Whether you agree or disagree with his views, you must admit that Judge Kozinski has a way with words.
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* Because sometimes the application of the law seems like an indecent proposal: Demi Moore is “in absolute shock” because she may be facing a lawsuit for negligent supervision due to a pool drowning that occurred at her home while she was out of the country. [Fox News]
* “The bow tie is a manifestation of my unwillingness to become part of the rabble.” Male lawyers face harsh criticism about their fashion choices, too, and these New Jersey attorneys will wear their bow ties with pride, no matter what. [Bergen Record]
* In a recent interview, Justice Alito critiqued his SCOTUS colleagues for adopting a seemingly limitless interpretation of the 14th Amendment: “I don’t know what the limits of substantive liberty protection under the 14th Amendment are at this point.” [Legal Times]
* If you’d like to be a federal appellate judge by the age of 35, then Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit has some advice for you. First and foremost, know where to “peddle your wares” — get a job in Washington, D.C., ASAP. [Concurring Opinions via ABA Journal]
* Managing partners, repeat this mantra: Don’t do a Dewey! Thanks to the D&L financial disaster, Biglaw firms have decided to cut back on or ditch bank loans completely and get by with a little help from their
friendspartners in times of need. [Wall Street Journal]
Judge Kozinski is not a fan of this busted system.
Judge Alex Kozinski explains that a lot of fault for our messed-up criminal justice system lies with judges and prosecutors.
* The “Stepford Hipsters” of Abercrombie & Fitch have to make reasonable accommodations for employees wearing hijabs. [ATL Redline]
* The EPA is seeking comment to a proposal to limit the pesticide exposure of bees, yeah… I am sure a few labels will stop the coming global agricultural disaster that colony collapse portends. [JD Supra]
* David Boies is leading a legal all-star team fighting the construction of a new Warriors Arena, guess BSF will be rooting for the Cavs. [San Francisco Business Times]
* We love a dash of dry humor buried in an answer — classic rockers Led Zeppelin admit to being one of the “greatest bands in history,” deny other allegations. [Lowering the Bar]
* On the rarity of Mark Fuller resigning from the federal judiciary — it is about a once-in-every-ten-years kind of an event. [Legal Schnauzer]
* Creating laws to keep up with advancements in artificial intelligence is bound to be… complicated. [Legal Theory Blog]
* Judge Alex Kozinski gets testy in a dissent, calling the result (denying insurance coverage for sunken oil barrels before they started actually leaking) “absurd.” [Trial Insider]
The Ninth Circuit believes that anti-whaling activity is piracy. Might the Supreme Court disagree?
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How can we address the threat of overly broad criminal statutes?
* Professor Campos thrashes those who deny the law school scam. Um… these analogies may be a tad over the top. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* Judge Kozinski movie night!!! [Los Angeles Times]
* Discovery is awesome. Let’s read some highlights from the Deutsche Bank LIBOR transcripts! [Bloomberg Business]
* “5 bad things about being a City lawyer that nobody tells you about.” [Legal Cheek]
* Marriage equality will likely come down to one simple edit. [Slate]
* An Arkansas judge was mauled by his father’s pet zebra. We hope the judge recovers, but what we’d really, really like to know is how the hell one comes to own a pet zebra in Arkansas. [KARK]
* Pregnant women on poles may officially be sexy under color of law. [EPLI Risk]
* If your law firm is trying to make you complete a marketing project in order to get your year-end bonuses — like Quinn Emanuel — here are some ideas for you to try. [Hellerman Baretz Communications]
* According to Robert Durst’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, people mutter triple murder admissions under their breath on hot mics all the time, and it’s usually not that big of deal. [Gawker]
Check out the video; arguing this case probably wasn’t fun for the government lawyer.
Apparently no one brushed up on legal ethics over the break.
* Another benchmark in the Ninth Circuit’s ongoing war against prosecutorial misconduct: a panel of judges — Kozinski, Wardlaw, and Fletcher — suggest trying prosecutors for perjury. [New York Observer]
* Lawyer and blogger Eric Turkewitz finds himself in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column. Just what was he doing with Selena Gomez while Justin Bieber wasn’t looking? [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]
* Kristine Sperling left her position as a senior associate at Latham to start her own organic soap company. And, I’m assuming, an underground fight club. [Good Day Sacramento]
* The 2015 Social Media Subpoena Guide. Everything you need to know about getting all their best cookie recipes off Pinterest. [Associate’s Mind]
* Tom Petty’s lawyers “Won’t Back Down” and now he’s getting royalties for that Sam Smith song. [Consequence of Sound]
* Which law professor rules the Twitterverse? A comprehensive numerical analysis provides the answer. [Ryan Whalen]
* A new, easy to use online version of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If you’re into that kind of thing. [Federal Rules of Civil Procedure]
* Lagunitas sued Sierra Nevada over beer. Beer connoisseurs pulled themselves out of their own vomit to tweet their disapproval. And it worked, Lagunitas dropped the suit. Imagine if we could harness the power of drunks for good. Or evil. Just anything. [SF Gate]
* Musing that maybe that daunting LSAT was the obstacle keeping students from filling seats, University of San Diego Law just opened up the school to USD grads — no LSAT required. [University of San Diego School of Law]
* Saks has heard the public backlash against its assertion that transgender people deserve no legal protections in the workplace and responded by… reasserting that transgendered people have no rights. [Slate]
* Fashion law isn’t just for Elle Woods acolytes anymore. [Racked]
* Ninth Circuit does not take kindly to a state prosecutor who lied under oath. [Seeking-Justice]
* SCOTUS justices don’t have to recuse themselves, and when they do, they don’t have to explain why. Let’s look at the recusals this Term and venture a guess at why each justice sat out. [Fix the Court]
* NY subways boast some ridiculous safety posters to cover themselves legally. Here’s a breakdown of their latest efforts. [NY Observer]
* Checking in on the always messed up developments down at Manhattan Supreme Court. [Wise Law NY]
* “Good news for law grads and law schools!” article ends up buried in a sea of caveats. Because of course it does. [TaxProf Blog]
At a recent conference on cybercrime, Posner unloaded with some of his more ridiculous beliefs.