Barack Obama

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    Barack Obama, Basketball, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Trademarks, Trusts and Estates

    Morning Docket: 07.31.14

    * “We’re in uncharted waters.” Following a split vote down party lines, the House of Representatives authorized Speaker Boehner to move ahead with his lawsuit against President Obama. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Vultures! Don’t take our pound of flesh.” Despite last-minute settlement talks, it seems Argentina has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years. Oopsie! [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has added 19 additional schools to its law school clinic certification pilot program. IP is hot right now, so congrats if your school made the cut. [USPTO.gov]

    * What are some of the pros of working before going to law school? Well, if you can’t get a job after you graduate, you can go back to your old field, so that’s a plus. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * California probate attorneys’ hearts were all aflutter following Shelly Sterling’s win against her husband, specifically because of the new precedents the Clippers case left in its wake. [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Jul 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM
  • gun with bullets

    4th Circuit, Barack Obama, Basketball, General Counsel, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.29.14

    * The NRA’s general counsel was once convicted of murder. What’s the phrase? If you outlaw guns, only general counsel will have guns… [Mother Jones]

    * Seattle is looking for people donating skulls to Goodwill. Wow, if Jeffrey Dahmer had only known there was a charitable tax write-off available. [Lowering the Bar]

    * “A domestic helper has appeared in court accused of trying to injure her employer by mixing her menstrual blood in a pot of vegetables she was cooking.” Eww. [Legal Juice]

    * Can Congress sue the president? Here are multiple takes. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * As the confirmation of Pamela Harris to the Fourth Circuit reminds us, “that whole nuclear option has really worked out.” So far. [Huffington Post]

    * Money magazine is looking to create a ranking of undergraduate schools heavy on outcome-based factors. If you need any hints on how to do it, let us know. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Donald Sterling has lost, which is something he knows a lot about from his years of owning the Clippers. Here’s Mitchell Epner’s review of the ruling and its appealability. [CNBC]

    3 Comments / / Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • Alec Baldwin was such a stud.

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Health Care / Medicine, Insurance, John Edwards, Morning Docket, Politics, State Judges, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 07.25.14

    * “I don’t care if it’s legal, it’s wrong.” President Obama is pointing the finger at companies using cross-border mergers to avoid U.S. taxes, and he wants to put an end to corporate tax inversions. [Bloomberg]

    * Thomas Christina of Ogletree Deakins is the lawyer behind the recent circuit split on Obamacare’s state versus federal health insurance subsidies. Blame him or praise him, it’s up to you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “I think I missed being in the courtroom more than I missed politics.” John Edwards, acquitted in 2012, is making court appearances again, but this time as a lawyer, not as a defendant. [Am Law Daily]

    * A lawyer from Georgia hunts alligators in his spare time, and keeps the taxidermied head of one he caught right on his desk. He says it’s “a great conversation piece,” but that’s a pretty nasty paperweight. Eww. [Daily Report via ABA Journal]

    * In a face-off with Alec Baldwin, a judge asked the actor to apologize. The combative Baldwin said he’d rather pay a fine, but if he can “[b]e a good boy,” his biking charge will be dropped. [New York Daily News]

    0 Comments / / Jul 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM
  • Octomom

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Football, Law Schools, LLMs, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Politics

    Morning Docket: 07.15.14

    * Congrats to William Voge, who was elected as the new chairman of Latham & Watkins. He succeeds Robert Dell in this position, who is one of the Am Law 100′s longest-serving leaders. [Am Law Daily]

    * Dewey’s former execs filed a motion to dismiss their criminal charges, lamenting the fact that the Manhattan DA made them “scapegoats” for the total failure of their firm. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * A judge banned the Washington Redskins name from his court, proclaiming that the offensively monikered team shall be known only as “the Washington Team” in documents submitted. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks that if it were up to Judge Judy, House Speaker John Boehner’s “show trial” suit against President Obama would be thrown out in “half a second.” Well then. [ABC News]

    * A Michigan attorney was arraigned yesterday on a felony charge of homicide-solicitation of murder. It seems that the hired hitman warned his target. He’s not getting a good Yelp review. [UpNorthLive.com]

    * If you’re an international student with a foreign law degree trying to get a law degree in the U.S., why the hell would you waste your money on a J.D.? Just get an LL.M. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Oh baby8: Nadya Suleman (formally doing business as Octomom) pleaded no contest to welfare fraud charges after she failed to report income from all of her public appearances and porn videos. [Reuters]

    13 Comments / / Jul 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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    Barack Obama, Federal Government, Movies, Politics, S.D.N.Y., U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Is President Obama A Plagiarist?

    Did President Obama rip off some material from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara?

    24 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM
  • marijuana pot cannabis

    Barack Obama, Contract Attorneys, Laurence Tribe, Law Professors, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.09.14

    * Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes took advantage of Washington state law and purchased himself some legal pot yesterday, making him the highest-profile lawyer in the country. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * DC Comics blocked plans to build a memorial to a murdered 5-year-old Superman fan dressed in costume. Realizing that this was awful and stupid, they’ve reversed themselves. [Gawker]

    * New York Justice Roger Barto said he was attacked and beaten with a toilet seat. The police disagree. [WHAM]

    * Laurence Tribe recounting his experiences with a young Barack Obama. [Fiscal Times]

    * Remember when Justice Scalia screwed up that decision and quietly edited it hoping we wouldn’t notice? Well the days of the secret editing of SCOTUS opinions are over. [CREW]

    * The continuing coverage of the Donald Sterling trial: Sterling takes the stand. [mitchell epner]

    * We talk a lot about work-life balance among lawyers, but we don’t think much about the work-life balance among law professors. [TaxProf Blog]

    * If you wanted to understand the UK legal market, this infographic is basically “choose your own adventure” for a legal career across the pond. [Gorvins]

    * What do the former Biglaw Bigshot and Joan Rivers have in common? [Law and More]

    1 Comment / / Jul 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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    Barack Obama, Federal Government, Politics, Privacy, Technology, White-Collar Crime

    Nietzsche, American Power, And Edward Snowden

    What does the handling of the Edward Snowden affair say about the U.S. government?

    16 Comments / / Jun 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM
  • sexual harassment

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Confirmations, Federal Judges, Gay, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Prisons, Sexual Harassment, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.18.14

    * In a “historic day for our judiciary,” the Senate confirmed the first openly gay black male judge, and the 112th female federal judge appointed by Obama — more than any other president. Congrats! [AP]

    * “It looks like science fiction, but it’s real.” That’s probably what the good folks at Amazon are going to say after they take a look at Akin Gump’s bill for its drone delivery lobbying efforts. [Legal Times]

    * A 90-year-old judge removed himself from Michael Jordan’s big-money case against a grocery store chain, but dropped the gavel on the basketball star’s lawyers before leaving the bench. [Chicago Tribune]

    * This Ohio attorney was suspended after he sent some pretty dirty text messages to a 3L who was working in his office. He just wanted assistance on his pro boner representation. [National Law Journal]

    * Give this man some money: Jonathan Fleming, the New York man who was wrongly imprisoned for almost 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit, has filed a $162 million lawsuit against the city. [Reuters]

    9 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • 'Sallie Mae? Please stop calling me.'

    Barack Obama, Job Searches, Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    Even The President Thinks Law School Is A Bad Idea

    Unless you’re a fan of being unemployed and having lots of loan debt, don’t go to law school.

    29 Comments / / Jun 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM
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    Barack Obama, Books, Golf, Insider Trading, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Summer Associates, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.13.14

    * While you weren’t looking, Phil Mickelson was cleared of insider trading of Clorox options. How does Lefty get his reputation back? Shooting better than 70 at Pinehurst would help. [mitchellepner]

    * Lat reviews The Good Lawyer by Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Canada grants asylum to Florida sex-offender. Maybe Canada can give a hand to Crystal Metheny. [National Post]

    * Lawyer charged with stealing from clients defends himself: “[Wife] had become accustomed to a lavish lifestyle that generated living expenses of $40K per month.” Well then! [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Can President Obama just raise taxes unilaterally? Apparently so. [DealBook / New York Times (gavel bang: TaxProf Blog)]

    * So as I read this, someone who definitely bought prostitutes to influence people is accusing someone else of allegedly buying prostitutes to influence people. [Forbes]

    * How to make the most of your summer associate experience and not screw up spectacularly (though if you choose to screw up spectacularly, please do it in a reportable way). Video below… [Mimesis Law]

    1 Comment / / Jun 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM
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  • Megyn Kelly

    Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Media and Journalism, Rankings

    Say Hello To The Most Influential Lawyers On Earth

    Lawyers represent 14 percent of the list. Which legal eagles soared into the Time 100 this year?

    26 Comments / / Apr 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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    2nd Circuit, Drugs, Football, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.24.14

    * 5 reasons why Northwestern football won’t really unionize. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Law grad who failed the bar arrested for claiming to be a lawyer. So much for Jimmy Malone’s advice… [Albany Times Union]

    * This morning we wrote about a lawyer turned babysitter. Jane Genova has some thoughts on how this story can have a happy ending. [Law and More]

    * This is why you don’t get tattoos. [The Independent]

    * Sitting judge should be on “high” court — listed as president of three different pot-related businesses. [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * The Second Circuit is not pleased with the secrecy of the Obama administration. [The New Republic]

    * Corporette launches a new motherhood newsletter. She’s looking for guest bloggers too if you’re passionate about these issues. [Corporette]

    * Another argument for killing law school. [The Week]

    * Kash Hill looks at a Loyola Law grad who hunts down revenge porn sites. [Forbes]

    * Lorne Michaels has a new courtroom comedy webseries starring Bob Balaban. The first episode is embedded below…

    3 Comments / / Apr 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • She didn't want to be a 'sexytary.'

    Barack Obama, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sex Scandals, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 04.17.14

    * Click here if you’d like to see how Obama evolved to his current position on same-sex marriage. Alternatively, click here to see a terribly Photoshopped picture of Obama catching a basketball bouquet. [New York Times Magazine]

    * Should you enroll in law school? Should you do it… TODAY? Please come on over and take a look at the latest parade of law professors trumpeting right now as the best time ever to go to law school. [National Law Journal]

    * University of Colorado School of Law just received its largest gift ever, to the sweet tune of $10 million. It’ll fund $400,000 in student scholarships, but mostly, it’ll be used to hire MOAR law professors. [Denver Business Journal]

    * Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be allowed to view victims’ autopsy pictures and visit privately with his sister. Members of his crazy fan club must be so incredibly jealous. [CNN]

    * Next time, make TurboTax your “cheap whore”? This guy claims he was “seduced” by an IRS agent who then refused to help him with his tax audit. He sued, and is now appealing to the Ninth Circuit. [ABC News]

    1 Comment / / Apr 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM
  • Home is where the heart business is?

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    Barack Obama, Drugs, Gay, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Marijuana, Minority Issues, Politics, Racism

    Which Will Come First — A Black President, Gay Marriage, Or Legalization Of Marijuana?

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann travels back to 1983, the year in which he graduated from law school, to survey the legal and political landscape.

    17 Comments / / Mar 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM
  • prison RF

    Barack Obama, D.C. Circuit, Guantanamo Bay, Politics, Prisons, War on Terror

    Who Cares If Gitmo Detainees Starve to Death?

    Is forced feeding a form of torture? What does President Obama think?

    13 Comments / / Mar 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM
  • Debo Adegbile

    Barack Obama, Civil Rights, Death Penalty, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Minority Issues, Politics, Racism

    Welcome To The Post-Filibuster Senate: The Bipartisan Rejection Of Debo Adegbile

    Who killed Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division? Democrats — and they were right to do so.

    38 Comments / / Mar 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM