Gay Marriage

  • QE's Kathleen Sullivan as Lawyer Barbie

    9th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Baseball, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Brown Rudnick, California, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Insider Trading, Kasowitz Benson, Kathleen Sullivan, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.05.12

    * Dewey know the firms that have been tapped to represent the groups that this failed firm owes money to? Yes, we do! Brown Rudnick for the unsecured creditors’ committee, and Kasowitz Benson for the former D&L partners. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Ninth Circuit is supposed to be issuing an order today regarding an en banc reconsideration request on the Prop 8 case. They really ought to slap a big fat denial on that motherf’er and call it a day so we get some SCOTUS action. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * Matthew Kluger, most recently of Fried Frank, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, which is the longest sentence that anyone’s ever received in an insider trading case. Uh yeah, he’ll definitely be appealing. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Hughes Hubbard & Reed has billed more than $17M in the first four months of its work on MF Global’s unwinding. Will the firm will be handing out spring “special” bonuses like they did last year? [Reuters]

    * Mattel is appealing MGA’s $310M copyright award, claiming that the judgment was based on “erroneous billing invoices.” Don’t you call my billable hours into question, Kathleen Sullivan. [National Law Journal]

    * Jerry Sandusky’s accusers will be named in court thanks to this judge’s ruling. But don’t worry — there’s no tweeting, texting, or emailing allowed in his courtroom. Like that’ll make a difference. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Trust me, I’m a lawyer: a disbarred Colorado attorney somehow managed to scam a convicted con artist out of more than $1 million. Now that’s some pretty sweet karmic intervention for you. [Missouri Lawyers Media]

    * A bus driver is suing a hospital because he claims that instead of treating his painful erection, the staff watched a baseball game on TV. Whatever, that was a really great Yankees game. [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Jun 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • All rise for the Honorable Judge Fiddy

    Bloomberg, Fat People, Insider Trading, Non-Sequiturs, Summer Associates, Wal-Mart

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.31.2012

    * For everyone who’s ever wondered, “I’m an attorney, but I also love playing lacrosse. Where can I enjoy my dual passions?” Well, here’s your answer. [Wall Street Journal]

    * More analysis of today’s DOMA smack down. [Leonard Link]

    * Still speaking about DOMA, check out these interesting similarities between Judge Michael Boudin, who wrote the court’s DOMA opinion, and 50 Cent. (Spoiler: they’ve both been shot a gazillion times, duuuh.) [Think Progress]

    * How do you turn your summer associateship into a full-time offer? I might suggest presents, nepotism, or, ahem, “favors.” Or for more traditional folks, I suppose you could take this “practical” advice. [The Careerist]

    * What can business executives learn from Wal-Mart? That having holiday sales so huge people are willing to die to be there might not be such a terrible idea? [Harvard Business Review]

    * What happens when the pool of college graduates dries up in a metropolitan area? Kitten starvation, ice storms, and zombies. [New York Times]

    * On a policy level, this maybe isn’t a great idea. And I realize I might sound like a hypocrite. But, honestly, if sodas were banned, I would be really upset for like 20 minutes, and then I would just go on a crazy 20-year coconut water binge. [New York Times]

    After the jump, check out Bloomberg Law’s interview with the judge from Raj Rajaratnam’s insider trading case…

    2 Comments / / May 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM
  • gay marriage 1 small

    1st Circuit, Constitutional Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, Michael Boudin, Paul Clement

    Even Paul Clement Can’t Successfully Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

    The First Circuit has ruled on a closely watched challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). What did the court decide?

    15 Comments / / May 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM
  • 'F**k this f**king sh*tty bonus!'

    ACLU, Biglaw, Bonuses, Clarence Thomas, Copyright, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay Marriage, John Edwards, Lambda Legal, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 05.31.12

    * “Our assets went home every night, until one night, they went home and never came back.” Aww, Dewey shed a tear for this bankrupt law firm? Nah. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * It looks like SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas decided to kiss and make up with his alma mater, Yale Law School. He’ll be the keynote speaker at an alumni dinner in D.C. this summer. [Reuters]

    * And the marriage equality battle has finally arrived in Obama’s former stomping grounds. Lambda Legal and the ACLU are challenging the ban on gay marriage in Illinois. [Associated Press]

    * The biggest news out of the John Edwards trial yesterday was that Judge Eagles told the alternate jurors they didn’t have to show up anymore. OMG, boring. Give us a verdict already. [ABC News]

    * Kim Dotcom and his company’s defense against the DOJ’s charges is coming together piece by piece. If only Megaupload were a torrent site, this would be a much better nerd joke. [Media Decoder / New York Times]

    * The ABA Journal wants to know if you curse in the workplace, and if so, in what situations. We bet that a fair share of Biglaw associates were dropping f-bombs left and right over this year’s bonuses. [ABA Journal]

    2 Comments / / May 31, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • William Eskridge Jr.

    Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: West Virginia Isn’t for Lovers

    Gay marriage and the South just don’t mix these days, but there’s an easy solution…

    17 Comments / / May 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM
  • gay marriage 1 small

    Biglaw, Chadbourne & Parke, Gay, Gay Marriage, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Tax Law

    More Firms Stand Up For Marriage Equality

    Which major law firms now offer the tax offset for domestic partner health benefits?

    17 Comments / / May 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM
  • suitcase full of cash

    Associate Bonus Watch 2011, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Bonuses, Gay, Gay Marriage, Litigators, Money

    Where My Boies At? Some Wonder About April Bonuses at Boies Schiller

    Some associates at Boies Schiller are wondering about missing or smaller April bonus payments. What’s going on?

    10 Comments / / May 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM
  • Obama gay marriage

    Barack Obama, Election 2012, Gay, Gay Marriage, Politics

    Breaking: Barack Obama Officially Supports Gay Marriage

    Obama endorses same sex marriage, in the most tepid way possible…

    136 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM
  • Village People

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, LLMs, Morning Docket, Music, Politics, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Morning Docket: 05.09.12

    * Dewey get the chance to reap revenge against all of the partners who defected? Only in bankruptcy clawback suits. Many are keeping an eye on the Coudert and Thelen Chapter 11 cases to see if they’ll have to pay up. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “People have bigger concerns on their mind than whether Elizabeth Warren is 1/32 Cherokee.” Well, Scott Brown isn’t most people. He wants all of her job records from her career as a law professor. [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal]

    * “We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage.” I don’t think “pro-marriage” means what you think it means. Last night, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. [CNN]

    * Mike McQueary is filing a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. Hate to say it, but that’s definitely not the first time Penn State’s seen a lawsuit over something being blown in the locker room. [Centre Daily Times]

    * Washington University in St. Louis Law is launching an online LL.M. program for foreign lawyers for the low, low price of $48K. The exchange rate surely can’t be good enough for that to be worth it. [New York Times]

    * Joran van der Sloot will likely be extradited to the United States from Peru this summer. His lawyer, Maximo Altez, isn’t a fan, because he thinks that we’ll charge his client with murder. America, f**k yeah! [ABC News]

    * Oh, of course a member of the Village People’s claim just had to be the test case for 35-year copyright transfer termination. Well, kudos to you, Mr. Motorcycle Cop. You’re a real “Macho Man.” [Bloomberg]

    10 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM
  • Hijab

    9/11, Barack Obama, Gay, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Law Schools, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Unemployment

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.08.12

    * Dear Mr. President: are you in favor of civil rights for gay people or not? Let me put it another way: do you think that you should be allowed to marry the fence that has been banging you for the last four years? [Huffington Post]

    * Here are the 15 law schools whose underemployment numbers are higher than their employment numbers. No lie, I was able to name eight of the 15 off the top of my head. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Would you wear a hijab while defending the accused 9/11 terrorists? What am I talking about, unemployed lawyers running around out here would wear a clown suit and mount a goat if they thought it would help them get a client. [Simple Justice]

    * Senate Republicans blocked a bill to freeze student loan interest rates. Obviously, students in debt aren’t rich enough to merit help from Senate Republicans. [New York Times]

    * Résumés: they’re not just for facts anymore. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * What do you do if your neighbors smoke pot and your wife is trying to get pregnant? Well, marijuana makes sperm just as lazy as everything else, but if you are honestly living in a building where you get a “contact high” in the hallway, you should move out and let some awesome people move in. [New York Daily News]

    11 Comments / / May 8, 2012 at 5:28 PM
  • Lawyer-of-the-Month

    Biglaw, Contests, Gay, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Lawyer of the Day, Reader Polls, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas, Violence

    Lawyer of the Month: February Reader Poll

    Last month, we saw some wacky antics from judges and former Biglaw associates, and some lawyering that has the potential to rock the world of legal education for the rest of time. Let’s check out our Lawyer of the Month nominees for February….

    8 Comments / / Mar 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM
  • 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Gay, John Edwards, Law Schools, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Privacy, Trials

    Morning Docket: 03.02.12

    * John Edwards’s heart condition has improved, so his campaign finance trial will begin in April. Your heart condition would be more manageable, too, if you knew your sex tapes were going to be destroyed. [Bloomberg]

    * Despite his love of all things fabulous (like peep-toe shoes), Proposition 8 plaintiffs don’t want Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to hear their arguments on an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * Instead of filing a motion to dismiss like Cooley and NYLS, Florida Coastal School of Law has removed its law school lawsuit to federal court. Will this be the start of a new trend? [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * A witness claims that Dharun Ravi “appeared uncomfortable” because his roommate was gay — so uncomfortable that he allegedly set up a webcam to watch his intimate encounters. That makes sense. [CNN]

    * Objection! Lindsay Lohan is hosting Saturday Night Live, but her lawyer had to approve all of her skits. What a shame. Bobby Moynihan would’ve been great as Judge Sautner. [Daily Dish / San Francisco Chronicle]

    18 Comments / / Mar 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • tonyaparker

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Judge of the Day, Lesbians, Texas, Videos, YouTube

    Judge of the Day: Awesome Lesbian Judge in Texas Refuses to Marry Straight People

    Sometimes we get news that makes us think, “maybe it will all be ok.” Like the Texas judge turning the tables on the folks who use religion to curtail the rights and health of other people. This judge has an ax to grind about the inability of gays to get married. If you will, please imagine a world where straight people could not get married either…

    129 Comments / / Feb 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM
  • Judge Jeffrey White

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps, Constitutional Law, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Lesbians, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: A Reverse Benchslap… of Chief Judge Kozinski?

    Whoa — did Chief Judge Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit just get reverse benchslapped? By a district court judge out of San Francisco?

    63 Comments / / Feb 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM
  • Antitrust, Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Copyright, Gay, Gay Marriage, Lexis-Nexis, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Morning Docket, Murder, Westlaw

    Morning Docket: 02.23.12

    * And now another reason for lawyers to hate other lawyers (even more than they already do): Westlaw and LexisNexis are being sued for copyright infringement for selling access to publicly filed legal documents. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * MGA Entertainment’s antitrust suit against Mattel has been dismissed. In celebration, attorneys from Quinn Emanuel will buy themselves hot pink convertibles while singing that “Barbie Girl” song. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Yesterday in the Golinski case, a federal judge ruled that the definition of marriage under DOMA is unconstitutional. Come on, even a Bush II appointee knows what’s up. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * After finally realizing that he was a lawyer and not an agent — and that his most infamous client wasn’t worth as much as he thought — Jose Baez dropped Casey Anthony like a bad habit. [Miami Herald]

    * Former University of Virginia lax player George W. Huguely V was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love. UVA students are instructed to pop their collars at half-staff. [Bloomberg]

    9 Comments / / Feb 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • 9th Circuit, Gay, Gay Marriage, Golf, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.21.12

    * It looks like Marcus Epstein landed on his feet. [One People’s Project] * A cop in Akron says he found a female judge and a female lawyer “half-naked, late at night in back of car reeking of booze.” Clearly, this is LeBron James’s fault. [Daily Mail] * An NYU Law grad and former WilmerHale […]

    3 Comments / / Feb 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM
  • Biglaw, Gay Marriage, Holland & Knight, Law Schools, Morning Docket, NALP, New Jersey, Sentencing Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 02.17.12

    * Chris Christie, you’re making me ashamed to be a Jersey girl. Please allow our state be known for something besides the disgrace that is the Jersey Shore. Just sign the damn bill. [New York Times] * A Biglaw firm that’s got some Seoul: Clifford Chance is the first firm from the United Kingdom — […]

    23 Comments / / Feb 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • Constitutional Law, Contracts, Fabulosity, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Fashion Victims Unit, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Police, Securities Law, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 02.14.12

    * A bill to legalize gay marriage in New Jersey has passed in the state Senate. If this passes in the state Assembly, will Chris Christie put the kibosh on it? Someone better make him a faaabulous offer he can’t refuse. [Wall Street Journal] * They might not be the most stylish bunch, but without […]

    9 Comments / / Feb 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM