Law professor jobs are drying up.
* Ellen Pao, formerly of Cravath, won’t be appealing her gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins. Did she settle? Hell no! “Settlement might have provided me with financial benefits, but only at the great cost of silence.” [Re/code]
* During a time when first-year law school applications are still low, Arizona State Law claims to have just welcomed its “largest class” in law school history. Spoiler alert: The school is counting all of its LL.M. students in that figure. [ASU News]
* BU Law teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for clinic offerings that will provide entrepreneurs from both schools free legal advice. MIT students might “change the world,” and BU Law students might… get jobs? [Boston Business Journal]
* Per the latest report from the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, East Texas is the nation’s “least fair and reasonable litigation environment.” With its huge tort awards, this pro-business lobby thinks it’s simply the worst. Go figure. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Leaford George Cameron, a man who allegedly practiced law without a license for more than a decade, has been indicted on federal charges. The
“scary man”would-be lawyer reportedly defrauded clients across the country. [Daily Delco / Philadelphia Daily News]
It has long been the case in Hong Kong that most UK law firms and a very small minority of US law firms have three month notice periods for their US associates built into their employment contracts. […]
* 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]
The essential guide to getting through 1L year and beyond.
* “We saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and she just blew that tunnel up.” Massachusetts teen Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend after she texted him numerous times, encouraging him to kill himself. If you haven’t seen them, her messages are chilling. [Associated Press]
* “If you are a lawyer thinking about having sex with your client, you better think first.” Go ahead, argue that your client’s 30-day suspension from practice was “just” because the woman kept coming back for more. Maybe your judge won’t be as sarcastic. [Knoxville News Sentinel]
* If you’re starting law school, you probably haven’t heard about the biggest law firm bankruptcy in history, and you likely don’t know what the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial is about. Here’s a listicle of reasons to doubt the prosecution’s case. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Biglaw firms are rethinking their office space at the same time as they’re building up their posh amenities. At the end of the day, associates may be forced to move to cubicles, but it’s all for the clients’ benefit, so hooray for them. *golf claps* [Commercial Observer]
* Our congratulations go out to Alicia Ouellette, Albany Law School’s newest president and dean. We’re certainly hopeful that she’ll be able to handle the tenuous employment situation with the school’s tenured faculty better than her predecessor did. [Times Union]
* Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed over her refusal to give marriage licenses to gay couples, was released by order of Judge David Bunning — with a warning not to interfere with her deputy clerks’ duties. Hmm, yeah, she’s totally going back to jail. [New York Times]
* The law school applicant pool is still dwindling after all these years, so it’s interesting to see which schools are offering students the biggest
bribesscholarships and grants (some of which may later disappear) so they can fill the seats in their classes with asses. [Bloomberg via PreLaw]
* This Montana Law professor claims that he was forced to retire from his teaching position early due to the school’s ongoing budget cuts: “I am the first full-time member of the law faculty upon whom the ax has fallen.” We’ll have more on this later. [Missoulian]
* Hmm, what Dewey know about the standard of evidence for conviction in the D&L fraud trial? “Woulda, coulda, shoulda is fine for cocktail party conversation. In this courtroom and in any courtroom, the proof must be beyond a reasonable doubt.” [Reuters]
* Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, who received an LL.M. in taxation from NYU School of Law, is making a $20 million donation to the school, its largest gift ever. We wonder how much he’s giving to his alma mater, Wayne State Law. [WSJ Law Blog]
More details in the departure of a prominent dean paint the picture of an overwhelmingly toxic relationship with faculty.
* Who could be mad at this cute little hamster? Oh, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner for whom the toy was named… without her consent. [Jezebel]
* You like song parodies. So checkout these law-based ones that are “funny to lawyers who have had three drinks after the dessert course.” Bonus: it also raises money for Legal Aid. [Connecticut Law Tribune]
* Handy guide to law schools that offer the biggest tuition discounts. [Tax Prof Blog]
* Fun way to end Throwback Thursday: scroll through the wills and probate records for historical figures like Harriet Beecher Stowe, Eli Whitney, and Daniel Webster. [Pictorial]
* Interested in a private legal networking site? Not so fast, you’ll be banned if you write about it. [Law Sites]
* Ugh, this Kentucky clerk/Kim Davis debacle is still going on, now with 100% more jail time. [New York Times]
* Tips on how to get over that awkward hurdle and actually talk to a colleague who recently lost their job. [Law and More]
* What traits make for good lawyers? [It’s Not About The Lawyers, Teacup]
* We’ve told you before about Covington partner Mark Mosier’s son, Michael, who passed away at age 6 from DIPG, a rare brain tumor. Now Eric Holder has recorded a video to raise awareness of the disease. [Defeat DIPG]
* 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]
* 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]
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