Mitt Romney

  • A hacked Romney is a sad Romney.

    Baseball, Election 2012, Email Scandals, Jury Duty, Morning Docket, Texas

    Morning Docket: 06.06.12

    * Scott Walker, the not-exactly-beloved governor of Wisconsin who cut collective bargaining rights for most public workers, is still popular enough to survive a state recall election. In related news, the nation’s Republicans wish to report that, yes, they feel great this morning. [New York Times] * If they keep dismissing jurors in the Roger […]

    16 Comments / / Jun 6, 2012 at 8:57 AM
  • Limited discovery: NOW!

    Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Gender, Gloria Allred, Harvard Law Review, John Marshall Law School, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Marijuana, Money, Morning Docket, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.04.12

    * Dewey know how deep in the red D&L’s international operations were? Enough to make you shout bloody hell and sacré bleu: the U.K. and Paris offices had liabilities of at least $175M. [Financial Times (reg. req.)]

    * “To the extent that we the estate have claims, we would like to settle those claims sooner rather than later.” The joke’s on you if you thought you’d be able to keep your Dewey defector money. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * According to the allegations in former Cravath associate Ellen Pao’s sex discrimination suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, the “Mad Men” culture seems to be alive and well in Silicon Valley. [New York Times]

    * Who will be the first to puff, puff, pass the vote — Obama or Romney? It looks like the path to the White House in Election 2012 might depend upon the legalization of marijuana in key states like Colorado. [Reuters]

    * Apparently you can’t take the “duh” out of “Flori-duh” when it comes to voting laws without a fight in the courts. A federal judge has blocked portions of the Sunshine State’s “onerous” voter registration law. [Bloomberg]

    * “People want to go to our school, and why should we say no?” Because they can’t get jobs? Northwestern Law is considering shrinking its class sizes; John Marshall Law, not so much. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Stop crying about coming in second in the U.S. News rankings, Harvard, because you can still brag about beating Yale in having the most-cited law review articles of all time… for now. [National Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    * Gloria Allred is representing one of the Miami “zombie’s” girlfriends for reasons unknown. Maybe the zombie apocalypse is truly upon is and she saw an opportunity to stand up for undead women’s rights. [CBS Miami]

    13 Comments / / Jun 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • Accounting / Accountants, Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.30.12

    * Man, the economy is so bad, monks are having to go to court to fight for a new revenue stream. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * We have peace between a Texas auction house and the President of Mongolia over the ownership of a Tyrannosaur skeleton. While we’re here, should anybody wish to invite me to a pre-screening of their inventive dinosaur park, I’d like to note that I’m not the type of bloodsucking lawyer who leaves children behind. [Heritage Foundation]

    * Did you know Sullivan & Cromwell got involved in the birther controversy? The first one, the legitimate one with Mitt Romney’s father. Not the ridiculous one that Romney’s been embracing. [Reuters]

    * Speaking of Mittens, did you know he supports for-profit colleges? That’s like supporting people jumping off the Empire State Building, so long as they pay to get in. [Salon]

    * Could an accounting firm pull a Dewey? [Going Concern]

    * Have an idea for how to improve the Constitution? Share it with the good folks over at Slate. [The Hive / Slate]

    5 Comments / / May 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM
  • Andrea Saul

    Election 2012, Harvard, iPhone, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Harvard Law Grads Are Prone to Typos

    Apparently this Harvard-educated presidential candidate can’t spell “America.” Are you still with Mitt?

    31 Comments / / May 30, 2012 at 4:23 PM
  • Football, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Student Loans

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.29.12

    * It must stink to be out $150 trillion dollars thanks to MF Global. Not as much as it stinks being bats**t crazy, but still. [Dealbreaker]

    * Here’s another way of rating the effectiveness of law professors that has nothing to do with whether or not they are good at being law professors. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Sports agent who seems to be a professional defendant. [Sports Money / Forbes]

    * Debt, but no degree, sounds tough. But it’s not always worse than more debt with a useless degree. [Washington Post]

    * Romney embraces a birther. [ABC News]

    * This is a beautiful day to live in Manhattan. [Hayden Planetarium]

    6 Comments / / May 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM
  • Alec Baldwin

    Celebrities, Immigration, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.25.12

    * With the Supreme Court talking about immigration today, let’s take a look at how all the SCOTUS justices got to America. [Reuters]

    * In any event, except for Scalia, the Court looks like it’s going to find a reasonable way through the Arizona immigration mess. If you’re detained for something, cops can check your status, but they can’t just go out and ask people to show them their papers on the street. Scalia thinks, I don’t know, he sounds like he thinks we’re still living under the Articles of Confederation or something. [SCOTUSblog]

    * You know, I think that in the end I don’t have a problem with LSAC raising fees to take the LSAT. I mean, the cost of law school is completely out of control, prospective law students have proven that they’ll pay any price for any thing. Remember I said this when I start charging $500,000 for “Elie’s Pre-Law Seminars,” which is just a DVD of me screaming at a ten-year-old for 30 minutes. [Balkinization]

    * I don’t ever want to piss Alec Baldwin off. I’m serious. [Dealbreaker]

    * I’m not sure these ways to stay sane in a “toxic” office would work in a toxic law office. Unless you add liquor. Alcohol lets you go toxic on them! [Forbes]

    * I love that Rob Portman, the man who inspired a walk-out at Michigan Law’s Commencement, is thought to be a “safe” pick for Romney. But hey, this is the same party that thinks nominating a wealthier Bob Dole against a charismatic president who can keep it in his pants is going to work out for them. [Recess Appointments]

    6 Comments / / Apr 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM
  • Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Anthony Kennedy, Barack Obama, Fabulosity, Hillary Clinton, Media and Journalism, Pakistan, Politics, Rankings, S.D.N.Y., Ted Olson, Viet Dinh

    The Most Influential Lawyers in the World: Attorneys on the Time 100

    Earlier this week, Time magazine released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Lawyers represent over 10 percent of the list. Which legal eagles soared into the Time 100 this year?

    25 Comments / / Apr 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM
  • Nooooooooo!

    Animal Law, Food, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.18.12

    * I will never feel bad about making a typo ever again. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Hey law school students, get your hack on! [Huffington Post]

    * Ann Romney doesn’t want to hear it, but there is a difference between working and working a paying job. [The Careerist]

    * Should lawyers try journalism? I mean, sure. The job market in the industry is similarly crummy, and journalists make way less money than everyone except baristas and document reviewers. But it is a fun time, and it seems like most lawyers were journalism majors anyway. Go for it… [ Law and More]

    * The Romney camp drops a bomb: Obama had a dog as a kid. Oh, wait. I misread that. Obama ate dog as a kid. Clearly, people who didn’t have the moral fortitude at six years old to reject the food their parents gave them are unfit to be president. [New York Post]

    * Man, the presidential race is just at an apex of intellectualism today. Voters in Iowa just received a fundraising letter from Rick Santorum (who dropped out of the race, in case you just got out of prison), in which he wrote that Mitt Romney “truly frightens” him. Congratulations Rick, now you know how the rest of us felt about you. [ABC News]

    * If you haven’t reserved your .xxx domain name yet, there is still time. They ain’t cheap, but I’m pretty sure ElieMystal.xxx is still available. Hell, who am I kidding. BikeDudeRomance.xxx probably is too. [Law Technology News]

    14 Comments / / Apr 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM
  • Rick Santorum small Richard Santorum Richard John Santorum

    Election 2012, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Politics

    One Less Lawyer in the Presidential Race

    Another one bites the dust: former U.S. senator (and lawyer) Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

    43 Comments / / Apr 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Defamation, Election 2012, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Trials

    Morning Docket: 03.07.12

    * All your base are belong to… Rick Santorum? Error! Malfunction! Super Tuesday was not quite as super as Mitt Romney was hoping for. Looks like it’s time to reprogram the Mitt-bot so he can conquer the true conservatives. [CNN]

    * And the Cebulls**t just keeps on coming. Now Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are calling for a hearing and an investigation on the consequences of the federal judge’s racist email. [Associated Press]

    * After wrapping up a Chapter 11 bankruptcy for Lehman Brothers, Weil Gotshal’s bill came to $383M. And sadly, that’s probably going to be the only “spring bonus” associates will see this year. [Am Law Daily]

    * Complete pwnage: a handful of LulzSec hacktivists were arrested after their leader, an FBI informant, turned on them. How will this affect the Anonymous movement? More importantly, who cares? [New York Times]

    * No postponements for you, Casey Anthony. Try as she might, the acquitted ex-MILF just can’t escape the defamation lawsuit filed by a woman who was only supposed to be make believe. [Washington Post]

    * Don’t like Maryland Law’s environmental clinic litigation? Offer another public law school $500K to represent the defendants. Because if anyone would take a bribe, it would be Baltimore Law. [National Law Journal]

    5 Comments / / Mar 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • Cyberlaw, Election 2012, Google / Search Engines, Morning Docket, Politics, Privacy, Technology

    Morning Docket: 02.29.12

    * Remember Phillip Closius, the former dean of University of Baltimore Law, who said the university was raiding the law school’s funds? Yeah, he was totally right. Just guess what percent of the law school budget was going to the rest of the university. Starts with “A” and rhymes with “dot.” [National Law Journal]

    * The humanity! Oklahoma’s worst fears have come true; American judges are enforcing Sharia Law! Whatever are we going to do? There is no solution in sight — except to maybe stop overreacting… [CNN]

    * Mitt Bot won in both Arizona and Michigan last night. Can we send Santorum back to the 16th century yet? [The Washington Post]

    * Twenty-five suspected members of Anonymous were arrested across Europe and South America. They ain’t anonymous anymore. [New York Times]

    * In other cyberlaw news, Google’s new privacy policy not only stinks, it probably violates European Union law. Hey Google, don’t be evil! [New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Feb 29, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • Going to law school worked out great for this guy.

    Career Alternatives, Election 2012, Law Schools, Politics

    Is A Law Degree Still The Best Way To Get Into Politics?

    And now we come to the real reason I, and so many others, went to law school: I wanted to go into politics. Before I was married, before my father’s name recognition spiked, before I was in debt, before I realized I had no talent asking people for money, I thought elected office was in […]

    71 Comments / / Feb 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM
  • ... to take a survey.

    ATL Career Center Survey, Biglaw, Career Center, Law Schools, Layoffs

    ATL Survey Update: Student Favorites and the Ghosts of Layoffs Past

    The ATL School and Firm Insiders Survey continues to roll along at a nice clip: we expect our 3,000th respondent any minute now. While we’re pleased with this response, of course we encourage all of you who haven’t yet to take 3-5 minutes and head over here to take our absolutely confidential survey. Thanks in […]

    22 Comments / / Feb 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM
  • Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Election 2012, Kasowitz Benson, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Morning Docket: 02.08.12

    * Extra frothy: Santorum’s trifecta of wins in Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri has made Mitt Romney angry. Because even a guy who wins nonbinding primaries can be dangerous to a man’s campaign. [New York Times] * Richard Holwell, the judge who presided over Rajabba the Hut’s case, will be resigning and starting a boutique firm […]

    1 Comment / / Feb 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • Election 2012, Politics, Quote of the Day, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: Girl’s Got Jokes!

    [O]ne is a practicing polygamist, and he’s not even the Mormon. – Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, commenting on the differences between leading Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich during a speech at the Alfalfa Club.

    8 Comments / / Feb 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM
  • Biglaw, Edwards Wildman, Election 2012, Facebook, Jersey Shore, Lateral Moves, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Politics

    Morning Docket: 02.01.12

    * Florida: a place where people don’t care about your income tax returns. Mitt Romney dominated the state’s primary, grabbing all 50 of the delegates needed for the Republican nomination. [New York Times] * Entry-level hiring might be down, but lateral hiring is being approached like an NFL draft. Biglaw firms want the best of […]

    19 Comments / / Feb 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • Election 2012, New York Times, Politics, Tax Law

    NYT Smacks Around a Biglaw Partner While Behaving as If Mitt Romney Needed Tax Advice From Stephen Hawking

    I get that to lay people, the tax code seems incredibly complicated. It is complicated, and years of both parties legislating through the tax code has made it that way. I understand that the sepia-toned relief of an American being able to puzzle out his taxes on the hood of his pick-up truck before he […]

    64 Comments / / Jan 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM
  • Mitt Romney small

    Election 2012, Money, Politics, Tax Law

    Mitt Romney’s Taxes Aren’t ‘Complicated’ to His Tax Lawyers

    If you are a wealthy American who pays the top regular income tax rate of 35%, you have terrible, awful lawyers. Mitt Romney does not have terrible lawyers. The news of the day is that GOP frontrunner Romney released the previous two years of his tax returns. Romney’s 2010 adjusted gross income was $21,661,344. His estimated AGI for 2011 is $20,901,075. But Romney is trying to spin his tax returns as an example of how “complicated” that tax code is….

    166 Comments / / Jan 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

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