Books

  • Justice Scalia (left) and Judge Posner

    Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, Books, California, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Federalist Society, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Benchslap Dispatches: Justice Scalia on Judge Posner’s ‘Hatchet Job’

    Justice Scalia tells us what he REALLY thinks of Judge Posner’s controversial review of Reading Law, the new book by Justice Scalia and Professor Bryan Garner.

    20 Comments / / Sep 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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    Books, Money, Videos, Weirdness

    Whoa, This Zombie Law Thing Is Kind of Taking Off

    An attorney is fundraising in order to create a zombie law casebook. Awww yeah.

    7 Comments / / Sep 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM
  • Emily Dickinson: poet -- and legal scholar?

    Antitrust, Department of Justice, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, Technology

    Quote of the Day: These Have Got to Be the Most Literary Case Files Ever

    Poet Emily Dickinson makes an extended appearance in a major court ruling — a ruling about books, of course.

    7 Comments / / Sep 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM
  • Bryan Garner Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, Books, Clerkships, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Posner v. Scalia: Bryan Garner Tags In

    Bryan Garner, the legal writing guru, comes to the aid of his co-author, Justice Antonin Scalia. Professor Garner is NOT happy with Judge Posner’s review of Scalia and Garner’s new book.

    21 Comments / / Sep 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM
  • Screen Shot 2012-09-05 at 9.44.12 AM

    Antitrust, Department of Justice, Federal Judges, Technology

    Why Write an Amicus Brief — When You Can Draw One Instead?

    This attorney filed an amicus brief — as a cartoon!

    26 Comments / / Sep 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM
  • Justice Scalia (left) and Judge Posner

    Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, Books, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Benchslap Dispatches: Posner v. Scalia — Is It Personal?

    Is the sniping back and forth between Justice Scalia and Judge Posner personal? We reached out to both jurists for comment.

    28 Comments / / Sep 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM
  • roulette

    Antonin Scalia, Books, Cozen O'Connor, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.05.12

    * When in doubt, seek divine guidance and bet it all on black. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is going to be visiting Las Vegas this week, where he will attend a Red Mass and then head for the Strip. [Reno Gazette-Journal]

    * After being limited on page length, a licensing expert opted to file a five-page cartoon brief in the Apple e-book case. This dude can retire, because he’s achieved legal baller status. [Bloomberg]

    * James Hayes’s lawsuit over ICE’s alleged federal “frat house” has been sent to mediation for a possible settlement — but in real Greek life, he likely would’ve been peer pressured to de-pledge. [Washington Post]

    * Bull’s-eye! Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack has recused himself from a personal injury case where he was alleged to have called a Cozen O’Connor partner a “piece of sh*t.” [New York Law Journal]

    * The case of the missing asterisk: an Ohio Court of Appeals candidate was fined for wearing judge’s robes in her campaign flyers because she failed to indicate her judicial status or lack thereof. [National Law Journal]

    * How much does it cost to cover up and then begrudgingly deal with a child sex abuse scandal? The tab thus far for Penn State University is about $17M — $4M of which went to legal services and defense. [CBS News]

    * Despite Villanova Law’s admissions scandal, the dean reports that the school has admitted its “highest-quality” class ever. You know it’s hard to believe anything you say about your data, right? [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    4 Comments / / Sep 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM
  • unemployed lawyer

    Attorney Misconduct, Books, California, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Murder, Prisons, Texas, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 08.31.12

    * These are some sad times in Texas, y’all. It really hasn’t been a very good week for the Lone Star state in the courts. First their redistricting plan got thrown out, and now their voter ID law has been struck down. [CNN]

    * Jeh Johnson of the Defense Department may take legal action against the former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the Osama bin Laden raid, calling it a “material breach” of duty. Must be good; go buy it! [CBS News]

    * Bros will be bros: disbarment has been recommended for an attorney who failed to disclose to clients that he had been suspended for banging an underage chick who worked at his office. [National Law Journal]

    * Here are 15 Northeast law schools ranked by employment rate. After getting excited that mine was on the list — albeit dead last — I realized I’m seriously a low expectation havin’ motherf**ker. [Boston Business Journal]

    * George W. Huguely V, the UVA lacrosse player who beat his girlfriend to death, was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Distasteful joke alert: for his sake, we hope the prison uniforms have poppable collars. [Bloomberg]

    * A Maryland lawyer with autism and Sensory Processing Disorder has created a way for people to stop getting up in your personal space while riding public transportation. Say hello to the Sensory Shield! [Huffington Post]

    4 Comments / / Aug 31, 2012 at 9:13 AM
  • dartboard pen on target inside straight

    Biglaw, Books, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    Inside Straight: Must You Specialize To Market Yourself?

    Specialization isn’t an absolute requirement for business development, according to in-house columnist Mark Herrmann. But in certain situations, it can help — a lot.

    8 Comments / / Aug 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM
  • boob-job

    Books, Breasts, Contests, Crime, Federal Government, Health Care / Medicine, Insurance, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Romance and Dating, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.28.12

    * Sorry, Rob Portman, while you’re very good at making law students flee from commencement ceremonies, you don’t get to be Mitt’s running mate. Instead, you get to pretend to be the president. Dreams do come true. [Recess Appointment]

    * Just because there was an undergrad rankings scandal at our school doesn’t mean that our law school data isn’t sound. ::pout:: Oh Emory, that’s so precious. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Breast implants don’t make women healthier?! Damn you, Congress! [New York Magazine]

    * Scamming insurance companies > scamming dying AIDS patients. [Dealbreaker]

    * Scott Greenfield is running a book giveaway contest. Well, here’s my submission: The law doesn’t suck; it’s just the week before Labor Day, so writing about the law sucks. [Simple Justice; Legal Blog Watch]

    * Given the number of men who ignore their girlfriends in favor of video games, it’s surprising that more women haven’t been charged with misdemeanor battery. [Legal Juice]

    0 Comments / / Aug 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM
  • Professor John Corvino

    9th Circuit, Books, David Boies, Family Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Olson

    Debating Same-Sex Marriage: An Interview With John Corvino

    An interview with Professor John Corvino, co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of a new book on same-sex marriage, about current issues in marriage equality.

    55 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM
  • DipSqueeze_WaffleFries

    Abortion, Biglaw, Books, Career Alternatives, Copyright, Food, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Rape, Real Estate

    Morning Docket: 08.21.12

    * That’s one hell of a “rainy day fund.” Greenberg Traurig is asking for $24M over the next two years, and has no plans to do it again in the near future. [Daily Business Review]

    * Lots of law firms have been listening to that Petula Clark song about how great things are downtown, because that’s where their offices are headed. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Republicans are begging Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin to quit, but he’s vowed to stay the course. “[A]bortion is never an option,” not even for his campaign. [New York Times]

    * Dipping and squeezing is serious business in the condiment world, and that’s why there’s a patent lawsuit over this innovative ketchup packet. [Huffington Post]

    * Career alternatives for attorneys: sci-fi salvaging savior? This entertainment lawyer is taking out-of-print fantasy novels and turning them into e-books. Sometimes being a nerd is pretty cool. [New York Daily News]

    3 Comments / / Aug 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel

    Biglaw, Books, David Boies, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Litigators, Litigatrix, Musical Chairs

    Elizabeth Wurtzel Bids Bye-Bye to Boies Schiller

    Elizabeth Wurtzel, the bestselling writer turned Biglaw litigator, is no longer at Boies Schiller. What led to her departure?

    62 Comments / / Aug 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM
  • Bob Morse

    Books, Law Professors, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Rankings, U.S. News

    Quote of the Day: U.S. News Isn’t Trying to Help Law Schools

    The U.S. News Best Law School rankings are aimed at prospective students, not law school administrators…

    14 Comments / / Jul 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia, Books, Elizabeth Wurtzel, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Weirdness

    Quote of the Day: What Do Liz Wurtzel and Justice Scalia Share in Common?

    If you think that the liberal writer and the conservative justice have nothing in common, think again….

    11 Comments / / Jul 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM
  • Foul Ball

    Baseball, Biglaw, Books, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.19.12

    * If anything, baseball stadiums need less netting to prevent fans from catching foul balls. And if your six-year-old gets clocked in the head by a batted ball, it should be a lesson to wealthy fans in great seats to pay attention to the goddamn national pastime instead talking on your cell phone or watching the scoreboard or doing whatever non-baseball activity that distracted you from the 2-2 count with the lefty up at bat. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Pop quiz, law professors. What do you do? [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Here’s a great review of Mark Hermann’s book: Inside Straight, that focuses on Hermann’s use of the commenters in his material. This will provide excellent research for my own project: How I Became An Affirmative Action Walrus. [Simple Justice]

    * Don’t you love how the Michigan Law walk-out on Rob Portman is now actually a bit of a thing in the VEEPstakes? [Gawker]

    * It’s been a while since I studied commercial paper, but I’m pretty sure SpongeBob Squarepants coins aren’t going to pass muster. [Dealbreaker]

    * Ohio tries to further regulate fracking, but efforts to frustrate fracking f**k-ups feel futile. [Fulbright Fracking Blog]

    * Morrison & Foerster elects new firm leadership. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    13 Comments / / Jul 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM
  • crimson_tide

    Books, Facebook, Non-Sequiturs, Nude Dancing, Prostitution, Social Media, Social Networking Websites

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.12.12

    * Kristen Saban has already moved to dismiss the suit filed by her former sorority sister stemming from their alleged sororitastic catfight. [WSFA]

    * Massage parlor busted in prostitution sting: a victory for human rights. Said massage parlor/brothel shares a building AND A SIGN with local law firm: hilarious. Of course there are pics. Do you even need to ask? [KREM]

    * Speaking of sex for money, Canada no longer offers visas for foreign strippers, escorts, or massage parlor workers. [Newser via Legal Blog Watch]

    * “I lost the Casey Anthony case. Vote for me for State Attorney!” Does the state of Florida realize the rest of the United States only keeps it around for comedic relief? [Daily Beast]

    * Missy Elliot is suing a car dealership that, she says, has not delivered her Lamborghini as agreed to. Man, that car dealer might be in trouble, because she’s a b*tch. See, Missy got more cheese. Back on up while she rolls up her sleeves. [Jalopnik]

    * I really don’t want to make this joke, but I feel like I have no choice: in San Francisco, two drunk guys walking around naked would not only not get arrested, but no one would even bother giving them a second look. [Legal Juice]

    * A state judge in Pennsylvania ruled that discovery of private content on Facebook is only “minimally intrusive.” In other words, if you still hadn’t heard, the “private” stuff you put on Facebook is really anything but. [CPR Law Blog]

    * More praise for the new book from our in-house counsel columnist Mark Herrmann. Nice work! [Class Action Blawg; Law and More]

    * Seton Hall Law professors are organizing a mini-golf tournament. It’s called networking, folks. [Lincoln ESQ.]

    10 Comments / / Jul 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM
  • foie-gras2

    Books, California, Fast Food, Food, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.10.12

    * What if — gasp — we rewrote the U.S. Constitution today? Take a look at this discussion once you’ve picked up your shattered originalist jaw from the floor. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing has been postponed until next spring. Maybe this will allow him more time to throw bodacious pool parties. [Threat Level / Wired]

    * A photo of $211,223.04 that Matthew Inman of the Oatmeal raised for charity. Hopefully this means that the Oatmeal/Charles Carreon lawsuit circus is finally leaving town. [The Oatmeal]

    * “Bada da da daaah… I’m loving it! Now give me my Big Mac or I’ll shoot you in the face.” [Legal Juice]

    * A San Francisco restaurant finds an creative way around California’s new foie gras ban. Force-fed duck liver 4Lyfe! [Inside Scoop SF]

    * The Supreme Court Term feels like a distant memory, but now’s a good time to look back on it with added perspective. Courtesy of MoloLamken, here’s a great guide to the big business cases of the Supreme Court Term just ended. Download or print it, then read it at your leisure. [MoloLamken (PDF)]

    * A nice review of Inside Straight columnist Mark Herrmann’s new book. (The ATL commenters even get a shout out. Boo yah!) [Legal Writing Prof Blog]

    10 Comments / / Jul 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM