Labor / Employment

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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.12.15

    * Supreme Court hears argument about chicks and removing clothes for money, and it’s a lot less interesting than that sounds. [Law360]

    * Congratulations to Cristina Carvalho, the next managing partner of Arent Fox. [National Law Journal]

    * Federal government pushes “poor people aren’t real people” mantra a tad further: proposes rule banning smoking in your own home if you live in public housing. [New York Times]

    * The next time you think we have a do-nothing Congress, note that they’ve just passed a law to divvy up asteroids for mining! They’re really hard at work on the pressing issues of today. [KING5]

    * Chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board pulled out of the investigation into Justice Michael Eakin’s troubling emails after someone pointed out that he played a lead role in the justice’s 2011 re-election campaign. Wha? How did anyone think this was OK? I repeat: What the hell is wrong with Pennsylvania’s justice system? [York Daily Record]

    * Checking in on Braeden Anderson, the Seton Hall basketball player balancing an NCAA season with his 1L year. [The Setonian]

    * “Facebook Sees 23% Spike In Law Enforcement Requests For Data.” JackBootThug37 Likes This. [TechCrunch]

    * Ted Cruz says there should be 700 miles of double fencing along the border. I’d welcome anything to keep dirty Canadians from coming down and running for president. [Real Clear Politics]

    56 Comments / / Nov 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.28.15

    * Good news, everyone! Legally Blonde 3 is supposedly in the works, and Reese Witherspoon says that the movie may involve Elle Woods becoming a Supreme Court justice or some kind of an elected official. It’s really too bad that SCOTUS robes aren’t pink. [Washington Post]

    * Biglaw firms aren’t the only ones that are downsizing when it comes to their headcount. Case in point, Lear Corporation’s in-house legal department has dropped from 20 attorneys to 11, but its GC Terry Larking says it’s working for the company. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Cornell Law School will be teaming up with Cornell Tech to launch a new LL.M. degree in law, technology, and entrepreneurship. Like most LL.M. degrees, we imagine that it will cost a pretty penny, but that its overall value on the market will be low. [Cornell Chronicle]

    * “Do we really need to protect people from trying to achieve their dreams?” Professor Noah Feldman of Harvard Law thinks we shouldn’t coddle law school applicants who are unlikely to pass a bar or try to “save” them from a lifetime of debt. [Bloomberg View]

    * She shoots, she scores? An ex-cheerleader filed suit against the Milwaukee Bucks under the Fair Labor Standards Act because she alleges she was paid less than minimum wage to cheer for the team. The suit is the first of its kind filed against an NBA team. [ABC News]

    41 Comments / / Oct 28, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Goooo minimum wage!  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.27.15

    * The Cincinnati Bengals reached a $255K settlement with their cheerleaders in a wage-and-hour suit. Each Ben-Gal stands to receive at least $2,500. Hmm, maybe they needed better lawyers who could BE AGGRESSIVE! B-E AGGRESSIVE! B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E! [CBS News]

    * Biglaw leaders think that first-year associates are likely to be replaced by robots within 10 years. Some even think that second- and third-year associates could be replaced by artificial intelligence. Damn, no wonder NY to $190 is still a pipedream. [Ars Technica via Am Law Daily]

    * “What you’re asking them to do is do work for you.” Despite the fact that the cellphone was seized in an investigation, this federal magistrate judge says that he isn’t quite sure if he has the legal authority to compel Apple to access data on a locked iPhone. [Reuters]

    * Justice waits for no one, except this defendant who allegedly murdered her 19-month-old daughter in 2010. After her trial was rescheduled for the 18th time, a judge finally decided he’d had enough: “Anything following this will be a trial or dismissal.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you’re trying to get into to law school, there’s no need to wait for your fall semester grades before you send off your applications. A pulse and the ability to sign federal loan documents are all that you’ll need. [Law School Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    60 Comments / / Oct 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • Green California Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

    California, Lateral Moves, Sponsored Content

    West Coast Employment Practices Continue To Dominate The Market

    Labor and employment opportunities appear stronger than ever in California. For those looking for security in good times and bad, there may very well be no better practice.

    / Oct 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM
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    Lateral Moves, Sponsored Content

    Your Guide For Making A Lateral Move To New York

    As New York law firms continue to fight the war on talent, many are looking outside of the box, or rather, outside of New York.

    / Oct 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM
  • resume girl

    Job Searches, Labor / Employment

    Back In The Race: Are You Being Exploited At Your Job?

    If you feel you’re being taken advantage of, what should you do about it?

    33 Comments / / Sep 30, 2015 at 9:59 AM
  • Calling Ronda Rousey! (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.28.15

    * Jurors in the criminal trial for former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf have reviewed evidence for a full week already, and will return to court today for their eighth day of deliberations. At least the defendants will be able to keep killing time on Candy Crush. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A federal judge denied the UFC’s motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit that was filed against it by current and former fighters over the organization’s monopolization of the MMA industry. It’s time to bring in an armbar submission artist to stop the UFC for good. [ESPN]

    * “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn.” Hot on the heels of his surprise resignation, House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to avoid a government shutdown and pass some legislation before his time is up. Well, it’s good to have goals. [Reuters]

    * Volkswagen can expect nothing less than a “tsunami” of lawsuits and legal proceedings thanks to its emissions scandal. On the bright side, Kirkland & Ellis is going to be able to reap the rewards of thousands of billable hours. [Chicago Tribune; Automotive News]

    * TV staffers who worked on “The Following” and “The Blacklist” filed suit against production companies Warner Brothers, NBC, and Sony, alleging they were forced to work 24 hours straight — and pee in bottles — without being paid overtime. [New York Post]

    22 Comments / / Sep 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Judge Richard Posner


    Judge Posner Rips Poor Winston & Strawn Lawyer

    Judge Posner and Judge Hamilton tag team a litigator given an impossible task.

    23 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 4:29 PM
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    Minority Issues

    Differentiating Diversity Goals From Quotas In The Legal Profession

    There is a big difference between a goal and quota.

    43 Comments / / Sep 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.12.15

    * A new paper by Professors Josh Blackman and Howard Wasserman on the process of marriage equality. For those of you who get really excited over civil procedure. [SSRN]

    * Fresh off the threat of Supreme Court sanctions, partner Howard Shipley, formerly of Foley & Lardner, has landed at Gordon & Rees. Good fit… there’s no way he’ll embarrass that firm. [Gordon & Rees]

    * We had some fun at the expense of a very predictable Norwegian prison escape the other day, but it’s worth recognizing an outlier for what it is — here’s a detailed look at Norway’s usually successful prison system. [New York Times]

    * With public defenders like these… An interpreter employed by the public defenders’ office scammed immigrants seeking bribes with promises to pull strings to avoid deportation. [Times-Picayune]

    * Is “Office Temperature-Gate” worthy of a Title VII claim? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * A guy sat in prison for over 3 months after he completed his sentence because the system is as awful as it is incompetent. [Mother Jones]

    * If you’re looking for CLE and have tickets to New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 8, then here’s the panel for you. [NY Comic Con]

    * Most employers in New York City can no longer check credit history in making employment decisions. Time to hit up Saks for that shopping spree. [DLA Piper]

    19 Comments / / Aug 12, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • Alexandra Marchuk and Juan Monteverde

    Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms, Trials

    Alexandra Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi: The End

    The parties have written the final chapter is this long-running saga.

    37 Comments / / Aug 5, 2015 at 1:15 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.31.15

    * TSA officials in Houston are checking hundreds of sorority girl bags because the convention book — that all of them have — keeps raising red flags. Now, Underhill thinks TSA should have figured this out and stopped checking. But that’s just what those girls from ΙΣΙΣ are banking on. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Don’t recommend people on the grounds that they “don’t have enemies.” It’s not a compliment unless you immediately follow it with, “… anymore.” [What About Clients?]

    * The ABA tries to make it harder to game the U.S. News rankings. That doesn’t sit right with law schools. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The tech industry doesn’t understand labor law. Which is weird, because you can Google that s**t. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Venable not liable for alleged puffery. The firm is just glad it can go back to being the greatest lawyers on the face of the Earth. [The Blog of the Legal Times]

    * The intellectual property concerns of cosplay. Remember if you get sued, the people dressed like Daredevil and She-Hulk aren’t actually able to help you. [IP Watchdog]

    * Elie discusses the Samuel DuBose killing and Pell grants. [Legal Broadcast Network via YouTube]

    12 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.29.15

    * With the accusations mounting, and the stunning New York Magazine cover feature 35 women alleging Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, the comedian’s legal team is changing tactics. [CNN]

    * 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]

    * Citizens United actually loses a legal battle, this time courtesy of New York’s own Amazing Schneiderman. [Wall Street 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? []

    16 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • US china flags

    China, Contracts, Labor / Employment

    China Employment Contracts: Keep ‘Em Current Or Suffer Big Penalties

    If you are employing anyone in China without an up-to-date written contract in Chinese, you are at risk for a substantial penalty.

    / Jul 20, 2015 at 10:03 AM
  • Pennies

    Labor / Employment

    Second Circuit Takes Firm Stance On Educational Value Of Being Poor

    The Second Circuit takes the war to unpaid interns. Poor kids never had a chance.

    38 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 2:02 PM
  • sleeping associate

    Biglaw, Food

    Which Biglaw Firm Is Being Compared To A ‘Sweatshop’?

    Has this high-powered Biglaw firm been running afoul of state labor laws all this time?

    50 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 2:14 PM
  • poop

    Holy Crap, Labor / Employment, Nauseating Things

    Legal Precedent Set By The ‘Devious Defecator’

    Have a rogue pooper in the workplace? Well, employers cannot request genetic materials to find the culprit.

    3 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 10:41 AM
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    Labor / Employment

    The Beginning Of The End For Uber?

    What will you do if Uber is no longer an option?

    36 Comments / / Jun 17, 2015 at 3:30 PM