Non-Sequiturs

  • Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter Deathly Hallows

    Document Review, FCC, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.30.14

    * The world’s largest Harry Potter memorabilia collection belongs to a lawyer. His patronus is a shimmering gavel. [The Telegraph]

    * The FCC has ended the sports blackout rule. Expect the NFL to go bankrupt within days. [Politico]

    * No one expects to see “lawyer” on a Top 20 Work-Life Balance list, but there is one legal job out there coming in at number 11. [Glassdoor via Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Want to expose the severe problems of the over-criminalization of everything? Everyone with a warrant turn themselves in on one day. Call it “Warrant Day.” See how the system copes logistically and financially when all those citations come home to roost all at once. [Street Roots]

    * Russia’s equivalent of Chief Justice Roberts advocates a return to serfdom. Now there’s an originalist! [Business Insider]

    * Bow Tie Law talks about the role of discovery software in the duty of lawyers to review documents. Because document review is “legal work” when it’s about paying people a livable wage and “computer work” when it isn’t. [The Everlaw Blog]

    * Before we get wrapped up in the cases the Supreme Court will decide, let’s remember all the cases it won’t decide. Because “we can tell a lot about what the court cares about—and what it doesn’t” from its cert decisions. [Slate]

    * Ha. After today’s story about the debt mistakes of Lisa S., here’s the cautionary tale of one “Elie M.” [Law and More]

    * Elizabeth Garrett, USC Provost, will become the next president of Cornell. Garrett will also be a tenured faculty member at Cornell Law School and is bringing along her husband, Andrei Marmor, who will also join the law school. See, this is how you hire administrators: get someone willing to do double-duty with teaching! [Cornell Chronicle]

    3 Comments / / Sep 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM
  • iStock_000046447498_Small

    Books, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Solo Practitioners, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.29.14

    * Well here’s a headline: My Solo Practice Ended My Marriage. [Law Firm Suites] * Pennsylvania Attorney General claims officials sent and received porn via state email accounts for years, “including top state jurists and 30 current employees of the state Attorney General’s Office.” If the AG’s office is swapping porn at all hours, somehow […]

    4 Comments / / Sep 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM
  • The-Jerry-Springer-Show

    Books, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Facebook, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.26.14

    * A list of lawyers who followed their passions. Let’s be honest: I just like that Lat’s in the same listicle as Jerry Springer. [One 400]

    * Another report on the Brian Leiter kerfuffle (by Professor Jonathan Adler). [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Postal carrier hoarded 40,000 pieces of mail. Newman! [The Smoking Gun]

    * Another court allows service via Facebook. [Peter S. Vogel]

    * Eric Holder is resigning. Time for the speculation that he must have done something awful to begin! [New York Observer]

    * D.C. lawyer Ronald Goldfarb reviews John W. Dean’s new book (affiliate link) about the Nixon tapes. [Washington Independent Review of Books]

    1 Comment / / Sep 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • sonia sotomayor

    Copyright, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.25.14

    * Justice Sotomayor would like to remind you that just because you’ve been to one Indian casino, that doesn’t mean all Native Americans are fantastically wealthy. [KGOU]

    * Nor is every Native American cured by this news, but this is certainly a start — the Department of the Interior will sign a $554 million settlement in the breach of trust case brought by the Navajo nation. [Buckley Sandler LLP]

    * A Peruvian woman has sued Disney for $250 million because she alleges that Frozen is a rip-off of her life story. Because she has magic ice powers? I guess. Actually, it looks like the only connection is that she lived in a cold place and had a sister. This reminds me of my lawsuit against Chuck Palahniuk for basing Fight Club on my life story. Not that I ran anarchic underground fight clubs, but because one-time at camp I made a bar of soap. [Bustle]

    * Law professor goes after revenge porn and patent trolls because he’s trying to win the title of best person ever. [Brooklyn Paper]

    * Harold Hamm, Continental Resources’ Chairman and CEO — and former energy adviser to Mitt Romney — is staring down the barrel of a massive divorce settlement. So he takes a page from Romney’s adversary. Hamm is arguing that his fortune… he didn’t build that! He was just the beneficiary of a good market rather than a contributing factor so he doesn’t have to share. [Upstream Online]

    * The CAC launches a new series on the Roberts Court at 10. It’s hard to believe how long ago that was. When the Chief Justice took over we still thought the ending of Lost was going to make sense! [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Winston & Strawn lawyer turned famous LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya opened a new show in London. Sculptures made of thousands and thousands of hand-assembled bricks. Just in case you were wondering if there was a task more boring than document review. [Yahoo! Canada News]

    * Paul Clement and Mike Carvin offer a SCOTUS preview. [Heritage Foundation]

    8 Comments / / Sep 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Can you identify this guy?

    9th Circuit, Contract Attorneys, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Rape, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.24.14

    * Quiz: Can you match the picture of the plaintiff to the landmark Supreme Court decision? [Slate]

    * Ninth Circuit expedites Ed O’Bannon appeal. [USAToday]

    * New NBC comedy about a law student who becomes a garbage man. Better job security, I suppose. [The A.V. Club]

    * The federal prison population declined by about 4800 inmates, giving the United States… well, still the worst incarceration rate in the world, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. [ABC News]

    * The contract attorney who sued Biglaw is living in his car and considering a career in construction. Perhaps it was a Freudian thing. [Law and More]

    * Some philosophy professors are concerned about an individual getting very testy with perceived critics. Anyone want to guess the individual? [Professor David Velleman Homepage / NYU]

    * In case you missed it, Howard Bashman’s announcement of our new partnership. [How Appealing]

    * Middle school convinces special needs girl to allow suspected rapist to take her into a bathroom so the school can “catch him redhanded.” She gets raped. Judge dismisses the lawsuit saying he wouldn’t “second-guess” school officials. [Al.com]

    29 Comments / / Sep 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
  • DLA Piper won't 'like' this lawsuit.

    Books, Facebook, Football, Gay, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.22.14

    * New York court authorizes service over Facebook. Finally, a reason to use Google Plus. [Slate]

    * Texas struck down the statute banning upskirt photos. The decision is more interesting than the sound byte press it’s getting. [Popehat]

    * Some PR advice may be privileged. Which is good because the law needs to incentivize companies trying to cover up possible legal liabilities. It might be more nuanced than that, but still. [Corporate Counsel]

    * In the wake of the passing of Tommy Boggs, a profile on his power within Patton Boggs, including details of the final year leading up to its merger. [National Law Journal]

    * A roundup of early reviews for Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Supreme Ambitions]

    * On choosing a criminal defense lawyer and why you might not want some reformed prosecutor. [Katz Justice]

    * The Senate confirmed Gordon Tanner as general counsel to the Air Force. This is noteworthy because it reflects just how quickly the country has progressed from affirmative witch hunts, to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to confirming a gay man as the top lawyer for a branch of the Armed Forces. [Washington Blade]

    * A 49er fan is suing the NFL for $50 million for a policy that limited ticket sales to customers in Seahawks territory. Based on the season so far, he luckily won’t have to worry about the 49ers in the playoffs this year. [ESPN]

    * Speaking of football, South Park ran an ad limited to D.C. during the Washington-Eagles game. See Eric Cartman school Dan Snyder on trademark law after the jump…. [SB Nation]

    3 Comments / / Sep 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.19.14

    * Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland, convicted of corruption. [New York Times]

    * Who is Justice Ginsburg talking to? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The new Apple operating system is designed to thwart search warrants. That sounds… interesting. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * The Bali suitcase murder suspect hired a lawyer for her fetus. [Slate]

    * Here’s an idea: take your client’s settlement money and then just… disappear with it. There’s no way the cops will come looking for you. [Albuquerque Journal]

    * Was it a crime when a porn producer outed one of its stars as Miss Teen Delaware, or just unethical? [Full Disclosure]

    * Young lawyer contemplating a lawsuit after his $3,000 watch was stolen at airport security. Perhaps it’s time to invest in a Swatch. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    2 Comments / / Sep 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Judge Mark Fuller

    Antonin Scalia, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.14

    * Judge Mark Fuller is back in the news, with Senator Richard Shelby leading a chorus of legislators calling for the judge to resign in light of his domestic violence arrest. [All In with Chris Hayes / MSNBC]

    * Further fallout from Hobby Lobby: suborning child labor is free exercise. Hurray! [Time]

    * It’s not just that female partners aren’t getting ahead of their male counterparts, they’re falling further behind. Probably not leaning in enough or whatever the latest insulting sound byte is. [The Careerist]

    * After learning that Yale is going to start teaching basic financial literacy, more advice on managing student debt is cropping up. [Boston.com]

    * A Nevada state judge checks out the other side of the bench, pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy rap. [Las Vegas Sun]

    * Well there’s something I hadn’t thought of: classifying spankers as pedophiles for the purpose of custody hearings. [Law and More]

    * This is an important life lesson kids: when you’re in a car, don’t light the driver on fire. [KTVB]

    * Walking down the (very short) memory lane of Justice Scalia’s liberal moments. [Slate]

    * More on Lateral.ly and its effort to replace headhunters. Basically it’s the Tinder of job hunting. [Washington Post]

    * Suffolk seems to have given up on advertising to appeal to a false sense of local pride. So now a new law school has taken up that same banner…

    8 Comments / / Sep 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • iPhone

    Books, Contract Attorneys, Election Law, Insider Trading, Non-Sequiturs, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.17.14

    * Law student sends naked selfie to her father. Hilarity ensues. [Inside Edition]

    * “Is insider trading bad?” Asking for a friend. [The Atlantic]

    * Judge catches law firm cheating on the page limit. Apparently, Judge Carl Barbier was well-versed in the “slightly less than double-spaced” trick. [NPR]

    * What’s the matter with (statutory interpretation in) Kansas? [KSN]

    * You may have heard that technology is going to gut the market for low-level lawyering. If not, here’s a wakeup call. [Forbes]

    * This year’s MacArthur genius grant recipients. Is your name on the list? SPOILER: No. But a William Mitchell Law professor is. [New York Times]

    * Steve Klepper’s fair-minded and favorable review of Lat’s forthcoming book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Maryland Appellate Blog]

    4 Comments / / Sep 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • prostitute prostitution

    Alex Kozinski, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Prostitution, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.16.14

    * Lawyer grabbing drinks in hotel bar accused of being a prostitute by security guards. In fairness, she probably said, “I bill out at $600/hour!” a little too loudly. [The Root]

    * In finance, interns are only there for sex. Probably not how the law will see it. [Dealbreaker]

    * Judge Kozinski found his way into another Atlas Shrugged movie. The true accomplishment of the mega-industrialists is funding two sequels of the first putridly reviewed movie. [Josh Blackman's Blog]

    * Are you sick and tired of reading about the 10 books that your Facebook friends think will most impress you most influenced them? Here’s a much better question: the 10 Rock Songs that most influenced you… [What About Clients?]

    * New Jersey has a new alimony law. So before you leave your wife for your goomah, check it out capische. [Larry the New Jersey Lawyer's Cogitations]

    * Meant to write this up as a full post yesterday, but time got away from us. In any event, Geuaxjudge is Geauxone. Judge Michael Maggio, best known for launching racist and sexist comments about Charlize Theron’s adoption, has been fired by order of the Arkansas Supreme Court. [CNN]

    * Following up on this afternoon’s piece about lawyering from home, maybe one overlooked factor is meeting your clients, at least once, in an office. [Law and More]

    * This Friday, the CBLA and the Fordham IP Institute are hosting a visiting high-level legal delegation from China, including multiple judges from the Supreme Court of the PRC, multiple members of the Ministry of Commerce. If you’re interested, RSVP. [Chinese Business Lawyers Association]

    2 Comments / / Sep 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Margarita in a glass

    Antonin Scalia, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Fashion, Federal Judges, Food, Non-Sequiturs, Sexual Harassment

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.12.14

    * Mexican drug cartels are moving beyond shipping cocaine and are starting to grow the stuff too. As long as they stop hijacking lime shipments and driving up margarita prices. [Vocativ]

    The prosecutor who admitted Ray Rice into a pre-trial intervention program (and there are pros and cons to that decision) specifically denied the same option to a working single mother of two who didn’t realize her out of state gun permit wasn’t accepted. She was offered a 3+ year prison deal. Because, you know… prosecutors. [Huffington Post]

    * If you’re planning on getting arrested in New Orleans — and who isn’t? — don’t get arrested at night. [The Times-Picayune]

    * A federal judge is accused of sexual misconduct with a clerk. I had to check twice to make sure this wasn’t just a plot point in David’s upcoming book (affiliate link). [Waco Tribune-Herald]

    * Defense lawyer allegedly drives drunk… to the courthouse. [Indianapolis Star]

    * The complex legal tapestry of sandwiches. [The Atlantic]

    * “Mathew Martoma’s Parents Raise Some Good, Less Good Points.” [Dealbreaker]

    * If you were interested in the mélange of issues surrounding privilege, whistleblowing, and litigation finance, here’s a primer. [LFC360]

    * Jimmy Kimmel asked some New York Fashion Week attendees about Justice Scalia. Hilarity ensues. Video embedded below… [YouTube]

    3 Comments / / Sep 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • 220px-Roger_Goodell_at_Super_Bowl_43

    Books, Football, Legal Ethics, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.11.14

    * Our columnist Steve Dykstra opines that Roger Goodell is not going to get fired over the Ray Rice investigation/non-investigation. But what we really want to know from Dykstra is his opinion on how badly the West is going to beat the East in this year’s Grey Cup. [Steven Dykstra]

    * Apparently, we’ve been banned by Reddit. I think as editors we’ve posted on Reddit maybe 3 times in the last year, so it certainly isn’t our fault. Reddit notes “above the law will no longer be receiving traffic or page views from here,” which I guess is supposed to be a threat. Hey, don’t fault us just because our content is so good. *cue unimaginative trolling* [Reddit]

    * A discussion of gutless women. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]

    * MGM might lose the rights to a pair of Clint Eastwood classics. Specifically, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, and Last Tango in Paris. [Hollywood, Esq. / Hollywood Reporter]

    * The winner of the Hofstra Law School Mystery Short Story Contest is “A Prisoner of Time” by Lucian E. Dervan. That sounds like a 1980s Doctor Who episode. [Mulholland Books]

    * Beau Brindley pleads not guilty to telling a witness to lie. So, that case is moving right along. [My Fox Chicago]

    * Vermont Law School cites children’s story books. [Law School Lemmings]

    * D.C. lawyer Jacob McDermott is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for LiveStrong. Check out his donation site. [LiveStrong]

    7 Comments / / Sep 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
  • 240px-Jerry_Jones_owner_dallas_cowboys_2008

    Football, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Student Loans, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.10.14

    * Because it’s been such a long time since the NFL has had a scandal, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is accused of sexual assault in a new suit. The Cowboys claim the suit is nothing but a money grab. No one knows a money grab like a franchise owner milking a new stadium partially financed by taxpayers. [USAToday]

    * Dean Frank Wu explains why Hastings will survive the end of law schools. [SF Weekly]

    * A pair of IP litigators, James W. Dabney and Stephen S. Rabinowitz, have jumped from Fried Frank to Hughes Hubbard. Will others be following Dabney & Rabinowitz out of Fried Frank? [Hughes Hubbard]

    * “Lawyer’s ‘Torture Porn’ Past Pops Up in Pa. Governor’s Race.” OK, let’s see what you’ve got here. [Greedy Associates / FindLaw]

    * An interesting breakdown of the legal scholars with the widest network of co-authors. Think of these as the most promiscuous scholars around. Actually, no. Don’t think that. [Ryan Whalen]

    * Etsy sides with the USPTO and bans sales of anything branded “Redskins” on its platform. I’m not sure how smart this is since the economic teeth of the USPTO decision was to allow sites like Etsy to sell massive quantities of otherwise trademark-infringing stuff until Washington relented and opted for a new trademark-protectable name. [Etsy]

    * Don’t throw peanut butter in my neighborhood (though I don’t understand the blotter… there’s no Bodega at that location). [Legal Juice]

    * Lest you think law school is reasonably priced: “New IBR and PSLF provide benefits large enough that high earnings still result in nearly $100,000 in loan forgiveness for typical levels of debt for law school graduates. A lawyer earning at the 50th percentile with that debt level stands to have $147,282 forgiven, which is more than he borrowed…” [New America Education Policy Program]

    * Keeping in touch with your inner child to relate to witnesses as humans. [Katz Justice]

    * Closing out this football-heavy NS, friend of the blog Mitchell Epner discusses why Roger Goodell won’t (and shouldn’t) survive the fallout of the Ray Rice scandal. Check out the video after the jump… [CNBC]

    1 Comment / / Sep 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Dan Markel

    Elena Kagan, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.09.14

    * A website has been set up to collect stories, videos, photos, memories, and more, to share with slain Professor Dan Markel’s young sons. His memorial is scheduled for next Tuesday. [Prawfsblawg]

    * What would happen if lawyers gave out GPS directions? [Legal Cheek]

    * George Mason Law is looking for a new dean. Brush off that résumé, Elie! [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Is it me, or do we need to buy Justice Kagan a new outfit? [Josh Blackman's Blog]

    * The scion of a Biglaw Bigwig (go ahead and guess which firm…) arrested for filming and distributing video of his sexual escapades with his girlfriend without her permission. It’s like revenge porn without the revenge element. [Law and More]

    * Don’t bring creeps with you to a jury trial. [What About Clients?]

    0 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • 800px-Dave_Letterman

    Copyright, Fashion, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Reader Polls, Television, Weddings

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.08.14

    * David Letterman and CBS got smacked with the latest internship class action. To think, poor Paul Shaffer’s been working for free all those years. [Deadline]

    * Class action could be on the horizon over high-frequency trading. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Frankly, I don’t know what the problem is. [Washington Post]

    * You may have been following the story of Justice Ginsburg’s officiating a wedding in New York this weekend. Well, if so, here’s the Times write-up. [New York Times]

    * The federal courts are looking at tightening the word limits on appellate briefs. How do you feel about this move? I’m with the author that “The number of cases where attorneys think they need a word extension is greater than the number of cases that actually warrant one.” [New Mexico Appellate Law Blog]

    * Scott Brown, formerly of both Massachusetts and the Senate, is threatening to sue Harvard’s Larry Lessig after Lessig labeled the Nixon Peabody “advisor on governmental affairs” a “lobbyist.” Lessig asks if the campaign preferred he write the more technical, “sold his influence to a DC lobbying firm.” Ha. [Time]

    * Fordham professor Susan Scafidi, founder of the Fashion Law Institute and designer Narciso Rodriguez make the case for strong legal protection for fashion designs. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * On Friday, Keith Lee wrote about a lawyer who billed a client for sanctions. We’ve written before about lawyers billing for the time spent boning their clients. A law professor who teaches professional responsibility asks: “Is billing for sanctions better or worse than billing for sex. I say sanctions. Can we have a survey on this?” Of course you can. Poll after the jump….

    7 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • 1024px-Oakland_Raiderettes_at_Falcons_at_Raiders_11-2-08_01

    Elena Kagan, Football, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.05.14

    * The Oakland Raiders have settled their cheerleader lawsuit for $1.25 million. Here’s to a season of crippling losses! [SF Gate] * The death of law schools requires observing the 5 stages of grief. It’s DABDA right? Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Debt, AGAIN! [TaxProf Blog] * You don’t need permission to change careers… though many law […]

    16 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM
  • 640px-Bob_McDonnell_by_Gage_Skidmore

    Drinking, FTC, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Politics, Racism, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.14

    * Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia, guilty of 11 counts of corruption. Maureen McDonnell guilty of 8. If only they’d gotten that severance motion. [Wonkette] * The best way to catch drunk drivers is to give them something to crash into. [Legal Juice] * Chaumtoli Huq, a former general counsel to the New York […]

    1 Comment / / Sep 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM
  • Redskins

    FCC, Football, Immigration, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Racism

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.03.14

    * As football prepares to kick off, there’s a new filing opposing the renewal of the broadcast license for Dan Snyder’s Washington-area radio station because it has a tendency to broadcast a particular racial slur over and over throughout the NFL season. [Corporate Counsel]

    * If you’re a young law grad ready to give up on being a lawyer, it’s harder to move into another industry than you’d think. [Law and More]

    * Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sought an emergency stay to allow Texas to start shutting down abortion clinics despite a ruling that the law was unconstitutional. So he filed his motion at midnight on the Sunday before Labor Day. The Fifth Circuit does not brook this tripe. [Houston Chronicle]

    * New research confirms deportations don’t lower crime rates. They do, however, help drive up the BS in political ads, so that’s nice. [New York Times]

    * The confusing reports that Goldman Sachs was driving aluminum around Detroit to drive up the price of aluminum spawned a lawsuit. And that led to a dismissal. [Bloomberg View]

    * This is why you don’t eat underwear… [Daily Mail]

    * The legal battle surrounding Adam Carolla’s podcast is breaking up friendships now. [CNN]

    2 Comments / / Sep 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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