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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.28.15

    * Despite the fact that the 25/75 percentile LSAT range for many law schools has dropped precipitously, some schools still care about LSAT scores — because they care about you (and their U.S. News rank). [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Maryland Law and Baltimore Law are going to be teaming up to launch a solo practice incubator for their recent graduates, and BC, BU, and Northeastern will be doing the same thing in 2016. Full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage is required for all! [National Law Journal]

    * The Dacheng Dentons merger has the potential to completely change the legal profession as we know it, or fall flat on its face and be remembered as a good idea that went wrong. It’s been six months, and we’re all still waiting to see what happens. [Financial Times]

    * The criminal case against ex-Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov is like the Energizer bunny in that it keeps going, and going, and going, and going. Manhattan DA Cy Vance is appealing Aleynikov’s overturned conviction. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “The unfortunate scenario alleged in the complaint cries out for a legislative fix, not a judicial nix.” As expected, terminally ill civil rights attorney Christy McDonnell’s right-to-die lawsuit was dismissed by a California judge yesterday. How depressing. [AP]

    8 Comments / / Jul 28, 2015 at 8:50 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.15

    * Conan O’Brien faces a new lawsuit alleging that he stole jokes from a Twitter user’s feed. Meanwhile, Conan mulls suit against Tinder for ripping off Pimpbot 5000 character. [The Hollywood Reporter] * Snoop blames racial profiling for his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession in Sweden. Others say it’s “celebrity profiling,” suggesting that racial […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
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    Law Schools

    Acquitted Of Murdering His Wife, Man Heads To Law School This Fall

    Where will a recently acquitted murder defendant be heading for law school?

    22 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 1:02 PM
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    Law Schools

    Law Professor Has Awesome New Term For Law School ‘Diploma Mills’

    Let’s hope that no one is calling your law school a name like this.

    29 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 11:57 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.27.15

    * A jury has ruled that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman whose sex tape he posted online, on top of the $5 million he already owes her. This wanksta better hope the judgment gets discharged in bankruptcy. [Associated Press]

    * California is America’s breeding ground for unaccredited law schools, and “[m]ost jurisdictions simply don’t allow [these] kind of law school[s] to exist at all. Period.” Nearly all students (about 9 out of 10) drop out before graduation. How much money is being wasted? [Los Angeles Times]

    * Since 2007, the pay gap between the highest- and lowest-paid positions in many specialized fields has widened — but that isn’t the case when it comes to the legal profession. Unfortunately, not as many people are making it rain. [New York Times]

    * “[M]aybe legislation should fix this. Not the court.” A San Diego judge has suggested that he’ll likely dismiss a right-to-die lawsuit filed by Christy O’Donnell, a civil rights attorney who’s fighting a battle against lung, brain, spine, rib, and liver cancer. [NBC San Diego]

    * You’ve seen reactions to Harper Lee’s portrayal of Atticus Finch as a racist in Go Set A Watchman (affiliate link) from everyone and their mother and their dog, but maybe you haven’t seen reactions from law professors yet, so have a look. [National Law Journal]

    34 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.24.15

    * Cocaine-swiping judge out on work release. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    * Autozone settles $185 million suit over firing a pregnant worker. [Jezebel]

    * Once Donald Trump shuts up about illegal immigrants, maybe the adults in the room can start talking about the horrific conditions facing legal migrants, specifically those with H-2 visas. [BuzzFeed News]

    * It sounds like this guy deserved more than a 30-month license suspension. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Things you can’t tell your employees: that they look “quite f**kable.” [Legal Cheek]

    * A new report focuses on disabilities in the legal profession. [BWB Solutions]

    * If you write off “trigger warnings” as an assault on academic freedom, you might be missing the point. [TaxProf Blog]

    * More on why a ban on T-14 hires is stupid. [Break Into Biglaw]

    * Kaye Scholer’s Michael Solow discusses his experiences with the real-life Professor Kingsfield. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    27 Comments / / Jul 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM
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    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Violence

    Lafayette Movie Theater Gunman Was A Law School Graduate

    Which law school did the gunman attend?

    72 Comments / / Jul 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM
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    Law Schools

    When Is Something NOT Worth $0? When It’s A Scholarship To Indy Tech Law

    Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200 from Indy Tech Law.

    41 Comments / / Jul 23, 2015 at 3:17 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.23.15

    * Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said that he’d issue an executive order to keep Jon Stewart on as the host of The Daily Show, despite his imminent retirement. POTUS joked that “[i]t’s being challenged in the courts.” [Newsweek]

    * Check out this hot mess from New Jersey: An employee in the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office was allegedly demoted from office administrator to legal secretary after making comments about a prosecutor’s adult purchases made during a visit to a sex toy shop. [Press of Atlantic City]

    * Dentons just snagged a heavy hitter in its Chicago office, where Roderick “Rick” Palmore, formerly general counsel to corporate giant General Mills, will serve as senior counsel. This hire will surely give the firm some “additional street cred.” [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Uh oh! According to the latest Managing Partner Confidence Index report from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, Biglaw higher-ups are only “moderately” confident about their financial prospects for the second quarter. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * If you’ve been searching for ways to improve your already strong law school application, then boy, do we have some tips for you. You can start by being even more gunnery — take the LSAT again, and get your GPA even higher. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    13 Comments / / Jul 23, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Law Schools

    Are These The Worst Law School Facilities In The World?

    The Feng Shui of failure.

    18 Comments / / Jul 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM
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    Law Schools, Libraries / Librarians

    Is A Law Library Internship Worth Your Time?

    A law library internship is definitely worth its weight in gold if you’re able to get one during law school.

    / Jul 22, 2015 at 1:35 PM
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    Law Schools

    4 Types Of People Who Might Be Good Candidates For Law School

    Yes, there ARE some people who are good candidates for law school today — might you be one of them?

    64 Comments / / Jul 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.22.15

    * “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys potheads.” Country singer-songwriter and OG stoner Willie Nelson says marijuana will be legal in all 50 states within the next decade. Who knows, maybe his cannabis-crazed dreams will come true. [San Antonio Express-News]

    * Where do lonely hearts go? To court. This ex-Illinois Law student was accused of stalking a classmate and barred setting foot on campus for a two-year time period. A new trial was ordered, and now he may be able to graduate. Yay? [National Law Journal]

    * Law firms of all sizes are merging at a record pace, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to continue like this ad infinitum. Eventually, all of the fun is going to stop, and it’ll likely because there isn’t any more profitability to be had for these firms. Womp. [Am Law Daily]

    * Corporate legal departments are pushing for more diversity among their ranks, with companies like Xerox leading the way. NAPABA is hopeful that we’ll see 20 Asian-American lawyers as general counsel of Fortune 500 companies by 2020. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * For a man who wanted to “get rich or die tryin,” things don’t seem to be working out so well: Bankrupt rapper 50 Cent was busy denying ownership of many of his luxury items in court this week. He says he rents, borrows, and leases most of his bling. [Associated Press]

    14 Comments / / Jul 22, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.21.15

    * There’s a “small but organized minority of law professors” trying to keep students from getting paid. Go tell the ABA not to listen to them. [Professor Bainbridge]

    * Taking the bar exam in New York? Want a pre-ordered lunch? These folks have your back. They’re extending their deadline for ordering. [Custom Gourmet NY]

    * Line up to buy your “.law” address! [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Estimating the cost of eDiscovery. In monetary terms, not in the souls of contract attorneys. [Logikcull]

    * Kansas Governor Sam Brownback needs money, and he’s apparently not above asking officials with business before his office for cash. [Topeka Capital-Journal]

    * Questions not to ask in an interview. Forgot to include, “Does this look infected?” [JD Supra]

    * When you want to close a sale, be present in the moment. [Law and More]

    * Want to join a college faculty? Here’s where to work. Spread that anti-law-school hate to the next generation. [TaxProf Blog]

    * David Lat joins Sam Glover to discuss the future of Biglaw and SmallLaw. [Lawyerist]

    7 Comments / / Jul 21, 2015 at 4:59 PM
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    Law Schools, Sponsored Content, Technology

    Law Students: How To Make The Most Of Your Law Degree If You’re Not Going To Practice

    Casetext is offering select students the opportunity to gain real entrepreneurial experience while in school as part of its law student ambassador program.

    / Jul 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM
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    Law Schools, LSAT

    Is A Law School Recovery Just Around The Corner?

    Deans and admissions experts are hoping, wishing, and praying for relief.

    38 Comments / / Jul 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.20.15

    * “I would hope that we’ve already hit the bottom.” America’s legal educators and admissions deans are wishing, hoping, and praying that the upcoming school year will be the last year that merely having a pulse is a prerequisite for law school admission. [National Law Journal]

    * Bankruptcy court, here we come: We all know that right now, exorbitant law school debt can’t be discharged in bankruptcy, but judges have started to rally in favor of student debtors, noting that the Brunner test is simply incompatible with today’s high tuition costs. [New York Times]

    * “A professional education will never be cheap,” and the ABA has finally decided to give the appearance of caring about the average graduates of private law schools with six figures of loans. Enhanced financial counseling for all! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Indiana Tech Law School won’t be appealing its denial of accreditation by the American Bar Association. Before you get too excited about a law school accepting failure and throwing in the towel, it seems that the school is just going to reapply instead. [KPC News]

    * “[O]ne’s face may determine one’s fate, at least in the judicial domain.” Per a new study, the more untrustworthy a criminal defendant looks, the more likely it is that he’ll receive a harsher sentence. Boy, Dewey know defendants in need of a makeover. [WSJ Law Blog]

    26 Comments / / Jul 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Law Schools, Law Students, Student Loans

    Stats Of The Week: Law Student Debt Compared To Other Graduate Programs

    How does law student borrowing compare to that of medical students, MBAs, or other graduate programs?

    25 Comments / / Jul 17, 2015 at 3:28 PM