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    Non-Sequiturs: 12.31.15

    Ed. note: Happy New Year! Above the Law will be dark tomorrow, New Year’s Day. We’ll be back on Monday, January 4, 2016.

    * Everything you read about the Supreme Court is wrong. [The Hill]

    * Is it even possible for Bill Cosby to get a fair trial? [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * Maybe the best ever defense for a DUI. [Slate]

    * There are law schools in the world facing a worse enrollment crisis than U.S. programs. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Important issues: Ohio Supreme Court won’t hear case about pet ducks. [ABC News]

    * A book review of Alice Paul: Claiming Power (affiliate link) which provides the basics you need to know about the suffrage movement. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    15 Comments / / Dec 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM
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    Lawyer Loses Manhood — I Don’t Mean Figuratively

    A lawyer in the middle of a violent love triangle has paid a hefty price for his actions.

    49 Comments / / Aug 14, 2015 at 9:44 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.02.15

    * Fun fact: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s uncle is the managing principal of of Beverage & Diamond’s D.C. office. Thanks to a gentlemen’s bet, because Wilson’s team lost the Super Bowl, his uncle will have to wear a Gronk or Tom Brady jersey. Ouch. [Legal Times]

    * One of the homeless dogs who played in Animal Planet’s 11th annual Puppy Bowl was adopted by Bob Bernstein, a former partner at Kaye Scholer. The adorable Great Pyrenees-mix now leads a life of privilege, as any Biglaw pet should. [New York Post]

    * We know all about the former law school dean who was recently arrested on some pretty salacious charges. We’ll have more on this later today. [Dallas Morning News]

    * The interim dean of religiously affiliated Liberty Law thinks challenges to the school’s heteronormative honor code are a “concern for the future” — especially since a Canadian Christian law school is under fire for a similar code. [Deseret News]

    * It’s not just law schools in the United States that are feeling the pinch of a fewer applicants amid a pathetic legal job market. Japan’s legal education system is also struggling, and some law schools may merge in order to survive. [Japan Times]

    * Prosecutors say formal charges won’t be filed in George Zimmerman’s latest aggravated assault case because his current girlfriend recanted her claims, just like his ex did. His lawyer was wrong — his client does have luck with the ladies. [CNN]

    35 Comments / / Feb 2, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • "Dating Coach" Julien Blanc

    Free Speech, Racism, Romance and Dating, Sexism, Sexual Harassment

    Pick-Up Artist Gets Hilariously Scathing Legal Rebuke

    “Julien Blanc may bully Japanese girls, but he will not bully our client.”

    67 Comments / / Nov 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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    Banking Law, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Rankings

    Morning Docket: 11.03.14

    * Two women will be making their oral argument debuts before the Supreme Court this week. One of them will be arguing two cases in the span of a month, which is absolutely insane. [National Law Journal]

    * Big banks are putting aside big money for legal costs: Citi squirreled away an extra $600 million, RBS is ready to hand over $600 million, and Barclays has $800 million on tap. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * In preparation for the prestige frenzy come March 2015, law schools will have about three weeks to complete their survey information for the annual U.S. News law school rankings. [Morse Code / U.S. News]

    * The controversial, anti-gay Trinity Western University Law School may not be able to open after all. The B.C. Law Society just voted to overturn its prior approval of the school’s accreditation. [CBC News]

    * It seems the United States isn’t the only place where recent law school graduates are struggling to find jobs. In Japan, newly licensed lawyers can’t find work either. Saitei, my friends, saitei. :( [Japan Times]

    24 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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    Asians, Biglaw, Blog Wars, Blogging, California, Politics, Reader Polls, Weirdness, Women's Issues

    An Update On Mayer Brown’s Curious And Controversial Case

    Should Mayer Brown be ashamed of taking this case?

    10 Comments / / Apr 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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    Asians, Biglaw, Blog Wars, Blogging, California, Politics, Reader Polls, Weirdness, Women's Issues

    A Biglaw Firm’s ‘Disgusting’ And ‘Despicable’ Lawsuit?

    Is this lawsuit, filed by a leading law firm, deserving of condemnation? Or is it just par for the Biglaw course?

    56 Comments / / Feb 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Celebrities, D.C. Circuit, FCC, Federal Judges, Food, john quinn, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Technology, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.11.13

    * Earlier this week, Verizon faced off against the Federal Communications Commission in a net neutrality battle royal before the D.C. Circuit. Next time, make FiOS work before trying to get a do-over on the way the internet runs. [New York Times]

    * “I see my job as an air traffic controller. And I see an unending line of airplanes.” Federal judges are buckling under the heavy weight of their caseloads, and from the sound of it, they’re not at all happy about the situation. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Which Biglaw firms strike the most fear into the hearts of their opponents when it comes to litigation? One firm got the boot from last year’s list, and we’ll have more on this later today. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Duane Morris is the first U.S. firm to open an office in Myanmar on some prime real estate. Be jealous of their associates as they bask in the splendor of its beautiful architecture. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * A trio of Quinn Emanuel partners, including John Quinn himself, teamed up to open a high-class sushi joint in L.A. If he waits tables, he’ll definitely need someone to break a hundred. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * The Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former student’s suit against Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and now he’ll have to live with shame for all eternity after being branded a cheater. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Strippers aren’t independent contractors, they’re employees entitled to minimum wage, says a judge. Taking off their clothes for only $7.25 an hour will do wonders for their self-esteem. [New York Daily News]

    * Lady Gaga is being taken to trial over the wage-and-hour lawsuit filed by her former personal assistant. We wonder if the pop star will be as foul-mouthed on the stand as she was in her deposition. [ABC News]

    6 Comments / / Sep 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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  • Roppongi, Japan

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, john quinn, Non-Sequiturs, Running, Student Loans

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.29.13

    * I’m not usually the editor to comment on the appearance of shirtless men, but this Aaron Tobey kid looks fine. And righteous. [Wired]

    * That sound you hear could be the student loan bubble starting to burst. [FICO]

    * The Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling will have an impact on immigration reform. I’m kind of interested to see what happens, given that the Court contains at least four conservatives who are immune to the rising electoral power of Hispanics and gays. [Buzzfeed]

    * Recruiter Scott Love offers tips on lateral partner hiring. Here are mine. Step one: throw money at them. Step two: Hire a prostitute to make love to them on a beach, then take pictures you can threaten to send to their spouses. Hey, it worked for Bendini, Lambert and Locke. [Attorney Search Group]

    * John Quinn (of Quinn Emanuel fame) wrote a great article about running in Roppongi. I had to Google that. Apparently “running” is a forward locomotion that people do for fun or fitness. [Wall Street Journal]

    * There’s still room to meet with ABA president Laurel Bellows and talk about women’s issues like “how am I supposed to get a job in this f**king economy.” That’s not to be confused with men’s issues like “dude, how am I supposed to get a f**king job in this economy.” [Ms. J.D.]

    6 Comments / / Jan 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM
  • 9th Circuit, Document Review, Drinking, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.07.12

    * The fact that this guy got so drunk off of beer pong means he’s probably the best pong competitor who has ever lived. [New York Post] * This is the best document review job ever. I’m not joking. Does $85/hour sound like a joke? You might need to learn Japanese, though. [Constitutional Daily] * […]

    3 Comments / / Feb 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM
  • Abortion, Fabulosity, Gay, Health Care / Medicine, Insider Trading, Morning Docket, Paul Bergrin

    Morning Docket: 09.13.11

    * Mississippi’s “personhood” ballot measure could ban not only abortion, but birth control, too. This is supposed to “protect women.” Protect women from what, their right to choose? [Huffington Post] * This defense attorney has seen plenty of big cases before, but this may be his biggest one yet. Paul Bergrin has been given the […]

    10 Comments / / Sep 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM
  • Biglaw, ERISA, Gender, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Litigators, Litigatrix, Old People, Partner Issues, Patents, Women's Issues

    Ropes & Gray Sued for Age and Sex Discrimination By Former Partner

    On Tuesday, Ropes & Gray was sued in Manhattan federal court by a former partner, Patricia A. Martone. Martone’s lawsuit claims age discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, and interference with protected retirement benefits in violation of ERISA (the basis for federal jurisdiction in the S.D.N.Y.). As you might expect from an ex-Ropes partner, Martone has some […]

    44 Comments / / Mar 25, 2011 at 2:24 AM
  • Holidays and Seasons, Insider Trading, Non-Sequiturs, Tax Law, Videos, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.17.11

    * Is associate hiring bouncing back? Not so fast. [Young Lawyers Blog] * Tape-recorded trash talk at the Raj Rajaratnam trial. [Dealbreaker] * Here’s a good response to Mark Herrmann’s request for examples of crappy behavior by partners: “Miss a deadline, and then throw your secretary and associate under the bus when called out for […]

    14 Comments / / Mar 17, 2011 at 5:48 PM
  • Biglaw, Disasters / Emergencies, Holland & Knight, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    More Law Firms Contributing to Japanese Relief Efforts

    On Tuesday we told you that McGuireWoods, Dewey & LeBoeuf, and Weil Gosthal were all contributing to the relief efforts under way in Japan. The response has been pretty great. While some people seem to think Japan’s status as a rich nation means it doesn’t need any international aid, I don’t see how the country’s […]

    26 Comments / / Mar 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM
  • Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Disasters / Emergencies, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Biglaw Firms Poised To Help Japanese Relief Efforts

    After the Haitian earthquake last year, we saw law firms step up in a big way to support relief efforts down there. Hopefully we will see the same reaction to the ever-increasing tragedy unfolding in Japan. Given an 8.9 a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, a massive tsunami, and a nuclear disaster that is already the second-worst nuclear […]

    68 Comments / / Mar 15, 2011 at 10:14 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.11.11

    * How lawyers in Tokyo were affected by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan. [Am Law Daily] * Former Judge Jack Camp gets 30 days in prison — even less time than Paris Hilton. That’s some weak sauce. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * An interesting account, by former Dealbreaker editor (and Skadden lawyer) John Carney, of […]

    19 Comments / / Mar 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM