Family Law

  • stack of money

    Antitrust, BAR/BRI, BP, Copyright, Family Law, Intellectual Property, Kids, Law Schools, Lunacy, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Rankings, SCOTUS, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.14.13

    * Victoria Espinel, chief IP counsel to the White House (better known as the “copyright czar”), has stepped down. A tech or trade company will snap her up in 3… 2… [Corporate Counsel]

    * Child custody train wreck alert: Baby Veronica of SCOTUS fame was in the news after her father was arrested for refusing to return his child to her adoptive parents. [ABC News]

    * Rather than watching people pump gas, BP is watching people pump out lawsuits against the company at a rather alarming rate as a result of its 2010 oil spill. [Businessweek]

    * Cynthia Brim, the Illinois judge who was reelected despite the fact that she was legally insane, finally had a complaint filed against her by the state’s judicial board for being just a little bit too kooky for court. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Your degree might not be worth a million dollars, but if you went to one of these schools, you probably got a good bank for your buck. We’ll have more on this later. [The Short List / U.S. News & World Report]

    * The fight over attorneys’ fees in the antitrust lawsuits filed against BARBRI continues rage on, and class members still haven’t received a penny — which is all they’d really get, anyway. [National Law Journal]

    * Congratulations to Newark Mayor and Yale Law alumnus Cory Booker! Last night, he handily won the New Jersey Democratic primary election for the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat. [CBS News]

    8 Comments / / Aug 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • Fighting over the Lawyerly Lair.

    Divorce Train Wrecks, Law Professors, Vicious Infighting

    When Law Professors Divorce

    Two law professors have been involved in divorce-related legal battles that judges have called “frightening” and “appalling.”

    24 Comments / / Aug 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM
  • Dwyane Wade with his new girlfriend (ex-wife not pictured).

    Abortion, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports

    Love and Basketball — The Director’s Cut

    Basketball players seem to have really good family law lawyers

    9 Comments / / Jul 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM
  • royal onesie

    Gender, Kids, Pregnancy / Paternity, Sexism, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    The Royal Baby Could Make Legal History

    Could this baby banish centuries of sexism to the annals of history when it comes to succession to the crown?

    17 Comments / / Jul 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM
  • cooley law logo

    Arent Fox, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Education / Schools, Family Law, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 07.22.13

    * Though she be but little, she is fierce! Under Mary Jo White’s guidance, the Securities and Exchange Committee is now cracking down on financial fraud with a vengeance. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * When a Biglaw firm’s chairman skeptically says, “Uh, OK, I mean, maybe,” with regard to a future increased demand for legal work, you know things are bad. We’ll have more on this later today. [New Republic]

    * With Detroit’s downfall, vultures are swooping in left and right to snag clients. Firms retained thus far include Weil Gosthal, Arent Fox, Kirkland & Ellis, Winston & Strawn, and Sidley Austin. [Reuters]

    * “I’m not a 100% sure this is legal.” Two law professors have come up with a revolutionary way for law students to finance legal education that sounds like it just might work. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Normally when Biglaw firms and legal departments go to court over contested litigation, something’s gone wrong, but this summer, they’re trying to do some good in the world. [National Law Journal]

    * Soon, it’ll be known as Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, but even with a new name, you’re still going to be Cooley, and there’s no recovery from that. [Lansing State Journal]

    * In Greenwich, Connecticut, the fact that people buy homes where they want their kids to go to school isn’t a “complicated concept.” The schools’ racial diversity, on the other hand, is. [New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Jul 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • Disney RF

    Family Law, Kids

    Shouldn’t All Family Court Judges Be Like This?

    Family Court goes to Disney.

    11 Comments / / Jul 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM
  • Sleep with the case files, Your Honor, and not with the interns.

    Family Law, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment, State Judges, Videos

    Horrifying Video Of Alleged Sexual Assault While Family Court Judge Literally Looks The Other Way

    The assaulting cop has been dismissed, but the judge who ignored the offense still has a job…

    159 Comments / / Jun 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM
  • Are partners just puppets of their clients?

    Biglaw, Blank Rome, Divorce Train Wrecks, Malpractice, Partner Issues, Wall Street

    Muppets Accused of Malpractice?

    A Wall Street wife sues her former divorce lawyers for malpractice, accusing them of being puppets of her ex-husband.

    12 Comments / / May 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Family Law, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Trusts and Estates

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.13

    * If an armed society is a polite society, then Nelson, Georgia has the most polite motherf**kers in the country. [Constitutional Daily]

    * Professor X is breaking the law? You know, he really should have seen that coming… [Law and the Multiverse]

    * Speaking of people who should have seen it coming, Dionne Warwick, former spokesperson for the Psychic Friends Network, has filed for bankruptcy. [Celeb Legal Issues]

    * Incest is best when kept in the family. So go ahead and adopt your girlfriend. [Lowering the Bar]

    * “Your Honor, I’d like my dong stricken from the record.” [OC Weekly]

    * A slick recap of how completely screwed the legal industry is right now. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * On a personal note, as a debate coach myself, congratulations to everyone involved with the Emporia State debate team for becoming the first team ever to win both national championship tournaments (by way of analogy the “U.S. Open” and “The Masters”) for the same year. [Associated Press]

    5 Comments / / Apr 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM
  • police tape RF

    Crime, Family Law, Murder, Solo Practitioners

    Lawyer Killed In Office, Found By Cleaning Crew

    Being murdered in your office sounds absolutely horrible.

    11 Comments / / Mar 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM
  • About to kiss, or kill each other?

    Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, Lesbians, Money, Romance and Dating, Weddings

    The Gay Divorcees: From Marriage Equality to Divorce Equality

    Gay marriage brings with it gay divorce. And when same-sex unions fall apart, things can get especially complicated….

    9 Comments / / Feb 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM
  • sexytary

    Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Death Penalty, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Federal Judges, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 02.20.13

    * Should the mentally disabled receive the death penalty? Neither SCOTUS nor Georgia’s Supreme Court stayed Warren Lee Hill’s execution, but the Eleventh Circuit saved the day. [Washington Post]

    * If you’re looking for a mishmosh of Biglaw news, from new offices to new hires to new firm leaders, then look no further. If only this list were in alphabetical order! [Law Firm Insider / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Dewey know why this partner who was sued by Barclays in the U.K. over his capital loan is suing the bank in the U.S.? It involves an alleged fraud and Joel Sanders. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * So much for that “silly sideshow”: Judge Richard Sullivan of the S.D.N.Y. hasn’t made a ruling in the Greenlight case yet, but he says David Einhorn may have a “likelihood of success on the merits” if the matter proceeds further. [Bloomberg]

    * One of the partners at this small law firm apparently watched Secretary a few too many times, and he’s now accused of threatening to “whip” his ex-assistant into shape because she was a “bad girl.” [New York Post]

    * The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law named an interim successor to former dean Hiram Chodosh, but we can’t say he’s a law dean hottie. He looks like Van Pelt from Jumanji. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law will house the first clinic in the nation devoted to pardons and the law. It figures that a religious school would focus on legal Hail Marys. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Career alternatives for law school dropouts: mining magnate and financier of the Titanic II. Much like the value proposition of going to law school for today’s generation, this idea is unsinkable. [New York Times]

    * Prosecutors have upgraded the charge against Oscar Pistorius to premeditated murder, and one could now say the track star doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to being released on bail pending trial. [CNN]

    * D is for… divorce? Sesame Street is talking about divorce in a way that children can understand, but alas, the series neglects important topics like “why mommy is a whore” and “why daddy drinks.” [Law Firm Newswire]

    4 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • divorce law RF divorce decree

    Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Raoul Felder

    A Rose By Any Other Name… Will Still Want Alimony

    Did you know that divorcing women are increasingly making up new names for themselves upon getting divorced?

    7 Comments / / Feb 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM
  • love_stinks RF

    Contests, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Holidays and Seasons, Quote of the Day

    Because Valentine’s Day Is the Best Time to End Your Marriage

    Love stinks, but it sure smells sweet when there’s a free divorce up for grabs!

    6 Comments / / Feb 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM
  • cheating bench RF

    Defamation, Family Law, Lawsuit of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    Manhattan Lawyer Happy To Help Out Brother-in-Law By Banging His Wife

    This lawyer’s version of helping out his brother-in-law is a problem…

    16 Comments / / Feb 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM
  • Christmas tree law books

    Airplanes / Aviation, Cellphones, Family Law, Holidays and Seasons, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.26.12

    * Let’s be honest, if it wasn’t for 9/11, we’d already be allowed to leave our cellphones on during flights because before 9/11 we weren’t beaten and cowed by the rights abusing airline industry. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * “The Child Support Lady” is the lady that helps Dads avoid paying child support by representing fathers. I think I’d prefer the child support lady who helps Dads avoid paying child support by passing out condoms. [Miami Herald]

    * Check out his warning label on a doormat. [Overlawyered]

    * Christmas isn’t a deadweight economic loss, because sometimes people surprise you. [Daily Beast]

    * And now for the obligatory “look how lawyers would ruin Christmas if they could” posts. First, the oldie but goodie. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * And now here’s an issue spotter about Santa Claus. [Constitutional Daily]

    5 Comments / / Dec 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM
  • If you pour this into a cup of coffee, it doesn't taste as bad.

    Family Law, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Sports, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.16.12

    * Dear New York City, you can take my caffeine when you want to become “the city that sleeps sometimes and charges rents that can be earned while working only eight hours a day.” Not a moment before. [Reason]

    * They want to put Lenny Dykstra in jail, but the Wilpons get to run around free. [Dealbreaker]

    * Fracking might never have developed without our unique “subsurface” property rights. In a different life, understanding this stuff is why I thought it’d be good to go to law school. Studying law > Practicing law > Paying for your legal studies. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Okay, hear me out. How about every owner who won’t make their building wheelchair accessible for “aesthetic” reasons has to contribute every year to help fund research in the design of a wheelchair that can also climbs steps. Then they have to contribute to the fund that will get these new “chairsteppers” out to all the people who need them. Think about it, disabled people would get a better product, and ramps would be a thing of the past. Don’t tell me the tech is beyond us, if we can make amphibious attack vehicles/tour buses, we can make a wheelchair that climbs steps. [Simple Justice]

    * Do it yourself divorces now coming to Texas for indigent clients with no children. So, to recap, when gay people want to get married in Texas, it’s an affront to God and traditional America. But when childless heterosexuals want to get divorced, it’s just a simple legal matter that shouldn’t require a lawyer. [Tex Parte Blog]

    * Thanks to Cision Blog for including us in their rankings. [Cision Blog]

    2 Comments / / Nov 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM
  • change-all-the-thngs

    7th Circuit, American Bar Association / ABA, Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Baseball, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Disasters / Emergencies, Family Law, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, S.D.N.Y., State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Morning Docket: 11.15.12

    * In a move to “end the vacancy crisis,” one week after being reelected, and one day after the Senate returned to session, Barack Obama nominated seven people for open seats on federal district courts, including two S.D.N.Y. slots. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Dewey know how much the Los Angeles Dodgers will have to pay the now defunct firm for its work on the team’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case? About $13M — the equivalent of their pitcher’s salary, or 62% of their first baseman’s pay. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Which Biglaw firms in the Am Law 200 are the most LGBT friendly? Overall, of the 145 firms that participated in the Human Rights Campaign’s survey, 71 received perfect scores. Absolutely fabulous! [Am Law Daily]

    * The American Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education wants to know what should be done about law schools. This is a time to keep it simple, stupid: change EVERYTHING! [National Law Journal]

    * The New York Court of Appeals invoked the Major Disaster Rule for the first time ever, allowing out-of-state attorneys to perform pro bono services for Hurricane Sandy victims. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * William Adams, the Texas family court judge who got caught beating his daughter, returned to the bench yesterday after a year-long suspension. At least he won’t get physical abuse cases, anymore. [Fox News]

    * John Coffey, Senior Status Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, RIP. [Journal Sentinel]

    1 Comment / / Nov 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM

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