Law Professors

  • 'Why did you get tenure and not me?'

    Law Schools, Racism

    Black Law Professor Sues Predominantly Black Law School… For Race Discrimination?

    While the facts of the case are still emerging, what do we know now that might make sense of this unusual claim?

    76 Comments / / Dec 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM
  • 'Why did you get tenure and not me?'

    Law Schools, Racism

    Black Law Professor Says Law School Wouldn’t Give Him Tenure Because He’s Black

    After his tenure application was denied, he wasn’t offered an extension on his employment contract with the school.

    51 Comments / / Dec 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM
  • chinese food takeout

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.10.14

    * We know all about the ridiculous lawyer with three Harvard degrees who is apparently considering suing a mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant over a $4 overcharge. We’ll have more on this absolute absurdity later. [Boston.com]

    * An English court ruled that a girl with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder couldn’t be awarded damages against her mother because the harm occurred in utero. Remember folks, the unborn aren’t people, only corporations are. [Daily Beast]

    * A Foley & Lardner IP partner may be facing sanctions for a rather unorthodox petition for a writ of certiorari that he submitted to the Supreme Court. [Legal Times]

    * Someone at Harvard Law taped fliers containing the last words of unarmed African-Americans who shot by police over portraits of their law professors. [ABC News]

    * Per a recent study, the vast majority of law students have suffered from some sort of mental health issue while in law school. This isn’t at all shocking. [Yale Daily News]

    18 Comments / / Dec 10, 2014 at 9:15 AM
  • Oh New York, why did you have to make Caesar angry?

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.05.14

    * New York has rejected recognizing a chimpanzee as a “person.” [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Which law schools are most conservative? Most liberal? [FiveThirtyEight]

    * Elie’s new job as “deal judge.” [Dealbreaker]

    * Lawyer suspended amid accusations that he sexted three clients with nude photos of himself and told one “she could ‘ride bareback’ with him.” [ABA Journal]

    * Duquesne says it denied professor tenure because she was bad at the whole “teaching” part of her job. Whoa! When has that ever mattered to tenure? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Josh and Jess sit down with Judge Matthew Sciarrino to talk about the new Star Wars trailer. I don’t know. Looks kind of boring. We need George Lucas to spice it up with a Special Edition version. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Prosecutor recites “Dixie” at closing argument of a black man’s trial. [Idaho Statesman]

    9 Comments / / Dec 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM
  • Bronx ADAs Gang Signs

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.24.14

    * Want to see a group of assistant district attorneys from the Bronx throwing up gang signs in their holiday photo? Of course you do! How seriously is the Bronx DA’s office taking the picture even though local defense attorneys are pissed? Not very! [New York Daily News]

    * “What he did was out of line, inappropriate, unnecessary, and hurtful.” There’s a scandal brewing over at Mercer Law, where a professor apparently thought it would be prudent to use the “N-word” during his constitutional law class. [Macon Telegraph]

    * Gilberto “Cannibal Cop” Valle wants his conviction for illegally accessing NYPD databases to be overturned to improve his chances of getting into law school. He shouldn’t be worried — some schools accept convicted murderers. [New York Post]

    * Thelen LLP’s bankruptcy case, first filed way back in 2009, is finally moving towards its conclusion. The last holdout partners who refused to settle must now pay back their monthly draws from the firm’s final year. Too bad, so sad. [National Law Journal]

    * Ladies, have a pudding pop: Martin D. Singer of Lavely & Singer, better known these days as Bill Cosby’s lawyer, wants the media to stop publishing “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories” about the comedian’s alleged rape victims. [Chicago Tribune]

    * The grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting is still undecided on the case. Perhaps they’ll have a decision before Thanksgiving so everyone in Ferguson can enjoy their turkey in peace (or in protest, depending on how it comes out). [CNN]

    43 Comments / / Nov 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • Sport and justice

    Law Professors, Sports

    Ask A Sports Law Professor With Professor Marc Edelman

    Got a sports law question? Ask it here and we’ll try to answer it for you.

    21 Comments / / Nov 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM
  • soccer ball world cup

    Law Professors, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.18.14

    * We are coming to Chicago, and we’d love to see you at our event on Thursday night — RSVP here. [Above the Law]

    * Wait, FIFA may be dishonest? Kirkland partner Michael Garcia announces plans to appeal after FIFA releases ethics report on the Russia and Qatar World Cup bidding process that contains “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions.” And he should know since he worked on the investigation. [Am Law Daily]

    * Behold the all-purpose citation! [Lowering the Bar]

    * Regarding yesterday’s crazy “woman sues the owner of the dog that her dogs killed,” an astute reader notes that a year ago, the Texas Supreme Court limited damages in pet deaths to “animal’s market worth.” So in the interest of reining in damages, the courts gave the victim less incentive to sue than the owner of the perpetrators. Sounds like a great system there. [Dallas Morning News]

    * The holidays are around the corner. Get that special lawyer some prints of courthouses around the country to spruce up their office. [Courthouses of America]

    * Wow. California school district argues that 14-year-old girl could legally consent to sex with her teacher because, I mean, come on, we all knew she was a slut. This happened. In 2014. [Slate]

    * Advice that should go double for lawyers: sometimes you really just need to drop acid to clear your head. [What About Clients?]

    * Professors who refuse to retire are the worst. [TaxProf Blog]

    27 Comments / / Nov 18, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Judges Gavel

    Books, Federal Judges, Law Professors, Law Schools, S.D.N.Y.

    How Judges Decide: An Interview With Joel Cohen

    How long will it be before other law schools copy this great idea for a class (if they don’t have such a course already)?

    6 Comments / / Nov 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM
  • Harvard Law School 2

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Sexual Harassment

    Harvard Law Students Embarrass Harvard Law Profs

    A student response to the Harvard Law professors who complained that the university’s sexual harassment policy was an affront to the law school’s institutional independence.

    62 Comments / / Nov 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM
  • law grad no jobs

    Caption Contests, Contests, Law Professors, Law Schools, Pictures

    Caption Contest Winner: Flagging Law School Seems Unsure About What ‘Lawyering Skills’ Are

    According to her bio, not even the professor who teaches the class seems to know what lawyering skills are.

    17 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM
  • need a job LF

    Caption Contests, Contests, Law Professors, Law Schools, Pictures

    Caption Contest Finalists: Flagging Law School Seems Unsure About What ‘Lawyering Skills’ Are

    Many graduates of this law school are also questioning what lawyering skills are because so few are working as lawyers.

    6 Comments / / Oct 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM
  • need a job LF

  • redbull

    Biglaw, Canada, Drugs, Football, Kids, Law Professors, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Pornography, Rankings, Trials

    Morning Docket: 10.09.14

    * Thanks to a partner from K&L Gates, victims of revenge porn will be able to rely upon the assistance of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to guide them through the courts pro bono. [National Law Journal]

    * The latest Princeton Review rankings are out, and now you can find out if you attend a law school that has some of the best professors in the country. Spoiler alert: Yale Law isn’t No. 1. [Huffington Post]

    * Calling all lawyers and law students! If you bought a Red Bull in the past 12 years to get through an all-nighter, then you’ll be able to make some quick cash from this class action settlement. [BuzzFeed]

    * It seems that Madame Justice Lori Douglas, the Canadian judge whose nude pictures were leaked online, is no longer facing sexual harassment charges. That must be nice for her, all things considered. [CBC News]

    * Per federal prosecutors, if you’re not too high to suck at playing games on Xbox, then you’re not too high to forget about friends of the accused Boston bomber removing evidence from your room. [Bloomberg]

    * Adrian Peterson’s felony child abuse trial is supposed to begin in December, but it could be delayed because the judge may have to recuse. That’s what happens when you call lawyers “media whores.” [CNN]

    7 Comments / / Oct 9, 2014 at 8:06 AM
  • Bluebook small Legal Bluebook Uniform System of Citation

    Books, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools

    Is The Bluebook About To Be Killed Off?

    What kind of silver bullet could kill this venerable institution?

    38 Comments / / Oct 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM
  • PetSoundsCover

    Drinking, Law Professors, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.01.14

    * We welcome Howard Bashman to his new homepage! [How Appealing / Above the Law]

    * An ode to Brian Leiter to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around.” [Philosophy Metablog]

    * “Lawyers have a powerful voice in the American legal system, government, and news and entertainment businesses. But do they make their contributions to society while impaired?” You’re goddamned right we do! [SSRN]

    * For example, a Louisville lawyer was arrested for allegedly surfing the web while driving drunk. Who says solo practitioners can’t multitask. [WDRB]

    * Is litigation finance a loan or an investment? Perhaps tax law holds the answer. [LFC 360]

    * Former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. had his law license suspended indefinitely. Apparently his trust account was bouncing checks. This suspension has ramifications for a much bigger case — Bosley had been representing Dorian Johnson, an eyewitness to the Michael Brown killing. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly (sub. req.); St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * Hasbro thinks that owning Scrabble means they own the English language. [Slate]

    * Congratulations to legal communications specialists Infinite PR, who just merged with UK outfit Spada to expand their business across the pond. [PR Week]

    24 Comments / / Oct 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • It's time to yell back at a notorious loudmouth.

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Lunacy, Rudeness

    Everyone Hates This Poor Law Professor

    Will he go gentle into that good night? Of course not!

    52 Comments / / Sep 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM
  • Oscar Pistorius

    Andrew Cuomo, Deaths, Election Law, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.12.14

    * Following the divisive decision in Shelby County v. Holder, voting rights cases may be heading back to the SCOTUS sooner than we thought. Thanks, Texas and Wisconsin. [USA Today]

    * Bienvenidos a Miami? Cities compete to be designated as sites where global arbitration matters are heard. Miami is an up-and-comer, but New York is king. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Thanks to anonymous donors, the reward for info related to FSU Law Professor Dan Markel’s murder has been raised to $25,000. Not a single suspect has been named since his death. [Tallahassee Democrat]

    * After losing the Democratic primary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Professor Zephyr Teachout drank some gin and tonics like a boss before returning to her class at Fordham Law to teach property. [New York Times]

    * Try as he might, the Blade Runner just can’t outrun the law: Oscar Pistorius might have been cleared on the murder charge he was facing, but now he’s been found guilty on a culpable homicide charge. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Sep 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • Jordan Belfort

    Events, Law Professors, Media and Journalism, Movies, Rudeness, Sexism, Wall Street, White-Collar Crime

    A ‘Cringeworthy’ Evening With The Real ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’

    Protip: when hosting an event, try to refrain from sexist introductions of your speakers.

    24 Comments / / Sep 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

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