• Duggars


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.27.15

    * Folks may argue over whether the Iran deal is a good idea, but one “citizen-lawyer” has taken to court to prove it is unconstitutional… but does that argument hold any weight? [Constitution Center]

    * An Arkansas law firm is offering to represent Anna Duggar — pro bono — should she ever decide to divorce her husband, Josh Duggar, after his very public cheating scandal. Which is good, since you know Jim Bob is never going to let Anna see any of that rapidly vanishing TV money. [THV11]

    * What are the 5 best Halloween costumes for law students/lawyers? The real key to nailing number 5 is the bangs. [Law and More]

    * At last, some cold hard evidence that the nation’s fever dream — the one where Donald Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination — might be ending. [New York Times]

    * How do you deal when you’re assigned to work with a real prick who always has to be right? [Attorney at Work]

    * You guys, the intellectual property regime in this country is definitely broken, but at least it isn’t so bad that a man can copyright a chicken sandwich. [Washington Post]

    * In unsurprising news, George Zimmerman had some pretty disgusting things to say about the deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. [Salon]

    21 Comments / / Aug 27, 2015 at 4:53 PM
  • Adnan Syed


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.25.15

    * Too many students who still apply and attend law school, convinced they are the special snowflake that will beat the odds, are just lying to themselves. [Law and More]

    * A new motion in the case of Adnan Syed, featured in the inaugural and highly successful first season of the Serial podcast, casts doubt on key evidence used to convict him. [Gawker]

    * Attention in-house counsel: Please, please, please stop sending money to a Nigerian prince. It is, in fact, a scam. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The legal battle to define mayo has reached its conclusion. Cutting edge of the legal world people. [Slate]

    * Colleges are back in session and have to deal with the ramifications of incredibly offensive and juvenile behavior. Again. [Popehat]

    * Is it possible there will be a legal research competitor to Lexis and Westlaw? Or Nah? [William Ha]

    36 Comments / / Aug 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.24.15

    * I get that litigation is expensive, but I promise, Tom Brady doesn’t need donations for his Deflategate legal bills. Especially not when they’re solicited in an obituary. [Deadspin]

    * Protip: Don’t ask a female attorney if she is going through menopause, unless you like sanctions. [Lawyers for the Profession]

    * Great time waster: what’s the weirdest law in your home state? [Yahoo!]

    * Lat reviews Allegiance (affiliate link), a novel by Kermit Roosevelt featuring a Supreme Court clerk. [Wall Street Journal]

    * An all too realistic look at what it is like to be a lawyer — substance abuse, terrible workload, self-loathing and all. [Vice]

    * A case study of estate planning as played out in the life of fashion icon Helen Gurley Brown. [New York Times]

    * Heads up to Missouri lawmakers — you don’t end sexual harassment by telling interns to dress “modest.” [Think Progress]

    28 Comments / / Aug 24, 2015 at 5:23 PM
  • The devil wears spandex?


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.14.15

    * Personal assistant claims Stan Lee less Mr. Fantastic, more Dr. Doom. Jesus, this kid wouldn’t last five minutes in Biglaw. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Hot buns make customer very cross. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Future generations are suing Obama over climate change. In Oregon. Of course it’s in Oregon. [MSNBC]

    * Judge sets murder defendant free citing double jeopardy after first judge declares a mistrial. [Baltimore Suns]

    * Woman’s terrorist conviction disbarment-worthy. That sounds open-and-shut, but it’s a lot more confusing than that sentence makes it appear. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * And congratulations to Elie! Yesterday (or maybe early, early this morning), he welcomed little Max.

    29 Comments / / Aug 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.13.15

    * The legal battle over the AIG bailout rolls into the Federal Circuit. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * What does a lawyer say when he gets caught swapping fees for oral sex? Claim sex addiction, of course! [Legal Profession Blog]

    * The New Orleans public defender office is a testament to underfunding. [Buzzfeed News]

    * Charleston School of Law loses a dean right before school resumes. Yep, nothing wrong here! [South Carolina Lawyers Weekly]

    * Neighbors sue 8-year-old girl for being kind to animals (or sues her parents anyway). [KIRO]

    * A friend remembers John Ralston Pate. [What About Clients?]

    * A counterargument to the suggestion of suspect classification for poverty (final item). [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The ABA is diving into the world of legal publishing, riding the success of Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Chicago Tribune]

    * A domestic violence defendant got the first name of his judge tattooed on his neck. Paul Clement has similar ink that reads “Nino.” Check out the pic. [North Carolina Lawyers Weekly]


    17 Comments / / Aug 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM
  • gay marriage cake


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.12.15

    * A new paper by Professors Josh Blackman and Howard Wasserman on the process of marriage equality. For those of you who get really excited over civil procedure. [SSRN]

    * Fresh off the threat of Supreme Court sanctions, partner Howard Shipley, formerly of Foley & Lardner, has landed at Gordon & Rees. Good fit… there’s no way he’ll embarrass that firm. [Gordon & Rees]

    * We had some fun at the expense of a very predictable Norwegian prison escape the other day, but it’s worth recognizing an outlier for what it is — here’s a detailed look at Norway’s usually successful prison system. [New York Times]

    * With public defenders like these… An interpreter employed by the public defenders’ office scammed immigrants seeking bribes with promises to pull strings to avoid deportation. [Times-Picayune]

    * Is “Office Temperature-Gate” worthy of a Title VII claim? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * A guy sat in prison for over 3 months after he completed his sentence because the system is as awful as it is incompetent. [Mother Jones]

    * If you’re looking for CLE and have tickets to New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 8, then here’s the panel for you. [NY Comic Con]

    * Most employers in New York City can no longer check credit history in making employment decisions. Time to hit up Saks for that shopping spree. [DLA Piper]

    19 Comments / / Aug 12, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • BakerHostetler


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.11.15

    * The two-tiered partnership model turns out to be much more complicated than firms expected. That’s why we’re seeing moves like BakerHostetler’s proposed elimination of non-equity partners. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Graffiti artist files suit claiming fashion designer violated his copyright in his work. [The Legal Artist]

    * On the unpaid internship front, the Olsen twins have been sued by a former intern who claims she clocked 50-hour weeks and didn’t earn a penny from her multimillionaire bosses. [New York Daily News]

    * Before the 25th Amendment, the ill-defined line of succession could have landed one of these guys in the White House. [Constitution Daily]

    * Who said it: Justice Scalia or a YouTube commenter talking about Magic Mike XXL? [Suited Gladiators]

    * There’s a big gap between law school graduates and practice-ready skills. Somewhere the ABA is scheming about how to turn this into the case for four-year law schools. [LexisNexis]

    * California is removing the word “Alien” from the labor code. Because symbolic gestures are still important gestures. [Associated Press via NBC]

    12 Comments / / Aug 11, 2015 at 5:07 PM
  • Richard_M._Nixon,_ca._1935_-_1982_-_NARA_-_530679


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.10.15

    * Interesting… audio of Richard Nixon’s only oral argument before the Supreme Court. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers want his murder indictment tossed. Tom Brady is relieved he now has the second-dumbest Patriots legal challenge. [NECN]

    * There’s a robust piranha-smuggling operation in the United States. That’s… Sharknado levels of terrifying. [Legal Juice]

    * In between ripping Rosie O’Donnell, the GOP “debate” actually talked a little about the Constitution. [Dorf on Law]

    * New York’s responsible banking law is unconstitutional. Banks rejoice. [Reuters]

    * The New York Times broached the subject of “resting bitch face.” How do lawyers avoid the phenomenon? [Attorney at Work]

    * God Donald Trump is entertaining. [What About Clients?]

    * Why aren’t the poor a suspect class? [PrawfsBlawg]

    17 Comments / / Aug 10, 2015 at 5:11 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.07.15

    * Chris Christie argued passionately about national security with Rand Paul, noting that he was appointed a U.S. Attorney the very day before 9/11. Except, you know, he wasn’t and is completely lying. [Empty Wheel]

    * The Simpson Thacher and Mayer Brown epic screw-ups: where are the individual lawyers now? [The Am Law Daily]

    * Choose the right firm for you… with the help of these Legos. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]

    * A bipartisan bill hopes to replace loan default rates with a repayment metric. [Insider Higher Ed]

    * The most predictable prison escape ever. [Lowering the Bar]

    * John McAfee’s new security update includes a handgun — which he was arrested for carrying while high on Xanax after a “shootout” with police. He explains the whole thing on Facebook. [Gawker]

    * Liberty Law has a new dean. [News & Advance]

    * Pretty sure Key & Peele read the Elonis decision. [Key & Peele / Comedy Central]

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    4 Comments / / Aug 7, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Passed out


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.06.15

    * A reminder to stay safe when you watch the GOP debates tonight — drinking games can seriously jeopardize your health. [Raw Story]

    * The Washington NFL team has filed a notice of appeal to the Fourth Circuit over their canceled trademark registrations as they move their failure off the field and into the courts. [Bloomberg BNA]

    * Penn State unveils a new logo. Critics call it a “hypnotized dog looking at cupcakes,” but it actually looks more like the vacant stare of someone who has seen something but refuses to tell authorities about it. [TaxProf Blog]

    * How to take good notes. Apparently, “actually take notes” is the first step. Good to know. [Survive Law]

    * Congrats to occasional Legal Cheek blogger Amy Woolfson on her Harvard Law scholarship. Welcome to our side of the pond. [Legal Cheek]

    * Dumb people can get ripped off on Craigslist. And not just when you take a “JD required” job as a catsitter. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Understand the tax implications of your student loan forgiveness program. [Lawyerist]

    7 Comments / / Aug 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • George W Bush George Bush


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.15

    * George W. Bush shows up for jury duty. Sadly he wasn’t empaneled, which was a real shame for the prosecutors because you know he doesn’t need actual evidence to make bold decisions. [ABC News]

    * Oops. Top Rand Paul operatives indicted. Jesus, Trump really is going to win this campaign, isn’t he? (skip to the next page to read the whole indictment). [National Journal]

    * Here’s a clever way to get out of a traffic stop: call in a nearby murder. [Legal Juice]

    * Performance-enhancing drugs are becoming a scourge in… eSports. Apparently getting really twisted on Adderall and playing StarCraft II for money is a thing. Well, pack it in everyone. We had a good run, human civilization. [The Legal Geeks]

    * “A wealthy oligarchy of donors is dominating the 2016 election.” Not true. Based on the polls it’s dominated by an oligarchy of one. [Election Law Blog]

    * Approximately 1.2 million New Yorkers have open arrest warrants. That… seems like a lot. Probably time to do something like this to restore sanity. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Partner Emeritus has thoughts on summer associates. [What About Clients?]

    * “Pay your f**king bill… don’t be a f**king shlub.” [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Lex Machina is offering a free trial to its news Trademark Litigation Update newsletter. [Lex Machina]

    15 Comments / / Aug 5, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • Photo by ProfReader


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.04.15

    * After two laid-off professors sued Charleston School of Law, a judge has issued an injunction reinstating professor Nancy Zisk. Things really aren’t going Charleston’s way, but remember to look on the bright side: they may get a Starbucks! [SC Lawyers Weekly]

    * Attorney’s hit and run did not constitute a crime of moral turpitude because he was blackout drunk. One more reason to stay thirsty, my friends! [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Lawyers can’t speak English good. [Lawyerist]

    * What should be required to vote on a Supreme Court decision? [Concurring Opinions]

    * There’s never really a good excuse for handcuffing an 8-year-old like this school rent-a-cop did. Also, did you know the only way to handcuff an 8-year-old is to cuff his upper arms? You do after reading this. [Daily Mail]

    * As we hear more about the labor conditions building stadiums in Qatar, this white paper focuses on the unfortunately still modern challenge for in-house lawyers with an international reach: expanding due diligence to uncover slavery rings. [Thomson Reuters]

    * Douglas Kennedy’s lawyers were disqualified for trying some funny business with their medical experts. [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]

    * Cravath partner turned screenwriter and playwright. As the play says, “the first thing we do, let’s give giant bonuses to all the lawyers.” [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Useful practice tip: strive for excellence, not perfection. [What About Clients?]

    * Richard Hsu chats with Mark Cuban about something other than how terrible the NBA refs are. [Hsu Untied]

    8 Comments / / Aug 4, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • Justice Clarence Thomas


    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]

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


    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]

    12 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • This makes sense, trust us.


    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


    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]

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


    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


    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