Labor / Employment
* Does ideology play a role in conferring honorary degrees? One conservative law professor says yes. [National Law Journal]
* Ever wonder why there are so many iconic movie roles that are lawyers? [ABA Journal]
* Need more evidence that campaign finance laws are a joke? [Huffington Post]
* China’s first lawsuit over pollution is a go. [Jurist]
* What will the long term impact be of legally classifying Uber drivers as employees? [Law.com]
If you are employing anyone in China without an up-to-date written contract in Chinese, you are at risk for a substantial penalty.
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The Second Circuit takes the war to unpaid interns. Poor kids never had a chance.
Has this high-powered Biglaw firm been running afoul of state labor laws all this time?
* “What Law Firms Can Learn From the Business Decisions of ‘Mad Men.'” I’m hoping the answer is “more drinking on the job.” [Legal Times]
* Hillary Clinton pledges to nominate SCOTUS justices who will overturn Citizens United. And if you agree with her, she’ll gladly accept your unlimited donations to her *wink* unaffiliated SuperPAC. [Jezebel]
* A great detailed piece on California’s recent decision to grant a law license to Hong Yen Chang, the Columbia Law grad denied his license over 100 years ago on the grounds of his “Mongolian nativity.” [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]
* Bad: Being wrongfully convicted. Worse: The system strong-arming the wronged into signing away their right to compensation. [LFC 360]
* Should graduate students and adjuncts unionize? Depends. Do they want to be exploited by an unappreciative institution until their souls are sucked dry? Yes? Then no. [New York Times]
* Sen. Toomey wants Judge L. Felipe Restrepo on the Third Circuit. Maybe he should start talking to his obstructionist colleagues instead of whining to the paper. [Constitutional Accountability Center]
* Thomson Reuters has a new social network for small law firms. For every post, users can push a little “thumbs up” icon to express, “I [and my successors, assigns, and heirs of my body, indicate my generally warm feelings, reserving all rights to reverse or withdraw this endorsement at any time for any reason whatsoever notwithstanding any prior representations] This!” [Legal Research & Writing Pro]
* The 2015 World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest in Memphis is this weekend. How does that relate to ATL? Bob Cornish, a D.C.-based attorney at Phillips Lytle LLP and a trained and certified expert in BBQ is a judge. [Memphis In May]
* Lindsay Lohan is heading back to community service. This time someone decided the party girl should be helping out at a preschool. She’s apparently working down the block from me so I’ll keep my eyes out. [Jezebel]
* Exploring the labor issues involved in ESPN’s
hasty and pettyconsidered decision to fire Bill Simmons because he is willing to speak honestly about Roger Goodell. [PrawfsBlawg]
* Whoa. Vermont State Senator arrested late last week accused of raping three women. One of the alleged victims was a 15-year-old intern at the time. And then the court released the victims’ contact information in direct violation of a judge’s order. [VT Digger]
* Next time you’re in Yellowstone, be careful what you do with your photos: Wyoming just made it illegal to give them to a government agency lest they use the photos to figure out how badly Wyoming is poisoning the environment. Rationality! [Slate]
* Meanwhile, Native Americans are both underrepresented and ignored in the profession. [The National Law Journal]
* Staci spoke with Nicole Abboud about Women in the Law. [The Gen Why Lawyer]
Casetext is offering select students the opportunity to gain real entrepreneurial experience while in school as part of its law student ambassador program.
* David Simon, the creator of The Wire, weighs in on Baltimore. He points blame at a police force rooted in “a culture that taught them not the hard job of policing, but simply how to roam the city, jack everyone up, and call for the wagon.” F**k. [Talking Points Memo]
* In Colorado, marriage is defined as one man and… well, that’s all you need actually. [Business Insider Law & Order]
* Hull takes a stab at explaining his problem with the parlance of email. [What About Clients?]
* A fly on the wall at the post-Obergefell chambers conference. [Law Prof Blawg]
* Professor Hasen examines Williams-Yulee. [Election Law Blog]
* Another reality TV legal run-in: the restaurant from “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” settles a discrimination suit over an employee claiming she was fired for refusing to join a prayer session. I think the important question here is: there’s really a show called “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”? [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]
* Did you follow that child custody hearing over letting an 11-year-old attend a P!nk (is this how we write that now?) concert? Because it was crazypants. [Bronzino Law]
* Could the Uber class action suit spell relief for contract attorneys? [Law and More]
* Ballard Spahr’s Chair Mark Stewart talks about the competition between law firms and the distribution of… oh, face it, you just want to hear him talk about hiring Rogers Stevens of Blind Melon as an associate. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]
A six-figure sum, but nothing close to her $1.4 million request.
* Parents of Boston bombing victim Martin Richard are hoping their child’s murderer avoids the distracting spectacle of the death penalty. [Boston Globe]
* Local prosecutor may have been munching down on pot brownies. [Al.com]
* At least the Middle District of Florida is willing to throw a speed bump into the Kardashians’ continuing assault on the human spirit. [South Florida Lawyers]
* Jesus, overcriminalization is stupid: Atlanta teacher cheating edition. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* Note that cheating among poor inner-city kids demands the criminal justice system, while cheating at Stanford is a curiosity. [TaxProf Blog]
* Meet the labor lawyer who has it in for Uber. [Fusion]
* The phrase “fart clears courtroom” is always going to be a story. [Legal Cheek]
That crybaby lawyer suing for benefits because a mean partner yelled at her overlooks an important point: her boss was totally right to yell at her.
You can’t quit your job just because a partner embarrassed you and expect to be paid for it.
Plaintiff Elina Chechelnitsky claims that the firm discriminated against women associates, by giving out work unfairly and holding an all-male golf outing.
Where cannabis is legal, employers can no longer drug test employees for THC, right? Wrong. For now.
* Chicago Law grad went up to Alaska and challenged an Iditarod musher to an arm wrestling match. That’s when she broke her arm. This decision should trigger an automatic two-spot drop in the U.S. News rankings. [Alaska Dispatch News]
* An interview with Keith Wetmore, former Chairman of Morrison and Foerster, diving into his childhood growing up in a funeral home. From working with one group of stiffs to another. [Hsu Untied]
* Ruh roh. Biglaw partner earns a hearty benchslap for deliberately misleading the court. You can’t do that — save it for the summer associates asking about having a family. [Legal Business]
* California lawyer Matt McLaughlin continues his Quixotic drive to have the state execute all the gay people. Now we have a pithy name for his proposed amendment: “The Intolerant Jackass Act.” [Slate]
* David talks to Bloomberg about why Above the Law hurts people’s feelings. It’s more diplomatic than my answer: because they’re soft. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* A lawyer testifies to the state legislature about how great a right-to-work law will be… for his bankruptcy practice. Troll hard, my friend. [YouTube]