Erwin Chemerinsky

  • Justice Scalia is laughing at your criticisms.

    Antonin Scalia, Erwin Chemerinsky

    With All Due Respect, Dean, Justice Scalia Probably Doesn’t Give A Damn About What You Think

    This law school dean thinks Justice Scalia is a bad influence on young attorneys.

    61 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 2:18 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.15

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule today and we’re off on Friday, July 3, in observance of whipping those English wankers a couple centuries ago.

    * After the German robot ran amok and killed a worker in a VW plant, prosecutors are struggling to figure out whom to charge in this violation of Asimov’s First Law. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky thinks Ted Cruz is right about the Supreme Court. [The New Republic]

    * In the wake of Obergefell, Bloomberg chats with Margaret H. Marshall, the former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, who wrote the opinion making that state the first to legalize same-sex marriage. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * California February bar exam results. A couple of schools got a 100 percent passage rate. Stanford was not one of them. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Love wins. The Chamber of Commerce wins more. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * A not-entirely-partisan argument that Justice Scalia should retire. He may be slipping into William O. Douglas circa 1975 territory. [Dorf on Law]

    * Did you know that David Lat was supposed to play Quentin Tarantino’s role in Pulp Fiction? I didn’t either until I saw this video (at 0:48). [ClickHole]

    47 Comments / / Jul 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.12.15

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the UC Irvine School of Law thinks it’s time for California to follow New York’s lead and adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. After all, if doctors don’t have to take separate exams each time they move to a new state, lawyers shouldn’t have to do it either. [Los Angeles Times]

    * A jury just returned a verdict of $0 for a police officer who was severely burned after spilling a cup of free Starbucks coffee in his lap. The pictures of the burns that were used as evidence are pretty nasty, so you’ll obviously want to check them out. [NPR; WTVD]

    * According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 56 percent of recent law grads would have preferred to condense their schooling to two years, while just 34 percent of prospective law students felt similarly. Oh, to be that naive again. [National Law Journal]

    * Violent besties? As it turns out, the gun altercation George Zimmerman was involved in yesterday was apparently part of some sort of ongoing feud with Matthew Apperson, the same man he threatened to kill in a road rage incident last year. [Crimesider / CBS News]

    * If you’re wondering what you should do during the summer before going to law school, then you can take the advice of this future gunner and possibly enroll in a pre-law prep course and work yourself to death, or you can relax. It’s up to you. [The Diamondback]

    22 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.11.15

    * As we mentioned, U.S. News is giving law schools less credit for hiring their own grads. Rumor has it that a few schools would’ve done better in the rankings but for their high percentage of school-funded jobs. Which ones? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Two students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from Oklahoma University were expelled after a video of their racist chanting was leaked online. Lawyers want to know: was their expulsion a First Amendment violation? [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * UC Irvine Law debuted on the 2016 U.S. News law school rankings at No. 30, missing Dean Erwin Chemerinsky’s goal of starting out as a Top 20 school. Not to worry, Dean, there are still ways to game the rankings. Keep your head up! [National Law Journal]

    * Don’t bother delaying your law school education just because the economy’s bad. The professors who told us that a law degree is worth $1 million think that its value will only drop by about $30K in times when unemployment is high. Yeah, okay. [ABA Journal]

    * The grisly murder of DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt, who was found stabbed to death in a Washington, D.C., hotel, remains unsolved. Police are still searching for the “person of interest” who was seen on video from the hotel’s security camera. [Legal Times]

    39 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 9:06 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.02.15

    * D.C. Circuit upholds FTC decision that Pom Wonderful deceived consumers with disease-fighting claims. Next thing you know they’re going to say Red Bull doesn’t really give you wings. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Macklemore is looking for an intern. Probably going to find a lawsuit instead. [LXBN]

    * Now that the Super Bowl is over, Glendale can get back to focusing on how they’re going broke because of that stadium. Once again, publicly funded stadiums are a terrible idea on par with running a quick slant instead of running the best back in football up the gut for one yard. [Americans For Tax Reform]

    * In case you were interested, Sheldon Silver’s former employer makes serious bank. [Page Six / New York Post]

    * A quick and easy summary of amici briefs filed in King v. Burwell. [Balkinization]

    * Dean Chemerinsky in a wide-ranging interview about the Supreme Court and its failings. As you’d expect from the author of The Case Against the Supreme Court (affiliate link). [Concurring Opinions]

    * Richard Hsu talks to Kelly Perdew, who won the Apprentice back when the show was about finding competent businesspeople instead of helping Jose Canseco squeeze out 15 more minutes of fame. [Hsu Untied]

    4 Comments / / Feb 2, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • U.S. News 2015 Law School Rankings

    Quote of the Day

    Law School Slashes Students To Game U.S. News Rankings

    Everything wrong with the U.S. News ranking methodology in one post.

    37 Comments / / Nov 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.27.14

    * Dean Chemerinsky lays out how the Supreme Court is protecting local corruption. It’s what the Framers would have intended. [New York Times]

    * In response to the latest article from Professor Michael Krauss, a former student suggests that maybe the so-called “justice gap” is a good thing. It kind of comes down to how much you believe in the efficiency value of the “American Rule.” [That’s My Argument]

    * The eternal question for female lawyers: do you dye your hair or embrace the gray? [Gray Hair]

    * Boston’s drivers suck. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * A well-written tribute to a Nashville civil rights lawyer. [Nashville Scene]

    * This seems like a place to remind people that David’s going to Houston next month. [Above the Law]

    * Here’s a new game to check out. It’s a twisted dirty word game called F**ktionary (affiliate link), so obviously it was made by a lawyer. It’s kind of like Cards Against Humanity meets Scattergories, which is just as fun as it sounds. The promo is after the jump….

    0 Comments / / Aug 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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    7th Circuit, Andrew Cuomo, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Blogging, Erwin Chemerinsky, Fast Food, Gay, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, New York Times, Police, Politics, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Tim Wu

    Morning Docket: 08.27.14

    * Judge Posner dished out a whole lot of benchslaps at yesterday’s Seventh Circuit arguments over Indiana and Wisconsin’s bans on same-sex marriage. [BuzzFeed]

    * Major U.S. and Canadian law firms chow down on Burger King’s whopper of a deal with Tim Hortons. [Am Law Daily]

    * A recent Delaware court ruling on attorney-client privilege might allow in-house lawyers to speak more freely about wrongdoing at their companies, according to Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The corruption trial of former Virginia governor continues; yesterday Bob McDonnell’s sister took the stand. [Washington Post]

    * A favorable evidentiary ruling for Aaron Hernandez. [Fox Sports]

    * And good news for Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, the two law professors running for governor and lieutenant governor of New York: the Times dissed their opponent, Andrew Cuomo, with a non-endorsement. [New York Times]

    * I recently spoke with one of my cousins Joao Atienza of the Cebu Sun Star, about Above the Law and the world of legal blogging. [Cebu Sun Star]

    3 Comments / / Aug 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM
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    Defamation, Facebook, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.16.14

    * ATTENTION LAW STUDENTS: Tomorrow is the last day to enter our annual Law Revue competition. The deadline is tomorrow at 5 so send them in. Entries have been coming in all day, so don’t get left out. [Above the Law]

    * It looks like the Supreme Court just made a decision even worse than McCutcheon. [SCOTUSBlog]

    * New York’s disciplinary procedures for lawyers are “deficient in design and operation.” So come to New York if you plan on being a shady lawyer, I guess. [NY Times]

    * More on the law school apology by Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow that Lat wrote about yesterday. [The Write Stuff]

    * And, hey, while we’re at it, here’s Steven J. Harper’s take on the same Op-Ed. [The Lawyer Bubble]

    * UC Hastings Professor Osagie Obasogie is quoted in this informative piece about the changing nature of collegiate debate as it ventures more and more into the domain of critical race theory. As one of the people who helps run the CEDA tournament discussed in the article, I thought this was an interesting account. [The Atlantic]

    * FBI makes a cheesy video to teach young Americans not to spy for China. It’s really worth a watch. [National Journal]

    * A high school teacher in Australia won a defamation suit against a student who said mean things on Facebook. [IT-Lex]

    * The Legal Broadcast Network interviewed Kyle McEntee of Law School Transparency about how improved tools help law students. [Legal Broadcast Network]

    2 Comments / / Apr 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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    Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, New York Times

    Yet Another Defense Of Law Schools (Yawn)

    Who’s coming to the defense of legal academia in the New York Times now?

    21 Comments / / Apr 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • Cameras in court

    Erwin Chemerinsky, Jeffrey Toobin, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    A Conservative Case For Keeping Cameras Out Of The Courtroom

    Conservative columnist Tamara Tabo makes her case against cameras in the courtroom at SCOTUS.

    27 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM
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    Job Searches, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Washington Post

    Washington Post Hops On The ‘Do Law Students Know How Stupid They Are’ Bandwagon

    Going to a middling law school and paying full price is only for those who can’t read…

    23 Comments / / Nov 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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    Erwin Chemerinsky, Fast Food, Food, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Rape

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.26.12

    * When thinking of the Penn State situation (the alleged cover-up, not Jerry Sandusky’s crimes), I am reminded of how critically important due process is to the proper administration of justice. You really notice due process when it’s gone. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * I haven’t eaten at Chick-fil-A since college. Nohomo. [Fox News]

    * It’s funny to think of law professors getting their pieces rejected by law reviews. Funny insofar as there are people who actually care about what ends up in a law review. [lawprofblog]

    * I’m not inclined to believe things coming out of Nigeria, but if this is true, it’s crazy. [Gawker]

    * The bright side of losing your job because of the LIBOR scandal. [Dealbreaker]

    * Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, thinks that you can’t cut faculty salaries enough to achieve substantial reductions in tuition without losing your top faculty. But in this market, I bet a law school that said, “We hire only cheap professors and pass the savings on to you,” would have a lot of appeal. [National Law Journal]

    7 Comments / / Jul 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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    Clerkships, Law Schools

    UC Irvine Announces Better Clerkship Numbers Than Almost Everyone Else

    Ever since the UC Irvine School of Law opened its doors in 2009, the fledgling institution has been garnering rave reviews. Over the weekend, the emerging West Coast powerhouse added a new impressive statistic to its quickly filling trophy case. This year, the school boasts one of the highest federal clerkship placement rates in the country. Keep reading to see which elite law schools have been edged out by UC Irvine….

    61 Comments / / Dec 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM
  • Gay, Gay Marriage

    Apparently, Prop 8 Supporters Are Now Comfortable With Everybody Knowing They’re Raging Bigots

    Judge Vaughn Walker, the man who overturned Proposition 8 in California, is gay. He even admitted it. You know what that means, don’t you? [Wink, wink]. I mean, the man is gay so clearly… like, do I have to spell it out for you? He’s a man who likes to have sex with other men, […]

    179 Comments / / Apr 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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    The Twelve Books of Christmas (2010)

    Now that you’ve figured out what to give your secretary this holiday season, what about the lawyers in your life? Many of you have friends or family members who are lawyers or law students, and if you haven’t done so already, you need to get them — forgive the expression — Christmas presents (or holiday […]

    35 Comments / / Dec 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM