• drunk wine woman


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.15

    * Gaming laws are incoherent and inconsistent… do go on. Check out Steve Silver’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. [NBC Sports]

    * Lady lawyers: Do you drink more to impress partners? [Corporette]

    * How’s this for a thought experiment? If Mozart were a lawyer, what would his closing argument look like? (It’s a truck question — he’d probably settle.) [Jurispire]

    * The coming elections are really inspiring people to be dumb. Especially when the future of the Supreme Court gets bandied about. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Advice for hitting your yearly billable targets — 6 minutes at a time. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    17 Comments / / Nov 13, 2015 at 5:37 PM
  • Kim Davis


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.12.15

    * Take a look at this glorious send-up of the hypocrisy behind Mat Staver, Kim Davis’s attorney, who now has his panties in a twist because he doesn’t think a public servant is doing their job. Oh, the delicious delicious irony. Maybe Alanis can stick it in her next song. [Wonkette]

    * Well, isn’t this f**king stupid. A Utah judge orders a same-sex couple to give up their foster child because the child would be better off with heterosexual parents. This is just infuriating. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Just when you finally had all the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure memorized, they’re about to change. [Associate’s Mind]

    * How lawyers can draw the line when asked to support judicial candidates? [Katz on Justice]

    * Greenberg Traurig’s CEO, Richard Rosenbaum, predicts some Biglaw firms will die. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    18 Comments / / Nov 12, 2015 at 5:34 PM
  • Trace Schmeltz


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.11.15

    * What sanctions might we awaiting Trace Schmeltz, the Biglaw tweeting partner? [The National Law Journal]

    * For comparison, here’s the right way to deal with courtroom restrictions on tweeting. [Katz on Justice]

    * Once you get to the “forging your degree” stage, you can almost certainly count on being disbarred once you’re found out. [Law Society Gazette]

    * The ramifications of student conduct codes that are more restrictive than the U.S. Constitution. [The Atlantic]

    * Should the future composition of the Supreme Court force people to be single issue voters? [Salon]

    * Sepp Blatter loses his s**t. [Law and More]

    22 Comments / / Nov 11, 2015 at 5:12 PM
  • dog ate homework


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.10.15

    * Hey there 3Ls — need a handy excuse for why you didn’t do the assigned reading? Here’s some help. [Law Prof Blawg]

    * One law review’s attempt to address diversity among its ranks. [Yale Law Journal]

    * One Missouri Law School professor supports the protesting students, but with caveats. [Truth on the Market]

    * Most lawyers DO have fulfilling careers — well, as long as you live in Texas. Hardly seems worth it. [TaxProf Blog]

    * One NYU Law professor, Jason M. Schultz aka @lawgeek, is moving on up. He’ll be advising the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on IP and innovation. Congrats! [Twitter]

    * On the eve of yet another GOP shitshow primary debate, a question for the ages: Is Hillary Clinton to the right, politically, of Richard Nixon? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * From an orphaned child refugee to a diplomat, an inspiring story. [Quartz]

    14 Comments / / Nov 10, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Jackie Robinson


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.09.15

    * From Jackie Robinson to Missouri: Money is more important to white people than hating on blacks. [ATL Redline]

    * Are you right to be outraged when the government lies to you? [Guile is Good]

    * A glimmer of hope in 2015 bar exam results, but mostly more bad news. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * On the minutiae of sentencing: one man’s prison term all comes down to a comma. [The Economist]

    * Do you have a reputation? Or a personal brand? [Associate’s Mind]

    * The science and art of jury consultation. [Life of the Law]

    * A blueprint on the future of “spoofing” cases. [New York Times]

    15 Comments / / Nov 9, 2015 at 5:32 PM
  • Courthouse


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.06.15

    * The Supreme Court announced today it will take up yet another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time on the contraceptive compromise. [Wall Street Journal]

    * You know all those Special Lawyer lists? Yeah, they’re silly and meaningless. [Attorney at Work]

    * Rut-roh. Did Congress screw up and make the latest appropriations bill end a day sooner than they intended? I mean would Congress ever screw up?!?! [Notice & Comment]

    * Oh no they didn’t! Law & Order: SVU takes on the Duggars and it is glorious. [Slate]

    * When Mexican Donald Trump gets going he cannot be stopped. [Funny or Die]

    14 Comments / / Nov 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.05.15

    * These kind of technicalities are why people hate lawyers: A judge is requiring Bindi Irwin submit proof that her father, Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, is dead in order to collect her Dancing With The Stars money. Or, you know, he could look at the internet. [Gawker]

    * Law professor gets ripped for “ridiculous” stance on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. [Techdirt]

    * The 5 New York District Attorneys are seeking a raise, hoping to bring their salary up to a whooping $250,000. Which actually seems entirely reasonable. [New York Daily News]

    * Good news for the Facebook obsessed — the Second Circuit has found “liking” something is a protected activity. [The Modern Workplace]

    * Oh, the shame of going to Harvard Law. [Washington Post]

    * Are legal tech startups lying to you? [Associate’s Mind]

    * Exploring the disjunction between legal scholarship and legal practice. [TaxProf Blog]

    21 Comments / / Nov 5, 2015 at 5:04 PM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.04.15

    * Yeah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was cool even before she became the Notorious RBG. [Fusion]

    * Can you improve your courtroom performance by vibrating? I promise it isn’t a dirty as it sounds. [Katz Justice]

    * Authorities are scrutinizing advertisements in building their case against Volkswagen in the emissions cheating scandal. [Star Tribune]

    * One way to follow up from a Supreme Court argument years in the making is to open a new office the very next day. Congrats to Edelson P.C. (you remember these guys, don’t ya?) on taking on way too much in a very short amount of time. [The Recorder]

    * Northwestern Law has a debate series on prosecutorial overreach beginning next Tuesday. Check it out if you’re in the area. [Northwestern Law School]

    11 Comments / / Nov 4, 2015 at 5:29 PM
  • (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Sprint)


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.03.15

    * Weed legalization seems like a good idea on paper, but this probably isn’t the way to do it. Unless you’re a fan of cartels and Nick Lachey. Yes, that Nick Lachey. [Gawker]

    * Is there a legal controversy brewing surrounding Demi Lovato’s new album? In related news: there’s a new Demi Lovato album coming out. [Entertainment Weekly]

    * Which legal TV show is law firm life really like? [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * Ralph Nader? In the tank for creditors? Say it ain’t so. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Practical advice for laid off lawyers — don’t get fooled by the “advice industry.” [Law and More]

    * Are we looking at the future of legal advertising? [AZA Law]

    * It’s time to start thinking about what to put into your holiday cards. [Attorney at Work]

    20 Comments / / Nov 3, 2015 at 5:28 PM
  • 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