Affirmative Action

  • Do we have a dumb lawyer problem?

    9th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Blank Rome, Gay, Job Searches, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Pornography, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 01.23.14

    * The Supreme Court isn’t sure how to address restitution in this child pornography case, but the justices agreed that they didn’t like the “50 percent fudge factor” offered by a government attorney. [New York Times]

    * No, stupid, you can’t strike a juror just because he’s gay. By expanding juror protections to sexual orientation, the Ninth Circuit recently added a new notch on the gay rights bedpost. Progress! [Los Angeles Times]

    * The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board says the NSA’s domestic surveillance program is illegal and should be stopped. Sorry, Edward Snowden beat you to the punch on that one. [New York Times]

    * While Blank Rome was busy denying a possible merger with Nixon Peabody, it picked up 21 attorneys from two small firms in California to open a San Francisco office. Sneaky. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * Dennis T. O’Riordan, the ex-Paul Hastings partner who faked his credentials, was disbarred — not in New York, where he claimed he was admitted, but across the pond in the United Kingdom. [Am Law Daily]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know if your law firm considers law school pedigree during its hiring process. Please consider the law schools your firm shuts out from OCI, and respond accordingly. [ABA Journal]

    * Word on the street is UALR School of Law is trying to push an affirmative action program that’s “likely unconstitutional.” It might also be insulting to prospective minority students, so there’s that. [Daily Caller]

    11 Comments / / Jan 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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    Affirmative Action, Amy Schulman, California, Canada, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Prostitution, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.20.13

    * A federal judge just struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * After striking down Canada’s anti-prostitution laws, our neighbors to the North went ahead and approved a law school that functionally bans gays. What’s going on up there? Play keep away with the Stanley Cup for 20 years and they just lose their damn minds. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Chief Judge Alex Kozinski objects, but nobody wants to hear it. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Professor Richard Sander won the right to examine law school race, attendance and grade information, in a bid to prove his central theory that affirmative action somehow hurts black folks. I guess the California Supreme Court is on Team Sander. [San Jose Mercury News]

    * Amy Schulman, the powerful general counsel at Pfizer, is out — and now there’s some interesting speculation as to why. [Law and More]

    * So now everyone’s writing legal opinions over Fantasy Football trades. [BigLaw Rebel]

    * Jim Harbaugh gets all his legal acumen from Judge Judy. Next thing you know he’ll be objecting to “What’s your deal?” for lack of foundation. [ESPN]

    * Speaking of Jennifer Lawrence, she can probably help with your International Law final. [The Onion]

    * There’s a rundown of the top patent law stories of 2013 on the web next month. And there’s CLE to be had! [Patently-O]

    1 Comment / / Dec 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM
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    Affirmative Action, Law Professors, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Racism

    Are You On Team Sander?

    The ATL editors record their real-time reactions to the Team Sander story.

    137 Comments / / Nov 22, 2013 at 5:18 PM
  • racism blind to racism

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    Affirmative Action, Antonin Scalia, Election Law, Fashion, Non-Sequiturs, Richard Posner

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.16.13

    * Belgium has captured a real-life pirate king! But pirate kings just aren’t what they used to be. Something tells me Blackbeard wouldn’t have gone down because somebody said, “Hey, come back to England so we can make a movie about you.” [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * After a roller coaster malfunction killed a passenger, Six Flags responds by pointing the finger at someone else. They didn’t design or build the ride… they just bought it, promoted it, operated it, and profited off it, but they did not design or build it. [Houston Chronicle]

    * At oral argument, Justice Scalia ripped a lawyer for thinking the Fourteenth Amendment was designed to protect minority rights against a white majority. As Scalia notes, “that was the argument in the early years…. But I thought we rejected that.” Leave it to Justice Scalia to point out that no one makes decisions based on the publicly known original intent of the drafters of constitutional provisions from 150 years ago. That would just be silly. Now, if we’re talking 200 years ago… [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * A Texas judge is reprimanded for trying to pull strings for a friend. Unfortunately, it seems like he’s also really bad at pulling strings. [Legal Juice]

    * Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp has started a fashion industry law blog. Ooh Law Law. Oh, I see what you did there. [Ooh Law Law]

    * Judge Posner, who authored the decision that framed the entire voter ID debate by casting doubt that the laws could be used to disenfranchise voters, tells HuffPo Live’s Mike Sacks that he was completely wrong. Judge Posner explains that events have confirmed that voter ID laws are really all about disenfranchising poor and minority voters. Ever the empiricist that Posner guy. Full video after the jump… [New York Times]

    / Oct 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • It's raining scholarship money!

    Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Rankings, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.15.13

    * Affirmative action is again being put to the test before the Supreme Court, but this time, we’re not so sure the justices will punt the ball like last time. The countdown to one of Elie’s epic rants on race in America starts in 3, 2, 1… [National Law Journal]

    * The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is open for business, but the government shutdown has pretty much brought work at both the International Trade Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to a complete standstill. May they live to fight patent trolls another day. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Good news, everyone! Many Biglaw firms have changed the way they make their real estate and office space decisions, primarily because “maintaining profitability has become very challenging.” []

    * Here’s another list of the law schools where you can get the most bang for your buck — except it neglects to mention what percentage of the class responded to these salary questions. Oops! [PolicyMic]

    * Just saying, but if you’re applying to a law school on an early decision basis, it’s helpful if you actually want to go to that law school above all others. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    4 Comments / / Oct 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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    Affirmative Action, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Minority Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Minority Enrollment Plummets Thanks To Michigan’s Anti-Affirmative Action Statute

    Michigan’s anti-affirmative action statute has resulted in anything but a meritocracy.

    75 Comments / / Sep 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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    Abortion, Alan Dershowitz, Blogging, Constitutional Law, Football, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Layoffs, Media and Journalism, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Five Stories That Made This an Exhausting Week of Legal News

    My this was a busy week. Here’s a list of the big-ticket stories that struck my fancy this week.

    16 Comments / / Jun 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM
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    Affirmative Action, Anthony Kennedy, Baseball, Biglaw, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 06.25.13

    * As we wait for the biggest cases of this term, the question that seems to be on everyone’s minds is: “What would Justice Kennedy do?” We might find out the answer today if we’re lucky. [New Yorker]

    * At least we know what Justice Kennedy wouldn’t do. He’d never disrespect his elders like Justice Alito did yesterday after rolling his eyes at Justice Ginsburg while on the bench. [Washington Post]

    * Meanwhile, although the Supreme Court punted an important affirmative action ruling yesterday, Jen Gratz’s life has been defined by a more meaningful one made about a decade ago. [Washington Post]

    * It’s not what you know, it’s who you know: Covington, the firm where ex-DOJ lawyers go to make money, is representing some very big tech companies in their dealings with the NSA. [Am Law Daily]

    * Fox Rothschild picked up a small Denver firm to reach a “critical mass” of attorneys in its new office and offer full service. FYI, “full service” in Colorado means weed law now, you know. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “[G]iven the significant decline in law school applications,” Cincinnati Law is pushing for a 30 percent tuition and fees reduction for out-of-state students. That’s a step in the right direction. [WCPO ABC 9]

    * This guy had the chance to go to law school, and I bet he’s really kicking himself now after choosing to be a member of the Boston Red Sox bullpen instead. Poor kid, he could’ve had it all. []

    16 Comments / / Jun 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • The front of the Supreme Court building: 'Equal Justice Under Law.' (Click to enlarge.)

    Affirmative Action, Anthony Kennedy, David Boies, Jeffrey Toobin, John Paul Stevens, Labor / Employment, Minority Issues, Nina Totenberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Olson, Texas

    The Wait For Fisher Is Over, And It Was Not Worth The Wait

    In case you missed the earlier coverage, here’s an eyewitness report on what took place at the Supreme Court today, from Above the Law’s SCOTUS correspondent, Matt Kaiser.

    4 Comments / / Jun 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM
  • Diversity LF

    5th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Constitutional Law, Education / Schools, Minority Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Affirmative Action Is Dead In The Water; Diversity Is The 21st Century Fight

    SCOTUS ruling today signals the end of the old era of affirmative action, and the birth of a new one.

    78 Comments / / Jun 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM
  • Affirmative Action, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Constitutional Law, Education / Schools, Minority Issues, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    The Supreme Court Surprises in Fisher v. University of Texas

    The Supreme Court just handed down its opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a landmark affirmative action case. What did the Court rule?

    48 Comments / / Jun 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM
  • 'I see angry journalists in your future.'

    Affirmative Action, John Roberts, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    No Fisher Opinion? Blame the Supreme Court’s Astrologer!

    Will the stars be properly aligned next week? We can only hope!

    13 Comments / / Jun 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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    Abortion, Affirmative Action, Baseball, Education / Schools, Gay Marriage, Morning Docket, Nina Totenberg, Prostitution, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.20.13

    * Today is most likely going to be a banner decision day for the Supreme Court, so in wild anticipation, SCOTUS expert Nina Totenberg was on call to answer some need-to-know questions for the people about the innermost workings of the Court. [NPR]

    * One of the opinions we hope will drop at the Supreme Court today is that of the Fisher v. Texas affirmative action case. If you want some hints on how the three justices who attended Princeton (not counting Kagan) might rule, check this out. [Daily Princetonian]

    * Justice Samuel Alito is out in Texas where he threw the first pitch — “a bit wide of the plate” — in last night’s Rangers game. Will SCOTUS unleash anything important in his absence? [Washington Post]

    * Meanwhile, while we eagerly await decisions in the gay marriage cases next week, consider for a moment the possibility that this is all just but a gigantic train wreck waiting to happen. [New Republic]

    * Things are heating up in North Dakota where the battle over abortion regulations continues to rage on. What a shame, especially since we supposedly took care of this stuff in the early 70s. [ABC News]

    * “If this is what these women signed up for, who is anybody to tell them differently?” Two pimps were acquitted of sex trafficking after prostitutes testified on their behalf. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    5 Comments / / Jun 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • Edward Snowden USE

    Affirmative Action, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.13.13

    * Edward Snowden is still in Hong Kong. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Obama is a fan of the ladies. [The Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Well, if you don’t like what the Supreme Court is doing, you can still sit outside First Street and protest. I doubt it’ll have any effect whatsoever, but knock yourselves out. [National Law Journal]

    * Speaking of the Supreme Court, things are still harder for minority law students. Not that such pesky things like facts should stop Chief Justice Roberts from feeling confident about telling us how to end racial discrimination in our time. [National Law Journal]

    * As if the curse of Superman wasn’t bad enough, now he needs a lawyer. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

    * Lionel Messi is as creative with his tax bill as he is on the pitch. [QZ]

    4 Comments / / Jun 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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    Affirmative Action, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.07.13

    * Crafty trial tactics out of C-Town. A Cuyahoga County prosecutor was fired after he admitted to posing as a woman in a Facebook chat with an accused killer’s alibi witnesses in an attempt to persuade them to change their testimony. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

    * If you post on Facebook asking your employer to fire you, you can’t get mad when they, you know, fire you. [IT-Lex]

    * Yeah. Where the hell is Fisher? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * It’s a week late, but congratulations to whatever genius is behind UChiLawGo on graduating. [UChiLawGo]

    * Once again, you can’t pay your bill with pennies just to get revenge. [Legal Juice]

    * Some tips on turning your basketcaseness into eustress, which apparently means “good stress.” [Associate’s Mind]

    * New York eyes raising the retirement age for judges to 80. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Jun 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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    Affirmative Action, Blogging, D.C. Circuit, Job Searches, John Roberts, Non-Sequiturs, U.S. News

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.03.13

    * Slave law is still considered “good law” by the courts? Originalism is alive and well! [Post & Found]

    * For the first time ever, the Washington Post’s scavenger hunt/riddle/prove how pretentious we are competition was won by a single individual. Congratulations to Sullivan and Cromwell’s Sean Memon, an ’08 Duke grad, who prevailed after figuring out that nothing was happening. That makes sense when you read the article. [Constitutional Daily]

    * Here’s an argument against affirmative action based on the premise that black people at the barest of margins may be hindered by having too good of a résumé. This is, well, wrong, but much more intellectual than the arguments against affirmative action advanced by the Chief Justice. [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * A San Diego lawyer is seeking a young attorney in L.A. to work for slightly more than peanuts. But the requirements are entertaining, like confidence that “you are going to be the next F. Lee Baily or Johnny Cochran.” The poster is also an “elderly gay man (late 50′s).” Is that really elderly anymore? [Craigslist]

    * More on the problems facing the D.C. Circuit. Probably a good reason to shrink the complement of the Circuit. [SSRN]

    * Another look at the business benefits of blogging. Get out there, people! [Likelihood of Confusion]

    * Hey there, lawyers! The Wall Street Journal would like you to know that you and your ilk are responsible for the student loan bailout. Video after ye olde jump…

    11 Comments / / Jun 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • Just take a compliance class, bro.

    Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Disasters / Emergencies, Election Law, Gay Marriage, Insurance, Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 05.29.13

    * This year, like every year before it, SCOTUS is saving the best cases (read: most controversial) for last. We’ll likely see opinions on voting rights, affirmative action, and gay marriage in June. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * We know of at least one Biglaw firm that will be putting its increase in gross revenue to work. Boies Schiller is planning to open its first office outside of the United States in the “near-term.” [Am Law Daily]

    * If you’d like to get paid under a terrorism insurance policy for your damages in the Boston bombings, you’ll have to wait; the bombings haven’t been certified as acts of terror yet. [National Law Journal]

    * Mandatory pro bono work is now required for bar admission in New York, but it’s still not enough to close the justice gap. Now Chief Judge Lippman wants to give non-lawyers a chance to provide legal services. [New York Law Journal]

    * Arizona Law recently made the announcement that interim dean Marc Miller has been instated as the school’s permanent dean. What’s not to like about a “new” dean and new tuition cuts? [UANews]

    * As many of our readers know, the job market is rough, but apparently if you take some compliance classes in law school, you’ll magically become employable. Great success! [Corporate Counsel]

    * Brooklyn Law, do you remember what your old dorm looked like? It’s different now that it’s been transformed into an apartment complex that’s no longer stained with the tears of law students. [Curbed]

    1 Comment / / May 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM