Harvard Law School

  • scalia-hand RF

    Antonin Scalia, Constitutional Law, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Damn, It Feels Good to Be an Ivy Law Grad

    Justice Scalia is all about prestige…

    14 Comments / / Apr 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM
  • For the record, his tattoo should be Larry Bird walking through a door.

    Admin, Basketball, Crime, Drinking, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.10.13

    * Louisville coach Rick Pitino promised his players that he’d get a tattoo if they won the NCAA tournament. I’m hoping Peter Kalis makes the same pledge if K&L Gates makes its projected annual profits. [Huffington Post]

    * The Harvard Federalist Society held a conference on the importance of intellectual diversity in the legal academy. Somewhere out there, Ted Cruz nods solemnly. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * A public service announcement: Don’t wank and drive. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Hey, Houston readers! Since I’m in town for our event tonight, I wanted to give a plug for the OKRA Charity Saloon. I visited last night and it was great — a beautiful space and all the profits go to a charity that you get to vote on (one ballot for each drink you get). An all-around great idea. So if you’re looking for a location for your next happy hour… [OKRA Charity Saloon]

    * James Poulos makes a good point: it may put you horribly, horribly in debt, but education is still a good thing. [Forbes]

    * Tomorrow check out our newest series: Unofficial Orientation to Law School. We will be video chatting with students, professors, and hiring managers about how 0Ls can successfully launch their legal careers. This series is presented by LexisNexis, BARBRI, and Law Preview, a BARBRI Company. [Above the Law]

    * Have you ever wanted to see puppets set to the L.A. Law theme song? No? Well, after the jump you can see it anyway….

    2 Comments / / Apr 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM
  • Kamala Harris

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Law Firm Mergers, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Morning Docket, Politics, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, William Rehnquist

    Morning Docket: 04.05.13

    * If President Obama could send a love note to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, it’d probably say something like this: “Girl, you look good. Won’t you back that ass up?” [ABC News]

    * The fun things you learn during a Supreme Court justice’s book tour: apparently Sandra Day O’Connor dated William Rehnquist when they were at school together at Stanford Law. [Legal Times]

    * When it comes to law firms, size really does matter. Quite a few midsize firms had the urge to merge in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Altman Weil survey. [Am Law Daily]

    * In case you haven’t heard the news by now, NYU Law School has a new dean, and he was poached fresh from Columbia. The bonus here is that he’s actually pretty cute. We’ll have more on this story later today. [NYU Law News]

    * Law faculties may be a tad too liberal, say some at Harvard Law School, which is basically a bastion of leftie law professors. Cut to Ted Cruz muttering about Commies under his breath. [USA Today]

    * Here’s an obvious protip that may not be obvious to 0Ls: if you’re going to ask for a recommendation letter, you should probably make sure that it’s going to be a positive one. [U.S. News & World Report]

    11 Comments / / Apr 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM
  • 230px-AtTheMovies

    Abortion, Affirmative Action, Antitrust, Baseball, Basketball, Crime, Deaths, Law Professors, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.04.13

    * Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70. A great critic (his audio commentary track on the Citizen Kane DVD is amazing), whose work with the late Gene Siskel basically defined film criticism for a generation. At least now we know how we will be judged when we die — a simple thumbs up, thumbs down from Gene and Roger. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * Exploring the link between baseball’s antitrust exemption and Roe v. Wade. It’s more than just saying the Royals are an abortion of a team. [Concurring Opinions]

    * “Bring me the head of the person who did this”: the best closing to a C & D letter ever. [Popehat]

    * A Rutgers-Camden 3L breaks down the looming sh*tstorm at Rutgers over basketball coach Mike Rice’s treatment of players. [The Legal Blitz]

    * If you’ve pulled off a successful robbery, don’t taunt the victim from a traceable phone. I mean, act like you’ve been there before, man. [Legal Juice]

    * It is a little funny to say that a city is looking for weaker swimmers to serve as lifeguards, but ultimately this represents the simplistic nature of the anti-affirmative-action argument: no one is saying lifeguards shouldn’t be qualified, just that a system that only privileges a strong swimming résumé will always result in affluent white kids with 10 years of swim classes getting these jobs. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Lawyers are often jerks, but this is a new twist. Help out a lawyer trying to make it in the small-batch, artisan jerky business.[Kickstarter]

    * Maybe there aren’t actual Commies at Harvard Law School, but the ratio of liberals to conservatives/libertarians on the faculty is still extremely high. [Nick Rosenkranz]

    5 Comments / / Apr 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM
  • don lents bryan cave

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Books, Movies, Partner Issues

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Don Lents of Bryan Cave

    Don Lents, chair of Bryan Cave, shares his insights and experiences about the legal profession and careers in law, as well as about his firm and himself.

    / Apr 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM
  • happy young lawyers RF

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings, UVA Law

    Who Has the Best ‘Employed at Graduation’ Rate Among the Top 14 Law Schools?

    Hint: it’s not Harvard or Stanford or Yale….

    37 Comments / / Mar 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM
  • Boston Red Sox RF

    BU Law, Career Center, Career Files, Law Schools, Law Students, Pre-Law

    Which Is the Most Wicked Awesome Law School in Boston?

    How do law students in the Boston area rate their schools in terms of academics, career counseling, social life, and other important areas?

    23 Comments / / Mar 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • football first and goal RF

    Biglaw, Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Football, Sports, Videos, YouTube

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: NFL Football Coach

    How does one go from Harvard Law School to coaching an NFL football team? Let’s find out!

    6 Comments / / Mar 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM
  • law_school

    American Bar Association / ABA, Boalt Hall, Job Searches, Law Schools, UVA Law

    When Even Members of the T14 Don’t Comply With ABA Standards, Will Law Schools Ever Be Truly Transparent?

    Which elite law schools have failed to provide employment transparency data that’s required by the ABA?

    22 Comments / / Mar 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM
  • 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Peter Lattman, Utah

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.28.13

    * Michigan will assume control of Detroit pursuant to the state’s controversial “Emergency Manager Law.” How controversial? Michigan voters went to the polls to repeal the law last year… and the legislature said no. There’s a fitting symmetry that a law that denies the democratic rights of the people exists only because the legislature trampled on the democratic rights of the people. [WXYZ]

    * A Harvard Law grad opens an e-commerce lingerie startup. The hook for her bra business is in-home fittings. Perfect for the cross-dresser who hates prying eyes. [Forbes]

    * Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden have announced that they will merge into a single law school named “Rutgers School of Law” effective Fall 2014. The new school accomplishes the important goal of removing the words “Newark” and “Camden” from promotional materials. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Professor Eugene Kontorovich explains how Chief Judge Kozinski’s piracy ruling actually advanced the liberal causes of the Law of the Sea and expanding the scope of the Alien Tort Statute. Yeah, but it also doomed us to destruction if Captain Kirk can’t get his act together in this new timeline. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The producers of The Bachelor may need better lawyers. After they settled a claim with blogger Reality Steve, barring him from contacting cast and crew for spoilers, he’s publishing spoilers again. Reality Steve’s defense? The settlement agreement was silent on the matter of cast and crew contacting him. Touché. Reality Steve wins a one-on-one this week. [IT-Lex.org]

    * Sometimes you just need to call the other player’s bluff. Right-wing legislators in Utah loudly parroted talk-radio scripts calling for Utah to reject federal grant money. Democrats in Utah agreed and voted to reject federal grants. Then Republicans started to panic. [Utah Political Report]

    * Jon Stewart calls for the drowning of legal journalist Peter Lattman for being a wizard. Video after the jump….

    4 Comments / / Feb 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM
  • Ted Cruz LF R Ted Cruz Texas flag

    Law Professors, Politics, R. Ted Cruz, Ridiculousness, Texas

    Ted Cruz Doubles Down On Idiotic, Incorrect Statement About Harvard Law

    Ted Cruz is sticking to his guns about Commies at Harvard Law.

    61 Comments / / Feb 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM
  • Charles Fried, D.C. Circuit, Law Professors, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.22.13

    * In the E.D.N.Y., Pitbull prevailed over lovable, legal loser Lindsay Lohan. Lohan’s knack for the epic legal fail carried over to her attorney, Stephanie Ovadia, who was fined $750 for plagiarism by Judge Denis Hurley. [Billboard]

    * Charles Fried is pretty sure Senator Ted Cruz is crazy for saying there was only one Republican on the Harvard Law faculty. But the joke’s on Fried… no one considers a Reagan appointee a Republican anymore, you silly goose! [New Yorker]

    * Here are some outtakes from Michelle Olsen’s coverage of the D.C. Circuit (the main event, if you will, was published here). Sadly, unlike some outtake reels, the D.C. panel did not address the problem of snow blindness in cats. [Appellate Daily]

    * Brian Leiter and Paul Campos had a little dispute. This article sums it up and has some interesting thoughts on just how little law professors care now about their own teaching methods. Don’t read this if you’re averse to honesty. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Fisticuffs erupt over messing with the thermostat. This is an official warning to the other ATL editors if that office is too hot next week… [LegalJuice]

    * The whole “publish or perish” racket is rough. Bill Araiza needs a hug. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The ideological center of the U.S. House of Representatives is Staten Island. Woe to the Republic. [New York Daily News]

    9 Comments / / Feb 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM
  • liquor cocktails

    Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Drinking, Videos, YouTube

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Craft Spirit Curators

    How would like to sample unique artisanal spirits as part of your job? At a start-up company with seven figures in revenue?

    6 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM
  • A future law student?

    Clarence Thomas, Confirmations, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Harvard Law Review, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 02.19.13

    * Save for an unintelligible joke made last month, it’s been seven years since Clarence Thomas has spoken during oral arguments, much less asked a question, but with no offense to his colleagues, he’d rather “allow the advocates to advocate.” [Washington Post]

    * Sorry, members of the American public, but something like 95 percent of you are too stupid to understand what’s going on during Supreme Court hearings, so there’s no point in having cameras in the courtroom to film them. (Sotomayor, J.) [New York Times]

    * “Having an empty bench means people don’t get their cases heard,” but it seems like Senate Republicans could not care less. Obama’s facelift for the federal judiciary is going to have to wait a little while longer. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * A lawgasm for prestige nerds: the Harvard Law Review received federal trademark protection, and with that, the number three law school in the country gained some bragging rights over Yale. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * Oh my God, you guys, law school applications are down, no one can find jobs, and recent graduates are in debt up to their eyeballs. This is totally new information that no one’s heard before. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    * Turning to your parents for law school advice is perhaps the worst idea in the world — after all, they’re the cause of your “special little snowflake” syndrome in the first place. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    2 Comments / / Feb 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM
  • Clerkships, Football, General Counsel, Harvard, Non-Sequiturs, Rank Stupidity, Rankings, State Judges

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.12.13

    * BREAKING: Law enforcement appears to have cornered Chris Dorner in Big Bear. Two injured in a shootout. [NBC News]

    * Ranking the rankings? Who’s a bigger joke: National Jurist or Cooley? If only we had a ranking system for rankings. Hmm, that gives me an idea… [Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports]

    * A 2009 Harvard Law grad and Proskauer associate Megha Parekh just took over as the General Counsel of the Jacksonville Jaguars. She’s a much better hire than Blaine Gabbert. [Big Cat Country]

    * Looking for a clerkship in the present state of anarchy in the post-Clerkship Scramble world? This new website can help. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Call 911 for a sexy emergency! [Legal Juice]

    * Papal resignation is a little more complex than you’d think. But what’s all this stuff about Benedict XVI having to “take the Black” and move somewhere called “The Wall?” [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * When is a blogger a journalist? This question becomes pretty important when a state boasts a shield law for journalists. [Simple Justice]

    * The profiled study here asks whether judges prefer plain language or legalese? Unfortunately, it doesn’t consider the fact that some judges prefer neither. [Associate’s Mind]

    * After the jump, watch some video of what happened when hackers hit the Montana emergency alert system and said zombies were taking over….

    1 Comment / / Feb 12, 2013 at 5:32 PM
  • fashion design RF

    Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Videos, YouTube

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Enabler of Fashionistas

    Love fashion? Why not ditch the law and help young designers make a name for themselves?

    2 Comments / / Feb 6, 2013 at 3:15 PM
  • Clarence Thomas RF Justice Clarence Thomas

    Clarence Thomas, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: What Justice Thomas Actually Said

    The U.S. Supreme Court has released a revised transcript of the oral argument in Boyer v. Louisiana. What does this latest transcript attribute to Justice Thomas?

    5 Comments / / Jan 24, 2013 at 2:21 PM
  • Triage desk

    Job Searches, Law Schools

    Need Résumé Help? Don’t Bother Career Services, They Might Be Too Busy.

    Career services offices are doing triage; are law schools giving them the resources they need?

    41 Comments / / Jan 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM