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  • Justice Clarence Thomas

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.18.15

    * Could it be? Did Justice Clarence Thomas ask a question during oral arguments at SCOTUS? No, but he did ask a question at Yale Law during a presentation, noting that he doesn’t ask “irrelevant, useless questions” at the high court. [Legal Times]

    * Per NALP, gains were made by women and minorities in law firms for the first time in years, but be careful, because Jim Leipold is watching you: “Individual law firms should not be allowed to hide behind the national figures.” [National Law Journal]

    * Meet Judge Robert C. Brack of the District Court of New Mexico, who recently earned quite the accolade. Judge Brack has sentenced more defendants than any other federal judge in the past five years. He won’t be celebrating his achievement. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This Georgetown Law professor, who happens to be the cofounder of one of the country’s largest litigation finance firms, wants to see a law firm IPO, but others wonder if lawyers would be able to ethically practice while reporting to shareholders. [Washington Post]

    * A Chadbourne & Park employee has been banned from ever working for another law firm again following his theft of $15,360 from C&P’s coffers. Not to worry, no client money was pilfered from the firm — the cash was taken from an open office account. [Am Law Daily]

    * If you haven’t heard, David Lat wrote a book called Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), and “[w]riting the novel was almost therapeutic for [him] in a way” — he’s “kind of over” the fact that his résumé doesn’t include a SCOTUS clerkship. [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]

    * Martha Africa, name partner of Major Lindsey & Africa, RIP. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    17 Comments / / Feb 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • Ballot Box

    Election Law, Politics, State Judges

    Judge Loses Election, Vows To Ignore Result

    Electing judges creates a messy system. And it’s messier when one of the judges doesn’t believe in the process.

    18 Comments / / Nov 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM
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    Law Schools, Lawsuit of the Day, Tort Reform

    Geotropic Law Student Sues Law School Over Broken Chair

    Sit, fall, sue: America’s ridiculous tort system is on display.

    54 Comments / / Mar 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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  • Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.11.13

    * DC Comics didn’t take kindly to a garage selling replica Batmobiles without permission. A federal court agreed. But if we outlaw Batmobiles, only outlaws will have Batmobiles! [Comic Book Resources]

    * Mistrial in Philadelphia after the witness lost (part of) his head on the witness stand. [Philly.com]

    * Taser or Lightsaber? I never thought that would be a serious question. [Legal Juice]

    * A quick refresher from that “Law and the Vatican” course you took as a 3L. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A compilation of some bad courtroom (and quasi-courtroom) behavior including our friend from last week, Penelope Soto. [LOL and Smile]

    * The Bratz case is so totally over. The result? A whole lot of nothing — much like the Bratz movie. [The Recorder]

    * Shorter version of this article: Morpheus explaining, “But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see?…The very minds of the [nice legal academics] we are trying to save. But until we do, these [law professors] are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy.” [Inside the Law School Scam]

    * New Mexico is considering a new law against bullying — but does it go too far? Does it? Answer me, you little wuss! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    1 Comment / / Feb 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • NM Flag RF

    Abortion, Politics, Rape

    Lawyer’s Rape Evidence Law Should Probably Be Aborted

    A new abortion proposal in New Mexico was actually a drafting error. The actual proposal is simply stupid, instead of being barbaric…

    27 Comments / / Jan 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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    Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.12

    * New Zealand’s Parliament has passed the first stage of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers were apparently inspired by President Obama’s public support of the issue. [Huffington Post]

    * The trial of a Florida teen accused of impersonating a physician assistant is underway. Among other things, he allegedly dressed in scrubs, used a stethoscope, and performed CPR on a patient. Apparently, just because you’ve seen it on Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you’re allowed to do it in real life. [ABC News]

    * “And to my son, I bequeath my playlist of one-hit wonders and my season pass to Breaking Bad.” Marketwatch tackles the tricky question of who owns your digital music (and e-book) collections after you die. [Marketwatch / WSJ]

    * A New Mexico criminal defense attorney, David “Chip” Venie, was charged yesterday with allegedly shooting a man in the leg at his law office. Oh, and Venie’s wife filmed the whole thing on her cell phone, including the unarmed victim holding out his empty hands. [ABA Journal]

    * Lawyers for the Amish men and women charged with forcibly cutting the beards and hair of their “perceived enemies” say they were motivated by compassion, not hatred. Sometimes you’ve just got to let someone know her haircut’s not doing her any favors. [NY Times]

    * In First Amendment news, the D.C. Circuit court has invalidated an FDA regulation requiring cigarette companies to place warning labels on packages. Is this a victory for free speech, or for big tobacco? [The Atlantic]

    4 Comments / / Aug 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Divorce Train Wrecks, Legal Ethics, Videos

    Zealous Representation? Attorney’s Misconduct Caught on Candid Camera

    If you took a professional responsibility course in law school, or even studied for the MPRE, then you’re familiar with the the main takeaway on legal ethics for attorneys. It looks like this attorney didn’t get the memo….

    9 Comments / / Mar 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
  • Crime, Prostitution, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Accused of Raping Prostitute Will Put Away His Gavel

    A New Mexico judge who has been accused of raping a prostitute has decided to resign from the bench.

    20 Comments / / Jul 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM
  • Crime, Drinking, Drugs, DUI / DWI, Prostitution, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judges Behaving Badly? A Slew of Lurid Allegations

    If the allegations are true, one sitting judge and one former judge have been very naughty boys. Let’s find out what they stand accused of….

    37 Comments / / Jul 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM
  • Abortion, Family Law

    Pro-Life Billboard or Harassing Invasion of Privacy?

    I’m all for father’s rights. I think they should be co-equal with mother’s rights just as soon as the child is born. Before the child is born? When we’re just talking about cells that are parasitically living off of the mother in an invasive way as they mangle the woman’s organs, while the father says […]

    131 Comments / / Jun 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM
  • Religion

    Declination Letter of the Day: Never Say Lawyers Have No Standards

    Just so you guys know, lawyers don’t represent every client who walks through the door. Really. I know that the public perception of lawyers is that they’ll take just about any client, but it’s not true. And not just because some cases are “dogs.” Sometimes lawyers turn down clients simply because the law firm morally […]

    49 Comments / / Dec 2, 2010 at 10:07 AM
  • Crime, Guns / Firearms, Judge of the Day, Old People, State Judges, Violence

    Judge of the Day: Ira Robinson

    Compared to their colleagues in the trial court, appellate judges have a reputation for being delicate, academic creatures, with less in the way of “street smarts.” But don’t lump New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Ira Robinson in that group. From the Albuquerque Journal (subscription): New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Ira Robinson expected the […]

    30 Comments / / Nov 29, 2007 at 1:25 PM