* How Planned Parenthood’s aggressive legal strategy launched them from the defensive to the offensive. [Reuters]
* David Boies just saved Natalie Portman’s ass. Yes, you read that correctly. [The Hollywood Reporter]
* Don’t be cute and try and violate a restraining order via Facebook. [Associate’s Mind
* Arizona wants out of the Ninth Circuit. Good luck with that. [AZ Governor]
* Not recommended judicial behavior: hanging a portrait of Adolf Hitler in the courthouse’s Hall Of Heroes. Looks like Oregon’s Judge Vance Day is learning that the hard way. [Raw Story]
* You can’t skirt defamation laws by complaining to a disciplinary committee — a doctor files a complaint against an attorney who blogged about him. [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]
* Despite how sensationalized they can be, the insanity defense is really quite rare. [Huffington Post]
* Even if you aren’t rich, you still need a prenup. [My Bank Tracker]
Another cautionary tale about a lawyer’s ill-advised use of social media.
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* “I have standing to sue. Can you imagine if I did it? Should I do it just for fun?” Republican front-runner Donald Trump is floating a possible lawsuit against Ted Cruz over the senator’s eligibility to run for POTUS — because litigation is so much fun! [The Hill]
* Everyone likes to think Justice Antonin Scalia is a crazy curmudgeon, but one of his former SCOTUS clerks knows there’s a softer side to the man people love to hate. In reality, he’s “an incredibly warm and generous man” with a “wonderful sense of humor.” [Columbus Business First]
* A federal judge who’s had a change of heart about a lengthy sentence he gave to an admitted murderer says he and his colleagues need a way to give “second-look reviews” to adjust sentences for deserving prisoners. Would this work? [New York Times]
* If the ruling in this case catches on, New York attorneys may soon be able to serve people via Facebook. Of course, if your lawsuit winds up in a defendant’s “Filtered Messages,” he’ll never see it, but it’s still a pretty cool concept. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Charleston Law launched a new admissions program that will allow students to begin classes in the spring and graduate in two and a half years instead of three. Perhaps the goal here is to graduate students before the school closes for good? [ABA Journal]
Is the legal vertical as big as companies serving legal professionals sometimes believe? How about in the case of legal publishing and legal media?
* In the wake of fired CEO Martin Shkreli’s arrest for securities fraud, KaloBios Pharmaceuticals has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company will be repped by Hogan Lovells (and likely won’t be charged 4,000 percent more than it should be). [Reuters]
* “Not all of it is law at its grandest but all of it is the practice of law.” Yet another contract attorney’s suit for overtime pay has bitten the dust with a recent dismissal. This time, Quinn Emanuel was the Biglaw firm victorious in keeping doc reviewers downtrodden. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Since Dechert decided to up the ante on first-year associate salaries, other Philadelphia Biglaw firms have responded in kind. Drinker Biddle has matched, while Pepper Hamilton and Cozen O’Connor are following close behind. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
* Facebook needs a “dislike” button: The social media titan’s suit against DLA Piper and Milberg for their defense of alleged con man Paul Ceglia in a fraudulent breach of contract case versus Zuckerberg’s first baby was dismissed. [Buffalo Business First]
* From “weird to wildly costly,” check out some of the craziest malpractice cases that were filed against Biglaw firms during the course of 2015. The McDermott Will & Emery elder abuse case here is particularly creative. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Donald Trump has been having a rollicking good time on the campaign trail as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, but he may have to take a break to testify in a trademark dispute over “Trump Your Competition.” [WSJ Law Blog]
* It seems that Venable has been dragged into a huge Facebook stock scam, and thanks to a former partner’s alleged conduct, the Biglaw firm is now being accused of assisting a con man in a $11.3 million fraud related to the social media giant’s initial public offering. [New York Post]
* The Obama administration has finally made a move in the SCOTUS case filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska seeking to overturn legal weed in Colorado. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli thinks the justices would have to be high to even entertain it. [Reuters]
* Trinity Western Law grads were previously banned from practicing law in British Columbia, Canada, due to the Christian school forcing students to sign abstinence pledges, but because of this recent ruling, the tides have turned. [NewBostonPost]
* “This will not be the end of the road for solitary confinement reform, but we really think it’s a watershed moment.” Thanks to a $62M settlement, New York will be changing the way it deals with solitary confinement in state prisons. [New York Times]
* After finding out that Justice Scalia was rejected from two of his top-choice schools, the ABA Journal wants you to reflect on your own rejections and acceptances. Where did you apply to law school, and where did you decide to go? Let us know. [ABA Journal]
Legal technology columnist Jeff Bennion offers tips on how to develop a good Facebook business page for lawyers.
Another day, another judge with a social media problem.
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Lawyers and law firms would be well-advised to learn how to build a social network on Facebook — and then how to use video to build relationships and a reputation.
* These kind of technicalities are why people hate lawyers: A judge is requiring Bindi Irwin submit proof that her father, Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, is dead in order to collect her Dancing With The Stars money. Or, you know, he could look at the internet. [Gawker]
* Law professor gets ripped for “ridiculous” stance on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. [Techdirt]
* The 5 New York District Attorneys are seeking a raise, hoping to bring their salary up to a whooping $250,000. Which actually seems entirely reasonable. [New York Daily News]
* Good news for the Facebook obsessed — the Second Circuit has found “liking” something is a protected activity. [The Modern Workplace]
* Oh, the shame of going to Harvard Law. [Washington Post]
* Are legal tech startups lying to you? [Associate’s Mind]
* Exploring the disjunction between legal scholarship and legal practice. [TaxProf Blog]
This is the worst social media policy that you’ve probably ever seen.
Facebook represents an increasingly important method of distributing your legal publications.
* From attorney to bag designer: the career of Annette Ferber. [Corp! Magazine]
* Twitter goes head-to-head with Gawker Media over the copyright of GIFs. [io9]
* Concerns about the judicial temperament of Judge Barry Williams, who is presiding over the Freddie Gray case. [Katz Justice]
* All is not lost if you drop out of law school. [Law and More]
* Why do attorneys struggle with customer reviews? [Technology & Marketing Law Blog]
* Judge cleared of wrongdoing for posting about a case in front of her on Facebook. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]
* All the legal considerations before you host your “Love and Sex with Robots” conference in Malaysia. [Slate]
* Dewey know what Justice Robert Stolz will do now that the jury has declared itself deadlocked on most charges? Tune in later today. [American Lawyer]
* Thanks to sentencing reform, the Justice Department will release about 6,000 inmates from prison starting later this month. [New York Times]
* Speaking of the DOJ, BP will settle Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims with the feds for a whopping $20 billion. [ABA Journal]
* 50 Cent’s malpractice suit against his ex-lawyers seeks 7.5 billion cents. [Law360]
* When legal recruiters sue each other, things can get ugly — fast. [American Lawyer]
I’m not even sure what she said, but people are taking Facebook very seriously.
Are you tired of the obviously stupid “Facebook has no right to my private information” post going around? Well, so is John Oliver.