• D'oh


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.02.15

    * An amazing look at the exact way lawyers should NOT handle cleaning up their reputation after a PR snafu. [Techdirt]

    * Even more bad bar results news, with Charleston School of Law taking a particularly bad hit. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * A single lawyer — a divorce lawyer no less — cannot bring the NSA to its knees. Color me surprised. [Ars Technica]

    * Attention new lawyers! Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s a list of online resources to make your day easier. [Associate’s Mind]

    * A detailed look into the how-tos of complying with U.S. anti-corruption laws while conducting business in India. [Forbes]

    * Here’s what a real Biglaw partner does in a day — or at least what Christina Martini, Chair of DLA Piper’s Chicago Intellectual Property Practice Group does when a camera is following her around. [Big Law Business/Bloomberg]

    13 Comments / / Nov 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • I think he's talking about law school.


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.30.15

    * Even Jordan Weissmann of Slate, who is relatively pro-law school, accepts that there are some people who shouldn’t bother going. [Slate]

    * Yet another prosecutor with a temper: sorry he whipped out a gun at the office, but “Assistant Prosecutor Chris White is really [really, really] afraid of spiders.” [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

    * Moot Court: the movie! Unleash your inner gunner and check out this documentary next month. [DOC NYC]

    * Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner (and apparently there’s no law or regulation against this). [Grub Street / New York Magazine]

    * Professor Michael Koehler on “The Uncomfortable Truths and Double Standards of Bribery Enforcement” (beyond the FCPA). [FCPA Professor]

    * Nationwide Layoff Watch: sports bloggers. Grantland, RIP. [Bloomberg]

    * ICYMI, here’s your chance to be a D.C. judge (Superior Court, not D.D.C. or D.C. Cir.). [D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission]

    * Elsewhere in interesting employment opportunities, Practical Law / Thomson Reuters is looking for an experienced IP lawyer to join its Intellectual Property & Technology Service. [Glassdoor]

    * We wish all our readers a happy (and safe) Halloween — and remind you to submit legally themed costumes in our annual competition. [Above the Law]

    15 Comments / / Oct 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • SCOTUS Supreme Court photo by David Lat


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.29.15

    * “Coming to SCOTUS: Battle of the dueling interpretive canons.” [LAWnLinguisitcs]

    * Fun fact: the highest scorer on the July 2015 Florida bar exam didn’t even go to law school in Florida. [Daily Business Review]

    * What is “Lean Law,” and how can it help you in your legal practice? [Law Reboot]

    * Additional information from Bob Ambrogi about the big announcement by Harvard Law and Ravel Law today. [LawSites]

    *” I felt kind of stupid.” A Georgia man fled the courtroom just minutes before being acquitted. [New York Daily News]

    * Dahlia Lithwick on Dale Cox, the Louisiana prosecutor who wants to “cold cock” defense counsel. [Slate]

    * Are you “a Yuppie, professional or other generic dweeb between the ages of 22 and 82″? Here’s an idea worth considering. [What About Paris?]

    * Former Wachtell Lipton lawyer Stephanie Lee and her Skybuds colleagues are 90 percent of the way to their Kickstarter goal — and they still have 20 days left in the campaign. [Kickstarter]

    * I’ll be speaking next week at the Los Angeles LMA chapter’s Continuing Marketing Education Conference next week; I hope to see some of you there! [Legal Marketing Association]

    19 Comments / / Oct 29, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Do you see any resemblance here?


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.28.15

    * In September, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro over a toy hamster named Harris Faulker, claiming it violated her likeness rights. Hasbro has moved to dismiss the suit by providing a judge with side-by-side photos and a snark-filled filing. [THR, Esq. / Hollywood Reporter]

    * Per Gawker’s GC Heather Dietrick, it’s “more likely than not” that the media empire will lose in Hulk Hogan’s case over the release of his sex tape. She doesn’t think it’s likely, however, that the wrestler will get the $100 million in damages he’s seeking. [POLITICO]

    * It’s time for a ride at the regulatory rodeo, because for the first time in more than 20 years, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a new operating license for a nuclear power plant. Say hello to Watts Bar Unit 2 in Spring City, Tennessee. [The Verge]

    * We mentioned previously that when Apple refused to unlock a defendant’s iPhone for the DOJ, a federal judge wasn’t sure if he had the legal authority to order Apple to do so. As it turns out, Apple’s EULA gives the government the perfect loophole. [Simple Justice]

    * In case you missed it last week (we did), LegalZoom has settled its $10.5 million antitrust lawsuit against the North Carolina State Bar. The online legal documentation company will now vet all of its documents with lawyers from North Carolina. [ABA Journal]

    * Breaking Media Editor at Large Elie Mystal appeared on The Docket to defend sex offenders’ civil rights on Halloween. His Darth Vader costume is worth seeing. [MSNBC]

    24 Comments / / Oct 28, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • money falling from sky bonus salary student loans paid off


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.27.15

    * The amount of money lawyers are willing to spend on advertisements to reel in new clients is now estimated at $890 million. [Forbes]

    * The holiday season is fast approaching, you guys. So maybe try and be nice. Yes, even especially to lawyers. [Law and More]

    * Some courts do find they have the authority to mandate specific CLEs for underperforming attorneys. [South Florida Lawyer]

    * This is how farms get excluded from workplace safety regulations. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Check out this event tomorrow night in D.C. on the criminal justice system featuring Judge Alex Kozinski, Senator Mike Lee, noted criminal defense lawyer Stephen Bright, and Dahlia Lithwick. [Eventbrite]

    13 Comments / / Oct 27, 2015 at 5:29 PM
  • Ca-Bar-Exam


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.26.15

    * More bar exam results! Which school saw its passage rate take a 15 point hit? [Bar Exam Stats]

    * This is the right way to break up a protest at Planned Parenthood: with a smiling clit cartoon. [Slate]

    * How we can rethink the history of slavery and the Constitution. [Berkeley News]

    * Maybe Judge Stevens is onto something — the Supreme Court to take on the issue of racial bias in jury selection. [Gawker]

    * Hillary wants to keep marijuana illegal — is this her version of she “didn’t inhale?” [Al-Jazeera]

    * Kickstarter class actions. What hell hath we wrought? [Associates Mind]

    * In this corner we have the Oregon Attorney General. In the other we have vitamin giant GNC. Who will win this battle royale? Not so fast — it’s a trick question since one side’s dietary supplements were laced with illegal drugs. [Vox]

    * The latest in The Atlantic’s series on the Reconstruction. [The Atlantic]

    / Oct 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM
  • coffee


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.23.15

    * Driving while caffeinated — still not illegal. [Lowering the Bar]

    * How harshly should employers who violate safety regulations be treated? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * What do Justice Eakin’s scandalous emails teach us about ourselves? [Law and More]

    * Best practices for researching judges and juries. [Lawyerist]

    * Loyola law professor Fr. Robert Araujo, S.J. passed away this week. Read his touching goodbye post when he went into hospice care. Rest in peace. [PrawfsBlawg]

    12 Comments / / Oct 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Hulk_Hogan-RF


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.22.15

    * Hulk Hogan gets to look where? Oh, just Gawker’s computer system. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Preet Bharara is taking a look at DraftKings — good thing I like FanDuel. [Dealbreaker]

    * The lawyerly smirk. Use it wisely, kids. [Law and More]

    * Here are four things you should never, ever say to an associate. [Law360]

    * You know that a**hole senior associate whothinks they deserve instant access to you every second of the day and/or night? Yeah, f**k that guy. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * News you can use! Here’s how to gracefully get out of a boring conversation at a networking event. [Attorney at Work]

    * Our very own David Lat chats with Carole Gold and Shelley Albert about Above the Law, Underneath Their Robes, and everything in between. [The Jury Whisperer]

    18 Comments / / Oct 22, 2015 at 5:27 PM
  • Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.21.15

    * Bill Cosby switching his representation to some Biglaw big dogs. Wonder if it will help… [Law and More]

    * Understanding the historical underpinnings of gun rights. [Slate]

    * Trend Alert: Billing rates are increasing — noticeably. [Business of Law Blog]

    * Yahoo! is terminally uncool. [Dealbreaker]

    * To run a successful practice, don’t think [only] like a lawyer. [CodeX]

    * The Reconstruction Era will never really end. [The Atlantic]

    7 Comments / / Oct 21, 2015 at 5:25 PM
  • Steve Sarkisian


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.20.15

    * What can you do to improve your relationship with your boss? [Fortune]

    * It’s been 150 years since the reconstruction amendments were passed, but the debate over them still rages on. [The Atlantic]

    * Should former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian have been placed on FMLA rather than be fired? [JD Supra]

    * United has tapped their General Counsel, Brett Hart, as acting CEO. [Bloomberg Business]

    * Unfortunately, there is no one right answer to fix our Constitutional issues. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * A lawyer got a notice of a random audit of his trust accounts, and now the North Carolina State Bar is involved. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Hints about what next season’s Serial will be about. [Huffington Post]

    16 Comments / / Oct 20, 2015 at 5:40 PM
  • police ticket


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.19.15

    * A must-have for all those Biglaw overachievers gunning for partner. [Next Shark]

    * Racists don’t even know how to racist right. [Wonkette]

    * To recap acceptable responses to tickets: writing on the ticket “FUCK YOUR SHITTY TOWN BITCHES” = totally fine; wiping your butt with the ticket and throwing it at the police officer = not okay. [The Smoking Gun]

    * Welp, this is an interesting clause to stick into a settlement agreement. [Deadspin]

    * Maybe, just maybe, the Supreme Court will weigh in on the student debt crisis. [Bloomberg Business]

    * Is it possible to make your writing benchslap-proof? [Legal Writing Pro]

    * It’s best to be vague yet forceful when trying to escape new Biglaw work. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    20 Comments / / Oct 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Athena Film Festival)


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.16.15

    * Lawsuit ahead for Rosie O’Donnell! The comedienne was sued by a former The View producer she was allegedly mean to. [Jezebel]

    * The Amazing Schneiderman is at it again! This time he’s going after Martin Shkreli for antitrust violations. [Dealbreaker]

    * So Justice Breyer heard a case about a company he holds stock in. The self-monitoring SCOTUS does for conflicts seems to be working out swimmingly. [Fix the Court]

    * The IRS computers are still on Window XP. Good thing we don’t give them super sensitive information or anything. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Looks like Clay County, Tennessee, schools will indeed stay open. Score one for litigation. [Slate]

    * Sure to get Second Amendment enthusiasts fired up: let’s create a Mount Doom for guns! [Wonkette]

    * $5 for some [possibly] unauthorized legal advice? Still sounds like a raw deal. [The Associate’s Mind]

    * A judge limits the questions a doctor can ask patients — when they’re about guns, that is. [Harvard Law And Policy Review]

    * Is it even possible to have non-lawyer friends? Don’t they all leave you once you’ve canceled plans for the 800th time? [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    15 Comments / / Oct 16, 2015 at 5:27 PM
  • twitter bird


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.15.15

    * From attorney to bag designer: the career of Annette Ferber. [Corp! Magazine]

    * Twitter goes head-to-head with Gawker Media over the copyright of GIFs. [io9]

    * Concerns about the judicial temperament of Judge Barry Williams, who is presiding over the Freddie Gray case. [Katz Justice]

    * All is not lost if you drop out of law school. [Law and More]

    * Why do attorneys struggle with customer reviews? [Technology & Marketing Law Blog]

    * Judge cleared of wrongdoing for posting about a case in front of her on Facebook. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * All the legal considerations before you host your “Love and Sex with Robots” conference in Malaysia. [Slate]

    17 Comments / / Oct 15, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Cast of the 17th season of Law & Order: SVU


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.14.15

    * Remember the story about that aunt suing her nephew for hugging her that went viral yesterday? What if there really is a good reason for it, and it is all the insurance industry’s fault? [New York Personal Injury Law Blog] * It isn’t sex or violence, but it is the most challenging part of […]

    13 Comments / / Oct 14, 2015 at 5:14 PM
  • Trump Wikipedia


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.13.15

    * More cease-and-desist action from the world of Donald Trump. It seems he’s gone and pissed off Aerosmith. [Fortune]

    * First-person accounts of providing abortions on the cusp of Roe v. Wade. [New York Magazine]

    * This is the exact opposite of how a school district should handle teacher molestation cases, though I can see it playing well in law school fact patterns in the near future. [The Atlantic]

    * Kansas Secretary of State to begin his prosecution of voter fraud cases, after first being given authority to do so earlier this year. [Talking Point Memo]

    * These are now skills lawyers need: the ability to sell, sell, sell. [Law and More]

    * A petition to prevent gun suicides. []

    * Practical advice (in podcast form) for making your law practice lean. [Law Reboot]

    / Oct 13, 2015 at 5:15 PM
  • Gun 2nd amendment


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.12.15

    * Gun control advocates finally seem to have the monetary resources to take on the NRA. [New Yorker]

    * This is how to deal with Biglaw induced rage. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * A commentator’s take on the double standard pervading the cases against misleading law school advertising [The Legal Watchdog]

    * Colorado and Arizona bar results are in, still more bad news. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * That’s a no-go on copyrighting yoga poses. [Overlawyered]

    * Let the countdown to the unsealing of Bill Cosby’s latest deposition begin! [Gawker]

    * Reforming the world of debt collection. [Pacific Standard]

    30 Comments / / Oct 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • I bet he gets tons of clients.


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.09.15

    * A biting take on legal system reform. [The Onion]

    * A law school class that actually changed something. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Justin Bieber’s lawyers send around nasty notes after naked pics of the singer go viral. [TMZ]

    * Paid justice? Prosecutors are paid by an insurance company for “handling” their cases. Sounds suspect. [Texas Tribune]

    * Badass Ph.D. coldly takes down lawyer during a deposition. [Medium]

    * Highlights from the Academy for Private Practice. [CodeX]

    * The behavior that got Dewey into so much trouble is still going on. [Big Law Business / BNA]

    27 Comments / / Oct 9, 2015 at 5:31 PM
  • Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.08.15

    * Even Bill Cosby cannot escape the power and force of the American judicial system. [Gawker]

    * A #tbt look at a bygone era when people took honest-to-goodness lunch breaks. [Slate]

    * Let the fanfic commence! Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tells of the time Justice Scalia serenaded her. [Huffington Post]

    * More people pile on Mary Jo White. [Above the Law]

    * A primer on the legal issues that will dominate the next year. [Pacific Standard]

    * The British legal system is going to war over offensive tweets. [Overlawyered]

    * The closing you use at the end of your email can say a lot about you. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    28 Comments / / Oct 8, 2015 at 4:30 PM