• Barbie power wheels

    Biglaw, DUI / DWI, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.20.12

    * Man busted for drunk driving in a toy car. I hope it’s still legal for me to get wasted and operate my remote control Grave Digger, or else my Saturday night is screwed! [Legal Juice]

    * This is a good question: where does the Biglaw coffee come frOM? I’d also ask the question, “why does it always taste like s**t?” and “how come they serve it to you in thimbles?” Bottom line, back in the day, when secretaries or interns used to make the coffee, you could get coffee just the way you like it, not some generic crap from whatever minimum wage worker handles the machine in the firm cafeteria. [Law and More]

    * What nannies need to know about Workers’ Compensation. OR: What expectant fathers wish nannies didn’t know about workers’ comp. [National Nannies]

    * Gene patents may truly be capitalism at its worst. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Here’s some more love for Mark Herrmann’s book. Man, I gotta get me one of those. [She Negotiates / Forbes]

    * Seriously, good luck this weekend, those of you studying for the bar. [Vault Law]

    5 Comments / / Jul 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM
  • marriage proposal small

    DUI / DWI, Fabulosity, Romance and Dating, Texas, Weddings

    Man Uses Freeway Billboard Ad to Propose to Texas Lawyer

    A Texas man proposes marriage via freeway billboard ad to a lawyer who uses billboards in her advertising…

    22 Comments / / Jul 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM
  • lindsay-lohan-picture

    California, DUI / DWI, Legal Ethics, Lindsay Lohan, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judges Presiding Over Lindsay Lohan’s DUI Case Get Slapped on the Wrist by California Judicial Oversight Panel

    The judges presiding over Lindsay Lohan’s DUI case have been reprimanded by a judicial oversight board…

    9 Comments / / Jul 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM
  • bible

    Attorney Misconduct, Bail, Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 07.05.12

    * Who needs a Declaration of Internet Freedom when the government supports protesting citizens who go buckwild in the streets? The European Union voted against ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. [Associated Press]

    * Kenneth Schneider, the former Debevoise & Plimpton associate serving a 15-year sentence for forcing a Russian teenager to be his sex slave, was suspended from practice pending further disciplinary proceedings. [New York Law Journal]

    * Glenn Mulcaire, the investigator who intercepted voicemail messages on behalf of News of the World, lost a bid to remain silent about who commissioned his services. Rupert’s gonna be sooo pissed. [New York Times]

    * Congratulations to the team from the University of Chicago Law School that won the United States Supreme Court Prediction Competition. They won $5K for betting on their Con Law nerd-dom. [SCOTUS Competition]

    * Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. is expected to rule on George Zimmerman’s motion for bond today, and perhaps he won’t be so quick to forget that the defendant already lied to the court to get out of jail. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * “You can’t just arbitrarily add anything you want to a sentence.” Well, it looks like you can, because in addition to jail time, a judge in South Carolina tacked on a Biblical book report to this woman’s sentence. [Daily Mail]

    2 Comments / / Jul 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • tsingtao

    Biglaw, Cars, China, DUI / DWI

    Hong Kong Biglaw Partner Arrested for Driving Under the Influence, Allegedly Crashing Car Into Minibus

    A Biglaw partner in Hong Kong was arrested for drinking and crashing his sports car into a minibus.

    29 Comments / / Jul 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM
  • Miley Cyrus USA

    Biglaw, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Partner Issues

    Arrested for DUI Like Yeah. Ruining My Career Like Yeah.

    Biglaw partner arrested for drunk driving, and the ambassadorship flies away…

    37 Comments / / Jul 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM
  • matchmaker small

    Drinking, DUI / DWI, New Jersey, Romance and Dating

    New Jersey Woman Sues Her Matchmaker After Being Sent on a Really Bad, Really Expensive Date

    Everyone dreams of falling in love, and the first step in that process is usually going out on a date. What happens when your matchmaker allegedly fails?

    20 Comments / / Jun 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
  • Ronald Reagan

    Drinking, DUI / DWI, Harvard, iPhone, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.24.12

    * And then Reagan said, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be auctioned off for you, by PFC Auctions, right after I sign this legislation outlawing Russia forever.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It’s time for another “If Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies, I’m Gonna Kill Her” article. Man, you never know. Ginsburg could end up out living Antonin Scalia with the right mix of ham sandwiches and cybernetic technology. [Daily Beast]

    * Will being hot help this cop who was arrested for driving while drunk when she was on duty? Honestly, I’ve forgotten what she’s accused of already. [Explorer News]

    * A new definition of piracy could cause any man who loves the freedom of the sea, the rolling of the surf, and the bounty of unprotected U.S. cargo ships to be branded a pirate. [CBS News]

    * Every Harvard student tries to identify the Ted Kaczynski of their class. [Huffington Post]

    * How to protect your iProducts at the beach this weekend. We wouldn’t want you to be without Above the Law. [Legal Blog Watch]

    12 Comments / / May 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM
  • Nice mug shot! Happy Friday the 13th!

    Biglaw, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Football, Jersey Shore, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Morning Docket: 04.13.12

    * A legal threat goes viral: if you’ve been living under a rock, Epstein Becker & Green is repping Fox News in any legal action brought against Gawker for the “Fox Mole.” [New York Observer]

    * Jerry Sandusky’s motion to dismiss his child sexual abuse charges have been denied. And the fact that he thought this would get him off is funny on its own. [New York Daily News]

    * When shouldn’t you flash an expired DA’s ID card at the cops? During a DUI stop. She can always use the “celeb angels and demons made me do it” defense. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

    * New York City’s first female commissioner of the Department of Information Technology is leaving her job to milk the New York Law School cash cow. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Law schools are snatching up old ass buildings left and right to house new programs and clinics. Looks like upcoming episodes of “Flip This House” will be brought to you by overpriced tuition. [National Law Journal]

    * Yeah buddy! Apparently acting like a drunken idiot in Sleazeside pays off. A lawsuit has revealed Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D’s salary per episode, and it rivals a Biglaw starting salary. [The Clicker / MSNBC]

    2 Comments / / Apr 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Amanda Bynes

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Facebook, Fenwick & West, John Edwards, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Prostitution, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 04.10.12

    * With help from Fenwick & West, Facebook snatched up Instagram in a $1B deal that closed in just 54 hours. That’s a big accomplishment, but the bigger one was valuing a company that helps f**k up your photos at such a high price. [Am Law Daily]

    * Senator Dick Durbin is trying to collect stories about soul-crushing law school debt in an effort to reform lending laws, but law students and new lawyers aren’t speaking up about the problem. Hey, Dick, it’s time to start reading Above the Law. [National Law Journal]

    * Apparently sarcasm is lost upon mention of George Zimmerman, so let’s play this one straight. The man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin has set up a website to solicit money for his defense fund. Actually, that’s a pretty great punchline on it’s own. [MSNBC]

    * A judge has refused to reduce accused “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina’s $2M bail. With her alleged clientele, you’d think she’d be able to afford it. Come on, John Edwards gets $400 haircuts. He’s probably willing to pay top dollar for his call girls. [Bloomberg]

    * Amanda Bynes wasn’t drunk on alcohol, she was drunk on emotions, claims her daddy. That’s a defense that will totally stand up in court on a DUI charge. [New York Daily News]

    19 Comments / / Apr 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Northwestern-Law-School-Northwestern-University-small

    Cars, Deaths, Drinking, DUI / DWI

    Northwestern Law Student Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

    Over the weekend, a Northwestern 3L was hit and killed by an allegedly drunk driver in downtown Chicago. This is not the kind of story we like to write here at Above the Law…

    38 Comments / / Mar 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM
  • ObamaCare_big

    Biglaw, DUI / DWI, Health Care / Medicine, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Orleans, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 03.26.12

    * It’s Obamacare week at the Supreme Court, and people have been waiting in line since Friday morning to see the oral arguments. It’s kind of like Black Friday, except more people care about affordable TVs than affordable health care. [New York Times]

    * Growth in the NLJ 250 increased by 1.7 percent in 2011. That’s fantastic for Biglaw, but associates at these firms care more about the growth of their bank accounts. Seriously… where are the spring bonuses already? [National Law Journal]

    * George Zimmerman’s lawyer says he doesn’t think the “stand your ground” law applies to Trayvon Martin’s shooting. This was just self-defense — against Skittles. [MSNBC]

    * The finalists for deanship at Baltimore Law include a Patton Boggs partner, an assistant attorney general, a law school dean, and two law professors. But which will be able to stand up to Bogomolny? [Baltimore Sun]

    * Since blogging allows “big personalities” to run free, does the prosecommenter, Sal Perricone, have a bright future ahead of him here at Above the Law? Let’s see what David Lat has to say about that. [Times-Picayune]

    * Millionaire John Goodman has been convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges, and now he’s facing 11.5 to 30 years in prison. Boy is his girlfriend-slash-daughter going to miss him. [CNN]

    10 Comments / / Mar 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Blogging, Drinking, DUI / DWI, John Roberts, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Pictures, Pornography, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Weddings, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 03.05.12

    * Apparently the Roberts Court is unusual in that its elite members lacked opportunities to gain “the most critical judicial virtue: practical wisdom.” Yeah, right. Tell that one to the Wise Latina. [Washington Post]

    * In the wake of the contraception controversy, Rush Limbaugh apologized for calling Georgetown 3L Sandra Fluke a “slut.” He’s so very, very sorry… that he lost some of his advertisers. [The Caucus / New York Times]

    * The powers that be in Massachusetts have decided to show law bloggers a little bit of respect. Now they’ll get to cover judicial proceedings like real, live journalists — press passes and all. [Metro Desk / Boston Globe]

    * Pornography: now with ten percent fewer HIV infections! A Los Angeles city ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms during filming will be taking effect today. [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    * After making two other DWI arrests disappear from her record, former Bronx ADA Jennifer Troiano pleaded guilty to drunk driving last week. It looks like the third time really is the charm. [New York Daily News]

    * New York newlyweds allege that Glamour Me Studio Photoshopped their heads onto naked bodies. Groomzilla Todd Remis must be glad that his wedding photography woes weren’t so graphic. [New York Post]

    1 Comment / / Mar 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • Blogging, Crime, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Gay, Gay Marriage, iPhone, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Old People, Religion, Technology, Twittering, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.19.11

    * Someone figured out exactly what’s on every nerdy lawyer’s holiday wish list: an iPhone app for PACER. Get it while it’s hot — it’s free! [iTunes App Store] * The First Amendment will always reign supreme, even if people are harassing religious old ladies on the Twitter. [Underdog] * Legalizing same-sex marriage is like […]

    4 Comments / / Dec 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM
  • American Bar Association / ABA, Crime, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sentencing Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Violence

    Morning Docket: 12.06.11

    * Close, but no cigar? The ABA has updated the way that it will collect graduate employment and salary data from law schools, but the new method could still use a few tweaks. [National Law Journal] * Kilpatrick Townsend is expanding into Saudi Arabia. I don’t really have anything witty to say about this, but […]

    8 Comments / / Dec 6, 2011 at 9:45 AM
  • Cars, Crime, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Guns / Firearms

    Drinking, Driving, and Packing

    Maybe we should look at this as a grand test of the “theory” of evolution via natural selection. Eventually, over the course of hundreds of thousands or millions of years, the gun nuts should really die out, while those who favor sensible gun regulation will live and procreate and prosper. But then again, maybe this […]

    55 Comments / / Oct 13, 2011 at 3:58 PM
  • Bar Exams, Crime, DUI / DWI, Law Schools

    Law Graduates DENIED Opportunity To Sit For Bar Because They Lied To Law Schools About Their Criminal Records

    In our day and age, there are enough law schools hanging around that pretty much anybody can get in. Barriers to entry are pretty much at the level where as long as you can fill out a loan application, you can get into law school. Heck, as we reported recently, convicted murderers can get into law school. But you have to tell the truth. You can get into law school with a criminal record, but you have to tell your law school the truth about your record. Apparently, telling the truth is a problem that some people are having….

    39 Comments / / Sep 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM
  • Cars, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Law School Deans, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Buzzed Driving Is Still Legal

    It’s not against the law to have a glass of wine or two with dinner and then drive home. — Michael Piccarreta, attorney for Lawrence Ponoroff, dean of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, discussing last week’s dismissal of a DUI charge against the dean. The legal blood-alcohol content limit in […]

    76 Comments / / Sep 21, 2011 at 4:37 PM