California

  • Alameda County Judge Paul Seeman

    Boalt Hall, California, Crime, Judge of the Day, Old People, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge of the Day: The Road to Hell…

    Our Judge of the Day stands accused of stealing a LOT of money from his elderly neighbor.

    15 Comments / / Jun 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM
  • trial_by_jury_usher-300x257

    California, Cars, Jury Duty

    Chris Draws Jury Duty in the Suburbs: You Know What, It Wasn’t So Bad…

    Jury duty in the suburbs of California is way better than jury duty in Oakland, or probably any major city…

    15 Comments / / Jun 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM
  • kpcb_logo_400x400

    Biglaw, California, Deaths, Football, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Police, Silicon Valley, Texas, Trials, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.14.12

    * Kleiner Perkins responded to Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination suit, and it’s not pretty. Not only does the firm’s answer deny her allegations, but it also calls into question her work product. [San Jose Mercury News]

    * Joe Amendola’s preferred strategy at the Jerry Sandusky trial seems to be the use of the “tried and tested technique” of ignoring all of the alleged accusers’ tears and making them cry all over again. [New York Times]

    * Who in their right mind would attempt to fake being a lawyer these days? Michelle Fyfe, a 43-year-old woman from Texas, is accused of forging a law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law. [Dallas Morning News (sub. req.)]

    * Say hello to Baltimore Law’s new dean, Ronald Weich, the former assistant attorney general who penned the notorious false gun letter to Congress. Surely this ex-DOJ official will stand up to Bogomolny. [The Hill]

    * This must be like getting it caught in your zipper — but much, much worse. A Brooklyn man claims that members of the NYPD “strangled his penis,” so he’s suing. [Huffington Post via Courthouse News Service]

    * Reuben G. Clark Jr., a founding partner of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering (Wilmer­Hale), RIP. [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Jun 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • D&L would've been better off doing this.

    Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Facebook, Football, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Prostitution, Reality TV, Social Networking Websites, Television, Trials

    Morning Docket: 06.13.12

    * Dewey even care if we spent money like it was going out of print? A new D&L bankruptcy court filing states that the failed firm used $43M of secured lenders’ funds in less than a month in an attempt to save the ship from sinking. [Bloomberg]

    * The Jerry Sandusky trial continues: Mike McQueary’s testimony in the former football coach’s case was pretty disgusting, but then again, most things are going to be pretty disgusting when you’re dealing with an alleged child predator. [Daily Item]

    * A few ways you can tell this isn’t England: 1) our dental hygiene is generally better; 2) our royalty is entirely made up of reality TV stars; and 3) you still can’t serve people via social networking sites like Facebook. [paidContent]

    * Foul ball(s)! Remember Clark Calvin Griffith, the former William Mitchell adjunct sports law professor who was accused of unsportsmanlike penile conduct? He pleaded guilty to indecent exposure. [Pioneer Press]

    * “Do I have to read the whole settlement?” Yup! UC Irvine Law’s consumer protection clinic will work to see if banks are keeping their end of the bargain in a $25B foreclosure-abuse settlement. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Anna Gristina, the accused “Millionaire Madam,” claims in a motion to dismiss that police tried to make her name her johns, one of whom is apparently “a prominent Manhattan lawyer.” But which one? [New York Post]

    * CBS claims that ABC’s “Glass House” is a rip off of “Big Brother,” and the network is trying to block the show from airing. OMG, please let it air so we can see this law school dropout in action. [Celebrity Justice / FindLaw]

    8 Comments / / Jun 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • John Keker

    Boutique Law Firms, California, Celebrities, Litigators, Quote of the Day, Small Law Firms

    Quote of the Day: Your Lawyer Is Your Last Line Of Defense

    John Keker is quite the passionate arguer, err, trial attorney.

    9 Comments / / Jun 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM
  • But, oh...  those sum-mer... totally appropriate work-related NIIIIIIGHTS!

    California, Craigslist, Job Searches, Summer Associates

    Is This Person Looking for a Summer Intern or a Summer Fling?

    Beware the employer who doesn’t want you to post on Above the Law.

    11 Comments / / Jun 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM
  • QE's Kathleen Sullivan as Lawyer Barbie

    9th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Baseball, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Brown Rudnick, California, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Insider Trading, Kasowitz Benson, Kathleen Sullivan, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.05.12

    * Dewey know the firms that have been tapped to represent the groups that this failed firm owes money to? Yes, we do! Brown Rudnick for the unsecured creditors’ committee, and Kasowitz Benson for the former D&L partners. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Ninth Circuit is supposed to be issuing an order today regarding an en banc reconsideration request on the Prop 8 case. They really ought to slap a big fat denial on that motherf’er and call it a day so we get some SCOTUS action. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * Matthew Kluger, most recently of Fried Frank, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, which is the longest sentence that anyone’s ever received in an insider trading case. Uh yeah, he’ll definitely be appealing. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Hughes Hubbard & Reed has billed more than $17M in the first four months of its work on MF Global’s unwinding. Will the firm will be handing out spring “special” bonuses like they did last year? [Reuters]

    * Mattel is appealing MGA’s $310M copyright award, claiming that the judgment was based on “erroneous billing invoices.” Don’t you call my billable hours into question, Kathleen Sullivan. [National Law Journal]

    * Jerry Sandusky’s accusers will be named in court thanks to this judge’s ruling. But don’t worry — there’s no tweeting, texting, or emailing allowed in his courtroom. Like that’ll make a difference. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Trust me, I’m a lawyer: a disbarred Colorado attorney somehow managed to scam a convicted con artist out of more than $1 million. Now that’s some pretty sweet karmic intervention for you. [Missouri Lawyers Media]

    * A bus driver is suing a hospital because he claims that instead of treating his painful erection, the staff watched a baseball game on TV. Whatever, that was a really great Yankees game. [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Jun 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • IMG_3798lowres

    California, Labor / Employment, Sexism, Silicon Valley, Technology, Women's Issues

    High-Profile Sex Discrimination Suit Shines Ugly Light on Silicon Valley ‘Bro Culture’

    What does a recent sexual discrimination suit, filed by a Harvard Law alumna, mean for attorneys who work within the emerging “brogrammer” culture in Silicon Valley…

    37 Comments / / Jun 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM
  • Limited discovery: NOW!

    Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Gender, Gloria Allred, Harvard Law Review, John Marshall Law School, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Marijuana, Money, Morning Docket, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.04.12

    * Dewey know how deep in the red D&L’s international operations were? Enough to make you shout bloody hell and sacré bleu: the U.K. and Paris offices had liabilities of at least $175M. [Financial Times (reg. req.)]

    * “To the extent that we the estate have claims, we would like to settle those claims sooner rather than later.” The joke’s on you if you thought you’d be able to keep your Dewey defector money. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * According to the allegations in former Cravath associate Ellen Pao’s sex discrimination suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, the “Mad Men” culture seems to be alive and well in Silicon Valley. [New York Times]

    * Who will be the first to puff, puff, pass the vote — Obama or Romney? It looks like the path to the White House in Election 2012 might depend upon the legalization of marijuana in key states like Colorado. [Reuters]

    * Apparently you can’t take the “duh” out of “Flori-duh” when it comes to voting laws without a fight in the courts. A federal judge has blocked portions of the Sunshine State’s “onerous” voter registration law. [Bloomberg]

    * “People want to go to our school, and why should we say no?” Because they can’t get jobs? Northwestern Law is considering shrinking its class sizes; John Marshall Law, not so much. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Stop crying about coming in second in the U.S. News rankings, Harvard, because you can still brag about beating Yale in having the most-cited law review articles of all time… for now. [National Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    * Gloria Allred is representing one of the Miami “zombie’s” girlfriends for reasons unknown. Maybe the zombie apocalypse is truly upon is and she saw an opportunity to stand up for undead women’s rights. [CBS Miami]

    13 Comments / / Jun 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • Seriously?

    9th Circuit, California, Election 2012, Facebook, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, State Judges, Transfer Students

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.01.2012

    * The bassist of The Vandals, an 80s punk band famous for songs like “Anarchy Burger (Hold the Government),” is running for judge in southern California. Man, I would love to see his campaign video. [The Atlantic]

    * Congratulations to Judge Morgan Brenda Christen, the first Alaskan woman to join the Ninth Circuit. [Courthouse News]

    * It’s hard out here for a transfer student. [Inside the Law School Scam]

    * Can a judge force you to turn over your Facebook status updates? Inquiring minds want to know when you ate your grilled cheese sandwich, and when you fed your cat. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Do you think the Divorce Hotel takes a AAA discount? Are they available for corporate retreats? Do you need to book a separate bedroom for the kids? [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Take note, future political candidates: when the going gets tough, the tough get going change their legal name to a website URL. [Legal Juice]

    2 Comments / / Jun 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM
  • They don't make these for your mouth

    California, Rudeness, State Judges

    Rowdy Defendant Curses Judge, Fights Deputies

    Is he insane or just an idiot?

    10 Comments / / May 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM
  • peter griffin

    Attorney Misconduct, Books, California, Canada, Constitutional Law, Department of Justice, Family Law, John Edwards, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Trials, Wall Street, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 05.25.12

    * In a Supreme Court decision split across gender lines, prosecutors can now get a do-over on criminal charges without double jeopardy, even if an otherwise deadlocked jury unanimously rejected them. [New York Times]

    * And yet another day ended without a verdict in the John Edwards campaign finance trial, but the jury asked to review every exhibit in the case. The former presidential candidate must feel like he’s being punk’d. [CNN]

    * The DOJ found that two prosecutors in the Ted Stevens case committed reckless professional misconduct punishable by unpaid time off. Looks like they’ll be getting an extended Memorial Day break. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Hot on the heels of Obama’s announcement in support of gay marriage, yet another California judge has found that DOMA is unconstitutional (along with a provision of the tax code). [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * Occupy Wall Street is suing for $48K over the destruction of the group’s “People’s Library” after their eviction from Zuccotti Park. But let’s get real, who wants used books that reek like patchouli and pot? [Bloomberg]

    * More than one million “de facto spouses” in Quebec may soon be automatically married by the state against their will. Imagine how much fun it’ll be to get a divorce from someone you never actually married. [Slate]

    * Two waitresses who claim they were fired for complaining about their former employer’s “no fatties” policy will get to bring their $15M lawsuit before a jury. Hopefully Peter Griffin isn’t a juror. [Law & Daily Life / FindLaw]

    5 Comments / / May 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • House-Rules-In-House-Counsel-260x126

    California, Conferences / Symposia, In-House Counsel

    House Rules: Collegiality

    What can a veteran in-house attorney learn from bright-eyed newbies? A lot!

    5 Comments / / May 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM
  • Priscilla-and-Mark

    California, Facebook, Family Law, Quote of the Day, Weddings

    Quote of the Day: Now I Ain’t Sayin’ She a Gold Digger…

    Should Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have gotten a prenup before he got married?

    31 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM
  • hit2

    California, Cars, Crime, Deaths, Small Law Firms

    Bay Area Attorney Arrested In Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

    This San Francisco-area attorney is in hot water for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run accident that led to a bicyclist’s death.

    45 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM
  • license-plate-I-am-a-tool1

    California, Cars, Litigators, Rudeness, Trials

    Law License Plates: ‘I Object, Yo Honor!’

    It’s been a while since we last discussed law-related vanity license plates. Today, we’ll be writing about lawyers who have succeeded both before and behind the bench…

    2 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
  • Mr. and Mrs. Zuckerberg

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, California, Canada, Celebrities, Facebook, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Law Schools, Privacy, Screw-Ups, Sex, Sex Scandals, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 05.21.12

    * With more allegations of misconduct revealed, the Canadian Judicial Council met to discuss Justice Lori Douglas’s sex scandal inquiry. Unlike her legs in her nude picture spread, this media circus will likely close in July. [Winnipeg Free Press]

    * “I want to apologize. Obviously, mistakes were made.” Admitting you’ve got a problem is just the first step. Greenberg Traurig’s executive director apologized for the Biglaw firm’s apparent screw-ups in a Rothstein-related trial. [Miami Herald]

    * Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng will be enrolling at NYU Law School on a fellowship. The administration is giving him a ritzy faculty apartment that comes complete with a kitchen full of Chinese food. He already knows how to eat like a law student. [New York Times]

    * Facebook is being sued in an amended consolidated class-action complaint for $15B over privacy issues, but Mark Zuckerberg was too busy getting married to Priscilla Chan to let it bother him. [Bloomberg]

    * “What [the f**k] comes next?” That’s what law school grads asked themselves when their commencement speakers tried to slap on a happy face and speak positively about the job market. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    * But perhaps future law school grads will be able to find jobs more easily thanks to class offerings geared toward in-house counsel lawyering skills. Keep on dreaming that impossible dream. [Washington Post]

    * How does a small-time DUI attorney from California go from being an unknown to being a household name overnight? By filing a lawsuit filled with tawdry allegations against actor John Travolta. [Los Angeles Times]

    3 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • drunk-driving-sign

    California, Cars, Deaths, Drugs, Facebook, In-House Counsel, Non-Sequiturs, Sexism

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.18.12

    * This NYU Law professor’s apparent hypocrisy makes me want to chew on gravel. Seems like he has earned the digital tar and feathering he’s getting. [Inside the Law School Scam] * So, Facebook went public today. The life of Facebook’s GC is about to change in big, big ways. [Corporate Counsel] * The city […]

    8 Comments / / May 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

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