Election Law

  • bernie-sanders-portrait-01

    Biglaw, Money, Politics

    Biglaw Firm Going Viral For Its Political Leanings

    One Biglaw firm gets right into the middle of the Democratic fight.

    54 Comments / / Jan 19, 2016 at 1:29 PM
  • Ted Cruz (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.19.16

    * The New York Times editorial board believes SCOTUS justices “already have all the evidence they need to join the rest of the civilized world and end the death penalty once and for all” — and they may get the chance to do so this Term (but won’t). [New York Times]

    * A Texas lawyer has filed the first “birther” lawsuit against Republican candidate Ted Cruz, seeking a declaratory judgment that the Canadian-born senator isn’t eligible to run for president. The filing is a pretty entertaining read in that it’s completely insane. [KHOU 11 News]

    * Just when ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf chair Steven Davis thought his legal troubles were over, Citibank swooped in to slap him with a suit seeking repayment of a $400,000 loan for his capital contribution to the failed firm. [New York Law Journal via ABA Journal]

    * The U.S. Copyright Office has formed an academic partnership with George Mason University School of Law. We bet students and law school administrators alike are probably hoping it’ll turn into an employment partnership as well. [IP Watchdog]

    * Lower-ranked law schools ought to thank their lucky stars that U.S. News “ranking competition” exists, because if not for fear they’d sink in the rankings, higher-ranked schools would’ve enrolled students typically bound for unranked schools. [Forbes]

    * Not only has Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first bid to get a new trial been rejected, but in what’s been called a “symbolic gesture,” the convicted Boston Marathon bomber has now been ordered to pay more than $101 million in restitution to his victims. [Boston Globe]

    60 Comments / / Jan 19, 2016 at 8:54 AM
  • Donald Trump

    Donald Trump, Election Law, Politics

    An Awesome Response To A Cease-And-Desist Letter From Donald Trump’s Lawyer

    It’s highly likely that Donald Trump will call his attorney a “loser” after this fiasco.

    79 Comments / / Dec 11, 2015 at 12:06 PM
  • soccer ball world cup

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.09.15

    * Has technology created a real-life Lord of the Flies? [Law and More]

    * “The Love Song of J. Anthony Kennedy” — a SCOTUS-themed spoof on “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” I’m just happy we live in a world where these things exist. [Green Bag]

    * Are you tired of all those pretentious hipsters who pretend that soccer (yes, asshole, we live in America and it’s called f*cking soccer here) is the only “real” sport? Yeah, so is the DOJ. [Sidebars]

    * What’s the best way to deal with the dreaded performance review? [Corporette]

    * SCOTUS is tiptoeing around race in this term’s voting rights case. [Talking Points Memo]

    26 Comments / / Dec 9, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • Hawaii RF hula

    Politics, Racism, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Aloha, Racism! The Supreme Court Stops The Vote Count In A Hawaii Election That Excludes White People & Foreigners

    Is it legal legerdemain for the state to authorize and fully fund a racially discriminatory election while still insisting that the election is a private matter?

    29 Comments / / Dec 8, 2015 at 6:04 PM
  • kitty-genovese

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.18.15

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the lateral raids of lawyers from competing law firms. Wilson Elser just poached 11 litigators from Lewis Brisbois, including the firm’s regional managing partner, who now holds the same title at his new firm. Ride ’em, cowboy! [Houston Business Journal]

    * “I think almost 50 years of paying for those crimes is enough.” Winston Moseley, the man convicted of killing Kitty Genovese in an infamous case that came to define the meaning of bystander apathy, was recently denied parole for the eighteenth time. [AP]

    * We love an underdog story: On the topic of lateral moves, it seems like Greenberg Traurig has a habit of “cherry picking” top talent from higher-ranked law firms like Davis Polk, White & Case, and McDermott Will & Emery. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * When it comes to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s in-house judges, Chairman Mary Jo White says that while its court system could be “modernize[d],” it’s still a fair process — for the SEC. The house usually wins in these proceedings. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * How old is too old to be a judge? Pennsylvania voters are going to be asked this question next year when a referendum on a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to raise the judicial retirement age from 70 to 75 hits the ballot box. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    48 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.04.15

    * Fans of this man’s dopey mugshot grin will be sad if they’re deprived of another jailhouse picture, but lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton want their client’s securities fraud indictment to be tossed over what they claim was a faulty grand jury investigation. [Reuters]

    * Friday is apparently “Love Your Lawyer Day,” and the ABA recently passed a resolution to commemorate this special day every year. Biglaw firms can show their love for lawyers by announcing bigger, better bonuses! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Alabama thinks the legal fees and costs that are being requested by attorneys in the state’s landmark same-sex marriage decision are “entirely excessive” and should be “cut dramatically.” It’s not like these lawyers had to “reinvent the wheel” or anything. [AL.com]

    * “I may be known in tiny corners of the tubes of the Internet, but I am not well-known to the American public generally.” One-issue Democratic candidate Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School is dropping out of the presidential race. [Boston Globe]

    * It’s high time you joined the green rush, lawyers: although Ohioans voted against legalizing marijuana yesterday, more and more states are adding ballot measures for the legalization of marijuana or medical marijuana to be voted on in 2016. [Washington Post]

    * “I’m glad Houston led tonight to end this constant political-correctness attack.” In other election news, voters in Texas repealed an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance that would’ve prevented bias related to several important areas in life. [New York Times]

    14 Comments / / Nov 4, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • 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

    Technology

    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
  • Larry Lessig

    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

    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]

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/273626010/Benton-Et-Al-Indictment

    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

    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

    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

    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]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDI7okOMlYs

    12 Comments / / Jun 16, 2015 at 5:28 PM