Election 2012

  • Crushing-Debt-Obligations2

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Politics, Student Loans

    Barack Obama Takes To Reddit And Answers A Question About Law Student Debt… I Didn’t Say He Answered It Well.

    Obama answered a student loan question on Reddit yesterday in a vapid, uninformed manner…

    167 Comments / / Aug 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel small Liz Wurtzel

    Election 2012, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Sort of Like Being ‘Of Counsel’?

    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Gen X icon and former Biglaw litigatrix, shares her views on the vice presidency.

    22 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM
  • UN troops

    Election 2012, Politics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Calling This State Judge A ‘Clown’ Is Insulting To Clowns

    Texas judge says tax hike needed so county can be prepared for potential civil war if Obama is reelected…

    80 Comments / / Aug 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM
  • 7th Circuit, Ann Althouse, Benchslaps, D.C. Circuit, Election 2012, Eugene Volokh, Free Speech, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Rape

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.21.12

    * “Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, and Nietzsche (figuratively) walk into the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Hilarity ensues.” [FindLaw]

    * The EPA gets benchslapped by the D.C. Circuit. [Instapundit]

    * What can law firms learn from… the Cheesecake Factory? Besides how to make people fat; Biglaw’s already great at that. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * If you enjoy gambling or legal hypotheticals, check this out. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Professor Eugene Volokh examines the tricky tension between constitutionally protected speech and laws against blackmail. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    Professor Ann Althouse

    * Professor Howard Wasserman grades Representative Todd Akin’s apology for his “legitimate rape” remarks — and gives the congressman partial credit for “owning” it. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Meanwhile, Professor Ann Althouse wonders: “Would the Democrats oust one of their own because he said one thing wrong?” [Althouse]

    * Don’t forget: tonight is the nomination deadline for our Lawyerly Lairs contest for the best law firm offices in America. [Above the Law]

    * Our commenting platform, Disqus, is having issues — which may explain why comments are mysteriously disappearing from the site. We apologize for the problem, which we are investigating. [Disqus]

    8 Comments / / Aug 21, 2012 at 5:55 PM
  • I wonder if Todd Akin has some way of shutting this whole thing down, or is it that he secrety wants this?

    Abortion, Election 2012, Law Schools, Rape

    The Legal Definition of ‘Legitimate’ Rape

    A second-year law student is credited with the definition of “legitimate rape.” Where does he go to school, and what does his definition look like?

    76 Comments / / Aug 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM
  • Early Voting

    Election 2012, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.17.12

    * Don’t you wish there was some way to have a destructive Sharpie Party all over your student loan debt? [CNBC]

    * Should Romney be on the ballot in Washington State? Some people say “no.” Other people say “Obama is a Kenyan Muslo-fascist who wants to turn America into a communist hunter-gatherer economy.” I say “The jury’s still out on Steve Sarkisian, that is why we’re talking about Washington State, correct?” [The Stranger]

    * I’m really at peace with the Pennsylvania voter ID decision. Bottom line, it shows that instead of focusing on outreach towards other groups, the GOP is committed to riding this white thing out a little bit more. [Recess Appointment]

    * Meanwhile, early voting is still a go in Florida. I know it’s the kind of thing that turns Federalists white(r), but would it be so wrong if there was like, one set of voting laws instead of 50? It just feels, I think the technical phrase is f**king stupid, to have 50 different set of laws governing the most fundamental civic activity in a democracy. [Election Law Blog]

    * The personal injury attorney picked to be the new dean of Saint Louis Law School, Tom Keefe, will “donate” his salary back to the university. In a similar show of good faith, SLU Law students have promised to donate their debts back to Keefe. [St. Louis Business Journal]

    * I feel like I need a full Brain Tannebaum article explaining how this lawyer doesn’t deserve to live. [California Appellate Report]

    * Man claims it’s against his “creed” to allow black people to bag his groceries. I sure hope this guy has kids because I want to find out how his religion feels about black people bagging his daughter. [Longview News-Journal]

    24 Comments / / Aug 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM
  • Photo ID voters

    ACLU, Constitutional Law, Election 2012, Politics

    Pennsylvania Judge Upholds Voter ID Laws

    Judge will not issue an injunction to stop Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. Now let’s explain to our non-lawyer friends what “ripeness” means…

    91 Comments / / Aug 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM
  • Former lobbyist Janna Ryan.

    Election 2012, Law Schools, Politics, Tax Law

    Paul Ryan’s Wife Is A Housewife Now, But She Used To Be A Lawyer And A Lobbyist

    Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan’s wife, used to have a career as a lobbyist (before her current one as a homemaker)…

    68 Comments / / Aug 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM
  • Graduate-Holding-Empty-Piggy-Bank

    Bankruptcy, Clerkships, Crime, Drugs, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Pro Se Litigants, Romance and Dating, S.D.N.Y., Sam Sparks, State Judges, Student Loans, Texas, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 08.13.12

    * In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Putting politics aside, this is a great pick, if only because Ryan is so handsome. Seriously, he’s a total stud. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “How can I be the one guy with a good degree who is going to be chronically unemployed?” Sadly, many lawyers are still looking for jobs after (multiple) layoffs, but thanks to a lack of positions, employment is just “not in the cards” for them. [New York Times]

    * Deadliest clerkship? The Washington, D.C. judge who presided over one of the most violent mass shooting cases in the nation’s capital was reportedly held up at gunpoint last week, with her law clerk in tow. [Fox DC]

    * Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Texas. Judge Sam Sparks “know[s] the smell of bad fish,” and now wants to know why the USADA waited so long to bring charges against Lance Armstrong. [Bloomberg]

    * After reversing a bankruptcy court’s decision that loan repayment would be an “undue hardship” for a law-school debtor, a judge took the time to rip law schools a new one over escalating tuition. [Oregonian]

    * Match.com class-action plaintiffs found no love in court after a federal judge ruled that the dating website hadn’t breached its user agreement. Much like their love lives, their claims aren’t getting any action. [Reuters]

    * A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client: 23% of all cases filed in the federal court for the S.D.N.Y. are brought by pro-se litigants, and the vast majority of them seem to have lost their minds. [New York Post]

    5 Comments / / Aug 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Chicago

    American Bar Association / ABA, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, R. Ted Cruz, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.01.12

    * The ABA is gearing up for its annual meeting in Chicago. I’ll note (with a lack of surprise) that I was not invited. [ABA Journal]

    * At that meeting, the ABA will once again consider accrediting foreign law schools. American lawyers have shouted down this idea twice before, but if the ABA has a chance to screw over its constituents it simply must keep trying. [National Law Journal]

    * Here, we see NYU’s Dean Richard Revesz defend the economic value of an “expensive” NYU Law degree without actually using any economic facts or statistics. [Constitutional Daily]

    * Please tell me this Ted Cruz character isn’t going to become an ongoing part of my life. [Mother Jones]

    * Only lawyers could complicate the word “shall” to the point that it loses all meaning. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * I thought casinos killed you with the expensive gambling, not the free alcohol. [Overlawyered]

    * Another positive review for Mark Hermann’s Inside Straight. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * An interesting conversation with NYU professor David Garland about the death penalty. It won’t kill you to check it out. [Cruel and Unusual]

    9 Comments / / Aug 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM
  • Ted Cruz

    Biglaw, Election 2012, Politics, R. Ted Cruz, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks, Texas

    Congratulations to Ted Cruz, Tea Party Favorite in Establishment Clothing

    Congratulations to Ted Cruz, who just won a runoff election for the Republican Senate nomination in Texas. Let’s take a look at his amazing résumé….

    40 Comments / / Aug 1, 2012 at 12:21 PM
  • Election 2012, Election Law, Health Care / Medicine, Hotties, Larry Lessig, Law Schools, Lawrence Lessig, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.25.12

    * Interested in going to law school this coming fall? It’s not too late to apply, frighteningly enough. [Inside the Law School Scam via Tax Prof Blog]

    * Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Even graduates of Harvard Law School wind up homeless. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Sorry, I don’t like bike dudes; so many cyclists are rude, irresponsible, and annoying, to both pedestrians and drivers. If I were king, they’d go to prison; but I’m not, so we’ll have to settle for reeducation. [New York Times]

    * What does Bruce Springsteen think of Obamacare? [Althouse]

    * A few jurisdictions have laws against “attractiveness discrimination.” Try to guess which ones, then click on the link. [What About Clients?]

    * Larry Lessig and Ilya Shapiro debate the value of disclosure requirements in the campaign finance context. [Lean Forward / MSNBC]

    7 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM
  • mindy meyer RF small

    Election 2012, Law Schools, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Mindy Meyer Is, You Know, She’s Like, State Senate Material, or Whatever

    Is Mindy Meyer more like Elle Woods or Kim Kardashian? Definitely the latter…

    41 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM
  • Mindy Meyer small Touro Law School

    Election 2012, Fabulosity, Law Schools, Politics

    Meet Mindy Meyer! You’ll Remember Her…

    Which Touro Law student is running for New York State Senate? This one, and she’s fabulous…

    36 Comments / / Jul 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM
  • female partner money

    Antonin Scalia, Attorney Misconduct, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Election 2012, Gender, Howrey LLP, Joe Biden, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, Silicon Valley, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 07.23.12

    * Presidential campaigns for Election 2012 are focusing in on the Supreme Court and future appointments to the high court, and Vice President Joe Biden is really not a fan of Justice Scalia. [POLITICO]

    * Dewey know what the ramifications of D&L’s $50M insurance policy will mean for the resolution of the failed firm’s bankruptcy proceedings? Well, Steve Davis is probably happy. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Howrey going to pay off all of our creditors? Probably by dipping into the coffers of the 70 other law firms that took on our defectors. Have fun with all of those subpoenas. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * The percentage of women in Biglaw partnership positions is up 2.8% since 2003, but the equity gender gap remains. At least some progress is being made. [National Law Journal]

    * “I thought your papers were terrific, I just disagreed with them.” Kleiner Perkins isn’t a fan of backhanded compliments, so the firm is appealing a judge’s decision to keep Ellen Pao’s case out of arbitration. [Reuters]

    * James Holmes, the alleged shooter in the Aurora movie-theater massacre, is scheduled to make his first court appearance today for an initial advisement. Thus far, he’s facing at least 71 charges. [Denver Post]

    * The class action suit filed against Cooley Law over its allegedly deceptive employment statistics has been dismissed, much like the NYLS lawsuit before it. More on the dismissal to come later today. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Sex isn’t going to buy me dinner.” Michael Winner, the attorney accused of offering “pro boner” assistance to female inmates, claims in an interview that the allegations against him are “just plain false.” [WSB-TV Atlanta]

    4 Comments / / Jul 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • No, he's not wagging his finger at the Chief.

    Antonin Scalia, Election 2012, Health Care / Medicine, John Roberts, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Not-So-Young and the Restless: Drama at One First Street?

    Are Justice Scalia and Chief Justice Roberts on the outs over Obamacare? And how has public opinion of the Supreme Court shifted in the wake of the Affordable Care Act decision?

    19 Comments / / Jul 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM
  • campaign funds

    Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Election 2012, Football, Law Professors, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Partner Issues, White-Collar Crime

    Morning Docket: 07.13.12

    * “I think this is destined to fail.” People are not happy with the proposed settlement plan for former Dewey partners, but who are they kidding? These people don’t exactly like to part with money — not even to hand out bonuses. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * Andrew Levander, a partner at Dechert LLP, is representing ex-Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond. Diamond hasn’t been charged with anything, but this white-collar defense lawyer’s apparently been on his side since 2010. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Money talks: lawyers and law firms are the top donors by industry to presidential campaign funds, with Kirkland & Ellis leading for Romney, and DLA Piper for Obama. [Capital Business Blog / Washington Post]

    * Escándalo! Louis Freeh’s report revealed that PSU’s “seriously deficient” counsel billed a whopping 2.9 hours on an incident involving Jerry Sandusky’s locker room shower with a young boy. [Centre Daily Times]

    * But here’s where the football chatter comes in (not that I know a lot about football): legal experts say Freeh threw an “incomplete” with this report, because it didn’t go far back enough in time. [New York Daily News]

    * Sorry, lady, but you didn’t need to attend a Justin Bieber concert for his music to allegedly cause permanent damage to your ears to the tune of $9M. All you really needed to do was turn on the radio. [Chicago Tribune]

    2 Comments / / Jul 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Supreme Court artsy

    Barack Obama, Constitutional Law, Election 2012, Health Care / Medicine, John Roberts, Neal Katyal, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Individual Mandate Survives; It’s A Tax Now!

    Roberts upholds the individual mandate as a tax, not as a use of commerce power…

    222 Comments / / Jun 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

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