International Law

  • syria

    3rd Circuit, Anthony Kennedy, Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Cozen O'Connor, Deaths, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gay, Gay Marriage, General Counsel, International Law, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Magic Circle, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Technology, Twittering, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 09.03.13

    * We bet you never thought you’d be spending Labor Day weekend debating with your relatives the legality of a U.S. military strike on Syria and the intricacies of international law. Gee, thanks President Obama. [CNN]

    * Over the long holiday weekend, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as officiant at the gay wedding of John Roberts. No, not that John Roberts, but what an incredibly apropos coincidence that was. [Washington Post]

    * Speaking of same-sex marriage, even though “[n]o one told [him] it was an easy job when [he] signed on,” Justice Anthony Kennedy revealed himself to be an ally of the gay rights movement. [New York Times]

    * Two days after filing an appeal with the Third Circuit, the parents of a deceased Cozen O’Connor partner have ended their battle to deny their daughter’s profit-sharing benefits to her wife. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Twitter’s general counsel deactivated his account position with the social media giant, and looks forward to “goofing off.” Congrats to Vijaya Gadde, who will head up the company’s IPO. [Bits / New York Times]

    * Biglaw’s latest scapegoat for the culling of the associate herd is the decline of Chapter 11 filings, otherwise known by industry insiders as the “bankruptcy recession.” [New York Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Without any rabbits left to pull out of hats, it’s been predicted that by 2018, the Magic Circle will be no more. This is one disappearing act lawyers obsessed with prestige hope will never happen. [The Lawyer]

    * If you want to learn more about fashion law, check out this interview with Barbara Kolsun, a woman who literally wrote the book on it (affiliate link) while serving as general counsel at Stuart Weitzman. [Corporate Counsel]

    * So what has Kenneth Randall been up to since he left the deanship at Alabama School of Law? He’s working to “train law students for jobs that don’t require a bar license” over at InfiLaw. Awesome. [Tuscaloosa News]

    * Legal commentators like Elie and Lat would be ecstatic if law school were two years long, but because so many others have a “vested interest in the status quo,” change will come at approximately half past never. [CNBC]

    * Ronald H. Coase, influential legend of law and economics and Nobel prize winner, RIP. [Chicago Law]

    3 Comments / / Sep 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • The eyes of the law in Idaho.

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, California, Celebrities, Chadbourne & Parke, General Counsel, Holland & Knight, International Law, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, State Judges, Trials, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.27.13

    * If Biglaw firms wants to get back into a financial sweet spot like in their days of yore, they had better get in on these billion-dollar international arbitrations while the getting is good. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Women lawyers, please take note: your future depends on it. Apparently the key to making partner in Biglaw is to the get the backing of general counsel at big money corporate clients as a gender. [Corporate Counsel]

    * ¡Ay dios mío! ¡Escándalo! Holland & Knight yoinked 10 attorneys, including three partners, right out from under Chadbourne & Parke’s nose to open up its new Mexico City office. [South Florida Business Journal]

    * “If we actually got another million dollars going forward to spend on something, is the highest and best use to produce attorneys?” Even in a flyover state like Idaho, the answer to that question is a resounding yes when it comes to law school expansion. [Spokesman-Review]

    * “A jurisprudence of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ does not properly safeguard [a defendant’s rights].” California Justice Goodwin Liu is raging against policies on race-based peremptory jury challenges. [The Recorder]

    * “I’ve been doing Paula Deen in a strongly metaphorical sense.” The magnate of marmalade’s case may be settled, but that doesn’t mean sanctions have been taken off the table. [Courthouse News Service]

    * The hefty price of killing? Following his acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is now asking Florida to pay for his legal expenses, to the tune of $200,000 – $300,000. [Orlando Sentinel]

    9 Comments / / Aug 27, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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    Bankruptcy, Books, International Law, Law Firm Mergers, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.31.13

    * Daniel Chong, the student that the DEA locked in a cell and forgot about for a few days, has settled his lawsuit against the government for $4.1 million. No snark here, congratulations. [CNN]

    * Meanwhile, O.J. Simpson is getting parole (but not quite getting released yet). Here comes Naked Gun 4! [ABC News]

    * A Kenyan lawyer is challenging the trial of Jesus Christ at the International Court of Justice. [Legal Cheek]

    * Professor Paul Campos notes that from 2004-2013, it’s gotten much easier to get into law school. This year 80 percent of students applying to law school will get in somewhere. At least the profession is upholding its high standards. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * DMX declared bankruptcy because bankruptcy actually makes it easier to get a passport. How is DMX broke? Are the residuals from Exit Wounds not paying the bills? [Grantland]

    * King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin LLP are merging to create one of the largest law firms in the world. Dewey think a merger is a good idea? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A follow-up on a previous item, checking in on the status of the petition to save the federal defenders one week in. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * A profile of the “eighth governor” of the Federal Reserve and Georgetown Law grad, General Counsel Scott G. Alvarez. I would say this is a fascinating look at a prominent regulatory staff member, but the article makes it clear that “regulation” is not exactly the Alvarez agenda. [DealBook]

    * Watch the dean of a law school defend a 0 percent bar passage rate. [ABC 33/40]

    * Another new resource out there — LawTrades. Basically, it’s ZocDoc for lawyers where lawyers can register and prospective clients can search for an attorney who meets their needs. [LawTrades]

    * What are the greatest legal novels of all time? The ABA Journal assembled a panel including our own David Lat and provided a list. You can disagree, but I see one of Archer’s favorites made the list (clip after the jump)…

    7 Comments / / Jul 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • Across-the-Desk-RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, International Law

    From Across the Desk: Corporate-Centric Firms

    Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith Esq. continues his taxonomy of law firms with the corporate-centric firms.

    9 Comments / / Jul 11, 2013 at 3:03 PM
  • Airport Sleep RF

    Alan Dershowitz, International Law

    Edward Snowden Stars In ‘The Terminal 2: This Time For Real’

    The Edward Snowden movie is going to stop looking like a spy thriller and start looking like a courtroom drama any minute now.

    40 Comments / / Jul 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM
  • Across-the-Desk-RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms

    From Across the Desk: Capital-Markets Centric Firms

    Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith Esq. continues his taxonomy of law firms with the capital-markets centric firms.

    3 Comments / / Jun 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM
  • Edward Snowden RF

    Department of Justice, International Law

    Where Can Edward Snowden Go To Stay Above the Law?

    If the government isn’t going to be accountable to the Fourth Amendment, it’s going to end up being accountable to guys like Edward Snowden.

    55 Comments / / Jun 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM
  • Across the Desk RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    From Across the Desk: A Law Firm Taxonomy – Introduction

    Bruce MacEwen categorizes different types of law firms.

    4 Comments / / May 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM
  • I'll get you my little Iranian... and your little dog too.

    International Law, Politics

    ‘Corruption of Blood’ Amendment Withdrawn After House Supporter Is Reminded What Century It Is

    An Arkansas Republican tries to blame sons for the sins of their fathers…

    41 Comments / / May 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM
  • Cody_Wilson

    Defamation, Guns / Firearms, Harold Baer, International Law, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Technology, Television, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.10.13

    * Texas law student/international small-arms dealer Cody Wilson got shot down (pun!) days after revealing a fully security-proof 3D printable gun. The State Department pointed out that Wilson seems to be violating all manner of international arms agreements, which was pretty obvious when he went on video boasting about how his weapons were being used in hotbeds of civil strife. [Foreign Policy: Passport]

    * The Juice may soon be loose! But probably not. O.J. Simpson has a hearing seeking a new trial in Vegas and blaming his former lawyer, Yale Galanter. Best part? Simpson claims Galanter approved the whole “armed, threatening confrontation” plan beforehand. Oops. [FOX News]

    * Michael Arrington, a lawyer and “one of the most powerful people on the Internet,” is suing his ex-girlfriend for defamation. The complaint compiles some pretty salacious claims that she made via social media. [Valleywag]

    * Just when you thought being an unpaid intern couldn’t be sadder, Judge Baer makes it sadder. [Fashionista]

    * The “Thug’s Lawyer” got a reprieve when a judge tossed his indictment for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, theft, and perjury. [The Advocate]

    * The EEOC filed suit against a Miami company that required its employees to become Scientologists. In other news, someone actually thought they could get away with making all their employees join the Church of Scientology. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The history of the Madison Avenue IPOs alluded to in last week’s Mad Men. [DealBook]

    7 Comments / / May 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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    International Law, Religion, Sex Scandals

    Have Popemobile, Will (Not) Travel

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI raises some complicated questions about legal immunity. The moral of the story? He may want to get comfortable never leaving Vatican City.

    13 Comments / / Mar 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM
  • dartboard-pen-on-target-inside-straight

    In-House Counsel

    Inside Straight: Draw Three Circles!

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann explains how cultural differences can affect people across a variety of professions.

    11 Comments / / Mar 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM
  • Baseball, Inappropriate Venue, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.25.13

    * Ben Weiss suggests that the third year of law school be replaced by special certifications in practice areas. He calls these “O’Wendells.” I like the idea, but the name sounds dirty. If he really wants to keep with the SCOTUS theme, he could just call it a “Bushrod.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * A guide to the legal landscape surrounding high-frequency trading (the new fad of super-fast, computer-driven trading algorithms swapping stocks in split-seconds). Good, because I like my trading like I like my women: capable of collapsing economic markets at any given notice. [New York Law Journal]

    * In fairness to this judge accused of “inappropriate conduct” with an inmate, the Miami Correctional Facility is considered the most romantic correctional facility in America. [RTV6 ABC]

    * Calvin and Hobbes impart an important lesson in International Law. [Invisible College Blog]

    * Professor Howard Wasserman examines the economics of the infield-fly rule. There’s not even a jokey blurb here; this is intriguing. [Sports Law Blog]

    * Man suing a church and some of its staff after being invited to a service and then allegedly being accused of demonic possession and beaten. In fairness to the church, if the man was really the devil, filing a lawsuit is the most logical means of revenge he could employ. [Legal Juice]

    1 Comment / / Feb 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • Antigua & Barbuda 1 United States 0

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law

    Where U.S. Copyrights Go To Die

    Antigua has earned the right to violate the hell out of U.S. copyrights up to the value of $21 million a year. Does that seem illogical? Welcome to the WTO.

    7 Comments / / Jan 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM
  • dartboard-pen-on-target-inside-straight

    In-House Counsel, Litigators, Practice Pointers

    Inside Straight: The Global Perspective That Lawyers Lack

    Mark Herrmann has some advice for in-house counsel on thinking globally, instead of locally, when it comes to international litigation.

    7 Comments / / Nov 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM
  • Marvin Miller

    Deaths, International Law, Jersey Shore, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.27.12

    * Legendary union leader Marvin Miller died today at the age of 95. This is a guy who lost a huge case at the Supreme Court fighting against Major League Baseball, and still found a way to win. He wasn’t a lawyer, but he mastered the law. [USA Today]

    * Tax professors weigh in on the fiscal cliff. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Jersey Shore residents are suing over sand dune protection from storms. They’re not suing because they’re weren’t protected enough, they’re suing because the new sand dunes block their ocean view. [Asbury Park Press]

    * Yahoo! and NBA lawyers might need to talk about what, precisely, the NBA is endorsing. [Marc Edelman Blog]

    * I’m going to go on and vote “no” on the question of whether or not the U.N. should get to “govern” the internet. Wait… I don’t get a “vote” on what the U.N. should do? Well, that sounds like a good reason to go back to not giving a crap about anything the U.N. says. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Looks like the wheel finally came ’round on InTrade. [Dealbreaker]

    * The Justice Resource Center, coordinator of the 2013 NYSBA High School Mock Trial Tournament, seeks voluntary attorney-coaches. Help teach young people about the law — and get CLE credit, too! [Justice Resource Center]

    1 Comment / / Nov 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM
  • Pakistan Flag

    International Law, Pakistan, Violence

    Straight Gangsta

    Lawyers gone wild — in Pakistan. And judges, too.

    10 Comments / / Nov 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM
  • ahmadinjeadcrop

    Election 2012, Genocide, International Law, Politics

    Wait…We’re Going To Indict Ahmadinejad?

    Anyone voting for Romney in order see the Ahmadinejad trial will be sorely disappointed.

    6 Comments / / Oct 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM