ACLU

  • Gold stars and praise for all!

    ACLU, Biglaw, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, Drinking, Immigration, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Practice Pointers, Privacy, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Morning Docket: 06.12.13

    * “Going forward, nobody is going to get everything they want. Not Democrats, not Republicans, not me.” What a way to open the door to debate on the president’s newly endorsed bipartisan immigration bill. [New York Times]

    * The ACLU is suing the United States over the collection of Verizon phone records, citing a possible “chilling effect” on the people who may contact the ACLU. What an entertaining (and egocentric) cause of action. [Bloomberg]

    * When businesses throw cash at judges’ election campaigns, jurists tend to rule in favor of their donors — which is likely why Sandra Day O’Connor called state judges politicians in robes. [Washington Post]

    * If it’s not news of layoffs, it’s news of office closures: Dentons partners will vote on whether to close the firm’s doors in Kuwait, and Curtis Mallet-Prevost already got the hell out of the Gulf. [The Lawyer]

    * If you want a law school where professors pat you on the head and give you a treat each time you answer a question correctly, use this method to choose your alma mater. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * There’s a pretty high probability that you’re a legal procrastinator, so here are some tips to stop the madness. Apparently alcohol isn’t the answer to your problems. Who knew? [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * New York City may be trying to defend a ban on sugary drinks that are larger than 16 ounces, but if your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, it doesn’t matter how big it is. [Associated Press]

    1 Comment / / Jun 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Yelp-Reviews

    ACLU, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Defamation, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Free Speech, Money, Morning Docket, New York Times, Partner Issues, Technology

    Morning Docket: 01.03.13

    * Dewey know how much money this failed firm has run up on its tab for legal advisers since May? It’s quite the pretty penny — $14.8 million — and that amount actually includes some pretty ridiculous fees and charges, like $21,843 for photocopies. [Am Law Daily]

    * Everyone’s glad that we didn’t nosedive over the fiscal cliff, but the people who are the most excited about it seem to be Biglaw partners. This wasn’t the best bill, and more uncertainty means more work, which means more money. [National Law Journal]

    * It looks like we’re never going to find out what the Justice Department’s legal justification was for the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, because a federal judge upheld the validity of its secret memo. [New York Times]

    * Everyone flipped out over Instagram’s money filter, but they’re keeping relatively quiet about this mandatory arbitration provision. Quick, post some pseudo-legalese on your Facebook wall. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Good news, everyone! Thanks to this ruling, in Virginia, you can be as nasty and negative as you want to be on Yelp without fear that your voice will be censored… kind of like the Above the Law comments. [All Things D]

    1 Comment / / Jan 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM
  • middle finger lights

    ACLU, Antonin Scalia, Bernie Madoff, Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Federal Judges, Football, Free Speech, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Prisons, Robert Bork, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 12.21.12

    * Seven out of nine sitting Supreme Court justices were silent when it came to the passing of Robert Bork. Justice Antonin Scalia, of course, issued a public statement, as did liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (surprise!). [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * No one ever really doubted that it would take an army of Biglaw lawyers from the likes of Sullivan & Cromwell, Shearman & Sterling, and Wachtel Lipton to handle a monumental deal like the proposed $8.2 billion NYSE/ICE merger. [Am Law Daily]

    * Can you coach with Nick Saban and be a Miller Canfield partner at the same time? No. But you can sue (and win!) when the firm allegedly forces you out due to its “culture of fear and intimidation.” [Detroit Free Press]

    * Justice Rolando Acosta, who wrote the opinion upholding the dismissal of the class action case against NYLS, rates well among his peers as a nominee for the New York Court of Appeals. [New York Law Journal]

    * Peter Madoff was sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, but the judge will probably let him go to his granddaughter’s bat mitzvah before shipping him to the pokey. [Bloomberg]

    * Merry Christmas, now go f**k yourself. A federal judge has given a woman in Louisiana free rein to display holiday lights on her roof in the form of an extended middle finger. God bless America. [CBS 3 Springfield]

    7 Comments / / Dec 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • bride holding a bouquet

    2nd Circuit, ACLU, Biglaw, China, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Prisons, Religion, Sentencing Law, Solo Practitioners, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Student Loans, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 12.05.12

    * Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the fairest firm of them all? According to the 2012 Acritas Brand Index survey, the current leader of the Global 100 is the most powerful Biglaw brand for the fifth year in a row. [American Lawyer]

    * But that might not last for long, considering the dilemma Baker & McKenzie is facing when it comes to joining the Shanghai Bar Association in China. The firm is one of the first to indicate that it’ll take the plunge. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Thanks to the Second Circuit, Rajat Gupta will be a free man on bail pending the appeal of his insider trading conviction. We wonder what Benula Bensam would have to say about this new twist. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Jason Smiekel, the lawyer who pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire plot involving a former client, was sentenced to eight and a half years in federal prison. The things men will do for HHHBs. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Student loan payments: coming to a paycheck deduction near you! Congress is considering an overhaul of the country’s student debt collection practices, and Rep. Tom Petri has some interesting ideas. [Bloomberg]

    * The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is the latest school to hop aboard the solo practice incubator train, but graduates will have to rent their office space from the school. Nice. /sarcasm [National Law Journal]

    * “We didn’t file this complaint lightly.” Sorry, Judge Norman, but as it turns out, you can’t just sentence a teenager to attend church for 10 years as a condition of parole without pissing off the ACLU. [Tulsa World]

    * When your alterations cost more than your wedding gown, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll have some problems — ones worth suing over, if you’re a true bridezilla (like moi). [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    3 Comments / / Dec 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • online sex offender sexual predator

    ACLU, California, Perverts, Sex, Technology

    California To Rid Internet Of Perverts

    Bad news for sex offenders in California.

    13 Comments / / Nov 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM
  • Photo ID voters

    ACLU, Constitutional Law, Election 2012, Politics

    Pennsylvania Judge Upholds Voter ID Laws

    Judge will not issue an injunction to stop Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. Now let’s explain to our non-lawyer friends what “ripeness” means…

    91 Comments / / Aug 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM
  • Is this how you paid for law school?

    ACLU, Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Gender, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, Silicon Valley, Trials

    Morning Docket: 07.20.12

    * Dewey know why the deadline for agreeing to a proposed $103.6M settlement for former D&L partners has been pushed back? It looks like these people are still unhappy with the very thought of parting with their money. [Am Law Daily]

    * Four judicial nominees were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to fill federal district court positions in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Now it’s time to hurry up and wait for a final vote on the Senate floor. [National Law Journal]

    * “This is a garden variety sex harassment case.” That may be true, but when you’re dealing with a high-profile venture capital firm, and the plaintiff is an ex-Biglaw associate, you’re probably going to get some really bad press. [Washington Post]

    * Opening statements in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial discrimination trial were heard yesterday. Even “America’s Toughest Sheriff” might cower in light of plaintiff representation by Covington & Burling and the ACLU. [CNN]

    * Washburn University School of Law is planning to build a new facility for $40M. Unfortunately, the school will never be able to amass the funds needed to kill all the gunners, but we can still dream. [Kansas City Star]

    12 Comments / / Jul 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM
  • breastfeeding RF crop

    ACLU, Breasts, Law Schools, LSAT, Women's Issues

    Attention Ladies: Nursing Moms Will Get Extra Time on the LSAT

    LSAC has birthed a major about-face for women seeking entry to the legal profession. Will nursing moms finally get extra time on the LSAT?

    62 Comments / / Jun 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM
  • 'F**k this f**king sh*tty bonus!'

    ACLU, Biglaw, Bonuses, Clarence Thomas, Copyright, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay Marriage, John Edwards, Lambda Legal, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.31.12

    * “Our assets went home every night, until one night, they went home and never came back.” Aww, Dewey shed a tear for this bankrupt law firm? Nah. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * It looks like SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas decided to kiss and make up with his alma mater, Yale Law School. He’ll be the keynote speaker at an alumni dinner in D.C. this summer. [Reuters]

    * And the marriage equality battle has finally arrived in Obama’s former stomping grounds. Lambda Legal and the ACLU are challenging the ban on gay marriage in Illinois. [Associated Press]

    * The biggest news out of the John Edwards trial yesterday was that Judge Eagles told the alternate jurors they didn’t have to show up anymore. OMG, boring. Give us a verdict already. [ABC News]

    * Kim Dotcom and his company’s defense against the DOJ’s charges is coming together piece by piece. If only Megaupload were a torrent site, this would be a much better nerd joke. [Media Decoder / New York Times]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know if you curse in the workplace, and if so, in what situations. We bet that a fair share of Biglaw associates were dropping f-bombs left and right over this year’s bonuses. [ABA Journal]

    2 Comments / / May 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • no-bully-zone

    ACLU, Education / Schools, Facebook, Free Speech, Kids, Rank Stupidity, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    When Will We Stop Punishing Children for Being Children?

    The ACLU is defending three teenage girls who were expelled for saying on Facebook that they wanted to kill people. Here’s why they shouldn’t have been expelled…

    35 Comments / / Apr 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM
  • 6th Circuit, ACLU, Education / Schools, Gay, Gay Marriage, Religion

    Should Therapists Be Able to Turn Away Clients on Moral Grounds?

    Over the weekend, Mark Oppenheimer wrote an interesting New York Times piece about the Sixth Circuit’s recent ruling in Ward v. Polite (PDF). In that case, Judge Jeffrey Sutton — noted feeder judge, judicial hottie, and possible SCOTUS nominee in a Republican administration — handed a (partial) victory to Julea Ward, an evangelical Christian who […]

    36 Comments / / Feb 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM
  • 4th Circuit, ACLU, Akin Gump, Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Crowell & Moring, Drugs, Elena Kagan, Health Care / Medicine, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Solo Practitioners, Supreme Court, Torture, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 01.24.12

    * First the Jones verdict, then the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Jose Padilla’s torture lawsuit. It’s enough to make ACLUers develop bipolar disorder. [Washington Post] * Release the Kagan! The Supreme Court rejected Freedom Watch’s motion for time to argue that Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the Obamacare case. [CNN] * […]

    12 Comments / / Jan 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Occupy Wall Street bull small

    ACLU, Constitutional Law, Free Speech, Politics, Wall Street

    Are Occupiers Finally Learning The Value Of Competent Lawyering?

    I’ve said from the beginning that while the goals of the Occupy Wall Street crowd were not wrong, their tactics have been lacking. The denizens of “Wall Street” (at least not in its geographic form) didn’t cause the collapse of the American economy; they’re just trying to figure out how to profit from it. There’s […]

    111 Comments / / Nov 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM
  • ACLU, Breasts, Disability Law, Education / Schools, LSAT, Women's Issues

    Boobs v. Brains: Who Wins When It Comes to LSAT Accommodations?

    Some — but not all — people will get special accommodations for the LSAT (and law school exams, and the bar exam, and every other exam, ad infinitum). The question is, who really deserves these special testing accommodations? Boobs or brains?

    151 Comments / / Oct 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM
  • 9/11, ACLU, Airplanes / Aviation, D.C. Circuit, Disasters / Emergencies, Drinking, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Health Care / Medicine, Kids, Morning Docket, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 09.21.11

    * Hey, Preet Bharara, even Lady Gaga can read your poker face when you’re going all in on an allegation of Full Tilt Ponzi. Maybe Lederer and Ferguson will finally fold. [Wall Street Journal] * You know what this country really needs? More doctors who don’t believe in science. Another stem cell research case is […]

    27 Comments / / Sep 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM
  • ACLU, Breasts, Education / Schools, Feminism, Food, Gender, Kids, Women's Issues

    Udderly Deplorable

    Heather Burgbacher has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that she was fired from her job as a teacher because she had to leave the classroom to pump breast milk. Read on to get the details….

    82 Comments / / Aug 17, 2011 at 10:14 AM
  • ACLU, Constitutional Law, Education / Schools, Facebook, Free Speech, Kids, Pictures, Pornography, Sex

    Indiana Judge Upholds High School Girls’ Constitutional Right To Post Slutty Photos Online

    Back in 2009, some teen girls in Indiana had a sleepover that lived up to any teen boy’s fantasy version of one. After racy photos from the summer slumber party made their way to the principal’s office, two of the athletes in attendance were suspended from school sports for the year. What did the court have to say about their First Amendment right to post slutty photos of themselves online?

    39 Comments / / Aug 16, 2011 at 4:01 PM
  • 9th Circuit, ACLU, Barack Obama, Gay, Gay Marriage, Politics, Ted Frank

    Obama Directs DOJ to Stop Defending DOMA

    President Obama has directed the Department of Justice to stop defending Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder’s letter explaining the decision to Speaker of the House John Boehner appears here. In other marriage-equality-related news, the American Foundation for Equal […]

    126 Comments / / Feb 23, 2011 at 2:22 PM