Guns / Firearms

  • Robin Williams

    American Bar Association / ABA, Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Crime, Deaths, Federal Judges, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.12.14

    * “No person, no matter how high, is above the law.” It would seem Chief Judge John Roberts is unfamiliar with many of the attorneys we write about on a daily basis. [Associated Press]

    * Considering many Americans can’t name a single justice, whether the high court issues 9-0 or 5-4 opinions likely matters little, but Cass Sunstein has a study on it. [New York Times]

    * Judge Mark Fuller (M.D. AL) spent a night in jail this weekend after an alleged domestic violence incident with his wife. He paid $5,000 bond before he was released. Uhh… Roll Tide? [CNN]

    * The ABA moved forward with reforms to help students gain clinical and distance-learning opportunities. Alas, being paid for work was too controversial this time. [National Law Journal]

    * A woman who was trapped inside a law firm as a gunman opened fire before killing himself is now suing everyone for damages. You’d probably sue, too — it must’ve been terrifying. [Times-Picayune]

    * Robin Williams, the beloved actor who recently played a very disgruntled lawyer, RIP. [ABC News]

    3 Comments / / Aug 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM
  • handgun with bullets

    Constitutional Law, Crime, George J. Terwilliger III, Guns / Firearms, Murder

    James Brady Death Ruled Homicide 33 Years Later — Are You Impressed Now Jodie Foster?

    Can a death three decades after a shooting open the door to a murder prosecution?

    22 Comments / / Aug 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM
  • Dan Markel

    Crime, Dan Markel, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    The Latest Information On The Investigation Into The Murder Of Professor Dan Markel

    How long did Dan Markel have to wait before paramedics arrived?

    / Aug 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM
  • gun with bullets

    4th Circuit, Barack Obama, Basketball, General Counsel, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.29.14

    * The NRA’s general counsel was once convicted of murder. What’s the phrase? If you outlaw guns, only general counsel will have guns… [Mother Jones]

    * Seattle is looking for people donating skulls to Goodwill. Wow, if Jeffrey Dahmer had only known there was a charitable tax write-off available. [Lowering the Bar]

    * “A domestic helper has appeared in court accused of trying to injure her employer by mixing her menstrual blood in a pot of vegetables she was cooking.” Eww. [Legal Juice]

    * Can Congress sue the president? Here are multiple takes. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * As the confirmation of Pamela Harris to the Fourth Circuit reminds us, “that whole nuclear option has really worked out.” So far. [Huffington Post]

    * Money magazine is looking to create a ranking of undergraduate schools heavy on outcome-based factors. If you need any hints on how to do it, let us know. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Donald Sterling has lost, which is something he knows a lot about from his years of owning the Clippers. Here’s Mitchell Epner’s review of the ruling and its appealability. [CNBC]

    3 Comments / / Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • Dan Markel

    Crime, Dan Markel, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    Updates On The Investigation Into The Killing Of Professor Dan Markel

    A police report and recent news stories contain additional information about the murder of Professor Dan Markel.

    / Jul 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM
  • gradenfreude

    Dan Markel, Deaths, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 07.28.14

    * “[T]he nation’s last explicit ban of the right to bear arms has bitten the dust.” On Saturday, a federal judge said D.C. couldn’t ban the carrying of guns in public for self-defense. [Legal Times]

    * Late on Friday, Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage was tossed by a state judge, making it latest in a string of major legal victories for marriage equality. Congrats, Floridians! [Bloomberg]

    * There’s been some new updates in the case of Dan Markel, the young FSU Law professor who was murdered in his own home. We’ll have more on the details police released later today. [CNN]

    * “I’ve come to the realization I’d really like to have a paycheck at some point.” Ouch. Law school graduates in Florida are starting to feel the pain of a very tough job market, and they’re not too happy about the situation. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * “[T]hey treat us like step children instead of adoptees.” A group of Texas Wesleyan Law graduates have filed a complaint (in vain?) with the ABA in the pursuit of new diplomas from Texas A&M Law. [WFAA 8]

    9 Comments / / Jul 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM
  • Just try telling him to put out his smokes. Not gonna happen.

    4th Circuit, D.C. Circuit, Gay, Guns / Firearms, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Police

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.23.14

    * Looming legal battle over the confidentiality agreement at the center of lawsuit over which team John Travolta plays for. [Gawker]

    * The fallout from yesterday’s Obamacare Appellageddon continues. The D.C. Circuit and the Fourth Circuit are going to have some awkward parties until this gets resolved. [Federal Regulations Advisor]

    * Somebody got confused and thought that Stand Your Ground laws applied to protect black people. [News 4 Jax]

    * In Louisiana, a justice of the peace is given public money to hire all their staff and buy all their equipment and pay themselves whatever salary they want out of the remainder. One guy had a very clever idea about how to allocate that money and it set off a legal fight. Oh, and apparently the best job in Louisiana is to be a constable. So now you know. [Times-Picayune]

    * Do you know the 12 Rules of Client Service? Are you at least ready to fight over them? [What About Clients?]

    * Newark police can’t even come up with constitutional excuses for 75 percent of what they do. [Slate]

    * Lululemon figured that patent trolls were onto something and patented its clothing designs and aggressively pursues anyone who dares design a tank top with a built-in bra. Who would ever have thought of such an original idea? [Jezebel]

    * The University of California is increasing non-resident enrollment for budget reasons. Law schools presumably follow suit. [TaxProf Blog]

    0 Comments / / Jul 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Dan Markel

    Crime, Dan Markel, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    More Memories Of Professor Dan Markel

    Former classmates, teachers, and students of Dan Markel remember this late, great law professor.

    / Jul 22, 2014 at 4:19 PM
  • Dan Markel

    9th Circuit, Clerkships, Crime, Dan Markel, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    Professor Dan Markel: Some Personal Recollections

    What do friends and former colleagues of Professor Dan Markel have to say about him?

    / Jul 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • Dan Markel

    Crime, Dan Markel, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    A Prominent Law Professor Is Shot At Home And Killed

    What do we know — and what do we not know — about Professor Dan Markel’s terrible and tragic death?

    / Jul 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM
  • gun with bullets

    Gay, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.03.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, July 4, in observance of the day when Will Smith beat those aliens.

    * Two state supreme courts rejected the bids of guns rights advocates to give felons the right to own guns. But if you outlaw guns, only outlaws… wait, that slogan doesn’t work here. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Hobby Lobby fallout. Religious groups are asking President Obama to accommodate their “sincerely held belief” that gay people don’t deserve jobs. [Talking Points Memo]

    * On the other hand, Hobby Lobby opens the door to student loan forgiveness. [Tyler Coulson]

    * People hated talking to Steve Jobs about their work. Was it because kids these days don’t understand the value of hard work? Or was it because computer geeks are notoriously introverted? [What About Paris?]

    * Don’t discriminate against people getting divorces — they’ve got enough to worry about. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Some legal academics think bank executives should be paid in bonds. Here are some arguments against that. [Fortune]

    15 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
  • man pulling hair out

    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Ridiculousness, Screw-Ups

    Law Student Accidentally Fails Out, Files Lawsuit To Enroll At Cooley

    How does one go from attending a top 50 law school to applying to an unranked law school?

    23 Comments / / Jun 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM
  • jeremy meeks

    Crime, Facebook, Guns / Firearms, Holy Crap, Hotties, Quote of the Day, Social Media

    A Smooth Criminal: Behold, The Sexiest Felon Alive!

    Women of the internet are drooling over this man.

    20 Comments / / Jun 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM
  • large-falling-down-blu-ray9

    Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Rap, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.12.14

    * Opening fire because a fast food place screwed up your burger order would be crazy. If they did it a second time? Well… [Lowering the Bar]

    * McCutcheon at work in North Carolina. Yay free speech! [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Texas prosecutor compares NAACP member to white supremacist. Because those are totally the same thing. [Houston Chronicle]

    * In case you’ve ever wondered who’d win a fight between DMX and Justice Frankfurter, here’s your answer. [Slate]

    * Having more fun with gun nuts. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * We’ve discussed trial by combat’s past before, but is it still a real thing? Video below, including shout-outs to Professor Adam Winkler. [The Young Turks]

    4 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Mahbod Moghadam, formerly of Rap Genius

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Circuit, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Violence

    Morning Docket: 05.27.14

    * Supreme Court justices are “basically rewriting the law,” sometimes years after the fact. As it turns out they’ve been quietly “changing the wording of opinions” — sometimes, even our legal idols make mistakes. [New York Times]

    * Many law school deans at leading law schools are pretty pissed off about Justice Antonin Scalia’s latest criticisms of the legal academy. Please, continue taking “Law and Unicorns.” It’s a real class, we promise! [National Law Journal]

    * Judge Randall Rader, who recently resigned as the Federal Circuit’s chief judge, released a memo to his colleagues apologizing for his scandalous recusals in a pair of patent cases. Poor guy. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Peter Alexander, Indiana Tech Law’s dean, has resigned less than a year after opening the school’s doors. The school’s interim dean doesn’t use capital letters in his name. That’s cute. [Journal Gazette]

    * Très, très déclassé: Mahbod Moghadam, formerly of Dewey & LeBoeuf, was fired from Rap Genius after he inappropriately annotated suspected Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodgers’s manifesto. [Re/code]

    14 Comments / / May 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • lawyer 2 finger gun

    Caption Contests, Contests, Guns / Firearms, Thomas Goldstein, Videos

    Caption Contest Winner: A Supreme Court Sharp Shooter

    The story behind SCOTUS litigator Tom Goldstein’s Bilzerian experience with automatic weapons.

    7 Comments / / May 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM
  • gun firearm Glock horizontal

    Asians, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Media and Journalism, Murder, New York Times, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.15.14

    * “Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury, if my client was the shooter, why would he have left the witness alive to testify? He’s a man who finishes the damn job.” [ABA Journal]

    * Who would pretend to be a lawyer who is not? Apparently this public figure. [Legal Cheek]

    * Jill Abramson is out at the New York Times. Could the reason be her decision to lawyer up? [Law and More]

    * If you’ve hung around ATL long enough, you’ve heard us speculate that it just doesn’t make economic sense to attend most law schools. Here’s proof — only about 50 are even worth it economically. Which is hard to believe because I thought law degrees were worth $1 million. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Lawyers get depressed, and not talking about it makes it worse. [Everyday Health]

    * Seven-year-old kids are developing health problems from picking tobacco, because we let children work on tobacco farms apparently. [Slate]

    * The Asian American Bar Association will be conducting a trial reenactment of 22 Lewd Chinese Women next Wednesday. Register here! [AABANY]

    * As the new movie comes out, lawyers are really worked up over the Godzilla intellectual property. They need to hire Jorge Rivers: Godzilla Lawyer, whose ad appears after the jump (starring Thomas Lennon)…. [The Columbus Dispatch]

    4 Comments / / May 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM
  • lawyer finger gun

    Caption Contests, Contests, Guns / Firearms, Pictures, Reader Polls, Thomas Goldstein

    Caption Contest Finalists: A Supreme Court Sharp Shooter

    Don’t piss off this Supreme Court litigator — he’s got a very big gun!

    8 Comments / / May 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM