• Justice Elena Kagan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.19.15

    * Earlier this week, Justice Elena Kagan went back to the law school she used to call her home to discuss statutory interpretation. It seems the former Harvard Law School dean fancies herself a “textualist” these days, just like her hunting buddy. Gee, thanks for that, Justice Scalia. [Harvard Crimson]

    * A recent graduate of Appalachian School of Law with an affinity for criminal law has been accused of murder after shooting his uncle’s girlfriend in the chest and killing her. He waived his preliminary hearing, and the charges he’s facing will now go straight to a grand jury. [WV MetroNews]

    * As Election 2016 inches closer, Biglaw firms are beginning to show their political stripes. Paul Weiss is holding a big old fundraiser for Hillary Clinton tonight. Look out, big spenders, because tickets for this event cost $2,700 each. [Washington Free Beacon]

    * After nearly three decades as chairman, Gary LeClair of LeClairRyan is stepping down and letting someone else take over — three someone elses, to be precise. The firm’s leadership structure is changing completely. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * A senior analyst at BrownGreer was the recent victim of a carjacking. He was forced by his assailant to lead police on a chase, and was later shot in the head. He was last listed as being in critical, but stable condition. We wish him well. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

    42 Comments / / Nov 19, 2015 at 8:50 AM
  • kitty-genovese

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.18.15

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the lateral raids of lawyers from competing law firms. Wilson Elser just poached 11 litigators from Lewis Brisbois, including the firm’s regional managing partner, who now holds the same title at his new firm. Ride ’em, cowboy! [Houston Business Journal]

    * “I think almost 50 years of paying for those crimes is enough.” Winston Moseley, the man convicted of killing Kitty Genovese in an infamous case that came to define the meaning of bystander apathy, was recently denied parole for the eighteenth time. [AP]

    * We love an underdog story: On the topic of lateral moves, it seems like Greenberg Traurig has a habit of “cherry picking” top talent from higher-ranked law firms like Davis Polk, White & Case, and McDemott Will & Emery. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * When it comes to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s in-house judges, Chairman Mary Jo White says that while its court system could be “modernize[d],” it’s still a fair process — for the SEC. The house usually wins in these proceedings. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * How old is too old to be a judge? Pennsylvania voters are going to be asked this question next year when a referendum on a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to raise the judicial retirement age from 70 to 75 hits the ballot box. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    48 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Valentin Ribet

    Biglaw, Deaths

    Biglaw Associate Is First Confirmed Fatality Of The Paris Attacks

    His firm describes the 26-year-old victim as “a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office.”

    / Nov 14, 2015 at 12:05 PM
  • Goooo minimum wage!  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.27.15

    * The Cincinnati Bengals reached a $255K settlement with their cheerleaders in a wage-and-hour suit. Each Ben-Gal stands to receive at least $2,500. Hmm, maybe they needed better lawyers who could BE AGGRESSIVE! B-E AGGRESSIVE! B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E! [CBS News]

    * Biglaw leaders think that first-year associates are likely to be replaced by robots within 10 years. Some even think that second- and third-year associates could be replaced by artificial intelligence. Damn, no wonder NY to $190 is still a pipedream. [Ars Technica via Am Law Daily]

    * “What you’re asking them to do is do work for you.” Despite the fact that the cellphone was seized in an investigation, this federal magistrate judge says that he isn’t quite sure if he has the legal authority to compel Apple to access data on a locked iPhone. [Reuters]

    * Justice waits for no one, except this defendant who allegedly murdered her 19-month-old daughter in 2010. After her trial was rescheduled for the 18th time, a judge finally decided he’d had enough: “Anything following this will be a trial or dismissal.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you’re trying to get into to law school, there’s no need to wait for your fall semester grades before you send off your applications. A pulse and the ability to sign federal loan documents are all that you’ll need. [Law School Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    60 Comments / / Oct 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • Michael Moscaritolo


    Lawyer Arrested On Murder Charges Allegedly Threatened: Snitches Get Stitches!

    Cliches: not the most effective way to make a point.

    37 Comments / / Oct 14, 2015 at 11:43 AM
  • Hillary Clinton RF

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.02.15

    * Not everyone can lead a glamorous life before going to law school. Take, for example, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. After graduating from college, she traveled to Alaska where she gutted fish with some “gentlemen from Japan.” Eww, that sounds… slimy. [JD Journal]

    * Law schools have been forced to hike up a rocky road in terms of admissions for quite some time, but admissions officers recently decided to put on their rose-colored glasses. Everything will be okay next year! Things are looking up! [Inside Counsel]

    * Corrales Municipal Judge Luis Quintana of New Mexico may have been disbarred, but he has no plans to resign from his position on the bench; after all, municipal judges in his state don’t have to be lawyers. How terribly convenient for him. [Albuquerque Journal]

    * Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is now facing additional charges — including a new perjury charge — related to her grand jury testimony. She better find a way to blame this on her evil twin, because this doesn’t look good. [Times-Tribune]

    * Warren Watson, a man who was convicted of robbing, raping, and murdering 66-year-old attorney Claudia Miller in her office in 2013, was recently sentenced to life in prison, plus 334 years on top of that for all of his dastardly deeds. [Denver Post]

    37 Comments / / Oct 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • rifle

    Drugs, Murder

    Attorney Accused Of Trying To Arrange Murder-For-Hire Scheme During Heroin Drug Deal

    Prior to his arrest, he’d been practicing law out of an office located inside of a car dealership.

    22 Comments / / Sep 21, 2015 at 12:20 PM
  • police crime tape

    Marijuana, Murder

    Law Grad Allegedly Murdered Fellow Classmate In Drug Deal Gone Bad

    Both law school graduates were apparently “in the game” of selling marijuana.

    / Sep 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM
  • Police crime scene

    Crime, Guns / Firearms, Murder

    Recent Law School Graduate Found Shot To Death In Car

    Authorities are considering the death a homicide.

    / Aug 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM
  • Suzan Grossman-Kerner

    Murder, Violence

    Lawyer Accused Of Stabbing Her Own Mother To Death

    Today, we have news on yet another grisly killing, but this time, it’s the lawyer who was alleged perpetrator of the crime.

    31 Comments / / Aug 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM
  • police crime tape

    Crime, Murder

    2 Suspects Arrested In Lawyer’s Brutal Murder

    Many thought this case would go unsolved, but police have already made some arrests.

    / Aug 20, 2015 at 11:49 AM
  • Elizabeth Nnyanzi (Photo via Facebook)

    Biglaw, Murder

    Biglaw Trainee Strangled To Death In Her Home

    This weekend, yet another young legal professional was slain in her own home, where her body was found by her parents.

    / Aug 19, 2015 at 9:46 AM
  • Frank Carson

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Legal Ethics

    Prominent Defense Attorney Uses Networking To… Hire A Killer?

    One lawyer won’t be winning any accolades for his legal ethics.

    24 Comments / / Aug 17, 2015 at 3:46 PM
  • Shayna Hubers

    Murder, Sentencing Law

    Woman Who Murdered Lawyer Gets Stiff Sentence For Slaying

    How many years in prison was she sentenced to?

    29 Comments / / Aug 17, 2015 at 3:31 PM
  • Police crime scene

    Crime, Murder

    Prominent American Lawyer Murdered Abroad In Kidnapping Attempt Gone Bad

    It’ll be terrible if this lawyer’s death becomes another one of Venezuela’s unsolved murders.

    / Aug 11, 2015 at 11:09 AM
  • Ray Tensing

    Murder, Police

    White Hunter Charged For Poaching Non-Lion African-American

    Cops trophy hunt African-Americans all the time.

    0 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 5:50 PM
  • Novak Druce's empty office?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.24.15

    * Most Biglaw firms are downsizing their office space, but Ropes & Gray just inked a deal to increase the size of its New York office by 40,869 square feet. It’ll occupy more than 300,000 square feet in Rockefeller Center. Hope the firm has lawyers to fill it! [Commercial Observer]

    * Yikes! Thanks to a string of lateral hires by Buchanan Ingersoll, the newly formed Philly office of Novak Druce appears to have been left without a single lawyer. The firm decided to “refrain from commenting” on the departures. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * The same jury that found James Holmes guilty of several counts of murder in the Dark Knight movie theater massacre completed the first phase of sentencing and decided that aggravating factors existed for him to incur the death penalty. [Los Angeles Times]

    * A former court clerk in Indiana is suing because she claims she was fired for refusing to process same-sex marriage licenses, even though doing so went against her “sincerely held” religious beliefs. We may be seeing a lot more of these in the future. [Indy Star]

    * Per Texas prosecutor Warren Diepraam, medical examiners have ruled that Sandra Bland’s death was a suicide by hanging, and he has “full faith” in the autopsy results. The community remains outraged, and investigation into the case is ongoing. [NBC News]

    10 Comments / / Jul 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • 50 Pence None The Richer (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.17.15

    * “I don’t know what you heard about me, but a bitch can’t get a dollar out of me.” Truer lyrics have never been rapped. 50 Cent’s legal team will face off in bankruptcy court against lawyers for a woman owed $5 million thanks to a sex-tape scandal. [Business Insider]

    * You may be happy that income-based loan repayment exists and is saving you from defaulting on your law school debts, but in a few decades, you’re probably going to get F’d in the A by a ticking tax time bomb. [Student Loan Ranger / U.S. News]

    * If you missed it, James Eagan Holmes, the shooter in the Dark Knight movie theater massacre in Colorado, was convicted for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. Next up is the sentencing phase of his trial, and the death penalty is on the table. [Denver Post]

    * The head honchos at Goldman Sachs are sad their second-quarter profits were reduced by ~half thanks to protracted litigation stemming from the financial crisis. The bank had to put away $1.45B for “mortgage-related litigation.” [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The stars at night may be big and bright deep in the heart of Texas, but Berg & Androphy, led by attorney David Berg, is trying its hand at big city life in New York. It got the hang of things, y’all: B&A has already poached two Kasowitz partners. [Lawdragon]

    14 Comments / / Jul 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM