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  • Aww, SCOTUS, you made him cry.

    Barack Obama, Bernie Madoff, Copyright, Department of Justice, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.28.12

    * Today’s court session is business as usual for SCOTUS, because the justices always seem to save the “best” for last. And now I’ll have that stupid Vanessa Williams song stuck in my head all day. Sorry if I got it stuck in yours, too. [National Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    * Meanwhile, over at the White House, the air was thick with the sound of silence on the eve of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. More than willing to bet that President Obama probably didn’t sleep too well last night. [Los Angeles Times]

    * “If she dies and Romney wins, the Supreme Court will be the most conservative in history.” Oh, please. Stop giving Ruth Bader Ginsburg flak for being too old, and learn to respect your elders — she’ll quit (or she’ll croak) when she damn well feels like it. [New York Times]

    * Peter Madoff will plead guilty to two federal charges at the end of the week. He’ll probably serve ten years in prison. In the long run, that’s nothing compared to big brother Bernie’s 150-year sentence. [Bloomberg]

    * Reason #11ty-billion why we <3 Flori-duh: a judge rejected the DOJ’s request to block Florida’s voter purge, and Governor Rick Scott, of course, was pleased as punch, calling it a “common-sense decision.” [POLITICO]

    * Megaupload wins again: a New Zealand court ruled that the search warrants used to raid Kim Dotcom’s mansion were illegal because they failed to “adequately describe the offenses to which they related.” [Reuters]

    * Loan debt will allegedly make you do some pretty crazy sh*t. Jason Bohn, the law school grad featured in an NYT article about the perils of law school, now stands accused of murdering his girlfriend. [New York Post]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know if you think your law school’s name and reputation affected your career path. Well, the first comment on my first post was “the what what school of where now,” so you tell me. [ABA Journal]

    8 Comments / / Jun 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • remain-calm.jpeg-260x265

    Airplanes / Aviation, Deaths, Nauseating Things, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Screening Room Floor

    The TSA is at it again, this time allegedly disrespecting a man carrying his grandfather’s ashes for the sake of security screening…

    14 Comments / / Jun 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM
  • This is one law professor you don't want to trap in a closet.

    Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Law Professor Promises He Was Just Joking About Shooting People

    Professor claims he was fired for making jokes about shooting people. At least, we think they were just jokes…

    39 Comments / / Jun 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM
  • Chris Bosh Champagne Bukkake

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.26.12

    * Yesterday, we talked about Professor Jonathan Turley being butthurt over the criticism he received from Ann Althouse and others. Today, Althouse responds. I’m keeping my powder dry till Thursday, when I will undoubtedly have a full mental breakdown as SCOTUS overturns a healthcare plan I didn’t really like in the first place. [Althouse]

    * Woman gets raped. Woman gets morning after pill. Woman reports rape to police. Police arrest woman on outstanding, unrelated warrant. Warden confiscates pill because that’s what Jesus would have wanted. Do I have to explicitly say this happened in Florida, or did I give you enough context clues? [The Daily Dolt]

    * Hedge fund manager who faked his own death has thoughts on famous murders. [Dealbreaker]

    * Some other ways for law firms to compete for clients beyond offering the lowest price. [What About Clients?]

    * I think if this Miami Heat owner insists on proceeding with this lawsuit, then we should all get to Champagne Bukkake him when he loses. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * Check out this awesome podcast I was on last night. Not only did I get progressively more drunk while taping, I think I also said that Roberts “isn’t so bad” and then named my favorite Justice appointed by a Republican. [Recess Appointment]

    20 Comments / / Jun 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM
  • Ernest-hemingway1

    Crime, Federal Judges, Lawyer of the Day, Murder, Ridiculousness, Trials

    A Farewell to Dismiss: Judge Tolls the Bell on Hemingway Doppelganger

    Attending an Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest is not a valid excuse to suspend a federal death penalty trial. But you got to admit, it was a valiant attempt…

    15 Comments / / Jun 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM
  • gun-firearm-Glock

    5th Circuit, Copyright, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Facebook, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.22.12

    * Dewey still have some folks who owe us money? Yes we do. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Facebook will change its terms of service, specifically regarding the way it handles “sponsored stories” in order to settle a large lawsuit [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * A man opposing a Virginia attorney in a child custody hearing shot at the lawyer outside the courthouse. Luckily, he missed. [Gettysburg Times]

    *The Fifth Circuit said yes, the law firm of Smith & Fuller is on the hook for $30,000 for accidentally releasing its client’s secret information. [ABA Journal]

    * Recently released interviews with George Zimmerman tell his side of the death of Trayvon Martin. [New York Times]

    *The Electronic Frontier Foundation is stepping in represent Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal and the defendant in this mess. [Electronic Frontier Foundation]

    2 Comments / / Jun 22, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • 428px-Kevin_Durant

    California, Deaths, Facebook, Federal Judges, Free Speech, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.21.12

    * Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, has a very lawyerly license plate — and expired tags, too? [Deadspin]

    * In other sports law news, Darren Heitner says at least one football helmet manufacturer should be afraid, be very afraid, of concussion litigation. [Forbes]

    * A pop culture blogger, Jenni Maier, is rudely awakened to the boring, sexless, receding-hairline-filled real world of jury duty. [Crushable]

    * A pair of former Lawyers of the Day, Michael Tein and Guy Lewis, are in trouble again — this time for allegedly acting “recklessly and unprofessionally” twowards the judge in a wrongful death case they were handling. [Miami Herald]

    * The Minnesota Supreme Court rules that a Mortuary Science student was legally flunked for making fun (on Facebook) of the cadaver she had to dissect. Chalk up another point to the Facebook Fun Police. [City Pages]

    * Senior U.S. District Judge Robert J. Kelleher, the oldest serving federal judge, died at 99 in California. [Associated Press]

    3 Comments / / Jun 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM
  • Nadya Suleman aka Octomom

    Defamation, Kids, Lawsuit of the Day, Nude Dancing, Ridiculousness

    Potential Lawsuit of the Day: Octomom Refuses to Ride the Pole at Florida Strip Club

    Nadya Suleman (aka Octomom) may be facing an epic lawsuit, but to be honest, we’re surprised that it took this long for someone to threaten to sue her….

    28 Comments / / Jun 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM
  • Screen Shot 2012-06-13 at 1.48.32 PM

    Airplanes / Aviation, BuckleySandler, Copyright, Intellectual Property, John Edwards, JPMorgan Chase, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Nude Dancing

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.13.12

    * Gina Chon, the Wall Street Journal reporter whose sensuous e-mails with Brett McGurk, a U.S. ambassadorial nominee, were released last week, resigned her job at the paper. But temporary unemployment is no match for true love (or super hot sex, for that matter)! [Washington Post]

    * UMass Law is now the first accredited public law school in Massachusetts. Thank God, because our law school reserves were running dangerously low. [Boston Globe]

    * The attorney for FunnyJunk is totally befuddled by the Oatmeal’s hilarious response to his legal threats, as well as the internet at large’s response to the response. Come on man, loosen up and feel the lulz. [Gawker]

    * The Justice Department dropped the remaining charges against John Edwards. That’s an anti-climax for the record books. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Congratulations to Andrew Schilling, the former top civil prosecutor at the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, who is joining BuckleySandler as a partner! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * JPMorgan’s CEO admits, “I was dead wrong.” Congratulations, I hope that makes you feel better. Now why don’t you give us taxpayers all our money back? [Gothamist]

    * I get stopped at the airport because some TSA agent thinks my belt buckle looks like a bomb or something, but this guy becomes a commercial pilot??? I just don’t get it. At all. [Wall Street Journal]

    * I do not envy the guy who has to explain the $19,000 strip club credit card bill to his wife. [Daily Business Review]

    5 Comments / / Jun 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM
  • Minimum-Wage-300x225

    Bankruptcy, Basketball, Biglaw, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.12.12

    * Dewey know how insolvency laws work in Dubai? The failed firm’s partners in the United Arab Emirates have filed for creditor protection in the hopes of receiving end-of-service payments. [The National]

    * “This is your fault.” “Uh, no, this is all your fault.” “I’m going to sue you.” “Not if I sue you first.” Florida and the DOJ got into a good old fashioned slap fight yesterday over the purging of the state’s voter rolls. [Reuters]

    * And now for your morning dose of nasty ass sexual abuse allegations. The testimony in the Jerry Sandusky case will continue today, with more lurid accounts from the former football coach’s accusers. [Bloomberg]

    * Is this what it’s come to in the legal profession? Are people really so desperate for work that they’re willing to apply in droves for a job that pays less than minimum wage? By all accounts, it sure looks like it. [ABA Journal]

    * Tips for parents of law school applicants? Screw that, ours are better: 1) tell your kid to read ATL; 2) smack your kid in the face if he still wants to apply; 3) repeat if necessary. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * A female security official for the NBA who happens to be a law school graduate is suing for employment discrimination. And no one cares about women’s basketball any more than they did before. [New York Times]

    2 Comments / / Jun 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Which firm will be next?

    Alan Dershowitz, Antitrust, Baseball, Biglaw, Bill Clinton, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Heller Ehrman, Howrey LLP, Law Professors, Morning Docket, Paul Clement, S.D.N.Y., State Judges, Texas, Trials

    Morning Docket: 06.07.12

    * You know what’s really got to suck hard? Turning down a Supreme Court nomination to be governor, and then losing your gubernatorial re-election bid. Mario Cuomo is the Bad Luck Brian of our time. [New York Daily News]

    * And speaking of bad luck, this prominent antitrust lawyer is like the harbinger of Biglaw doom. In the last four years, Marc Schildkraut has bounced from Heller to Howrey to Dewey. Good luck to his new firm, Cooley LLP. [Washingtonian]

    * Another judge — this time from the S.D.N.Y. — has found that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Paul Clement, the patron saint of conservative causes, is probably facepalming right now. [Reuters]

    * Judge Jed Rakoff “politely” benchslapped a Cardozo Law student for playing pen pal over his evidentiary rulings in the Rajat Gupta insider trading trial. Time to get a new hobby, girl. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “I don’t know how you all practice law in Texas.” It looks like the judge presiding over the Roger Clemens case hasn’t been keeping up with all of our crazy stories from the Lone Star state. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “[T]he epitome of unprofessionalism”: State Attorney Angela Corey couldn’t take the heat from Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, so she threatened to sue the school and get him disbarred. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * “What did you guys do to deserve me? How did you guys get stuck with this? Ay yi yi.” At least Jerry Sandusky’s got a sense of humor about a potential 500 year sentence. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The election outlook for birthers may not be so bleak after all. Sure, Orly Taitz lost her bid to be a senator, but Gary Kreep might get to be a judge in San Diego County. We’ll find out later today. [North County Times]

    10 Comments / / Jun 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Limited discovery: NOW!

    Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Gender, Gloria Allred, Harvard Law Review, John Marshall Law School, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Marijuana, Money, Morning Docket, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.04.12

    * Dewey know how deep in the red D&L’s international operations were? Enough to make you shout bloody hell and sacré bleu: the U.K. and Paris offices had liabilities of at least $175M. [Financial Times (reg. req.)]

    * “To the extent that we the estate have claims, we would like to settle those claims sooner rather than later.” The joke’s on you if you thought you’d be able to keep your Dewey defector money. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * According to the allegations in former Cravath associate Ellen Pao’s sex discrimination suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, the “Mad Men” culture seems to be alive and well in Silicon Valley. [New York Times]

    * Who will be the first to puff, puff, pass the vote — Obama or Romney? It looks like the path to the White House in Election 2012 might depend upon the legalization of marijuana in key states like Colorado. [Reuters]

    * Apparently you can’t take the “duh” out of “Flori-duh” when it comes to voting laws without a fight in the courts. A federal judge has blocked portions of the Sunshine State’s “onerous” voter registration law. [Bloomberg]

    * “People want to go to our school, and why should we say no?” Because they can’t get jobs? Northwestern Law is considering shrinking its class sizes; John Marshall Law, not so much. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Stop crying about coming in second in the U.S. News rankings, Harvard, because you can still brag about beating Yale in having the most-cited law review articles of all time… for now. [National Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    * Gloria Allred is representing one of the Miami “zombie’s” girlfriends for reasons unknown. Maybe the zombie apocalypse is truly upon is and she saw an opportunity to stand up for undead women’s rights. [CBS Miami]

    13 Comments / / Jun 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • George Zimmerman

    Bail, Crime, Money, Murder

    Breaking: George Zimmerman’s Bail Has Been Revoked

    George Zimmerman’s bond has been revoked. But for what reason?

    74 Comments / / Jun 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM
  • headlights

    Cars, Free Speech, Police

    Free Speech Potpourri: Begging Might Not Be Speech, But Flashing Your ‘Headlights’ Certainly Is!

    Begging might not be free speech, but flashing your headlights is…

    3 Comments / / May 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM
  • Greenberg Traurig small logo

    Attorney Misconduct, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Federal Judges, Kasowitz Benson, Legal Ethics, Litigators, Litigatrix, Partner Issues, Scott Rothstein, Screw-Ups

    Greenberg Traurig and the TD Bank To-Do: What Happened at the Contempt Hearing?

    Remember the discovery dust-up involving Greenberg Traurig, which gave rise to contempt proceedings? The two-day hearing took place last week. What happened?

    14 Comments / / May 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM
  • penis-costume

    Art, Depositions, Rudeness

    Things That Might Get You Thrown Off a Case: Drawing Dick Pics During Depositions at Dunkin’ Donuts

    When it comes to depositions, we really thought that we had seen it all. But we’ve never seen an attorney drawing dick pics before…

    22 Comments / / May 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM
  • WARN Act

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Health Care / Medicine, Labor / Employment, Layoffs, Partner Issues, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Unemployment

    Dewey Have Any WARN Act Liability? Let’s Discuss

    What is the WARN Act all about? How does a company violate it? What are the remedies for violation?

    35 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM
  • Jeffrey Martlew

    Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Exceeding Expectations of Idiocy

    Did we really need another Cooley Law campus? Based on enrollment, apparently we did.

    30 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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