• Beyoncé and Jay-Z

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.17.14

    * Law school enrollment continues its death spiral for the fourth year in a row, with enrollment down about 28 percent since 2010. Some schools — about 25 of them — have reported enrollment dips of more than 20 percent. Celebrate good times, come on! [National Law Journal]

    * Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the queen and king of rap royalty, have been sued over a sample that was allegedly used in their hit song, “Drunk in Love.” When asked for comment on the suit, our bae Bey kept it short and sweet: “Bow down, bitches.” [A.V. Club]

    * Yoohoo, SCOTUS, pay attention to this one: The first federal judge has weighed in on President Obama’s executive order on immigration, and in a four-page takedown, found it unconstitutional and “beyond prosecutorial discretion.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Katrina Dawson, an Australian lawyer who worked at Eight Selborne Chambers, was killed during the Sydney terrorist siege earlier this week. She reportedly died in an attempt to save a pregnant law firm colleague from a hail of gunfire. [Am Law Daily]

    * Lawyers and law students dressed in suits hosted a “die-in” in the pouring rain outside of a courthouse in downtown L.A. yesterday. Professor Priscilla Ocen of Loyola Law made some great points on a bullhorn. [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    33 Comments / / Dec 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 12.16.14

    * Law firm suffers Viagra hack. If it persists for more than four hours… [Legal Cheek]

    * An in-depth and frightening look at “Witness 40″ in the Ferguson Grand Jury proceedings: a bipolar woman with a long history of making racist comments who lived nowhere near Ferguson and testified only after Officer Wilson’s story was revealed — which she parroted back. Bob McCulloch thought this was a stellar witness. Bob McCulloch is also bad at his job. [The Smoking Gun]

    * Charleston local government wants InfiLaw out of town. Is there anyone left who wants InfiLaw to take over Charleston? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Congratulations to U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña on her confirmation as head of ICE. [International Business Times]

    * Pet piercing will soon be illegal in New York, so get that dope nose ring for your dog today! [Lowering the Bar]

    * Canadian “band” Skinny Puppy demands $660,000 from the U.S. government for using their music as torture material without permission. As a compromise can we just pledge to strap Dick Cheney down and force him to listen to 15 consecutive hours of Skinny Puppy and call it a day? [Gawker]

    * Cleveland WR Andrew Hawkins pens a thorough, even-handed takedown of butthurt police union leaders demanding he apologize for taking the stance that police should try not to kill unarmed 12-year-olds. So apparently this is what the Browns are good at. [Talking Points Memo]

    * David chats about the backstory behind Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link).

    20 Comments / / Dec 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 11.24.14

    * 2014 Moot Court rankings. Florida Coastal? Really? Good for them. [The National Jurist]

    * Young lawyers are making legal mobile apps. Great, now I’m going to start getting notifications about helping friends out with their LawVille game. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Judge sends motivational tweet, no big deal. No judge sends motivational tweet DURING A MURDER TRIAL, now there’s something! [Legal Cheek]

    * A number of law professors filed a brief supporting the NCAA in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust appeal. What do you know, there’s actually someone out there supporting the NCAA. [CBS Sports]

    * Cooley LLP is representing Immigration Judge Ashley Tabaddor in an interesting lawsuit against the DOJ. Judge Tabaddor is Iranian-American, and the DOJ ordered her off all cases involving Iranians based on her heritage. That… doesn’t sound right. [Cooley LLP]

    * Ron Collins kicks off a multi-part series on Judge Richard Posner. [Concurring Opinions]

    * English was William F. Buckley’s third language? Huh. Never knew that. [What About Clients?]

    * David and Elie appeared on Power Lunch today to discuss bonus season. Video below. [CNBC]

    9 Comments / / Nov 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.21.14

    * Barack Obama laid out his plans for an immigration overhaul last night, daring the members of Congress to pass a bill if they didn’t like it. Consider that to be a presidential burn. [New York Times]

    * Who’s got the God View now? In an effort to stop pissing off its paying customers, Uber hired Harriet Pearson of Hogan Lovells to take a look at its data-privacy practices. [Bloomberg]

    * Dean Jack Boger of UNC Law will be stepping down this summer. He says his journey to deanship started in hell and ended in paradise. We’re not sure law students ever get out of the hellscape. [Daily Tar Heel]

    * South Texas College of Law launched an Oil & Gas Law Institute in the hope of making its graduates’ résumés look pretty enough to get them jobs. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown, is in talks to resign ahead of a grand jury’s decision on whether or not to indict him. Wise choice? [CNN]

    34 Comments / / Nov 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • stripper_heels_g7

    Contract Attorneys, Department of Justice, Document Review, Immigration, In-House Counsel, Labor / Employment, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.19.14

    * First the cheerleaders went after their employers in wage and hours suits. Now strippers. And the strippers are winning. [Slate]

    * Prince Harry’s ex, Chelsy Davy, has left her Biglaw gig as an Allen & Overy associate. So that’s what happens when you lose the real-life version of I Wanna Marry Harry. [Legal Cheek]

    * Despite the shrill response on cable news, President Obama’s executive action on immigration will be totally legal. [New Republic]

    * DOJ seeks to disqualify anyone who knows about all the DOJ’s misconduct. Clever trick! [New York Observer]

    * If you’re doing contract work, you could stave off the boredom or you could go the failed mobster route and be a rat. [Law and More]

    * Somewhere along the line, obvious puffery turned into false advertising suits and it’s costing some companies big bucks. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The latest in litigation financing: crowdfunding your lawsuit. [TechCrunch]

    10 Comments / / Nov 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM
  • Immigration Law

    Barack Obama, Immigration, Politics

    Legislation By Equivocation, Negotiation By Strangulation, And Other Dumb Ways To Handle Immigration

    The President thinks that current immigration laws should be changed and Congress won’t change them. What to do?

    83 Comments / / Nov 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM
  • law_school LF

    6th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Gay Marriage, Immigration, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.07.14

    * U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved the deal tossing about $7 billion of Detroit’s debt. He declared that it was now time to restore democracy to Detroit. We’ll see how that turns out. [The Detroit News]

    * How many law schools are in dire economic straits? Try 80. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Professors Eric Posner and Glen Weyl think the answer to global income inequality is low-paid migrant labor. It’s not entirely as crazy as it sounds. But it’s still kinda crazy. [The New Republic]

    * On the other hand, economic inequality could be greatly exacerbated by technology anyway. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Life imitates Shawshank. [Clarion-Ledger]

    * Attorney and author Lawrence Otis Graham explains how no amount of economic or educational privilege can fully shield African-Americans from racism. [Washington Post]

    ** A women’s group pledges to stand up for victims of harassment on Twitter. Not to discount some of the vile stuff women are subjected to on Twitter, but it’s possible that Twitter is rife with gender-neutral horribleness. [What About Clients]

    * That Sixth Circuit marriage equality opinion is… well, fundamentally wrong about how constitutional democracy works. [Detroit Free-Press]

    8 Comments / / Nov 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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  • zombies

    Cellphones, Crime, Immigration, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.09.14

    * Zombies responsible for tort. It’s like Walking Dead but with more motion practice. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * As much as you hate pocket dialing someone, you don’t hate it as much as these people who pocket dialed 911 while making a drug deal. [Legal Juice]

    * Ever wonder why AIG seemed to fare much worse under the bailout than the banks? Perhaps that’s because the government used the AIG bailout to play favorites and help out all their banking buddies. [Medium]

    * Here’s one out of left field: Oregon’s first lady had a secret marriage to an 18-year-old immigrant 11 years her junior. Was this a “green card marriage” (i.e., a felony)? My home state doesn’t have great luck with political figures and legal trouble. [Willamette Week]

    * Is law one of the most profitable industries for private companies? Of course it is. [Inc.]

    * Guess what? Spending decades decrying “for’ners” for stealing hard-earned American cash, people consistently believe we spend tons more on foreign aid than we really do. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Legendary plaintiffs’ attorney Fred Levin talks about the ongoing effort to demonize plaintiffs lawyers. Video after the jump…. [Mimesis Law]

    4 Comments / / Oct 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia, mocking advocates of two-year law degrees.

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Books, Boutique Law Firms, Crime, Department of Justice, Immigration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.02.14

    * Justice Scalia spoke at CU-Boulder last night. For his sake, we certainly hope he didn’t speak about any issues that might someday appear before SCOTUS, lest he be asked to recuse. [Boulder Daily Camera via How Appealing]

    * Another one bites the dust over at Main Justice: David O’Neil, the head of the criminal division, is stepping down in the wake of the BNP Paribas case, and will likely have many white-shoe law firm suitors. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Fox Rothschild picked up a 18-lawyer boutique firm in Texas, which will serve as the home of its first outpost in the Lone Star State. Energy law, surprisingly, wasn’t the driving factor. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “I have a heart and I have two kids.” That’s a pretty damn good reason for Biglaw attorneys to take a break from their corporate billable hours to represent undocumented children pro bono. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Scott Greenfield reviews Lat’s forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). Of course, in SHG style, it contains a spoiler. Try to skip that clearly marked paragraph. [Simple Justice]

    4 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • Eric Holder

    Department of Justice, Drugs, Eric Holder, Federal Government, Immigration, Politics, Senate Judiciary Committee

    When The Confirmation Of The Next Attorney General Gets Political, Thank Eric Holder

    The battle to confirm Eric Holder’s successor will be messy, according to conservative columnist Tamara Tabo.

    42 Comments / / Sep 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM
  • angry handcuffs

    2nd Circuit, Biglaw, Immigration, Insider Trading, Law Schools, LSAT, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Plaintiffs Firms

    Morning Docket: 09.17.14

    * Uh oh! The Second Circuit is having a copy/paste problem in that it copied and pasted the wrong legal standard into twelve of its immigration opinions from 2008 to 2012. Embarrassing. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Am Law named the grand prize winners of the magazine’s Global Legal Awards for the best cross-border work in corporate, finance, disputes, and citizenship. Was your firm honored? [Am Law Daily]

    * An attorney at this Louisiana law firm was apparently attacked by a co-worker’s husband who claimed that the lawyer was behind his cuckolding. We may have more on this later. [Louisiana Record]

    * A computer systems engineer at Wilson Sonsini has been charged with insider trading. This is the second time in three years that an employee from the firm has been charged with this crime. [Bloomberg]

    * The best way to navigate common mistakes in the LSAT logical reasoning section is to display your logical reasoning capabilities by not taking the LSAT right now. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    2 Comments / / Sep 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM
  • Redskins

    FCC, Football, Immigration, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.03.14

    * As football prepares to kick off, there’s a new filing opposing the renewal of the broadcast license for Dan Snyder’s Washington-area radio station because it has a tendency to broadcast a particular racial slur over and over throughout the NFL season. [Corporate Counsel]

    * If you’re a young law grad ready to give up on being a lawyer, it’s harder to move into another industry than you’d think. [Law and More]

    * Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sought an emergency stay to allow Texas to start shutting down abortion clinics despite a ruling that the law was unconstitutional. So he filed his motion at midnight on the Sunday before Labor Day. The Fifth Circuit does not brook this tripe. [Houston Chronicle]

    * New research confirms deportations don’t lower crime rates. They do, however, help drive up the BS in political ads, so that’s nice. [New York Times]

    * The confusing reports that Goldman Sachs was driving aluminum around Detroit to drive up the price of aluminum spawned a lawsuit. And that led to a dismissal. [Bloomberg View]

    * This is why you don’t eat underwear… [Daily Mail]

    * The legal battle surrounding Adam Carolla’s podcast is breaking up friendships now. [CNN]

    2 Comments / / Sep 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Immigration Law


    Immigration Law Is Even More Corrupt Than You Think

    Did you know that if you are rich enough you could just buy a green card?

    18 Comments / / Aug 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM
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    Department of Justice, Federal Government, Immigration, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Reminder: DOJ (And Other) Honors Program Applications Are Due Soon

    Are you aware of all these great job opportunities for graduating law students and recent law school graduates?

    9 Comments / / Aug 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM
  • ankle biter

    Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.14

    * CNN sued over claims that a correspondent bit EMTs at the embassy in Baghdad. And just like that, Baghdad isn’t looking so safe anymore. [MSN]

    * Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel has filed a legal challenge over the Mississippi GOP primary. It’s dumb. [KARN h/t Election Law Blog]

    * The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s restrictions on unions. Meanwhile the dissent relied on really weak arguments like “actual Supreme Court precedent.” [Labor Press]

    * The immigration crisis has inspired Miami to establish a rocket docket, which is a useful response, so we should probably shut it down and encourage drunk militia members to get in boats or something. [Daily Business Review]

    * Dan Markel was serving as a legal consultant to the defendants in that Orthodox divorce extortion case. [Village Voice]

    * The legal conundra of The Guardians of the Galaxy. Poor Ronan… you plan one attempted genocide and the law is all over you. [The Legal Geeks]

    1 Comment / / Aug 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    2nd Circuit, 4th Circuit, Copyright, D.C. Circuit, Food, Gay, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Immigration, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Rape, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.28.14

    * Have you heard that Staci invited Justice Ginsburg to her wedding? [TIME]

    * The Fourth Circuit welcomes Virginia to the fold of marriage equality. [National Law Journal]

    * What might be the biggest insider trading case ever hinges on Greenberg Traurig. [New York Post]

    * Most exciting of all is that we may never need to hear the depressing “copyright-free” Happy Birthday song ever again. [boingboing]

    * With all the fire-breathing over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, Texas Judge Clay Jenkins stands out for being reasonable. “I don’t feel like we have to solve the border crisis for a terrified child to be shown some compassion.” Why don’t we hear about more people like Judge Jenkins? This article suggests there’s a deeper problem with the media. [Dallas Observer]

    * I’ve been beating the drum that the Obamacare cases aren’t bound for SCOTUS because the D.C. Circuit will reverse Halbig en banc. The contrary view is that the Supreme Court may not let the lack of a real circuit split stand in its way. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Outrage over the government’s school lunch health standards have Republicans fighting back at the state level. Remember, we need fatass kids because… freedom! [National Journal]

    * The Second Circuit approved antibiotics in animal feed for animals that aren’t even sick. Enjoy your superbugs! [Kitchenette / Jezebel]

    * Judge allegedly fell asleep during a child rape case. It’s not like it’s an important case or anything. [Gawker]

    * Gaming the rankings — not just for law schools any more. [The Kansas City Star]

    * Karen Mantler can’t afford her lawyer. And she’s singing about it. After the jump…. [WNYC Spinning On Air]

    1 Comment / / Jul 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM