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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.28.15

    * Despite the fact that the 25/75 percentile LSAT range for many law schools has dropped precipitously, some schools still care about LSAT scores — because they care about you (and their U.S. News rank). [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Maryland Law and Baltimore Law are going to be teaming up to launch a solo practice incubator for their recent graduates, and BC, BU, and Northeastern will be doing the same thing in 2016. Full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage is required for all! [National Law Journal]

    * The Dacheng Dentons merger has the potential to completely change the legal profession as we know it, or fall flat on its face and be remembered as a good idea that went wrong. It’s been six months, and we’re all still waiting to see what happens. [Financial Times]

    * The criminal case against ex-Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov is like the Energizer bunny in that it keeps going, and going, and going, and going. Manhattan DA Cy Vance is appealing Aleynikov’s overturned conviction. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “The unfortunate scenario alleged in the complaint cries out for a legislative fix, not a judicial nix.” As expected, terminally ill civil rights attorney Christy McDonnell’s right-to-die lawsuit was dismissed by a California judge yesterday. How depressing. [AP]

    8 Comments / / Jul 28, 2015 at 8:50 AM
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    Bar Exams, California

    California Bar Exam Cut From Three Days To Two

    Major reform for one of the most idiosyncratic — and toughest — bar exams in the nation.

    40 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Law Schools

    Law Professor Has Awesome New Term For Law School ‘Diploma Mills’

    Let’s hope that no one is calling your law school a name like this.

    29 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 11:57 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.27.15

    * A jury has ruled that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman whose sex tape he posted online, on top of the $5 million he already owes her. This wanksta better hope the judgment gets discharged in bankruptcy. [Associated Press]

    * California is America’s breeding ground for unaccredited law schools, and “[m]ost jurisdictions simply don’t allow [these] kind of law school[s] to exist at all. Period.” Nearly all students (about 9 out of 10) drop out before graduation. How much money is being wasted? [Los Angeles Times]

    * Since 2007, the pay gap between the highest- and lowest-paid positions in many specialized fields has widened — but that isn’t the case when it comes to the legal profession. Unfortunately, not as many people are making it rain. [New York Times]

    * “[M]aybe legislation should fix this. Not the court.” A San Diego judge has suggested that he’ll likely dismiss a right-to-die lawsuit filed by Christy O’Donnell, a civil rights attorney who’s fighting a battle against lung, brain, spine, rib, and liver cancer. [NBC San Diego]

    * You’ve seen reactions to Harper Lee’s portrayal of Atticus Finch as a racist in Go Set A Watchman (affiliate link) from everyone and their mother and their dog, but maybe you haven’t seen reactions from law professors yet, so have a look. [National Law Journal]

    34 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM
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    Tax Law

    California Just Learned That Gas Companies Can Deduct Settlement Damages From Their Taxes

    California learns how its own laws work.

    0 Comments / / Jul 23, 2015 at 11:01 AM
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    Fashion, Women's Issues

    Stylists Think Women Lawyers Should ‘Seek Legal Redress’ For Their Crimes Of Fashion

    Again with this crap? Women in the legal profession are sick and tired of being told how to dress themselves.

    19 Comments / / Jul 9, 2015 at 1:58 PM
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    Contests, Jobs, Labor / Employment, Racism

    NLRB Orders Reinstatement Of Employee Who Made Racist Statements

    When Cooper Tire & Rubber Company brought in replacement workers during a lockout, picketing strikers shouted a range of obscenities.

    / Jun 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.26.15

    * Step right up and place your bets, because there are still five major cases left on the Supreme Court’s docket. With two decision days remaining, we’ve got same-sex marriage, execution methods, emissions, Congressional redistricting, and guns on tap. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A Chicago attorney was arrested this week after a kiddie porn stash was allegedly found in his home. Good thing he resigned from his firm before being arrested. He probably wouldn’t have been able to meet his billable hours requirements while sitting inside of a jail cell. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * California lawmakers passed the harshest mandatory vaccination requirements in the country — which include a ban on religious exemptions — and they’re waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the bill. Anti-vaxxers must be losing their minds. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Sorry to harsh your mellow, but Lloyd’s of London is now refusing to insure marijuana businesses due to conflicts between state and federal laws as to their legality. Current policies will not be renewed, and no new contracts will be issued. [Insurance Journal]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know about the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen a co-worker do while on the job or in court. This is a pretty easy answer here at ATL. I’ve seen Elie Mystal dancing around without his shirt on more times than I can count. [ABA Journal]

    25 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 9:04 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.24.15

    * Partners at this law firm tried a threesome, but it didn’t exactly work out as expected, so now they’re scaling it back to just one at a time. (And by this, we of course mean that Porter Scott’s three co-managing partners plan was a no-go.) [Sacramento Business Journal]

    * More than 40 class-action suits have been filed since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, with many litigants alleging that they were “duped” into its purchase. Maybe one of them will pack a better punch than the so-called “Fight of the Century.” [National Law Journal]

    * Just because one Biglaw firm went under, in part, because of its brand-spanking new administrative hub, that doesn’t mean your firm shouldn’t consider opening one. The risk might be worth the reward of saving millions in expenses. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Concordia Law launched a media campaign to attract students, touting the fact that it’s been kind of provisionally approved by the ABA as its selling point. It’s new slogan is likely “Meh, we’re good enough for the ABA, so we’re good enough for you.” [Idaho Statesman]

    * Here’s some good news for the people who are actually considering taking the D.C. bar exam instead of just waiving in like the rest of civilized society: the D.C. Court of Appeals will finally allow you to type the essay portion of the exam on your laptops. [Legal Times]

    23 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 9:03 AM
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    Labor / Employment

    The Beginning Of The End For Uber?

    What will you do if Uber is no longer an option?

    35 Comments / / Jun 17, 2015 at 3:30 PM
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    Cartoons / Comics, Crime

    Good Grief! ‘Charlie Brown’ Calls Judge An A**hole

    He’s accumulated enough criminal charges that it would make sense for him to star in “It’s the Great Rap Sheet, Charlie Brown.”

    36 Comments / / Jun 8, 2015 at 12:03 PM
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    California

    Global Warming Causes Polygamy

    I hope the “water wife” concept comes to California.

    0 Comments / / Jun 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.28.15

    * As it turns out, Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore, has been a legal all-star for much of her adult life. Not only did she file charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, but she won a case in front of Judge Judy. Watch the video below. [New York Daily News]

    * “No one needs more than 18 years in the high stakes and extremely powerful position of Supreme Court justice.” If you’re against lifetime terms for SCOTUS justices, you’re going to love Fix the Court’s new initiative for voluntary term limits. Who’d actually follow through with this? [Legal Times]

    * The DOJ brought a landmark case against FIFA officials, but there’s likely going to be a problem getting those who were charged extradited from Switzerland. Legal experts say it’ll be at least six months until we can get them in the U.S. penalty box. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Sure, Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former chief financial officer may have referred to the firm’s “fake income” and hoped for a “clueless auditor,” but come on, that doesn’t mean that he was involved in anything fraudulent. He’s just a really “blunt” kind of guy. [Am Law Daily]

    * UC law students are thanking Gov. Jerry Brown they’re exempt from supplemental tuition increases — “[they] are paying a ton already for [their] degrees.” Good thing legal education is in the toilet, otherwise they’d be paying the fee hikes. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his personal injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart over the tractor-trailer truck crash he was involved in last summer. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but we imagine someone will leak them online soon. [Reuters]

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    28 Comments / / May 28, 2015 at 8:40 AM
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    California, Suicide

    Civil Rights Attorney Begs Court To Let Her Die With Dignity

    Should the California court grant this terminally ill lawyer’s last request?

    42 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 1:46 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 05.15.15

    * Lance Armstrong is feuding, again, with former teammate Floyd Landis — this time over discovery [National Law Journal]

    * Remember July 2014 when we all learned that ExamSoft — the bar examination software — totally crapped out on test takers? Yeah, they just reached a $2.1 million settlement.  #NeverForgetBarghazi [Law360]

    * Rejoice haters of measles and other preventable diseases! California is moving to end “personal belief exemptions” for mandatory vaccines. [NPR]

    * In oral arguments for an appeal of the conviction of Jesse Litvak, a bond trader convicted of securities fraud involving government bailout funds, the Second Circuit was skeptical over the fairness of the trial. [New York Law Journal]

    * The FDA finally arrives in the year 2015; plans to ease restrictions on gay blood donors. [Jurist]

    *  Senate Judiciary Committee recommends prosecutor Robert Capers the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, filling Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s vacancy. [Wall Street Journal]

    * An analysis of who the winners will be under Google’s new plan to buy up patents before the trolls. [JD Supra]

    30 Comments / / May 15, 2015 at 8:54 AM
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    Holy Crap, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Homeless Lawyer Secretly Lived In Public Defender’s Office For 5 Months

    If you think you’ve seen the worst of the plight of recent law school graduates, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    63 Comments / / May 13, 2015 at 11:49 AM
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    California

    Where Does That Wal-Mart Water Come From?

    It’s somehow worse than you think.

    1 Comment / / May 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.12.15

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the UC Irvine School of Law thinks it’s time for California to follow New York’s lead and adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. After all, if doctors don’t have to take separate exams each time they move to a new state, lawyers shouldn’t have to do it either. [Los Angeles Times]

    * A jury just returned a verdict of $0 for a police officer who was severely burned after spilling a cup of free Starbucks coffee in his lap. The pictures of the burns that were used as evidence are pretty nasty, so you’ll obviously want to check them out. [NPR; WTVD]

    * According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 56 percent of recent law grads would have preferred to condense their schooling to two years, while just 34 percent of prospective law students felt similarly. Oh, to be that naive again. [National Law Journal]

    * Violent besties? As it turns out, the gun altercation George Zimmerman was involved in yesterday was apparently part of some sort of ongoing feud with Matthew Apperson, the same man he threatened to kill in a road rage incident last year. [Crimesider / CBS News]

    * If you’re wondering what you should do during the summer before going to law school, then you can take the advice of this future gunner and possibly enroll in a pre-law prep course and work yourself to death, or you can relax. It’s up to you. [The Diamondback]

    22 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 9:01 AM