Non-Sequiturs

  • Supreme Court pretty Small

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.27.15

    * Nina Totenberg reviews past opinions to divine how the Court might rule on marriage equality. Or she could have pointed to Windsor and said, “That way.” [NPR]

    * The media attention focused on the two and a half hours of oral arguments over marriage equality coming this week have inspired some to ask just what goes into preparing an oral argument anyway? [Cincinnati Enquirer]

    * Loretta Lynch sworn in as Attorney General. So now the House finally knows which address to send frivolous subpoenas to. [USA Today]

    * What skills do you need to get hired as a lawyer? It’s a sign of the economy that “dad be managing partner” isn’t the top line. [Associate’s Mind]

    * The Fifth Circuit rules that the family of a teenager killed when a Border Patrol agent shot from the U.S. into Mexico cannot sue in U.S. courts. “The border agent’s lawyer said the opinion vindicated his client.” I mean… you killed someone in cold blood and got off on a ludicrous technicality, but yeah, “vindicated.” [Yahoo]

    * Richard Hsu chats with Bill Gross, Caltech Trustee and Chairman and Founder of Idealab[Hsu Untied]

    18 Comments / / Apr 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.24.15

    *Yeah, this happened in real life, not in a Philip K. Dick short story. [Time]

    *Oh burn! Cornel West responds (indirectly) to biting New Republic article. [The Root]

    *Justice for sale in Texas? Sounds about right. [KCBD]

    *Allegations of overbilling in Deepwater Horizon litigation. And — this may be a shock to some of our readers — turns out many of the firms involved made generous political contributions to the LA AG. [Louisiana Record]

    *Eliminating salary negotiations to combat the wage gap? Who knew Biglaw’s lockstep approach to money would turn out to be progressive? [NPR]

    *Columbia University’s rape problems deepen with new lawsuit about Emma Sulkowicz and her mattress “Carry that Weight” performance art. [Jezebel]

    *Update in the Alan Dershowitz sex case. Now with 100% more David Boies. [American Lawyer]

    *Attention New York: Prepare to swipe right. AG Eric Schneiderman is once again a bachelor. [Law and More]

    *Idaho refuses to come in line with multinational treaty obligations. . . yay federalism? [Dorf on Law]

    17 Comments / / Apr 24, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Daredevil

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.23.15

    * Apparently Daredevil has nailed the dramatic representation of young attorneys. [The Legal Artist]

    * Professor Campos thrashes those who deny the law school scam. Um… these analogies may be a tad over the top. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Judge Kozinski movie night!!! [Los Angeles Times]

    * Discovery is awesome. Let’s read some highlights from the Deutsche Bank LIBOR transcripts! [Bloomberg Business]

    * “5 bad things about being a City lawyer that nobody tells you about.” [Legal Cheek]

    * Marriage equality will likely come down to one simple edit. [Slate]

    * The latest episode of Thinking Like A Lawyer talks video games and the law. Remember to subscribe here. [Legal Talk Network]

    13 Comments / / Apr 23, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Mess on desk

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.22.15

    * Oh no you didn’t. Benchslap comes down on firm who tried to squeeze words together and tighten spaces to stay within page limits. [How Appealing]

    * “Five Charts That Show You Should Apply to Law School This Year.” Slightly less educational than the 30 Cats That Are More Badass Than You. [Bloomberg Business]

    * In fact, law schools are really almost indistinguishable from the show Community. Funny but not quite as funny as 4 years ago? Well, maybe that too. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * I’ll just leave this as a prompt for your own short fiction: “Lexington woman being strangled with bra fights off attacker with ceramic chicken”… [WKYT]

    * Following on Alex Rich’s post about the “blame game” in eDiscovery, the problem goes well beyond that industry — even if it’s the most recent manifestation. [Law and More]

    * Do you know your Earth Day history? Like which lawyer turned Senator founded the occasion? [What About Clients?]

    14 Comments / / Apr 22, 2015 at 5:26 PM
  • Loretta Lynch

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.21.15

    * Loretta Lynch might actually get confirmed, you guys! Senate Republicans have agreed to a bipartisan deal on human trafficking legislation which should end the Lynch logjam. America in 2015, “human trafficking bad” now requires months of negotiation. [CNN]

    * Our old friend Professor Michael Simkovic is back and defending the decision to go to law school based on part-time job numbers because, hey, that’s how the Bureau of Labor measures unemployment so it must be the same for judging employment for struggling J.D.s. Professor Bernie Burk gives a thorough, thoughtful, and respectful retort. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Meanwhile, failing to learn the lesson of America, students seeking law degrees skyrocket in the UK. Thomas Cooley considers Norfolk campus. [Legal Cheek]

    * The property law of Downton Abbey. It teaches the most important lesson of property — historically it’s really, really good to be a wealthy white guy. [Vanderbilt Law Review]

    * Digging into a less heralded subsidiary argument in the marriage equality cases: the “proceed with caution” rhetoric intended to push the issue to the backburner. [NYU Law Review]

    * On that note, same-sex marriage kills babies!!! Well, no, not really. But that is the argument one former Scalia clerk is making for some reason. [Dorf on Law]

    * Looks like Europe is going to hit Putin where it hurts… an antitrust courtroom. That’ll learn him! [New York Times]

    18 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • tootsie_owl

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.20.15

    * “Defendant Pleads Guilty To Kicking An Owl While Paragliding.” Somehow I feel this could have all been avoided if that prick just told us how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Justice Souter’s not revealing his papers to the public until 50 years after his death. Because there’s no historical interest in them or anything. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Senator Ted Cruz understands modern politics: “you just surgically disconnect your shame sensor.” [Election Law Blog]

    * With Law Day coming up, and it being the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, here’s an infographic about the great charter itself. [Lexis Nexis Business of Law Blog]

    * The Biglaw workload is damaging to your health. [ABA Journal]

    * Anyone want to be an Assistant Solicitor General in Texas? [Texas Workforce Commission]

    * I went on Gordon Firemark’s Law Podcaster podcast to discuss ATL’s new podcast “Thinking Like A Lawyer.” Have you not been listening to the show? Well, fix that by subscribing here. [Lawpodcaster]

    5 Comments / / Apr 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • Martin Richard. Photo by Bill Richard.

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.17.15

    * Parents of Boston bombing victim Martin Richard are hoping their child’s murderer avoids the distracting spectacle of the death penalty. [Boston Globe]

    * Local prosecutor may have been munching down on pot brownies. [Al.com]

    * At least the Middle District of Florida is willing to throw a speed bump into the Kardashians’ continuing assault on the human spirit. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Jesus, overcriminalization is stupid: Atlanta teacher cheating edition. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Note that cheating among poor inner-city kids demands the criminal justice system, while cheating at Stanford is a curiosity. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Meet the labor lawyer who has it in for Uber. [Fusion]

    * The phrase “fart clears courtroom” is always going to be a story. [Legal Cheek]

    7 Comments / / Apr 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM
  • Computer science

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.16.15

    * Authorities have cleared the robot built specifically to buy illegal stuff off the dark web. In related news, officer, all that panda meat was bought by my robot… for an art project. [Hopes and Fears]

    * The Biglaw pup who posted an anti-West, pro-Islamist rant on YouTube continues to be a headache for Clifford Chance. [Legal Cheek]

    * Laurence Tribe’s arguments are getting closer and closer to Homer Simpson’s. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * In case you weren’t counting, there’ve been 95 Senate roll call votes while Loretta Lynch has been waiting… [People For The American Way]

    * Lawyer suspended for handing out ecstasy to drug women into sex. I don’t disagree with the outcome, but there’s one pretty troubling aspect of the opinion: “The OLR noted… that his victim was much younger.” She was 22! At a certain point can we just admit women are adults? Focus on the drugging predatory behavior instead of constructing her as an addled-brained ingenue. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Daredevil’s courtroom antics evaluated by New York Judge Matthew Sciarrino. [The Legal Geeks]

    * If you’re interested in the legal landscape of marijuana, here’s a cool infographic summing up where we are and how we got here. [Diego Criminal Defense]

    * If you’re interested in February bar exam results from across the country, Bar Exam Stats is keeping a running tally complete with a nice map. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Former Facebook GC Ted Ullyot has joined VC firm Andreessen Horowitz to lead a new policy and regulatory affairs group in the firm. [Dealbreaker; TechCrunch]

    5 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 5:06 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.15.15

    * Happy tax day! Let’s take a moment to remember that the tax prep industry spends millions to keep taxes a confusing, unpleasant mess. [TaxProf Blog]

    * “Since You Were Wondering, Judge Judy Is Having Amazing Sex” is the most goddamned horrifying headline of the year. [Morning After / Gawker]

    * Judge Kopf congratulates his colleague Judge Gerrard on the latter’s acclaim as a “rising star” judge to clerk for. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * Lawyers facing charges just disappearing all over the place. [Arkansas Times]

    * The dream juror: a guy whose whole schtick is getting unanimity. Chief Justice John Roberts reports to his local courthouse. [Washington Post]

    * Sad news. “Mr. Fuzzy,” who traveled the Washington firms shining shoes, appears to have been found dead near the tidal basin. [Hill Now]

    15 Comments / / Apr 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • Snickers-broken

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.14.15

    * Not going anywhere for a while? Try a Snickers. Just don’t try to write it off as a business expense. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Toilet cameras involve moral turpitude. This is an opinion that needed to be written. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Police decline to charge Dwight Howard with child abuse. He’d allegedly punished his child with his belt, which is nowhere near as bad as letting them walk outside alone (if you listen to Elie’s rants). [ESPN]

    * There’s no bar exam too small for his analysis: North Dakota’s February results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * A look back at the Lincoln assassination 150 years later. Something like this would never happen today — probably because Lincoln would still be on the waiting list for Book of Mormon. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * I knew SeaWorld was in trouble when I saw a glossy commercial during primetime television explaining how great they are. And my instincts were right — they’ve been hit with three salacious lawsuits in a month. [The Dodo]

    * Oh, the things you learn from lawsuits! Find out exactly how the WWE feels about your city. Getting dissed by Vince McMahon must sting. [411Mania]

    * If you’re in Chicago or Los Angeles, you should come out to see David discuss his new book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]

    12 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.13.15

    * Attorney General Holder reminds the DOJ not to hire hookers. [Politico]

    * A new demographic angry over gay marriage: gay men who want to protect their sham marriages. Didn’t expect this to be a fight. [Slate]

    * Once you’ve finished binge-watching on Netflix, we ask: is Matt Murdock an ethical lawyer? [Radford & Keebaugh]

    * Patent attorney David Healey at Fish and Richardson is coming out. Here’s the trailer. [YouTube]

    * Richard Hsu talks about jumping off of perfectly good cliffs with Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google. [Hsu Untied]

    * Garry Trudeau explains that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. Ken questions this logic. In the end though, he proves too much: there are so many powerful, biting criticisms to make that we shouldn’t have to resort to dumb caricatures. [Popehat]

    * Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate on the death penalty. Watch it online Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. [Fora.tv]

    * Is it just me, or does her account actually sound awfully suspicious? [Gawker]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_FZa8SNic

    9 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM
  • Alan Dershowitz wikipedia

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.10.15

    * Freshly exonerated, the Dersh is going after his accusers in court. [The Telegraph]

    * A lawyer prays… [Mormon Cartoonist]

    * This gal got married 10 times. Simultaneously. To different dudes. That’s mighty big of her. [New York Times]

    * Speaking of marriage, here’s a profile of Doug Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray, half of the dynamic duo arguing for marriage equality this month. [BuzzFeed]

    * Today is also the anniversary of the argument in Loving v. Virginia. [Louisville Courier-Journal]

    * Judge gives pedophile a break claiming the girl — who was THREE by the way — caused her own rape. [Addicting Info]

    * Going to Coachella? Planning to get arrested? This is your website. [Arrested at Coachella]

    * Oakland is sad. We’re talking about the baseball team specifically, but that sentence works generally. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Sad news: Foley & Lardner partner Marc Marotta, a basketball star who turned down the NBA to go to Harvard Law, has passed away at age 52. [Breitbart]

    22 Comments / / Apr 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM
  • David Messerschmitt

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.09.15

    * Police claim David Messerschmitt’s killer stole only $40. [Washington Post]

    * Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money. Which is, apparently, not an in rem action. [FactMag]

    * What is the difference between confidence and arrogance? Obviously, I know the answer, but let’s see if you can figure it out. [Corporette]

    * One angle I missed from today’s news that a gunman attacked a courthouse in Milan is that this is life imitating art, eerily reminiscent of a plotline on The Good Wife. [Law and More]

    * Immigration attorney is a no-show at her sentencing for 13 felony theft counts for accepting fees and botching her work. You’d think she skipped the country except we know she sucks at immigration law. [ABA Journal]

    * Former president of the World Bank’s LGBT employee organization is under investigation. He thinks this seems pretty suspicious. [Buzzfeed]

    * The Tsarnaev trial highlights the continuing stupidity of keeping cameras out of the courtroom. [Vanity Fair]

    * Another installment of “Roberts at 10,” looking at his 10 years as chief. What’s his legacy on LGBT rights? Well, unsurprisingly, we’re not going to know for sure for a couple months. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * A new study reveals that judges are less ideologically biased than law students. Again, it’s not that judges are less firm in their ideology, it’s that they’ve learned to pick their battles. [WSJ Law Blog]

    13 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 5:17 PM
  • St_Louis_Rams

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.08.15

    * SLU Law clinic threatens to sue the city of St. Louis if they try and shell out public dollars to keep the Rams in town. I’d sue if I had to watch the Rams every week too. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * How many law school applicants do we expect for the Fall? [The Faculty Lounge]

    * DMX’s lawyer says his client didn’t just up and rob a dude at gunpoint. Which is obviously true, because X Gonna Give It To Ya, not take it from ya. [Design & Trend]

    * The TL;DR here is that Elizabeth Wurtzel wants to be noticed. Double f**king newsflash. [Jezebel]

    * A spirited debate on where the FISA court went wrong. The crux of the argument is [REDACTED]. [Lawfare]

    * We’re not above telling the good stories from time to time. Like this kid who went from homeless to NYU Law grad. [Patch]

    * Lawyer suspended for sexual conduct with a 17-year-old and blogging. Thankfully, not blogging about the sex. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Jeopardy! gets a legal response when it wanted a science answer. [YouTube]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R-B-BFQwng

    Frankly, the question (answer?) is kind of bulls**t. Consent is something that gets legislated and I’ve seen Game of Thrones — those ages sound about right for that world. On the other hand, puberty is something that just happens. Unless you’re a gymnast.

    16 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Rand Paul

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.07.15

    * Rand Paul is running for president. He says we need to “clutch[] the Constitution in one hand and the Bill of Rights in the other.” Pretty sure those were the same thing. And I’m very sure Senator Paul is leaving out the whole “end of slavery” amendment in his idealized vision of liberty. [YouTube]

    * With all these states banning travel to Indiana over the RFRA, Professor Gerard Magliocca muses about the constitutional limits of states protesting other states. It’s somewhere between banning non-essential employee travel and armed invasion. [Concurring Opinions]

    * That’s one way to set a Guinness Book record: use slaves. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Jenner & Block managing partner Terrence Truax talks about the legal market and the vital importance of technology. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    * The Department of Justice has released its report on the long-running story of New Orleans prosecutors allegedly posing under assumed names to poison the well. Long story short, they did it and it was wrong. [Observer]

    * Wisconsin’s campaign finance issues are messed up. [LFC 360]

    23 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 5:47 PM
  • Calling all Chicagoans.

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.06.15

    * The law prof who sent anal-bead porn to her students is making headlines beyond the legal media. [Inside Higher Ed; Total Frat Move]

    * You’ve been served — via Facebook. How do you “Like” them apples? [New York Daily News]

    * Making a federal — or at least state — case out of teaching yoga to schoolchildren. [ATL Redline]

    * Bad idea: taking someone’s identity and accepting money on their behalf. (Or: the dangers of launching a startup without legal advice.) [Associate’s Mind]

    * Also a bad idea (if the allegations are true, that is): a men-only golf retreat at a large law firm. [ABA Journal]

    * “Sperm Donor Scandal Lawsuit: How One Man with Schizophrenia Allegedly Fathered 36 Children.” [People]

    * Getting revenge on a revenge-porn magnate: an 18-year sentence for Kevin Christopher Bollaert. [Los Angeles Times]

    * How can healthcare startups protect their intellectual property? [MedCity News]

    * Debt-saddled law students love free stuff — so how about free membership in the ABA? [American Bar Association]

    * In addition to our April 23 reception, I’ll also be doing an event on April 25 for Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), to which you are all most cordially invited. [Seminary Co-Op Bookstore; Facebook]

    19 Comments / / Apr 6, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • layoff laid off lawyer attorney

    Nauseating Things, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.03.15

    * Nationwide Layoff Watch: Steptoe & Johnson (no, not that Steptoe, the other one). [ABA Journal]

    * Personally I prefer my coffee with whole milk, thank you very much. [CBS Minnesota]

    * And I wouldn’t get violent over salsa — but guacamole is another story. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Attending CLE while intoxicated: grounds for suspension, or brilliant idea? [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Professor Steve Sanders on Indiana RFRA’s “political jiu jitsu: all the force and passion that had impelled the RFRA forward suddenly got turned against its proponents, to devastating effect.” [Huffington Post]

    * What’s your favorite word of legalese? [Library of Congress]

    13 Comments / / Apr 3, 2015 at 5:12 PM
  • Drone camera Small

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    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.15

    * We’ve seen the future and it’s drones shoving commercialism down your throats 24/7. Get ready America! [DigiDay]

    * Federal judge mistaken for a maid because she’s black and everything is awful all the time. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * While everyone focuses on the Supreme Court, the fight for marriage equality is still raging in the state courts. [Huffington Post]

    * Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Attorney General Robert H. Jackson’s “The Federal Prosecutor” speech. Among many quotable admonitions against prosecutorial abuse: “While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.” Perhaps he shouldn’t have given this speech on April Fools’ Day. [John Q. Barrett]

    * The New York Court of Appeals has upheld St. John’s Law’s decision to rescind the admission of a student who admitted that he’d pleaded guilty to possession because he’d been arrested for intent to distribute. But only after taking three semesters worth of his money of course. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * A law professor invites colleagues to break the mold of legal scholarship to build a “more authentic ethos.” In entirely related news, congratulations on tenure. [TaxProf Blog]

    9 Comments / / Apr 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM