• John Balestriere LF John G Balestriere

    Boutique Law Firms, Litigators, Small Law Firms

    Prepare For The Physical Realities Of Actually Being In Court

    Make sure that you prepare yourself for how you will perform your work in court, including how you will access information.

    / Jan 22, 2016 at 2:02 PM
  • Evan Greebel and Martin Shkreli

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.18.15

    * Both Kaye Scholer partner Evan Greebel (formerly of Katten Muchin) and Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli pleaded not guilty to securities fraud charges. Now, the world is left to weep because Skhreli’s Wu-Tang album wasn’t seized. [Reuters]

    * “You are not an American because you got sworn in on a Koran.” The Hate Crimes Unit of the New York Police Department is investigating a series of threatening calls made to Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo, Brooklyn’s first Muslim judge. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * David Lola, the contract attorney who sued Skadden and Tower Legal for overtime pay with claims he wasn’t practicing law, settled his claims for $75,000. But now we don’t know if doc reviewers are entitled to overtime pay. :( [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, continues to watch as its stock price tumbles. The firm’s shares are now worth A$0.89 after it decided to pull its earnings guidance, and they’ve lost 90 percent of their value since April. [The Guardian]

    * That’s not how you’re supposed to examine briefs: A Maryland court commissioner was charged with visual surveillance with prurient intent and misconduct in office after allegedly using his cellphone to take an upskirt photo of a courthouse employee. [AP]

    65 Comments / / Dec 18, 2015 at 8:50 AM
  • shopping mall store sales Black Friday

    Holidays and Seasons, Shopping

    Black Friday For Lawyers: Our Annual Attorney Holiday Gift Guide

    Avoid the crowds and complete your Black Friday shopping from the comfort of your home or office — with a little help from your friends at Above the Law.

    / Nov 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM
  • holiday-gifts-Christmas-presents-shopping-gift-guide-300x199

    Holidays and Seasons, Shopping

    The Lawyer Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts For The Attorney In Your Life

    Bring holiday cheer to lawyers everywhere!

    / Nov 23, 2015 at 6:15 PM
  • Orrin_Hatch_official_110th_Congress_photo


    Orrin Hatch’s Narcissistic Quest For Recognition

    A war is raging over the name of this courthouse.

    30 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 1:18 PM
  • psycho lawyer knife

    Bad Ideas, State Judges

    ‘You’re On A Kill List’: At Least 5 Judges Receive Death Threats

    We hope that whoever sent these death threats is apprehended before something terrible happens.

    20 Comments / / Nov 6, 2015 at 2:57 PM
  • Supreme Court


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.28.15

    * Marriage equality, religious freedom, voting rights, campaign finance reform, racial justice… one civil rights issue outweighs them all: the composition of the Supreme Court. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Reminder to all the fresh lil’ 1Ls out there: you just might find love. [Go Knoxville]

    * I’m glad someone is fact-checking How To Get Away With Murder; watching that show was getting exhausting. [Refinery 29]

    * How quickly what is considered “offensive” changes. [What About Paris?]

    * The latest review of Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), by Katelyn Kye of Major, Lindsey & Africa (note: some spoilers). [In Brief]

    * Try not to let the misery of the courtroom get you down. [Katz Justice]

    * Taking a look at the process of adopting legal tech. [Law Technology Today]

    * A tribute to how Doug Kendall changed the way liberals talk about the constitution. The founder of the Constitutional Accountability Center, Kendall passed away this weekend. [Think Progress]

    25 Comments / / Sep 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM
  • police crime tape


    Double Stabbing Outside Courthouse — One Dead, One Injured

    Reports of a violent encounter on the courthouse steps overnight.

    15 Comments / / Sep 28, 2015 at 1:41 PM
  • 'Please don't fall asleep, RBG!'

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.24.15

    * Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be in attendance during Pope Francis’s Congressional address. Here’s hoping a certain someone doesn’t nod off in the middle of it. [National Law Journal]

    * This courthouse clerk is accused of trying to go out with a little too much style after being fired from his job. He allegedly tossed thousands of pages of court documents in the garbage before leaving the building, and he now faces up to 10 years in prison. [Houston Chronicle]

    * Lawrence Mitchell, the former dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was supposed to return to the school this year after taking a sabbatical. Instead, he resigned. When it comes to this creeper, maybe that’s a good thing. [Cleveland Scene]

    * Sorry to burst your bubble, law schools, but if you think spending millions to complete major building projects during a serious downturn in applicants will result in a “Field of Dreams” type of situation, you’re flat-out wrong. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Good news, everyone! Thanks to this appeals court decision, registered sex offenders in Wisconsin will now be able to take pictures of children in public. Child predators have never, ever been so excited to assert their First Amendment rights. [WSJ Law Blog]

    25 Comments / / Sep 24, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • police crime tape

    Crime, Guns / Firearms

    Armed Assailant Is Shot, Killed After Courthouse Knife Attack

    No motive has been established for the assailant’s courthouse attack.

    / Aug 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM
  • US_Marshal_Badge


    Ain’t No Party Like A Courthouse Rooftop Sex Party

    Who has sex on the roof of a courthouse? Apparently these people.

    14 Comments / / Jul 13, 2015 at 4:01 PM
  • The Ninth Circuit courthouse in Pasadena.

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Events, Fabulosity

    Thanks To The Ninth Circuit For A Supreme Event!

    This past weekend, the Ninth Circuit held an open house in which it welcomed members of the public to its beautiful courthouse in Pasadena, California.

    / Apr 23, 2015 at 4:29 PM
  • David Messerschmitt


    Non-Sequiturs: 04.09.15

    * Police claim David Messerschmitt’s killer stole only $40. [Washington Post]

    * Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money. Which is, apparently, not an in rem action. [FactMag]

    * What is the difference between confidence and arrogance? Obviously, I know the answer, but let’s see if you can figure it out. [Corporette]

    * One angle I missed from today’s news that a gunman attacked a courthouse in Milan is that this is life imitating art, eerily reminiscent of a plotline on The Good Wife. [Law and More]

    * Immigration attorney is a no-show at her sentencing for 13 felony theft counts for accepting fees and botching her work. You’d think she skipped the country except we know she sucks at immigration law. [ABA Journal]

    * Former president of the World Bank’s LGBT employee organization is under investigation. He thinks this seems pretty suspicious. [Buzzfeed]

    * The Tsarnaev trial highlights the continuing stupidity of keeping cameras out of the courtroom. [Vanity Fair]

    * Another installment of “Roberts at 10,” looking at his 10 years as chief. What’s his legacy on LGBT rights? Well, unsurprisingly, we’re not going to know for sure for a couple months. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * A new study reveals that judges are less ideologically biased than law students. Again, it’s not that judges are less firm in their ideology, it’s that they’ve learned to pick their battles. [WSJ Law Blog]

    13 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 5:17 PM
  • Gun 2nd amendment

    Courthouses, Guns / Firearms

    Gunman Shoots Up Courthouse, Killing His Former Lawyer And A Judge

    Another shooting highlights the security risks of courthouses.

    24 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM
  • pot smoking RF

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.19.15

    * A Connecticut attorney was cited for dropping two ounces of weed on a courtroom floor, and he blames it on his client’s son. They were apparently going to stage an embarrassing intervention, but it was the attorney who wound up being embarrassed. [Hartford Courant]

    * While Charleston School of Law bides its time and attempts to resist a buyout from the InfiLaw System, the school has offered many of its existing faculty members buyouts. We’ll have more on this interesting development later today. [Charleston Post & Courier]

    * Pace Law is going to slash its tuition for incoming students with qualifying GPAs and LSAT scores to match the tuition of the in-state public law school of the student’s home state. Sorry, folks, but this tuition “fire sale” is only for new students. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Hiscock & Barclay is “dating,” “not engaged,” and “not even close to to getting married” to Damon Morey. There may not be “anything close to official,” but this seems like the very hesitant precursor to an arranged marriage, if I do say so myself. [Buffalo Law Journal]

    * Per a recent study, the closer your law firm is to your law school, the more likely it is that you’ll make partner. In fact, it doesn’t even matter if you went to an elite law school — you’re still more likely to make partner if your alma mater is nearby. [New York Times]

    * Appalachian Law may be a “fourth tier” school, it may be much smaller than it once was, and it may have lowered its admissions standards, but you better believe the little law school that could is going to be just fine. Don’t stop believin’, Appalachian! [WCYB]

    22 Comments / / Mar 19, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • zebras


    Non-Sequiturs: 03.18.15

    * An Arkansas judge was mauled by his father’s pet zebra. We hope the judge recovers, but what we’d really, really like to know is how the hell one comes to own a pet zebra in Arkansas. [KARK]

    * Pregnant women on poles may officially be sexy under color of law. [EPLI Risk]

    * If your law firm is trying to make you complete a marketing project in order to get your year-end bonuses — like Quinn Emanuel — here are some ideas for you to try. [Hellerman Baretz Communications]

    * According to Robert Durst’s lawyer, Chip Lewis, people mutter triple murder admissions under their breath on hot mics all the time, and it’s usually not that big of deal. [Gawker]

    * You’re invited to an event hosted by Judge Kozinski at the Ninth Circuit courthouse, featuring discussion of Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]

    29 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM
  • dynamite

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.18.15

    * An Ohio attorney was charged with making bomb threats at two state courthouses, but only after he was indicted for allegedly making bomb threats at a third courthouse. Wow, it’s almost like this guy didn’t do his homework motions or something. [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

    * Loretta Lynch, our would-be replacement for Eric Holder as attorney general, still hasn’t been able to get confirmed, and the delay — which is being blamed on our Senate Majority Leader’s “inept leadership” — is now being referred to as “unconscionable.” Lovely. [CNN]

    * What’s happening at #ATLConverge today? Check out our Twitter feed! [Converge]

    * Earlier this week, Morgan Lewis combined with Singapore firm Stamford Law Corp. Effective April 1, ML&B will become one of the largest Biglaw firms in the world, rivaled only by the likes of Baker & McKenzie and Dacheng Dentons. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * More federal prosecutors are stepping down from their jobs and returning to their former Biglaw homes in private practice. Once you realize government work is a giant revolving door, soon enough, it’ll be your turn to leave. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * If you’re still making a decision about which law schools to apply to, you can use the U.S. News rankings to help yourself. In the alternative, you can use the ATL Top 50 rankings to see if you’ll be able to get a job after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    20 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Brad Pitt

    Celebrities, Hotties, Jury Duty

    Court Says Brad Pitt Is Far Too Handsome For Jury Duty

    Certain celebrities are just too sexy for their civic duties.

    17 Comments / / Dec 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM