Election Law

  • benchslap

    Benchslaps, Politics

    Republican Party Brutally Benchslapped

    “[T]his is not the first, second, third, or even tenth time [the GOP] had missed a deadline in this case….”

    41 Comments / / Oct 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM
  • Judge using hammer

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.18.15

    * The outcomes of misconduct complaints against members of the federal judiciary will now be posted online for your viewing pleasure to “provide for greater transparency” — and schadenfreude. This could wind up being entertaining, so keep your eyes peeled. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Apparently there are people out there who don’t know that law schools are in trouble and have been for a while, which is certainly news to us. See how the dean of UNLV School of Law explains the “new normal” to a human interest writer. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * The White House just launched a nationwide movement to encourage legal immigrants in America to become U.S. citizens. What a happy coincidence that this campaign will likely add millions of voters to the rolls just in time for Election 2016. [New York Times]

    * Per a report from The Real Deal, real estate practices are heating up in Biglaw firms across New York City. Firms like Fried Frank, Skadden, and Proskauer are expanding their real estate groups, so be on the lookout, laterals. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Harvard Law is supposed to be overseeing the rollout of a new Title IX program for the reporting of sexual harassment, but so many of the administrators who were in charge of its implementation have left that its come to a standstill. Oopsie! [Harvard Crimson]

    36 Comments / / Sep 18, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • Drone

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.28.15

    * Police can shoot beanbags from drones. Oh good, that doesn’t sound like a recipe for abuse at all. [Ars Technica] * Lawyers for Steven Davis move to dismiss as the prosecution rests. Dewey think the judge will laugh this motion out of court? You know, I hate the “Dewey” jokes but they are kind […]

    66 Comments / / Aug 28, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • Submitting a Vote


    New Hampshire Law Banning Ballot Selfies Struck Down As Unconstitutional

    Perhaps they should be banned everywhere… but you definitely can’t single out the ballot box.

    7 Comments / / Aug 14, 2015 at 11:38 AM
  • Does this prof look presidential?

    Law Schools

    From Harvard Law Prof To White House?

    It seems a Harvard law professor may have designs to move out of Areeda Hall… and into the White House.

    33 Comments / / Aug 11, 2015 at 11:54 AM
  • George W Bush George Bush


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.15

    * George W. Bush shows up for jury duty. Sadly he wasn’t empaneled, which was a real shame for the prosecutors because you know he doesn’t need actual evidence to make bold decisions. [ABC News]

    * Oops. Top Rand Paul operatives indicted. Jesus, Trump really is going to win this campaign, isn’t he? (skip to the next page to read the whole indictment). [National Journal]

    * Here’s a clever way to get out of a traffic stop: call in a nearby murder. [Legal Juice]

    * Performance-enhancing drugs are becoming a scourge in… eSports. Apparently getting really twisted on Adderall and playing StarCraft II for money is a thing. Well, pack it in everyone. We had a good run, human civilization. [The Legal Geeks]

    * “A wealthy oligarchy of donors is dominating the 2016 election.” Not true. Based on the polls it’s dominated by an oligarchy of one. [Election Law Blog]

    * Approximately 1.2 million New Yorkers have open arrest warrants. That… seems like a lot. Probably time to do something like this to restore sanity. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Partner Emeritus has thoughts on summer associates. [What About Clients?]

    * “Pay your f**king bill… don’t be a f**king shlub.” [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Lex Machina is offering a free trial to its news Trademark Litigation Update newsletter. [Lex Machina]


    15 Comments / / Aug 5, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • John Oliver LF

    Election Law, Television

    John Oliver Takes On Voter Disenfranchisement

    Oliver talks about the bizarre legal quandary of Washington, D.C.

    98 Comments / / Aug 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM
  • When real life and fiction collide.


    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.15

    * Doesn’t the increasingly bloated Republican presidential primary field seem like a plot from Veep rather than real life? Well, take a break from the world’s insanity and break down the election law quandary from the season finale of the hit show. [Law.com]

    * Spoiler alert: the performance art defense doesn’t work. [Dealbreaker]

    * Good news for New York Bar Exam takers — don’t stress about grabbing lunch on the day of the exam. [Custom Gourmet]

    * This… is not going to end well. China arrested more than 100 human rights lawyers for inciting trouble. [Christian Science Monitor]

    * I think it’s entirely possible Harper Lee never intended to publish “Go Set A Watchman” and that makes me hesitant to read the novel, but Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy’s call to “abandon the immature sentimentality ingrained by middle school lessons about the nobility of the white savior” has me itching to buy the book. [New York Times]

    * Speaking of the incredibly sketchy circumstances under which Harper Lee’s novel was published, maybe it’s time to blame the lawyer? [New Republic]

    * Remember that viral video about cat-calling on NYC streets from last year? Yeah, the woman featured is suing the makers of the video (along with Google, YouTube, and TGI Fridays). Only problem? She got nothing in writing. [Slate]

    * I sure hope no attorneys were sucked into this M&A fraud. [Forbes]

    * OIL AND HEAVY WATER FOR EVERYBODY — a take on the Iran deal. [Breaking Energy]

    22 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM
  • Anthony_Kennedy_official_SCOTUS_portrait_crop

    Election Law

    One Robe, One Vote

    Does the Roberts Court like voters?

    0 Comments / / Jul 12, 2015 at 3:19 PM
  • taylor-swift


    Non-Sequiturs: 07.09.15

    * If Taylor Swift doesn’t like a photographer she just shakes it off… and then roughs him up according to her contract. [Gawker]

    * Bankers commit crimes for the dumbest reasons. [Dealbreaker]

    * Chadbourne closes its Beijing office, leaving the firm with no more boots on the ground in Asia. It’s like the Asian Pivot… but backward. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * The Florida Supreme Court just ordered the legislature to redraw some of the state’s congressional districts before 2016. All that hard gerrymandering work for nothing, huh? [Reuters via Yahoo News]

    * Richard Hsu of Shearman & Sterling and the host of the Hsu Untied podcast finds himself on the other side of this interview. [One-400]

    * Massively underpaying lawyers. It’s not just for Massachusetts any more. [Legal Cheek]

    * Katten Muchin is back in hot water after the Seventh Circuit revived a malpractice suit. [Law 360]

    * Judge Rakoff relishes an opportunity to sit by designation on the Second Circuit. [Dealbreaker]

    * A reminder that Bloomberg BNA is hosting its inaugural Big Law Business Summit next week to hear from in-house counsel about the evolving relationship between Biglaw and its clients. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    2 Comments / / Jul 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM
  • Veep-S02-720p-1080p-WEB-DL-Bluray-HDTV


    Non-Sequiturs: 06.16.15

    * The season finale of Veep offered a fun lesson in constitutional law. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * When the Supreme Court hands down Obergefell, will it punt the case by acknowledging a new layer of scrutiny? [Slate]

    * Kash Hill on Hulk Hogan’s suit against Gawker. Is a sex tape newsworthy if the guy’s bragging about his sex life on Howard Stern? [Fusion]

    * Florida and Florida State football players routinely circumvent the criminal justice system. Which… everyone kind of knew already. [ESPN]

    * Why “free IDs” are anything but. [Election Law Blog]

    * Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven? [Legal Juice]

    * Take this survey to put the time-worn law firm mantra of “collegial and collaborative” to the test. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * Bruce MacEwen of the aforementioned Adam Smith, Esq. breaks down the Am Law 200. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]


    12 Comments / / Jun 16, 2015 at 5:28 PM
  • Jeb Bush  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

    Election Law, Politics

    Is Jeb Bush Running For President, Or Just Crapping On Election Law?

    Is this would-be presidential candidate breaking the law?

    23 Comments / / Jun 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM
  • Sepp Blatter (photo via Agência Brasil)


    Non-Sequiturs: 06.02.15

    * Just days after a hard-fought reelection campaign, Sepp Blatter is resigning his post as President of FIFA. I wonder whose indictment is coming out next… [The Guardian]

    * The ABA is going to investigate the much-maligned Charleston School of Law. [SC Lawyers Weekly]

    * If you fancy yourself a trivia master — or just want some free drinks and food — sign up for ATL’s Summer Trivia Showdown. Use the code “PLComp” to get in for free. [Above the Law]

    * A New Jersey judge gagged the Bergen Dispatch, leading to this incisive response from the paper and the judge quietly vacating her own order. As Walter Sobchak taught us, “The Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint.” [Boing Boing]

    * Not to diminish the serious electoral problems of the U.S., but check out how out of whack representation is in the United Kingdom. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * If you’re seeking a prosanity fix, a parent filed a federal lawsuit against local, state and federal education officials contending that the theory of evolution is functionally a religion and therefore teaching it is a violation of his kid’s rights. [Charleston Daily Mail]

    * Seyfarth Shaw’s Stephen Poor explains why he joined Twitter. He talks about innovation and leadership, but it was all about following @aplusk. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    10 Comments / / Jun 2, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • OMAHA -- June 4, 2014.


    Non-Sequiturs: 05.28.15

    * Nebraska banned the death penalty. Does this signal a new conservative opposition to the practice? Well, is there a way this can make private prison lobbyists more money? Because then, yes. [FiveThirtyEight]

    * The best way to sway a Supreme Court justice? Represent clients that the justices have financial stakes in. [Fix the Court]

    * Pharmaceutical companies are peeved that lawyers are using Facebook to identify class action plaintiffs. Why aren’t people content to suffer grievous injury for the sake of profits anymore? [Bloomberg Business]

    * Now you can know for sure if your job will be replaced by a robot. Good news, lawyers! Unfortunately, I don’t think this thing’s taking into account document reviewers. [Postgrad Problems]

    * Jawbone is accusing Fitbit of poaching workers to steal its technology. Ten points to the tipster for the line: “Think this will all work out?” [Slate]

    * Two Biglaw partners from rival firms have joined forces on a new challenge Native American adoption rules. It helps that they’re married to each other. [National Law Journal]

    * An interesting perspective: “innovation” is more than technology, and it starts with debt relief. [Rawr]

    * A former state senate candidate charged with witness tampering. At least he’s got experience with the system — his dad’s political career ended in a hail of guilty pleas too. [Nashoba Publishing]

    * Brace yourselves for a shocker, but Biglaw is failing women. [The American Lawyer]

    * David Gans on the upcoming “one person, one vote” claim. The proposition at issue, that representation is based on “voters” not “persons,” is so laughably unconstitutional the Court is clearly just trolling us at this point. I mean, putting aside the horrible racism, isn’t the 3/5ths compromise pretty compelling evidence that the Founders meant to count people who didn’t vote? [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    15 Comments / / May 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM
  • TexasFlag

    Non-Sequiturs, Uncategorized

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.01.15

    * If you think the federal government is preparing a military takeover of Texas… you might be a redneck. And you might also be Governor Greg Abbott. [Forbes]

    * Elie says it’s time to end the expansive powers of arrest, for the good of everyone. [New York Daily News]

    * Most of the 2016 presidential hopefuls are breaking the law. It’s good practice for if they win. [LFC 360]

    * Not to dismiss the important point made in this article about substandard housing and the dangers of lead paint, but I think there may be other lessons to learn from Freddie Gray. [Washington Post]

    * Satanic Temples are taking this RFRA thing and running with it. [Jezebel]

    * Over in the EU, Louis Vuitton failed to win back the trademark it claims on its checkerboard pattern. [Fashionista]

    * I’ve not read this yet, but here’s a collection of Legal Notices To Superheroes. Per the description, “A Letter to Superman from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services” has a lot of promise. [Amazon (affiliate link)]

    * And remember to vote for the winner of the 2015 ATL Law Revue contest. Voting concludes Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST. [Above the Law]

    13 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • Floyd Mayweather (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.01.15

    * Floyd Mayweather’s lawyer says that his client will post Suge Knight’s insanely high $10 million bail if he wins his fight against Manny Pacquiao. Suge says he was “really going to pull for him to win, but now [he’s] going to have to pray for him to win.” [Los Angeles Times]

    * Northwestern University School of Law is launching a first-of-its-kind loan repayment assistance program to help grads in “modestly salaried private sector jobs” — that is, if you make less than $85,000, the school will pay your loan interest for up to a year. [National Law Journal via CBS]

    * If you haven’t heard, the class of 2014 was much more employed than the class of 2013 by a factor of a few percentage points. Apply to law school right now! (No, don’t do that. The class of 2014 was smaller, so it looks like the job stats were better.) [ABA Journal]

    * “[T]he jury is out and the only sane thing you can say about Dentons is check back in three years.” Hot on the heels of the announced merger between Dentons and McKenna Long, many lawyers are running for the exits. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * If you’re interested in going to law school on the east coast, then you may want to take a look at this list of schools, ranked by total employment of the class of 2014. We’d shudder to see what this list would look like if only long-term, full-time jobs were used. [BostInno]

    * A lawyer who’s suing former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock on behalf of a campaign donor says he’s been unable to locate the disgraced politician to serve him. What will happen now? We bet you can find out on the next episode of Downton Abbey. [ABC News]

    0 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • florida-state-outline


    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.15

    * Dildos and cock rings. Just another day for the Eleventh Circuit down in America’s wang. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Everything you need to know about today’s Alabama redistricting decisions from Professor Rick Hasen. It’s a longer and more nuanced way to say “Pyrrhic victory.” [Election Law Blog]

    * The Supreme Court is way eloquent. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Looks like we already have a real-life example of what happens when white-collar industries adopt new technology. Enjoy unemployment! [Law and More]

    * Another scintillating legal debate coming up next week: do the President’s war powers exceed constitutional authority? [Intelligence Squared]

    * If you’re in Nashville, you can see Lat in person. It’s on April Fool’s Day, so start thinking of how you want to punk him. [Vanderbilt Law]

    * Harvard Law’s Lambda chapter kills its diversity amendment. Guess it was too much to hope a bunch of law students had solved de Tocqueville’s “tyranny of the majority” puzzle. [Harvard Law Record]

    * Another installment in David’s chat with Bloomberg. Lat compares some firms to Ferraris… I’m guessing he doesn’t watch much racing unless he meant to say, “some firms spend massive amounts of money to remain woefully second-rate to Mercedes and Renault.” [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]


    12 Comments / / Mar 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Angry menager

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.06.15

    * Justice Ginsburg is concerned that “our system is being polluted” by the deluge of money that’s being dumped into election campaigns, including judicial elections. “Something is terribly wrong” and it needs to be fixed. [Legal Times]

    * A Suffolk Law professor says laptops should be banned from law school classrooms because of a recent study that says taking verbatim notes makes student comprehension suffer. But then they wouldn’t be able to play online! :( [ABA Journal]

    * “It is virtually inevitable that some or many of the carriers will challenge the rules.” It’s highly likely that net neutrality will be headed back to the courts, no matter what the Federal Communications Commission has to say about it. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “I think that a law degree is a worthwhile investment for students that have a goal. I don’t know if it’s good for students trying to figure things out.” Enrollment is down at Elon Law, but you should go if your goal is to be employed… eventually. [Pendulum]

    * “Trying to make a claim there’s negligence when there are lawful exemptions is very problematic.” Also problematic are the measles outbreaks across the country, and it may soon be harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations. [National Law Journal]

    4 Comments / / Feb 6, 2015 at 9:03 AM