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  • Sarah Jones: hot for teacher?

    Barack Obama, Constitutional Law, D.C. Circuit, Defamation, Drugs, Gay, Gay Marriage, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Murder, Paul Clement, Trials

    Morning Docket: 01.23.13

    Ed. note: We apologize for getting such a late start today, but we were experiencing some technical difficulties. Thanks for being patient with us.

    * Barack Obama made some bold statements about marriage equality in his inaugural address, but the jury is still out — literally — on whether he thinks laws banning same-sex couples from marrying are constitutional. [BuzzFeed]

    * You can smoke pot for sh*ts and giggles in several states, but the D.C. Circuit is siding with the DEA on this one. Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug in the eyes of the (federal) law. [National Law Journal]

    * With claims of prejudicial evidence, Rajat Gupta is trying to get his insider trading conviction overturned. We’ll wait for more on this story from note passer field correspondent, Benula Bensam. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Here are some tips on how you can refine the résumé that will accompany your law school application — but make sure you get the accents aigus right, or else. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * “Why are all high school teachers freaks in the sacks?” Sarah Jones, the cheerleader-cum-sexy teacher, cried over phrases like that yesterday during testimony in her defamation case against The Dirty. [ESPN]

    * George W. Huguely V, the UVA lacrosse bro who was convicted of killing his sometimes girlfriend, has got one hell of an appellate lawyer. Perhaps famous litigator Paul Clement is a friend of the family. [Bloomberg]

    3 Comments / / Jan 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM
  • law_school

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, S.D.N.Y., Violence

    Morning Docket: 01.07.13

    * And here’s the depressing fact of the day (well, at least the morning): the legal services sector added just enough jobs from December 2011 to December 2012 to represent a .7% increase. Gah, not even a full percentage point! [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * A federal judge who never worked at a law firm for a single day in her life stepped down from the S.D.N.Y. to join Zuckerman Spaeder. She only wanted to “try something new,” but she may be in for a little bit of a rude awakening. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Dewey know what the “fundamental problem” is with this failed firm’s partner contribution plan? When even the bankruptcy judge overseeing the case is confused, you know you’re in for a bumpy ride. [Am Law Daily]

    * The suit against Albany Law over its allegedly misleading employment statistics was dismissed, but have faith, ye of little hope, because some cases are heading to discovery. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * James Holmes, the man accused of murder in the Aurora movie theater massacre, will appear in court today for his first evidentiary hearing. Of course, none of that matters, because he’ll just say he was insane. [CNN]

    0 Comments / / Jan 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM
  • asia globe

    Airplanes / Aviation, American Bar Association / ABA, Antitrust, Arnold & Porter, Biglaw, Confirmations, Crime, Deaths, Department of Justice, Hate Crimes, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Patents, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Travel / Vacation, Trendspotting, Violence

    Morning Docket: 01.02.13

    * While Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts made a plea to keep funding for the federal judiciary intact, we learned that student loan default cases have fallen since 2011. You really gotta love that income-based repayment. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Introducing the Asia 50, a list of the largest firms in the Asia-Pacific region. When it comes to the firms with the biggest footprints, only one American Biglaw shop made the cut. Go ahead and take a wild guess on which one it was. [Asian Lawyer]

    * Congratulations are in order, because after almost a year of stalling, Arnold & Porter partner William Baer was finally confirmed by the Senate as the chief of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. [Bloomberg]

    * Our elected officials might not have allowed the country to fall off the fiscal cliff, but the American Invents Act was put on hold, so if you’re a patent nerd, you can still be mad about something. [National Law Journal]

    * Remember when Rutgers-Camden Law said “many top students” were making bank after graduation? Yeah, about that: Law School Transparency just filed an ABA complaint. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Here are some law school trends to look out for in 2013. FYI, the applicant pool is smaller because no one wants to foolishly gamble on their careers anymore. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * In the latest NYC subway shoving death, a woman was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, and allegedly bragged about other hate crimes she’s committed to police. Lovely. [New York Times]

    * Next time you’re trapped on a plane that’s literally filled with other people’s crap for 11 hours, don’t bother suing over your hellish experience — you’re going to be preempted by federal law. [New York Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Jan 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • sandy hook elementary

    Crime, Education / Schools, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Violence

    Open Thread: School Shooting In Connecticut

    A place for the ATL community to talk about their thoughts on the tragedy in Connecticut.

    99 Comments / / Dec 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM
  • diverse women lawyers

    7th Circuit, Biglaw, Defamation, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Richard Posner

    Morning Docket: 12.12.12

    * Munger Tolles & Olson recently announced a new partnership class, 75 percent of which is composed of women. Let’s hear three cheers for diversity in the practice of law! Oh, and uh… congratulations to the lone white guy, too. [The Careerist]

    * Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition: in an opinion penned by Judge Richard Posner, a divided three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit struck down an Illinois law banning the concealed carrying of loaded weapons outside the home. [Bloomberg]

    * Holy crap! Law students asked for change, and the Arizona Supreme court is giving them exactly what they wanted, which is impressive. 3Ls will now be able to sit for the February bar exam. [National Law Journal]

    * And speaking of Arizona, the Phoenix City Council and state Board of Regents have approved ASU Law’s plans to move its campus, and the city even threw in $12M to sweeten the deal. [Phoenix Business Journal]

    * Remember the defamation suit Cooley Law filed against a former student who anonymously criticized the school on his blog? His lawyer will defend his anonymity today in court. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Nevermind the fact that he’s a “person of interest” in a homicide case, because a Guatemalan judge ordered that antivirus mogul John McAfee should be released due to his illegal detention. [Los Angeles Times]

    2 Comments / / Dec 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM
  • Scalia-Talking

    Antonin Scalia, Constitutional Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, Murder, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: Scalia Skis the Slippery Slope

    Why does Justice Scalia make the controversial comparison between anti-sodomy laws, on the one hand, and laws against bestiality or murder, on the other?

    0 Comments / / Dec 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM
  • Assasin-300x198

    Crime, Law Schools, Murder

    Law Student ‘Whacked’ In Midtown Manhattan

    A law student was killed in cold blood on a New York City street.

    38 Comments / / Dec 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM
  • Rob Lowe

    Cars, Football, In-House Counsel, Marijuana, Movies, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Tax Law, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.29.12

    * Wait, did other people know this Casey Anthony movie was happening and not tell me? With Rob Lowe? How much would you pay to get drunk and watch it with Nancy Grace? [Lifetime]

    * In America, poorly parked cars get tickets. In Soviet Russia, poorly parked cars get douches. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Sometimes you can evade consequences associated with evading taxes, and sometimes you can’t. [Going Concern]

    * The George Zimmerman defense fund seems to be alive and well… unlike Trayvon Martin. [NPR]

    * I feel like it would be great if the NFL took marijuana off of its banned substance list. It’s not like the drug is performance enhancing. [The Nation]

    * A leading organization for in-house lawyers weighs in against the sanctions imposed on TD Bank. [Association of Corporate Counsel]

    * Don’t forget to add your résumé to the flood for our open positions on Above the Law. At this point, you might want to send a picture to get our attention. Not of yourself, but you know, Twinkies, peep-toed shoes, something that we actually care about. [Above the Law]

    5 Comments / / Nov 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM
  • Discretion RF

    Book Deals, Books, Career Alternatives, Crime, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, Department of Justice, Job Searches, Murder, Prostitution, Sex, U.S. Attorneys Offices, Violence

    Law Firm Associates and Prostitutes: A Comparative Analysis

    You’re good-looking, you like people, you know how to bill by the hour — you could totally do this. But is being a high-class escort really a better job than the one you’ve got now? It depends….

    15 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM
  • Shayna Hubers

    Crime, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Quote of the Day, Violence

    Quote of the Day: She Also Allegedly Killed A Guy, But Whatever

    It’s kind of tacky to say that an alleged murderer had bad taste in men, no?

    17 Comments / / Oct 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM
  • thelma

    Benchslaps, Intellectual Property, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Old People, SCOTUS

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.16.12

    * Now they’re telling people NOT to go the highest-ranked law school possible? Does not compute… [The Careerist]

    * If Thelma and Louise had made it to their 70′s, they might look like this. By that I mean, running men over with their car for insurance money. [FindLaw]

    * “Hello, 911? Someone stole all my marijuana plants. Mm-hmm, yes, yes I do. You’ll send an officer over to help? Great, thank you!” [The Consumerist]

    * Buying a judge a bottle of wine and offering to settle your dispute privately doesn’t mean what this lawyer thought it meant. What does it actually mean? Sanctions. [South Florida Lawyer]

    * The overall SCOTUS docket is decreasing in size, but the number of IP cases is going up. I am smartphone, hear me roar. [SCOTUSblog]

    0 Comments / / Oct 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM
  • Welcome to law school!

    Bar Exams, Gay, Murder, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.11.12

    *James Henderson, former senior counsel at the American Center for Law & Justice, is no longer with the ACLJ — and there are interesting theories as to why. [Metro Weekly]

    * Part one of an epic story about a Texan’s wrongful murder conviction, written by Pamela Colloff, one of the best investigative reporters in the state, if not the country. Get a drink and a comfy chair; you won’t want to get up for a while. [Texas Monthly]

    * Chief Judge Alex Kozinski is going to be in pictures — or a picture, at least. Check out Atlas Shrugged: Part II, which hits theaters tomorrow. [Atlas Shrugged]

    * Our tipster provided a nifty blurb for this article: “This has everything. Bumbling Frenchmen dependent on a heroic (albeit opportunistic) American to save the day? Check. Twenty-first century application of 19th century maritime law? Check. Overblown invocation of piracy? Check.” [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * San Franciscans, come see David Lat speak at U.C. Hastings on Monday. It’s free and open to the public! Heck, I’ll probably go too. [Legally Speaking]

    * You gotta admit, trying to get rich off claims about the death of an imaginary cat (and/or parrot) is a pretty imaginative way to commit insurance fraud. [Seattle Weekly]

    * Colorado Bar Exam results are out. Congratulations to those who passed. [Colorado Supreme Court]

    1 Comment / / Oct 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM
  • Drew Peterson

    Murder, Quote of the Day, Weirdness

    Quote of the Day: Who Are You Again? Why Are You Here?

    What is the newest “unbelievable” motion in the Drew Peterson murder case?

    13 Comments / / Oct 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM
  • kate-middleton1-e1347842519147

    Drinking, Facebook, Law Schools, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.02.12

    * A case of alleged murder by legal form. Christ, this sounds like a bad Twilight Zone episode. [Lake Expo]

    * A novel reason why teenagers should still refrain from posting party pictures on Facebook, future job concerns be damned. [ABA Journal]

    * Kirkland & Ellis donated $5 million to the Northwestern University Law School. I think some celebratory key jangling is in order. [Northwestern News Center]

    * Con law nerds, you can now check out the audio from the Supreme Court’s announcement of its ruling in the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. the Obamacare case. [Oyez]

    * What do the naked Kate Middleton pictures mean for modern privacy law? Other than the fact that all famous people should just become nevernudes, obviously. [LinkedIn]

    * A judge blocked the controversial Pennsylvania Voter ID law, at least until election season ends. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Although law school application rates are falling across most of the country, application numbers have spiked at the extraordinarily prestigious Kansas University School of Law. Wait, what? [LJWorld]

    * Oh lord, here we go again. Samsung sued Apple for patent infringement in the iPhone 5. Let’s begin round #72,354. Ding! [CNET]

    1 Comment / / Oct 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM
  • Judge Susan Graber

    9th Circuit, Crime, Death Penalty, Marsha Berzon, Murder, Quote of the Day, Susan Graber

    Quote of the Day: Judges Aren’t Robots, You Know

    The Ninth Circuit reiterates that being a human being with life experiences doesn’t disqualify you from being a judge.

    8 Comments / / Sep 28, 2012 at 3:44 PM
  • bored

    11th Circuit, Death Penalty, Drinking, Federal Judges, Murder

    This Federal Judge Wants Shorter Legal Opinions; We Heartily Concur

    This federal appeals court ruling covers quite a range of topics: alcohol abuse, capital murder, Mark Twain, and most importantly, overly long legal opinions.

    13 Comments / / Sep 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM
  • 6c24

    Facebook, Lawyer of the Day, Murder, Rank Stupidity, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Trials

    Lawyer of the Day: Miami PD Posts Pictures of Client’s Underwear on Facebook, Causes Mistrial

    A Miami public defender caused a mistrial and potentially scuttled her career by posting photos of a client’s underwear online.

    18 Comments / / Sep 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

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