicago Tribune]

    4 Comments / / Aug 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM
  • angry-judge

    Divorce Train Wrecks, Legal Ethics, Rudeness, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Videos, YouTube

    Allegedly ‘Out of Control’ Judge Faces Official Ethics Charges

    A former Judge of the Day, who caught flak last month for yelling at a pastor while on the bench, now faces additional, unrelated ethics charges…

    10 Comments / / Aug 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM
  • Graduate-Holding-Empty-Piggy-Bank

    Bankruptcy, Clerkships, Crime, Drugs, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Pro Se Litigants, Romance and Dating, S.D.N.Y., Sam Sparks, State Judges, Student Loans, Texas, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 08.13.12

    * In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Putting politics aside, this is a great pick, if only because Ryan is so handsome. Seriously, he’s a total stud. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “How can I be the one guy with a good degree who is going to be chronically unemployed?” Sadly, many lawyers are still looking for jobs after (multiple) layoffs, but thanks to a lack of positions, employment is just “not in the cards” for them. [New York Times]

    * Deadliest clerkship? The Washington, D.C. judge who presided over one of the most violent mass shooting cases in the nation’s capital was reportedly held up at gunpoint last week, with her law clerk in tow. [Fox DC]

    * Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Texas. Judge Sam Sparks “know[s] the smell of bad fish,” and now wants to know why the USADA waited so long to bring charges against Lance Armstrong. [Bloomberg]

    * After reversing a bankruptcy court’s decision that loan repayment would be an “undue hardship” for a law-school debtor, a judge took the time to rip law schools a new one over escalating tuition. [Oregonian]

    * Match.com class-action plaintiffs found no love in court after a federal judge ruled that the dating website hadn’t breached its user agreement. Much like their love lives, their claims aren’t getting any action. [Reuters]

    * A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client: 23% of all cases filed in the federal court for the S.D.N.Y. are brought by pro-se litigants, and the vast majority of them seem to have lost their minds. [New York Post]

    5 Comments / / Aug 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Housekeeping

  • Law-and-Order-300x225

    Jury Duty, State Judges, Television

    Best Way to Get Out of Jury Duty? Tell the Judge You’ve Got an Audition for ‘Law & Order’

    A Brooklyn judge delays an attempted murder trial so a juror can audition for a “Law & Order” spinoff show….

    5 Comments / / Aug 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM
  • What Husch Blackwell first-years look like right now.

    Associate Salaries, Chadbourne & Parke, Husch Blackwell, john quinn, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, State Judges, Trials

    Morning Docket: 08.03.12

    * The Apple Samsung carnival returns to court today. I can’t wait to see what happens. We will probably have more on this later. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

    * After being found guilty of judicial misconduct for misappropriating public funds, Michigan state Judge Sylvia James will be removed from the bench for the remainder of her term. [Detroit Free Press]

    * London-based Herbert Smith poached six partners from Chadbourne, including the head of the firm’s litigation group, Thomas Riley, and Gregory Loss, who helmed the products liability group. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * San Bernardino is the newest California city to declare bankruptcy. The city apparently has over $1 billion in debt. I wonder if they had to cut their prosecutors’ salaries also. [Wall Street Journal]

    * First-year associates at Husch Blackwell will see a nice salary bump this year. Oh boy! [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * President Obama nominated prosecutor Pamela Chen to be a new judge for the Federal District Court in New York. If confirmed, she would become the second female Chinese-American federal judge in U.S. history, and also would be one of the first openly lesbian federal judges. [Metro Weekly]

    * Republicans filibustered the Obama administration’s high-priority cybersecurity bill. [New York Times]

    16 Comments / / Aug 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM
  • Judge-Sad-Face

    Jury Duty, Rank Stupidity, Screw-Ups, State Judges, Trials

    Murder Trial Jury Selection Turns into Gossip Girls; Everyone Loses

    Gossipy prospective jurors scuttle a high-profile murder trial in Florida. Keep your mouths shut, people!

    13 Comments / / Aug 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM
  • Hey boss, plz stop thnx.

    Abortion, Biglaw, Facebook, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Morning Docket, Murder, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, State Judges, Technology

    Morning Docket: 08.02.12

    * Global agribusiness group Monsanto Co was awarded $1 billion in a patent infringement case against DuPont for improperly duplicating some kind of crazy seed technology. [New York Times]
    * For particularly thick-headed employers who don’t understand it’s a bad idea to ask employees for Facebook passwords, now Illinois will fine them $200 for doing so. [Chicago Tribune]

    * A federal judge in Washington sanctioned well-known plaintiff’s attorney Joy Ann Bull for filing grossly inflated fee statements. She was consequently asked to resign her partnership at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. Welcome to the breadline! [LegalNewsline]

    * Should a trial judge who is a Brooklyn Law grad recuse himself from a case against Brooklyn Law filed by Brooklyn Law alumni? Meh… [National Law Journal]

    * As Ralph Baxter nears retirement, who will be chosen to lead Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe? [Am Law Daily]

    * The Ninth Circuit already issued an injunction against Arizona’s new late-term abortion ban. Like they say, it’s all about shakin’ hands and killing kissin’ babies. [Denver Post]

    5 Comments / / Aug 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

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