• (Photo via Jean Jullien)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.17.15

    * “[F]irms have increasingly turned to mergers in hopes that rubbing two coins together might create a third.” Per the chairman of Seyfarth Shaw, Biglaw firms that are facing stagnant growth must change ASAP or suffer the consequences. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Given the recent terror attacks in Paris, many U.S. governors have threatened to stop accepting Syrian refugees within their states’ borders — whether they have the legal authority to actually refuse them, however, is another question entirely. [ABC News]

    * The Department of Homeland Security will publish rules governing privacy protections concerning the use of drones. The world can’t wait to see the “best practices” the government recommends for spying on citizens without a warrant. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Mississippi College School of Law has decided to freeze its tuition for students entering in the fall of 2016. Incoming students will get to pay the low, low price of $32,040 (seriously, that’s low for tuition at a private school) for all three years. [National Jurist]

    * If you want to put together a compelling admissions package when applying to law school, then during your college summers, you should work at a law-related internship instead of drinking all day and having fun. Sorry! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    38 Comments / / Nov 17, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • prison prisoner jail convicted criminal

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.20.15

    * “This is the best we can do” doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement on policy change, but at least the bipartisan sentencing reform bill has a chance to see the light of day. [National Law Journal]

    * Corporate scandals feed more and more of the news cycle, and general counsels are key to responding. [Law360]

    * Speaking of corporate scandals, the Petrobras corruption scandal has already cost an estimated $5 billion in losses. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Yup, Republicans are still trying to undo Obamacare via lawsuit. The Obama administration just lost a ruling to immediately appeal the viability of the lawsuit. [Wall Street Journal]

    * The Dewey trial’s hing jury mirrors the dysfunction of the Dewey & LeBoeuf partnership. [American Lawyer]
    * The feds are cracking down on drone registration, which means a bunch of new regulations to follow, you know, if you are into flying drones. [Fortune]

    23 Comments / / Oct 20, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • O.J._Simpson_1990_·_DN-ST-91-03444_crop


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.11.15

    * The Juice is not loose. The Nevada Supreme Court rejected O.J. Simpson’s latest appeal. [CBS News]

    * Governor Huckabee explains that Dred Scott is still the law of the land. To recap, Donald Trump thinks he can unilaterally overturn the 14th Amendment while Huckabee just thinks it never happened. Elie will have to explain this whole thing to his old friend when Huckabee gets his show back. [The Hill]

    * Jesus wept. Then celebrated his Ninth Circuit victory. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Sanctions for foul-mouthed judge. I wonder what she said when she heard that? [Daily Business Review]

    * Wanton endangerment charge for a law student who crashed a drone into Kentucky’s football stadium. Take solace kid: you’re not the most embarrassing legal news item out of Kentucky this month. Thanks Kim Davis. [WLKY]

    * David explains that more “shakeout” is coming for Biglaw. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    17 Comments / / Sep 11, 2015 at 4:54 PM
  • Drone camera Small

    Constitutional Law, Federal Government

    Drone Even Go There, Redux: The FAA, Drones And Newsgathering

    As we reported earlier this year, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has opened a proceeding looking at “best practices” for the commercial and private use of drones.

    / Aug 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM
  • Drug Drone


    Drone Drops Drugs On Prison Yard: Hilarity, Violence Ensues

    This is what drones are really good for though.

    0 Comments / / Aug 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM
  • Drone camera Small

    FCC, Federal Government, Privacy

    NTIA Schedules Drone Stakeholder Confabs

    NTIA steps up effort to develop consensus as to best practices for drone use.

    / Jul 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • unc_logo


    Non-Sequiturs: 06.19.15

    * The North Carolina legislature’s war on UNC Law School continues. The Senate just proposed a $3 million budget cut. Tarheels adjust by ending Civ Pro right before International Shoe. [The Herald Sun]

    * U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer enjoys living dangerously. When the D.C. Circuit tells her the CIA needs to disclose more about drone policy, she… tells the CIA to keep its mouth shut. AC/DC has a song about that behavior. [Politico]

    * Most attention is, justifiably, fixed on marriage equality and health care, but there are some huge pending decisions we’re overlooking. [Slate]

    * Will Chief Justice Roberts save Obamacare again? [Mother Jones]

    * Speaking of SCOTUS, Professor Ilya Somin and Constitutional Accountability Center chief counsel Elizabeth Wydra talk Supreme Court in this podcast. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Career hiccups begin with you. So, you know, stop doing that to yourself. [Corporette]

    * Why have car insurance in this case? A fair question. [Legal Juice]

    * If you didn’t make it to see David speak with a panel of distinguished guests at the Fix the Court/Politico Supreme Court event this week, here’s the video! [Politico]

    3 Comments / / Jun 19, 2015 at 5:12 PM
  • Osmar_Schindler_David_und_Goliath


    Non-Sequiturs: 05.13.15

    * The New Jersey legislature is considering a law decriminalizing slingshots. Finally, New Jersey’s leaders looked at a map and realized the word “Philadelphia” looks suspiciously like “Philistines.” [NJ.com]

    * The case for drone-based graffiti. People have complained of drones invading the privacy of innocents for a while now and nothing’s happened. Now that drones can deface corporate property, what do you bet regulation comes fast and furious. [The Legal Artist]

    * Over a quarter of Harvard Law grads don’t practice law. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Sentencing reform may be coming, but that’s not going to keep private prison companies from raking in the cash. [Sentencing Law and Policy]

    * Professor Campos on the role of government subsidies on the rising cost of higher education. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * As a follow-up, here are even more tips for 0Ls researching law schools. [Law and More]

    * A legal analysis of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Apparently creating a genocidal death machine is not frowned upon as much in the Marvel Universe as it might be here. [Law and the Multiverse]

    12 Comments / / May 13, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • Elena Kagan LF Justice Elena Kagan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 05.06.15

    This profile makes the case for Elena Kagan to be your new favorite Justice. (Don’t worry RBG, you’ll always be first in Staci’s heart.) [American Prospect]

    * The lateral partner wheel of fortune has taken another spin; Cozen O’Conner has added 8 lawyers from Dickstein Shapiro’s state Attorneys General practice group, that’s almost the entirety of the group. [National Law Journal]

    * Speaking of lateral partner moves, are they worth it when clients get fed up with the disruption and potential conflicts that these moves cause? [Law360]

    * After the scathing DOJ report detailing injustice, the City of Ferguson needs some quality lawyering. They got it in Winston & Strawn chairperson, Dan Webb, but it won’t come cheap. [American Lawyer]

    * After egregious discovery delays caused a district judge to enter a default judgment as to liability against the defendant, a French drone maker, a jury awarded $7.8 million in damages in a patent infringement case. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Loretta Lynch makes her first official trip as Attorney General, to Baltimore to meet with community leaders, police, and the family of Freddie Gray. [NPR]

    11 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • New-York-University-Law-School-NYU-Law-School-Above-the-Law

    International Law, Law Schools

    NYU Law Students Need To Get Off Their High Horse

    NYU students are up in arms over a professor who has given controversial legal advice.

    69 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 4:35 PM
  • Drone camera Small


    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.15

    * We’ve seen the future and it’s drones shoving commercialism down your throats 24/7. Get ready America! [DigiDay]

    * Federal judge mistaken for a maid because she’s black and everything is awful all the time. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * While everyone focuses on the Supreme Court, the fight for marriage equality is still raging in the state courts. [Huffington Post]

    * Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Attorney General Robert H. Jackson’s “The Federal Prosecutor” speech. Among many quotable admonitions against prosecutorial abuse: “While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.” Perhaps he shouldn’t have given this speech on April Fools’ Day. [John Q. Barrett]

    * The New York Court of Appeals has upheld St. John’s Law’s decision to rescind the admission of a student who admitted that he’d pleaded guilty to possession because he’d been arrested for intent to distribute. But only after taking three semesters worth of his money of course. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * A law professor invites colleagues to break the mold of legal scholarship to build a “more authentic ethos.” In entirely related news, congratulations on tenure. [TaxProf Blog]

    9 Comments / / Apr 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM
  • Drone camera Small

    Federal Government

    Newsgathering Drones: Prepare for Takeoff?

    FAA announces NPRM indicating that it will reverse course on commercial use of drones.

    / Feb 19, 2015 at 3:19 PM
  • David Messerschmitt


    Non-Sequiturs: 02.17.15

    * For those looking for updates, here’s the latest information on the David Messerschmitt killing. [Law and More]

    * A short guide to cross-examining psychologists and psychiatrists. I always start by asking them how many psychiatrists it takes to change a lightbulb?[1] [WCI]

    * A comprehensive look at Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project and how it could easily throw open the doors on racial discrimination. Texas? Racism? Nah. [Huffington Post]

    * Getting nailed with 170K counts of accessory to murder. [Gawker]

    * The big question on a lot of minds: should New York adopt the UBE? [Bar Exam Stats]

    * FAA unleashes drones upon the public. [LXBN]

    * In honor of an interview with Justice Ginsburg, MSNBC created a quiz to tell you just how RBG you are. I scored pretty well because I want sleep through the State of the Union too. [MSNBC]

    * And while we’re at it, here’s video of their interview. [YouTube]


    [1] One, but the lightbulb has to really want to change.

    9 Comments / / Feb 17, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • law_school1-e13663075495591-RF

    Crime, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.14

    * The 25 most influential people in legal education. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Shell preemptively suing environmental groups over its Arctic drilling program. Nothing says, “we’re on the up and up” like hyperactive declaratory judgment motions. [Breaking Energy]

    * I’m not normally in the “America is overlitigious” camp, but the idea that we’re scaling back corn mazes to accommodate people too dumb to find their way out is ridiculous. [Daily Mail]

    * What does the Fox say? I’m not sure, but whatever it is, it involves peeing in this guy’s Super Soaker. [Legal Juice]

    * Hunton & Williams has formed a new multidisciplinary practice to assist clients with legal issues surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones. Good idea. I hear those things fly by themselves. [Hunton & Williams]

    * The career services director at LSU Law School got married over the weekend… in the stands during the Saints-49ers game. I’m guessing the reception had to wait until after overtime. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Um. If this is how you want to steal that thing, more power to you. [Slate]

    * “A distinguished panel of former and current judges including John Cleland, John Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Jed Rakoff, and Marjorie Rendell join Joel Cohen to for a discussion drawing inspiration from his new book, “Blindfolds Off.” Video available after the jump… [National Constitution Center]

    4 Comments / / Nov 13, 2014 at 5:07 PM
  • Drone camera Small

    Airplanes / Aviation, New Jersey, Privacy

    Can You Shoot Down Drones?

    Hide your kids, hide your wife, these drones are getting everybody.

    38 Comments / / Oct 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM
  • Donald Sterling

    Department of Justice, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.19.14

    * Donald Sterling allegedly threatened to kill Shelly Sterling’s lawyer. Look Don, threatening to kill lawyers will certainly help your image, but you may be too far gone. [New York Daily News]

    * “Tagger arrested for tagging courtroom while awaiting prosecution for tagging.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * You know public law schools are more expensive today than in 1985. But just how much more expensive may absolutely shock you. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Law school tutor seems creepily excited about making students cry. [Sunshine and Potatoes]

    * 17 bizarre lawsuits. I don’t know, I view the people making sure I get every delicious inch of my meatball sub as heroes. [Crime Wire]

    * Dallas just threw its support behind reparations for slavery. Because obviously they didn’t bother to read the resolution. Democracy in action! [Gawker]

    * J. Christian Adams misunderstands an election law. This shocks me not at all. In the past, he complained to me that Pam Karlan didn’t understand voting rights based on a panel I covered. She’s now the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Voting Rights and Adams is still spouting off (affiliate link) about how the DOJ is bending over to service the Black Panthers. [Election Law Blog]

    * Did you know the history of drones in America dates back to the Civil War? Well, now you do. And knowing is some proportion of the battle. Infographic below…. [Criminal Justice Degree Hub]

    1 Comment / / Jun 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • sexual harassment

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Confirmations, Federal Judges, Gay, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Prisons, Sexual Harassment, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.18.14

    * In a “historic day for our judiciary,” the Senate confirmed the first openly gay black male judge, and the 112th female federal judge appointed by Obama — more than any other president. Congrats! [AP]

    * “It looks like science fiction, but it’s real.” That’s probably what the good folks at Amazon are going to say after they take a look at Akin Gump’s bill for its drone delivery lobbying efforts. [Legal Times]

    * A 90-year-old judge removed himself from Michael Jordan’s big-money case against a grocery store chain, but dropped the gavel on the basketball star’s lawyers before leaving the bench. [Chicago Tribune]

    * This Ohio attorney was suspended after he sent some pretty dirty text messages to a 3L who was working in his office. He just wanted assistance on his pro boner representation. [National Law Journal]

    * Give this man some money: Jonathan Fleming, the New York man who was wrongly imprisoned for almost 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit, has filed a $162 million lawsuit against the city. [Reuters]

    9 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • 800px-Mount_Everest_as_seen_from_Drukair2_PLW_edit

    Holland & Knight, Kramer Levin

    When What Goes Up Can’t Come Down: Who Pays For Climbing Misadventures?

    Why climb a mountain? Because it’s there… and to spark litigation.

    5 Comments / / May 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM