Affirmative Action

  • 220px-Vijay_Singh

    Affirmative Action, Federalist Society, Golf, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.09.13

    * An analysis of Vijay Singh’s suit against the PGA. Any legal analysis that requires that much use of the phrase “deer antler spray” is worth it. [Sports Law Blog]

    * The highest paid state employee by state. If you’re a lawyer, you want to live in Maine. [Deadspin]

    * A visual representation of every Federalist Society event. [UChiLawGo]

    * Cheez-Its are really, really good. [Legal Juice]

    * “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a bear cub with a gun. Or something.” [Bear Lawyer]

    * Professor Nick Rosenkranz wonders if a 50/50 quota is appropriate to generate intellectual diversity at law schools since Harvard Law seems to think that gender diversity merits a 50/50 quota. The answer is no. Thanks for playing. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Our own rankings guru Brian Dalton sat down for an interview about the new ATL Top 50 Law Schools rankings. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * And Elie went on Bloomberg to discuss our inaugural rankings, too….

    2 Comments / / May 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM
  • Apparently a needed essential for Justice Breyer?

    Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Deaths, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Sports, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    Afternoon Docket: 04.29.13

    Ed. note: Apologies for the technical difficulties that have prevented us from posting until now. Thanks for your patience!

    * Attention prospective law school applicants: affirmative action, at least as we currently know it, may not be long for this world. A decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas case is expected as early as this week. Stay tuned. [Reuters]

    * Justice Stephen Breyer had to get shoulder replacement surgery after having yet another bike accident (his third, actually). Please — somebody, anybody — get this man some training wheels. Justice is at stake! [New York Times]

    * “We’re not going to take it, goodbye.” That’s what retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wishes the high court would have said when it came to the controversial Bush v. Gore case. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Thanks to the sequester, the Boston bombings case may turn into a “David and Goliath” situation. Sorry, Dzhokhar, but your defense team may be subject to 15 days of furlough. [National Law Journal]

    * George Gallantz, the “founding father” of Proskauer’s sports law practice, RIP. [New York Law Journal]

    * Leo Branton Jr., the defense attorney at the helm of the Angela Davis trial, RIP. [New York Times]

    11 Comments / / Apr 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM
  • 230px-AtTheMovies

    Abortion, Affirmative Action, Antitrust, Baseball, Basketball, Crime, Deaths, Law Professors, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.04.13

    * Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70. A great critic (his audio commentary track on the Citizen Kane DVD is amazing), whose work with the late Gene Siskel basically defined film criticism for a generation. At least now we know how we will be judged when we die — a simple thumbs up, thumbs down from Gene and Roger. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * Exploring the link between baseball’s antitrust exemption and Roe v. Wade. It’s more than just saying the Royals are an abortion of a team. [Concurring Opinions]

    * “Bring me the head of the person who did this”: the best closing to a C & D letter ever. [Popehat]

    * A Rutgers-Camden 3L breaks down the looming sh*tstorm at Rutgers over basketball coach Mike Rice’s treatment of players. [The Legal Blitz]

    * If you’ve pulled off a successful robbery, don’t taunt the victim from a traceable phone. I mean, act like you’ve been there before, man. [Legal Juice]

    * It is a little funny to say that a city is looking for weaker swimmers to serve as lifeguards, but ultimately this represents the simplistic nature of the anti-affirmative-action argument: no one is saying lifeguards shouldn’t be qualified, just that a system that only privileges a strong swimming résumé will always result in affluent white kids with 10 years of swim classes getting these jobs. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Lawyers are often jerks, but this is a new twist. Help out a lawyer trying to make it in the small-batch, artisan jerky business.[Kickstarter]

    * Maybe there aren’t actual Commies at Harvard Law School, but the ratio of liberals to conservatives/libertarians on the faculty is still extremely high. [Nick Rosenkranz]

    5 Comments / / Apr 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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    Affirmative Action, Andrew Cuomo, Sonia Sotomayor

    Andrew Cuomo Pads His White House Quals By Having Senate Crap All Over His Nominee

    The New York Senate has decided to give Andrew Cuomo a taste of the presidency by acting like toddlers and dissing his Court of Appeals nominee.

    12 Comments / / Feb 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM
  • Wise Latina?

    6th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Federal Judges, Politics, Quote of the Day, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: Partisan Hearts Beating Underneath Their Robes?

    How political are federal judges? Pretty darn political, according to a new book (co-authored by a noted federal judge).

    3 Comments / / Nov 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM
  • stack of money

    Affirmative Action, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, Heller Ehrman, Howrey LLP, Law Schools, LSAT, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Sex, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, Williams & Connolly

    Morning Docket: 11.20.12

    * Who will represent General David Petraeus as he continues to battle the fallout from his scandalous affair with Paula Broadwell? None other than Williams & Connolly partner Robert Barnett, a lawyer for Washington, D.C.’s most elite. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Just in case you weren’t somehow aware, it costs quite a pretty penny to make bankrupt Biglaw firms go away. For example, more than 40 firms have paid off Brobeck, Coudert, Heller, Howrey, and Thelen with settlements of more than $35.5M. [Am Law Daily]

    * Hostess and the striking Bakers’ Union have agreed to go to mediation to prevent the company’s wind down. Judge Drain should force feed them delicious Ding Dongs to make them see the error of their ways. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “Even without a so-called affirmative-action ban, law schools aren’t doing great in terms of diversity.” That’s probably why admissions officers are so worried about the verdict in Fisher v. Texas. [National Law Journal]

    * For the last time, going to law school isn’t the solution for having no idea what you want to do with your life after college. And you don’t need a JD/MBA, either. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Sometimes, when people from LSAC deny you extra time on the LSAT, you sit back and deal with it. Other times, you sue their pants off because your dad is a power litigator — and then you settle. [New York Post]

    0 Comments / / Nov 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM
  • Supreme-Court-SCOTUS-photo-by-David-Lat1

    Affirmative Action, Drugs, Education / Schools, Immigration, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Is There A Critical Mass On The Supreme Court To Follow The Court’s Affirmative Action Precedents?

    SCOTUS columnist Matt Kaiser brings us the latest news from the High Court…

    19 Comments / / Oct 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM
  • Sarah Jones

    Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Job Searches, Kids, Law Professors, Law Schools, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Morning Docket, Prostitution, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Sex, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.09.12

    * “I don’t think that we even need to have a race box on the application.” Abigail Fisher is getting even more time in the spotlight thanks to this media interview, which is sure to be the first of many. [New York Times]

    * “[T]hey didn’t do anything wrong civilly — and they certainly didn’t do anything wrong criminally.” Tell that to the prosecutors who are looking into the circumstances of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s epic fail. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Lateral hiring in midsize/regional firms seems to be up for those with “real-world experience,” but the starting salaries aren’t anything to write home about — they’re still on the “low” side. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    * Jerry Sandusky’s sentencing hearing is today, and in addition to the tape he already released, he’s planning to read a statement before he receives what’s likely to be a life sentence. WE ARE… kind of tired of hearing about his supposed innocence. [CNN]

    * “There are fewer interviews and fewer schools interviewing.” This week, would-be law profs who attend the AALS “meat market” will get a taste of what recent graduates have been experiencing. [National Law Journal]

    * Sarah Jones, aka “The Dirty Bengals Cheerleader,” reached a plea agreement in her sexual misconduct case. She won’t get jail time, but she wants to go to law school. Same difference, amirite? [Washington Post]

    * Alicia Guastaferro, the pageant princess-cum-alleged prostitute, will plead not guilty later this week. If Wife Swap had a “Where Are They Now” edition, this girl would assure good ratings. [Democrat and Chronicle]

    8 Comments / / Oct 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS small

    Affirmative Action, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Elena Kagan, Gay, Gay Marriage, Minority Issues, Paul Clement, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, Thomas Goldstein

    A Preview of the Upcoming Supreme Court Term (OT 2012)

    Here’s a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court Term, featuring the insights of Paul Clement and Tom Goldstein.

    5 Comments / / Sep 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM
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    Affirmative Action, American Constitution Society (ACS), Constitutional Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, Minority Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Kaiser’s Guide To Bluffing Your Way Through Knowledge About The Supreme Court’s New Term to Non-Lawyers

    October first is the start of the new Supreme Court term, and Matt Kaiser has some ideas on how you can bluff your way through knowledge about OT 2012…

    6 Comments / / Sep 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
  • Party Cake

    Announcements, Disability Law, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.12

    * Happy Blogiversary to… us. Above the Law turned six years old last week. In blog years, that’s like 100. I think we should put that on the masthead: Above the Law, Established circa 1912. In any event, thanks to all of our loyal readers who have been here from the beginning. Click on the link to take a look at how it all began. [Above the Law]

    * Family claims they were kicked off a flight because the airline didn’t want their Down syndrome child sitting in first class. If they win I think there are going to be able to afford a lot of first class flights in their future. [The Consumerist]

    * Obama is going to have more judicial vacancies after his first term than he inherited from Bush. Part of the problem is that conservatives know how important the courts are and move to obstruct the President at every opportunity. Part of the problem is that progressives don’t seem to understand how important this issue is. [Boston Review]

    * I hope many of you spent your Labor Day not feeling bad about having no paid labor. [The Onion]

    * I do not rule out the possibility that the who pretend to be concerned that affirmative-action “hurts” minorities are the biggest goddamn hypocrites on the face of the Earth. [Accuracy in Academia]

    * Don’t get me wrong, affirmative-action is so going down this upcoming term. There might be suitable alternatives in its place. I’m just finding it funny how some people are so outraged by this one program that allows colleges to “consider” race while developing their class. I can’t imagine how people would react if there was an inherent racial preference in American society for four hundred years. [SCOTUSblog]

    13 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM
  • Fifty Shades of Ropes and Gray

    Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Defamation, Labor / Employment, Lawsuit of the Day, Minority Issues, Partner Issues, Privacy, Racism

    Lawsuit of the Day: Fifty Shades of Ropes & Gray

    Let’s take a closer look at former Ropes & Grey associate John H. Ray III’s newest complaint against his old firm— as well as an interesting Above the Law shout-out featured within the document…

    22 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM
  • The Snooki Defense

    9th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Asians, Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Harvard, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Technology, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 05.08.12

    * Aw, come on, Mort, Dewey really have to pay you $61M? In case you missed it last night, the only thing that made the former vice chairman’s departure memo dramatic was the insane amount that he claims he’s owed. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Congratulations to Jacqueline H. Nguyen on her confirmation to the Ninth Circuit. She’s the first Asian American woman to sit on a federal appellate court, so she’s earned our judicial diva title (in a good way). You go girl! [Los Angeles Times]

    * Google might’ve infringed upon Oracle’s copyrights, but a jury couldn’t decide if it constituted fair use. Sorry, Judge Alsup, but with that kind of a decision, you can bet your ass that there’ll be an appeal. [New York Times]

    * A Harvard Law professor has come to Elizabeth Warren’s defense, claiming that an alleged affirmative action advantage played no role in her hiring. And besides, even if it did, it only played 1/32 of a role. [Boston Herald]

    * Classes at Cooley Law’s Tampa Bay campus began last night. Unsurprisingly, the inaugural class is double the size originally projected, because everyone wants to attend second-best school in the nation. []

    * Albany Law will be having a three-day conference on the legal implications of the Civil War. This could be a little more exciting if presenters wore reenactment garb and did battle when it was over. [National Law Journal]

    * Jury selection is underway in a second degree murder trial that will forever be known as the case where a defendant first raised the “Snooki Defense.” He didn’t kill his wife… but her spray tan did. [CBS Miami]

    7 Comments / / May 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • smoking_joint

    Affirmative Action, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Student Loans

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.02.12

    * There is a difference between being “insensitive” and being wrong. It’s more important and less obvious than you might think. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Is it harder to go to college in America today if you are a minority — or if you are poor? [Forbes]

    * I live in Oakland, so I’m more surprised when a day goes by that I don’t see someone with marijuana sticking out of their pants. [Legal Juice]

    * The finalists in the ABA Battle of the Bands sound pretty darn good. My vote will probably to go to Jenner & Block partner Joe Bisceglia rocking out to some old Chicago blues. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Uggs just won a $686 million judgment against counterfeiters. But for some reason, after years of asking every woman I know, no one has been able to explain to me why people insist on wearing them when it is more than 25 degrees outside. I just don’t understand the appeal. [Fashionista]

    * It seems like NYU Law really doesn’t want to give up all of its employment data. Reminds me of playing “keep away” when I was seven, and specifically how the game always ended in shouting matches and damaged egos. [Law School Transparency]

    * In other ping pong related news… [DealBreaker]

    4 Comments / / May 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM
  • House-Rules-In-House-Counsel-260x1261

    Affirmative Action, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Minority Issues

    House Rules: Claiming Minority Status for a Leg Up

    When you’e forced to enter an applicant pool of thousands of other attorneys looking for a break, what can you do to set yourself apart? One possible strategy is to claim minority status on your application….

    27 Comments / / May 2, 2012 at 3:15 PM
  • affirmative action

    Affirmative Action, Law Schools, LSAT, Minority Issues, Privacy, Racism, Screw-Ups, Ted Frank

    Another Perspective on the Baylor Law Admissions Data and Affirmative Action

    Could the Baylor Law admissions data be used to argue AGAINST affirmative action? Ted Frank makes the case.

    53 Comments / / Apr 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
  • affirmative-action

    Affirmative Action, Law Schools, LSAT, Minority Issues, Privacy, Racism, Screw-Ups

    The Baylor Law Data Dump, Now With Race and Scholarships

    If we look at the Baylor Law raw data, we can really see what this affirmative action debate is all about…

    278 Comments / / Apr 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM
  • Baylor Law

    Affirmative Action, Law Schools, LSAT, Minority Issues, Privacy, Racism, Screw-Ups

    Baylor Law Screw-Up Reveals Personal Data of Entire Admitted Class: Data That We’ve Got

    Baylor Law accidentally releases personal information of admitted students…

    143 Comments / / Apr 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM