Canada

  • Now a dangerous weapon in Massachusetts.

    Biglaw, Canada, Food, Football, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Insider Trading, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Trials

    Morning Docket: 06.15.12

    * The first day of jury deliberations in the Rajat Gupta insider-trading case ended without a verdict. Benula Bensam’s boredom is epic — the poor girl can’t even blog about the trial anymore. [Bloomberg]

    * Baker & McKenzie is celebrating its 50th year in Toronto, Canada by handing out spring bonuses luring in lateral hires. Welcome aboard to Kent Beattie, formerly of Slavies Davies. [Globe and Mail]

    * You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape Sandusky’s love. Alleged Victim No. 9 testified that he screamed for help in vain while staying in the former coach’s allegedly “soundproof” basement. [CNN]

    * It’s hard out here for a shoeshiner: Cooley Law grads suing their alma mater over allegedly misleading employment statistics may face an “uphill battle” when it comes to fraud allegations. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The CEO of Caesars Entertainment has proclaimed that he has “tremendous confidence” that online poker will become legal in the near future. So much for keeping your poker face on that one, eh? [MSN Money]

    * Imagine my surprise when I found out that a yet another man in Springfield, MA, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Here’s the surprise… the dangerous weapon was wasabi sauce. [TIME]

    2 Comments / / Jun 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • Really, judge? Really?

    9th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Canada, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Football, John Edwards, JPMorgan Chase, Kids, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, Pregnancy / Paternity, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.30.12

    * Dewey have any cash to pay the people helping to wind down our firm’s business? Nope! Even though JPMorgan backed D&L’s $8.6M motion to fund the firm’s ongoing operations, Judge Glenn insisted that the bank “[r]oll [its] truck up and start collecting accounts receivable.” [Am Law Daily (reg. req.)]

    * “Don’t tase my baby, bro!” SCOTUS has declined to review a case where the Ninth Circuit ruled that the use of a Taser on a seven-month pregnant woman constituted excessive force. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “The jury has sent a note that they’ve reached… [dramatic pause] … a good stopping point.” Judicial humor lightened the mood after the seventh day of deliberations without a verdict in the John Edwards trial. [ABC News]

    * Dharun Ravi finally issued an apology for his “stupid and childish” behavior, and he’ll be heading off to serve his 30-day jail sentence on Thursday. And you know, that jail sentence is joke enough for this blurb. [CNN]

    * “Dumb Blonde” isn’t a name that Elizabeth Warren takes too kindly to being called. She much prefers the name that her Native American ancestors bestowed upon her: “Running Joke.” [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * Four of the alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky case have asked the court to protect their identities. It’s kind of like the Michael Jackson case, but everyone cares more because this one involves football. [Bloomberg]

    * Hundreds of lawyers, notaries, and other legal professionals took to the streets in Montreal earlier this week to publicly protest Bill 78, a law that limits public protests. That’s so meta, eh Canadians? [Montreal Gazette]

    5 Comments / / May 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • 280px-Everest_kalapatthar_crop

    Canada, Lawyer of the Day, Twittering

    Canadian Lawyer of the Day: This Lawyer Was Literally on Top of the World

    Our Lawyer of the Day is pretty awesome. She climbed Mount Everest this weekend. No big deal.

    29 Comments / / May 29, 2012 at 6:02 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
  • wheelbarrow of money cash

    Canada, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Dreams Do Come True: You Can Pay Off Your Student Debts In Cash

    Paying off your debt all at once, in cash, and living the dream…

    49 Comments / / May 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM
  • 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
  • Do these even exist anymore?

    California, Canada, Cars, Copyright, Deaths, Food, Job Searches, Morning Docket, Music, Religion, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.10.12

    * Not even 1-800-REALITY can save you now. Joe Amendola wants to postpone Jerry Sandusky’s trial because he claims that he’ll be “unable to effectively and adequately” represent his client without more time to prepare. [CNN]

    * Unlicensed to ill: Trouble Funk sure picked a crappy time to sue the Beastie Boys for copyright infringement over some samples from the 80s. Adam Yauch died the day after members of the hip hop group were served. [TIME]

    * It’s not just a #firstworldproblem in the U.S. anymore, because law school grads can’t even find jobs in Canada. A lack of articling positions is sending recent grads to the bread maple syrup line. [CBC News]

    * Remember Heather Peters, the former lawyer who beat Honda in small claims court? Yep, that was reversed in Superior Court earlier this week. Not so eager to reactivate your law license now, are you? [Reuters]

    * Animal rights groups are suing the USDA because they claim that foie gras is made from “diseased bird organs.” Oh, come on, you know that they’re just pissed off because they can’t pronounce it. [Huffington Post]

    * A woman claims that she was fired from her job after her employer discovered that she was “living in sin” with her boyfriend. They teach a whole lot of tolerance at Colorado Christian University. [KMGH Denver]

    * Nicholas Katzenbach, legal adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, RIP. [New York Times]

    1 Comment / / May 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM
  • Reema Bajaj small best

    Bill Clinton, Canada, Crime, Hotties, Judge of the Day, Nude Dancing, Pornography, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    Allegedly Lusty Legal Ladies: Updates on Reema Bajaj and Madam Justice Lori Douglas

    What do Reema Bajaj, the Illinois lawyer accused of prostitution, and Justice Lori Douglas, the Canadian judge whose nude photos wound up on the web, share in common with Bill Clinton?

    13 Comments / / May 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM
  • Jenna Talackova

    5th Circuit, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Canada, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Eric Holder, Gloria Allred, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder

    Morning Docket: 04.04.12

    * AG Eric Holder can thank Obama for this homework assignment from Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, because it seems like our president, a former con law professor, forgot about Marbury v. Madison. [CBS News]

    * Dewey need to buy this Biglaw firm a functional calculator? New information shows that the imploding firm was off by roughly $153M when partners reported 2011 earnings to the American Lawyer. [Am Law Daily]

    * You know there’s got to be something questionable about a law school when the accreditation machine that is the ABA gives it the side eye. And no, Duncan Law, a judge still won’t force its hand. [National Law Journal]

    * Stephen McDaniel pleaded not guilty at his arraignment for the murder of Mercer Law classmate Lauren Giddings, but will he be released on bail before trial? Only if he’s got $2.5M sitting around. [Macon Telegraph]

    * More law school lawsuits are coming down the pipeline, but local lawyers in Massachusetts don’t think that they stand a chance. Why? The highly-educated consumer argument strikes again. [Boston Business Journal]

    * Thanks to Gloria Allred, transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova may be able to participate in the Miss Universe pageant if she can meet the legal requirements for being a woman in Canada. [MSNBC]

    13 Comments / / Apr 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • money mouse trap

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Small Law Firms, UVA Law

    Morning Docket: 03.28.12

    * Obamacare’s individual mandate may be in jeopardy, and it’s all because of that stupid broccoli debate. No, Scalia, as delicious as it is, not everyone would have to buy broccoli. [New York Times]

    * Biglaw firms aren’t going away, but thanks to the recent onslaught of partner defections to small law firms, their high hourly rates might soon be going the way of the dodo. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The “good” news: Northwestern Law will be limiting its tuition hike to the rate of inflation. The bad news: next year, it will cost $53,168 to attend. I officially don’t want to live on this planet anymore. [National Law Journal]

    * A Littler Mendelson partner is recovering from a stabbing that occurred during a home invasion. On the bright side, at least he’s not a partner at Dewey — that’s a fate worse than being stabbed these days. [Am Law Daily]

    * Law school applicants are dropping like flies, but some law schools were able to attract record numbers of students. UVA Law must have some real expertise in recruiting collar poppers. [The Short List / U.S. News]

    * “I have a suggestion for you; next time, keep your [expletive] legs closed.” O Canada, that’s the basis of one crazy class action suit, eh? Dudley Do-Right would never treat a female Mountie like that. [Globe and Mail]

    9 Comments / / Mar 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • matthews-leno-cheney

    Canada, Dick Cheney, Facebook, Intellectual Property, Morning Docket, Politics, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    Morning Docket: 03.13.12

    * Yahoo! continues to try to save its fading empire… by filing a patent lawsuit against Facebook. [Dealbook/New York Times]

    * Dispatch from SXSW: employing homeless people as Wi-Fi hotspots. I see no problems here. [New York Times]

    * Dick Cheney has canceled a trip to Toronto. Because Canada is “too dangerous.” It’s actually kind of reassuring that the former Vice President, who drunkenly shot his friend in the face with a shotgun, is just as much as a wuss as the liberals he has mocked for the last 12-odd years. [National Post]

    * It’s my jury and I’ll tweet if I want to, tweet if I want to. You would tweet too, if it happened to you. [Wall Street Journal Law Blog]

    * A new United Nations report says Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning endured “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment during the months he was incarcerated before his trial. The report comes just in time for the Department of Defense to completely ignore it and continue throwing the book at Manning. [Threat Level/Wired]

    8 Comments / / Mar 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM
  • Thinking of going to law school? Don't say she didn't warn you.

    Canada, Hotties, Law Schools, Videos, YouTube

    ‘Dear 16-Year-Old Me, Don’t Go To Law School’

    If you’re a law student or a lawyer, do you regret going to law school, or are you happy with your decision? If you’re in the former camp, this video’s for you.

    49 Comments / / Feb 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM
  • Biglaw, Canada, Cars, Guns / Firearms, Kids, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.23.12

    * Apparently attorneys at a “prestigious firm” in Washington, D.C. are fans of hobo hunting. What the hell does that mean? Well, there’s an app for that (one that Apple has rejected three times for its outrageous offensiveness). [VICE] * “I want to (blank) Michelle Bachmann in her (blank) with a Vietnam era machete.” First […]

    42 Comments / / Feb 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM
  • Slave trading fort, or law firm recruitment fair?

    Biglaw, Canada

    Truth In Advertising: Firm Jokes About Working Associates Like ‘Slavies’

    Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is one of the most respected law firms in Canada. It’s consistently ranked highly on the Chambers list, and the firm has a low partner-to-associate ratio. People who work at Davies are called “Slavies” because of how hard they work. The advertising people at Davies decided to have a little fun with the moniker. Now some people are calling the ad insensitive to, oh, we don’t know, slaves?

    72 Comments / / Jan 25, 2012 at 1:40 PM
  • Maybe they'll still go to law school.

    Canada, Education / Schools, Law Schools, LSAT

    The Early Numbers on Law School Applications

    Somebody got a hold of a password-protected report from LSAC that discusses the state of law school applications. Do you want to hear the good news? It’s too early to know the full scope of this law school application season, but the early numbers suggest that law school applications are going to be down — way down….

    49 Comments / / Jan 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM
  • Antitrust, Basketball, Canada, FTC, Gloria Allred, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals, Technology, Twittering

    Morning Docket: 12.14.11

    * Apparently Gloria Allred will only take male clients if they’re controversial enough to keep her in the limelight. She’s representing the alleged sex abuse victims in a suit against Syracuse and basketball coach Jim Boeheim. [CNN] * Law School Transparency breaks it down for the guy who believes that the “apocalyptic” views of the […]

    19 Comments / / Dec 14, 2011 at 9:05 AM
  • Canada, Career Alternatives, Job Searches, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Music

    Open Thread: What Would You Have Done Instead of Going to Law School?

    Given all of the other opportunities that you may have had, was going to law school the best choice you could have made? If you knew then what you now know, would you still have signed on the dotted line and accepted your seat in the class? What would you have done instead of going to law school?

    158 Comments / / Nov 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM
  • Canada, Job Searches

    Is the Legal Job Crisis Spreading to Canada?

    Canada’s legal education system is different — and, by some accounts, better than ours. At least if you define “better” in terms of “better at getting law school graduates into legal jobs.” But could things up north be changing — for the worse, eh?

    35 Comments / / Nov 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM