Bullying

  • Donald Sterling

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.11.15

    * “[H]e’s just a litigious person. Unless he has something going on in the public eye, he can’t exist.” Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a suit against V. Stiviano and TMZ, accusing them of invading his privacy by sharing a recording of his racism. [New York Post]

    * A jury found that an ex-municipal court judge who was convicted of insurance fraud was lying when he claimed that he’d been attacked outside the courthouse by thugs wielding a toilet tank lid. We guess you could say that the jurors were able to flush out all of this guy’s crap. [ABA Journal]

    * Talk about a Hail Mary suit: Ted Wells of Paul Weiss and NFL locker-room bullying report fame is being sued for defamation by the former Miami Dolphins offensive-line coach who happened to be one of the casualties of his investigation. [Washington Post]

    * Deutsche Bank’s general counsel will step down from his position at the end of the year. Deutsche Bank joins JPMorgan and Bank of America as the third big bank to have announced a change in GC within the past month. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * If you’re considering applying to law school, here are five steps you can take to write a “great” personal statement. Surprisingly, one step isn’t mentioning your guaranteed employment at a family firm after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    24 Comments / / Aug 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Pepsi logo

    9th Circuit, Gay Marriage, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.07.14

    * Congratulations to Tony West on his new gig as General Counsel of PepsiCo. It sounds like an exciting and challenging opportunity. Plus, you know, free Mountain Dew. [Politico]

    * What the hell? The feds stole a woman’s identity and made it into a Facebook page. Well, now she’s found out and she’s suing. Identity theft was one thing, but the way the DEA Agent kept spamming the woman’s friends to play Candy Crush Saga was just unacceptable. [Buzzfeed]

    * Time for some court news: Ninth Circuit joined the chorus in striking down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. [Ninth Circuit]

    * It’s Nobel Prize time, and one of the winners for Physics has a personal story about how important it is to hire a good lawyer. In fact, it was about $180 million important. [Slate]

    * We constantly beat the drum of how law schools need to adjust to reality and stop duping students into terrible financial decisions. But here’s the PR secret that’s kept law schools from, by and large, collapsing: they sell the experience. [Law and More]

    * An open letter begging Amal Alamuddin not to quit her day job now that she’s married to some acting guy. [The Careerist]

    * New York City paid $50K to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a child who killed herself after school officials allegedly did nothing despite several warnings that the girl was being brutally bullied. There’s a lot of “in my day…” types who read this site who may not care about bullying, but this is more a question of irresponsibility. If your job is to provide a safe learning environment and you fail, you pay. [DNA Info]

    * At oral argument, the Court seemed generally supportive of the Muslim inmate hoping to grow a beard. If this intuition is right, soon individual people may have the same religious rights as corporations! [Supreme Court Brief]

    * Finally, thanks to the Rutgers-Newark Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society for hosting a great event today where Elie and I previewed the upcoming SCOTUS Term. My personal highlight was watching Elie’s head explode while talking about Young v. UPS.

    8 Comments / / Oct 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Stop Bullying

    Biglaw, Partner Issues

    Stop Bullying The Partners You Work For

    The amount of people whining about being bullied reaches epidemic proportions.

    53 Comments / / Sep 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM
  • You get objectified and denied all control over your own sexuality. You're welcome.

    Biglaw, Health Care / Medicine, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Sex, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.17.13

    * Judge Brian Cogan has ruled that a group of New York Catholic institutions doesn’t have to provide health insurance plans that include birth control coverage to its employees because… insurance policies with provisions that other people may or may not ever invoke is a religious thing. Too bad no one told the Catholic Church in New York, which already pays for insurance that provides birth control coverage and has for years. [Jezebel]

    * Judge Richard Leon’s decision ruling the NSA metadata gathering program unconstitutional makes a lot of good points, but perhaps the best is that even if you think there’s a compelling counter-terrorism concern that trumps constitutional safeguards, the NSA just can’t point to it. Of course we’ll all be singing another tune when the Moldovans take over. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Here’s a tale of dealing with a Biglaw bully. I don’t get the concept — being locked in a locker is way better than spending the whole night conforming edits. [Big Law Rebel]

    * Elie appeared on the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast to discuss drones. [Lawyer 2 Lawyer]

    * Eyewitness testimony is often disastrously wrong. Suddenly that “Eyewitness News” title your awful local news channel uses seems really appropriate. [Slate]

    * A guide for tech startups and software developers dealing with contracts. I’m looking in your direction, Winklevoss twins. [Alleywatch]

    * An IP lawyer makes a rap video. His record may affirm that he knows IP, but I don’t think Death Row is going to be calling any time soon. Video embedded below…

    4 Comments / / Dec 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • jonathan-martin-combine

    Football, Movies, Sports

    Does The Law Have to Protect Wusses?

    Should the NFL be subject to the same laws as any other business given its unique character?

    153 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM
  • Richie Incognito RF

    Football

    Jonathan Martin, Future Gunner

    Guess the lawyers will sort out whatever happened between Richie Ingonito and Jonathan Martin.

    7 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM
  • no-bully-zone

    Education / Schools, Football, Kids, Sports, Texas

    Anti-Bullying Laws Invoked Because One Football Team Can’t Stop Another Football Team

    Parent accuses 91-0 high school football victors of “bullying.”

    65 Comments / / Oct 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM
  • GameOfThrones_S1_DVD

    Biglaw, Death Penalty, Non-Sequiturs, pls hndle thx, Rape, Richard Epstein

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.20.13

    * Saudi Arabia may soon end beheadings because they’re running out of swordsmen. Poor Ned Stark… if he’d just held out a little longer. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Professor Richard Epstein held an AMA (“Ask Me Anything” if you’re behind on the modern lingo of the Interwebs) on Reddit this morning. Mercifully, “Boxers of Briefs?” wasn’t asked. [Reddit]

    * It may have taken awhile for Steubenville, Ohio to get its priorities straight, but Attorney General Mike DeWine is finally saying the right things, “Let me be clear. Threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the Internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you.” [Jezebel]

    * Is the legal industry ready to seize the future? [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * If you have any questions you’d like to see addressed by our crack advice team at Pls Hndle Thx, send them to advice@abovethelaw.com. [Above the Law]

    * David Bernstein posted this clever video about Passover to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody over at Volokh Conspiracy. You can watch it after the jump….

    7 Comments / / Mar 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • cr_05010_01_v6-RF

    Books, Quote of the Day, Television, Videos

    Emily Bazelon Makes Stephen Colbert Cry

    Emily Bazelon thinks Stephen Colbert just might be a bully.

    1 Comment / / Feb 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.11.13

    * DC Comics didn’t take kindly to a garage selling replica Batmobiles without permission. A federal court agreed. But if we outlaw Batmobiles, only outlaws will have Batmobiles! [Comic Book Resources]

    * Mistrial in Philadelphia after the witness lost (part of) his head on the witness stand. [Philly.com]

    * Taser or Lightsaber? I never thought that would be a serious question. [Legal Juice]

    * A quick refresher from that “Law and the Vatican” course you took as a 3L. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A compilation of some bad courtroom (and quasi-courtroom) behavior including our friend from last week, Penelope Soto. [LOL and Smile]

    * The Bratz case is so totally over. The result? A whole lot of nothing — much like the Bratz movie. [The Recorder]

    * Shorter version of this article: Morpheus explaining, “But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see?…The very minds of the [nice legal academics] we are trying to save. But until we do, these [law professors] are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy.” [Inside the Law School Scam]

    * New Mexico is considering a new law against bullying — but does it go too far? Does it? Answer me, you little wuss! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    1 Comment / / Feb 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • Apple

    Antonin Scalia, Department of Justice, Education / Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. News

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.14.12

    * George Washington University has been stripped of its U.S. News college ranking. The law school appears safe. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Now students can get in trouble for bullying their teachers. Teachers, people! TEACHERS CAN’T STAND UP TO THE MEAN SCHOOL KIDS WITHOUT A LAWSUIT. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Just to be clear, Antonin Scalia would not be on the side of the secessionists. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * So the accuser of Kevin Clash, voice of Elmo, recanted and said that he was a consenting adult when he was with Clash. It’s great to know that Elmo is getting barely legal ass. [Huffington Post]

    * FCPA! Guidance! This is WAY MORE INTERESTING than Petraeus and the Kelley sisters. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * For those of you who saw Capturing the Friedmans, here’s an update on the ongoing proceedings. [WiseLawNY]

    3 Comments / / Nov 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM
  • no-bully-zone

    8th Circuit, Education / Schools

    Bullying Is Now What Happens Whenever Teachers Can’t Keep Control Of Their Classrooms

    Bullying is what happens when teachers lose control…

    30 Comments / / Oct 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM
  • Shocked-older-woman-150x204

    Bar Exams, Clerkships, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Sports, Supreme Court Clerks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.04.12

    * Are associates or partners more maniacally stressed out? Science helps us answer the age-old question. [The Careerist]

    * What does it take to land a Supreme Court clerkship? Luck, reputation, and a helluva lot of patience. [ABA Journal and Supreme Ambitions]

    * And what should SCOTUS clerks do after they finish at One First Street if they want to make the most money? The answer may surprise you. [Breaking Views]

    * As the NFL faces all those concussion lawsuits, America’s other professional football league (yes, the United Football League does exist) is getting sued… for not paying its players. [Forbes]

    * An HLS student pleaded not guilty to sexual assault. What is it with all the Harvard Law folks allegedly causing trouble this week? Next thing you know, some Harvard Law grad is going to threaten to murder Big Bird. [Harvard Crimson]

    * A veteran is suing the government over his frostbitten penis, which had to be “partially amputated.” Not only is that the second-worst thing I’ve ever heard, it doesn’t even really make sense. [ABC15]

    * An ex-law student explains why she quit just a few weeks into the semester. Why? Bullying and backstabbing. Hmmm. That sounds familiar. [A Nerd Girl’s Perspective]

    * Delaware Bar Exam results are out. Congratulations to everyone who passed! [Delaware State Courts]

    3 Comments / / Oct 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM
  • Jennifer Livingston

    Fat People, Media and Journalism, Rudeness, Television, Women's Issues

    Overweight TV Anchor Takes Lawyer To Task On The Air; Lawyer Doesn’t Give A Damn

    As it turns out, the man who critiqued the Wisconsin TV anchor’s appearance was a lawyer. What does that say about lawyers, in general?

    274 Comments / / Oct 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM
  • no-bully-zone

    Labor / Employment, Rank Stupidity, Rudeness

    Is a Day of Reckoning on the Horizon for Workplace Bullies?

    States consider legislation restricting workplace bullying. It might not be a bad idea….

    22 Comments / / Oct 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM
  • Welcome to the Matrix, err, 7th grade...

    Education / Schools, Facebook, Free Speech, Kids, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    Federal Court Rules: ‘We Don’t Need No Facebook Control; Hey Teacher, Leave Them Kids Alone!’

    A federal court hands down a ruling restricting how schools can use social media against students.

    19 Comments / / Sep 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

  • Dharun-Ravi

    Crime, Gay, New Jersey, Sentencing Law

    Dharun Ravi Sentenced

    Dharun Ravi just got sentenced. What did he get?

    52 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM