Iowa

  • judge emily dean LF

    Drinking, Judge of the Day, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Punished For Going To Court Drunk, Peeing In The Street

    She had to spend three days in an intensive care unit for severe alcohol intoxication…

    21 Comments / / Sep 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM
  • corn

    Conferences / Symposia, Technology

    ‘We Already Have The Good Corn': Notes From The Forum On Legal Evolution

    A new organization seeks to accelerate innovation in the legal industry.

    0 Comments / / Mar 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM
  • Lend a hand RF

    Bar Exams, Law Schools, Student Loans

    What’s More Expensive: 3 Years of Law School or 6 Weeks of Bar Prep?

    Eliminating the bar isn’t the cost cutting maneuver people are looking for.

    13 Comments / / Jan 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM
  • Ted Olson's hourly rate.

    Bar Exams, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Clerkships, Crime, Gender, Job Searches, Kids, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Rape, Ted Olson, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 01.13.14

    * While we’re celebrating recently anointed Biglaw partner classes, let’s take a minute to call out the firms that haven’t bestowed the honor upon a single woman this year. Cheers, jerks. [Am Law Daily]

    * The results of the NLJ’s Law Firm Billing Survey are out, and lo and behold, one of the top partners in the country is pushing $2,000 an hour for his services. Congrats, Ted! [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Everyone’s buzzing about the federal law clerk who’s been accused of attempted aggravated rape and solicitation of a minor under 13. Don’t let that legendary 4.0 GPA go to waste. (More on this later.) [Times-Picayune]

    * Congratulations to Gerchen Keller Capital, the litigation finance firm founded by former SCOTUS clerks and hedge-fund alumni, on raising $260 million for its new fund. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Iowa is thinking about allowing law school grads to practice immediately instead of having to take and pass a bar exam. Paired with its recent tuition cuts, the Hawkeye State is looking better and better. [Des Moines Register]

    * If you’re in the unfortunate situation of still having to look for a law job once OCI has ended, then you might want to start considering applying for some of the other law jobs that don’t want you. [Mashable]

    * The incarceration of a blogger known for making salacious allegations against federal judges raises First Amendment concerns. [New York Times]

    2 Comments / / Jan 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM
  • Except, apparently, one lawyer in Iowa.

    Attorney Misconduct, Email Scandals, Lawyer of the Day, Legal Ethics, Rank Stupidity

    Lawyer Falls For Nigerian Inheritance Scam, Gets Suspended

    Which is worse, to be unethical or to be stupid — really, really stupid?

    38 Comments / / Dec 6, 2013 at 12:27 PM
  • young dental assistant smiling and standing close to the chair

    Gender, Hotties, Quote of the Day, Sexism

    Iowa Supreme Court Revisits the ‘Law of Irresistible Attraction’

    Maybe you can’t fire someone just for being “too hot.”

    7 Comments / / Jul 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM
  • 220px-Theseus_Slaying_Minotaur_by_Barye

    Biglaw, Books, Conferences / Symposia, Food, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.17.13

    * An Iowa lawyer is disciplined for billing a mentally ill vet for attending his birthday party. In his defense, I wouldn’t want to go to a client’s birthday without getting paid either. [Omaha World-Herald]

    * A new book tackles working in Biglaw by comparing it to Greek myth. Theseus (affiliate link) envisions the Athenian hero as a corporate securities lawyer. The partner with a bull’s head should watch his back, if you know what I mean. [Grayson Stevens]

    * Rick Hasen explains that today’s decision in Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council actually gave states way more power to disenfranchise voters than it appeared at first blush. So that’s how Scalia got in the majority. [The Daily Beast]

    * Massive open online courses (MOOCs) may replace some law schools because getting a J.D. should be a lot more like unlocking an XBox achievement. [Legal Ethics Forum]

    * Associates should hold themselves accountable more often. Honestly this article had me when it cast Littlefinger as a positive role model for working in Biglaw. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Looking for a cooking blog with legal puns? Then here you go! I’m going to go have a “Brownie v. Board of Education.” [Corpus Delicti-ble]

    * The Federal Bar Association is hosting an event tomorrow asking, “Is Our Federal Justice System Being Dismantled?” [Federal Bar Association]

    4 Comments / / Jun 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • Mitt Romney LF

    Education / Schools, Election 2012, Minority Issues, Money, Politics, Racism

    Columbia Scholarship Scandal Shows How White People Are Still Helped By Institutional Racism

    Wait until you see the kind of people who received this “whites only” fellowship from Columbia.

    191 Comments / / May 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM
  • sexy dental assistant R

    Gender, Hotties, Quote of the Day, Sexism, Television, Videos

    The ‘Law of Irresistible Attraction': Now With More Cleavage!

    Apparently this is what happens when you lose your job and your lawsuit in Iowa.

    4 Comments / / Apr 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM
  • You've got a pretty mouth.

    Gender, Hotties, Sexism, Women's Issues

    The Law of ‘Irresistible Attraction': In Iowa, If Your Boss Thinks You’re Hot, You’re Going to Need to Find Another Job

    Employees in Iowa can now be fired if their bosses consider them to be an “irresistible attraction.” Yep, and this is completely fair in the eyes of the law.

    43 Comments / / Dec 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM
  • lamborghini logo

    Canada, Deaths, Gay, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Movies, Sexism, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 12.26.12

    * Another year, another round-up of the year’s legal highlights from the National Law Journal. Perhaps after a year that was wracked with destruction for this supposedly noble profession, we’ll actually see some substantial change in 2013. [National Law Journal]

    * Meanwhile in Iowa, failure to sleep with your horndog boss is “like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it,” so if he’s irresistibly attracted to your exotic lady parts car, you better be ready, willing, and able to find yourself a new job. [Washington Post]

    * People were so pissed off about Instagram’s new terms of service that someone filed a class action suit. The app’s litigation filter must make exasperated attorneys and wasted dollars look shiny and happy. [Reuters]

    * “It is not the perfect path to wealth and success that people may have envisioned.” As we’ve been stating here at Above the Law for years, being a lawyer is no longer the golden ticket that it once was. [Bloomberg]

    * ASU Law will now offer a North American Law Degree that’ll prepare graduates to practice in the U.S. and Canada. Yes, ship your jobless grads north where there’s an articling crisis, great idea! [Associated Press]

    * Still thinking about applying to law school? That’s a funny joke. But if you’re interested in being a punchline in three years, follow this application season timeline. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Jack Klugman, noted actor whose roles included that of Juror #5 in Twelve Angry Men, RIP. [New York Times]

    * Richard Adams, a plaintiff in the first suit seeking federal recognition of gay marriage, RIP. [New York Times]

    1 Comment / / Dec 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM
  • Admin, Bankruptcy, Clerkships, Federal Judges, Holidays and Seasons, Law Schools, LSAT, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Politics, Privacy, Technology

    Morning Docket: 11.22.12

    * We’ve discussed this trend before, and it continues: administrations of the LSAT plunge further, reaching their lowest level since 1999. [Economix / New York Times]

    * We’ve discussed this trend before, and it continues: judges are still offering unpaid clerkships (even though the days of law firm deferrals are behind us). [Salon]

    * We’ve discussed this trend before, and it continues: law schools sometimes discriminate against conservatives, as jurors from the Teresa Wagner trial told Iowa’s leading newspaper. [Des Moines Register]

    * Are you mooching off of someone else’s wireless internet? If so, consider yourself warned. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Are you a lover of Twinkies? If so, consider yourself warned (although it’s possible that a buyer might snap up the Twinkies brand). [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Seven Am Law 200 firms are saying YES to work on a billion-dollar deal. [Am Law Daily]

    0 Comments / / Nov 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM
  • DSK wants to know: since when is having a libido a crime?

    1st Circuit, Arlen Specter, Biglaw, Civil Rights, Deaths, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Running, SCOTUS, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.15.12

    * What effect will the Supreme Court’s ruling in Miller v. Alabama, regarding life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders, have in the real world? [New York Times]

    * Some good news on attorneys fees for civil rights lawyers. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Speaking of fees, which firms are raking them in as emerging market companies starting emerging onto the M&A scene? [American Lawyer]

    * You’ve got to fight… for your right… to teach legal writing at the University of Iowa. At least if you’re a conservative. That’s the allegation by an aspiring academic, Teresa Wagner, that hits a courtroom this week. [Houston Chronicle]

    * Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn wants to know: is enjoying the occasional orgy such a crime? [Gothamist]

    * Career alternatives: Mary Wittenberg — chief executive of New York Road Runners, which puts on the New York Marathon — is a Notre Dame law grad and former Hunton & Williams lawyer. [New York Times]

    * Former Senator Arlen Specter, an active participant in historic Supreme Court nomination battles, RIP. [Philadelphia Daily News]

    9 Comments / / Oct 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM
  • 9-11-tribute-in-light-260x195

    9/11, Art, Confirmations, Department of Justice, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Politics

    Morning Docket: 09.11.12

    * Politicians are barred from speaking at this year’s memorial ceremony at Ground Zero, but will this ever be a day without politics? That still remains to be seen, but it will always be a day of remembrance. Never forget. [ABC News]

    * What could possibly be more important than a resolution in the South Carolina voter ID case? Prejudice by font size. The Department of Justice is arguing over the alleged 12-point font size used by the state in a brief. Yes, seriously. [National Law Journal]

    * Stephanie Rose was confirmed by the Senate as the first female federal judge in Iowa’s Southern District by a margin of 89-1. Damn, the one guy who voted against her better have a good reason. [Des Moines Register]

    * “[He’s] still trying to exculpate himself from one of the biggest blunders in the history of jurisprudence.” O.J.’s Dream Team denied allegations that Johnnie Cochran tampered with the bloody glove. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Obama “Hope” poster — you know, the one that Paul Ryan says is fading on your wall — has been sentenced to two years’ probation for tampering with evidence. [CNN]

    * What are some of the advantages of applying to law school on an early decision basis? If anything at all, you’ll find out earlier that you won’t be getting any scholarship money. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    7 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • 'This is much worse than my 72-day marriage.'

    Art, Celebrities, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, SCOTUS, STDs, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.04.12

    * Want to know what they call the Supreme Court attorney who deals with requests for stays of execution? The death clerk. Paging John Grisham, because this guy’s nickname would make a great book title. [New York Times]

    * “If you’re going to sue, it’s better to sue earlier rather than later.” Probably why battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in a tizzy over their election laws. [Washington Post]

    * WikiLeaks or it didn’t happen: Bradley Manning’s lawyer has demanded that seven years be cut from his client’s prospective sentence due to allegations of improper treatment while in military custody. [The Guardian]

    * Michigan Law’s Sarah Zearfoss, she of Wolverine Scholars fame, finds media coverage about the awful job market for recent law grads “really frustrating.” Try being unemployed. [Crain’s Detroit Business (reg. req.)]

    * Kris Humphries is being sued for allegedly giving a girl herpes. But alas, the plaintiff seems to have no idea who actually gave her the herp — four John Doe defendants are identified in the complaint, too. [Star Tribune]

    * “Given the police idiocy, one wonders where the boobs really are.” A nude model who was arrested during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square won a $15K false-arrest settlement from the cops. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • cool_lawyers_club

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Federal Government, Job Searches, Kids, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Prostitution, Real Estate

    Morning Docket: 07.17.12

    * “Many organizations have people who do dumb things.” Members of the Secret Service aren’t the only suits getting secretly serviced. Apparently Treasury Department officials like hookers, too. [New York Daily News]

    * The cool cats at WilmerHale arrived for their first day of work yesterday at their hip new downtown location. Their library has a Wii, but who are they kidding, it’s probably just for show. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * On the other side of the fence, we’ve got some signs of the impending lawpocalypse. Soon Biglaw veterans will be forced to say goodbye to the corner office and hello to the glass-walled cubicle. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * George Zimmerman: alleged murderer, and now an alleged child toucher (though he was still a child himself). Witness 9 claims Zimmerman abused her for a decade while they were both underage. [CNN]

    * “We want to have a bar pass standard that really works. And it’s clear it doesn’t work now.” Oh boy, would you look at that. The ABA is trying to make it look like it’s doing something to improve law schools! [ABA Journal]

    * Emory Law received a record donation, and more than half will fund minority student scholarships. Little do these kids know that they’ll soon be condescendingly told to move to Nebraska. [National Law Journal]

    * But then again, maybe Nebraska isn’t so bad, considering three law schools are shipping students to neighboring Iowa. The towns are tiny, and the surroundings are rural, but come on, the state’s got jobs. [NPR]

    3 Comments / / Jul 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Fairfield Iowa 5 909 N B St

    Books, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Partner Issues, Real Estate, Susan Estrich

    Lawyerly Lairs: Hie Thee to Iowa?

    Want to escape to the heartland? Check out the lovely home of a former Biglaw partner and general counsel, which is now on the market — for a very modest price….

    23 Comments / / Jun 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
  • 8th Circuit, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Conservative Law Profs: Just Say You Need ‘Affirmative Action’ for Intellectual Diversity and We’ll End Hiring Discrimination Against You

    Conservative law professors need help. They don’t want to admit it because conservative orthodoxy holds that the only people who can ask for help in this country are small businessmen and the institution of marriage, but make no mistake, conservatives who want to get a tenure-track job in legal academia need a leg up. That’s […]

    51 Comments / / Jan 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Our Sites

  • Above the Law
  • How Appealing
  • ATL Redline
  • Breaking Defense
  • Breaking Energy
  • Breaking Gov
  • Dealbreaker
  • Fashonista
  •