Department of Justice

  • Student-Loans-Cap

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.08.15

    * We mentioned earlier this week that Charleston School of Law may suspend enrollment of first-year students next year. Perhaps the law school’s ultimate failure wouldn’t be a bad deal for students — a closed school loan discharge would actually be a blessing for them. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * With law school graduation right around the corner, you can kiss your dreams of a Supreme Court justice delivering your commencement speech goodbye. Thus far, not a single SCOTUS jurist will deliver remarks at a 2015 ceremony. [National Law Journal]

    * Per the latest report from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, law firm expenses outpaced revenue in the first quarter of 2015. Some of the biggest expenses are salaries, so maybe this is another reason why some firms are resorting to layoffs. [Am Law Daily]

    * They should’ve just watched The Wire? Under Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s leadership, the Department of Justice is going to launch an investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has been involved in any discriminatory police work. [NPR]

    * If you’re still trying to decide which law school to attend, you may want to consider one that has robust practicum offerings. Being “practice ready” after graduation supposedly does wonders for your job prospects. (Just kidding.) [U.S. News & World Report]

    7 Comments / / May 8, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • OITNB

    White-Collar Crime

    The Tragedy of Orange Is the New Black

    The hit show lays bare a dangerous flaw in the criminal justice system.

    64 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 10:01 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.13.15

    * Attorney General Holder reminds the DOJ not to hire hookers. [Politico]

    * A new demographic angry over gay marriage: gay men who want to protect their sham marriages. Didn’t expect this to be a fight. [Slate]

    * Once you’ve finished binge-watching on Netflix, we ask: is Matt Murdock an ethical lawyer? [Radford & Keebaugh]

    * Patent attorney David Healey at Fish and Richardson is coming out. Here’s the trailer. [YouTube]

    * Richard Hsu talks about jumping off of perfectly good cliffs with Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google. [Hsu Untied]

    * Garry Trudeau explains that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. Ken questions this logic. In the end though, he proves too much: there are so many powerful, biting criticisms to make that we shouldn’t have to resort to dumb caricatures. [Popehat]

    * Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate on the death penalty. Watch it online Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. [Fora.tv]

    * Is it just me, or does her account actually sound awfully suspicious? [Gawker]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_FZa8SNic

    9 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM
  • Rand Paul

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.07.15

    * Rand Paul is running for president. He says we need to “clutch[] the Constitution in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other.” Pretty sure those were the same thing. And I’m very sure Senator Paul is leaving out the whole “end of slavery” amendment in his idealized vision of liberty. [YouTube]

    * With all these states banning travel to Indiana over the RFRA, Professor Gerard Magliocca muses about the constitutional limits of states protesting other states. It’s somewhere between banning non-essential employee travel and armed invasion. [Concurring Opinions]

    * That’s one way to set a Guinness Book record: use slaves. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Jenner & Block managing partner Terrence Truax talks about the legal market and the vital importance of technology. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    * The Department of Justice has released its report on the long-running story of New Orleans prosecutors allegedly posing under assumed names to poison the well. Long story short, they did it and it was wrong. [Observer]

    * Wisconsin’s campaign finance issues are messed up. [LFC 360]

    23 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 5:47 PM
  • 220px-Antonin_Scalia,_SCOTUS_photo_portrait

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.15

    220px-Antonin_Scalia,_SCOTUS_photo_portrait* That new Justice Scalia play we’ve been talking about is a delightful piece of fiction. And by “fiction,” we mean it portrays Scalia as nuanced and complex as opposed to the right-wing rubber stamp he’s become. [Slate]

    * A glossy firm website doesn’t quite match the reality of Google Street View. [Roll On Friday]

    * Texas wants to make it illegal for you to tape a cop beating. That’s ridiculous enough, but that’s not the end of the sentence. Texas wants to make it illegal for you to tape a cop beating… you. [Lowering The Bar]

    * Court rules that neighbor’s Wifi harmed the plaintiff. I suppose he could have mitigated any damage if he’d worn his tinfoil hat more often. [New Mexico Courts]

    * A fascinating, still updating Twitter feed recounting 5 months in lockup. It’s part of a promotion for a new ebook Life Locked (affiliate link). It’s like Orange Is The New Black with a lot fewer lesbians. [Life Locked]

    * Speaking of prisons, would feeding prisoners to lions really be much worse than the hellholes we currently keep them in? [Redline]

    * The new Miss D.C. U.S.A. is an Oklahoma City University School of Law grad. It’s a J.D. Advantage position. [Washington Post]

    * An essay has surfaced allegedly written by ATL mainstay Kyle Bristow’s soon-to-be ex-wife. She… doesn’t sound happy. [View from 206]

    * Conservatives have some issues with Loretta Lynch, but are they blowing one complaint wildly out of proportion? [WiseLawNY]

    20 Comments / / Mar 27, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • waiting-in-line

    White-Collar Crime

    The Waiting Is the Hardest Part: What Sucks About Being Under Federal Investigation

    Welcome to the Kafka-esque limbo of federal investigation!

    10 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM
  • Competition

    Federal Government

    Agency Capture — Competition

    The DOJ’s monopoly on government representation warps the attorney-client relationship.

    2 Comments / / Mar 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM
  • powerfull employees on white

    White-Collar Crime

    Is Being a Bad Employee a Crime?

    DOJ has a clever new theory about how it can put everyone in jail.

    20 Comments / / Mar 12, 2015 at 9:57 AM
  • m9ygchtajcd8ptxnxcoh

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.06.15

    * I guess 15 minutes of fame can really mess with you. The “cute mugshot girl” who took the Internet by storm a while back managed to get arrested again. Negative attention is still attention. [Gawker]

    * The DOJ is about to file corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez. Corruption in New Jersey? [CNN]

    * With the assistance of the pro bono legal teams at WilmerHale and Polsinelli, 303 conservatives filed a historic amicus brief in support of marriage equality. [WilmerHale]

    * A nice review of “A Conversation on Clerking” moderated by U.S. Supreme Court reporter Anthony Mauro of the National Law Journal, with panelists including our own David Lat; Judge Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; and Lucas Townsend, an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. [American Bar Association]

    * Looking for an extra $1,000 this year? Enter this legal fiction writing contest. Maybe you’ll write the next Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [The Expert Institute]

    13 Comments / / Mar 6, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Sonia Sotomayor Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.03.15

    * Getting a SCOTUS justice to attend your wedding is tough, but maybe invite one for dinner? [Washington Post]

    * A DOJ investigation concludes that the Ferguson Police Department and courts engaged in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African Americans. The investigation was conducted by the DOJ’s division of obvious things. [CNN]

    * When police didn’t respond to his call fast enough, this guy tried to rob a convenience store to get the cops out there faster. And then they still didn’t come… [Legal Juice]

    * King v. Burwell argument is almost here! Conservatives are really eager to take the law down. But would hurting Obamacare really hurt conservatives more in the end? [Bloomberg View]

    * A California lawyer is proposing a new law to address homosexuality with “bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.” I don’t think that’ll pass. [Huffington Post]

    * Authorities still harassing family who trusted a 10-year-old to walk outside without a parent hovering over them. It’s hard to criticize helicopter parents when they’re only following the law. [Washington Post]

    * Well, well, well. Now that they’ve sent out a harassing C&D letter, Katy Perry’s people have thrown some Left Shark merchandise up on their site. [Katy Perry]

    * Fascinating use of the Internet: a crowdfunding campaign to help refugee mothers and children secure release from government detention. [Go Fund Me]

    * In this preview of Professor Nancy Leong’s latest videocast, she talks with Professor Jessica Clarke about how courts treat sexual harassment cases in same- vs. opposite-sex harassment. [TheRightsCast]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVqYDrYNV0Y&utm_content=bufferd2ca9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    8 Comments / / Mar 3, 2015 at 5:17 PM
  • The aftermath of the bar exam?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.03.15

    * “Taking the bar is like riding a bike. A bike that’s on fire.” Never before has there been a better way to describe what it’s like to take the bar exam. Here’s how some recent examinees were able to survive. Miraculously, no one preemptively sent a letter like this. [California Lawyer]

    * DLA Piper is entering into happily married bliss with Davis, a 260-lawyer firm from the Great White North. An April wedding is planned. The couple is registered with American Lawyer and Vault. Give them a few loads of loonies! [Am Law Daily]

    * Attorney General Eric Holder took to the op-ed pages to announce the Department of Justice’s official take on the constitutionality of marriage equality in America: “Nothing justifies excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage.” [USA Today]

    * Speaking of Eric Holder, the attorney general released another official announcement yesterday. Ben Mizer will take over as chief of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. (For what it’s worth, people are making a huge deal over the fact that he’s gay.) [Metro Weekly]

    * If you’ve missed a law school application deadline, don’t worry, because there are ways you can boost your chances of getting in. Having a pulse is only 98 percent of the battle — you’ll also need a tuition check. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    60 Comments / / Mar 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • fighting gloves

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.03.15

    * You know that televised Supreme Court oral arguments are a technological advance that is far away from happening when even Elena Kagan, the youngest justice on the high court, is “very conflicted” about the idea. [Legal Times]

    * “Legal jujitsu. Lethal jujitsu.” Meet William “Hale” Kelly. He’s a second-year law student at Florida A&M by day, and an MMA fighter by night (i.e., he was punched in the head so many times he thought law school was a good idea). [Orlando Sentinel]

    * For the fourth year in a row, Skadden snagged the top spot in the Acritas Biglaw brand index. The firm’s competition — Jones Day, Baker & McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, and DLA Piper — is getting closer to overthrowing the ranking’s leader. [Am Law Daily]

    * Justice in the United States costs a pretty penny, and it’s obvious from the Department of Justice’s proposed 2016 budget of $28.7 billion. It’s too bad the White House set the DOJ’s budget at about $13.7 billion lower than that. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “At none of these top law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent.” Diversity may be lacking at some of the nation’s top law schools, but minority students who are interested in law may find welcoming homes at lower-ranked schools. [U.S. News]

    15 Comments / / Feb 3, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Judge Paul Cassell

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.29.15

    * An interview with Judge Paul Cassell, the former jurist representing the woman accusing Professor Alan Dershowitz. Will this be the face of Dershowitz’s reversal of fortune? (See what I did there?) [The Careerist]

    * Indiana is making moves to end litigation financing. If you want to see a naked attempt by deep pockets to influence the law, read this story. Or, you know, any story about lobbying ever. [LFC 360]

    * For people who kvetched that their precious feelings get hurt when Staci writes about sexism in the legal industry, it may warm your hearts to learn that, according to a UC Hastings Law study, STEM careers are just as bad. Yay? [Mashable]

    * Oh and finance is the same way. [Law and More]

    * Elementary school conducting poop inspections. Holy s**t. [Huffington Post]

    * Anti-vaccination parents have brought measles roaring back to ruin Disneyland vacations. Is it time to start suing them for turning their kids into plague vectors? [Forbes]

    * SpaceX drops its lawsuit against the Air Force. [Slate]

    * If you’re interested in Sports Law, Penn Law is hosting a symposium on February 13. Get your tickets at this link. [Penn Law Sports Law Symposium]

    * Practice alert: The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution has issued a new set of rules. For any general counsel out there plagued with cross-border business-to-business disputes, check them out. [What About Clients?]

    * Our friend Sidney Powell’s book, Licensed to Lie (affiliate link), earned a starring role at the Loretta Lynch confirmation hearings. Check out the questioning below. [YouTube]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54uoOH_qh7U&feature=youtu.be

    3 Comments / / Jan 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • christmas-coal

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.23.14

    * “Instead of ordering the Marshal to permit a desegregated Christmas party at the Court, the Court hosted no party at all.” Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote in his diary of the SCOTUS Christmas party that never was due to the high court’s unspoken racism. [Supreme Court Brief]

    * We know of at least one lawyer who may be receiving a lump of coal in her stocking. A former partner of two major New York City firms allegedly stole millions of dollars from them to live a life of luxury. We’ll have more on this later today. [Bergen Record]

    * Since “interest in law schools [is] dwindl[ing] nationally,” the easiest cost-cutting measure comes in the form of faculty buyouts at another school. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game, law professors. It’s a “necessary” evil these days. [The Advocate]

    * President Obama is going to nominate Sally Quillian Yates, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, for the position of deputy attorney general. If confirmed, there’ll be two women at the top of the DOJ. Yay! [Miami Herald]

    * Guess who just got promoted to partner at Boies Schiller & Flexner? It’s none other than Joshua Schiller, the son of the firm’s cofounder and managing partner. Aww. That’s the most precious thing ever. We just want to pinch his cheeks. [Am Law Daily]

    * Before you submit your law school applications, you should probably make sure that you’ve read and followed all of the instructions, because just in case you forgot, you’re applying to follow instructions for a living. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    40 Comments / / Dec 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM
  • Cell_Phone_Police_Search

    Technology

    DOJ Leans On Old Laws And Even Older Cases To Argue Against Privacy Expectations In Cell Site Location Data

    Some judges and justices have noted that today’s connected world would be completely unrecognizable to the judges who made the decisions the government relies so heavily on

    2 Comments / / Dec 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM
  • lottery

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.11.14

    * A registered sex offender wins the lottery. $3 million buys a lot of windowless vans. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Judge to federal prosecutor: “You’re branded as a liar and you’ll remain a liar for the rest of your life.” [New York Observer]

    * A New York lawyer has been arrested and charged with running down 5 people in Herald Square. Alcohol and crack pipes are involved. And topless selfies. Look, you’re going to see more on this from Staci in the morning, so just sit tight. [Inquisitr]

    * If you want to live in a mansion, all you need to do is forge a few documents. [Gawker]

    * The Supreme Court of Canada says cops can search your phone when they arrest you. But only to check the Habs score. [Ars Technica]

    * Another installment of Posner on Posner. This time focusing on the First Amendment. [Concurring Opinions]

    * This week we learned there’s a thing called “rectal feeding.” Professor Michael Dorf on why it’s totally a war crime. [Dorf on Law]

    * How many law schools will close by 2020? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Want to be on the LSAC Board of Trustees? It’s not like they have any glaring problems that require a leadership change. [LSAC]

    33 Comments / / Dec 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Loretta Lynch

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.05.14

    * A former Cleary Gottlieb associate will be a very rich man after The Lending Club, the company he founded post-Biglaw, completes its IPO. [American Lawyer]

    * Marriage equality won’t arrive in Mississippi just yet. [How Appealing]

    * The federal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner could complicate Loretta Lynch’s nomination to serve as attorney general. [New York Times]

    * In other news about excessive use of force by police, the U.S. Department of Justice just blasted Cleveland’s department for abysmal record-keeping about such incidents. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

    * And what does possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton think about police abuses? [New York Times]

    * Non-random appellate panels in the federal courts are far more common than you might think, reports Alison Frankel. [Reuters via How Appealing]

    * A smart and thoughtful review by Rosemarie Yu of my new book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [New York Law Journal]

    * Eugene Ingoglia, one of the S.D.N.Y. prosecutors who helped send Harvard Law cheater Mathew Martoma to prison, will be joining Morvillo LLP as a partner. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Former federal government lawyer Michael Richter: “It’s Not Top-Secret If You Can Google It.” [Wall Street Journal]

    * Congratulations to eBrevia, a legal technology company we’ve previously profiled, on raising $1.5 million in seed funding. [Law Technology News]

    18 Comments / / Dec 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM
  • Scantron

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.02.14

    Scantron* A modest proposal for a new course evaluation form. [LawProfBlawg]

    * An interview with former Senator George Mitchell. Did you know he turned down Justice Breyer’s seat because he wanted “to pass significant health care legislation.” The appropriate 90s response is to cue Nelson Muntz. [Coverage Opinions]

    * George Washington may have doomed your smartphone privacy. But if it makes you feel any better he probably didn’t mean to. [Redline]

    * California lawyers are 35 percent more in debt than they were 6 years ago. [Cal Lawyer]

    * “He sent three clients explicit text messages that included photographs of his erect penis.” Fun addendum: if you read the full opinion, because the associate wrote off his time for sex that was, rightly, the firm’s 8.4 violation! I hope they weren’t the ones who turned him in. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * A panel of legal analysts weigh in on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General and discuss what her nomination means in the context of civil rights. [RH Reality Check]

    * Do you need a live CLE lecture? Pick up 12 credits and grab some drinks with some ATL editors afterward. [Above the Law]

    6 Comments / / Dec 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM