• Justice never sleeps... except at the SOTU.

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Crime, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 02.11.13

    * “You just sit there, looking stupid.” The justices of the Supreme Court aren’t required to show up and look like “potted plants” at the State of the Union address, but some of them do every year. [CNN]

    * Well, thanks to the DOJ’s fraud lawsuit filed against ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, it’s starting to look a lot like a litigation gang bang up in here as far as the states are concerned. [Bloomberg]

    * Dewey know whether D&L’s retirees are still kicking (legally speaking) or if they’ve decided to send their claims to hospice? We certainly do, and we’ll have more on this later. [Am Law Daily]

    * That “death and taxes” thing may be true, but when you’re trying to navigate the U.S. tax code as a married same-sex couple and the government won’t even recognize your union, there’s an uncomfortable air of uncertainty. [New York Times]

    * “Have we seceded already? The execution is faster than I thought.” Guess which state in the Deep South accidentally raised a Confederate battle flag over the building that houses its Supreme Court. [Clarion-Ledger]

    * Mama said knock you out: if you’re trying to figure out how to get a job after graduating from New England Law School, moonlighting as a champion boxer will help you beat down the competition. [Boston Herald]

    0 Comments / / Feb 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  • Denzel Washington Flight

    Airplanes / Aviation, Billable Hours, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs, Rape

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.08.13

    * Everybody is entitled to a competent defense. It’ll make justice possible. I’m just so thankful I don’t have to defend people like this. [CNN International]

    * In other terrible rape news, make no mistake, we need more people prosecuting rapists than we need defending the few falsely accused. [Slate]

    * More news that fewer people are taking the LSAT. Somebody better tell Dean Lawrence Mitchell that it’s time to fire off another op-ed. Maybe he can tell people that getting a Case Western J.D. comes with a chance to enter a drawing to attempt a half-court shot for a million bucks. [Faculty Lounge]

    * If you want to put a billable hours requirement on your bonuses, things like this are bound to happen. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Law graduate makes fun of “sloppy” recruiters. I hope his loan officer doesn’t end up making fun of a sloppy payment schedule. [Legal Cheek]

    * Here’s a real fishy case. [Winston-Salem Journal]

    * Wait, so if you try to pull off Denzel Washington stuff in a real cockpit it doesn’t turn out so good? [Legal Blog Watch]

    * We got this spam today too. And yes, it was annoying. [Associate’s Mind]

    0 Comments / / Jan 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM
  • billing time time is money LF

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues, Shameless Plugs

    Inside Straight: The Managing Partner On Billing Time

    Mark Herrmann imagines what a managing partner might say to the troops about billing time.

    15 Comments / / Dec 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM
  • law-school-gavels

    Biglaw, BP, Crime, Environment / Environmental Law, Facebook, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Sex Scandals, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 11.29.12

    * Enjoy your Biglaw bonuses now, because according to managing partners, layoffs and de-equitizations may soon be making their return. Oh, only in Pennsylvania? Woohoo, break out the bubbly! Just kidding, that really sucks if it’s true. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * The Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily banned BP from entering into future U.S. government contracts because of the company’s “lack of business integrity,” aka the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Ouch, super sick burn, EPA! [National Law Journal]

    * Considering going to law school? Then you should also take into consideration the fact that you’ll have to become a lawyer if you want to stand a remote chance of ever being able to pay off your loans. [Fox Business]

    * Paul Ceglia pleaded not guilty to fraud charges yesterday in federal court. If only he actually owned half of Facebook as he claims, he probably wouldn’t have a court-appointed attorney representing him. [Bloomberg]

    * “No matter how many high-priced lawyers and publicists she employs, she has been exposed for what she is.” Jill Kelley’s lawyer is on the offensive, and his targets are none too pleased about it. [Associated Press]

    * Avvo has decided to sell its health business to focus entirely on providing services to lawyers and legal customers. Now the company will be able to do the law justice. (SWIDT?) [Puget Sound Business Journal]

    3 Comments / / Nov 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Paula Broadwell

    1st Circuit, Bankruptcy, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Disasters / Emergencies, Facebook, Law Schools, LSAT, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals, Texas

    Morning Docket: 11.13.12

    * Deep in the heart of Texas, plans are in the works for the state’s secession from the nation via online petition. The most likely White House response? Probably something like this: “HAHAHAHAHAHA!” [Hillicon Valley / The Hill]

    * Paula Broadwell, better known as ex-CIA director David Petraeus’s side piece, has officially lawyered up. This guy had better watch out, because he kind of looks a little bit like her former flame. [Washington Post]

    * And then they came for the Steves, but there was no one left to speak for them. The day of reckoning has finally come for the men who are being blamed for cooking Dewey’s LeBoeuf. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Law firms in Manhattan are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Not for nothing, but all of the staff members at WilmerHale who were tasked with getting rid of all of the rotten food in the firm’s cafeteria should get a double bonus. Just saying. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Good news, underemployed law school graduates baristas! The First Circuit just affirmed your $14.1M tip-sharing judgment. Maybe now they’ll be able to afford the Starbucks diet. [National Law Journal]

    * “This lawsuit is a massive fraud on the federal courts and defendants. It has now descended into farce.” Facebook is yet again seeking dismissal of Paul Ceglia’s ownership claims. [Threat Level / Wired]

    * There may be five deciding factors when it comes to law school admissions, but serious candidates should focus on the two most important ones: LSAT and GPA. [Law School Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    4 Comments / / Nov 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM
  • election 2012

    Election 2012, Election Law, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: But Isn’t Voter Fraud a Myth?

    One can argue about its prevalence, but voter fraud does happen, at least some of the time….

    35 Comments / / Nov 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM
  • Sandy looters

    Crime, Department of Justice, Disasters / Emergencies, Securities and Exchange Commission

    In The Aftermath Of Disaster, The Scam Artists Come Out

    Hurricane Sandy may bring out scammers looking to take advantage of people suffering through the disaster. Watch out!

    12 Comments / / Nov 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM
  • jack-skellington1

    Crime, Defamation, Facebook, Non-Sequiturs, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.31.12

    * Paul Ceglia lost ANOTHER lawyer, this time after Ceglia got arrested on fraud charges. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * A Las Vegas family court judge has been charged with conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering, for allegedly devising and participating in a $3 million investment fraud scheme. So much for that whole “lest you be judged” thing. [8 News Now]

    * Hunter Moore, the patron saint of creepy revenge porn sites, has been sued by Storage Wars star Brandi Passante for defamation. [Los Angeles Intellectual Property Trademark Attorney Blog]

    * Speaking of creepy sex, happy Halloween!… unless you’re a registered sex offender. [ABA Journal]

    * This discrimination ruling may have established a new judicial precedent: the Jersey Shore test. God help us. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Remember to send us pictures of your legally themed Halloween costumes for our contest! [Above the Law]

    2 Comments / / Oct 31, 2012 at 6:04 PM
  • Jason Hunt (left) and Samuel Cole Wakefield

    Crime, Gay, Hotties, Law Schools, Money, Rape, Sentencing Law, Vanderbilt, White-Collar Crime

    Having a Gay Old Time: Couple Sentenced for Massive Theft from Vanderbilt Law (and Statutory Rape)

    A former administrator at Vanderbilt Law School just got a hefty sentence after pleading guilty to theft and statutory rape. His boyfriend got sentenced too. How much time did they get, and what are some of the salacious allegations?

    24 Comments / / Oct 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM
  • tjefferson

    2nd Circuit, Drinking, Federal Judges

    Billionaire Is SOL Because Of The SOL When It Comes to Thomas Jefferson’s Wine

    It must be every billionaire wine connoisseur’s dream to own a few bottles from the cellars of the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence — except if the wine turns out to be fake.

    10 Comments / / Oct 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM
  • CBS-Good-Wife-Alicia-Florrick

    Asians, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, JPMorgan Chase, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, Television

    Morning Docket: 10.02.12

    * “This case has nothing to do with the United States.” We’d normally let that slide because of this law from 1789, but now the Supreme Court is suddenly skeptical about the validity of the Alien Tort Claims Act. [Reuters]

    * “Why are we being punished for Dewey & LeBoeuf?” Come to think of it, former employees at the failed firm are probably wondering the exact same thing as the fictional characters on “The Good Wife.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Reduce, reuse, and recycle your claims? New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against JPMorgan, alleging that the bank’s Bear Sterns business defrauded mortgage-bond investors. [Bloomberg]

    * A man of many firsts: Randall Eng, the first Asian judge in the state, was appointed to lead New York’s Second Department as presiding justice, the first Asian-American to serve in the position. [New York Law Journal]

    * UC Irvine Law is planning a six-week summer camp for in-house counsel. They’re calling it the Center for Corporate Law, but Mark Herrmann’s “General Counsel University” has a nicer ring to it. [National Law Journal]

    * Why shouldn’t you get a dual JD/MBA? Because hiding out in school for another year isn’t going to save you from all of the extra debt you’ve incurred earning yet another degree. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    3 Comments / / Oct 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM
  • mayer_brown_logo-300x55

    Biglaw, Money, Technology, White-Collar Crime

    Mayer Brown’s Former CIO Charged With Defrauding the Firm Out of a Whole Bunch of Money

    The former CIO of Mayer Brown could be in a lot of trouble…

    23 Comments / / Aug 30, 2012 at 4:45 PM
  • Killer cups?

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Blank Rome, Breasts, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Howrey LLP, Litigators, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Rape

    Morning Docket: 08.22.12

    * Dewey know how much it costs to keep this failed firm on life support while its remaining partners try to collect D&L’s unpaid bills? A little more than $2M a month, according to the latest reports. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Former Missouri senators — including two Am Law 200 partners — are asking begging Rep. Todd Akin to step aside so the Republicans chances of securing the Senate seat aren’t legitimately raped. [Am Law Daily]

    * Howrey going to explain this one to the judge? The defunct firm is blaming a deadly forklift accident at a document-storage warehouse for hindering its wind-down process. [Bankruptcy Beat / Wall Street Journal]

    * “No matter what they said, it’s not material? Is that what you’re alleging?” It figures that a Skadden partner argued that employment statistics were irrelevant in the fraud class action suit against Brooklyn Law School, but at least the judge attempted to set him straight. [National Law Journal]

    * Alaska is suing to overturn federal oversight of its elections, because the portions of the VRA aimed at protecting African Americans aren’t applicable if you can see Russia from your house. [Chicago Tribune]

    * An official at ICE is suing because his boss, a woman, allegedly “created a frat house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” Pledging totally sucks, bro. [New York Times]

    * Psst, we think we know what Victoria’s secret is, and she’s no angel. According to police, she’s got a very bad temper, and if you deny her money for booze, she may strangle you to death with her bra. [Daily Mail]

    * Jerome Richter, former Blank Rome litigation department chairman, RIP. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    15 Comments / / Aug 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • work-life-balance-hand

    Attorney Misconduct, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, New York Times, Perverts, Prisons, SCOTUS, State Judges, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.16.12

    * Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one Supreme Court justice thinks that things will be back to normal at One First Street come the start of the next term, despite his colleagues’ loose lips. [National Law Journal]

    * Hourly billing rates for associate are on the rise nationwide, while partner and counsel billing rates only saw modest bumps. Is Biglaw back in business, or is this just another “retention strategy”? [New York Law Journal]

    * This is a really hard to believe newspaper headline: “Law firm recognizes employees have life outside of work.” Carlton Fields, what kind of gypsy voodoo magic spells are you casting? [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

    * Another day, another editorial about the “irretrievably broken” state of legal education in our country. But the ABA admins needn’t worry their oblivious little heads, because people will keep applying. [New York Times]

    * And in today’s disturbing law school debtor news, Jason Bohn’s charge was upgraded to first-degree murder after a DA announced via indictment that Bohn allegedly intended to torture his victim. [New York Post]

    * “Quite frankly, these are the actions of a dirty old man.” You can look, but never lick: it’s not really a good thing when a judge uses a sentence like this to describe an attorney’s alleged client relations skills. [CBS News]

    * For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball fraud game. Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud among a potpourri of other felony counts, and he’ll now face up to 20 years in prison. [CNN]

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • happy sperm

    Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Billable Hours, California, Celebrities, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drugs, FDA, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Pro Se Litigants, Sam Sparks, Sports

    Morning Docket: 07.10.12

    * Dewey know how many professional firms have been allowed to stay on as advisers for the largest law firm bankruptcy in U.S. history? Six out of nine firms were permitted to continue services, but Proskauer wasn’t one of them. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * In other defunct firm news, Al Togut will be presenting Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former partners with a proposed settlement on Wednesday. You’ve been warned: prepare yourselves for some Biglaw-style bitching. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Despite reports of the billable hour going the way of the dodo bird, it looks like they’re here to stay. Right now, corporate law departments are still much more excited about alternative billing arrangements than law firms. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Judge Sam Sparks, the King of Benchslaps, dismissed Lance Armstrong’s lawsuit against the USADA in record time. That ruling came too quickly — guess it’s time to investigate judicial doping. [New York Times]

    * Marc Dreier’s son, Spencer Dreier, is representing himself pro se in a defamation suit against his former college roommate. Looks like Daddy couldn’t spring for his kid’s lawyer while he was in the clink. [Bloomberg]

    * A California woman claims that the Food and Drug Administration’s methods regarding sperm donations are unconstitutional. Why should she have to go to an intermediary to get sperminated? [Huffington Post]

    * Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s not exactly something to be proud of. Actor Dwayne Johnson is listed as a “co-conspirator” in a $1.8M fraud lawsuit that’s been filed by a South Florida family. [NBC Miami]

    10 Comments / / Jul 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • This girl is 1/64 Cherokee, tops.

    Cars, Lawyer of the Day, Native Americans

    Lawyers of the Day: Native American Tribe Says Their Attorneys Swindled Them for Cars and Nice Furniture

    Did two Miami defense attorneys swindle a Native American tribe for millions of dollars?

    9 Comments / / Apr 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM
  • muffins nasty muffins

    Job Searches, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: More Like Week-Old Muffins?

    Are the lawsuits against law schools over allegedly misleading employment data going to succeed? Some law professors opine on this question.

    28 Comments / / Feb 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM
  • Biglaw, Chadbourne & Parke, Food, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 01.30.12

    * People like it when the members of the Supreme Court agree with each other, except when the justices forget to tell them exactly what to do. Poor sheeple. [Washington Post] * If you’re wondering why you can’t get a Biglaw job, it’s because the firms don’t need you. Well, they probably do, but definitely […]

    9 Comments / / Jan 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM