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  • buying in small

    Biglaw, Blogging, Media and Journalism, Partner Issues

    Buying In: Anniversary Reflections

    On his first anniversary as a columnist, Anonymous Partner takes a look back on the experience of writing for Above the Law thus far.

    13 Comments / / Jun 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM
  • Professor RF

    Blogging, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Does Tenure Hurt Students?

    Harvard Law School professor explains how focusing on teaching students is incompatible with focusing on getting tenure…

    16 Comments / / Jun 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM
  • globe small world

    Blogging, Bloomberg, Media and Journalism, Pictures, Travel / Vacation, Videos, YouTube

    Want To Leave the Law and Travel Around the World?

    How would you like to ditch your legal job and travel around the world, photographing and writing about the places you visit?

    10 Comments / / Jun 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM
  • Dred Scott

    Affirmative Action, Blogging, D.C. Circuit, Job Searches, John Roberts, Non-Sequiturs, U.S. News

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.03.13

    * Slave law is still considered “good law” by the courts? Originalism is alive and well! [Post & Found]

    * For the first time ever, the Washington Post’s scavenger hunt/riddle/prove how pretentious we are competition was won by a single individual. Congratulations to Sullivan and Cromwell’s Sean Memon, an ’08 Duke grad, who prevailed after figuring out that nothing was happening. That makes sense when you read the article. [Constitutional Daily]

    * Here’s an argument against affirmative action based on the premise that black people at the barest of margins may be hindered by having too good of a résumé. This is, well, wrong, but much more intellectual than the arguments against affirmative action advanced by the Chief Justice. [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * A San Diego lawyer is seeking a young attorney in L.A. to work for slightly more than peanuts. But the requirements are entertaining, like confidence that “you are going to be the next F. Lee Baily or Johnny Cochran.” The poster is also an “elderly gay man (late 50′s).” Is that really elderly anymore? [Craigslist]

    * More on the problems facing the D.C. Circuit. Probably a good reason to shrink the complement of the Circuit. [SSRN]

    * Another look at the business benefits of blogging. Get out there, people! [Likelihood of Confusion]

    * Hey there, lawyers! The Wall Street Journal would like you to know that you and your ilk are responsible for the student loan bailout. Video after ye olde jump…

    11 Comments / / Jun 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • Spelling Bee Bee RF

    Blogging, English Grammar and Usage

    Above the Law Spelling Bee

    Take the Above the Law Spelling Bee. You can spell better than Elie, but can you spell better than Google?

    42 Comments / / May 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM
  • 220px-Bachmann2011

    Blogging, Cocaine / Crack, Drugs, Eric Holder, Gay, Gay Marriage, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Privacy, Technology, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.29.13

    * America, you won’t have Michele Bachmann to kick around anymore! The political equivalent of comic relief announced that she will not seek another term. [CNN]

    * Eric Holder testified that he would support reform of the ECPA. Apparently this newfound love of electronic privacy doesn’t extend to the Associated Press. [IT-Lex]

    * Atlanta is soon to host its Battle of the (Lawyer) Bands. LawJam 2013 is set to rock Atlanta like a litigious hurricane on June 8. Last year featured bands like Mikey Mel & the JDs, so you have a sense of what you’re getting here. [Atlanta Bar Association]

    * The CFTC had no idea how to do its job? Say it ain’t so! [Breaking Energy]

    * So the sequester has an advantage! Cocaine is going to get cheaper! [Breaking Defense]

    * Paul Caron has acquired a 100 percent ownership share of the Law Professor Blogs Network. Congrats! [TaxProf Blog]

    * Woman acquitted of manslaughter responds in the best way ever. Video after the jump… [WESH via Bing]

    4 Comments / / May 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • It's just nice clothing. There's nothing to be afraid of.

    Biglaw, Blank Rome, Blogging, Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Fabulosity, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Shopping, Shopping For Others, Videos, YouTube

    Are Male Lawyers Fashion-Impaired?

    Not these two lawyers! If you live in New York, check our their stylish new store.

    22 Comments / / May 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM
  • Above-the-Law-Logo

  • Which actors should play our nine justices?

    Blogging, Elena Kagan, Federal Judges, Law Professors, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Which Supreme Court Justice Are You?

    Take this great personality quiz, by Professor Kyle Graham of Noncuratlex.com, and find out.

    17 Comments / / May 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM
  • Yale Law School RF

    Blogging, Law Schools, listserv, Media and Journalism, Ridiculousness

    Yale Students Avoid ‘Most Impressive’ Competition, Win Award For ‘Most Self-Important Snowflakes’ Unopposed

    Don’t try identifying the “most impressive” Yale Law School students, ’cause they’re ALL awesome….

    84 Comments / / May 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM
  • 220px-Civilian_air_traffic_controllers,_Memphis

    Blogging, Bloomberg, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, DealBreaker, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Paul Caron, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.26.13

    * Yesterday, we shared Paul Caron’s plan to end the sequester by forcing government officials to experience delays due to air traffic control furloughs. Well, Congress voted to end the furloughs. We should have known that once the sequester inconvenienced a member of Congress this would end. [Reuters via Yahoo!]

    * Ken Langone does not agree with Richard Farley of Paul Hastings. And tells him so. Loudly. [DealBreaker]

    * If you’re looking for CLE credits in Houston, check out this event where you can win a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun for your trouble. And it counts for Ethics! [NRA Blog]

    * “Izadi suggested she could pay her law school tuition by turning tricks.” Is a pimp really that much worse than Sallie Mae? [Las Vegas Review Journal]

    * Overlawyered is now part of the CATO Institute. Enjoy working for the Koch brothers! I hear they’re really easy to work with over there. [Overlawyered]

    * Getting tossed from a case for “bad behavior”? That’s the Chicago way! [Chicago Tribune]

    * An interview with American Lawyer Editor-in-Chief Robin Sparkman about the newly released Am Law 100 law firm rankings, after the jump….

    33 Comments / / Apr 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • Hulk_Hogan-RF

    Blog Wars, Blogging, Free Speech, Media and Journalism, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Gawker Tells Judge to ‘Talk to the Hand’ in Hulk Hogan Sex Case

    Judge turns heel and enjoins Gawker. Gawker calls her bluff.

    23 Comments / / Apr 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM
  • Joan_Holloway_Wiki

    Blogging, Crime, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.24.13

    Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! While we focus a lot on lawyers, judges, and law schools around here, I wanted to take this opportunity to appreciate our legal staff audience — the legal secretaries, paralegals, clerks, recruiters, office managers, word processors, receptionists, and everyone else affiliated with the legal practice other than the J.D. crowd. Not only do you do great work, but you also help keep this site running with your anonymous tips. Keep ‘em coming! [Above the Law]

    * Why yes, I do want a Tumblr of GIFs about public defenders. [What the Public Defender]

    * A mega-retailer with a reputation for ruthlessly destroying its competitors makes life difficult for anyone who has to subpoena them? No! [Associate’s Mind]

    * UVA College Republicans see a massive infringement of student rights in the administration’s decision that fraternities conclude pledging early as an anti-hazing measure. Republicans: Protecting your God-given right to create a naked pyramid since Abu Ghraib. [Cavalier Daily]

    * “The Blogger as Public Intellectual.” See, we’re a lot more than dick jokes about law firms, people. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Of all the reasons to lock your cell phone, “To Avoid Arrest” is one of them. [Legal Juice]

    * Biglaw explained: Clinical depression is contagious. [Law and More]

    * SJL Attorney Search has acquired The Shannon Group, a Washington, D.C.-based career transition, coaching and talent development firm. [SJL Shannon Press Release via Wall Street Journal]

    * Arrested Development is coming back soon! Check out this infographic that tells you which Arrested Development character you are. To the surprise of no one, I’m Lucille. Unfortunately, Barry Zuckercorn, Maggie Lizer, and Bob Loblaw aren’t options. [OK Gorgeous]

    2 Comments / / Apr 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • 220px-Ground_Zero_Mosque_Protesters_11

    Blogging, Crime, Federal Judges, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.23.13

    * Federal judges are going to keep getting their cost of living raises. Sequestration be damned! [CBS DC]

    * Florida passes “anti-Sharia law” law. Accidentally outlaws Jewish divorce instead. [Gawker]

    * Why are people so stupid? Legal threat based on the name of a blog. Not the actual content, just the name. In a related note, we’d like to let everyone know that if we write about you, you are not, in fact, “above the law.” [Popehat]

    * This is curious. Convicted of stealing $1 million dollars and walking away without jail time. And no written opinion to explain it. Moral of the story? Commit your crimes in Judge Carney’s court. [Navelgazing / OC Weekly]

    * You’ve got to move fast if you want to take the profit off a disaster. Best part? A tipster says the explosion pictured isn’t even of the fertilizer plant explosion. [Baron & Budd]

    * Newsmax videoed an interview with Logan Beirne, author of Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency (affiliate link). Apparently, George Washington was a badass. No kidding. [Newsmax]

    * Well you must have expected something like this. Michael Shannon delivers a dramatic reading of the sorority girl’s memorable cease and desist letter….

    5 Comments / / Apr 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • james franco RF

    Biglaw, Blogging, Celebrities, Quote of the Day, Service of Process

    Next Time, Try Harder If You Want to Sue a Celebrity

    Did this ridiculousness count as due diligence?

    8 Comments / / Apr 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM
  • Law-keyboard

    Blogging, Media and Journalism, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Thomas Goldstein

    When Is a Law Blog Considered an ‘Extreme Threat’?

    You know you’ve reached the pinnacle of success when the mainstream media is scared of your blog.

    7 Comments / / Apr 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM
  • Opening Day

    Barack Obama, Blogging, Election Law, Gambling / Gaming, Law Schools, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Pro Se Litigants, Rankings, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.01.13

    * It’s amazing that sports betting is not legal in New Jersey. What possible moral wackadoodle says that it’s okay to have something like the Jersey Shore (the place, not just the TV show), but you can’t take Michigan to out-shoot the Syracuse zone and then break Louisville’s legs. [Legal Blitz]

    * Cloud tools for lawyers. Or as partners understand them: “Newfangled virtual file cabinets.” [Smart File Blog]

    * Pro se prisoner wins! He probably wouldn’t have had he consulted a lawyer. [Simple Justice]

    * Actually, congratulations to Christopher J. Paolella, who argued before the Court on behalf of Kim Millbrook — and scored a 9-0 victory. [Reich & Paolella]

    * Apparently “we gotta fix that” is Obama-speak for “Let’s form a commission to study how Republicans are disenfranchising voters instead of actually stopping them.” [NPR via Election Law Blog]

    * Goodbye and good luck to Bruce Carton of Legal Blog Watch. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * I thought this was a law already on the books in Mississippi. [The Onion]

    * Instead of Angie’s List ranking law schools, I’d like to see U.S. News ranking plumbers. Undoubtedly, they’d use size of exposed butt crack as a key factor. [TaxProf Blog]

    1 Comment / / Apr 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM
  • My personal favorite: Peepemptory Challenges.

    2nd Circuit, Billable Hours, Blog Wars, Blogging, Books, Citigroup, Holidays and Seasons, Judge of the Day, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Securities Law, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.29.13

    * To those of you who celebrate it, Happy Easter! Welcome the holiday by voting in the ABA Journal’s fifth annual “Peeps in Law” contest. [ABA Journal]

    * If law firm brackets aren’t your thing, check out Professor Kyle Graham’s brackets for (1) law school classes and (2) law blogs. I’m thankful for ATL’s #1 seed but terrified by who we’re up against (because they’ve ripped me a new one before). [noncuratlex]

    * Sorry, Judge Steiner, you wuz robbed; you should have been our Judge of the Day. It’s tough to top “allegations of a sexual quid pro quo with a female lawyer and the eye-opening confiscation of carpet from [chambers] for forensic analysis.” [OC Weekly]

    William Shatner

    * “William Shatner’s Seductive Powers Don’t Create a Fiduciary Duty.” Robyn Hagan Cain explains why. [U.S. Second Circuit / FindLaw]

    * Citi settles securities cases for $730 million. Matt Levine is not impressed. [Dealbreaker]

    * And Ted Frank is incensed by Bernstein Litowitz’s nine-figure fee request. [Point of Law]

    * If you’re already depressed by public ignorance about the Supreme Court, don’t look at the responses to question 9 of this opinion poll. [Penn Schoen Berland]

    * Steven Harper — author of a new (and very good) book about the legal profession, The Lawyer Bubble (affiliate link) — offers thoughts on the billable hour in the wake of the DLA Piper overbilling allegations. [New York Times]

    7 Comments / / Mar 29, 2013 at 5:39 PM