Election Law

  • Will review documents for less than minimum wage?

    Dorsey & Whitney, Election Law, Job Searches, John Roberts, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.04.13

    * “Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African American voter turnout? Massachusetts.” Sorry, Chief Justice Roberts, but the Bay State’s top elections official begs to differ with your assessment. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * This retired SCOTUS justice — the first woman to ever serve on the nation’s highest court — now refers to herself as “an unemployed cowgirl.” We wonder what Justice Scalia will refer to himself as in interviews after he retires. [Sacramento Bee]

    * Mayer Brown wasn’t the only Biglaw firm that had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Dorsey & Whitney’s 2012 revenue was also at a six-year low, but firm leaders think they can turn it around. [Star Tribune]

    * Billion-dollar patent verdicts, so hot right now: 2012 was a “banner year” for for Biglaw firms representing winning clients, with K&L Gates leading the pack for the highest monetary award. [National Law Journal]

    * “I wouldn’t want to be coming out of law school now.” Oh my God, you guys, the legal job market is still really tough for brand-spanking new law grads. This is new information that no one’s heard before. [Buffalo News]

    2 Comments / / Mar 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • MerlinDisney

    Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.27.13

    * I mean, if you can’t trust a sorcerer, who can you trust? [Factual Facts]

    * Not enough Elie Mystal in your life? Catch him talking about the Voting Rights Act on HuffPo Live. [HuffPo Live]

    * Manhattan lawyer Joseph Rosenzweig has been suspended for six months because he was married to two women at once. That was big of him. [Thompson Reuters News & Insight]

    * A Detroit judge routinely skips out on work. Honestly, if I lived someplace like Detroit, I’d never be able to sit in an office all day. [Legal Juice]

    * Are we actually dignifying the “maybe the 3/5ths compromise was a good idea” debate? Because, you know, you don’t have to. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * Rick Pildes writes a guest post at the Election Law Blog asking if Congress abdicated its responsibility when it failed to update the Voting Rights Act. That’s crazy talk. When does Congress abdicate its responsibility? [Election Law Blog]

    * We say goodbye to Inside the Law School Scam. [Inside the Law School Scam]

    5 Comments / / Feb 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM
  • Scalia smug

    Antonin Scalia, Election Law, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Voting Rights Act Oral Argument: Just How Drunk With Power Has Justice Scalia Become?

    Did Antonin Scalia sound like a judge during oral arguments, or a politician?

    108 Comments / / Feb 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM
  • voting pin

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Confirmations, Deaths, Election Law, Eric Holder, Federal Judges, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Supreme Court, White-Collar Crime

    Morning Docket: 02.27.13

    * The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments today on a challenge to the Voting Rights Act. If for some reason you’re not sure why you should care about this, here’s everything you need to know to sound intelligent at the water cooler. [New York Times]

    * If the sequester goes into effect this Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder warns that we’re probably going to see “profound” effects across the entire justice system. America, f**k yeah! Coming again to save the motherf**kin’ day, yeah! [National Law Journal]

    * It looks like the tiny and terrifying Mary Jo White is currently on the Congressional pageant trail ahead of her March confirmation hearing for SEC leadership, and now she’s even vowed never to return to Debevoise & Plimpton. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * A coup for Cadwalader and a casualty for Cravath: Jim Woolery chose another firm over his former home of 17 years, and it may have something to do with the Biglaw bonus market leader’s “sometimes antiquated” regime. [Am Law Daily]

    * “There are many more fish chasing the same business,” but that’s not stopping new white-collar boutiques from trying to compete for business in what some say is an overly crowded market. [New York Law Journal]

    * Louis Oberdorfer, district judge of the D.D.C. and former SCOTUS clerk, RIP. [Blog of Legal Times]

    5 Comments / / Feb 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • nervous OCI interview

    Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Deaths, Department of Justice, Election Law, Federal Judges, Job Searches, JPMorgan Chase, Law Professors, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Money, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, Politics, Privacy, S.D.N.Y., SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 02.25.13

    * The horror! The horror! Sacrilege! Constitutional law nerds nationwide will weep at the very thought of someone suggesting that our country’s governing document be amended to abolish life tenure for Supreme Court justices. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Quite frankly, it’s pretty amazing how quickly the preclearance section of the Voting Rights Act went from being seen by states as something that wasn’t “onerous” to being “arbitrary and burdensome.” That’s politics for you. [It’s All Politics / NPR]

    * Jim Woolery, an M&A superstar formerly of J.P. Morgan, has made the jump to Cadwalader after only two years at the bank. Upgrade or downgrade from his Cravath partnership? [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Some law professors stop teaching classes to tend to their divorce proceedings, but others law professors teach classes from their hospital beds so their students aren’t thrown to the wolves. [Tex Parte / Texas Lawyer]

    * It you want to be employed, make damn sure you nail your interview because “[t]he stakes are higher than ever” — fewer than 13 percent of permanent law jobs were obtained from OCI in 2011. [National Law Journal]

    * Greenlight Capital’s case against Apple might have been perceived as a “silly sideshow” by some, but it looks like Judge Richard Sullivan of the S.D.N.Y. purchased front row tickets. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Speaking of silly sideshows, the DOJ recently joined the fray with Floyd Landis and his False Claims Act suit against Lance Armstrong. Perhaps it’s time for the disgraced biker to take his ball and go home. [Bloomberg]

    * Alan Westin, privacy law scholar and professor emeritus of public law at Columbia, RIP. [New York Times]

    4 Comments / / Feb 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • Sorry, no free entry, not even for prosecutors.

    Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, California, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Education / Schools, Election Law, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, Mergers and Acquisitions, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Rape, Sports, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 02.21.13

    * Even though Obama wants to “make sure that [he’s] not interjecting [himself] too much into this process,” the DOJ may still suggest that the Supreme Court overturn Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage. [Associated Press]

    * Anheuser-Busch InBev and the Department of Justice are cracking open a couple of cold ones to settle their differences over antitrust concerns with regard to the company’s planned purchase of Grupo Modelo. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * It looks like Steve DiCarmine is being forced to take a break from his rigorous class schedule at Parsons to testify at a Dewey bankruptcy hearing next week. He’ll be happy to hear orange is in this spring. [Am Law Daily]

    * Represented by Steptoe & Johnson, Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 of his campaign funds for personal use. Most interesting purchase: Michael Jackson memorabilia. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * When it comes to recruiting new talent, the ability to maintain a “collegial culture” is apparently a selling point for midsize law firms. And here we thought douchebaggery was the way to go. Sigh. [National Law Journal]

    * Protip: do not flash your prosecutor’s badge to bypass cover charges and lap dance surcharges at the local strip club. You’re going to get fired. We’ll probably have more on this later. [Riptide 2.0 / Miami New Times]

    * Don’t worry ladies, if you’re about to be raped, just pee or puke all over your attacker — or better yet, tell him that you’re on your period. Yeah, that’ll work. These tips are almost as good as “don’t dress like a slut.” [CNN]

    * “[T]his is a ridiculous sideshow that’s horribly unbecoming to the parties involved.” The NCAA is now suing over a new Pennsylvania law designed to keep PSU’s Sandusky fines in the state. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    7 Comments / / Feb 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • Ole Miss Rebels

    Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Minority Issues, Racism

    With All Deliberate Speed, Mississippi Officially Ratifies The Thirteenth Amendment

    I don’t trust Mississippi, and neither should the Supreme Court.

    50 Comments / / Feb 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM
  • Canada, Election Law, Law Schools, Litigators, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.15.13

    * In the wake of the Montana zombie scare, the Canadians have decided to begin preparing for a zombie invasion from the United States. I just hope zombies are vulnerable to hockey sticks. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Some savvy law students from Indiana looked at the job market and said, “Let’s brew beer instead!” And then they named the beer Black Acre. [The Indiana Lawyer]

    * National Jurist is going to “correct” its rankings. But don’t worry, it’s going to keep the Rate My Professors score. That doesn’t bode well for Columbia Law. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The price of litigation is too damn high! [What About Paris]

    * It’s legal, under some circumstances, to rig a sports game? Guys, I’m beginning to think the Washington Generals have been taking a dive all these years. [The Atlantic]

    * More on the bipartisan panel on voting rights reform. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of this commission as one side punts on recommending anything. [New York Times]

    4 Comments / / Feb 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM
  • Me, earlier today.

    Blogging, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Fashion, Federal Circuit, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.25.13

    * PETA sends Bebe a cease-and-desist letter over fur-free advertising. To be honest, I only understood half of what I just wrote. [Fashionista]

    * Here are five reasons why editors hate lawyers. Of course, when the editors are lawyers, you just kind of end up hating yourself. [About Editing And Writing]

    * Can someone explain to me how it’s constitutional for Virginia to promise not to enforce laws? [Pilot]

    * Did you enjoy the South Park episode that involved proprietary towel technology? Then you’ll love this lawsuit! [Thomson Reuters News and Insight]

    * I asked Professor Rick Hasen whether or not I should self immolate to prevent the GOP from legally rigging the next election, and he’s telling me to chill out because it’s gonna be okay. [Slate]

    * I’ve been trying to find an excuse to link to this. It’s a guy who is blogging about news from 1913 as if it was happening in real time, in this technological environment. Here, we look at some very swift Southern-style justice. [Retro Pundit]

    * I must admit, I wanted to pull out my Leonardo DiCaprio coconut drinking goblet to fully enjoy this rich-white-man fight. [Dealbreaker]

    * Belated congratulations to Elbert Lin, aka Mr. LEWW, on his appointment as solicitor general for West Virginia. [Bench Memos / National Review Online]

    10 Comments / / Jan 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM
  • Pillsbury's so lonely these days.

    B for Beauty, Biglaw, Crime, Election Law, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Hotties, Jeffrey Toobin, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Videos, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.14.13

    * “Without the formation of character, the rest is futile.” An Article III judge’s take on the law school crisis. [Simple Justice] * Because nobody likes sloppy seconds, the merger talks between Pillsbury Winthrop and Dickstein Shapiro are now off the table. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight] * David Tresch, an ex-Biglaw CIO, was indicted […]

    4 Comments / / Jan 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • Obama coin

    Education / Schools, Election Law, Federal Government, Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.10.13

    * Wait, are we really going to have to debate the legal merits of this platinum coin thing? Really? Can’t Congress just not hold the country hostage so we don’t have to start messing around with crazy coins and the Fourteenth Amendment? Like, you don’t have to start doing bats**t crazy Carrie Mathison things if you don’t let terrorists take Nicholas Brody in the first place. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * There was another school shooting today. It just makes you wonder if the terrible reign ushered in by Grand Theft Auto will ever end. At least, in this case, the teacher was armed to the teeth WITH WORDS to TALK DOWN the shooter. [Huffington Post]

    * “Illegal” trades don’t mean the same thing to bankers as they do to everybody else. Well, that’s not true. Maybe the disconnect is more with the word “consequences.” [Dealbreaker]

    * Yeah, I’m going to go on and say that I’m not going to believe anything coming out of the Trayvon Martin police report. Just like I wasn’t considering anything coming out of racist ass Mark Fuhrman. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * There’s a lot to lose if Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act gets struck down. [Slate]

    * I suppose it’s good that lawyers don’t have “I’m going to do a half-assed job here” fees. [Underdog]

    6 Comments / / Jan 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • NRA

    Election 2012, Election Law, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Real Estate, State Department, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.19.12

    * So now, officially, more people have lost their jobs over Benghazi than lost their jobs over 9/11. [New York Times]

    * Could we sue the NRA out of existence? [Dissident Voice]

    * Nate Silver makes it clear that gun ownership is a great indication of party affiliation. Guess the liberals would get their asses handed to them in a civil war. [Five Thirty Eight / New York Times]

    * Should it be harder for a teenager to get his hands on a video game with lots of guns in it, or AN ACTUAL FREAKING GUN? [Huffington Post]

    * “Fun” law bloggers interview each other, for fun. [Allison Leotta]

    * Wait, McDonald’s restaurants in Europe have waitresses? [Telegraph]

    * Former Governor of Florida slams current Governor of Florida while nation wonders why Florida is always such a train wreck. [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Bank robbers hail getaway cab. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Look, the quote of the year is Megyn Kelly’s, “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?” But here are some other fun ones from 2012. [The Careerist]

    10 Comments / / Dec 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM
  • Trolls!

    Death Penalty, Election Law, Food, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.06.12

    * If you swap out a menorah and put in a dreidel, does your Hanukkah display avoid violating the Establishment Clause? I know, I know, WAR ON HANUKKAH. [Huffington Post]

    * I wonder why Martha Minow (law dean, HLS) or Robert Post (law dean, YLS) doesn’t write an op-ed defending the value proposition of going to law school? Wouldn’t you like to hear this argument from somebody who isn’t desperate to fill their class seats? [Constitutional Daily]

    * Isn’t the concept of the “last meal” the best thing about death row? Granted, that’s a low bar, but still. Having a last meal sounds so civilized. No wonder Texas and Florida want to take it away. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Do patent trolls have a weakness to fire, just like videogame trolls? Because, I’d like for them to get burned. [Business Insider]

    * The fact that voter suppression doesn’t work doesn’t make it right. [Election Law Blog]

    * Ignoring losses until they go away sounds like the basis of any sound financial strategy. [Dealbreaker]

    2 Comments / / Dec 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM
  • True story: looking for "kidnapping" stock photos revealed this and a bunch of softcore bondage stuff with pretty girls. That's pretty sick, yo.

    Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Parties, Politics, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.05.12

    * Look, I’m only one man, I can’t refute it every time the New York Times advertises going to law school using terrible arguments. I mean, Dealbook just let a law professor tell people that this is a good time to apply to law school… because all the smart people aren’t taking the LSAT. I just don’t know what to tell people who are persuaded by that. [Dealbook / New York Times]

    * Should kidnapping somebody and forcing them to repair your house after a dispute about the quality of their work be illegal? Or should we just call this “specific performance”? [Gawker]

    * Florida legislators throw down with the governor over early voting. Will Florida governor Rick Scott relent? Or is he going to double down on suppressing the vote? [Think Progress]

    * I’m really glad this didn’t happen at the Penn State Law School. I didn’t feel like being accused of baiting these sorority girls into having a racist party. [Yahoo!News via The Legal Satyricon]

    * What constitutes a sham Senate session exactly? [Huffington Post]

    * Are you a lawyer on a deferral or a fellowship looking for an interesting project to pick up? If so, check this out. [Idealist]

    * Are you looking for something fun to do in New York City tomorrow night? If so, check this out. [Above the Law]

    2 Comments / / Dec 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM
  • Wait, that's the wrong answer.

  • barack__obama

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Deaths, Disasters / Emergencies, Election 2012, Election Law, Eric Holder, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 11.07.12

    * “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.” Barack Obama was re-elected as president. Bring on the hope and change! No, seriously. [New York Times]

    * In news that shouldn’t come as a surprise, regardless of who won the presidential race, there are still post-election voting issues that will likely be resolved in the courts. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * But what we really want to know is who will be our country’s next attorney general. Because if anyone can fill Eric Holder’s shoes, it’s Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the S.D.N.Y. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * In other important news, several states approved gay marriage ballot initiatives, and others legalized marijuana. But hopefully you don’t have a case of the munchies yet, because federal law still says it’s illegal. [CNN]

    * They helped American citizens “ba-rock” the vote: hundreds of law students from around the country rallied around the craziness of Election Day to volunteer their assistance to worthy causes. [National Law Journal]

    * Biglaw firms in NYC are still reeling after Hurricane Sandy. While WilmerHale set up temporary offices last week, both SullCrom and Fried Frank could be out of commission for weeks. [Reuters; New York Times]

    * At this point, in-house counsel are kind of like the McKayla Maroneys of the legal profession, because they are seriously unimpressed with outside counsel’s efforts to improve services and fees. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Judge Theodore Jones, associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals, RIP. [New York Law Journal]

    4 Comments / / Nov 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • election-2012-150x111

    Election 2012, Election Law, Pictures, Privacy, Technology

    Photographing Your Ballot: It Might Be Illegal, Y’Know

    Think twice before you photograph your ballot. It might be a crIme!

    2 Comments / / Nov 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM
  • voting sign RF

    Election 2012, Election Law

    The Difference Between Voter Suppression And Voter Duress

    Voting might not be the easiest thing in the world, but let’s not act like it’s particularly hard…

    13 Comments / / Nov 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

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