Egypt

  • Amal Alamuddin

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.05.15

    * Per recent reports, human rights attorney Amal Clooney was threatened with arrest after she pointed out major issues with the Egyptian justice system in a paper sponsored by the International Bar Association. She was able to escape because officials feared the wrath of George Clooney. [The Telegraph]

    * Uh oh! It looks like Alan Dershowitz got himself mixed up in a lawsuit involving a salacious underage sex scandal. In his own defense, the famed Havard Law prof said, “It’s a completely, totally fabricated, made-up story. I’m an innocent victim of an extortion conspiracy.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The price of the billable hour may have risen by more than 10 percent over the course of the last four years, but according to the chairman of one Biglaw firm, “[t]he question is: Is anybody ­paying that?” Hahaha, yeah right. [National Law Journal]

    * That was quick. The Bitcoin Foundation hired a global policy counsel who lasted there for less than a year. It seems the policy and regulation aspects of the digital currency’s existence were viewed as a “distraction.” [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Chicago Biglaw and midsized firms are brushing up on their Mandarin language skills because Chinese investment in the Windy City hit more than $3 billion last year. FYI, senior associates, these firms may have a job for you. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Did she get SLC punk’d? Another woman was just nabbed for allegedly pretending to be a lawyer. It seems that Utah resident Karla Carbo reportedly impersonated a member of the bar at least three times in the past six months. [New York Daily News]

    12 Comments / / Jan 5, 2015 at 9:06 AM
  • Egypt pyramids sphinx

    Media and Journalism, Politics, Racism, Rank Stupidity, Rudeness

    Egyptian Politics As Filtered Through The Dumbest Attorney Alive

    Let’s check out more from this attorney’s bats**t editorial, shall we?

    9 Comments / / Jul 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM
  • B for Beauty, Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Defamation, Donald Trump, Education / Schools, Holidays and Seasons, Lawsuit of the Day, Layoffs, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Rudeness, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 07.05.13

    Ed. note: We hope that you had a great July 4th — and that you’re enjoying a four-day weekend. But if you’re at work today and looking for diversion, check us early and often — we will be posting today (although on a reduced publication schedule).

    * Lawyer of the Day Long Weekend: Christopher Kirby, who reportedly launched a profanity-laced tirade at the mother of a special-education student during a school board meeting. Stay classy, Chris. [New York Daily News]

    * Speaking of classy, if you make Donald Trump look good, you’re doing it wrong. The $5 million arbitration award against former beauty queen Sheena Monnin just got upheld by Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.). [New York Law Journal]

    * Have you been injured in an accident? Call a New York State legislator, who might be earning a six-figure income by moonlighting at a personal-injury firm. [New York Times]

    * Who doesn’t love rule by lawyers? Adli Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, takes over as the nation’s interim leader. [New York Times]

    * Nationwide layoff watch: Dickstein dismisses seven partners in New York. [WestlawNext Practitioner Insights (sub. req.)]

    * If you’re feeling the heat in D.C. these days, lawyer turned ice cream entrepreneur Victoria Lai can help. [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Jul 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM
  • Casey Anthony is not impressed.

    2nd Circuit, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Cellphones, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Facebook, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Gender, Morning Docket, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 11.26.12

    * Will it be DOMA or Prop 8? The countdown until Friday starts now, because everyone’s waiting to see whether the Supreme Court will grant cert on one of the five same-sex marriage cases that has come before the high court. [UPI]

    * Walk like an Egyptian — or, in this case, you can protest like one. Judges and lawyers are on strike and filing legal challenges to President Mohamed Morsi’s “unprecedented attack on judicial independence.” [New York Times]

    * Dewey know when this failed firm’s bankruptcy plan will be approved? Team Togut is hoping for a February resolution, but the rascally retirees may throw a wrench in things with their committee’s continued existence. [Am Law Daily]

    * Even though the Northern District of California has a historic all-women federal bench — a courthouse of their own, if you will — there’s probably no need to tell them that THERE’S NO CRYING IN LITIGATION. No crying! [The Recorder]

    * New technology + old laws = a privacy clusterf**k. This week, a Senate committee will contemplate whether the Electronic Communications Privacy Act needs to be updated to get with the times. [New York Times]

    * The New York State Bar Association may oppose it, but Jacoby & Meyers’s challenge to the state’s ban on non-lawyer firm ownership shall live to see another day thanks to the Second Circuit. [New York Law Journal]

    * An Alabama Slammer is both a dangerous cocktail and a term for what happens when your Southern law school refuses to cut its class size and you’re left woefully unemployed after graduation. [Birmingham News]

    * Casey Anthony finds relevancy again! Girls in my high school used to search for “foolproof suffocation” on Google and later get acquitted of murdering their daughters all the time; it was no big deal. [USA Today]

    * Dean Boland, aka Paul Ceglia’s gazillionth lawyer in the Facebook ownership case, will soon find out if can withdraw as counsel. He’s got other things to deal with, like a $300K child porn judgment. [Wall Street Journal]

    0 Comments / / Nov 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Crowell & Moring, Fashion, Football, Jeannie Suk, Money, Morning Docket, Rape, Shoes, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 01.23.12

    * Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be resigning from Congress this week to focus on her recovery. Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting her, is still way too loony to stand trial. [CNN] * Because of this huge law firm, Dotcom’s bubble has officially burst. Hogan Lovells partner Robert S. Bennett has withdrawn from the […]

    19 Comments / / Jan 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • 2nd Circuit, Biglaw, Divorce Train Wrecks, Holidays and Seasons, Jed Rakoff, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Twittering, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 12.28.11

    * How many of these suggested New Year’s resolutions should the members of the Supreme Court consider following? Eight out of ten resolutions wouldn’t be too shabby. [Huffington Post] * Like a virgin, detained for the very first time: thanks to this court order, Egypt will be forced to come out of the dark ages […]

    12 Comments / / Dec 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM
  • Biglaw, Football, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Nude Dancing, Pornography, Rape

    Morning Docket: 10.28.11

    * Ira Schacter’s lawyer on his client’s propensity to give out rings worth more than $200K: “He’s just a generous guy.” No, he’s just a Biglaw partner. [The Careerist] * From Russia Israel with Love: Emory Law student Ilan Grapel has been released from Egypt and will be arriving back in the U.S. today. Welcome […]

    21 Comments / / Oct 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM
  • Antitrust, Biglaw, Divorce Train Wrecks, Drugs, Guns / Firearms, Morning Docket, Oral Sex / Blow Jobs, Solo Practitioners

    Morning Docket: 10.25.11

    * Cloudy with a chance of dismissal for Steve Sunshine, Sprint’s Skaddenite. During oral argument, a judge reminded him that antitrust law didn’t exist to protect competitors. [Wall Street Journal] * Oh, the things you’ll argue to get around a motion to dismiss: Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser now contends that diplomatic immunity isn’t a pass for […]

    9 Comments / / Oct 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM
  • Copyright, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Facebook, Law School Deans, Lindsay Lohan, Mergers and Acquisitions, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Pictures, Sex, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 10.20.11

    * You know you’re screwed when law school folks are coming after you. A University of Hawaii Law dean has jumped aboard the “sue Facebook for wiretapping” bandwagon. [The Republic] * Walk like an Egyptian? Emory Law student, Ilan Grapel — who was detained by Egypt on espionage charges — may soon be released in […]

    25 Comments / / Oct 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM
  • Hotties, Law Schools, Politics

    Ilan Grapel: He’s No Austin Powers

    As we mentioned yesterday, a student at Emory Law School by the name of Ilan Chaim Grapel was arrested in Egypt on Sunday, and ordered held for 15 days. The Egyptians allege that Grapel is a “highly trained” spy, working for the state of Israel. Ilan Grapel is a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen. And he did […]

    107 Comments / / Jun 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM
  • Hotties, Law Schools, Politics

    Law Student of the Day: Ilan Grapel, Accused of Spying for Israel

    At this year’s Emory Law School commencement, Professor Sara Stadler urged graduates to think outside the box with respect to their career options: “You might not be able to land that [top-choice] job…. You might have to move to Nebraska.… You might have to join a small firm where they don’t make the big bucks.” […]

    66 Comments / / Jun 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM
  • Billable Hours, Eliot Spitzer, Law Revue, Law Revue Video Contest, Non-Sequiturs, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Technology, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.11.11

    * New Egyptian democracy is already putting critics in jail. Dammit Middle East, this is why we can’t have nice things. [Gawker] * We must make sure this technology never gets into the hands of clients. [LawyerClock] * So it appears that South Dakota actually does have one badass living and working there — but […]

    9 Comments / / Apr 11, 2011 at 5:02 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.11.11

    * Tipsters, I’ve seen the Milbank / Harvard Law news. I just don’t have a strong opinion about it. Good, bad, indifferent? You tell me. [Harvard Law School; National Law Journal via Truth on the Market] * Is Ashley Madison (the dating site for adulterers) a scam? [Forbes] * Ah, the real reason Hosni Mubarak […]

    13 Comments / / Feb 11, 2011 at 6:15 PM
  • Constitutional Law, Politics

    Are There Any Egyptian Constitutional Scholars in the House?

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has finally decided to step down. We should all be thankful that this has been a relatively “bloodless” coup. We should all take notice of a middle eastern regime change that didn’t require the use of American armed forces. We should all wish the people of Egypt the best of luck […]

    74 Comments / / Feb 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM
  • Barry Bonds, Baseball, Celebrities, Immigration, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Prisons, Sports, Tobacco / Smoking

    Morning Docket: 02.11.11

    * If the Muslim Brotherhood gains power in Egypt, they will impose sharia law. Just like Oklahoma! [ABC Online] * Lindsay Lohan took to Twitter to announce that she “was not raised to lie, cheat, or steal.” Well, nature it is. [msnbc.com] * Arizona is suing the federal government over the porous border. Mr. Obama, […]

    18 Comments / / Feb 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.03.11

    * Foreign journalists risking their lives to cover the story in Egypt should remind everybody why we have to pay for reporters. [Huffington Post] * The California Supreme Court will soon decide whether or not it wants to decide anything on Prop 8. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly] * A tipster has the credited blurb: “When […]

    8 Comments / / Feb 3, 2011 at 5:08 PM
  • Environment / Environmental Law, Howrey LLP, Musical Chairs, Non-Sequiturs, Venable

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.02.11

    * I’m doing Non-Sequiturs today, since Elie is too busy marching on City Hall. [Reuters] * A round-up of lawyer moves inside the Beltway — including another defection from Howrey (patent litigatrix Jennifer Dzwonczyk, to Venable). [Capital Comment / Washingtonian] * Speaking of Howrey, Professor Larry Ribstein, a partnership law guru, has some questions about […]

    6 Comments / / Feb 2, 2011 at 6:29 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.01.11

    * Is anybody really surprised that the Wilpons are having trouble finding people to buy a minority stake in the Mets? It’s an awful franchise that is poorly run that plays home games in Queens — why would you want a minority stake in that? Why… why didn’t God make me a Yankee fan? [Dealbreaker] […]

    21 Comments / / Feb 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM

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