• Can this man help JPMorgan?

    Biglaw, Blogging, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drinking, Facebook, Football, JPMorgan Chase, Law Schools, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.14.12

    * Andrew Sweat claims fear of concussions made him hang ‘em up and go to law school. I’m not saying he shouldn’t be scared of football, I’m saying he should be worried about law school, too. [Deadspin]

    * Studying for the LSAT helps your brain. No really. It can even make you smart enough to avoid law school all together. [LSAT Blog: Ace the LSAT]

    * Looks like Jamie Dimon decided to send in The Wolf. [Dealbreaker]

    * How famous do I have to be before weight loss companies compete to make me take their diets for free (plus hire me a personal trainer) so they can say their weight loss program “works”? Surely, I’m fat enough. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Instead of making laws against bullying, parents could also be less lazy and just learn how to use Facebook. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Lawyer on lawyer name-calling. [Legal Newsline]

    * Hey, you’re going to be able to buy liquor on Sundays in Connecticut. Cool. Good to see that laws based entirely on weird, religious tradition are being found to be stupid. [WTNH]

    * This is a fun time to think about law firm branding, don’t you think? Sorry, let me make that a little more clear: Dewey think this is a fun time to think about law firm branding? [Law and More]

    * Looking ahead to the Facebook IPO in Blawg Review, which is also posted on Facebook this week. [Preaching to the Perverted via Blawg Review]

    5 Comments / / May 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM
  • Nerf - TABLOID - Executed  Mailman Grass - PRINT THIS

    Defamation, Facebook, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.27.12

    * The Am Law numbers are out. PPP is up 3 percent. Dollar, dollar bill y’all. [American Lawyer]

    * Hasbro — the makers of Nerf guns, a.k.a. the best toys ever — apparently hired some Baker & McKenzie attorneys to intimidate a guy who runs an Australian Nerf fan site. I hope they “intimidated” him with Nerf guns, because it would be funny, and no one would actually get hurt. [Crikey]

    * At 85 years old, Congressman (and Georgetown Law grad) John Dingell learned that “teabagging” doesn’t mean what he thinks it means. Better late than never! [The Daily Dolt]

    * I’m surprised that there are enough businesses horrible brave enough to ask for potential employees’ personal electronic information that it necessitates legislation. But I’m not complaining. [RedTape / MSNBC]

    * Finding out that repeated concussions and head injuries may cause long-term brain damage is only surprising to people who have suffered repeated concussions and head injuries. [LexisNexis]

    * A 14-year-old Georgia girl and her parents have sued some of her classmates because they acted like bitches on Facebook. Are these girls bullies? Yep. Is it the proper solution to turn the situation into 90210: Courtroom Edition? I still don’t think so. [Threat Level / Wired]

    * Support local businesses, like your high-end neighborhood brothel. The Manhattan Madam is now accepting donations… to help her make bail by Mother’s Day. [Dealbreaker]

    7 Comments / / Apr 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM
  • no-bully-zone

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

    When Will We Stop Punishing Children for Being Children?

    The ACLU is defending three teenage girls who were expelled for saying on Facebook that they wanted to kill people. Here’s why they shouldn’t have been expelled…

    35 Comments / / Apr 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM
  • LunchMoney

    Abortion, Biglaw, Chadbourne & Parke, Education / Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Police, Rape

    Morning Docket: 03.21.12

    * Here’s a reason why Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke might skip out on spring bonuses this year: millions of dollars worth of blowback from Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * And speaking of spring bonuses, a lot of people noticed that Sullivan & Cromwell seems to have misled associates. “Just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t.” Yeah, right. [Am Law Daily]

    * Next up in the war on women: a senator from Idaho thinks that women are such strumpets that they might be lying their way into abortions by claiming rape. Because that’s not incredibly insensitive. [Washington Post]

    * Apparently George Zimmerman, the man accused of fatally shooting a boy armed with a pack of Skittles, wanted to become a police officer. Looks like it’s time to kiss that dream goodbye. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Give me your lunch money, kid! Teachers aren’t supposed to be bullying students, but that’s what one Baltimore mother is alleging in a $200K lawsuit against the city’s school board. [New York Daily News]

    8 Comments / / Mar 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • 8th Circuit, Art, California, Copyright, Law School Deans, Morning Docket, Small Law Firms, Twittering

    Morning Docket: 12.29.11

    * Here’s a nice round-up of some of the most controversial laws that will be enacted in 2012. Looks like California is going to have some fabulously multicultural litigation. [Associated Press] * What do you get when you cross an artist with a penchant for Rastafarians with the son of a Boies Schiller name partner? […]

    1 Comment / / Dec 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM
  • Education / Schools, Gay

    The Battle in Michigan Over Who Gets to Bully Gay Kids Is On

    Earlier this week, the Michigan Senate passed anti-bullying legislation that included an exception that allowed religious nuts to bully gay kids if they wanted to. The Michigan Senators who voted for the bill wouldn’t characterize it that way, but let’s just say those jackasses won’t be hosting the Oscars, either. Yesterday, the Michigan House also […]

    40 Comments / / Nov 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM
  • Deaths, Gay, Immigration, Job Searches, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.20.11

    * Another victim of the vengeful prosecution of Tyler Clementi’s roommate might be the guy Clementi was hooking up with when Dharun Ravi broadcast it. [Gawker] * As I said on Twitter, you have to give Obama a little credit: when he uses suspect legal reasoning to do whatever he wants abroad, he comes home […]

    24 Comments / / Oct 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM
  • Abortion, Fabulosity, Gay, Health Care / Medicine, Insider Trading, Morning Docket, Paul Bergrin

    Morning Docket: 09.13.11

    * Mississippi’s “personhood” ballot measure could ban not only abortion, but birth control, too. This is supposed to “protect women.” Protect women from what, their right to choose? [Huffington Post] * This defense attorney has seen plenty of big cases before, but this may be his biggest one yet. Paul Bergrin has been given the […]

    10 Comments / / Sep 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM
  • California, Crime, Cyberlaw, Facebook, Privacy, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    Don’t Mess With Your Friend’s Facebook; It Might Be a Felony

    When I was in college, it was not altogether uncommon for people to leave their laptops unattended with their Facebook accounts still logged in. It was not altogether uncommon for an enterprising prankster to creatively twiddle with said account. A little switch of sexual preference here, a mildly offensive profile picture there, and maybe a […]

    7 Comments / / Aug 4, 2011 at 4:39 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Education / Schools, Lawyer of the Day, Rudeness

    Dad v. Mean Girls

    What happens when mean girls gossip about a lawyer’s teenage daughter at school? They get sued, of course! Good job, dad, you’ve probably ensured that your daughter will spend the next half-decade ostracized by her peers.

    81 Comments / / Jun 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM
  • Crime, Education / Schools, Gay, New Jersey, Pranks, Privacy, Sentencing Law, Suicide

    Wei To Go (and Testify Against Dharun Ravi)

    Molly Wei, the pretty ex-Rutgers student who was charged with two counts of invasion of privacy in the Tyler Clementi case, has reached a deal with the prosecution. Wei, 19, has been admitted to a pre-trial intervention program that could result in the charges against her being dismissed. What does Wei have to do as […]

    38 Comments / / May 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM
  • Career Alternatives, Feminism, Gender, Non-Sequiturs, Plaintiffs Firms, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Securities Law, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.11

    * Who are the top plaintiffs firms in securities class-action litigation, ranked by 2010 total settlement value? [RiskMetrics / SCAS via WSJ Law Blog] * Protip: if you go to a meeting at Deutsche Bank’s New York offices, avoid the men’s room. [Dealbreaker] * This lawyer has an assistant with an unusual name. [Abuse of […]

    9 Comments / / Mar 25, 2011 at 5:39 PM
  • Anthony Kennedy, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Native Americans, Non-Sequiturs, Pets

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.07.11

    * How did Howrey start to unravel? The trouble might have started in Europe. [Washington Post] * Congratulations to Arvo Mikkanen, a Native American nominee to the federal bench in Oklahoma (and “an all-around great dude,” according to a tipster). [The Atlantic] * Washington & Lee Law School, which we recently praised for its honesty […]

    19 Comments / / Feb 7, 2011 at 6:38 PM
  • Elena Kagan, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, Patents

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.20.11

    * Awesome diary of a rich wife trying to cut back on expenses. [Going Concern] * Justice Elena Kagan — who currently lives in D.C., and apparently plans to stay there — was called for jury duty by the District. She wasn’t seated, since we don’t let supremely qualified people sit on juries. [ABC News] […]

    27 Comments / / Jan 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM
  • Crime, Suicide, Television, Videos

    Don’t Put Bullies in Jail: Now With Video!

    I had the opportunity to take my surprisingly controversial argument that bullies shouldn’t be thrown in jail to a television audience. Megyn Kelly, the host of America Live on Fox News and a former litigator at Jones Day, invited me on her program and gave my argument a fair hearing. Once again, I think my […]

    135 Comments / / Oct 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM
  • Crime, Education / Schools, Kids, Technology

    Cyberbullying of LGBT Students: A National Conference Call

    As we mentioned in our response to the recent Above the Law boycott — which is apparently over, happily — cyberbullying is a serious problem. But dealing with it, especially in legal terms, raises serious questions. Is criminalizing cyberbullying the best solution? If so, how should the law define cyberbullying? What role should be played […]

    21 Comments / / Oct 20, 2010 at 2:32 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Blogging, Gay

    A Response to the Boycotters of Above the Law

    Above the Law is currently experiencing its first organized boycott. Surprisingly enough, it’s coming from readers who hate typos believe that ATL has shown insensitivity towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. UPDATE: We are pleased to report that, after some productive dialogue, the boycott appears to be over. Details below. This came as […]

    210 Comments / / Oct 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM
  • Education / Schools, Kids, Suicide, Tort Reform, Violence

    Bullying Shouldn’t Be A Crime, No Matter How Many Kids Kill Themselves Because of It

    They had to set the Karate Kid remake in China. If they had set it in modern-day America, Daniel-san would have been mercilessly bullied by the kids from Cobra Kai, he would have killed himself, and the rest of the movie would have been a courtroom drama where Daniel’s parents sought to bring the evil […]

    254 Comments / / Oct 12, 2010 at 3:45 PM