• johnny manziel RF

    Cars, Facebook, Football, Quote of the Day, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Quote of the Day: Johnny Football’s Speeding Ticket Is Totally Real… Trust Us

    A municipal judge knocks a Heisman trophy winner down a peg or two by outing him as the recipient of a speeding ticket.

    1 Comment / / Jan 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM
  • juggalo-law-sports-RF

    Basketball, Celebrities, Football, Sports

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: The Lies They Tell Ourselves

    In today’s sports law column: Manti Te’o’s alleged ‘catfishing’ experience, Larry McGuinness’s suit against the Spurs, and other sports figures in legal hot water.

    8 Comments / / Jan 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM
  • law_school

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Deaths, Defamation, Education / Schools, Football, Howrey LLP, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, New York Times, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 01.18.13

    * “The bottom line is … I’m the 800-pound-gorilla that you want to settle with.” By the way, if you weren’t sure, Howrey’s trustee Allan Diamond wasn’t kidding about suing the firm’s former partners. “Either we’re going to cut deals, or I’m suing you.” [Am Law Daily]

    * It takes two to do the partnership tango: in the expansion of its Financial Institutions Group, Goodwin Procter picked up Brynn Peltz, an attorney with more than 20 years’ experience, and an ex-partner at Latham and Clifford Chance. [Fort Mill Times]

    * Hello, predictive coding! Goodbye, jobs! Not only can computers do the work of lawyers on the cheap, but they can do it more intelligently, too. Get ready to welcome our new digital overlords. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Another day, another op-ed article about the law school crisis in the pages of the New York Times. But at least this one is about something most can support: changing the third year of law school. [New York Times]

    * As it turns out, with 82 applications for the program’s first five spots, there’s actually a demand for Yale Law’s Ph.D. in Law. So much for this being “[t]he worst idea in the history of legal education.” [National Law Journal]

    * Linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation suit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with Bountygate was dismissed. Wonder when Goodell will suspend Vilma for thinking he could win. [Bloomberg]

    * Francis Lorson, former chief deputy clerk of the Supreme Court, RIP. [Blog of Legal Times]

    8 Comments / / Jan 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Ann Althouse, Football, Guns / Firearms, Hotties, Law School Deans, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Pregnancy / Paternity, Suicide

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.16.13

    * Not a Victoria’s Secret angel’s fantasy: being sued for $3.3 million. [Fashionista]

    * Should a widow be able to extract sperm from the body of her husband, who recently committed suicide, so she can have a child with him? Some thoughts from Professor Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law. [Bill of Health]

    * Speaking of suicide, controversy over the prosecution of the late Aaron Swartz rages on. [How Appealing and Instapundit]

    * Professor Ann Althouse isn’t a fan of the “if we can save one life” argument for gun control. [Althouse]

    * I don’t know anything about football, but even I chuckled at this. [Life in Biglaw]

    * ‘Tis the season… for replacing law school deans. Congratulations to Michael Hunter Schwartz, the new dean at Arkansas – Little Rock. [Faculty Lounge]

    After the jump, Elie challenges Mike Bloomberg to make him skinny….

    Elie also discusses the hot issue of the day, gun control, on HuffPost Live:

    0 Comments / / Jan 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM
  • superman

    9th Circuit, Cartoons / Comics, D.C. Circuit, Football, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pictures, Rape, Stephen Reinhardt, Trials

    Morning Docket: 01.11.13

    * “Almost anything associated with him is necessarily of concern.” Thanks to the D.C. Circuit, Osama bin Laden’s death photos may never see the light of day, no matter how many FOIA requests you file. Sorry, you’ll have to settle for the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty. [McClatchy Newspapers]

    * Some would argue that the opinions written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit are like Lex Luthor’s ring in that they keep the heirs of Superman’s co-creator at bay like kryptonite. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Ay dios mio, al parecer esta es una gran noticia para la escuela! Yale Law has hired Cristina Rodríguez, an expert in immigration law, as its first Hispanic professor in a tenured position. [National Law Journal]

    * Prosecutors established probable cause in the Aurora movie theater shooting case and James Holmes has been ordered to stand trial, but his lawyers aren’t ready to enter his likely NGRI plea yet. [Bloomberg]

    * Everyone saw this coming, but that doesn’t mean they have to be any less disgusted by it: Jerry Sandusky filed a motion to get a new trial just three months after being sentenced for his sex abuse conviction. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Jan 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • gradenfreude pic RF

    Football, Job Searches, Law Schools, Sports, Student Loans

    Gradenfreude: The Legal Profession Has the Luck of the Irish

    A disgruntled law school graduate compares the state of the legal profession to the Fighting Irish’s lackluster performance in the BCS bowl game.

    12 Comments / / Jan 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM
  • bethel-thompson RF

    Bad Ideas, Football, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Sports

    Quote of the Day: Dreaming of a Third-String Law School?

    Perhaps this football player’s spot in the line-up is indicative of his future law school’s ranking.

    28 Comments / / Jan 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM
  • juggalo-law-sports-RF

    Football, Sex, Sports, Television

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: Chad’s Johnson

    In today’s sports law column: Chad Johnson’s johnson, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett’s suit against the NCAA, and other sports figures in legal hot water.

    6 Comments / / Jan 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM
  • joepa RF

    Antitrust, Cozen O'Connor, Education / Schools, Football, Sports

    Pennsylvania Governor and NCAA Go to Court to Cover Their Own Asses

    Pennsylvania’s Governor files an antitrust suit alleging NCAA overstepped its authority hoping Pennsylvanians forget his personal involvement in the scandal.

    25 Comments / / Jan 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM
  • juggalo-law-sports-RF

    Baseball, Basketball, Copyright, Football, Guns / Firearms, Sports

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: Assault Weapons and the 2-3 Zone

    In today’s sports law column: Jim Boeheim’s slam dunk on gun control, Raanan Katz’s crazy copyright claim, and other sports figures in legal hot water.

    6 Comments / / Dec 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM
  • middle finger lights

    ACLU, Antonin Scalia, Bernie Madoff, Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Federal Judges, Football, Free Speech, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Prisons, Robert Bork, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 12.21.12

    * Seven out of nine sitting Supreme Court justices were silent when it came to the passing of Robert Bork. Justice Antonin Scalia, of course, issued a public statement, as did liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (surprise!). [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * No one ever really doubted that it would take an army of Biglaw lawyers from the likes of Sullivan & Cromwell, Shearman & Sterling, and Wachtel Lipton to handle a monumental deal like the proposed $8.2 billion NYSE/ICE merger. [Am Law Daily]

    * Can you coach with Nick Saban and be a Miller Canfield partner at the same time? No. But you can sue (and win!) when the firm allegedly forces you out due to its “culture of fear and intimidation.” [Detroit Free Press]

    * Justice Rolando Acosta, who wrote the opinion upholding the dismissal of the class action case against NYLS, rates well among his peers as a nominee for the New York Court of Appeals. [New York Law Journal]

    * Peter Madoff was sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, but the judge will probably let him go to his granddaughter’s bat mitzvah before shipping him to the pokey. [Bloomberg]

    * Merry Christmas, now go f**k yourself. A federal judge has given a woman in Louisiana free rein to display holiday lights on her roof in the form of an extended middle finger. God bless America. [CBS 3 Springfield]

    7 Comments / / Dec 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • juggalo-law-sports-RF

    Football, Sports

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: Pushed Off the Team, This Coaching Career Is About to Die

    In today’s sports law column: Daron Roberts get sacked, the end of Bountygate drama (for now), and other sports figures in legal hot water.

    2 Comments / / Dec 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM
  • BCS-trophy

    Football, Judge of the Day, Sports

    Judge of the Day: Sua Sponte Holiday Continuance

    The Alabama Crimson Tide are back in the BCS title game. Any moment, we expect SEC lawyers with poor time management skills to start asking judges for continuances so they can go to Miami to support their team. It’s happened before, Roll Tide. I’m not expecting Notre Dame trained lawyers to totally freak out in […]

    14 Comments / / Dec 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM
  • There's no gay bar  at the Supreme Court right now.

    Bar Exams, Cars, Football, Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.03.12

    * I’m not sure that it’s legal to tag the cars of people who park poorly, but it’s certainly satisfying. Honestly, every time I see one of those commercials where the dude needs freaking birds to park his “I’ve given up on life” minivan-SUV, I want to scream, “You could act like a man!” [Legal Blog Watch]

    * SCOTUS is acting like an old college roommate who just came out is inviting them to a gay bar, and they’re trying to politely decline without looking like raging homophobes. [SCOTUSblog]

    * To all the people who didn’t pass the California bar exam, here’s a guy who did it while only studying for 100 hours. Yeah. So… umm, I didn’t really think this blurb through. [Blake Masters]

    * Do lawyers need to “love” their clients? Come on, isn’t loving the money they give you enough? [Underdog]

    * Jason Whitlock took the Jovan Belcher and put the focus exactly where it should be, on our gun laws. Then Bob Costas blew a big megaphone on Sunday Night Football. [Fox Sports]

    * It’s funny, I’m against sex offender registries because even though sex crimes are heinous, registries are bad things that create second-class citizens and tend to unfairly lump people who didn’t commit the worst stuff in with disgusting humans. That means I should probably be against animal abuse registries too, but man I don’t think animal abusers suffer nearly enough. So, whatever, I’m a hypocrite. I’m a hypocrite who cares more about dogs than children. [Simple Justice]

    4 Comments / / Dec 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM
  • Rob Lowe

    Cars, Football, In-House Counsel, Marijuana, Movies, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Tax Law, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.29.12

    * Wait, did other people know this Casey Anthony movie was happening and not tell me? With Rob Lowe? How much would you pay to get drunk and watch it with Nancy Grace? [Lifetime]

    * In America, poorly parked cars get tickets. In Soviet Russia, poorly parked cars get douches. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Sometimes you can evade consequences associated with evading taxes, and sometimes you can’t. [Going Concern]

    * The George Zimmerman defense fund seems to be alive and well… unlike Trayvon Martin. [NPR]

    * I feel like it would be great if the NFL took marijuana off of its banned substance list. It’s not like the drug is performance enhancing. [The Nation]

    * A leading organization for in-house lawyers weighs in against the sanctions imposed on TD Bank. [Association of Corporate Counsel]

    * Don’t forget to add your résumé to the flood for our open positions on Above the Law. At this point, you might want to send a picture to get our attention. Not of yourself, but you know, Twinkies, peep-toed shoes, something that we actually care about. [Above the Law]

    5 Comments / / Nov 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM
  • randall gay RF

    Football, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Sports

    Quote of the Day: When Football Completely Scrambles Your Brain, Law School Sounds Like a Great Idea

    A former NFL football player is now a law school rookie. Which school is he attending?

    14 Comments / / Nov 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM
  • sports machine

    Crime, Football, Gambling, Kids, Politics, Sports, State Attorneys General

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: And Politics Too

    As part of Florida’s ongoing quest to entertain us, nine men were arrested in connection with a wide-ranging gambling ring — involving youth football games. Hut, hut, hike!

    0 Comments / / Nov 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM
  • The 'very, very pretty' Cristina Fierro.

    Biglaw, Department of Justice, Federal Judges, Football, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Sentencing Law, Sex, Sports

    Morning Docket: 10.25.12

    * Covington, Skadden, and Proskauer really like representing professional sports leagues: from 2010 to 2011, the NHL paid a combined total of $8.8M to all three, and Covington received $16.3M from the NFL over the last three years. [Am Law Daily]

    * The Department of Justice sued Bank of America yesterday for doing the “hustle.” No, not the popular disco disco dance, but rather, a supposed elaborate scheme to defraud the government out of billions of dollars. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Rajat Gupta was sentenced to a whole two years behind bars for insider trading, but my colleague Elie Mystal thinks that the more appropriate punishment would’ve been to force him to reenact the seminal 80s film, Trading Places. [HuffPost Live]

    * Unfortunately, Siri wasn’t able to be helpful with this one. A federal judge had to recuse himself in a patent case involving the Siri voice assistant app because of his “interest” in Apple (likely stock ownership). [CNET]

    * Was Wednesday the day of departing deans? NYU’s Richard Revesz said farewell, and so did Sydney Beckman of Duncan Law, but the latter flat out quit amid accreditation uncertainty. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

    * “We’ll fight another day. This is not over.” While a jury declared that Teresa Wagner wasn’t a victim of Iowa Law’s political bias, a mistrial was called as to her equal protection claim against the school. [Press Citizen]

    * Somebody really should’ve told Lawrence Taylor that when testifying in an underage sex trafficking case, it’s probably not a good idea to mention that your accuser was “very, very pretty” and “very sexy.” [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM