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  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Federal Judges, Jeffrey Fisher, Kellogg Huber, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Thomas Goldstein

    The New Supreme Court Term Opens With A Splash

    What happened on the first day of the new Term of the Supreme Court? According to Above the Law’s SCOTUS correspondent, Matt Kaiser, it started with a splash….

    1 Comment / / Oct 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM
  • The future of arrest record expungement?

    Cars, Eric Holder, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Sex, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.19.12

    * Contra Costa County prosecutors haven’t gone on strike yet. But they’re still considering it. Are they gonna do something, or just stand there and litigate? [CBS]

    * This George Mason law prof really doesn’t want gays to be able to get married. As the ATL CommentBot will undoubtedly note, I disagree with him. But you gotta give Professor Nelson Lund credit for writing a hell of an opening line though. [SCOTUSblog]

    * Feminists took back the word “c**t, so why can’t creationists take back dinosaurs? It’s exactly the same… well, not exactly the same thing, but they’re totally similar. [Althouse]

    * Successful scapegoat is successful? [Instapundit]

    * Why don’t we just do it in the road, driving down the interstate? Someone will be watching us, so we’ll just run them off the road — and threaten them with our pistols! [Legal Juice]

    * Yes, but would it be libel if the Men in Black had erased everyone’s memory of the arrest except for the one guy who escaped and is telling the truth but no one else knows or believes it? [Overlawyered]

    * After the jump, Professor John Corvino, who was recently interviewed by Lat regarding his new book on same-sex marriage (affiliate link), discusses the definition of marriage (and eats lawyer-flavored guacamole)….

    6 Comments / / Sep 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM
  • skd284501sdc

    Bar Exams

    Recent Bar Exam Results: Open Thread
    Florida, Nebraska, Utah, West Virginia — any others?

    * Steven Davis, D&L’s former chairman, really wants to make sure he’ll be able to use the firm’s insurance policy to defend himself, or else he’ll “suffer undue hardship.” Sorry, but after all the undue hardship you caused, nobody feels bad for you. [Am Law Daily]

    * As it turns out, the Mitt “47 Percent” Romney recording may have been illegally taped, but Florida authorities aren’t investigating — a victim hasn’t come forward to complain. What, no “off the cuff” remarks this time, Mitt? [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal]

    * Even if you get disbarred, you can still go on to work for a Biglaw firm. In other news, apparently you can last about a month at Lewis Brisbois while using a stolen identity before you get fired. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * Arizona’s governor was really excited that the injunction against SB 1070′s “show me your papers” provision was lifted by Judge Susan Bolton. She won’t be as excited when all of the lawsuits start rolling in. [Bloomberg]

    * It’s probably bad if your dean resigns before the school opens. J. Michael Johnson, the ex-dean of Louisiana College School of Law, left to take a “great job offer” (i.e., not a law school deanship). [Shreveport Times]

    * Good news, ladies! A serial subway “grinder” in NYC avoided jail time after ejaculating on three women in separate incidents, and now city pols are trying to make it harder for perverts to get off. [New York Daily News]

    9 Comments / / Sep 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM
  • Magic-8-Ball-Outlook-Not-So-Good

    Crime, Money, Scott Rothstein, White-Collar Crime

    This Was Pretty Much the Most Unhelpful Recommendation Letter Imaginable

    A disbarred lawyer asking for letters of support gets an unexpected — and very unhelpful — reply.

    6 Comments / / Sep 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM
  • 6c24

    Facebook, Lawyer of the Day, Murder, Rank Stupidity, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Trials

    Lawyer of the Day: Miami PD Posts Pictures of Client’s Underwear on Facebook, Causes Mistrial

    A Miami public defender caused a mistrial and potentially scuttled her career by posting photos of a client’s underwear online.

    18 Comments / / Sep 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM
  • Hate crime fist

    Cars, Crime, Gay, Hate Crimes, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Florida Law Professor Allegedly Victimized In Hate Crime

    Alleged hate crime takes place at Florida’s Levin College of Law, and the dean comes out strong…

    79 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM
  • hazing

    Crime, Deaths, Education / Schools, Violence

    Following Student’s Hazing Death, University Officials Argue Protecting Students Off Campus Isn’t Their Job

    Should Florida A&M be held responsible for a student’s death that resulted from a marching band hazing ritual?

    15 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM
  • fashion-victim

    Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Money

    Fashionista Lawyer Sues Forever 21 Over Alleged ‘Penny-Skimming Scheme’

    Why is this fashionista lawyer suing Forever 21? It just doesn’t make “cents”…

    28 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM
  • 'This is much worse than my 72-day marriage.'

    Art, Celebrities, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, SCOTUS, STDs, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.04.12

    * Want to know what they call the Supreme Court attorney who deals with requests for stays of execution? The death clerk. Paging John Grisham, because this guy’s nickname would make a great book title. [New York Times]

    * “If you’re going to sue, it’s better to sue earlier rather than later.” Probably why battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in a tizzy over their election laws. [Washington Post]

    * WikiLeaks or it didn’t happen: Bradley Manning’s lawyer has demanded that seven years be cut from his client’s prospective sentence due to allegations of improper treatment while in military custody. [The Guardian]

    * Michigan Law’s Sarah Zearfoss, she of Wolverine Scholars fame, finds media coverage about the awful job market for recent law grads “really frustrating.” Try being unemployed. [Crain’s Detroit Business (reg. req.)]

    * Kris Humphries is being sued for allegedly giving a girl herpes. But alas, the plaintiff seems to have no idea who actually gave her the herp — four John Doe defendants are identified in the complaint, too. [Star Tribune]

    * “Given the police idiocy, one wonders where the boobs really are.” A nude model who was arrested during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square won a $15K false-arrest settlement from the cops. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • gay-marriage-2-grooms-small

    Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.12

    * New Zealand’s Parliament has passed the first stage of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers were apparently inspired by President Obama’s public support of the issue. [Huffington Post]

    * The trial of a Florida teen accused of impersonating a physician assistant is underway. Among other things, he allegedly dressed in scrubs, used a stethoscope, and performed CPR on a patient. Apparently, just because you’ve seen it on Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you’re allowed to do it in real life. [ABC News]

    * “And to my son, I bequeath my playlist of one-hit wonders and my season pass to Breaking Bad.” Marketwatch tackles the tricky question of who owns your digital music (and e-book) collections after you die. [Marketwatch / WSJ]

    * A New Mexico criminal defense attorney, David “Chip” Venie, was charged yesterday with allegedly shooting a man in the leg at his law office. Oh, and Venie’s wife filmed the whole thing on her cell phone, including the unarmed victim holding out his empty hands. [ABA Journal]

    * Lawyers for the Amish men and women charged with forcibly cutting the beards and hair of their “perceived enemies” say they were motivated by compassion, not hatred. Sometimes you’ve just got to let someone know her haircut’s not doing her any favors. [NY Times]

    * In First Amendment news, the D.C. Circuit court has invalidated an FDA regulation requiring cigarette companies to place warning labels on packages. Is this a victory for free speech, or for big tobacco? [The Atlantic]

    4 Comments / / Aug 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM
  • Are you kidding me?

    Email Scandals, Screw-Ups, Technology

    Why Gmail Should Add A ‘I Didn’t Mean to Send That’ Emergency Recall Button

    A confidential memo accidentally accidentally sent by email gives a lot of lawyers a lot of headaches…

    31 Comments / / Aug 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM
  • pile of pills

    Antitrust, Bar Exams, BARBRI, Biglaw, California, Drugs, Kids, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Patents, Police, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.14.12

    * Looks like someone skipped professional responsibility class during bar prep: the Ninth Circuit denied attorney fees to McGuireWoods in light of an “egregious” ethics violation made in the BAR/BRI antitrust settlement. [National Law Journal]

    * Apple rested its patent-infringement case against Samsung yesterday, making way for the rival tech company to begin presenting its case. Jurors must be thrilled that the end is in sight, with just 25 more hours of arguments to go. [Bloomberg]

    * Remember the mom-and-dad law grads accused of planting a potpourri of drugs on an elementary school volunteer? Their alleged victim is suing. We’ll have more on this hot mess later. [Orange County Register]

    * “The facts don’t seem to support a ‘stand your ground’ defense.” That’s what George Zimmerman’s attorney said yesterday, but the defense team is going to try to get the case dismissed on those grounds anyway. [AP]

    * When applying to law school, it’s usually helpful to demonstrate in your application that you actually want to go to law school. Gah, people seriously need to be told these things. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * “[T]he plaintiff’s tampon was never forcibly removed by any deputy.” First of all, yuck. Second of all, you know that a crazy lawsuit must have been filed when the cops are making public statements like this. [NBC News]

    8 Comments / / Aug 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Judge Marcia G. Cooke

    11th Circuit, Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Federal Judges, In-House Counsel, Legal Ethics, Litigators, Litigatrix, Partner Issues, Scott Rothstein, Screw-Ups

    Benchslap of the Day: Judge Cooke Sanctions Greenberg Traurig and TD Bank

    Judge Cooke has ruled on the motion for sanctions against TD Bank and its former counsel, Greenberg Traurig. What did she decide?

    14 Comments / / Aug 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM
  • Maybe law schools should be more like strip clubs?

    Drinking, Law Schools

    Is Your Law School A Dram Shop?

    Law school sued for letting people get drunk at its Barrister’s Ball…

    35 Comments / / Aug 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM
  • Judge-Sad-Face

    Jury Duty, Rank Stupidity, Screw-Ups, State Judges, Trials

    Murder Trial Jury Selection Turns into Gossip Girls; Everyone Loses

    Gossipy prospective jurors scuttle a high-profile murder trial in Florida. Keep your mouths shut, people!

    13 Comments / / Aug 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM
  • Florida State College of Law rotunda.

    Crime, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Police, Violence

    Florida State 3L Allegedly Shoots Florida State 2L

    A Florida State 3L stands accused in the shooting of a Florida State 2L.

    37 Comments / / Jul 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM
  • Nothing good will come of this.

    Guns / Firearms, In-House Counsel, Money, Morning Docket, Technology, Twittering, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 07.30.12

    * Apple is considering digging its greasy Gorilla Glass hands into Twitter. How long until they unveil the iChirp and the iStupidDessertPic? [New York Times]
    * I’m sorry your three-year-old shot you with your Glock. Perhaps the safety could be better, but perhaps you shouldn’t have left a loaded gun within reach of a toddler, either. [JD Journal]
    * Mitt Romney hightailed it out of England as fast as he could. He spent Sunday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. I don’t think it’s hard to guess what he was praying for. [Washington Post]
    * Bad day: getting your hand bitten off by an alligator. Worse day: facing charges of “unlawful feeding” of said alligator. Do I even have to say this happened in Florida? [ABC News]
    * In continuing stupid Olympic news, NBC has caught a bunch of flak for cutting a tribute to victims of terror attacks from its U.S. broadcast. Apparently the segment wasn’t “tailored for a U.S. audience.” Well, neither is Mr. Bean. And we handled that fine, right? [Gawker]
    * I just got back from Alaska. I’m so excited to go back indoors and get back to my desk after flying around mountains and looking at stupid, ugly glaciers for a week. /Sarcasm. [Twitter]

    25 Comments / / Jul 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM