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* Justice Thomas parted with his conservative brethren on the Confederate flag case, but was it a product of his experience as an African-American? Don’t bet on it. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
* A jury awarded $500,000 to a patient after doctors mocked him while anesthetized. For example, the anesthesiologist said, “I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit.” Maybe it’s me, but if he sued over that, it sounds like he absolutely deserved that punch in the face. [MedCity News]
* This title says it all, “I Am An Adjunct Law Professor Who Teaches Five Classes. I Earn Less Than A Pet-Sitter.” [TaxProf Blog]
* Have you ever wondered how blind people perceive and experience race? Really interesting findings from Professor Osagie K. Obasogie of UC Hastings Law. [Buzzfeed]
* This may come as a shock, but a report finds that prosecutors cared more about securing convictions than protecting the public. [The Times-Picayune]
* When we say the immigration system is broken, this is what we mean: 15-year resident with a Columbia Law degree about to be deported. [Vox]
* In honor of the anniversary of Jaws last week, an examination of Quint’s legal duties to Brody and Hooper. When you consider his potential liability, perhaps he was better off getting eaten. [The Legal Geeks]
* Federal government paying to scour sewage in Washington state to learn about pot usage post legalization. Note to federal government: they’re the dirty hippies, not you. [Seattle Times]
The new cost of free speech.
Supreme Court leaves the law more muddled than it was yesterday.
* “Representing Yourself? Not Too Smart. Calling The Prosecutor a Nazi? Brilliant!” More “pro sanity.” [Legal Juice]
* After the resounding Tory victory yesterday, let’s check in on the UK to see what it means for the legal landscape. Oh, it’s going to be the end of legal aid lawyers. That sounds about right. [Legal Cheek]
* Speaking of Staci’s wedding invitee, here’s a new interview with Justice Ginsburg. New question: will interviewers ever get tired of asking her about the “Notorious RBG” moniker? She needs to start responding with “Asked and Answered!” [Moment]
* Professor Steven Lubet explains why Pamela Geller is not morally responsible for the Texas attack. It’s like Palsgraf for morality. [The New Republic]
* The 2015 Rising Stars list. Do you know one of the 50 young lawyers on this list? [New York Law Journal]
* What’s wrong with an alternative holding every now and again? [Concurring Opinions]
* Immigration is magically complex — the same administration crafted two executive actions unilaterally and still managed to make them conflict, as noted by Laura Murray-Tjan. [Huffington Post]
* Even as clients rail against it, the billable hour is still the key to Biglaw billing, according to Kent Zimmermann of the Zeughauser Group. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]
* This past Friday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the gavel on the police officers who were allegedly involved in the death of Freddie Gray. Here are seven interesting facts you need to know about this “certified badass.” [New York Magazine]
* Which law school placed the most graduates from the class of 2014 into full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage was required that weren’t school-funded? Stop. Before you say Columbia Law, you’re wrong for the first time in years. [National Law Journal]
* Indiana Tech, the little law school that couldn’t, received a recommendation against accreditation from the ABA on its first try. Not to worry, because law school officials say this is just a “minor setback” for all 59 of its students. ::sad trombone:: [News-Sentinel]
* “You are not doing that here.” Tough titty: Kelly Noe, one of the Ohio women challenging the same-sex marriage ban in her state before the Supreme Court, was yelled at by a security guard for breastfeeding her baby outside the high court. [Cincinnati Enquirer]
* If you’re hoping to register a “smutty” or “immoral” trademark, then you may be able to get what you want if this Federal Circuit opinion comes down your way. We’ll soon see if a ban on these offensive trademarks violates the First Amendment. [Corporate Counsel]
* Supreme Court actually limits speech rights and upholds a Florida ban on judicial candidates’ direct fundraising. Here’s the excellent plain English breakdown of Williams-Yulee. [SCOTUSblog]
* Former NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded not guilty to a superseding indictment. [NY Law Journal]
* Professor Dorf analyzes the sex discrimination rationale in the same-sex marriage case. [Dorf on Law]
* $1 million in sanctions upheld against a Philadelphia lawyer. [Legal Intelligencer]
* So this is what they mean by practicing “sexy” law. 2015 list of 100 top Hollywood attorneys revealed. [Hollywood Reporter]
* In an increasingly rare bipartisan act, patent reform is back on the agenda. [Corporate Counsel]
* According to a new study by Harvard University, nearly 50% of millennials believe the criminal justice system is unfair. Welcome to the party kids. [NY Post]
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Columnist Tamara Tabo asks: where is the line between muckraking journalism and tawdry gossip?
* Attorney General Holder reminds the DOJ not to hire hookers. [Politico]
* A new demographic angry over gay marriage: gay men who want to protect their sham marriages. Didn’t expect this to be a fight. [Slate]
* Once you’ve finished binge-watching on Netflix, we ask: is Matt Murdock an ethical lawyer? [Radford & Keebaugh]
* Patent attorney David Healey at Fish and Richardson is coming out. Here’s the trailer. [YouTube]
* Richard Hsu talks about jumping off of perfectly good cliffs with Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google. [Hsu Untied]
* Garry Trudeau explains that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. Ken questions this logic. In the end though, he proves too much: there are so many powerful, biting criticisms to make that we shouldn’t have to resort to dumb caricatures. [Popehat]
* Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate on the death penalty. Watch it online Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. [Fora.tv]
* Is it just me, or does her account actually sound awfully suspicious? [Gawker]
When a top cop is mildly inconvenienced, threats of prosecution aren’t far behind.
Columnist Tamara Tabo takes a look at an interesting controversy rocking a prominent liberal-arts college.
If there isn’t a “true threat” of violence, what do you consider the “true threat” of these students’ rants? In other words, does the punishment fit the crime?
Was the SAE lynching song a true threat?
* As we mentioned, U.S. News is giving law schools less credit for hiring their own grads. Rumor has it that a few schools would’ve done better in the rankings but for their high percentage of school-funded jobs. Which ones? [WSJ Law Blog]
* Two students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from Oklahoma University were expelled after a video of their racist chanting was leaked online. Lawyers want to know: was their expulsion a First Amendment violation? [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
* UC Irvine Law debuted on the 2016 U.S. News law school rankings at No. 30, missing Dean Erwin Chemerinsky’s goal of starting out as a Top 20 school. Not to worry, Dean, there are still ways to game the rankings. Keep your head up! [National Law Journal]
* Don’t bother delaying your law school education just because the economy’s bad. The professors who told us that a law degree is worth $1 million think that its value will only drop by about $30K in times when unemployment is high. Yeah, okay. [ABA Journal]
* The grisly murder of DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt, who was found stabbed to death in a Washington, D.C., hotel, remains unsolved. Police are still searching for the “person of interest” who was seen on video from the hotel’s security camera. [Legal Times]
* Analyzing the Supreme Court on style over substance. Probably for the best because the substance has been pretty shoddy for a lot of the last few years. [SCOTUSblog]
* “Constitutional oriented” judge has some issues with the First Amendment. I guess he’s a “pre-Amendment Originalist.” [Popehat]
* Lawyers should find a niche in connected devices. It’s true. But since the partners I used to work with still printed out all their emails, good luck with that. [Law and More]
* The psychic toll of bankruptcy work. [The Docket]
* Ninth Circuit overrules lower court, holding that an arbitrator is not inherently plaintiff-biased because he or she has participated in litigation financing. [LFC 360]