Barack Obama

  • Kayleigh McEnany RF

    Email Scandals, Hillary Clinton, Politics

    Clinton’s ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card

    Fortunately for Clinton, criminal indictment will likely never happen because she has a “get out of jail free” card from her Constitution-shredding bedfellow.

    57 Comments / / Feb 4, 2016 at 4:56 PM
  • Ted Cruz (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.01.16

    * Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz has pledged to “spend whatever political capital is necessary” to create the most conservative Supreme Court in our country’s history. Uh-oh! Voters better elect him, or else we’ll be “one justice away from … unlimited abortion on demand.” [ThinkProgress]

    * A shakeup at the top? More than 20 Schiff Hardin partners — including the firm’s former managing partner, practice group leaders, and an executive committee member — are leaving to start their own firm thanks to an apparent leadership dispute. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * On the seventh anniversary of his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Obama took action to address the gender pay gap. Companies with 100 employees or more must now include salary info on their annual EEO reports. [New York Times]

    * Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s legal team filed the first of what’s sure to be many appeals: They’ve asked the First Circuit to overturn his conviction and death sentence, as well as an order that he pay more than $101M to his victims. [Reuters]

    * For some reason, people are highly opposed to the ABA’s proposal to lift its ban on law students receiving pay for their credit-bearing externship positions. Yes, let’s continue to make indebted students pay for their experiential learning opportunities. [ABA Journal]

    48 Comments / / Feb 1, 2016 at 8:54 AM
  • Woo, Biglaw, bro!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.29.16

    * “This is, since the recession, the most robust job growth we’ve seen.” Nearly all students who worked at Biglaw firms this past summer as associates received offers of full-time employment. Offer rates haven’t been this high in more than a decade. [National Law Journal]

    * Mommy, wow! I’m a big kid now! Affluenza teen Ethan Couch was finally deported from Mexico and booked into a juvenile detention center. Today, we’ll see if he’ll be moved to a big-boy jail, and in February, we’ll see if his case is moved to the grown-up court system. [Associated Press]

    * Sorry, Hillary Clinton, but President Obama has no desire to be on SCOTUS. According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, while Obama “would have plenty of ideas for how he would do a job like that,” he “may have other things to do.” [The Hill]

    * It’s so hard to get execution drugs that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is asking state legislators for alternative methods for carrying out death sentences, like death by firing squad, electrocution, and hanging. Seems reasonable? [Reuters]

    * Arizona is so eager to kill people it hired Alston & Bird to go up against the Food and Drug Administration in the state’s quest to obtain the release of a shipment of execution drugs that it had imported to the country from India this summer. [BuzzFeed News]

    73 Comments / / Jan 29, 2016 at 8:53 AM
  • Kayleigh McEnany RF

    Barack Obama, Constitutional Law, Politics

    Obama Chooses Iran Over The Constitution

    Another week, another unconstitutional action by President Obama — and this week’s episode features his administration’s favorite state sponsor of terrorism, Iran.

    65 Comments / / Jan 28, 2016 at 6:16 PM
  • barack-obama-phone

    Supreme Court

    Is Sitting On The Supreme Court In President Obama’s Future?

    It wouldn’t be the first time a former president sat on the highest court.

    84 Comments / / Jan 27, 2016 at 9:57 AM
  • Ted Cruz (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)


    Non-Sequiturs: 01.22.16

    * Martha Coakley joins BU Law faculty. A job she will somehow manage to lose in a landslide to an unqualified Republican. [Boston Globe] * You’ve heard all about the Ted Cruz birther controversy, but maybe Cruz is just being trolled for being such a tremendous dick while at Harvard Law School. [Needs Further Review] * […]

    28 Comments / / Jan 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM
  • Kayleigh McEnany RF

    Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics

    When The White House Left America’s Best Behind

    Here are five questions about Benghazi that an effective cross-examination would address.

    68 Comments / / Jan 21, 2016 at 5:32 PM
  • Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.


    Non-Sequiturs: 01.21.16

    * The Supreme Court may undo President Obama’s legacy… of executive actions. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Speaking of United States v. Texas, it just may be Chief Justice John Roberts’s worst nightmare. [Slate]

    * Today is a special anniversary: six years, the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision, and democracy hasn’t looked the same since. [Huffington Post]

    * Interesting data analysis from Professor Derek T. Muller: as full-time law faculty numbers shrink, law school administrator numbers grow. [Excess of Democracy]

    * Benghazi is getting a Michael Bay movie — and the congressional hearing is still raging on. [Rolling Stone]

    * Attorneys for Daniel Holtzclaw, the Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping eight women while on duty, have filed a motion seeking a new trial; they suspect discovery shenanigans on the part of the prosecution. [Gawker]

    * Nope. Hillary Clinton may not be a radical, but she also isn’t a moderate Republican. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Seven legal tech considerations for 2016, from lawyer and legal-tech enthusiast Steven J. Best. [Legal Tech Blog]

    48 Comments / / Jan 21, 2016 at 5:12 PM
  • Climate Fantasy

    Environment / Environmental Law

    Obama’s Last-Gasp Climate Proposals

    Obama’s no Al Gore, but he’s doing what he can.

    0 Comments / / Jan 13, 2016 at 4:46 PM
  • Kayleigh McEnany RF

    Barack Obama, Politics

    Obama’s Constitutional Anarchy

    In arrogant and king-like fashion, President Obama engaged in his weekly flagrant violation of the Constitution, not once but twice.

    94 Comments / / Jan 7, 2016 at 2:31 PM
  • (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Guns / Firearms, Politics

    President Obama Lays Down The Law On Guns

    Barack Obama responds to Second Amendment-obsessed critics.

    26 Comments / / Jan 5, 2016 at 3:31 PM
  • Do you have a thang for Dean Strang? (Photo via Netflix)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.05.16

    * If you haven’t been watching Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, then you’re missing Dean Strang’s turn on the catwalk. The compassionate defense attorney has turned into an “unlikely sex symbol.” Are you part of the #StrangGang? [The Guardian]

    * Sometime later today, President Barack Obama will announce a sweeping package of executive actions related to gun restrictions. Stay tuned, grab your popcorn, and get ready for some hardcore constitutional litigation. [Washington Post]

    * Happy New Year! We’re not even a full week into 2016, and the first Biglaw merger has already been announced. Lewis Roca Rothgerber has picked up Christie Parker & Hale, a 40-lawyer Southern California IP boutique. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Hipsters, thou shall be avenged sevenfold: The Justice Department has filed suit against Volkswagen in the wake of the automaker’s massive emissions scandal. The DOJ is seeking billions in damages over VW’s air-pollution violations. [New York Times]

    * According to Ethan Couch’s lawyer, it may be weeks or months before the affluenza teen returns to the United States. A judge issued a temporary stay in his case after Couch argued that being deported from Mexico would somehow violate his civil rights. [CNN]

    * Robert Wonsch, an Oklahoma process server, was arrested after allegedly coercing his female clients into performing sex acts in exchange for lowering his fees. He’s now facing several criminal counts. Good Lord, talk about ineffective service of process… [Reuters]

    * Dale Bumpers, President Clinton’s impeachment defense lawyer, RIP. [New York Times]

    62 Comments / / Jan 5, 2016 at 9:04 AM
  • sad Latina businesswoman unhappy Hispani business woman


    Non-Sequiturs: 12.29.15

    * The legalese in user agreements is no joke. Fortunately there’s a cartoon — yup, you heard right, a cartoon — to make sense of the iTunes agreement. [Slate]

    * Science says we should let go of our workplace grudges. I guess “science” never spent Christmas Eve redacting Excel spreadsheets so a production could be made by midnight. [Quartz]

    * The Tennessee judge who characterized the Supreme Court as wielding an “iron fist and limp wrist” over Obergefell… yeah, he got reprimanded. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * What the hell is going on at University of Louisville Law School. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * The bureaucratic bulls**t behind Obama’s inability to close the doors on Gitmo. [Huffington Post]

    * The best (worst?) of the right-wing blogosphere. Be sure to take your blood pressure medication before you click. [Village Voice]

    * The crime of being young, black and free. [The Root]

    * Congrats to Texas’s Tweeter Laureate, Justice Don Willett, on this latest positive press! [San Antonio Express-News]

    11 Comments / / Dec 29, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • President Trump makes law students sad.


    Non-Sequiturs: 12.23.15

    * Yup, this is STILL happening — rape victims being charged for he cost of their rape kits. [Slate]

    * What happens to a university when its law school keeps dragging it down? [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Here come the legal scholars defending the constitutionality of Donald Trump’s dumb ideas. [NBC News]

    * Are you going to get work dumped on you right before the holidays? You are going to get work dumped on you right before the holidays. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * NYU is getting a new president — and a $1.1 million renovation to the president’s penthouse. [New York Times]

    * NYPD officer is charged for arresting a man that tried to film him. [Gawker]

    * Being convicted of a felony hasn’t made Dinesh D’Souza love Obama more. [Wonkette]

    * The stigma of mental health issues when you are a lawyer. [Law and More]

    25 Comments / / Dec 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Kayleigh McEnany RF

    Guns / Firearms, Politics

    In Defense of Guns… And Facts

    Lost in the unsound rhetoric and facile reasoning around gun control are the facts, according to columnist Kayleigh McEnany.

    147 Comments / / Dec 10, 2015 at 1:16 PM
  • It's not all that it's cracked up to be.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.02.15

    * Despite the fact that people seemed to have been losing their minds over court packing, according to Judge Sri Srinivasan of the D.C. Circuit, President Obama’s appointment of four new judges on the powerful court had little to no impact on the outcome of cases. [POLITICO]

    * “Americans are actively being deprived of their rights.” In this excellent longread on arbitration, we learn it’s the best for big companies, but for plaintiffs who are forced into it, it amounts to the “privatization of the justice system.” [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Uh oh! Disgraced plaintiffs’ lawyer Stan Chesley — perhaps better known as the “Master of Disaster” — had a warrant issued for his arrest last week after he failed to appear for a hearing related to his refusal to pay a $42 million judgment. [Louisville Courier Journal]

    * Florida A&M University College of Law has a brand new dean. We’d like to wish a warm welcome to Angela Felecia Epps, whose salary of $252,000 is likely more than any of the school’s recent and barely employed graduates can hope to make. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * A 30-year-old New Jersey man has been sentenced to a 16-year prison term for aggravated arson after the fires he set last year damaged a local law firm (one that was representing him at the time) and the county prosecutor’s office. [Associated Press]

    35 Comments / / Nov 2, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.01.15

    More concrete rumors are swirling that President Obama will teach at Columbia Law School once his term is up, with Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger seemingly confirming Obama would have some role at the school in 2017. [Quartz]

    * We told you Amal Clooney just lost a big case, but did the AP lose even more when they tweeted about the case referring to the human rights lawyer as an “actor’s wife”? [Legal Cheek]

    * Everyone knows the legal profession has a… problem when it comes to substance abuse. But do lawyers overshare their issues? Or does an open attitude about these problems create a culture where more are willing to seek help? [Law and More]

    * Yes, that clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Maybe we should blame her lawyers. [Slate]

    * If you want to be the best, learn from the best — writing tips from none other than Justice Kagan. [Business Insider]

    * Some tough words for lawyers that want the easy life: you shouldn’t get the clients. [It’s Not About The Lawyers, Teacups]

    * How do we go about changing the public defense system, which serves ~80% of all defendants? [Fulling the Promise]

    50 Comments / / Sep 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • Jon Stewart (photo by Ethan Miller/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.23.15

    * Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said that he’d issue an executive order to keep Jon Stewart on as the host of The Daily Show, despite his imminent retirement. POTUS joked that “[i]t’s being challenged in the courts.” [Newsweek]

    * Check out this hot mess from New Jersey: An employee in the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office was allegedly demoted from office administrator to legal secretary after making comments about a prosecutor’s adult purchases made during a visit to a sex toy shop. [Press of Atlantic City]

    * Dentons just snagged a heavy hitter in its Chicago office, where Roderick “Rick” Palmore, formerly general counsel to corporate giant General Mills, will serve as senior counsel. This hire will surely give the firm some “additional street cred.” [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Uh oh! According to the latest Managing Partner Confidence Index report from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, Biglaw higher-ups are only “moderately” confident about their financial prospects for the second quarter. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * If you’ve been searching for ways to improve your already strong law school application, then boy, do we have some tips for you. You can start by being even more gunnery — take the LSAT again, and get your GPA even higher. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    13 Comments / / Jul 23, 2015 at 8:58 AM