Federal Judges

  • Mad-men-title-card

    Biglaw, Federal Judges, Football, Gender, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Tax Law, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.07.13

    * Oh, and by the way, it’s not just Verizon that the NSA is spying on. It’s every major phone and internet provider, too. They must see an amazing amount of foreign pornography on video chat. [Guardian]

    * The IRS is under siege over its conservative targeting scandal, and now a training video parodying Mad Men has surfaced with a focus on “customer service.” How incredibly ironic. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Francine Griesing, the woman who sued Greenberg Traurig for $200M over the firm’s so-called “boys’ club” (and later quietly settled), has tips for women who want to succeed in the law. [Am Law Daily]

    * This ruling has to do with collecting fees following a law school clinic victory, but the key takeaway is that law students’ “time and effort still has monetary value.” Hear that, ABA? [National Law Journal]

    * Rutgers Law-Camden is trying to recover from “an existential threat” after its class size unexpectedly dropped by more than 50 percent. But… that’s a good thing these days. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * A judge dismissed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s lawsuit against the NCAA for “fail[ing] to advance the ball.” How kind of her to entertain us with some football references. [Legal Intelligencer]

    5 Comments / / Jun 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Edith Jones LF Judge Edith H Jones Edith Hollan Jones

    5th Circuit, Crime, Death Penalty, Edith Jones, Federal Judges, Federalist Society, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Politics, Racism

    A Tale of Sound & Fury (But No Transcript): In Defense of Judge Edith Jones

    A group of civil rights organizations recently filed a misconduct complaint against Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit. A former Jones clerk, Tamara Tabo, comes to the judge’s defense.

    115 Comments / / Jun 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM
  • Erika Harold

    American Bar Association / ABA, B for Beauty, Bar Exams, Cellphones, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Federal Judges, Health Care / Medicine, Insider Trading, Job Searches, John Edwards, Kasowitz Benson, Kids, Morning Docket, Privacy

    Morning Docket: 06.06.13

    * AG Eric Holder sat down and had a little chat about what’s been going on at the Justice Department. He’s not impressed with his agency’s work, but he claims he’s not stepping down just yet. [NBC News]

    * “Can you hear me now?” Oh, Verizon, what an apropos slogan you’ve got considering the latest government scandal. The NSA has been spying on you through your phone records since late April. [Guardian]

    * Lawyers for Matthew Martoma still want more time to comb through millions upon millions of documents in their client’s insider trading case, but it seems rather pointless after a judge’s kiss of death. [Reuters]

    * Looks like she got her wish: thanks to Judge Michael Baylson, a little girl with terminal cystic fibrosis may have a better chance at getting a longer lease on life in this donor lung transplant case. [CNN]

    * Being a politician didn’t really work out so well for him, so John Edwards is going to try his hand at being a lawyer again. Just think of all of the lovely ladies he’ll be able to pick up as clients. [USA Today]

    * Speaking of former public servants who are getting back into the law, Ken Salazar will be opening the Denver office of WilmerHale — and when it comes to pay, he’s got a “very good package.” [Denver Post]

    * And not to be forgotten, famous flip-flopper Joe Lieberman will be taking his services to Kasowitz Benson. We certainly hope the firm will appreciate his superior legal mind. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * The ABA is considering law school job data collection 10 months after graduation, instead of nine, because bar exam results come out so late. Like that extra month will help… [National Law Journal]

    * Erika Harold, a Harvard Law grad and ex-Sidley associate known for her reign as Miss America, is running for Congress in Illinois. What will she she do for the talent portion of the competition? [Politico]

    1 Comment / / Jun 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • gavel RF

    Clerkships, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Jed Rakoff, Law Schools, S.D.N.Y.

    A Quick Update on Law Clerk Hiring

    The Southern District of New York provides a model for other courts to follow.

    6 Comments / / Jun 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM
  • gavel RF

    Clerkships, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Law Schools, S.D.N.Y.

    What’s the Latest News in Law Clerk Hiring?

    Some S.D.N.Y. judges have made a sensible tweak to (what remains of) the Law Clerk Hiring Plan.

    11 Comments / / May 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM
  • Jodi Arias

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Boalt Hall, Cocaine / Crack, D.C. Circuit, Death Penalty, Drugs, Eric Holder, Federal Judges, Gay, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Murder, Tax Law, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.24.13

    * “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.” Thanks Obama, but AG Eric Holder was the one who kind of signed off on the James Rosen search warrant. [Open Channel / NBC News]

    * The chief judge of the D.C. Circuit apologized for a lack of transparency in the James Rosen probe, and this is one of the least embarrassing things that happened this week. [Washington Post]

    * Despite having “done nothing wrong,” embattled tax official Lois Lerner announced she’s been placed on administrative leave in light of recent events. I salute you, fellow WNE grad. [National Review]

    * Watch out, patent trolls, because this proposed bill might actually be — gasp! — helpful. If enacted, the Patent Abuse Reduction Act’s goal is to help keep discovery costs down. [Hillicon Valley / The Hill]

    * It’s a hell of a drug: for some lawyers, the sequester won’t be such a bad thing after all, because Coast Guard and Navy forces won’t be available to intercept 38 tons of cocaine. [Breaking Defense]

    * Proskauer Rose’s ex-CFO, Elly Rosenthal, has cut down her $10 million suit against the firm to just one allegation. She claims the firm fired her solely for her diagnosis of breast cancer. [Am Law Daily]

    * A third perpetrator emerged in the Berkeley bird beheading case, and he was just sentenced to two days in jail. Can you listen to BARBRI in a jail cell? I guess he’ll find out. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * The Boy Scouts of America will now admit openly gay youths into their ranks for the first time in the history of ever. You should probably “be prepared” for a flurry of litigation over this. [New York Times]

    * A mistrial was declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial. Ugh, come on with this, the Lifetime movie is already in post-production! How on earth are they going to work this in? [CNN]

    4 Comments / / May 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • Exploding courthouse toilet = a products liability attorney's dream.

    9th Circuit, Abortion, Barack Obama, Election Law, Federal Judges, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.22.13

    * In the Western District of Arkansas, judges have to forfeit judicial immunity to go to the bathroom. So if you want to sue a judge, you need to catch them when their pants are literally down. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * Bowman v. Monsanto… in GIFs! [EffYeahSCOTUS]

    * Cooley boy makes good! President Obama nominated Christopher Thomas, a Cooley Law School grad and professor, to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. [White House]

    * A judge threw out the fine against a New York artist as unconstitutionally harsh. The artist took an antenna from the trash and cops impounded his car and fined him $2,000. [Thompson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The Ninth Circuit struck down Arizona’s “Fetal Pain” Abortion Ban. Sounds like a viable decision. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Work/life balance is when lawyers with kids throw their childless colleagues under a bus. [Slate]

    * If you’re reading transcripts of old trials and think the lawyers of yesteryear were smarter, you’re probably right. Western civilization has gotten dumber since the nineteenth century. The reason is summarized by the video after the jump….

    2 Comments / / May 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • Supreme Court justices RF SCOTUS group portrait

    Blogging, Elena Kagan, Federal Judges, Law Professors, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Which Supreme Court Justice Are You?

    Take this great personality quiz, by Professor Kyle Graham of Noncuratlex.com, and find out.

    17 Comments / / May 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM
  • A fireable offense in the UK?

    Biglaw, Disasters / Emergencies, Federal Judges, Gender, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Murder, Pregnancy / Paternity, Tax Law, Technology, Trials, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 05.21.13

    * Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oklahoma. [CNN]

    * The IRS and the Treasury Department better watch out, because it seems that the “next logical step” for the tea party victims of heightened scrutiny leads right up the courthouse stairs. [ABC News]

    * #Whatshouldwecallme after advising on the $1.1 billion Yahoo/Tumblr deal? Kind of a big deal. The Biglaw firms doing the underlying legal work are Simpson Thatcher and Gunderson Dettmer. [Am Law Daily]

    * The Mirena MDL judge thinks female attorneys should be on the all-male executive committee. If this is “strategic gender placement,” the strategy is to look bad publicly. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The Travers Smith trainee who was fired for getting pregnant is due in court this June to find out what type of compensation she’ll receive for being discriminated against by the firm. You go girl! [Daily Mail]

    * Wherein the parents of a 0L who’s got doubts about her employment prospects are counseled that she can “work not just in law.” ::facepalm:: [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * There’s trouble in paradise: lawyers in the Jodi Arias case unsuccessfully attempted to get a mistrial and withdraw from representation — for the second time — during its punishment phase. [Fox News]

    2 Comments / / May 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Can you imagine only having to listen to black people for 11 minutes for your entire year?

    Federal Judges, Minority Issues, Racism, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court Rules Over Black People, It Doesn’t See Or Listen To Them

    Supreme Court oral argument might be the least welcoming place to black people in the entire country…

    103 Comments / / May 13, 2013 at 4:25 PM
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg RF Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Federal Judges, Feminism, Gender, Music, Quote of the Day, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Justice Ginsburg: A ‘Great Diva,’ or Milli Vanilli?

    Why you might not want to go out for karaoke with Justice Ginsburg.

    4 Comments / / May 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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  • Casey Anthony

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Books, Crime, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Job Searches, Law Schools, Litigatrix, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, Trials, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 05.08.13

    * “Is there a public interest in unwanted pregnancies … that can often result in abortions?” The judge who ordered that Plan B be made available to all women regardless of age is pissed at the DOJ. [The Caucus / New York Times]

    * Mary Jo White, the littlest litigatrix, will “review” the Securities and Exchange Commission’s policy of allowing financial firms to settle civil suits without affirming or denying culpability, but for now, she’s defending it. [Reuters]

    * Dewey know what this failed firm is supposed to pay its advisers for work done during the first nine months of its bankruptcy proceedings? We certainly do, and it’s quite the pretty penny. [Am Law Daily]

    * In a round of musical chairs that started at Weil Gotshal, Cadwalader just lost the co-chairs of its bankruptcy practice and another bankruptcy partner to O’Melveny. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Another day, another law school comparison website. Take a look at Law Jobs: By the Numbers, which includes a formula from the laughable National Jurist rankings system. [National Law Journal]

    * In a move that shocked absolutely no one, attorneys for Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes announced they will enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for their client. [CNN]

    * From the “hindsight is 20/20″ file: the judge who presided over the Casey Anthony trial thinks there was enough evidence to convict the ex-MILF. He also likened Jose Baez to a used car salesman. [AP]

    * Check out Logan Beirne’s book (affiliate link). Even when sensationalizing George Washington’s rise from general to president, attention must be paid to the rule of law. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    1 Comment / / May 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • STInBeauty-RF

    Benchslaps, California, Copyright, Federal Judges, Intellectual Property, Pornography, Technology, Television

    Prenda Boldly Benchslapped Where No One Has Gone Before

    Copyright trolls treated to a healthy dose of federal judge’s Star Trek fandom.

    14 Comments / / May 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM
  • J

    Election Law, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Money, Politics

    The High Price of the Federal Bench

    A minor scandal brewing in Las Vegas highlights the festering problem of campaign finance laws and federal judgeships.

    9 Comments / / May 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM
  • medical marijuana

    Benchslaps, Biglaw, California, Carter Phillips, Celebrities, Copyright, Drugs, Federal Judges, Job Searches, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Music, Pornography

    Morning Docket: 05.07.13

    * There’s been a changing of the guard at Sidley Austin. Carter Phillips, one of our nation’s preeminent appellate advocates, is now the sole chair of the firm’s executive committee after a one-year stint as co-chair. Congrats! [The Recorder]

    * You should really try to make the most of your summers during law school, even after your first year. Because duh, in case you weren’t aware, it’ll probably help you to get a job later on. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * It looks like the trolls attorneys behind Prenda Law got benchslapped in the worst of ways — complete with a multitude of Star Trek references. We’ll likely have more on this later today. [Ars Technica]

    * The California Supreme Court just ruined everyone’s high, because it ruled that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Smoke ‘em while you’ve got ‘em, stoners. [Associated Press]

    * Justin Bieber is being sued for copyright infringement, along with his musical mentor, Usher. Tween girl mob: ASSEMBLE! Defend your pop idol’s honor; after all, he just needed somebody to love. [Reuters]

    1 Comment / / May 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • snake

    Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Morning Docket, Rankings, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Vermin / Rodents / Pests

    Morning Docket: 04.26.13

    * The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to wade into the constitutional contretemps of recess appointments, but if the high court refuses to take up the case, it may be back to the drawing board for the NLRB. [National Law Journal]

    * The Am Law 100 law firm rankings are out, and it looks like there’s a new leader of the pack in terms of gross revenue. But which firm could it be? Not Skadden or Baker & McKenzie. We’ll likely have coverage on this later. [American Lawyer]

    * Apparently the FBI wanted to continue questioning Dzhokhar Tsarnaev under Miranda’s public-safety exception, but a judge read the accused bomber his rights anyway. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * “This case is over. Someone should put it out of its misery.” Be that as it may, New York’s attorney general is desperate to get AIG’s Maurice Greenberg on the stand at trial. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “I have had it with these motherf**king snakes in my motherf**king files!” This spring, clerks in this old Mississippi courthouse are finding more and more snakes filed under “Ssssssss.” [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Apr 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM