Larry Lessig

  • Larry Lessig


    Whose Fault Is It Harvard Law Prof Larry Lessig Had To Quit Running For President?

    Larry Lessig withdrew from the presidential race, but not without a few parting shots.

    29 Comments / / Nov 4, 2015 at 1:15 PM
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    Drinking, Politics

    Your Guide To Getting Drunk During The Democratic Debate

    Nothing is boring if you apply enough alcohol — tonight’s Democratic Debate Drinking Guide.

    28 Comments / / Oct 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.10.15

    * The fascinating and brave story of Phyllis Frye, the nation’s first openly transgender judge — and in Texas no less! [New York Times]

    * Copyright law ruins something new: this time the YouTube channel of the creator of “hardest Super Mario World level ever.” [Kotaku]

    * Take a look at the correspondence Judge Berman received on Deflategate — all the completely sane and hinged rantings of Pats fans. [Deadspin]

    * A law firm that lets you have a life? Blasphemy! [The Atlantic]

    * Even if Larry Lessig becomes President of the United States, his presidency will still be a failure. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * So… if a vampire makes a human their servant what liability does the human have for the vamp’s bloodsucking? [The Legal Geeks]

    * An ode to Valorem’s Patrick Lamb and his incisive look at the failure of Dewey & Lebouef. [What About Clients?]

    * The phenomenon of Quit Lit: when law professors take to the op-ed page to talk about their resignations. [TaxProf Blog]

    16 Comments / / Sep 10, 2015 at 5:13 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.08.15

    * Sonia Sotomayor talks about feeling like an outsider on the court… aaaaaaaand this is what white privilege means. [Slate]

    * Vehicles you can still get a DUI while driving: Barbie Jeep, Zamboni, wheelchair, inflatable raft, motorized beer cooler. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Step into the political slime and see how the halted campaign finance investigation into Scott Walker is being used to undermine regulations. [PR Watch]

    * Fascinating speculation on who should be Donald Trump’s running mate — assuming, arguendo, the end times are upon us and he wins the Republican nomination. [Law and More]

    * Debating Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig’s theories about the presidency. [Pacific Standard]

    * Bound by Law? Tales of the Public Domain, a cheeky comic book sponsored by Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain is fun and useful for lawyers and nonlawyers alike. [Open Culture]

    * Yes, Ohio, a man’s family does include his wife. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Perverse incentives dominate Chinese victim compensation laws and drivers try to kill any pedestrians they may hit. [Slate]

    28 Comments / / Sep 8, 2015 at 5:02 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.15

    Ed. note: Due to the Labor Day holiday we will be on a reduced publication schedule today, and observing the holiday on Monday. Hope everyone has an enjoyable, restful and long weekend.

    * Oh yay! An attorney hits something with his car, doesn’t stop, and uses the “I’m an attorney!” line, complete with F-bombs. And he was drinking, because of course he was. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * You shoot for the stars Utah! Utah Law announced a new initiative to have 100 percent bar passage and 100 percent professional employment. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Burn! Not only did the Ninth Circuit overturn Judge Robert Jones’s decision, they reassigned the case. [Election Law Blog]

    * A war between Harvard Law professors! Okay, it’s just a war of words, but Cass Sunstein really takes it to former Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren and law prof turned presidential candidate Larry Lessig. [American Thinker]

    * Lessons on being a lawyer you can get from watching Peggy Olson. [Careerist]

    * Here’s a horrifying fact: “Defendants who can’t make bail, regardless of their crime, are four times more likely to be sentenced to time in prison.” [Pacific Standard]

    * This is fun! A 1947 anti-union propaganda comic put out by General Electric. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Food in exchange for legal advice. Seems like a good deal. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

    * Moving ever closer to the day when a marriage license for a same sex couple is just a matter of paperwork — even in Kentucky. [Huffington Post]

    29 Comments / / Sep 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.03.15

    * With the Dewey trial wrapping up, a look back at the history of firm honchos earning jail time. [Law360]

    * Slick video explaining the everything wrong the way law schools market themselves to students. [Business Insider]

    * K&L Gates loses more partners. This time McDermott picks up the spoils. But don’t cry for K&L, they nabbed a huge get off Paul Hastings. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Remember when Sony got hacked? It unveiled some fun stuff, like how the new movie Concussion changed its plot around to avoid offending the NFL. [ABA Journal]

    * As college football prepares to kick off tonight, Baylor has hired Pepper Hamilton to look into how the school handles sexual violence allegations in light of the rape conviction of former player Sam Ukwuachu. [Dallas Morning News]

    * Here’s one of the dumbest arguments ever: Larry Lessig is liberal. About 47 years ago, unchecked campaign spending marginally helped a liberal (he did ultimately lose the nomination… and Nixon became president). Therefore, Larry Lessig shouldn’t be against money in politics. Signed, the former Executive Director of the Club for Growth. [The Daily Caller]

    * Meanwhile, the GOP runs into the downside of Citizens United: arming a terrible candidate with so much money he won’t drop out. [Slate]

    21 Comments / / Sep 3, 2015 at 8:51 AM
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    Books, Gay Marriage, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Privacy, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.28.14

    * We’re getting closer to being able to unlock our phones legally. Soon you can accidentally brick an iPhone without fear of reprisal. [The Guardian]

    * The Wall Street Journal thinks law student résumés are nearly identical (?) and recommends cultivating “quirky interests” like serving as a college mascot. Because national law firms just feel safer with Furries on staff. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * A judge who already faces overlapping ethics proceedings is about to add a couple more to his plate. This time the allegations include sleeping with a law student, not disclosing when she appeared before him, and “misappropriating” marijuana evidence. He doesn’t seem to get that the whole “What happens in Vegas” thing only works if you’re not living there. [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * Someone tries to fight Larry Lessig on copyright. They lose. [IT-Lex]

    * An applicant withdraws his application to a law school because they do not allow gay or lesbian wedding ceremonies on campus. While that’s a noble decision, did he really think a Catholic school was going to be having gay and lesbian weddings? [The Ivy Coach]

    * Professors Chris Sprigman and Barry Friedman employed a cool tool called ReplyAll to have a public discussion about the NSA. [Just Security]

    * Redeployment (affiliate link) is a new collection of stories by Phil Klay focusing on the transition of Iraq veterans to stateside living. One story focuses on a Marine going to law school. Apparently he wanted to trade one brand of PTSD for another. [New York Times]

    * Wow, it looks like San Diego has a real problem policing its police. [Voice of San Diego]

    * If you’re in the Boston area next week, check out Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services, a cool symposium on March 6. [Harvard Law]

    2 Comments / / Feb 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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    Law Professors, Music, Politics

    T14 Law Professor Writes And Performs New Song

    Is the next season of The Voice casting? Because there’s a professor who wants in.

    1 Comment / / Jan 22, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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    Election Law, Football, Free Speech, Larry Lessig, Non-Sequiturs, Religion

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.10.13

    * Who says bipartisanship is dead? Senators McCain and Gillibrand hammer Obama’s nominee for Navy Undersecretary. Gillibrand went after her specifically over prosecuting sexual assaults. [Breaking Defense]

    * Lawyers per capita by state. For everyone who says lawyers make the world worse, note that Arkansas has the fewest lawyers per capita and do with that information what you will. [Law School Tuition Bubble]

    * A bunch of rabbis were arrested for plotting to kidnap and torture a guy into granting a Jewish divorce. This is a thing? [Wall Street Journal]

    * Professor Larry Lessig thinks the administration should have made originalist arguments in the McCutcheon case to salvage campaign finance limits. First, I don’t see why this would have worked. Second, someone in Washington has to be an adult and resist the urge to make stupid arguments just because someone might listen. [The Atlantic]

    * An agent is facing 14 felony counts for giving improper benefits to college athletes. For all the alleged cheating, you’d think UNC would be better at football. [Forbes]

    * A Texas judge ordered a teen to move back in with a sex offender. This was a poor decision. [USA Today]

    * Upon hearing former NYC Mayor David Dinkins saying, “You don’t need to be too smart to be a lawyer, so I went to law school,” the dean of New York Law School said, “So you went to Brooklyn Law School?” Which of course Dinkins did. What is wrong with NYU’s Tribeca campus? [NYLS (exchange begins at 23:00)]

    * Is this related to the law? Not really. Is it the cast of Archer doing the video of Danger Zone? Yes…

    3 Comments / / Oct 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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    Copyright, Fashion, Health Care / Medicine, Intellectual Property, Larry Lessig, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.14.13

    * Marshall University is no longer a defendant in a case about a student shooting bottle rockets out of his anus. So from now on your sum total knowledge of the Thundering Herd involves the movie We Are Marshall and “shooting bottle rockets out of anuses.” [West Virginia Record]

    * Documentary filmmaker files suit seeking declaratory judgment that “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain. Why hasn’t everyone just accepted Larry Lessig’s new birthday song? [New York Times]

    * Men tend to think professional dress is one part white/blue shirt and one part brown/black/navy slacks. There’s more to it than that. Well, if you want to look good at all, there’s more to it than that. [Corporette]

    * Market realities catch up with law school plans. Pour a little out for the proposed Arlington Law School. [ARL Now]

    * Rough legal question: Should the U.S. refuse to send a child to a country employing Islamic family law? [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * A federal judge ordered HHS to give a little girl a lung transplant. Popehat wonders who lost out on a transplant in this exchange. I’m wondering why there aren’t more lung donors out there. [Popehat]

    5 Comments / / Jun 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Larry Lessig, Music

    New Birthday Song To Make You Even More Depressed To Get Older

    A new copyright-free birthday song. You get what you pay for.

    8 Comments / / Feb 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM
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    Conferences / Symposia, Election 2012, Election Law, Free Speech, Law Professors, Lawrence Lessig, Money, New Yorker, Politics, Seth Waxman, Ted Olson

    Politics and Money: Imperfect Together?

    What should be done – if anything – about the influence of money in politics? Some thoughts from Larry Lessig, Cleta Mitchell, Ted Olson, and Seth Waxman.

    4 Comments / / Oct 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.25.12

    * Interested in going to law school this coming fall? It’s not too late to apply, frighteningly enough. [Inside the Law School Scam via Tax Prof Blog]

    * Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Even graduates of Harvard Law School wind up homeless. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Sorry, I don’t like bike dudes; so many cyclists are rude, irresponsible, and annoying, to both pedestrians and drivers. If I were king, they’d go to prison; but I’m not, so we’ll have to settle for reeducation. [New York Times]

    * What does Bruce Springsteen think of Obamacare? [Althouse]

    * A few jurisdictions have laws against “attractiveness discrimination.” Try to guess which ones, then click on the link. [What About Clients?]

    * Larry Lessig and Ilya Shapiro debate the value of disclosure requirements in the campaign finance context. [Lean Forward / MSNBC]

    7 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM
  • Books, Dahlia Lithwick, Facebook, Lawrence Lessig, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Seth Stern, Stephen Wermiel

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.11.10

    * Professor Larry Lessig’s review of The Social Network. [New Republic] * Dahlia Lithwick’s review of the big new Brennan biography, by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel. [New York Times] * Molly Wei, one of the two Rutgers students involved in the Tyler Clementi case, feels “attack[ed]” — but she’s hanging in there. [Celebitchy] * […]

    40 Comments / / Oct 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM
  • Cass Sunstein, Harold Koh, Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sullivan, Larry Lessig, Politics, SCOTUS, SCOTUS Potential, Supreme Court

    The Unconfirmable Supreme Court (Part 1): The Liberals

    Update: Check out Part 2: The Conservatives. As we were planning Above the Law’s Elena Kagan confirmation coverage, we got to thinking (always a dangerous thing around these parts): What if Supreme Court nominees didn’t have to defend themselves to the American public? What if the U.S. Senate’s constitutional privilege of “advice and consent” was […]

    66 Comments / / May 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM