Brian Leiter

  • Buck up Professor. Your hero Nietzsche always says "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

    Elena Kagan, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.10.14

    * Remember that whole Brian Leiter kerfuffle? Well he’s gone. The world (of philosophy rankings) was not ready for one as beautiful as thee. [Daily Nous]

    * Before They Were Famous: Newly released documents reveal a pre-SCOTUS Justice Kagan writing memos admitting that she “really f**ked up” and “God, do I feel like an idiot.” At least she understood how she made her 1L class feel when she was a professor. [Josh Blackman's Blog]

    * A lawsuit over who owns the word “how.” Can’t make this up. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * How do we know that driverless cars are going to be wonderful for human society? Because they will be absolutely horrible for lawyers and insurers. [Legal Funding Central]

    * This guy explains what everyone should understand before going to law school by walking through his decision to not to go to law school despite gaining admission to some T14 heavies. He gives ATL a shout. We hear you buddy, congratulations on your decision. [Chronicle Vitae]

    * A Delaware attorney sued for allegedly aiding and abetting a fraudulent emerald salvage operation. Kind of “X marks the disbarment.” [Delaware Online]

    * Exxon won an arbitration and got $1.6B from cash-strapped Venezuela, but wanted $14.7B. Poor Exxon, they face so many struggles. [Bloomberg h/t Breaking Energy]

    * The D.C. Bar Association is hosting a “Go Formal For Justice” event to raise many for its many programs to help, directly or indirectly, the indigent. [D.C. Bar Foundation]

    23 Comments / / Oct 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM
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    Drinking, Law Professors, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.01.14

    * We welcome Howard Bashman to his new homepage! [How Appealing / Above the Law]

    * An ode to Brian Leiter to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around.” [Philosophy Metablog]

    * “Lawyers have a powerful voice in the American legal system, government, and news and entertainment businesses. But do they make their contributions to society while impaired?” You’re goddamned right we do! [SSRN]

    * For example, a Louisville lawyer was arrested for allegedly surfing the web while driving drunk. Who says solo practitioners can’t multitask. [WDRB]

    * Is litigation finance a loan or an investment? Perhaps tax law holds the answer. [LFC 360]

    * Former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. had his law license suspended indefinitely. Apparently his trust account was bouncing checks. This suspension has ramifications for a much bigger case — Bosley had been representing Dorian Johnson, an eyewitness to the Michael Brown killing. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly (sub. req.); St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * Hasbro thinks that owning Scrabble means they own the English language. [Slate]

    * Congratulations to legal communications specialists Infinite PR, who just merged with UK outfit Spada to expand their business across the pond. [PR Week]

    24 Comments / / Oct 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • The-Jerry-Springer-Show

    Books, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Facebook, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.26.14

    * A list of lawyers who followed their passions. Let’s be honest: I just like that Lat’s in the same listicle as Jerry Springer. [One 400]

    * Another report on the Brian Leiter kerfuffle (by Professor Jonathan Adler). [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Postal carrier hoarded 40,000 pieces of mail. Newman! [The Smoking Gun]

    * Another court allows service via Facebook. [Peter S. Vogel]

    * Eric Holder is resigning. Time for the speculation that he must have done something awful to begin! [New York Observer]

    * D.C. lawyer Ronald Goldfarb reviews John W. Dean’s new book (affiliate link) about the Nixon tapes. [Washington Independent Review of Books]

    1 Comment / / Sep 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • It's time to yell back at a notorious loudmouth.

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Lunacy, Rudeness

    Everyone Hates This Poor Law Professor

    Will he go gentle into that good night? Of course not!

    52 Comments / / Sep 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM
  • Can you identify this guy?

    9th Circuit, Contract Attorneys, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Rape, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.24.14

    * Quiz: Can you match the picture of the plaintiff to the landmark Supreme Court decision? [Slate]

    * Ninth Circuit expedites Ed O’Bannon appeal. [USAToday]

    * New NBC comedy about a law student who becomes a garbage man. Better job security, I suppose. [The A.V. Club]

    * The federal prison population declined by about 4800 inmates, giving the United States… well, still the worst incarceration rate in the world, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. [ABC News]

    * The contract attorney who sued Biglaw is living in his car and considering a career in construction. Perhaps it was a Freudian thing. [Law and More]

    * Some philosophy professors are concerned about an individual getting very testy with perceived critics. Anyone want to guess the individual? [Professor David Velleman Homepage / NYU]

    * In case you missed it, Howard Bashman’s announcement of our new partnership. [How Appealing]

    * Middle school convinces special needs girl to allow suspected rapist to take her into a bathroom so the school can “catch him redhanded.” She gets raped. Judge dismisses the lawsuit saying he wouldn’t “second-guess” school officials. [Al.com]

    29 Comments / / Sep 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
  • Buck up Professor. Your hero Nietzsche always says "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Racism

    Bigmouth Law Professor Flubs Research, Defends Racists

    Brian Leiter went off half-cocked on the Internet? Wonders will truly never cease…

    20 Comments / / Jun 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • Unknown-RF

    Biglaw, Blog Wars, Blogging, Law Professors

    Teaching Brian Leiter About The Internet

    The cantankerous professor replied to our effort to set the record straight about our traffic. His reply was… not very good.

    23 Comments / / Dec 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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    Books, Law Professors, Law Schools

    A Generous Gift From Your Law School

    No, it’s not a tuition rebate….

    7 Comments / / Dec 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM
  • Professor LF

    Boalt Hall, Law Professors, Law Schools, Rankings, Vanderbilt

    Law School Rankings: Who Has The Most Important Professors?

    A new ranking of the scholarly impact of legal academics.

    7 Comments / / Aug 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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  • sad professor

    Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Law Professors, Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    Wherein Law Professors Feel Like Law Grads Because No One Will Hire Them

    There must be a reason why law schools aren’t hiring labor and employment law professors, but what is it?

    16 Comments / / Apr 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM
  • Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.14.13

    * Happy Pi Day from Sasha Volokh! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Tiffany’s sued Costco for trademark violations because Tiffany’s is afraid someone walked into Costco and thought, “$20 Tiffany’s engagement ring? AWESOME!” [Law of Fashion]

    * Pro se litigants have finally killed Virginia’s sodomy statute. [The CockleBur]

    * UChilawgo provides a visual representation of what happens when you criticize Brian Leiter on the Internet. [UChilawgo]

    * Kelly Mathis, a Jacksonville attorney, got arrested for allegedly running a $300 million illegal gambling operation. And yet Nova Southeastern is able to make bank gambling that their students will find jobs with their degree. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * If you’re looking for someone else to foot the tab for law school, the folks at Best Criminal Justice have a helpful list. [Best Criminal Justice]

    * Law and the Multiverse knows the way to my heart: an analysis of the Futurama “Future Stock,” featuring my all-time favorite Futurama character, “80s Guy.” Click through to see “80s Guy” doing the The Safety Dance on a loop. [Law and the Multiverse]

    2 Comments / / Mar 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM
  • Celebrity Deathmatch

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Student Loans

    Celebrity Law Prof Death Match: Paul Campos v. Brian Leiter

    Two law professors accuse each other of going off the deep end… and this time it’s totally personal.

    63 Comments / / Mar 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM
  • Charles Fried, D.C. Circuit, Law Professors, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.22.13

    * In the E.D.N.Y., Pitbull prevailed over lovable, legal loser Lindsay Lohan. Lohan’s knack for the epic legal fail carried over to her attorney, Stephanie Ovadia, who was fined $750 for plagiarism by Judge Denis Hurley. [Billboard]

    * Charles Fried is pretty sure Senator Ted Cruz is crazy for saying there was only one Republican on the Harvard Law faculty. But the joke’s on Fried… no one considers a Reagan appointee a Republican anymore, you silly goose! [New Yorker]

    * Here are some outtakes from Michelle Olsen’s coverage of the D.C. Circuit (the main event, if you will, was published here). Sadly, unlike some outtake reels, the D.C. panel did not address the problem of snow blindness in cats. [Appellate Daily]

    * Brian Leiter and Paul Campos had a little dispute. This article sums it up and has some interesting thoughts on just how little law professors care now about their own teaching methods. Don’t read this if you’re averse to honesty. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Fisticuffs erupt over messing with the thermostat. This is an official warning to the other ATL editors if that office is too hot next week… [LegalJuice]

    * The whole “publish or perish” racket is rough. Bill Araiza needs a hug. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The ideological center of the U.S. House of Representatives is Staten Island. Woe to the Republic. [New York Daily News]

    9 Comments / / Feb 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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  • Professor John C. Yoo

    Boalt Hall, John Yoo, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Rankings, U.S. News

    The 50 Most Relevant Law Professors

    Who are the 50 most relevant law professors in America?

    51 Comments / / Sep 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM
  • Bain Romney

    Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.17.12

    * I’m not sure why Romney won’t just say that he lied to the SEC about when he left Bain. Lying to the SEC is just good business. Lying to the American people is something that politicians are only supposed to do for sex. [Wonkblog / Washington Post]

    * Character and fitness can be a surprisingly tough hurdle, so I’ve been told. [The Toronto Star]

    * Here are the top law faculties by scholarship. I’d bet this list and the list for top law faculties by salary are pretty similar. [Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports]

    * Ed Hayes gets another profile, a dandy profile this time. [The Dandy Portraits]

    * This is a highlight reel of terrible lawyer ads. [Strategist via Findlaw]

    * Man with the largest penis gets frisked by TSA. When asked to comment, Sam said, “This is how we keep motherf***in snakes off the motherf***in planes.” [Hufffington Post]

    * Congratulations to the general counsel of Viacom. [Hollywood Reporter]

    9 Comments / / Jul 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

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