Non-Sequiturs

  • Clarence Thomas LF

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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.03.15

    * Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likes hanging out with the Supreme Court. Harbaugh characterizes Justice Thomas as very enthusiastic. Seriously. This guy thinks someone else is enthusiastic. [Wall Street Journal Law Blog]

    * Darren Wilson isn’t racist, everybody. I mean, he thinks black people have bad upbringings and prefers to eat out “Where it’s not a mixing pot,” but he really wants you to know he’s not racist. [Gawker]

    * Whatever happened to the SCOTUS clerks of ten years ago? [Excess of Democracy]

    * How terrifying is Heien v. North Carolina? Cops are now stopping people for air fresheners and using it as a pretext to search the car… and courts are approving it. [The Marshall Project]

    * A Shearman & Sterling partner arrested in a DWI sweep. [The East Hampton Star]

    * Do you use LinkedIn Pulse to grow your brand? You probably should. [Law and More]

    * The true story of a prosecutor who went undercover and strapped on a wire for over 3 years to root out corruption in the judicial system. His new book is titled Operation Greylord (affiliate link). [My Fox Chicago]

    * Health care discrimination against the mentally ill is illegal. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. [Vox]

    * If you missed Lat’s events at the ABA meeting over the weekend, here’s a recap of one. [American Bar Association]

    4 Comments / / Aug 3, 2015 at 5:13 PM
  • Transportation_Security_Administration_officer_screening_a_bag

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.31.15

    * TSA officials in Houston are checking hundreds of sorority girl bags because the convention book — that all of them have — keeps raising red flags. Now, Underhill thinks TSA should have figured this out and stopped checking. But that’s just what those girls from ΙΣΙΣ are banking on. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Don’t recommend people on the grounds that they “don’t have enemies.” It’s not a compliment unless you immediately follow it with, “… anymore.” [What About Clients?]

    * The ABA tries to make it harder to game the U.S. News rankings. That doesn’t sit right with law schools. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The tech industry doesn’t understand labor law. Which is weird, because you can Google that s**t. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Venable not liable for alleged puffery. The firm is just glad it can go back to being the greatest lawyers on the face of the Earth. [The Blog of the Legal Times]

    * The intellectual property concerns of cosplay. Remember if you get sued, the people dressed like Daredevil and She-Hulk aren’t actually able to help you. [IP Watchdog]

    * Elie discusses the Samuel DuBose killing and Pell grants. [Legal Broadcast Network via YouTube]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5IFKRZoT6g

    12 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Trump for Prez

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.30.15

    * Donald Trump’s lawyer responds to the flap over his spousal rape comments. Sort of. Not really. [Funny or Die]

    * Does the Supreme Court need an ethics code? And yes, yes it does. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * James Woods is suing a Twitter troll for claiming the actor is a “cocaine addict.” They probably just misspelled “hypersensitive blowhard.” [Gawker]

    * In baseball, does the “tie go to the runner”? Are you sure? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Tom Brady provides that rare opportunity for sports fans to care about forum selection clauses. But the best part of this story is the comment: “Out of habit, the NRA filed an amicus brief on behalf of the NFL when they heard ‘Clinton’ & ‘Brady’ in the same sentence.” It’s refreshing when commenters are funny. [Deadspin]

    * Keeping up with Supreme Court is hard. Even the Fifth Circuit struggles with it (though they’ve since seen the error of their ways). [Huffington Post]

    * If you think academia can be a cushy job, you should see what retiring from academia looks like? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Can you quit your job without another one lined up? Leigh Abramson has thoughts. [CNN Money]

    * A comprehensive snapshot of the business record of the Roberts Court. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    17 Comments / / Jul 30, 2015 at 4:56 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.29.15

    * Judge uses hearing to take out lost luggage irritation on airline appearing before him. [Legal Cheek]

    * Law schools should teach entrepreneurship, because students should be learning something they can apply when the job market turns up empty. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Meet Dylann Roof’s defense counsel, David Bruck. [The Marshall Project]

    * Lawyer quits law and opens a brewery. Good idea. [Click on Detroit]

    * Making “patently offensive racial, ethnic, homophobic, sexist, and other derogatory remarks to attorneys” nets a three-month suspension in New York. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * A new white paper on law enforcement and electronic communications, co-authored by Viet Dinh, the keynote speaker at our recent Technology & Law event. [Bancroft PLLC]

    * After Bruce MacEwen expressed doubts over the usefulness of the Am Law 200 as “a conceptual category,” Kimberly Kleman, editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer, responds to the criticism. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=24&v=5_S9y8bHMlY

    10 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Bensteindol

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.28.15

    * “Bueller… Bueller…” Richard Hsu chats with Ben Stein. [Hsu Untied]

    * NFL deflates Tom Brady’s hopes of playing a full season. [Redline]

    * Can a public defender really handle 700 cases a year? Spoiler alert: No. [Mother Jones]

    * About a third of the seats on the Court of Federal Claims are vacant, and a solitary Senator aims to keep it that way. Why are Republicans against getting citizens tax refunds? Shouldn’t that be their whole schtick? [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * If you’re around August 11, check out “Many Faces of Mediation: An Alternative to Courtroom Drama” at JAMS HQ in New York. [ABA]

    * If you’ve been hankering for a podcast covering the U.S. Tax Court, then hanker no further. [U.S. Tax Court Podcast via iTunes]

    * A proposal for expanding the U.S. News Diversity Index. [Iowa Law Review via SSRN]

    * The continuing tribute to commenter Partner Emeritus rolls on. This time delving into my favorite Baby Boomer trope: lame excuses for skipping out on Vietnam. [What About Clients?]

    * Talmage Boston explains how Atticus Finch is still worthy of respect in a post-Go Set a Watchman (affiliate link) world. [Washington Independent Review of Books]

    * Talmage will be moderating a panel at the ABA Annual Meeting featuring Judge Posner, William Landay, and Laura Caldwell. The panel will also include our own David Lat, discussing Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]

    19 Comments / / Jul 28, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • Conan_O'Brien_at_U.S._Embassy_Helsinki

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.15

    * Conan O’Brien faces a new lawsuit alleging that he stole jokes from a Twitter user’s feed. Meanwhile, Conan mulls suit against Tinder for ripping off Pimpbot 5000 character. [The Hollywood Reporter] * Snoop blames racial profiling for his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession in Sweden. Others say it’s “celebrity profiling,” suggesting that racial […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
  • cocaine line dollar billz yall

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.24.15

    * Cocaine-swiping judge out on work release. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    * Autozone settles $185 million suit over firing a pregnant worker. [Jezebel]

    * Once Donald Trump shuts up about illegal immigrants, maybe the adults in the room can start talking about the horrific conditions facing legal migrants, specifically those with H-2 visas. [BuzzFeed News]

    * It sounds like this guy deserved more than a 30-month license suspension. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Things you can’t tell your employees: that they look “quite f**kable.” [Legal Cheek]

    * A new report focuses on disabilities in the legal profession. [BWB Solutions]

    * If you write off “trigger warnings” as an assault on academic freedom, you might be missing the point. [TaxProf Blog]

    * More on why a ban on T-14 hires is stupid. [Break Into Biglaw]

    * Kaye Scholer’s Michael Solow discusses his experiences with the real-life Professor Kingsfield. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmtJ3bC0INo

    27 Comments / / Jul 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM
  • Trombone

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.23.15

    * Remember The Spread Love Band? They’re the street band that played near Skadden’s D.C. office. Skadden hated them so much they tried to convince the Secret Service to shoo them. Now they’re playing the Kennedy Center. It’s like the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” except instead of “practice,” the answer is “enrage a bunch of uptight lawyers.” [Washingtonian]

    * Important request of the ABA: just say no to your task force on legal education financing, chaired by a member of the Infilaw board. [The Lawyer Bubble]

    * What’s the best big city for law school grads? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Aaaand what’s the best small city for law school grads? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Lawyer fined around $30K for blowing an email review. It’s OK, it might not really be legal work anymore. [Press Gazette]

    * Rental car companies tried to deduct collision damage on their taxes. That didn’t work out for them. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Justice Willett discusses social media and the judiciary. [Washington Times]

    * Judge tried to interfere in the kitty abusing case against his son. Some real-life Itchy the Mouse stuff. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * R.I.P. Professor and Associate Dean Christopher M. Fairman. [Ohio State Law]

    7 Comments / / Jul 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • taylor-swift

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.22.15

    * Taylor Swift has renegotiated her photography contract. Where her old contract allowed her to rough up photogs, there’s now a blank space, baby. Ugh. [Poynter]

    * How much of a dick is this guy? At his federal criminal trial his sole character witness admitted, “we’re not friends.” [NY Post]

    * Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to practice in Florida without taking the bar exam. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * The Eighth Circuit just terminated the country’s most restrictive abortion ban. [Jezebel]

    * Dewey witness breaks down on the stand. Let’s just be excited that I managed to get that blurb written without being cajoled into making a “Dewey know…” joke. [Law360]

    * Negotiating salary and benefits for you folks not on lock-step. [Corporette]

    * Do you want a free copy of an LSAT Logic Games guide? Then act now… offer expires Friday. [Blueprint For LSAT]

    * A reminder that there are some crazies out there and sometimes you need to put in writing that you’re not going to represent them. [What About Clients?]

    * An attorney doubled down on racist, offensive comments… and now he’s been fired. [WHAS 11]

    7 Comments / / Jul 22, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Student-Debt-Grad-Hat-Pile-o-Money

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.21.15

    * There’s a “small but organized minority of law professors” trying to keep students from getting paid. Go tell the ABA not to listen to them. [Professor Bainbridge]

    * Taking the bar exam in New York? Want a pre-ordered lunch? These folks have your back. They’re extending their deadline for ordering. [Custom Gourmet NY]

    * Line up to buy your “.law” address! [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Estimating the cost of eDiscovery. In monetary terms, not in the souls of contract attorneys. [Logikcull]

    * Kansas Governor Sam Brownback needs money, and he’s apparently not above asking officials with business before his office for cash. [Topeka Capital-Journal]

    * Questions not to ask in an interview. Forgot to include, “Does this look infected?” [JD Supra]

    * When you want to close a sale, be present in the moment. [Law and More]

    * Want to join a college faculty? Here’s where to work. Spread that anti-law-school hate to the next generation. [TaxProf Blog]

    * David Lat joins Sam Glover to discuss the future of Biglaw and SmallLaw. [Lawyerist]

    7 Comments / / Jul 21, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • Go Set A Watchman

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.14.15

    * A positive review of Go Set a Watchman (affiliate link) from Professor Brophy. I haven’t read it, but it strikes me as a weird choice to make Doctor Manhattan a racist in this one. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Standard gun nut operating procedure is to stay quiet after a mass shooting, but this guy decided to explain why Dylann Roof didn’t take advantage of a “loophole” to avoid a background check. And he’s right. “Loophole” suggests there was a drafting mistake as opposed to an intentional, cynical effort to gut the one gun regulation pretty much everybody agrees on. [National Review]

    * Everyone knows that the federal government is comprised of three equal branches. But, why do you think that? The Constitution certainly never says that. An interesting question. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Arts students work harder than law students. Let that sink in. [Legal Cheek]

    * The Economist just can’t help itself from writing contrarian reviews. They’re like hipsters if hipsters were old-timey Tories with handlebar mustaches and… actually, wait, is The Economist run by hipsters? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * The Welsh government responded to an official inquiry in Klingon. Which, admittedly, is easier to understand than Welsh. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Important practice tip when dealing with a new client: check out the last several complaints filed against them and search for a pattern. [What About Clients?]

    20 Comments / / Jul 14, 2015 at 6:16 PM
  • Get rich or declare bankruptcy.

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.13.15

    * 50 Cent has declared bankruptcy. Forthwith, he shall be known as “The Secured Creditors’ Half-Dollar.” [Business Insider]

    * Nina Totenberg talked with Justice Ginsburg and learned the reason the so-called liberal wing of the Court wrote so few separate opinions: they have agreed to speak with one voice as much as possible. As Justice Ginsburg put it, “If you want to make sure you’re read, you do it together, and you do it short.” [NPR]

    * Are you licensed in Texas? Frequent contributor Dan Hull of Hull McGuire is looking for local counsel. [What About Clients?]

    * Academics are planning to hold onto their jobs past retirement age because you can take their jobs from their cold, dead, tenured hands. [TaxProf Blog]

    * How are you using LinkedIn? Because if you use it only as a connections catalog, you’re missing out on an opportunity to publicize your practice. [Law and More]

    * The opposite of saved by the bell: man free on bond sent to jail cell when fire alarm disrupts hearing. Then the judge leaves the building, stranding the guy in a cell. [Times-Picayune]

    * Richard Hsu chats with author Brad Meltzer about his new book and weathering the rejection he experienced over his first novel. And stay tuned, because there’s more Richard Hsu coming up later. [Hsu Untied]

    * Kaye Scholer’s Managing Partner Michael Solow talks about the firm’s new digs at 250 West 55th Street. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKfjssLrOm0

    12 Comments / / Jul 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • I am John, and I speak for the billables.

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.10.15

    * The slashing of the Quinn Emanuel summer program gets the Dr. Seuss (a great legal inspiration in his own right) treatment. And from what we hear, John Quinn likes this cartoon so much he wants to buy the image. [The Recorder] * Prosecutors subpoena a 3 month old girl to testify. When informed of […]

    18 Comments / / Jul 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM
  • taylor-swift

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.09.15

    * If Taylor Swift doesn’t like a photographer she just shakes it off… and then roughs him up according to her contract. [Gawker]

    * Bankers commit crimes for the dumbest reasons. [Dealbreaker]

    * Chadbourne closes its Beijing office, leaving the firm with no more boots on the ground in Asia. It’s like the Asian Pivot… but backward. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * The Florida Supreme Court just ordered the legislature to redraw some of the state’s congressional districts before 2016. All that hard gerrymandering work for nothing, huh? [Reuters via Yahoo News]

    * Richard Hsu of Shearman & Sterling and the host of the Hsu Untied podcast finds himself on the other side of this interview. [One-400]

    * Massively underpaying lawyers. It’s not just for Massachusetts any more. [Legal Cheek]

    * Katten Muchin is back in hot water after the Seventh Circuit revived a malpractice suit. [Law 360]

    * Judge Rakoff relishes an opportunity to sit by designation on the Second Circuit. [Dealbreaker]

    * A reminder that Bloomberg BNA is hosting its inaugural Big Law Business Summit next week to hear from in-house counsel about the evolving relationship between Biglaw and its clients. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    2 Comments / / Jul 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM
  • Time Warner is on both lines.

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.08.15

    * Time Warner Cable owes $229,500 for incessantly calling a woman after she demanded that they stop. Hm. Maybe this isn’t the right time to launch my new “Happy Dude” scam. [Reuters]

    * Tom Selleck in hot water for allegedly stealing truckloads of H2O in the midst of California’s drought. Claims he’s just the caretaker and the authorities really need to check out Robin Masters. [LA Times]

    * In the wake of Judge Kopf’s comments on Sen. Ted Cruz, Professor Kerr has found actual precedent involving Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi discussing George W. Bush. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Law firm tax practice rankings are here! [TaxProf Blog]

    * Is your website optimized to sell your firm? [Law and More]

    * Have you ever invoked Rule 27 of the FRCP? Do you even know what it says? [What About Clients?]

    * Studying for the bar exam in GIF form. [Thought Catalog]

    * In case you missed our recent Weed Law symposium, you can now listen to the entire presentation here. [Legal Talk Network]

    3 Comments / / Jul 8, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • Sandwich with unblemished record when it comes to FBI kiddie porn raids.

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.07.15

    * Police raided the home of Subway’s Jared Fogle. The media presumes the raid is linked to the ongoing investigation into a colleague of Fogle’s who may have aspired to introduce kids to his $5 footlong. [CNN]

    * Sex addiction is not a defense at your disciplinary hearing. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Donald Trump sued Scotland. Apparently Prima Nocta hasn’t existed since Braveheart. [Lowering the Bar]

    * An ode to Partner Emeritus. [What About Clients?]

    * A legal secretary is suing Winston & Strawn pro se for discrimination. That should work well. [Cook County Record]

    * If you’re attending the ABA Annual Meeting in a few weeks, swing by and see Lat, Judge Posner, Laura Caldwell, William Landay, and Talmage Boston talk about writing and the law. [American Bar Association]

    * Defendant farts in open court. You’ll entirely believe what happens next. [The Lad Bible]

    15 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 6:14 PM
  • Apple-Computer-Apple-Computers-Inc

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.06.15

    * Is Apple Music an antitrust violation, a second-rate streaming music provider, or both. Probably both. [Dorf on Law]

    * Former Goldman employee Sergey Aleynikov acquitted… again. Who would have thought Cyrus Vance’s trumped up show trial would fail so thoroughly? [Dealbreaker]

    * Landmark cases reimagined as movie posters. [Res Ipsa Law Poster]

    * If you missed it, here’s the New York Times Editorial about the “Activist Roberts Court” that everyone was talking about over the weekend. [New York Times]

    * In her defense, Sarah Palin may not be the dumbest person from Wasilla. [Legal Juice]

    * In the wake of Obergefell, will some holdout religious schools lose their tax-exempt status? [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Susman Godfrey’s Steve Susman chats with Richard Hsu about distance cycling. [Hsu Untied]

    25 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM
  • US-Flag-Grouping

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.15

    Ed. note: Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule today and we’re off on Friday, July 3, in observance of whipping those English wankers a couple centuries ago.

    * After the German robot ran amok and killed a worker in a VW plant, prosecutors are struggling to figure out whom to charge in this violation of Asimov’s First Law. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky thinks Ted Cruz is right about the Supreme Court. [The New Republic]

    * In the wake of Obergefell, Bloomberg chats with Margaret H. Marshall, the former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, who wrote the opinion making that state the first to legalize same-sex marriage. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * California February bar exam results. A couple of schools got a 100 percent passage rate. Stanford was not one of them. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Love wins. The Chamber of Commerce wins more. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * A not-entirely-partisan argument that Justice Scalia should retire. He may be slipping into William O. Douglas circa 1975 territory. [Dorf on Law]

    * Did you know that David Lat was supposed to play Quentin Tarantino’s role in Pulp Fiction? I didn’t either until I saw this video (at 0:48). [ClickHole]

    47 Comments / / Jul 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM