The Chinese bar exam is harder and full of moral quandaries
David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers serves as an ideal case study on the requirements to innovate; a desire to learn, perseverance, and work ethic. I read it in route to a wonderful opportunity to serve as visiting lecturer for Professor and Parsons Behle & Latimer attorney Randy Dryer’s innovative Technology and Modern Litigation course at […]
* Thinking about transferring law schools? Get the ugly truth first. [Underdawg Law]
* Is it possible your smart phone shouldn’t be your everything? [What About Paris?]
* Now this is scholarship I can get behind: The Walking Dead Colloquium. [Savannah Law School]
* In trial be ready for anything… including vomit. [Katz Justice]
* NFL players and prospective law students — I totally get the similarities. [TaxProf Blog]
* Sigh… Mississippi. Still defending its ban on adoption by same-sex couples. [Slate]
* Free CLE! Next Thursday on “The U.S. & China: Perspectives on Brand Protection & Intellectual Property.” [AABANY]
It’s easy to get money into China illegally, but it’s nearly impossible to get the money from those illegal investments out.
* Sonia Sotomayor talks about feeling like an outsider on the court… aaaaaaaand this is what white privilege means. [Slate]
* Vehicles you can still get a DUI while driving: Barbie Jeep, Zamboni, wheelchair, inflatable raft, motorized beer cooler. [Lowering the Bar]
* Step into the political slime and see how the halted campaign finance investigation into Scott Walker is being used to undermine regulations. [PR Watch]
* Fascinating speculation on who should be Donald Trump’s running mate — assuming, arguendo, the end times are upon us and he wins the Republican nomination. [Law and More]
* Debating Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig’s theories about the presidency. [Pacific Standard]
* Yes, Ohio, a man’s family does include his wife. [Volokh Conspiracy]
* Perverse incentives dominate Chinese victim compensation laws and drivers try to kill any pedestrians they may hit. [Slate]
* Melvin Feliz, husband of Keila Ravelo, the partner who allegedly bilked Hunton & Williams and Willkie Farr out of millions to lead a life of luxury, pleaded guilty in the fraud case brought against him. Is she a prospective Real Housewife of Cellblock D? [Bergen Record]
* Sorry, Southwest passengers, but the Seventh Circuit says you’re stuck with your free drink vouchers, and the lawyers who represented you in this class-action suit are stuck with their $1.65 million. No one is happy up in the unfriendly skies. [Associated Press]
* China’s economy may be on the brink, but that doesn’t matter to Dentons. The firm is as happy as ever about its proposed merger with Dacheng because it really wants a horde of lawyers, so it’s gonna get one. It’s “almost absurd” to think otherwise. [Am Law Daily]
* As we mentioned yesterday, lawyers work too damn much — so much, in fact, that they’re quitting their Biglaw jobs, starting competitor practices, and poaching talent from top firms by offering them a sense of work-life balance. [Harvard Business Review]
* Kevin Fagan, perhaps better known as Juror 83 in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial, is speaking to the media about his experience, and says he might’ve changed his death penalty vote if he had known the youngest victim’s parents opposed it. [WSJ Law Blog]
Which law school experienced a hack that could’ve put students’ careers in jeopardy?
A trademark registration alone will not limit the spread of counterfeit goods; it merely gives you the legal capacity to enforce your rights to that mark.
If you want to protect your brand in China, there’s only one thing to do: file a trademark application in China now, before someone else does it for you.
* Does ideology play a role in conferring honorary degrees? One conservative law professor says yes. [National Law Journal]
* Ever wonder why there are so many iconic movie roles that are lawyers? [ABA Journal]
* Need more evidence that campaign finance laws are a joke? [Huffington Post]
* China’s first lawsuit over pollution is a go. [Jurist]
* What will the long term impact be of legally classifying Uber drivers as employees? [Law.com]
* 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]
Don’t sign any contracts in China before consulting an attorney. Here’s why.
If you are employing anyone in China without an up-to-date written contract in Chinese, you are at risk for a substantial penalty.
* Doesn’t the increasingly bloated Republican presidential primary field seem like a plot from Veep rather than real life? Well, take a break from the world’s insanity and break down the election law quandary from the season finale of the hit show. [Law.com]
* Spoiler alert: the performance art defense doesn’t work. [Dealbreaker]
* Good news for New York Bar Exam takers — don’t stress about grabbing lunch on the day of the exam. [Custom Gourmet]
* This… is not going to end well. China arrested more than 100 human rights lawyers for inciting trouble. [Christian Science Monitor]
* I think it’s entirely possible Harper Lee never intended to publish “Go Set A Watchman” and that makes me hesitant to read the novel, but Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy’s call to “abandon the immature sentimentality ingrained by middle school lessons about the nobility of the white savior” has me itching to buy the book. [New York Times]
* Speaking of the incredibly sketchy circumstances under which Harper Lee’s novel was published, maybe it’s time to blame the lawyer? [New Republic]
* Remember that viral video about cat-calling on NYC streets from last year? Yeah, the woman featured is suing the makers of the video (along with Google, YouTube, and TGI Fridays). Only problem? She got nothing in writing. [Slate]
* I sure hope no attorneys were sucked into this M&A fraud. [Forbes]
* OIL AND HEAVY WATER FOR EVERYBODY — a take on the Iran deal. [Breaking Energy]
Chinese investors may not have the long-term health of your company at heart.
Some countries will surprise you. Some won’t.