Supreme Court

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    Copyright, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.25.14

    * Justice Sotomayor would like to remind you that just because you’ve been to one Indian casino, that doesn’t mean all Native Americans are fantastically wealthy. [KGOU]

    * Nor is every Native American cured by this news, but this is certainly a start — the Department of the Interior will sign a $554 million settlement in the breach of trust case brought by the Navajo nation. [Buckley Sandler LLP]

    * A Peruvian woman has sued Disney for $250 million because she alleges that Frozen is a rip-off of her life story. Because she has magic ice powers? I guess. Actually, it looks like the only connection is that she lived in a cold place and had a sister. This reminds me of my lawsuit against Chuck Palahniuk for basing Fight Club on my life story. Not that I ran anarchic underground fight clubs, but because one-time at camp I made a bar of soap. [Bustle]

    * Law professor goes after revenge porn and patent trolls because he’s trying to win the title of best person ever. [Brooklyn Paper]

    * Harold Hamm, Continental Resources’ Chairman and CEO — and former energy adviser to Mitt Romney — is staring down the barrel of a massive divorce settlement. So he takes a page from Romney’s adversary. Hamm is arguing that his fortune… he didn’t build that! He was just the beneficiary of a good market rather than a contributing factor so he doesn’t have to share. [Upstream Online]

    * The CAC launches a new series on the Roberts Court at 10. It’s hard to believe how long ago that was. When the Chief Justice took over we still thought the ending of Lost was going to make sense! [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Winston & Strawn lawyer turned famous LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya opened a new show in London. Sculptures made of thousands and thousands of hand-assembled bricks. Just in case you were wondering if there was a task more boring than document review. [Yahoo! Canada News]

    * Paul Clement and Mike Carvin offer a SCOTUS preview. [Heritage Foundation]

    8 Comments / / Sep 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Can you identify this guy?

    9th Circuit, Contract Attorneys, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Rape, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.24.14

    * Quiz: Can you match the picture of the plaintiff to the landmark Supreme Court decision? [Slate]

    * Ninth Circuit expedites Ed O’Bannon appeal. [USAToday]

    * New NBC comedy about a law student who becomes a garbage man. Better job security, I suppose. [The A.V. Club]

    * The federal prison population declined by about 4800 inmates, giving the United States… well, still the worst incarceration rate in the world, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. [ABC News]

    * The contract attorney who sued Biglaw is living in his car and considering a career in construction. Perhaps it was a Freudian thing. [Law and More]

    * Some philosophy professors are concerned about an individual getting very testy with perceived critics. Anyone want to guess the individual? [Professor David Velleman Homepage / NYU]

    * In case you missed it, Howard Bashman’s announcement of our new partnership. [How Appealing]

    * Middle school convinces special needs girl to allow suspected rapist to take her into a bathroom so the school can “catch him redhanded.” She gets raped. Judge dismisses the lawsuit saying he wouldn’t “second-guess” school officials. [Al.com]

    29 Comments / / Sep 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
  • 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
  • Judge Mark Fuller

    Antonin Scalia, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.14

    * Judge Mark Fuller is back in the news, with Senator Richard Shelby leading a chorus of legislators calling for the judge to resign in light of his domestic violence arrest. [All In with Chris Hayes / MSNBC]

    * Further fallout from Hobby Lobby: suborning child labor is free exercise. Hurray! [Time]

    * It’s not just that female partners aren’t getting ahead of their male counterparts, they’re falling further behind. Probably not leaning in enough or whatever the latest insulting sound byte is. [The Careerist]

    * After learning that Yale is going to start teaching basic financial literacy, more advice on managing student debt is cropping up. [Boston.com]

    * A Nevada state judge checks out the other side of the bench, pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy rap. [Las Vegas Sun]

    * Well there’s something I hadn’t thought of: classifying spankers as pedophiles for the purpose of custody hearings. [Law and More]

    * This is an important life lesson kids: when you’re in a car, don’t light the driver on fire. [KTVB]

    * Walking down the (very short) memory lane of Justice Scalia’s liberal moments. [Slate]

    * More on Lateral.ly and its effort to replace headhunters. Basically it’s the Tinder of job hunting. [Washington Post]

    * Suffolk seems to have given up on advertising to appeal to a false sense of local pride. So now a new law school has taken up that same banner…

    8 Comments / / Sep 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • meme-truman-RF

    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
  • american flag

    Music, Religion, Supreme Court

    The Docket’s Red Glare: Francis Scott Key And The Star-Spangled Banner

    Key’s power of persuasion didn’t lead to victory at the Supreme Court and today that man, Francis Scott Key, is better known as a lyricist than a lawyer.

    3 Comments / / Sep 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM
  • Notorious-R-B-G

    Biglaw, Clerkships, Football, Kids, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Partner Issues, Rankings, Rap, SCOTUS, Summer Associates, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.15.14

    * “Operas can get pretty gory. I should have put that in my brief.” In the upcoming Supreme Court term, it looks like law clerks will have to educate their justices about the intricacies of rap music’s sometimes violent lyrics. [National Law Journal]

    * The pay gap between equity and non-equity Biglaw partners is growing wider and wider. According to recent survey, on average, equity partners are bringing home $633K more than non-equity partners each year. [Am Law Daily]

    * Hackers are targeting Biglaw firms to acquire their clients’ important secrets. Unfortunately, no one is brave enough to step up to the plate and say their firm’s been hit — admitting that “could be an extinction-level event.” [Tribune-Review]

    * Which Biglaw firms had the most satisfied summer associates this year? There was a big rankings shake-up at the top of the list this time around, and we’ll have more on this later today. [Am Law Daily]

    * In the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, Adrian Peterson screwed up many of your fantasy football teams after he was indicted for hurting his child “with criminal negligence.” He’s now out on $15,000 bail. [CNN]

    0 Comments / / Sep 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor

  • Oscar Pistorius

    Andrew Cuomo, Deaths, Election Law, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.12.14

    * Following the divisive decision in Shelby County v. Holder, voting rights cases may be heading back to the SCOTUS sooner than we thought. Thanks, Texas and Wisconsin. [USA Today]

    * Bienvenidos a Miami? Cities compete to be designated as sites where global arbitration matters are heard. Miami is an up-and-comer, but New York is king. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Thanks to anonymous donors, the reward for info related to FSU Law Professor Dan Markel’s murder has been raised to $25,000. Not a single suspect has been named since his death. [Tallahassee Democrat]

    * After losing the Democratic primary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Professor Zephyr Teachout drank some gin and tonics like a boss before returning to her class at Fordham Law to teach property. [New York Times]

    * Try as he might, the Blade Runner just can’t outrun the law: Oscar Pistorius might have been cleared on the murder charge he was facing, but now he’s been found guilty on a culpable homicide charge. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Sep 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Kent W. Easter

    Biglaw, Drugs, Education / Schools, Gambling / Gaming, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.11.14

    * The justices of Supreme Court of the United States will discuss gay marriage cases from five states during their “long conference” at the end of the month. Which ones will they decide to take? Help us, Justice AMK! [National Law Journal]

    * This law school is having some troubles adjusting to the “new normal.” Not only is its administration planning back-to-back tuition hikes, but it’s asking the state for help with its deficits. Yikes, that’s not good. [The Republic]

    * This Gonzaga Law professor thinks that playing poker is part of having a balanced life. He might not come home with much after his games, but “it’s better than a kick in the head.” [Spokesman-Review]

    * Remember Kent W. Easter, the Biglaw partner who was accused of planting drugs in a school volunteer’s car? During his recent retrial, he was convicted of false imprisonment by fraud and deceit. [OC Weekly]

    * Following a “marathon trial marked by screams, tears, vomit, anger,” Oscar Pistorius has been found negligent, but not guilty of premeditated murder. Expect a final verdict tomorrow, perhaps. [USA Today]

    1 Comment / / Sep 11, 2014 at 9:09 AM
  • Supreme Court Clerk Hallway original

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    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Into 2016 We Go — Plus SCOTUS Clerk Bonus News

    Who are the latest Supreme Court clerks, and how high are signing bonuses going for outgoing SCOTUS clerks?

    6 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
  • Dan Markel

    Elena Kagan, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.09.14

    * A website has been set up to collect stories, videos, photos, memories, and more, to share with slain Professor Dan Markel’s young sons. His memorial is scheduled for next Tuesday. [Prawfsblawg]

    * What would happen if lawyers gave out GPS directions? [Legal Cheek]

    * George Mason Law is looking for a new dean. Brush off that résumé, Elie! [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Is it me, or do we need to buy Justice Kagan a new outfit? [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * The scion of a Biglaw Bigwig (go ahead and guess which firm…) arrested for filming and distributing video of his sexual escapades with his girlfriend without her permission. It’s like revenge porn without the revenge element. [Law and More]

    * Don’t bring creeps with you to a jury trial. [What About Clients?]

    0 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM

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