* Jared Lee Loughner’s lawyers are fighting his forced medication due to the side effects of antipsychotics. Sorry bro, but when you’re charged with killing so many people, you deserve to lactate a little. [CNN]
* New York’s AG may save the day for football fans. He’s investigating the legality of the NFL lockout due to its economic impact on the state, but I think he wants some J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS! [Bloomberg]
* Police have confirmed that the dismembered body found near Mercer Law was that of graduate Lauren Giddings. We hope the killer is found soon and brought to justice. [Augusta Chronicle]
* Bret Michaels has to cart his ass and his wig back to NY for his Tony Awards lawsuit. Hopefully he’ll document the trip with another season of Bang Rock of Love Bus. [ArtsBeat / New York Times]
* When a man goes gray, he’s called a silver fox. When a woman goes gray, she’s called grandma. And in Texas, she’s also called unemployed. Double standards suck. [Houston Chronicle]
* Even though the Pentagon was halfway through its repeal of DADT, the Ninth Circuit decided the process was moving in reverse warp speed and officially put the kibosh on it yesterday. [Los Angeles Times]
* While DSK played a “constructive” game of Go Fish, Mayor Bloomberg decided that perp walks had gone out of style. We’re always the last to get the memo on fashion. Le sigh. [New York Times]
* I was all excited that I might not have to write about Casey Anthony anymore, but noooooo — she just had to go and get served by her imaginary nanny for defamation. [This Just In / CNN]
* Actually, I rescind that comment. I’m excited to report that even pornographers don’t want to touch Casey Anthony. She’s not a baby killer, but boner killing’s another story. [TV Guy / Orlando Sentinel]
* The NYC Atheists are making a stink about a street sign honoring heroes. I guess these prudes objected to playing seven minutes in heaven during high school, too. [New York Daily News]
* Dallas Cowboys receiver Roy Williams is going to court over his $76K Pony Express marriage proposal. Who knew that “mail order” brides cost so much? [Odessa American]
* DSK’s alleged Sofitel victim has filed a libel suit against the New York Post over its hooker allegations. And a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but it’d probably get me sued, too. [CNN]
* Biglaw could teach rappers a lesson or two when it comes to making it rain. As it turns out, the whole Madoff debacle has turned into one giant rainmaker raid after the next. [DealBook / New York Times]
* Guess who will be paying for Whitey Bulger’s defense attorney? You, and you, and you. And especially you. You know who I’m talking about. [WSJ Law Blog]
* You guys can fight over who inherited your dad’s balls all you want, but leave the puggle alone! A doggie order of protection has been filed in the Pogofsky estate suit. [Chicago Tribune]
* Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. A Florida traffic court magistrate allegedly went all om nom nom on a police officer’s finger. [South Florida Sun Sentinel]
* Deliberations in the Anthony trial continue today. If I were a juror, I’d be so pissed about missing an entire day of July 4th fun that I’d serve Casey some first degree murder for breakfast. [USA Today]
* The defense rested in Casey Anthony’s case yesterday, and she didn’t even take the stand. Jose Baez is happy that he can quit breaking out his evidence flashcards. [CNN]
* Is it possible for computer software to practice law without a license? Only robot ethics law scholars will be able to give you the answer on that one, and I feel like those only exist in the Matrix. [CNN Money]
* Trademark infringement has been alleged in the case of the dueling DJs. Best resolution: a spin-off between Connecticut’s DJ Paulie and Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D. Yeaaaaaaah, buddy! [Register Citizen]
* Colorado pot activists are suing because new weed regulations allegedly violate the state’s constitution. But hey, at least this story gave me an excuse to turn on Sublime. [Washington Post]
* Attempting to force a sober woman in high heels to do sobriety tests on gravel is dumb. Especially when that woman’s husband is a lawyer. [News & Observer]
* Judge Thrash lived up to his name and blocked the most controversial parts of Georgia’s new immigration law. Stay tuned for the state’s appeal. [CNN]
* And we can also look forward to litigation on South Carolina’s new immigration law. Too bad; those IIEU uniforms might’ve been all cool and futuristic looking. [Reuters]
* If there’s video of DSK eating lunch at McCormick & Schmick’s, it could be useful in his case. I guess DSK is crossing his fingers and hoping that he wasn’t eating his fish suspiciously. [New York Times]
* IN Medicaid recipients can return to Planned Parenthood, said CEO Betty Cockrum. Bonus: if you do too much of either part of the CEO’s surname, you’ll definitely end up there.[Huffington Post]
* In New York, while gay couples see happy marriages in their futures, divorce lawyers see dollar signs. You know, hoping to make bank on breakups up isn’t very nice. SADFACE. [New York Post]
* You know why it’s cheaper, easier, and generally less awful to go to Small Claims Court? Because lawyers aren’t involved, and you usually don’t get Judge Judy. [Los Angeles Times]
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past six years. You can reach them by email: [email protected].
Since late last year, things have been booming in Hong Kong / China in cap markets, especially Hong Kong IPOs. M&A deal flow has recently been getting a bit stronger as well. Although one can’t predict such things with any certainty, all signs are pointing to a banner entire 2014 for the top end US corporate and cap markets practices in Hong Kong / China. This is not really new news, as its been the feeling most in the market have had for a few months now and things continue to look good.
The head of our Asia practice, Evan Jowers, has been in Hong Kong for about 10 days a month (with trips every other month to both Shanghai and Bejing) for the past 7 months (Robert Kinney and Evan Jowers will be in Hong Kong again March 15 to 23), and spending most of his time there meeting with senior US hiring partners at just about all the major US and UK firms there, as well as prospective candidates at all associate levels and partner levels, and when in the US, Evan works Asia hours and is regularly on the phone with such persons, as our the other members of our Asia team. Our Yuliya Vinokurova is in Hong Kong every other month and Robert is there about 5 times a year as well. While we have a solid Asia team of recruiters, Evan Jowers will spend at least some time with all of our candidates for Asia position. We have had long standing relationships, and good friendships in some cases, with hiring partners and other senior US partners in Asia for 8 years now.
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