Animal Law

  • Forget horse heads -- this is what you wake up to if you try to unionize at Burger King.

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Blank Rome, Craigslist, Fast Food, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.30.13

    * Burger King sells burgers by celebrating that they are built with fictional union labor while actively interfering with workers forming real unions. This would be too much hypocrisy for some, but Burger King gets to have it its way. [Buzzfeed]

    * I cannot top the subject line from the tipster: “Obama calls the nation to arms on trade secret theft, but the nation is at the mall.” [Orrick]

    * A review of Logan Beirne’s new book Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency (affiliate link). I wonder what George Washington would say if the Senate blocked his judicial nominees? [Washington Times]

    * Step One: Collect cash from government for doing business in downtown Manhattan. Step Two: “Close” the firm and move all the partners and cases to Blank Rome. Step Three: Refuse to pay back the money. [Thompson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Why does everyone want to go to law school? I figured it was just to compete in the ATL Law Revue competition. [The League of Ordinary Gentlemen]

    * Be nicer to the sea cows! [Lowering the Bar]

    * This Craigslist job posting under “Legal/Paralegal Jobs” in San Diego: Accidental listing or sadly prophetic commentary on the legal job market? Just in case someone removes the listing, I’ll post a screenshot after the jump…

    6 Comments / / May 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • Jodi Arias

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Boalt Hall, Cocaine / Crack, D.C. Circuit, Death Penalty, Drugs, Eric Holder, Federal Judges, Gay, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Murder, Tax Law, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.24.13

    * “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.” Thanks Obama, but AG Eric Holder was the one who kind of signed off on the James Rosen search warrant. [Open Channel / NBC News]

    * The chief judge of the D.C. Circuit apologized for a lack of transparency in the James Rosen probe, and this is one of the least embarrassing things that happened this week. [Washington Post]

    * Despite having “done nothing wrong,” embattled tax official Lois Lerner announced she’s been placed on administrative leave in light of recent events. I salute you, fellow WNE grad. [National Review]

    * Watch out, patent trolls, because this proposed bill might actually be — gasp! — helpful. If enacted, the Patent Abuse Reduction Act’s goal is to help keep discovery costs down. [Hillicon Valley / The Hill]

    * It’s a hell of a drug: for some lawyers, the sequester won’t be such a bad thing after all, because Coast Guard and Navy forces won’t be available to intercept 38 tons of cocaine. [Breaking Defense]

    * Proskauer Rose’s ex-CFO, Elly Rosenthal, has cut down her $10 million suit against the firm to just one allegation. She claims the firm fired her solely for her diagnosis of breast cancer. [Am Law Daily]

    * A third perpetrator emerged in the Berkeley bird beheading case, and he was just sentenced to two days in jail. Can you listen to BARBRI in a jail cell? I guess he’ll find out. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * The Boy Scouts of America will now admit openly gay youths into their ranks for the first time in the history of ever. You should probably “be prepared” for a flurry of litigation over this. [New York Times]

    * A mistrial was declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial. Ugh, come on with this, the Lifetime movie is already in post-production! How on earth are they going to work this in? [CNN]

    4 Comments / / May 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • cute puppy RF

    Animal Law, Law Schools, Pets, Reader Polls

    Stress Relief and Finals? Law Schools Are Going to the Dogs!

    What is your law school doing to help you with stress relief during finals?

    33 Comments / / May 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM
  • angry-judge-e1337103378136-RF

    9th Circuit, Animal Law, Benchslaps, Pets

    City Gets Benchslap With a Rolled Up Newspaper Over Dead Dog

    Federal judge is not impressed with legal defense of city that shot a dog.

    8 Comments / / Apr 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM
  • Party on, Justice Breyer.

    8th Circuit, American Bar Association / ABA, Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Confirmations, Federal Judges, Immigration, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 04.25.13

    * On this episode of Supreme Court Retirement Watch, we learn that for whatever reason, Justice Breyer is “having the time of his life,” and so once again, all eyes are upon Justice Ginsberg. Maybe in 2015, folks. [The Hill]

    * How unusual that a federal judge would see a confirmation in less than three months. If only Chuck Grassley owed favors to all of the nominees. Congratulations to Jane Kelly, now of the Eighth Circuit. [Legal Times]

    * Thanks to an unprecedented ruling from Judge Dolly Gee, mentally disabled immigrants facing deportation will be receive government-paid legal representation. New law school clinics, assemble! [New York Times]

    * “Among the things the ABA is working on, this may be the most important.” Too bad the Task Force on the Future of Education seems to suffer from too many cooks in kitchen. [National Law Journal]

    * Another one bites the dust: Team Strauss/Anziska’s lawsuit against Brooklyn Law School over its allegedly phony employment statistics has been dismissed. Sad trombone. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Justin Teixeira, one of the Berkeley law students accused in the Las Vegas bird beheading, waived an evidentiary hearing so the media couldn’t squawk about video images they’d see. [Washington Post]

    8 Comments / / Apr 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • Don't Tase me bro'

    Animal Law, Pets, Police

    ‘Don’t Shoot My Dog’ Law

    Dogs aren’t people, but they’re something more than property.

    43 Comments / / Apr 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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  • Las Vegas Nevada

    American Constitution Society (ACS), Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Crime, Deaths, Federalist Society, Law Schools, Pictures, Shameless Plugs, Violence

    ATL Field Trip: Viva Las Vegas

    Greetings from Las Vegas, where two Above the Law editors will debating legal education tomorrow. While in town, we also paid a visit to the site of a major ATL story.

    8 Comments / / Feb 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM
  • Manti Teo

    Animal Law, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.17.13

    * A Charleston School of Law student leader was arrested for stalking. I’m not sure how else Charleston Law students are supposed to get jobs. [Fitsnews]

    * I think this is a very poor reading of the history of the Second Amendment that is making the rounds. Sure, having weapons really helped slaveholders, but that’s not “the reason” the Second Amendment was ratified. The founders had better reasons… reasons that have nothing at all to do with the time we live in, but that’s a different story. [Truthout]

    * By the way, you saw that Obama nominated a black lawyer for something, right? Since the Republicans in Congress are so concerned about Obama’s record on diverse appointments, I’m sure Todd Jones will be confirmed super quickly. [Daily Beast]

    * Should pet owners be allowed to recover for “sentimental value”? A Texas case might answer that question. I’m looking forward to the companion case in Arkansas where pet owners try to recover from loss of consortium. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * I’d be shocked if this Manti Te’o thing doesn’t end up with somebody suing someone for something. [New York Daily News]

    * There’s going to be a law and robots conference at Stanford in April. Because we all know how much robots love law. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    6 Comments / / Jan 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM
  • Eric Cuellar (left) and Justin Teixeira (right)

    Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Crime, Deaths, Law Schools, Violence

    Berkeley Bird Brain Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty Charge

    One of the Berkeley law students charged in connection with the killing of an exotic bird has pleaded guilty. What kind of sentence did he get?

    31 Comments / / Jan 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM
  • Tyrannosaurus bataar

    Animal Law, S.D.N.Y.

    Cretaceous Law: Bone Smuggler Pleads Guilty

    Mongolian presidents and American lawyers fight the good fight and win…

    4 Comments / / Dec 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM
  • guinea fowl RF

    Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Crime, Deaths, Law Schools, Violence

    So Much for Flying South: The Alleged Berkeley Bird Beheaders Have Been Criminally Charged

    The bird’s the word: two Boalties have been criminally charged in the decapitation of an exotic guinea fowl.

    22 Comments / / Dec 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM
  • RIP, Turk.

    Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Copyright, Crime, Environment / Environmental Law, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lunacy, Morning Docket, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Violence

    Morning Docket: 12.28.12

    * “I’m sorry Ms. Jackson, I am for real. Never meant to make your planet cry, I apologize a trillion times,” is likely what Barack Obama told Lisa Jackson when he found out she was stepping down as EPA administrator. [New York Times]

    * Cook County, Illinois, is experiencing problems wherein the kookiest of judges get “electoral mulligans” every six years. Public humiliation and harsh ratings might be a great way to finally put an end to this practice. [Chicago Magazine]

    * Another way to get revenge against the schools that screwed grads with their allegedly misleading employment stats: disciplinary action for ethical violations committed by those licensed to practice law. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, unless you’re accused of being a murderer birderer. Boalt Hall law students Justin Teixeira and Eric Cuellar have now been criminally charged for their alleged roles in the decapitation of an exotic bird. [Las Vegas Sun]

    * Harvard Law is offering a free online copyright class, and anyone can enroll — even 13-year-olds. This may be your only chance to take a course at an Ivy League school, so hurry up and apply. [National Law Journal]

    * George Zimmerman and his lawyer are being sued by a private detective for failure to pay $27K for security services, which included a detailed escape plan to get the murder defendant into a hidey-hole. [Boston Herald]

    1 Comment / / Dec 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM
  • Alan Dershowitz, Bar Exams, Gloria Allred, Jeffrey Toobin, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Pets, Violence, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.20.12

    * Better late than never: congratulations to everyone who passed the New Jersey bar exam. You’re just in time to get in on some Sandy class-action litigation. [New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners]

    * Congratulations to all the honorees from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association conference in D.C. last weekend — including, but not limited to, the Best Lawyers Under 40 awardees. [NAPABA]

    * And congrats to Professor Sherrilyn Ifill, incoming president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Does every bra made in America have Gloria Allred’s phone number sewn into it? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Who is “Portfolio Manager A” in the latest major insider-trading scandal? [Dealbreaker]

    * You don’t need to be a dog lover to find these allegations abhorrent. [Alabama Live]

    * Want to avoid dating Democrats (or Republicans)? There’s an app — okay, two websites — for that. [Jezebel]

    * After the jump, Jeffrey Toobin and Alan Dershowitz discuss Obamacare….

    Toobin is the author of The Oath (affiliate link). Dersowitz is the new owner of a $1.7 million Manhattan apartment. Their conversation took place last Friday, November 16, at the 92nd Street Y.

    1 Comment / / Nov 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS small

    Crime, Drugs, Pets, Police, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Dog Day At The Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court is going to the dogs. Today the justices spent their time discussing how and when police can use drug-sniffing canines.

    9 Comments / / Oct 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM
  • Cat

    Animal Law, Biglaw, Bloomberg, Kids, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, Technology, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.26.12

    * L.A. city council voted in favor of banning pet stores. Because walking your dog contributes to childhood obesitywaitwaitwhatthehell? [LA Times via Overlawyered]

    * If marijuana gets legalized, will there be a Green Gold Rush? [Daily Beast]

    * A Texas high school won’t let students vote for Homecoming unless they wear an electronic tracking chip around their neck. I didn’t realize Minority Report took place in Texas. [CNET]

    * A special Halloween version of scary s**t on the internet you maybe should be afraid of. [IT-Lex]

    * A bunch of alternate mottos for legal blogs, ATL included. Ours stars — who else? — the Commentariat. Nice work gang. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * After the jump, Lee Pacchia speaks with Dan DiPietro of Citibank, and has watchlist of the Biglaw firms that may fail in the near future….

    4 Comments / / Oct 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM
  • Comment-of-the-week11

    Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Comment of the Day, Contests, John Yoo, Law Professors

    Comment of the Week: The Bird Is the Word

    Who won the ATL Comment of the Week contest?

    3 Comments / / Oct 19, 2012 at 1:47 PM
  • Left to right: Eric Cuellar, mystery man, and Justin Teixeira.

    Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Crime, Deaths, Law Schools, Violence

    In Defense of the Alleged Berkeley Bird Murderers

    Readers come forward to defend the two Berkeley law students accused of killing an exotic bird in Las Vegas.

    31 Comments / / Oct 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM

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