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    9th Circuit, Books, Federal Circuit, Gay Marriage, Hair, Non-Sequiturs, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.08.14

    * Some marriage equality enthusiasts applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the way and let the circuits do their thing. But the history of miscegenation in America suggests the Supreme Court had a moral obligation to interject. [USA Today]

    * On this subject, Professor Dorf presents a fascinating hypothetical: is it in the strategic interest of an anti-gay marriage conservative lower court judge to strike down same-sex marriage bans in light of the Supreme Court’s cert denials? [Dorf on Law]

    * One more story while we’re at it, after the Ninth Circuit struck down bans on same-sex marriages, District Judge Robert C. Jones of Nevada, who upheld the ban in the first place, recused himself rather that be forced to issue an opinion in accordance with Ninth Circuit precedent. [BuzzFeed]

    * If you’ve ever wondered how Islamic State manages to recruit Western youth to the cause, the answer is a “Disney-like” social media campaign. It’s like a Biglaw summer program, but for murder. [Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy]

    * “Better Hold Off Sexting With High School Students” in Indiana. The Indiana Supreme Court finally weighed in last week after the lower court had okayed a teacher texting a 16-year-old to sneak out of the house for sex. Wait, this required the Supreme Court to weigh in? What is wrong with you Indiana? [Valpo Law Blog]

    * Looking professional with a pixie cut. [Corporette]

    * Enter for a chance to win a Chief Judge Randall Rader bobblehead! Yes, these exist. [Santa Clara Law]

    * The Zephyr Teachout book tour for Corruption in America (affiliate link) begins. Is your town on the list? [Teachout-Wu]

    * New Orleans taxpayers spent around $75K traveling judges to conferences and resorts last year. Quoth the tipster: “I could make a joke about New Orleans judges going to the third world to learn how to run their courtrooms, but I think I already did.” [The Times-Picayune]

    8 Comments / / Oct 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Rachel Canning

    Biglaw, Christopher Christie, In-House Counsel, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Parties

    Morning Docket: 04.09.14

    * The panel investigating the Bridgegate scandal gave Gibson Dunn until the end of the week to turn over all materials relied upon to clear Gov. Christie from wrongdoing. Thankfully, the governor was too busy working out to be upset. [New Jersey Star-Ledger]

    * Penn Law has named Wendell Pritchett, the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, as interim dean to take over for Michael Fitts, who is leaving to become Tulane’s president. What an incredibly deanly name he’s got there. Congrats! [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * New York Law School is launching an in-house institute — the first of its kind in New York City — to help corporate attorneys solve their problems and law students learn about life inside a legal department. Gee, this idea sure sounds familiar. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Jennifer Gaubert, the New Orleans lawyer/ former radio diva who lied about a cabbie sexually harassing and taking a lewd video of her, is now being sued by him. Karma’s a real bitch. [New Orleans Advocate]

    * Rachel Canning, the New Jersey schoolgirl who recently dropped a lawsuit against her parents, was caught partying with the boyfriend who was the cause of the entire affair. Tsk tsk, bad girl! [New York Post]

    4 Comments / / Apr 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • 9th Circuit, Biglaw, Books, Crime, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Eugene Volokh, Gay, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Screw-Ups, Violence

    Morning Docket: 02.14.14

    * Virginia is for lovers — gay and straight alike. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen (E.D. Va.) just struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage (but stayed her ruling pending appeal). Happy Valentine’s Day! [Washington Post]

    * The Ninth Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, issued a major Second Amendment ruling. Is it correct, and what will happen next? Professor Eugene Volokh shares his thoughts. [Volokh Conspiracy; Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Which leading law firms are trying to make the Comcast/Time Warner Cable monstrosity into reality? [American Lawyer]

    * Did a Biglaw firm make a big-time mistake by blowing a deadline to appeal a $40 million verdict? [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Speaking of screw-ups, making them in the e-discovery realm can be costly — a lesson that California is learning the hard way, to the tune of $32 million. [ACEDS]

    * Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin thought he’d be acquitted; he thought wrong. [ABA Journal]

    * George Washington wasn’t a member of the one of the 8 magic groups — but his story still illustrates the truth of The Triple Package (affiliate link), according to Washington biographer Logan Beirne. [Fox News]

    * Authorities have made an arrest for the package bombing that killed a retired Tennessee lawyer and his wife. [CNN]

    4 Comments / / Feb 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM
  • orange jumpsuit handcuffs RF

    Alex Kozinski, Biglaw, Clerkships, Crime, Feeder Judges, Gay, Kids, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals

    A Law Clerk With A Gilded Résumé, Charged With Solicitation And Attempted Rape Of A Young Boy

    Shocking allegations against a former law clerk to a feeder judge and former Biglaw associate who graduated law school with a 4.0 and served as editor in chief of the law review.

    121 Comments / / Jan 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM
  • Yellow taxi sign at night

    Cars, Crime, Drinking, New Orleans, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    Local Celebrity Accused Of Inventing Story Of Cab Driver Harassment

    Lady who accused cabbie of inappropriate conduct might be a dirty liar.

    24 Comments / / Oct 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM
  • He may not look like much, but this little guy's name is "John Holmes" for a reason.

    Crime, Non-Sequiturs, Philosophy, Pornography, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.13

    * A woman and her husband are charged with making dog porn, which is… well, it’s filming dogs having their way with the woman. So if you’re in North Carolina and get called for jury duty, that might be in your future. [Huffington Post Weird]

    * Instead of a gun fight over getting cut off in traffic or someone dissing a sports team, this Russian guy opened fire with rubber bullets over an argument about Immanuel Kant. Much more cultured over there. [Critical-Theory]

    * Gypsy family tries to pay bail with gold and the state judge cried foul, probably because he feared he was being… ugh. What followed was a thorough investigation of Romany culture. [New York Times]

    * Judges in Chicago have to comply with a small sampling of the demeaning security procedures everyone else has had to deal with for the last 12 years and they deal with it graciously throw an absolute bitchfit. I mean, their complaints are sound, but still… [Chicago Sun-Times]

    * Man held by authorities for peacefully protesting a photo enforced traffic light. Some things, like a guaranteed stream of city income, are too important to let free speech get in the way. [Autoblog]

    * A judge has ordered a new trial for the cops convicted of the Danziger Bridge slayings in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Among the reasons, the prosecutors were writing disparaging comments about the defendants on online comments sections. As if anyone takes internet commenters seriously. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Only a few more hours to register for this event featuring Kathy Ruemmler, counsel to President Obama, talking about women in law, leadership, and government. [Ms. JD]

    6 Comments / / Sep 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • upskirt

    Cars, Crime, Drinking, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    It’ll Take More Than Drunken Upskirt Pics To Extort Money From This Lawyer

    Whether or not this lady put herself in a good situation, she didn’t “ask” to be taken advantage of.

    44 Comments / / Aug 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM
  • curse bubble

    Art, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Free Speech, Morning Docket, New Orleans, Parties, Pictures, SCOTUS, Social Media, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 12.07.12

    * “Did the imperative use of the F-bomb … threaten judicial authority?” Wow, seriously? This is perhaps the most entertaining question presented for review in a Supreme Court certiorari petition in the history of man. [National Law Journal]

    * Boy, Dewey have some expensive paintings for you to buy! This failed firm’s art collection will be hitting the auction block in February, and the entire LeBoeuf lot is supposedly worth $2.3M, but most pieces are pretty damn ugly. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * When anonymous commenting goes wronger-er: Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, has resigned amid the scandal caused by his underlings’ obnoxious comments. [Times-Picayune]

    * Your employers really don’t want pictures of your office holiday party antics going viral online (but we do). Here are some of the many ways they’ll try to keep you from becoming internet famous. [Corporate Counsel]

    * George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin, is suing NBCUniversal, alleging that the network and Today show reporters committed serious “journalistic crimes.” [Media Decoder / New York Times]

    2 Comments / / Dec 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • online commenter typist at keyboard

    Bad Ideas, Blog Wars, Blogging, Defamation, Federal Government, Free Speech, New Orleans, Rank Stupidity, Technology, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    When Anonymous Commenting Goes Wronger

    Can you believe what’s going on in the U.S. Attorney’s Office down in New Orleans?

    5 Comments / / Nov 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM
  • smoking_joint

    Drugs, Lawyer of the Day, Marijuana, New Orleans, Police, Ridiculousness, Screw-Ups

    Prosecutor Drops Joint in Court, in Front of Cops; Promptly Curses the Day He Was Born

    A New Orleans city attorney gets busted for pot in “arguably the easiest collar in the annals of policework.” Oops!

    34 Comments / / Oct 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM
  • bathroom sex

    Courthouses, New Orleans, Sex

    A Courthouse Bathroom Stall Isn’t the Best Place to Have Sex With a Minor

    A New Orleans man was arrested after allegedly having sex in the bathroom of a criminal courthouse. So not sexy…

    25 Comments / / Jun 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM
  • Wouldn't have minded seeing more of this judge.

    Attorney Misconduct, Baseball, Fast Food, Food, Legal Ethics, LSAT, Money, Morning Docket, New Orleans, Sex, Television, Trials

    Morning Docket: 04.19.12

    * Judge Jessica Recksiedler has disqualified herself from overseeing George Zimmerman’s murder trial. Stepping up to fill in as ringmaster for this media circus is Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. [Washington Post]

    * Oh joy, new fee hikes associated with law school! Administrations of the LSAT are going down, down, down, so of course the price to take the test no one wants to take anymore is going up, up, up. [National Law Journal]

    * Trying to win at all costs has its consequences. Just ask the New Orleans prosecutors who are now facing bar complaints for allegedly railroading defendants into harsh convictions. [Slate Magazine]

    * Hopefully this lawsuit’s descriptions of the rotten chicken that was allegedly served to customers are enough to make you never eat at Kentucky Fried Salmonella again. [Huffington Post]

    * “Housekeeping, you want me jerk you off?” Ex-MLB player and housekeeper aficionado Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to 270 days in jail after a conviction for lewd conduct and assault. [Bloomberg]

    * Instead of gold, everything Charlie Sheen touches turns into a lawsuit. The producer for his FX comeback series, “Anger Management,” has been sued by another show producer for $50M. [New York Daily News]

    * G’day, mates! This just in: if you’re on a business trip down under, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation for any sexual injuries that may occur “during the course of employment.” [Daily Telegraph]

    7 Comments / / Apr 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • ObamaCare_big

    Biglaw, DUI / DWI, Health Care / Medicine, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Orleans, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 03.26.12

    * It’s Obamacare week at the Supreme Court, and people have been waiting in line since Friday morning to see the oral arguments. It’s kind of like Black Friday, except more people care about affordable TVs than affordable health care. [New York Times]

    * Growth in the NLJ 250 increased by 1.7 percent in 2011. That’s fantastic for Biglaw, but associates at these firms care more about the growth of their bank accounts. Seriously… where are the spring bonuses already? [National Law Journal]

    * George Zimmerman’s lawyer says he doesn’t think the “stand your ground” law applies to Trayvon Martin’s shooting. This was just self-defense — against Skittles. [MSNBC]

    * The finalists for deanship at Baltimore Law include a Patton Boggs partner, an assistant attorney general, a law school dean, and two law professors. But which will be able to stand up to Bogomolny? [Baltimore Sun]

    * Since blogging allows “big personalities” to run free, does the prosecommenter, Sal Perricone, have a bright future ahead of him here at Above the Law? Let’s see what David Lat has to say about that. [Times-Picayune]

    * Millionaire John Goodman has been convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges, and now he’s facing 11.5 to 30 years in prison. Boy is his girlfriend-slash-daughter going to miss him. [CNN]

    10 Comments / / Mar 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • thumb_angry_typing

    Bad Ideas, Blog Wars, Blogging, Defamation, Free Speech, New Orleans, Rank Stupidity, Technology, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    When Anonymous Commenting Goes Real Wrong

    Our inbox was flooded over the weekend with the emerging scandal of a prosecommenter (yeah, you read that right) in New Orleans. This is what happens when a federal prosecutor takes his case to the interwebs instead of the court. Bad times…

    24 Comments / / Mar 19, 2012 at 3:52 PM
  • New Orleans, Politics, Pro Bono, Public Interest, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Orders Random Lawyers To Defend Poor People

    There is a judge in New Orleans who doesn’t want poor people to just go away. There is a judge in New Orleans who wants the larger community to not only see but also defend poor people who appear in his court. He hopes that if some prominent people have to get some skin in the game, maybe they won’t be so eager to cut essential legal services to indigent defendants….

    78 Comments / / Feb 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM
  • American Bar Association / ABA, Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Clerkships, Money, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Quotes of the Day: Mo’ Superior Legal Minds, Mo’ Problems!

    What does Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia think about the state of the legal profession and Biglaw’s compensation system? See what he had to say about both at the 2012 American Bar Association Midyear Meeting….

    21 Comments / / Feb 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM
  • Conferences / Symposia, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, In-House Counsel

    Moonlighting: Inside an Insider’s Legal Conference

    Last week was my company’s annual legal conference. This year, lawyers from around the world descended upon the cultural and historic haven called New Orleans. And we had lots of stuff planned. And I don’t mean just food. Although the week did feel kind of like this: Food / Event / More Food / Event […]

    11 Comments / / Nov 4, 2011 at 11:23 AM
  • Drugs, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: Piedras?

    Sotomayor rocks. — Kristine Sims (via ABA Journal).

    16 Comments / / Apr 1, 2011 at 12:24 AM