Jed Rakoff

  • And by 'work,' I mean 'intern' this summer.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.14.15

    * Georgetown Law is teaming up with DLA Piper and Arent Fox to open a low bono law firm. The firm will provide two things for those in need: affordable legal services and jobs to bolster GULC’s employment stats. [Am Law Daily]

    * Michigan Law will provide summer funding for all of its 1Ls for law-related internships — but there’s a catch. The cash is a loan, and students may have to pay it back if they earn Biglaw money the following summer. [Michigan Law]

    * Judge Jed Rakoff sounded off on the judicary’s problem with mass incarceration at a recent conference at Harvard Law, calling for his colleagues and bar associations across the nation to take a stand for the accused with a gentler justice system. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * “It’s positive news. I think it indicates there’s some slight opening of financial services to marijuana-related businesses.” Some banks have finally decided to provide services to weedpreneurs, but others are leaving marijuana moguls high and dry. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Students should seriously consider going to law school in a state where they plan to practice law.” Unless you like wasting your time, you’d do well to listen to this advice, even if you’re going to a school with national name recognition. [U.S. News & World Report]

    42 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM
  • Looks like a conspiracy to me!

    White-Collar Crime

    Conspiracy and Its Discontents

    Federal conspiracy laws make pretty much everything a crime. Good luck out there.

    7 Comments / / Jan 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM
  • Judge Jed Rakoff

    Crime, Sentencing Law, White-Collar Crime

    Overpunishment, Rationality, And Rakoff

    A look at one federal judge’s proposal to reform the criminal justice system and the responses it has generated.

    32 Comments / / Jan 8, 2015 at 10:14 AM
  • Gavel

    Alan Dershowitz, Eliot Spitzer, Federal Judges, Jed Rakoff, Murder, Religion, Trials

    A Hero Goes On Trial For Attempted Murder

    Eliot Spitzer prosecuted and Alan Dershowitz defended; who prevailed?

    48 Comments / / Nov 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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    Crime, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.14

    * The 25 most influential people in legal education. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Shell preemptively suing environmental groups over its Arctic drilling program. Nothing says, “we’re on the up and up” like hyperactive declaratory judgment motions. [Breaking Energy]

    * I’m not normally in the “America is overlitigious” camp, but the idea that we’re scaling back corn mazes to accommodate people too dumb to find their way out is ridiculous. [Daily Mail]

    * What does the Fox say? I’m not sure, but whatever it is, it involves peeing in this guy’s Super Soaker. [Legal Juice]

    * Hunton & Williams has formed a new multidisciplinary practice to assist clients with legal issues surrounding Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones. Good idea. I hear those things fly by themselves. [Hunton & Williams]

    * The career services director at LSU Law School got married over the weekend… in the stands during the Saints-49ers game. I’m guessing the reception had to wait until after overtime. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Um. If this is how you want to steal that thing, more power to you. [Slate]

    * “A distinguished panel of former and current judges including John Cleland, John Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Jed Rakoff, and Marjorie Rendell join Joel Cohen to for a discussion drawing inspiration from his new book, “Blindfolds Off.” Video available after the jump… [National Constitution Center]

    4 Comments / / Nov 13, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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    White-Collar Crime

    Judge Rakoff, Jury Trials, and Government Tyranny

    The days of the Brandeis brief — packed with data from the social sciences and policy arguments — are long gone.

    45 Comments / / Nov 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM
  • Alcohol

    Banking Law, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Events, Football, Jed Rakoff, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.04.14

    * If you’re a law student in Philadelphia or D.C., come hang out with us this week. RSVP to tomorrow’s Philly event here. [Above the Law]

    * Or RSVP to Thursday’s D.C. trivia night here. [Above the Law]

    * Judge Jed Rakoff explains exactly why innocent people plead guilty for all those people who don’t believe it. Well, the people who don’t believe it probably don’t read the New York Review of Books, but maybe John Oliver will have Judge Rakoff on so this can go viral. [The New York Review of Books]

    * The sex, lies (about polygamy), and videotape article from this morning raises another important issue I’d missed: the heightened stigma faced by women with substance abuse issues. [Law and More]

    * 10 thoughts on business development. Don’t do what the guy in the last story did. [Medium]

    * Adjunct law professor threatens to quit. Law school dean surely replies, “You must not know ’bout me.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Georgia state legislature has the novel idea to punish the people who exploit student athletes as opposed to only the athletes themselves. Too bad that doesn’t apply to the universities. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Five years after New York State required banks to negotiate in “good faith” with homeowners facing foreclosure, the Second Department approved a sanction for banks that ignore this obligation. The 2009 law created the “good faith” obligation but contained no remedy for violations. That left trial judges without guidance as to how to proceed when faced with an intransigent bank. [WiseLaw NY]

    10 Comments / / Nov 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • The Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse

    9/11, Books, Federal Judges, Jed Rakoff, S.D.N.Y., War on Terror

    The Mother Court: Tales Of Cases That Mattered In America’s Greatest Trial Court

    The Southern District of New York: a great trial court, or the greatest trial court?

    12 Comments / / Jul 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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    Antonin Scalia, Blog Wars, Blogging, Federal Judges, Jed Rakoff, Legal Ethics, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Shira Scheindlin, Supreme Court, Thomas Goldstein

    Are Federal Judges Out Of Control?

    A federal judge lands in hot water for telling the Supreme Court to “stfu.” It’s just part of a growing trend of criticizing federal judges for having opinions.

    16 Comments / / Jul 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM
  • Modern Jury Box

    2nd Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, Books, Jed Rakoff, Non-Sequiturs, Securities and Exchange Commission, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.09.14

    * Jury duty is the only major civic duty that no one ever talks about. Professor Andrew Ferguson would like to change that by encouraging jurors to speak up about their experience. Enjoy learning how the sausage of justice is made! [Huffington Post] * Verizon threatens to sue Netflix for honestly reporting how bad Verizon’s […]

    1 Comment / / Jun 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM
  • Man acting as a witness pointing out someone to the judge

    Jed Rakoff, White-Collar Crime

    White Collar Trials, Snitches, And Telling The Truth

    Snitches are crafty witnesses.

    18 Comments / / Jun 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM
  • Johnny Manziel (By: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

    Citigroup, Football, Jed Rakoff, Jonathan Lee Riches, Law Reviews, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Pornography, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Supreme Court, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.04.14

    * Sad day for Jonathan Lee Riches. His lawsuit over Johnny Manziel’s penis has been thrown out of court. [Black Sports Online]

    * Hot on the heels of yesterday’s item about SCOTUS porn parties, Professor Tribe guest blogs about his new book (affiliate link) and coercion, bribery, and influence. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Former Brooklyn DA and aspiring TV star Charles Hynes is staring down larceny accusations. [Gothamist]

    * Texas basically assigns a cop to actively discourage investigate indigent parties seeking assigned counsel. [Socialist Gumshoe]

    * The Supreme Court doesn’t like talking about patents — its opinions on the subject are getting shorter and shorter. [Patently-O]

    * A lawyer is in hot water for allowing underaged drinking at a post prom party. The point was to keep the kids from driving. But no good deed goes unpunished. [Turn to 10]

    * An interesting profile of one of my favorite professors, Ken Feinberg, labeling him “the lawyer who decides what a life is worth.” Yikes. [KDVR]

    * The business strategy of just telling clients what they want to hear deflates. [Dealbreaker]

    * Who says no one reads law reviews? The porn industry does and they really like this student Note. [XBiz]

    * This is why we can’t have nice things. Second Circuit explains that if a revolving door agency of sycophants says it’s OK, it’s OK. Full opinion below…. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Jun 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Jed-Rakoff-Judge-Jed-Rakoff-RF

    Crime, Jed Rakoff, White-Collar Crime

    Judge’s Proposal For Criminal Justice System Is Far Too Sensible For Anyone To Actually Implement

    An innovative solution to the unilateral prosecutorial control of plea bargains.

    46 Comments / / Apr 25, 2014 at 1:06 PM
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    Benchslaps, Food, Jed Rakoff, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Religion

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.14.14

    * Fatwa against Fat. Wha? Saudi cleric issues Fatwa against all you can eat buffets. Old Country Buffet reeling from the blow to expansion plans. [International Business Times]

    * Legislature close to disbanding speed trap town. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Federal district judge who thought he was one of the Hardy Boys gets a benchslap from Judge Rakoff. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * The dean of the DePaul College of Law, Gregory Mark, is stepping down at the end of the academic year. Administration issues are never fun, but this is better than another story about Augustus Sol Invictus. [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * Respect is a two-way street. That’s why you don’t disrespectfully interrupt judges and judges shouldn’t berate lawyers for doing nothing wrong. [Katz Justice]

    * The most overrated and underrated law schools. Go Ducks! [TaxProf Blog]

    3 Comments / / Mar 14, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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    Jed Rakoff, White-Collar Crime

    Judge Rakoff On Prosecutors’ Motives, DOJ’s Explanations, And The Lack Of High-Level Prosecutions Following The Financial Meltdown

    The most interesting question in white-collar crime is why there were no prosecutions arising out of the financial meltdown.

    16 Comments / / Jan 9, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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    2nd Circuit, Benchslaps, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Jed Rakoff, Media and Journalism, S.D.N.Y., U.S. Attorneys Offices, Wall Street, White-Collar Crime

    Judge Rakoff Rips The Government For Dropping The Ball On Financial Crimes

    Prosecutors have more or less looked the other way when it comes to the activities that sparked the financial meltdown. Judge Rakoff offers his explanation of what’s gone wrong.

    9 Comments / / Dec 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM
  • Three cheers for "cultural capital."

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Canada, Department of Justice, Election Law, Gay, Jed Rakoff, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Native Americans, Partner Issues, S.D.N.Y., SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 12.17.13

    * Despite his hatred of 3L classes like “Law and Unicorns,” Justice Scalia believes that the third year of law school is necessary — perhaps a necessary evil, but still necessary. [Memphis Daily News]

    * “[T]his excuse — sometimes labeled the ‘too big to jail’ excuse — is disturbing, frankly….” The eminently quotable Judge Rakoff is at it again, this time with harsh words for the DOJ. [New York Times]

    * According to the latest survey from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, managing partners think that 2014 will be better than 2013. This means bonuses will be the same next year. [Am Law Daily]

    * Attorneys from Wiley Rein are fighting for $2 million in fees in the wake of their SCOTUS win in the Shelby County Voting Rights Act case. The firm’s quest has been called “absurd.” [National Law Journal]

    * “The record is utterly devoid of any evidence of criminal intent or intentional misconduct.” It turns out that Guy Lewis and Michael Tein, the attorneys accused of malpractice by the Miccosukee Indians, weren’t bad after all. [Daily Business Review]

    * Rather than pegging its value at $1 million, a professor from a fourth-tier law school is promoting the “non-economic value” of a law degree. Can “cultural capital” repay your loans? [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * “[N]o law school in Canada should be allowed to weed out gay students.” Too bad. Trinity Western University, the law school that bans gay “sexual intimacy,” received preliminary approval. [Globe and Mail]

    * Law school specialization and you: follow these three simple steps to help you decide which niche you’ll be unable to find a job in after you graduate. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    1 Comment / / Dec 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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    Banking Law, Craigslist, DUI / DWI, Free Speech, Guns / Firearms, Jed Rakoff, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.10.13

    * How low can the legal market go? Manhattan firm lists full-time associate opening for $10/hr. “NY to 10.” (Screenshot here if the ad is removed). [Craigslist]

    * Iowa is giving out gun permits to the blind. Sadly this is not a new phenomenon as David Sedaris explained years ago. [FindLaw]

    * Business Insider has fired its CTO because… he’s a jerk. An important lesson in what free speech does and doesn’t mean. [Popehat]

    * A UNC professor pulled over for a DWI has sparked a Fourth Amendment battle because she was arrested by a fire truck. [Fox News]

    * Banks facing SEC enforcement actions are basically just spinning a roulette wheel and praying it doesn’t land on “Rakoff.” [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * On a related note, Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at the AFL-CIO conference and discussed the corporate capture of the federal courts (at 1:23:45 after the jump)…

    3 Comments / / Sep 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM