Supreme Court

  • student-loan-debt

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Death Penalty, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.18.14

    * Now that a federal judge has classified California’s death penalty as unconstitutional, it’s only a matter of time before the issue reaches the Supreme Court. We have a feeling the justices will likely roll their eyes. [National Law Journal]

    * Word on the street is that Bingham McCutchen has got the urge to merge, and has apparently spoken to a handful of potential partners over the course of the past three months. We’ll have more on these developments later. [Reuters]

    * As it turns out, it was neither Wachtell Lipton nor Jenner & Block that managed to snag the coveted GM litigation oversight job. Nice work, Quinn Emanuel — you’re considered a “well-respected outside law firm.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Congrats, Flori-duh, you did something right. A state court judge has ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in the latest post-Windsor victory for equality. Yay! [Bloomberg]

    * Thanks to their hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school debt, many graduates are considering declaring bankruptcy. Too bad most won’t be able to get their loans discharged. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    6 Comments / / Jul 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • toilet

    Crime, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, State Attorneys General, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.17.14

    * A company has limited bathroom breaks to 6 minutes daily. Well, gutting pensions and suppressing wages hasn’t caused a revolution, why not let it ride. [Slate]

    * A Florida town has imposed criminal sanctions against sagging pants. But Chief Justice Roberts told me racism was over in the South… [Fashionista]

    * Who says crime doesn’t pay? [CBS News]

    * Mayer Brown wants you to think the Supreme Court wasn’t tilted toward business interests this Term. Yes, we all know how Homer City turned out, but maybe it’s worth evaluating this based on how important the cases were. Is Petrella really equivalent to Noel Canning? [Mayer Brown]

    * Not one, but two former Utah Attorneys General charged with corruption. [Deseret News]

    * The CFPB brought suit against a debt collection lawsuit mill. A working CFPB. One more great thing we used to get from recess appointments. Thanks Breyer. [CFPB]

    * Oh no. A law school tuition Kickstarter. [Kickstarter]

    * New York tried to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Unfortunately, the law didn’t create a remedy if the banks refused to follow the law. Well, it was our fault for thinking Albany could do something right. [WiseLaw NY]

    5 Comments / / Jul 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Juggalo Washington

    5th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Contract Attorneys, Free Speech, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.16.14

    * The Insane Clown Posse is appealing their loss in the “Juggalos aren’t gang members” case. F**king lawsuits, how do they work? [Lowering the Bar]

    * After losing before the Supreme Court, the University of Texas affirmative action admissions program looked to be in serious trouble. But the Fifth Circuit just ruled that the UT policy met the strict-scrutiny analysis mandated by the Court. The lesson for Abigail Fisher is once more, “How about you get better grades instead of whining?” Or at least “Get politically connected.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Apple agrees to a conditional $450 million settlement with the NYAG’s office in the e-book suit. So you might get some money back from the 50 Shades of Grey purchase. [Reuters]

    * The Manassas city police have decided not to engage in kiddie porn pursuant to a warrant. Good for them. [Washington Post]

    * “Judges are not deities. They are humans.” Let’s not tell Lat, the shock might kill him. [Katz Justice]

    * Maybe it’s time lawyers started looking out for each other. This is a theme we’ve touched on before. [Law and More]

    * The hell? Parents arrested for letting their 9-year-old go to the park alone? Suffocating parenting is bad enough without the government expecting it of parents. [Slate]

    * CPAs are suing the IRS because the regulation of tax preparers lacks Congressional approval. Because we need more folks off the street claiming to be tax preparers. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Lawyer and former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon is under investigation by the South Carolina Office of Disciplinary Counsel for basically being a dick on Twitter. As Ken White notes, the First Amendment is all about giving guys like this a forum. [Slate]

    7 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, Celebrities, Federal Judges, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The View From Up North: Stroking Your SCOTUS

    What are the differences between the Canadian and United States Supreme Courts?

    21 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM
  • 190px-Judge_Judy

    8th Circuit, Baseball, Dahlia Lithwick, Daily Show, Football, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.14

    * There’s a company with no revenue and no profit run out of Belize with a $6 billion market cap. And this lawyer might be the reason why. [Fortune]

    * The discrimination claim brought by former professor Teresa Wagner against the University of Iowa College of Law must be retried. Congrats, Teresa! Celebrate with a round of shots. [Iowa Appeals]

    * Chris Kluwe intends to sue the Minnesota Vikings. He has a good chance because the Vikings can’t beat anybody. [Sports Illustrated]

    * Judge Judy is suing a lawyer over advertisements. [ABA Journal]

    * A-Rod is being sued by his lawyer for $380,000 in unpaid bills. Life’s hard for multimillionaires when the income stream is temporarily suspended. [NY Daily News]

    * Breaking up is hard to do. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to dissolve a law firm ethically if you follow this advice. Dewey know anyone who could have used this advice earlier? [Legal Talk Network]

    * Indiana Tech law school is in desperation mode. Who would have seen this coming? [Third Tier Reality]

    * The horrors of law school debt are becoming more obvious even to non-students. [Law School Lemmings]

    * Jon Stewart chats with Dahlia Lithwick about the Supreme Court. Embed after the jump…. [The Daily Show]

    1 Comment / / Jul 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • prayer LF

    Copyright, Debra Wong Yang, Education / Schools, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.14.14

    * Man claims his former employer discriminated against him because he was an atheist. Yep, this Hobby Lobby thing isn’t going to have any repercussions at all. [Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal]

    * Speaking of atheists and SCOTUS, the Court may have authorized the Town of Greece to get all religiousy at town board meetings, but an atheist is stepping up to the plate to deliver an invocation. Freedom of religion does mean he gets a turn. [Rochester Homepage]

    * There’s an icky sexual harassment story coming out of an elite L.A. school. And they’ve hired an elite law firm to investigate. [Gawker]

    * Cops do hear some pretty funny stories when they pull people over. [Legal Juice]

    * If you’re out of work, here’s an idea: this solicitor-to-be posted a selfie with a pigeon on Facebook and got an offer — along with a lot of publicity. [Legal Cheek]

    * Is the future of legal education online? Perhaps the better question is, “How will law schools overcharge when they no longer have brick-and-mortar facilities?” [Tipping the Scales]

    * A judge explains that incest and pedophilia aren’t such big deals anymore because gay people are accepted. Wow. [Jezebel]

    * Are you keeping up with Kirby v. Marvel? Because Jack Kirby’s estate is making a run at the Supreme Court in a case that affects billions. Embed below… [Bloomberg]

    7 Comments / / Jul 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM
  • Rabbit ears

    Federal Government, Supreme Court

    It’s ALIVE! Aereo Lurches Back To Life, Sort Of

    Trying to make lemonade out of the lemon handed to it by the Supreme Court, Aereo has come up with Plan B.

    0 Comments / / Jul 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM
  • 220px-Richard_G._Kopf_District_Judge-RF

    Antonin Scalia, Blog Wars, Blogging, Federal Judges, Jed Rakoff, Legal Ethics, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Shira Scheindlin, Supreme Court, Thomas Goldstein

    Are Federal Judges Out Of Control?

    A federal judge lands in hot water for telling the Supreme Court to “stfu.” It’s just part of a growing trend of criticizing federal judges for having opinions.

    16 Comments / / Jul 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia on gay marriage.

    Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Jeffrey Toobin, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Videos

    Scalia Calls Thomas ‘A Nut’

    Justice Scalia is asked to evaluate the jurisprudence of his partner in crime. His answer will amaze.

    5 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM
  • See the resemblance here?

    10th Circuit, Biglaw, Celebrities, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Utah, Video games

    Morning Docket: 07.10.14

    * Utah is appealing its gay marriage case directly to the Supreme Court, presumably because the state’s attorney general doesn’t even want to bother with an en banc hearing before the Tenth Circuit. This should be good. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Perkins Coie recently appointed its first ever Washington, D.C.-based managing partner in its 102-year history. Congrats to John Devaney, who will lead a “true national firm” beginning in January 2015. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * When your career goes awry in Biglaw through no one’s fault but your own, you can end up living your life in shame or in jail. We’re going venture a guess and say the former is nicer than the latter. [Am Law Daily]

    * How can law school graduates obtain law work experience? Simple. Get on your knees and learn how to please. Just kidding. Take some advice from this “poorly written” article instead. [CollegeRecruiter.com]

    * Everything about Lacey Jonas from Grand Theft Auto V is so Lindsay Lohan-esque that she should totally win her lawsuit. Just take it from someone who’s “no legal expert, but know[s] [her] tabloid stars.” [TIME]

    * Need a break from bar exam studying? Searching for something to do as a summer associate? Are you an attorney in need of fun? Come to tonight’s trivia event! All are welcome, sign up here. [Above the Law]

    13 Comments / / Jul 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM
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    Bar Exams, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Summer Associates, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.08.14

    * The criminal codes violated in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Violations of the code of good filmmaking not included. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Remember the guy who turned Justice Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby dissent into a song? It turns out he’s been recording a song a day since 2009 and that was his first hit. Congrats! Hopefully next Term Justice Alito can declare suffocating orphans constitutional so this guy can have a follow-up. [Music.mic]

    * How to end an internship? The key is drunkenly denouncing all your bosses in public. Oh, how to end an internship positively? Well, then I’m going to need some advice. [Corporette]

    * Fracking interests have a new plan to promote the well-being of those living in affected areas: pay them $50,000 to grant universal releases. This doesn’t make fracking sound dangerous at all. [Pro Publica]

    * Hey folks taking the New York bar exam at the Javits Center! Order your lunch. [Custom Gourmet]

    * Insurance companies are asking American customers to go to Tijuana for medical care. “I know you need heart surgery, but have you considered how awesome it would be to take in a donkey show after your release?” [New Republic]

    * Mitchell Epner, who is basically our Donald Sterling beat reporter, has a recap of the first day of the proceedings. [mitchellepner]

    * Conviction for multiple sexual assaults “can be the basis of an interim suspension of his law license.” Seems like that should be a little more definite. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * One of the underappreciated challenges in state and local governance is the inability to permalink statutes. [Government Executive]

    2 Comments / / Jul 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM
  • Casey Anthony

    Baseball, Biglaw, Defamation, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Madonna, Morning Docket, Murder, Privacy, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology, Trials

    Morning Docket: 07.08.14

    * Squire Patton Boggs has announced the new leadership structure of its lobbying and public policy practice. It’s really no surprise that the head honchos of the group hail from the Patton Boggs side of the recent merger. [Politico]

    * “It’s funny how the Supreme Court reaches down and picks this case.” The most important digital privacy case of our time just happened to be filed by Stanford Law’s SCOTUS Litigation Clinic. Awesome. [San Jose Mercury News]

    * If you’re caught on camera sleeping during a Yankees/Red Sox game, you can probably expect abuse from ESPN announcers. If you call someone an “unintelligent fatty” as an announcer, you can probably expect a $10M defamation suit. [New York Post]

    * “I’m proud to do my job.” Madonna finally rescheduled her jury duty session in New York City, but she was dismissed early so as not to create a “further distraction for the courthouse.” [New York Daily News]

    * It’s been three years since Casey Anthony was acquitted of her daughter’s murder. Let us remember this most amazing voicemail: “CASEY ANTHONY NEEDS TO ROT IN HELL! SHE NEEDS TO DIE!” [CNN]

    11 Comments / / Jul 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Donald Sterling

    Basketball, Benchslaps, Books, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.07.14

    * Mitchell Epner breaks down the Donald Sterling trial, which kicked off today. Or “tipped off” today. [CNBC]

    * Judge Kopf reviews Keith Lee’s The Marble and the Sculptor. Keith can take heart that His Honor didn’t tell him to STFU. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * MoloLamken offers its comprehensive review of the Supreme Court’s recently concluded adventures from the perspective of businesses. Spoiler alert: businesses did really, really well. [MoloLamken]

    * Former seminary dean lied about his religious background and then tried to sue the guy who called him out on it. Benchslapping ensued in a fee decision: “Plaintiff’s sparse trickle of written argument gave way at the hearing to an overflow of objectively unreasonable claims…. Plaintiff either cast unsupported aspersions or asserted boldfaced contradictions, adopting whatever narrative best served him at the time.” In fairness, those sound like they might be assets in organized religion. [Religion Posts]

    * If you want to know what’s up in the energy sector, Breaking Energy now has a “Law Firms Perspective” feed. [Breaking Energy]

    * Discretion is the better part of valor: gamblers turned down around $1.5 million payout to sue casino for illegal detention… and then lost. [ATL Redline]

    * I’ve said before that I find the concept of legal tattoos fascinating. This one is incredibly meta….

    5 Comments / / Jul 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • money1

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Job Searches, John Roberts, Kids, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.07.14

    * If you’ve been dying to know what the partner compensation spread looks like at your firm, then we’ve got your fix. Check out the insane 23 to 1 spread over at Perkins Coie. [Am Law Daily]

    * “It’s a complete structural change, and it’s not going away. The end result is fewer graduates, and fewer law schools.” With enrollment still dropping, the end seems near. [Boston Globe]

    * “I predicted the collapse of legal education, but I didn’t quite predict how bad it would be.” Dean Frank Wu of UC Hastings Law is fighting his way out of a rankings slump. Good luck. [The Recorder]

    * Widener is the latest law school to roll out a solo / small firm incubator. Only grads from the class of 2014 may apply. Earlier grads are ineligible because they presumably have jobs… maybe. [PennLive.com]

    * A judge has denied bail for the Georgia man accused of sending sext messages during his seven-hour work day while his 22-month-old son was left to die in his hot car. Ugh, this is terribly sad news. :( [CNN]

    4 Comments / / Jul 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Supreme Court

    Supreme Court

    Who Would You Want On The Supreme Court?

    Spend your holiday crafting your ideal Supreme Court.

    54 Comments / / Jul 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM
  • gun with bullets

    Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.03.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, July 4, in observance of the day when Will Smith beat those aliens.

    * Two state supreme courts rejected the bids of guns rights advocates to give felons the right to own guns. But if you outlaw guns, only outlaws… wait, that slogan doesn’t work here. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Hobby Lobby fallout. Religious groups are asking President Obama to accommodate their “sincerely held belief” that gay people don’t deserve jobs. [Talking Points Memo]

    * On the other hand, Hobby Lobby opens the door to student loan forgiveness. [Tyler Coulson]

    * People hated talking to Steve Jobs about their work. Was it because kids these days don’t understand the value of hard work? Or was it because computer geeks are notoriously introverted? [What About Paris?]

    * Don’t discriminate against people getting divorces — they’ve got enough to worry about. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Some legal academics think bank executives should be paid in bonds. Here are some arguments against that. [Fortune]

    15 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
  • Justice Samuel Alito

    Antonin Scalia, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Is Alito Trying To Unseat Scalia As King Of The Supreme Court’s Conservative Bench?

    It’s Justice Alito’s time in the sun, and winter is coming for Justice Scalia.

    12 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM