Whatever happened to the noble tradition of resignation on principle?
* Are you one of the millions of Americans wasting time at work compiling your draft order in anticipation of fantasy football season? Then there’s a case in Florida you should pay attention to… [ATL Redline]
* How can you look professional, but still shop ethically? [Corporette]
* In obvious, but depressing, news — the lonely road to partnership for black lawyers. [New York Times]
* The IRS is wrong by 200% — don’t worry, I’m sure they’d be sympathetic if you were off by a mere 200% on your tax return. [Tax Prof Blog]
* Wherein part of your law school grade is determined by how well you know Strunk and White. Madness, madness, I say. [Chronicle of Higher Education]
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. But until about 18 months ago it was not common for any firm to enforce a three month notice period when a US associate left solo[…]
* A look back at the impact Justice Scalia’s signature snarky style has had on the high court. [Jost on Justice]
* Decry “big government” all you want, but this is a great use of its power: one Wal-Mart declared a public nuisance. [Law and More]
* A horse! A horse! My law license for a horse! One attorney faces sanctions for his love of racing horses. [Legal Profession Blog]
* The NLRB might have dashed Northwestern’s football players’ unionization hopes, but they still won a lot of concessions. [Fox Sports]
* More than 50 days after the landmark Obergefell case, there are still pockets of the country where same-sex couples can’t get married. [BuzzFeed]
* What can the RNC offer Donald Trump to GTFO of the Republican primary? [Funny or Die]
* 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]
What lies ahead in the LGBT community’s battle for legal equality?
Judge Posner’s harsh critique of the Supreme Court raised eyebrows; what does His Honor have to say for himself?
* Is Apple Music an antitrust violation, a second-rate streaming music provider, or both. Probably both. [Dorf on Law]
* Landmark cases reimagined as movie posters. [Res Ipsa Law Poster]
* If you missed it, here’s the New York Times Editorial about the “Activist Roberts Court” that everyone was talking about over the weekend. [New York Times]
* In her defense, Sarah Palin may not be the dumbest person from Wasilla. [Legal Juice]
* In the wake of Obergefell, will some holdout religious schools lose their tax-exempt status? [Tax Prof Blog]
* Susman Godfrey’s Steve Susman chats with Richard Hsu about distance cycling. [Hsu Untied]
Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule today and we’re off on Friday, July 3, in observance of whipping those English wankers a couple centuries ago.
* After the German robot ran amok and killed a worker in a VW plant, prosecutors are struggling to figure out whom to charge in this violation of Asimov’s First Law. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]
* Dean Erwin Chemerinsky thinks Ted Cruz is right about the Supreme Court. [The New Republic]
* In the wake of Obergefell, Bloomberg chats with Margaret H. Marshall, the former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, who wrote the opinion making that state the first to legalize same-sex marriage. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* California February bar exam results. A couple of schools got a 100 percent passage rate. Stanford was not one of them. [Bar Exam Stats]
* Love wins. The Chamber of Commerce wins more. [Constitutional Accountability Center]
* A not-entirely-partisan argument that Justice Scalia should retire. He may be slipping into William O. Douglas circa 1975 territory. [Dorf on Law]
* Did you know that David Lat was supposed to play Quentin Tarantino’s role in Pulp Fiction? I didn’t either until I saw this video (at 0:48). [ClickHole]
My father is a military man. Accordingly, all things in life, from mundane trips to the grocery store to complex life decisions like planning for and choosing a college, was subject to careful, deliberate planning. Digesting evidence and facts was a far better road than the proverbial “crossing of fingers” and trusting that “it will all work out for the best.” Former NYC mayor Rudolph Guiliani said it best when he announced that “Hope is not a strategy.”
I was reminded of this adage when reading a few industry reports compiling data points about corporate legal departments and the ever –increasing complexity of the regulatory environment. Here are some shockers:
The fallout from marriage equality begins.
* “Sixty-year-old lawyers are out of touch with technology and today’s legal market.” ::nod:: [Chicago Lawyer Magazine]
* Lawyer suspended with no possibility of reinstatement for at least 120 days after skipping the country during a client’s trial. And lying about it. She’s actually ended up in our pages before. [Legal Profession Blog]
* Today, President Obama started smacking around for-profit schools, a group of people that, on a scale of 1 to ISIS rank about a 9. [Politico]
* Everyone’s talking about what was done to reach the marriage equality decision. What about what wasn’t done to get here? [Slate]
* More exposition of the famous 12 Rules of Client Service, and a chance to give credit where credit is due. Today, “Rule 4: Deliver work that changes the way clients think about lawyers.” Or convincing them that you may be a human parasite, but you’re their human parasite. [What About Clients?]
* Justice Kennedy’s writing style… maybe it’s a little over the top. [PrawfsBlawg]
* If you’re looking for representation at the Supreme Court, go small. [Law360 (sub. req.)]
* Marriage equality is only one more step for activists. Next up, fair housing and overall equality. Perhaps on the housing case, we’ll get to hear Justice Thomas make some tone-deaf claim about how there’s no need for protection from housing discrimination because gays are overrepresented on Bravo. [RH Reality Check]
* Don’t like the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell? Why propose a constitutional amendment when you can propose a new constitutional convention? Runaway Con-Con! [Ab Initio]
* A linguistic analysis of jiggery-pokery and the prose of Antonin Scalia. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]
* A jury cleared the University of Iowa College of Law of “political discrimination” when it passed over conservative Teresa Manning’s application to join the faculty.[Associated Press via ABC News]
* Everyone in New York received an Amber Alert over their phones earlier today. Did anyone crash their cars when their phone started screeching with sounds it had never blared before? [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]
A columnist argues that Robert Bork wouldn’t have changed history. If this sounds crazy, that’s because it is.
ReplyAll conversationalist Zach Abramowitz chats with Above the Law managing editor David Lat about the Supreme Court’s big gay marriage ruling.
Judge Posner does not have a high opinion of Chief Justice Roberts’s dissent in the same-sex marriage case.
Of course Texas has its own interpretation of how marriage equality should apply…
* Oh, the Onion… what would I do without you? Their take on gay marriage is masterful, as always. [Onion]
* Conservatives, troubled with the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, vow to move to Canada. There’s only one teeny, tiny problem with their plan… about a decade in the making. [BuzzFeed]
* Of all the arrogant, jiggery-pokery, pure applesauce, Putsch! Find out exactly how Justice Scalia would mock you in this fun insult generator. [Slate]
* Some Alabama counties have come up with a crackerjack way to avoid marrying same sex couples. [Vox]
* The only way to get to today’s historical gay marriage case was to defeat the nomination of Judge Robert Bork, and Reagan aides always suspected this would happen. [Roll Call]
* For marriage equality fans with a sweet tooth. [Ben & Jerry’s]
* Surely you jest! Justice Scalia? Intellectually inconsistent to fit a political agenda? Pshaw. [BloombergView]
* A handy guide to today’s landmark SCOTUS decision. [Legal IO]
* News you can use: what is the legal status of cursing at cops? [The Marshall Project]