State Judges

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    Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Guns / Firearms, Law School Deans, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.06.14

    * Florida is woefully unprepared for a zombie apocalypse. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Congratulations to Sujit Choudhry on being named dean at Boalt Hall. [Prawfs Blawg]

    * Justice Scalia is a delusional hack. Well, that’s not really news… [Salon]

    * Just how suspect was that referendum on Crimean annexation? Even the Russian government is questioning it. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A look at how Lauren Giddings’s killer could have gotten free. [The Telegraph (Macon)]

    * The KABA and JABA have issued a joint statement on the lawsuit surrounding the Glendale, CA, Comfort Women Memorial. [Korean American Bar Association / Japanese American Bar Association]

    * A governor’s cronies get the plum state judgeships. That may not be surprising, but the negative impact it has on the quality of the judiciary deserves more attention. [The Center for Public Integrity]

    * I’d never heard of “The Full Kagan,” and I’m not sure I want to know what it relates to. [Excess of Democracy]

    * Much has been made of federal prosecutors failing to go after the “Too Big To Fail” banks. After the jump is a primer on why they haven’t. [Bloomberg TV]

    3 Comments / / May 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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    Gay Marriage, Military / Military Law, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain, War on Terror

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.22.14

    * Ready for the ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings? They will be revealed next week on the next episode of Kaplan’s The 180 — Live. [The 180 — Live / Kaplan]

    * Georgia is now the 31st state with an active marriage equality lawsuit. Justice Scalia now really wants a revolt. [Associated Press via ABC News]

    * Stetson boasted the best bar passage rate in Florida. See how that’s a better fact to tout than “5th out of 11“? [Ocala Star Banner]

    * A key member of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team is leaving the Army because they were going to force him to leave the defense to attend a graduate course in Virginia. The kneejerk, liberal reaction is that this is a conspiracy to derail his defense. I highly doubt it. From my experience, the Army’s counterproductive decisions are staunchly arbitrary. [Huffington Post]

    * Derek Khanna takes on the Aereo case before the Supreme Court ruins it for all of us. [Politix]

    * Britain’s just like a cute little America. They have conservative politicians trying to win votes through nonsensical religious exclusion too. [What About Clients]

    * Last time we checked in on Judge Carlos Cortez, he was defending himself against charges that he strangled and threatened to kill a girlfriend. Apparently things have gotten much, much darker down there in Texas. [Dallas Morning News]

    1 Comment / / Apr 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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    Crime, Drugs, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.21.14

    * Mistrial declared after defendant shot in the chest in front of the jury. Judge, remarkably, phrases it like it wasn’t a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, a few minutes ago the FBI confirmed that the defendant has died of his wounds. [USA Today]

    * Here are some signs you were meant to be a lawyer. They’re actually not all that great. Probably should have included: “You padded your hours when your mom asked how much time you’ve spent on your homework” or “You introduced your little brother as your associate… and your pets as paralegals.” [Survive Law]

    * 21 Jump Fail. Cops embed a 20-something officer in a high school to pester special-needs kid into selling drugs. Judge is not amused. He probably saw the Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill version. [Rolling Stone]

    * Prosecutors told a guy to let a newspaper write about his drunk driving case as part of the plea deal. They’re really trying anything to save print media aren’t they? [Jim Romensesko]

    * If you went to law school in New York, then the job market’s a little better for you this year. Sorry, rest of the country. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Congratulations to Paul Lo, who became the first Hmong judge in U.S. [Merced Sun Star]

    * The Aereo case going before the Supreme Court in one helpful video after the jump… [Bloomberg News]

    2 Comments / / Apr 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM
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  • Something like this is a no-no in several states.

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Deaths, Gender, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Oral Sex / Blow Jobs, Pregnancy / Paternity, Sex, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 04.18.14

    * Leonard M. Rosen, one of the name partners of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, died earlier this week. Our very own Managing Editor David Lat once sat three doors down from this respected restructuring maven. Rest in peace. [Bloomberg]

    * A judicial ethics board has recommended that this judge be removed from the bench because she once “sold out her clients, her co-counsel, and ultimately herself.” Oh Flori-duh, you give us so many reasons to <3 you. [Sun Sentinel] * Gov. Christie named Dean Patrick Hobbs of Seton Hall Law as ombudsman for New Jersey’s executive branch. Congrats, but looks like Seton Hall may need a new dean. [New Jersey Law Journal] * A woman working in retail was put on four months of forced maternity leave when she was four months pregnant. She’s due after her forced maternity period is up. Of course she’s suing. [Los Angeles Times] * ICYMI, here’s a list of all of the fine states in America where blowjobs are illegal, but necrophilia is a-okay — or “anti-blowjobs, corpse-sex-friendly states,” as Adam Weinstein ever so eloquently puts it. [Gawker]

    2 Comments / / Apr 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM
  • Duke Law: national champions when it comes to law school softball.

    American Bar Association / ABA, Contempt, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sports, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 04.07.14

    * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector added 2,300 jobs in 2014. Our sincere condolences go out to all those who are still “too overqualified but too under-experienced,” all at the same time, to get hired. [Am Law Daily]

    * This lawyer protested jury duty by emailing the judge to say she’d “blame the plaintiff” for making her work nights and weekends for her client, but she can only blame herself for having to spend the night in jail. Oopsie! [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * “Would it be great if all unpaid internships paid really well? Sure. It would also be great if my dog made breakfast for me every morning, but I am not going to file a lawsuit over it.” Yep. [Los Angeles Times]

    * The law school transparency movement has come quite far since its inception, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. Encourage your school to hurry up and “publish what it has at its fingertips.” [Law.com]

    * UVA Law held its Softball Invitational this weekend. A Duke Law dude emailed us to say his school sucks at basketball, but it’s awesome at law school softball. Sweet accomplishment, brah. [Newsplex]

    0 Comments / / Apr 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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    Conferences / Symposia, Gay, Gender, Health Care / Medicine, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Rap, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, Technology, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.31.14

    * A surefire way to make your mom proud of you is to file a funny amicus brief with the Supreme Court, get called out for it in the New York Times, and be lauded by us at Above the Law as having filed the “best amicus brief ever.” [Daily Beast]

    * Cynthia Brim, a state judge who’s been declared legally insane, wants to return to the judicial bench she’s been suspended from. Hey, you could look at it this way: at least she’d be working for her $182K salary. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Our readers will be thrilled to know that beginning this year, lawyers will become obsolete. Artificial intelligence will start taking over your jobs within the next six months or so. [Wired]

    * Join the Fordham OUTLaws for a Transgender Law symposium, co-sponsored by Skadden and the LGBT Bar. One of the panelists, Erin Buzuvis, is an amazing professor from my school. [Fordham Law School]

    * If you care at all about how well women and minority law students are represented on law reviews, then you’ll want to come to this important event. I’ll be there, and I hope to see you there, too! [Ms. JD]

    * In case you were wondering, Penn Law successfully beat the crap out of Wharton (in terms of head to head win-loss record) during the 10th annual Wharton vs. Law Fight Night. [Wharton vs. Law: Fight Night]

    * Meet Anthony Halmon, the second-year student at FIU Law who’s relying on his coolness to rock the vote for the SBA presidency. Check out his rap video, after the jump. [Daily Business Review (reg. req.)]

    8 Comments / / Mar 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, muse of judicial humor.

    Alex Kozinski, Celebrities, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, State Judges, Twittering

    Best Parenthetical Ever?

    A judge’s clever homage to celebrity ridiculousness.

    9 Comments / / Mar 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM
  • Judge Wade McCree, in repose.

    Attorney Misconduct, Judge of the Day, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Salacious Sex Scandal Costs Judge His Job

    What could have possibly earned this judge a six-year suspension from the bench?

    5 Comments / / Mar 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM
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    Biglaw, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sexual Harassment, Sports, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 03.21.14

    * Lawyers from top New York City firms like Skadden, Proskauer, Stikeman, Weil Gotshal, Kaye Scholer, and Bailey Duquette took to the ice to compete for the Lawyers’ Cup. The team with Canadian imports won, obviously. [Forbes]

    * Andre Bouchard was nominated to replace Judge Leo Strine as Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. We can only hope he’ll be as outspoken as his predecessor. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * UNC Law has been receiving fewer applications, and perhaps that’s the reason why its acceptance rates have gone up, up, up — from 36 percent to 45 percent — in the last year alone. Yikes. [Daily Tar Heel]

    * A woman alleges her Uber driver “fondled [her] legs, groin area and breasts” as she tried to give him directions. That extra customer service is what makes it cost more during peak times. [Chicago Tribune]

    * A watch repairman was so pissed about this Yelp review he sicced his lawyer on the man who handed out the two-star report. Of course his lawyer’s one-paragraph demand letter barely makes sense. [Gawker]

    0 Comments / / Mar 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM
  • Donald Trump, borrowing the eyeglasses of Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld.

    Celebrities, Donald Trump, Real Estate, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Trials

    Did A Star-Struck State Judge Show Favoritism Toward Donald Trump?

    That’s the argument being made in this fun motion for a new trial.

    11 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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    Biglaw, Celebrities, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Elizabeth Halverson, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 03.17.14

    * Dewey feel bad for Zach Warren? Totally. In the saddest revelation about his indictment, it seems D&L’s head honchos “had trouble remembering who [he] was” before arraignment. [New York Times]

    * If you’re interested in going to law school (and if you want to pay off your loans), you’ll want to see the law schools where you’ll make the most bank after graduating. We’ll have more on this later. [Forbes]

    * Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is near death. Not for nothing, but it would probably be fitting if people picketed his funeral in SCOTUS-approved protest. [Kansas City Star]

    * The widow of Dustin Friedland, the attorney who was shot and killed during the Short Hills mall carjacking, has filed a wrongful death suit against the shopping venue’s owners. [Star-Ledger]

    * Elizabeth Halverson, the former judge who rolled into our lives on a motorized scooter and was removed from the bench in 2008 for her courtroom antics, died earlier this month. RIP. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * Miley Cyrus is being sued… over her tongue. A man who helped build her tongue slide (a prop, not a sex maneuver) was injured — he claims he wasn’t warned about the potential dangers involved. [USA Today]

    1 Comment / / Mar 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM
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    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Who Used Chambers For Sexual Rendezvous Seeks Reelection

    Would you vote for this judge, or would he need to send you a sexy selfie first?

    9 Comments / / Mar 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM
  • Judge Elizabeth Osborne Williams?

    Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Police, Rankings, Real Estate, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.12.14

    * If the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal defendants end up going to trial, it’s fair to say the star witnesses in the case will be those who’ve already pleaded guilty — all seven of them. [Am Law Daily]

    * Biglaw firms are constantly shrinking in size, leaving many office buildings wide open. Landlords are desperate to put asses in seats, so it’s kind of like law school. [Washington Post]

    * “A judicial post is not an hereditary position.” There’s nepotism, and then there’s nepotism, and this Georgia judge is really trying to keep it all in the family. He’s basically ensured that his seat on the bench will go to his daughter. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * Let’s keep the rankings party going with an infographic about job rates and median starting salaries. Law schools tied for first place with $160K Biglaw salaries: 21. Not shocked. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * The family of Danielle Thomas, the woman who was murdered by indebted law school grad Jason Bohn, is suing the NYPD with claims that the police ignored her calls for help. Sad. :( [New York Post]

    1 Comment / / Mar 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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    Drinking, Quote of the Day, Rudeness, State Judges

    Litigant Shows Judge His Ass In Court… Oops!

    Some people can really be asses in court.

    9 Comments / / Feb 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM
  • Bar Exams, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Gay, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, LSAT, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Pro Bono, Sexual Harassment, State Judges, Utah

    Morning Docket: 02.12.14

    * Sedgwick is the latest Biglaw firm to jump on the back-office bandwagon. The firm will be moving all of its administrative operations — from HR to IT — to Kansas City, Missouri. Don’t be sad, it’s probably better than West Virginia. [Am Law Daily]

    * Lawyers may be pecking at Biglaw’s rotting carcass, but at least there are lessons to be learned for Big Med, the next profession supposedly on the brink of implosion. It’s time to stop obsessing over revenue and rankings. [The Atlantic]

    * Ten states rushed to help Utah defend its ban on gay marriage using “pretty embarrassing” arguments, but Nevada just washed its hands of its own appeal, saying its ban was “no longer defensible.” [Bloomberg]

    * Here’s something that’ll make you love or hate Chris Christie even more: he once made Bristol-Myers Squibb donate $5 million to Seton Hall Law to avoid securities fraud charges. Yep. [Washington Post]

    * Faruqi & Faruqi doesn’t want its attorneys’ compensation information to be disclosed to Alexandra Marchuk in her sexual harassment case against the firm. A kinder, gentler firm, huh? [Law 360 (sub. req.)]

    * Soon you’ll be able to take the bar before you graduate in New York, but only if you do pro bono work during spring semester of your 3L year — and you’ll likely have to pay to complete it. [New York Times]

    * If you just took the LSAT, you’re cutting it pretty close, buddy. Guesstimate your score so you can avoid sending out applications that will make admissions officers laugh. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    13 Comments / / Feb 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM
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    Celebrities, Kids, Quote of the Day, State Judges

    You’ve Been A Great Parent… At Least For The Last 6 Months

    We haven’t heard much about Amanda Bynes in the last several months. Here’s why…

    4 Comments / / Feb 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM