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    Sony’s Choice: Is Obama Engaged In Victim Shaming?

    While President Obama was right about the consequences of heeding terrorist whims, he may have been wrong about whose responsibility it was to bear the burden of not heeding those whims.

    20 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.18.14

    * Many Biglaw firms seem to be dragging their feet to match Davis Polk’s generous bonus scale. Why’s that? According to one partner, these bonus matches have cut into his firm’s profits by about 4 percent. Yikes! [The Economist]

    * Total 1L enrollment in law school is the lowest it’s been since 1973, when there were 53 fewer schools. The next step would be to reduce tuition to 1973 levels, and then no one would have any more complaints. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Just because Bingham McCutchen bit the big one, it doesn’t mean that all of its pro bono cases will have to suffer the same fate. Not only did Morgan Lewis rescue most of the firm’s attorneys, but it’s also saving 500 of its pro bono cases. [Am Law Daily]

    * Now that President Obama has decided to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, lawyers are champing at the bit for more business opportunities. Love Cuban cigars? Well, lawyers love trademark disputes involving those cigars. [National Law Journal]

    * Greenberg Traurig reminds Florida clerks that if they issue gay marriage licenses, they could be criminally charged. Plaintiffs’ attorneys remind Florida clerks that if they refuse to issue gay marriage licenses, they could be sued. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * Our managing editor, David Lat, sat down with Vivia Chen to dish about some of his favorite things, from his new book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), to his new fiancé. Her book review: “I liked it! It’s a fun, breezy read.” Hooray! [The Careerist]

    15 Comments / / Dec 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • Beyoncé and Jay-Z

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.17.14

    * Law school enrollment continues its death spiral for the fourth year in a row, with enrollment down about 28 percent since 2010. Some schools — about 25 of them — have reported enrollment dips of more than 20 percent. Celebrate good times, come on! [National Law Journal]

    * Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the queen and king of rap royalty, have been sued over a sample that was allegedly used in their hit song, “Drunk in Love.” When asked for comment on the suit, our bae Bey kept it short and sweet: “Bow down, bitches.” [A.V. Club]

    * Yoohoo, SCOTUS, pay attention to this one: The first federal judge has weighed in on President Obama’s executive order on immigration, and in a four-page takedown, found it unconstitutional and “beyond prosecutorial discretion.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Katrina Dawson, an Australian lawyer who worked at Eight Selborne Chambers, was killed during the Sydney terrorist siege earlier this week. She reportedly died in an attempt to save a pregnant law firm colleague from a hail of gunfire. [Am Law Daily]

    * Lawyers and law students dressed in suits hosted a “die-in” in the pouring rain outside of a courthouse in downtown L.A. yesterday. Professor Priscilla Ocen of Loyola Law made some great points on a bullhorn. [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    33 Comments / / Dec 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.21.14

    * A breakdown of Thomas M. Cooley’s bar passage rate. It’s… about as depressing as you’d expect. [Third Tier Reality]

    * Rapper being prosecuted on the argument that he benefitted from gang activity because the gang’s exploits made his rap music more popular. What the hell? [Popehat]

    * The state of the clerkship hiring process gets mixed reviews from Yalies. [Yale Daily News]

    * UNC is looking for a new dean. You know, if you’re interested in becoming a dean. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * The Flash and res ipsa loquitur. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Fun fact: people interested in the law also seem to love anchovy paste and Destiny’s Child. At least in the U.K. [Legal Cheek]

    * The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization devoted to criminal justice reform, just went online. Check ‘em out. [The Marshall Project]

    * Don’t overdo it when you go about “thinking like a lawyer.” [Law and More]

    * The long-running, racist soap opera in Manhattan state court takes a new turn. After playing a key role in the events that led to the ouster of the top aide to the New York County Clerk, Justice Milton Tingling has applied to be the new New York County Clerk. [WiseLaw NY]

    * In light of Speaker Boehner’s new lawsuit over Obamacare, this is a good time to look back at this interview with Laurence Tribe evaluating Boehner’s chances. [Coverage Opinions]

    15 Comments / / Nov 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.21.14

    * Barack Obama laid out his plans for an immigration overhaul last night, daring the members of Congress to pass a bill if they didn’t like it. Consider that to be a presidential burn. [New York Times]

    * Who’s got the God View now? In an effort to stop pissing off its paying customers, Uber hired Harriet Pearson of Hogan Lovells to take a look at its data-privacy practices. [Bloomberg]

    * Dean Jack Boger of UNC Law will be stepping down this summer. He says his journey to deanship started in hell and ended in paradise. We’re not sure law students ever get out of the hellscape. [Daily Tar Heel]

    * South Texas College of Law launched an Oil & Gas Law Institute in the hope of making its graduates’ résumés look pretty enough to get them jobs. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown, is in talks to resign ahead of a grand jury’s decision on whether or not to indict him. Wise choice? [CNN]

    34 Comments / / Nov 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM
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    Contract Attorneys, Department of Justice, Document Review, Immigration, In-House Counsel, Labor / Employment, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.19.14

    * First the cheerleaders went after their employers in wage and hours suits. Now strippers. And the strippers are winning. [Slate]

    * Prince Harry’s ex, Chelsy Davy, has left her Biglaw gig as an Allen & Overy associate. So that’s what happens when you lose the real-life version of I Wanna Marry Harry. [Legal Cheek]

    * Despite the shrill response on cable news, President Obama’s executive action on immigration will be totally legal. [New Republic]

    * DOJ seeks to disqualify anyone who knows about all the DOJ’s misconduct. Clever trick! [New York Observer]

    * If you’re doing contract work, you could stave off the boredom or you could go the failed mobster route and be a rat. [Law and More]

    * Somewhere along the line, obvious puffery turned into false advertising suits and it’s costing some companies big bucks. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The latest in litigation financing: crowdfunding your lawsuit. [TechCrunch]

    10 Comments / / Nov 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM
  • Immigration Law

    Barack Obama, Immigration, Politics

    Legislation By Equivocation, Negotiation By Strangulation, And Other Dumb Ways To Handle Immigration

    The President thinks that current immigration laws should be changed and Congress won’t change them. What to do?

    83 Comments / / Nov 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM
  • Bar exam tank

    Bar Exams, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Law School Deans, Law Schools, LSAT, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.11.14

    * While she may have “one of the broadest and most expansive roles” in West Wing history, thanks to this article, Valerie Jarrett can add a new title to her résumé: “Obama Whisperer.” [New Republic]

    * Alumni from failed firms — or “dead firm alums,” which makes them sound like ghosts — have been having reunions to remember the good times at their former Biglaw homes. Aww, cute. [Am Law Daily]

    * Everyone’s freaking out about the decline in bar exam scores, even deans. Brooklyn Law’s dean got into it with the NCBE’s head over her “offensive” comments about July ’14 takers. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Speaking of the bar exam, here’s a comparison between the amount students pay in law school tuition and the likelihood of passing the test on the first try. Spoiler: it doesn’t really matter. [Huffington Post]

    * Here’s how to determine how badly you screwed up the LSAT. Step 1) Realize you took the test because you don’t know what else to do with your life. No more steps. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    7 Comments / / Nov 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • Loretta Lynch

    Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Gender, Minority Issues, Women's Issues

    Obama Makes A.G. Choice That Blends In

    Reports indicate that President Obama is poised to nominate Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as the U.S. Attorney General.

    55 Comments / / Nov 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM
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    Bar Exams, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Crime, DUI / DWI, Eric Holder, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sarbanes-Oxley / Sarbox / SOX, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 11.06.14

    * “Perhaps Congress should have called this the Sarbanes-Oxley Grouper Act.” Based on the justices’ reactions during oral argument, it seems like SCOTUS isn’t taking the bait in the Yates case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It seems that President Obama still hasn’t made a decision on who he wants to replace Eric Holder as attorney general. Maybe the results of the midterm election made him change his mind. [Legal Times]

    * Jay Z may have 99 problems, but this champagne deal ain’t one because Cooley helped to seal the deal. If Armand de Brignac is good enough for Queen Bey, it’s good enough for this Biglaw firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * Students at the University of South Dakota School of Law are wondering whether they’re receiving a good legal education considering they’re being trained to pass the “easiest [bar] in the nation.” [The Volante]

    * Kenneth Desormes of Connecticut was charged after trying to eat the results of his breathalyzer test. He may be the same Kenneth Desormes who tried to get his law school to admit to fraud. [Hartford Courant]

    25 Comments / / Nov 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Story time

    Barack Obama, Gender, Job Searches, Kids, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Women's Issues

    Much To Obama’s Dismay, This Woman Quit Law School To Be A Mother

    A counterpoint to President Obama’s statement that women leaving the workplace to become stay-at-home mothers was “not a choice we want Americans to make.”

    59 Comments / / Nov 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM
  • Jodi Arias

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Death Penalty, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 10.21.14

    * When asked what his favorite SCOTUS decision was during his POTUS tenure, Obama said it was the high court’s cert denials on the gay marriage cases. Well played, sir. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “Leverage has started to shift away from law firms.” Despite the fact that their headcounts are rising, Biglaw firms are downsizing office space as rents keep climbing higher. [Am Law Daily]

    * Schools are trying to slap lipstick on the pig that legal education has become amid an “anemic job market.” We bet your law school has some shiny new innovations too. [News Observer]

    * Citing the fact that “the courts do not exist to win popularity contests,” a judge sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison. Serious question: Will he be allowed to bring his prosthetic legs? [New York Times]

    * Nancy Grace and her friends have pitchforks at the ready because Jodi Arias’s penalty phase retrial begins today, and another jury will decide if she deserves to die for murdering her boyfriend. [Reuters]

    28 Comments / / Oct 21, 2014 at 8:53 AM
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    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Books, Crime, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Securities Law

    Morning Docket: 09.22.14

    * Politics and Biglaw just don’t mix: House Republicans hired Quinn Emanuel to handle their suit against President Barack Obama after Baker Hostetler withdrew from the representation due to “political pressure” the firm was facing. [Politico]

    * The paper and napkin-eating “Middleman” in the post-it note insider trading ring pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges. This might make it difficult for his cohorts to substantiate their not-guilty pleas. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “This is a tale with no shortage of knaves or villains.” If you’re interested in learning about Chevron’s legal wranglings in Ecuador and with plaintiffs attorney Steven Donziger, there are a bunch of interesting new readings for you to peruse. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Crisis in legal education be damned! They may have bad timing, but these law schools are focusing on building bigger and better facilities for students they’re unable to put in their seats. [National Law Journal]

    * Ohio law schools have taken a bruising in terms of decreased enrollment, but the University of Toledo has faced the worst of it. With a 25.9% reduction in 1Ls, tuition cuts can only do so much. [Toledo Blade]

    1 Comment / / Sep 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • Baker Hostetler

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Politics, Quote of the Day, Television

    Biglaw Firm Mercilessly Mocked By The Tonight Show

    Here’s a fake Biglaw commercial that’s sure to make you laugh.

    10 Comments / / Sep 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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    Crime, Morning Docket, Politics, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 08.26.14

    * Congratulations to California Attorney General Kamala Harris who just got married last week to Venable’s Douglas Emhoff. [KCRA]

    * Wishing a speedy recovery to former FBI Director Louis Freeh who suffered serious injuries in a car accident last night. [Associated Press via Philly.com]

    * McDonald’s faces lawsuit over serving a serrated spear with their orange juice, which would be the most dangerous thing McDonald’s has served since McSpaghetti. [TMZ]

    * Florida State begins classes without Dan Markel. [WCTV]

    * The government’s $5 billion lawsuit against S&P has nothing to do with retaliating against S&P’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating. At least according to the U.S. government. [Reuters]

    * John Boehner is paying BakerHostetler $500/hour in taxpayer money to pursue this stupid Obama lawsuit. So much for fiscal responsibility. [NBC News]

    * You don’t hear the word barratry very often, but when you do, it’s best when accompanied by “murder-for-hire.” [Texas Lawyer]

    1 Comment / / Aug 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    4th Circuit, Barack Obama, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Rankings, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.15.14

    * President Obama suggested he may be able to nominate a new SCOTUS justice before he leaves office in 2017. When reached for comment, Justice Ginsburg noted: “Bitch, please.” [POLITICO]

    * Chief Justice John Roberts has been asked to stay the Fourth Circuit’s decision as to Virginia’s same-sex marriage case, lest the state truly become a place for all lovers. [National Law Journal]

    * Whitey Bulger is appealing his conviction, claiming he didn’t receive a fair trial because he wasn’t allowed to testify that a prosecutor who had since died once promised him immunity. Aww. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * On the whole, school rankings matter generally, but law school rankings can be truly meaningful when it comes to getting a job after graduation. Don’t believe me? Check out these graphs. [Forbes]

    * “They’re not the one if this fails will have a law degree that we cant do anything with.” Students at Concordia Law are starting to feel the pain of attending a yet-to-be accredited law school. [KBOI 2]

    4 Comments / / Aug 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • Ben Shapiro

    Barack Obama, Blogging, Books, Media and Journalism, Politics

    Meet The Harvard Law Grad Who Wants Us To Sue Obama: A Conversation With Ben Shapiro

    Should the Obama Administration be sued under RICO? A prominent young pundit makes the case.

    38 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

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