Supreme Court

  • 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
  • Blacks Law Dictionary RF

    Alex Kozinski, Antonin Scalia, English Grammar and Usage, Federal Judges, Law Professors, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Westlaw

    Black’s Law Dictionary: An Interview with Bryan A. Garner

    David Lat interviews Professor Bryan A. Garner about the newest edition of Black’s Law Dictionary.

    13 Comments / / Jul 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM
  • Supreme Court portrait 2013

    Football, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.14

    * Politico asked 19 legal experts to evaluate the Supreme Court term. I wonder which 9 justices they thought were most important this term? [Politico]

    * One of the girls who stabbed a friend at the supposed behest of the fictional “Slenderman” was deemed incompetent. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Have you checked out the logo for Stussy jeans? Because those horsies look awfully familiar to a certain other, more famous jean company. [Los Angeles Intellectual Property Attorney Blog]

    * The sad truth for those of you banking on Biglaw careers to pay off your loans? You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. [Law School Lemmings]

    * The recent study that created a cumulative ranking of law schools based on LSAT scores, employment, and citations has been updated to account for school-funded jobs. No more gaming the system schools. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Womble Carlyle prevails in the discrimination suit brought by a cancer survivor they fired when her cancer treatment left her weak. What’s with lawyers picking on cancer survivors today? [Triangle Business Journal]

    * Mr. Florida Football: July 2014. Check out his stats: 6’1″, 245, 3 murder charges… [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The next generation wants to change the world. Maybe consider something other than law school. [Law and More]

    * The suit between Jerry Only and Danzig (Glenn, not Chris) is heating up with a countersuit. [Metal Sucks]

    * Time for another Battle of the Law Firm Bands! This one is in L.A. next Tuesday, July 8, and 11 bands from area law firms and companies are playing, including bands from Latham, Gibson, O’Melveny, and MoFo. It’s for a good cause, so show up. [Family Violence Appellate Project]

    2 Comments / / Jul 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Supreme Court portrait 2013

    Constitutional Law, Health Care / Medicine, Politics, Religion, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Who Do You Take Seriously In The Hobby Lobby Debate?

    Conservative columnist Tamara Tabo offers her reflections on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby.

    72 Comments / / Jul 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM
  • ruth bader ginsburg RF

    Music, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Sex, Supreme Court

    The Notorious RBG’s Hobby Lobby Dissent… IN SONG!

    If you’re not retiring, maybe you should consider hiring this guy to draft your opinions for you.

    8 Comments / / Jul 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • 190px-Judge_Judy

    2nd Circuit, Benchslaps, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.01.14

    * Judge Judy hears a case about Grindr. “Don’t pee on my leg… unless you’re into that.” [Gawker]

    * Supreme Court retirements announced! [Legal Times]

    * Most criminals don’t walk around in a giant yellow bird costume. This guy is not most criminals. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The Washington Post credits blogger Josh Blackman with coining the term “benchslap.” Professor Blackman corrected the author. Let’s get a Kickstarter going to buy her a Black’s Law Dictionary (affiliate link) so she doesn’t make this mistake again. [Washington Post]

    * The Chamber of Commerce didn’t win every case this term. But it came awfully close to perfect when it counted. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * If you’ve been looking to complete your collection of Second Circuit bobbleheads, behold Judge Denny Chin! If this wasn’t sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, I’d worry this pic was a little racist…. [Squareup]

    4 Comments / / Jul 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Even the high court's clerks are whitewashed.

    SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Technology, Thomas Goldstein, Twittering

    Angry Mob Takes To Twitter To Scream At SCOTUSBlog For Hobby Lobby Decision

    Whoever is in charge of the SCOTUSblog account responded with the second language that is innate to all lawyers: sarcasm.

    22 Comments / / Jul 1, 2014 at 10:15 AM
  • cooley blue

    Defamation, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.01.14

    * You may have missed this because you were busy lamenting yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions, so here are just a few of the high-profile cases for which the high court refused to grant cert. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A judge tossed a defamation suit filed against Cooley Law by the original law school litigation dream team. That’s too bad, it would’ve been interesting watch the trial. [National Law Journal]

    * George Zimmerman lost his defamation suit against NBC. As it turns out, the network didn’t need to edit those phone calls to make it seem like the acquitted artist was racist. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Listen, if you really feel like you need include an addendum to your law school application, you should try not to use too much flowery bullshit to explain away each of your misdoings and missteps. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S News & World Report]

    * Unfortunately, things aren’t exactly getting much better for women in Silicon Valley. A former vice president over at Tinder alleges that the company’s CEO called her a “whore” at a party. Eww! [Reuters]

    5 Comments / / Jul 1, 2014 at 9:11 AM
  • images

    10th Circuit, Bar Exams, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.30.14

    * For all of you gearing up for the bar exam, take heart that failure isn’t the end of the world. At least if you fail with a last name like “Roosevelt” or “Kennedy.” [Buzzfeed]

    * Hobby Lobby may be behind us, but there are still anti-ACA cases on the horizon. [The Advisory Board Company]

    * Morning Docket noted Neal Katyal’s op-ed suggesting the Supreme Court was less divided these days. Consider this a detailed response. [mitchellepner]

    * Thoughts on Kitchen v. Herbert. [Pollvogtarian]

    * The great unpaid internship revolt is on. And based on Harris, we should expect the working stiff’s got a great chance here. [Capital New York]

    * Some right-wing college paper is bent out of shape that a full law professor teaching one class (and running a clinic) is paid over $200,000. That salary actually doesn’t sound all that shocking. Now what would be interesting (though these folks probably wouldn’t care) is how that salary stacks up to his female colleagues’ pay. [The College Fix]

    * Ever see Jimmy Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” sketch? Here’s video of professors reading mean evaluations… [TaxProf Blog]

    0 Comments / / Jun 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Elena Kagan Justice Elena Kagan

    Elena Kagan, Labor / Employment, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Kagan To Country: ‘Hey, It Coulda Been Worse’

    Harris v. Quinn may have dealt a serious blow to public sector unions, but Justice Kagan has some good news for you!

    13 Comments / / Jun 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM
  • Sam alito flag

    Health Care / Medicine, Religion, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Hobby Lobby And The True Gangsta Life Of Justice Alito

    Hobby Lobby and the gangsta life of Justice Alito.

    124 Comments / / Jun 30, 2014 at 10:53 AM
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  • DC Fireworks

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Gay Marriage, Holidays and Seasons, Law Firm Mergers, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.30.14

    * “They aren’t required to hear it, but this is the major social issue of the day.” The Supreme Court will likely hear a gay marriage case soon, and it’ll obviously be a vehement 5-4 opinion. [NBC News]

    * But is SCOTUS really so bitterly divided now? Here’s a fun fact: The justices agreed unanimously in 66 percent of this term’s cases, and the last time that happened was in 1940. [New York Times]

    * A partner has left the luxuries of earning up to $4.8 million per year at Wachtell Lipton to start his own executive compensation boutique, which we understand is basically like seeing a unicorn. [Am Law Daily]

    * The post-merger world at Squire Patton Boggs is similar to the pre-merger world in that partners are still being churned in and out of the firm every other day. Check out the latest ins and outs. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The Fourth of July is coming up, and you know you want to light up some fireworks. Sure, it’s illegal to sell them in your state, but here’s where you can travel to go to buy some to celebrate freedom. [Yahoo!]

    2 Comments / / Jun 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM