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  • Puerto Rico beach writing

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Disasters / Emergencies, Drugs, Federal Government, Harold Koh, Harris Beach, Holidays and Seasons, Job Searches, Law Firm Mergers, Law Professors, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Music, Musical Chairs, Parties, State Department

    Morning Docket: 12.10.12

    * “The people who are paying us say this is what we want.” When it comes to cross-border mergers, law firms aren’t becoming behemoths for the hell of it. The end goal is to be able to edge out the rest of the competition. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * It’s been six weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, and “[e]verybody wants to go back downtown,” but some Biglaw firms in New York City — firms like Harris Beach and Cahill Gordon — are still stuck in their temporary offices. [New York Law Journal]

    * Following Jeh Johnson’s adieu to the DoD, drone-loving Harold Koh will be packing up his office at the State Department and returning to Yale Law to resume his professorship next month. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector is employing 5,800 more people than it was at this time last year. We’d be in good shape if 40,000 people hadn’t graduated law school in May. [Am Law Daily]

    * Another day, another wrist slap: Villanova Law has been placed on probation for by the Association of American Law Schools over its grade-inflation scandal. Does that even mean anything? [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * The Lanier Law Firm, known for its spectacular Christmas parties, hosted some country superstars at this year’s event. Guess we know where Faith Hill and Tim McGraw go for legal assistance. [Houston Chronicle]

    * A slim majority of American adults think that federal government employees should just sit back, relax, and smoke a bowl instead of enforcing federal laws against marijuana use. [FiveThirtyEight / New York Times]

    * “I’m sorry they are confused in the White House.” Puerto Rico’s statehood referendum received a majority of votes, but lawmakers say the results of the two-part plebiscite are too confusing to add a 51st state. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Dec 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • shoes RF

    Celebrities, China, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Shoes

    Fashion Law & Order: Hand Over the Cash, or Risk Kidnapping Over Peep-Toes

    Would you take hostages over a pair of shoes? That’s apparently what’s happening in China, and it’s all Wendy Williams’s fault.

    2 Comments / / Nov 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM
  • roberts-dunham RF

    Celebrities, Federal Judges, John Roberts, Media and Journalism, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    What Does Chief Justice John Roberts Have in Common With Lena Dunham?

    Chief Justice John Roberts and Lena Dunham are both named on some year-end lists, but which ones?

    10 Comments / / Nov 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.19.12

    * Should attractive women in the legal profession be offended when complimented on their appearance? Or should they instead engage in “the strategic use of their own sexuality,” to quote the New York Times (citing a federal judge)? [Shatter the Glass Ceiling]

    * Speaking of attractive women lawyers, what do people think of when they think of Megyn Kelly? [New York Magazine]

    * MOAR RANKINGS — this time of the most influential law reviews. Yeah, you know you wanna click. [Witnesseth via Tax Prof Blog]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas — including the allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. [Dallas Morning News]

    * In other news of alleged government misconduct, a former member of the SEC’s inspector general’s office claims that the place was rife with sexual tension and professional backstabbing. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Might a strip club be a more hospitable workplace than the SEC? Strippers just secured a $13 million settlement in a wage-and-hour class action lawsuit. [In House / Findlaw]

    1 Comment / / Nov 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM
  • You don't need a law degree to invent the internet, for instance.

    Career Alternatives, Celebrities, Law Schools

    A List Of Some Of The Most Prominent Law School Dropouts

    If you’re considering dropping out of law school, you’ll be in good company. Check out these famous dropouts…

    17 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM
  • Comment-of-the-week1

    Celebrities, Comment of the Day, Depositions, Music, Weirdness

    Comment of the Week: What? OKAY! Yeeeeeah!

    Who won the award for Comment of the Week?

    7 Comments / / Sep 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM
  • lil_wayne

    Celebrities, Depositions, Music, Rap, Videos

    Lil Wayne Is Quite Possibly the Best Deponent of All Time

    Have you ever seen a rapper’s antics during a deposition? Now you can say that you have!

    75 Comments / / Sep 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM
  • Elizabeth Warren 2 Harvard Law School law professor Senator

    Attorney Misconduct, Bar Exams, Celebrities, Charles Fried, Fabulosity, Laurence Tribe, Law Professors, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Reader Polls

    An Update on the Elizabeth Warren Law License Controversy

    What do the experts have to say about the Elizabeth Warren law license controversy?

    124 Comments / / Sep 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM
  • Kanye West

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Privacy, Quote of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Quote of the Day: Kanye West Keeps His ‘Love Locked Down’ — Except for That Sex Tape

    What did Kanye West’s lawyer have to say about the rapper’s leaked sex tape?

    9 Comments / / Sep 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM
  • Elizabeth Warren small Harvard Law School law professor Senator

    Attorney Misconduct, Bar Exams, Celebrities, Fabulosity, Law Professors, Law Schools, Legal Ethics

    Does Elizabeth Warren Have a Law License Problem?

    That’s the question a Cornell law professor is asking. What are Warren’s possible defenses?

    109 Comments / / Sep 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM
  • Looks like Fiona was picturing all the "Criminal" headline puns that she knew were coming.

    Celebrities, Drinking, Federal Judges, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.20.12

    * In the continuing tales of “It’s not easy being Green(berg)” the firm is settling more than 30 claims from NFL players who say the firm didn’t warn them about investing in an unlicensed casino project. Well, at it’s least better than investing in unlicensed dog-fighting. [Daily Business Review]

    * Professor Dale Carpenter, author of a new book (affiliate link) about Lawrence v. Texas, wonders: If gay marriage goes to SCOTUS, could Justice Scalia get hoisted with his own petard? [SCOTUSblog]

    * Fiona Apple was arrested for pot at the same Texas border stop as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and hacker wunderkind George Hotz. What she needs is a good defense… attorney. [TMZ]

    * If I got stuck behind one of these d-bags who pays tolls with a hundred-dollar bill, I would be more concerned about whether it’s a civil rights violation for me to smash their back window with a tire iron. [FindLaw]

    * Hey beer nerds, the top secret White House brew recipe has been declassified. This is some crucial government transparency in action. [Legal Blog Watch]

    3 Comments / / Sep 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM
  • Someone's excited about fashion law!

    8th Circuit, 9th Circuit, Abortion, Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Copyright, Deaths, Fashion, Kiwi Camara, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Richard Epstein

    Morning Docket: 09.12.12

    * Good news, everyone! According to Citi’s Managing Partner Confidence Index survey, firm leaders are feeling pessimistic about their business due to an overall lack of confidence in the economy. [Am Law Daily]

    * Per the Ninth Circuit, an Idaho statute that essentially criminalizes medication-induced abortions imposes an undue burden on a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy. Really? You don’t say. [Bloomberg]

    * Kiwi Camara’s circuitous route to SCOTUS: thanks to the Eighth Circuit, Jammie Thomas-Rasset started and ended her journey with $222K damages for copyright infringement. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “Fashion law is a real career choice,” says Gibson Dunn partner Lois Herzeca. This niche practice area is one of the hottest new trends in the wonderful world of fashion, and it’s not likely to go out of style any time in the remote future. [Reuters]

    * Your clawback suit is a wonderland? John Mayer was named as a defendant in a suit filed by trustees seeking to recover money paid out by Ponzi schemer Darren Berg. [Bankruptcy Beat / Wall Street Journal]

    11 Comments / / Sep 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Faith Hill Sunday night

    California, Celebrities, Deaths, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.05.12

    * Are you ready for some concussions?! [The Nation]

    * Sorry, wrong song. How about: I’ve been waiting all day for student athlete’s rights, but Stanford’s getting tough like a prime-time fight. California wants to protect injured scholars in cleats. But Stanford doesn’t care for former athletes. (Go ahead, read the article, listen to the song chorus again, then come back here and tell me my fake lyrics were perfect. I’ll wait.) [Legal Blitz]

    * Amanda Bynes, charged with hit-and-run. A former child star running afoul of the law, what were the odds? What. Were. The. Odds. [Associated Press]

    * Stuff falls from the sky and kills a lawyer. That’s not the start of a joke, it really freaking happened. [The London Evening Standard]

    * Note the URL on Niki Black’s response to Brian Tannebaum’s article yesterday, then remember to keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times. [Sui Generis]

    * Dealbreaker headline of the day: Bank Of America Makes Policy On Flashing Your Bare Ass At The Office Clear. [Dealbreaker]

    * Conservatives in California are against deregulation. The party of Reagan is truly dead. [Slate]

    4 Comments / / Sep 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM
  • 'This is much worse than my 72-day marriage.'

    Art, Celebrities, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, SCOTUS, STDs, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.04.12

    * Want to know what they call the Supreme Court attorney who deals with requests for stays of execution? The death clerk. Paging John Grisham, because this guy’s nickname would make a great book title. [New York Times]

    * “If you’re going to sue, it’s better to sue earlier rather than later.” Probably why battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in a tizzy over their election laws. [Washington Post]

    * WikiLeaks or it didn’t happen: Bradley Manning’s lawyer has demanded that seven years be cut from his client’s prospective sentence due to allegations of improper treatment while in military custody. [The Guardian]

    * Michigan Law’s Sarah Zearfoss, she of Wolverine Scholars fame, finds media coverage about the awful job market for recent law grads “really frustrating.” Try being unemployed. [Crain’s Detroit Business (reg. req.)]

    * Kris Humphries is being sued for allegedly giving a girl herpes. But alas, the plaintiff seems to have no idea who actually gave her the herp — four John Doe defendants are identified in the complaint, too. [Star Tribune]

    * “Given the police idiocy, one wonders where the boobs really are.” A nude model who was arrested during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square won a $15K false-arrest settlement from the cops. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Angelica Cecora

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Celebrities, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, State Judges, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 09.03.12

    Ed. note: Due to the Labor Day holiday, we’ll be on a reduced publication schedule today. We’ll be back to normal tomorrow. A restful and happy Labor Day to all!

    * The lone ex-Dewey partner who was sued by Citibank for defaulting on his capital loan is fighting back, claiming that he was “fraudulently induced” into signing up for the plan even though the bank knew that the S.S. D&L was sinking. [Reuters]

    * If you’re trying to avoid additional questions being raised about your alleged bad behavior, a resignation amid scandal isn’t the way to do it. Suzanne Barr, the ICE official accused of running a federal “frat house,” has quit her job. [New York Daily News]

    * A federal judge taught the members of the Louisiana Supreme court that the year 1994 did, in fact, occur before the year 1995. Justice Bernette Johnson will now ascend to the rank of chief justice. [Times-Picayune]

    * Because we’re all a little hopeless these days: given the bleak realities of our economic situation, perhaps it’s finally time to change the standard for a discharge of student loan debt in bankruptcy. [New York Times]

    * “The groups that attempt to rank schools are involved in a lot of hogwash.” Even if that’s the case, people are still going to care about the University of Illinois’s rankings nosedive after the Paul Pless to-do. [News-Gazette]

    * Don’t be scared by the absurd tuition rates or the abysmal job prospects, because law school is still a great investment for African-Americans — and for law schools in search of diversity, too. [National Law Journal]

    * “[T]hat a lawyer would take this kind of case is shocking.” Sadly, it’s not. Angelica Marie Cecora, the alleged escort who filed a $5M suit against Oscar de la Hoya, now has to pay all of his legal fees. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM
  • juggalo law sports RF

    Antonin Scalia, Celebrities, Richard Posner, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports, STDs

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: Kris Herphries Edition

    In today’s sports law column: Kris Humphries, Jose Canseco, and Todd Hoffner.

    8 Comments / / Aug 31, 2012 at 2:02 PM
  • 220px-ClintEastwoodSept10TIFF

    Barack Obama, Celebrities, Movies, Politics, Quote of the Day, Weirdness

    Quote of the Day: I Suppose You Think Actors Are Better?

    Clint Eastwood gave an interesting speech at the Republican National Convention last night…

    61 Comments / / Aug 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM
  • Kim Kardashian

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Law Firm Mergers, Morning Docket, Partner Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.30.12

    * Apparently spring bonuses don’t make the Biglaw world go ’round after all. The annual Am Law midlevel survey is out, and satisfaction levels are up across the board. Maybe they’re happy to still be employed. [American Lawyer]

    * When Dewey get to retire this used up, old D&L pun? Probably around the same time as that Howrey joke — never. Oh, and the firm asked a bankruptcy judge to approve its $70M partner “clawback” plan. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Oh mon dieu, it’s time for some law firm merger mania! DLA Piper, the second-largest Biglaw behemoth, proposed to French firm Frieh Bouhenic, and of course, the corporate boutique said “oui.” [Legal Week]

    * Judicial efficiency: Judge Robert Hinkle says he’ll block Florida’s regulations on voter registration groups just as soon as an appeals court boots the state’s arguments. [Bloomberg]

    * Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. will step down as judge in the George Zimmerman case after using “disparaging” language in a bail order. Zimmerman’s probably hoping that the third judge will be the charm for him. [CNN]

    * Kim Kardashian settled her suit against The Gap over the company’s use of a look-alike actress in an Old Navy commercial. Sigh. She’ll keep getting paid, no matter what we do. [Hollywood, Esq. / Hollywood Reporter]

    4 Comments / / Aug 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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