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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.13.15

    * With fewer and fewer students applying to law school, acceptance rates have skyrocketed. Some, like GW Law, have even been accused of “laundering [their] credentials” by padding their enrollment numbers with transfers. [GW Hatchet]

    * “People don’t graduate from law school understanding the business of law.” That’s just one of the reasons recent grads are having such a tough time getting jobs as associates. Suffolk Law thinks it can help change that. [Boston Business Journal]

    * “This is an example of the system working as intended”: Hundreds of thousands of dollars are due to successful plaintiffs in same-sex marriage cases, and millions of dollars in attorneys’ fees for that work is racking up interest. [National Law Journal]

    * James Risen, the New York Times reporter who refused to out his source as part of a CIA investigation, has won the right to keep his journalistic integrity intact after a long legal battle. Prosecutors have officially dropped him as a witness. [Bloomberg]

    * After much talk about partners heading for the exits before, during, and after the Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders merger, and Bob Luskin has finally left the building for Paul Hastings. We hope his parting wasn’t “painful” for him. [WSJ Law Blog]

    11 Comments / / Jan 13, 2015 at 9:08 AM
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    Politics, Technology

    Is It Torture Now? ISIS Apparently A Fan Of CIA’s Waterboarding Techniques

    To argue that the CIA’s prolific use of torture and waterboarding has had no impact on how groups treat captured Americans seems like a stretch.

    54 Comments / / Aug 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, Rankings, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.12.14

    * The CIA official at the heart of accusations of intimidation made by Senator Feinstein is a lawyer. This marks the first time this guy has been called intimidating. [Al Jazeera]

    * Check out these awesome graphs showing the change in the USNWR rankings of the top 50 law schools over the last six years. [LawyerWrit]

    * Justin Bieber’s lawyer says his behavior in his video deposition is our fault. Of course it is. [New Day / CNN]

    * “Dear Texas courthouse… We’ve been tapping your phones. Love, FBI” [San Antonio Express-News]

    * Google’s getting sued for pushing addictive games with in-app purchases. [IT-Lex]

    * The prosecution of Zachary Warren, who was 24 and only a few months into his job, for Dewey’s fall seems to be taking it a bit too far. [ Belly of the Beast]

    * A pair of lawyers are accused of tax credit fraud for going a bit too Hollywood. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Lee Pacchia talks with Kent Zimmermann about the warning sent to struggling firms by the Dewey charges. Embedded after the jump… [Mimesis Law]

    0 Comments / / Mar 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • The guy in today's story didn't dress up like Gumby, but it's still an amazingly stupid disguise.

    9th Circuit, Biglaw, Blogging, CIA, Federal Judges, George Bush, Lateral Moves, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.02.14

    * Man tried to rob a convenience store so he could go back to prison. And he almost screwed that up… [KMOV]

    * The CIA’s former lawyer explains how torture came to be a go-to national policy. According to John Rizzo, author of the forthcoming Company Man (affiliate link), George W. Bush basically had no conception of what was going on, which makes a lot of sense anyway. [The New Yorker]

    * Brooklyn Law’s Dean Nick Allard makes predictions for law schools in 2014. “[P]eople will look back at 2014 and say it marked the start of the new world of law: a renaissance where the respect and reputation of lawyers and law schools began to rise by measurable benchmarks.” Go ahead and laugh, I’ll wait. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Paul, Weiss picks up tax partner Scott Sontag from Weil Gotshal. (Congrats to both firms, by the way, on tying for the #9 spot in our list of top-ranked law firms for 2013.) [Paul, Weiss]

    * Nooooooooooooo! Judge Richard Kopf is ending his blog. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * And the hits keep on coming. Professor Kyle Graham is also leaving the blogosphere. [Non Curat Lex]

    * The Ninth Circuit will start streaming all of its oral arguments next week. If you want to help them out, tune in. No promises that the panel will excoriate any prosecutors this time. [Ninth Circuit]

    1 Comment / / Jan 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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    CIA, Department of Justice, Politics

    Why Is Anyone Outraged That the DOJ Spied on the Associated Press?

    Conservatives, liberals, and reporters alike have little room to seriously complain

    23 Comments / / May 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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    Biglaw, Chadbourne & Parke, Gloria Allred, Military / Military Law, Partner Issues, Quote of the Day, Sex Scandals, Williams & Connolly

    Quote of the Day: Potted Plant?

    Who’s representing whom in the fallout over the David Petraeus / Paula Broadwell affair? Every power lawyer in D.C., it seems.

    1 Comment / / Nov 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM
  • Department of Justice, John Yoo, Politics, Quote of the Day, Torture, War on Terror

    Quotes of the Day: Did ‘Torture’ Contribute to the Finding of Osama Bin Laden?

    Imagine what would have happened if the Obama administration had been running things immediately following 9/11. After their “arrest,” we would have read [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] and [Abu Faraj al-Libi] their Miranda rights, provided them legal counsel, sent them to the U.S. for detention, and granted them all the rights provided a U.S. citizen in […]

    142 Comments / / May 4, 2011 at 12:36 PM
  • Cellphones, Facebook, Google / Search Engines, Privacy, Technology

    Are Tech Companies Becoming Unofficial Intelligence Agents?

    The satirical Onion News Network recently reported on new government funding for that “massive online surveillance program run by the CIA,” known as Facebook — dreamed up by “secret C.I.A. agent Mark Zuckerberg.” The report made light of how much information we’re willing to make available to a third party — information that we would […]

    9 Comments / / Apr 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM