Non-Sequiturs

  • Mitt Romney LF

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.17.15

    * Mitt Romney is going to fight Evander Holyfield. Man, Romney has been beaten by a black guy like that since 2012. Oooh, also, Floyd Mayweather just found his next opponent. [CNN]

    * Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s son was arrested and charged with drug possession yesterday and then blamed the media… somehow. I blame the moral vacuum created when they took down the Ten Commandments. [Al.com]

    * The long-awaited Justice Scalia play is out. It’s like Tony and Tina’s Wedding with more gun control and abortion. [WTOP]

    * Professor Baude has a cute theory how the Obama administration could ignore a negative verdict in King v. Burwell. [New York Times]

    * Not everyone thinks Professor Baude’s hypothetical is a serious option. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Israel has blocked polling in advance of the election to prevent bandwagon voting. Professor Somin evaluates the efficacy of the plan. It probably won’t affect the outcome, but if you thought Republicans threw a hissy-fit over the polls in 2008 and 2012, wait until a candidate they really care about loses. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A nice little maxim (get it?) for the trial lawyer looking to hone their craft. Of course, if you show them a glint of broken glass in the first act, it better be the murder weapon in the second act. [What About Clients?]

    * Speaking of second acts, this profile of former Skadden partner Harriet Posner discusses life after Biglaw. [A Lawyer’s Life]

    17 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Robert Durst

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.16.15

    * Never give up the lie: LAPD swears they caught Robert Durst on their own with no help whatsoever from the extensive six-part documentary. The Ferguson police to the LAPD: Dude, you’ve got a credibility problem. [Gawker]

    * It’s been almost a year since we wrote about a group of UC Davis law students fighting to get a law degree for a Chinese immigrant screwed over by the courts 100 years ago on the grounds that “persons of the Mongolian race” couldn’t be citizens, much less lawyers. On Monday the California Supreme Court agreed with the students. [Los Angeles Times]

    * As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, here’s a reminder (from your pocketbook) not to drink and drive . [Nerdwallet]

    * Faced with an ever-growing justice gap, a jurisdiction basically gives in on requiring a law degree to practice law. Which, depending on your feelings on InfiLaw, has been happening for years. [Washington Post]

    * The Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s announcement of the 2015 Employer of Choice Awards honor companies for demonstrating commitment to and success at creating and maintaining inclusive corporate legal departments. The national home office of SAE is disappointed at the slight. [Corporate Counsel]

    * A roundup of ridiculous laws still on the books. Missouri bans driving with an uncaged bear in your car. Sounds like good advice. [The Reeves Law Group]

    * In addition to speaking with us, John B. Quinn is making the rounds of legal media to discuss Quinn Emanuel’s new marketing program. [Bloomberg BNA/ Big Law Business]

    * Speaking of Quinn Emanuel’s new program, here’s what someone with public relations expertise has to say about it. [Law and More]

    * On Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Lex Machina is hosting a webcast to discuss its Year In Review 2014 Patent Litigation Report. [Lex Machina]

    17 Comments / / Mar 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM
  • arrogant partner LF

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.13.15

    * The law school ranking for the career-oriented: which law schools produce the most Biglaw partners? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Uh oh. More students took the LSAT in February. The bubble begins anew. [LSAT Blog]

    * The saddest part of this story is that it’s impossible to be surprised about it: the NYPD is going into the Wikipedia entries of Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and other police brutality victims and making selective edits. [Colorlines]

    * Judge throws out “Lebellus” cause of action. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Most people understand the criminal justice system is broken. Fewer understand how busted the civil system is. [LFC 360]

    * Speaking of the broken civil justice system, it looks like class actions are an endangered species, according to Professor Brian Fitzpatrick. Maybe CrowdSuit can help. [SSRN]

    8 Comments / / Mar 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • Mousetrap with money

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.11.15

    * Texas wants to strip lawyers of their license if they don’t pay their student loans. Yeah, if they’re getting behind, taking away their ability to earn money seems like a good strategy. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Lawyer gives waiter a $25K tip to get dental surgery. Based on the picture, I’d have given him that tip for free. [ABC 11]

    * Let’s all hope John Oliver never goes back to The Daily Show, because his HBO show is making a real-life impact. The Tennessee Supreme Court cited Oliver on civil forfeiture in an opinion handed down yesterday. [Tennessee Courts]

    * From the strip club to the mental hospital. Pretty standard murder scenario actually. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Suge Knight’s defense to murder and attempted murder charges? He’s legally blind in one eye so didn’t see the people he killed. [NY Daily News]

    * Reality star testifies under oath that reality shows aren’t real. Try and pick up the pieces from your shattered world. [Morning After / Gawker]

    * Document review is such a terrible job, you should probably just go into PR. That assumes you’ve not done enough document review that you can never smile again. [Law and More]

    * The final segment of an interview with Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. In this part of the interview, Zachary discusses weathering and overcoming the collapse of his previous firm Finley Kumble, the former Biglaw giant that went under in the 80s. This is where we make the obligatory, “Dewey know anyone who might appreciate this tale?” [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    31 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 5:04 PM
  • Use your imagination...

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.10.15

    * “A senior Queens judge allowed a bawdy Viagra-themed light-switch cover to remain in his courtroom for at least a year — even after a female lawyer complained that it was inappropriate for court.” Obviously, there will be a contingent trying to write this off as “just a joke” and asking everyone to “relax,” but seriously, how is ANY joke lightswitch cover appropriate in a courtroom? Let alone a penis switch. [NY Post]

    * Teen burglars started sniffing the powder they stole thinking it was cocaine. Instead, it was cremated ashes. It’s part Cocaine Cowboys and part Six Feet Under. [The Smoking Gun]

    * No one can predict how much tuition will rise over the next several years. But this offers the next best thing: an interactive tool to chart how much each school’s tuition has changed over the last few years. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * We’ve featured some of Richard Hsu’s interviews in this space. The Recorder sat down with the Shearman & Sterling partner to discuss his podcast. [The Recorder]

    * Elie went on HuffPo today to discuss the phenomenon of law schools dropping the LSAT. [HuffPo Live]

    * Former Wilmer litigator and 10th Circuit clerk John Ford has a new book out called The Cipher (affiliate link). It’s about the NSA harassing an innocent American citizen. Or as the rest of us call it, “a Tuesday.” [Amazon]

    * In sad news, Dave Frohnmayer, former Oregon Attorney General, dean of Oregon Law School, and President of the University of Oregon passed away at 74. On a personal note, he was extremely supportive when I resuscitated the South Eugene debate program (where his daughters had earlier debated) before I went off to law school. Rest in peace. [The Oregonian]

    * Have you ever wondered about litigation finance and thought, “if only someone would make a cartoon to explain it all to me” then you’re in luck. [LFC360]

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

    22 Comments / / Mar 10, 2015 at 5:20 PM
  • typos

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.09.15

    * Pretty significant typo… [Legal Cheek]

    * King v. Burwell plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Carvin of Jones Day has some interesting things to say about Obamacare. Like being sure to characterize the law as the product “by living white women and minorities,” which in some circles constitutes throwing shade. Racist circles. [Talking Points Memo]

    * South Carolina makes its potential magistrate judges take the same Wonderlic test given to potential NFL draft picks. The justice system is even based on football down there. I assume occasionally they’ll let a defendant think they’ll get off and then give him the chair and the jury yells, “CLEMSON!” [Lowering the Bar]

    * We take a break from our regularly scheduled NS segment, “Louisiana Seems Crazy,” to bring you a great idea out of Louisiana. Effective May 1, lawyers can earn their CLE hours by doing pro bono work. Brilliant. More substantive legal work to fill a huge need and less garbled streaming video. [New Orleans City Business]

    * OK now back to regularly scheduled programming: arrest warrant issued for New Orleans lawyer accused of intentionally triggering a mistrial by refusing to participate in jury selection. I think Perry Mason did that once. It was one of the more obscure episodes. [Nola]

    * Leave it to the people who wield the awesome punitive power of the state to be the first to give themselves a get out of jail free card. [USA Today]

    * Richard Hsu scores an interview with Jon Lindsey of legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa. Apparently, the busy founding partner Lindsey really knows how to juggle things. Literally. [Hsu Untied]

    * History buffs out there may recall that Emperor Augustus instituted a bunch of moral reforms during his reign that really only succeeded in revealing that his daughter was a total whore. But what if the Emperor’s prude rules actually helped solidify his broader goals? [Law & Humanities Blog]

    10 Comments / / Mar 9, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • m9ygchtajcd8ptxnxcoh

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.06.15

    * I guess 15 minutes of fame can really mess with you. The “cute mugshot girl” who took the Internet by storm a while back managed to get arrested again. Negative attention is still attention. [Gawker]

    * The DOJ is about to file corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez. Corruption in New Jersey? [CNN]

    * With the assistance of the pro bono legal teams at WilmerHale and Polsinelli, 303 conservatives filed a historic amicus brief in support of marriage equality. [WilmerHale]

    * A nice review of “A Conversation on Clerking” moderated by U.S. Supreme Court reporter Anthony Mauro of the National Law Journal, with panelists including our own David Lat; Judge Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; and Lucas Townsend, an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. [American Bar Association]

    * Looking for an extra $1,000 this year? Enter this legal fiction writing contest. Maybe you’ll write the next Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [The Expert Institute]

    13 Comments / / Mar 6, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Jodi Arias

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.05.15

    * Jury can’t agree to put Jodi Arias to death, guaranteeing Morning Docket/Non-Sequiturs fodder for the next 25 to life. [HLN TV]

    * The best students in the country are looking at law school… and passing. Get ready for the “now’s the best time to go to law school” articles! [Associate’s Mind]

    * It’s time you lawyers do something good for the world. Here’s an easy proposal for how you can help someone today. [What About Clients?]

    * A San Diego law student is suing the school, alleging that the university tried to discourage her from reporting that she’d been raped. [NBC San Diego]

    * Dean Richard Gershon is stepping down from his post at Ole Miss Law. Professor Deborah Bell will serve as interim dean. [Hotty Toddy]

    * Paul Hastings Chair Seth Zachary discusses the future of Biglaw. He “predicts extreme change along the lines of the Soviet political movement, Perestroika.” Wake us when Peter Kalis is climbing on a tank. [Bloomberg BNA — Big Law Business]

    8 Comments / / Mar 5, 2015 at 4:56 PM
  • iStock-Unfinished-Business-5

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.04.15

    * A Tampa law firm replaced its regular desks to make happier and healthier lawyers. I’d never heard of a tread desk, but I want one. [Bay News 9]

    * Prosecutors eviscerated after court finds out that they straight falsified the transcript of a confession. That’s bold. [Observer]

    * How can schools keep top faculty? Giving them less to do of course! [TaxProf Blog]

    * Eliminating a**hole from your vocabulary. That sounds like a terrible idea. [Katz Justice]

    * A handy tool displays bar passage rates by law school. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Berkeley’s Federalist Society chapter is talking about proper policing by inviting a cop who was suspended for striking protesters and ordering a false arrest during an AIDS demonstration. Seems like he’s a good choice. [Berkeley Law]

    * If you were wondering how the King plaintiffs would answer for how their reading runs contrary to hundreds of pages of text, the answer is… they couldn’t really. Not that the oral argument really matters to how anyone’s going to vote. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Conservative Courts just get no respect. [Politico]

    17 Comments / / Mar 4, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • Sonia Sotomayor Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.03.15

    * Getting a SCOTUS justice to attend your wedding is tough, but maybe invite one for dinner? [Washington Post]

    * A DOJ investigation concludes that the Ferguson Police Department and courts engaged in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African Americans. The investigation was conducted by the DOJ’s division of obvious things. [CNN]

    * When police didn’t respond to his call fast enough, this guy tried to rob a convenience store to get the cops out there faster. And then they still didn’t come… [Legal Juice]

    * King v. Burwell argument is almost here! Conservatives are really eager to take the law down. But would hurting Obamacare really hurt conservatives more in the end? [Bloomberg View]

    * A California lawyer is proposing a new law to address homosexuality with “bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.” I don’t think that’ll pass. [Huffington Post]

    * Authorities still harassing family who trusted a 10-year-old to walk outside without a parent hovering over them. It’s hard to criticize helicopter parents when they’re only following the law. [Washington Post]

    * Well, well, well. Now that they’ve sent out a harassing C&D letter, Katy Perry’s people have thrown some Left Shark merchandise up on their site. [Katy Perry]

    * Fascinating use of the Internet: a crowdfunding campaign to help refugee mothers and children secure release from government detention. [Go Fund Me]

    * In this preview of Professor Nancy Leong’s latest videocast, she talks with Professor Jessica Clarke about how courts treat sexual harassment cases in same- vs. opposite-sex harassment. [TheRightsCast]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVqYDrYNV0Y&utm_content=bufferd2ca9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    8 Comments / / Mar 3, 2015 at 5:17 PM
  • Cindy Crawford (Photo by Frazer Harrison)

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    Non-Sequiturs: 03.02.15

    * You betta work… on those C&D letters! The viral picture of Cindy Crawford’s “unretouched” midsection is allegedly fake, and a lawyer for the photographer who took the original picture is threatening publishers with legal action if the supposedly doctored photos aren’t taken down immediately. [CBS News]

    * You know that law school graduates from the Lost Generation are screwed when the first vignette from an article about the sad state of financial affairs for “recession millennials” is about a 2011 law grad who’s drowning in law school debt. [FiveThirtyEight]

    * Folks are going crazy over King v. Burwell, so it’s a great time to run the odds on which justices will give ACA the axe. FYI, Justice Alito is “more likely to be struck by lightning while committing in-person voter fraud” than uphold Obamacare. [ThinkProgress]

    * If you’re going to be in Washington, D.C., next weekend, why not stop by the Politics & Prose Bookstore to see David Lat have a chat with Adam Liptak of the New York Times? OMG, you can even get your copy of Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) signed. [Facebook]

    * With oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case slated to be heard on Wednesday, the Supreme Court is going to have a busy week — but most Americans won’t know about it. Below is a new TV ad pushing SCOTUS to allow cameras in the courtroom. [Fix the Court]

    http://youtu.be/jA8B80fy0OM

    20 Comments / / Mar 2, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Leonard_Nimoy_Spock_1967

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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.27.15

    * Leonard Nimoy has died at 83. While he’s best known as Spock, he also starred in some legal works, such as producing and starring in the story of Mel Mermelstein’s pro bono case. [New York Times]

    * Analyzing the Supreme Court on style over substance. Probably for the best because the substance has been pretty shoddy for a lot of the last few years. [SCOTUSblog]

    * “Constitutional oriented” judge has some issues with the First Amendment. I guess he’s a “pre-Amendment Originalist.” [Popehat]

    * Lawyers should find a niche in connected devices. It’s true. But since the partners I used to work with still printed out all their emails, good luck with that. [Law and More]

    * The psychic toll of bankruptcy work. [The Docket]

    * Ninth Circuit overrules lower court, holding that an arbitrator is not inherently plaintiff-biased because he or she has participated in litigation financing. [LFC 360]

    26 Comments / / Feb 27, 2015 at 5:13 PM
  • internet address

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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.26.15

    * The FCC declares net neutrality. Now an explanation of what that really means. [Gizmodo]

    * Today in “delightful things police departments do,” we have the tale of a woman held in a black site by Chicago police for 18 hours before being allowed to contact a lawyer. That’s the Chicago way. [The Guardian]

    * Former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers — of Bowers v. Hardwick fame — now supports LGBT rights. That’s got to be the last one, right? Is there anyone still out there against this? [Buzzfeed]

    * We should have more lawyer unions. To the barricades, colleagues! [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Updating a previous item: Cooley filed its opposition to the federal government’s motion to dismiss in the troubling case of Judge Tabaddor, whom the government ordered to stop hearing immigration matters involving Iranians because she is Iranian-American. [Cooley LLP]

    * The Harvard Law School Association Entrepreneurs Network invite you to a legal tech pitch night. It’s March 4th at 6:30 p.m. in NYC. Talkin’ law and technology. Be there and be square. [EventBrite]

    * The CAC’s “Roberts At 10″ series continues, turning its gaze on the racial equality protections we used to have. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    17 Comments / / Feb 26, 2015 at 4:55 PM
  • pic

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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.25.15

    * Did you want a Saul Goodman cake for your next party? Because it’s a thing. Do they make Bunsen burner candles? [Legal Cheek]

    * I’m not shy about my love-hate relationship with college athletics. It’s time for more of the hate side: the NCAA cracked down on Baylor walk-on Silas Nacita for accepting benefits deemed improper… WHILE HE WAS HOMELESS! So obviously Baylor kicked him off the team. In case you don’t perceive an SEC bias, this Big XII kid lost his scholarship, while the last time a school gave a homeless kid improper benefits, we gave Sandra Bullock an Oscar. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * A first-year Washington University of St. Louis law student is taking a leave of absence to join the Illinois legislature. Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Pawnee). Of course an ambitious female public servant is from “Pawnee.” [CBS St. Louis]

    * Florida deputy shackles a mentally ill woman and then drags her by the leg shackles through the courthouse. Which, when you think about it, is probably pretty humane by Florida standards. [Raw Story]

    * An interesting profile of CrowdDefend, a new player in the legal-crowdfunding space that’s aimed more towards public interest cases. [LFC 360]

    * The phenomenon of “professional brownouts” hits lawyers hard. [Law and More]

    * Reflections from Professor Laura Appleman on a law clerk’s duty of confidentiality, triggered by Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [The Faculty Lounge]

    12 Comments / / Feb 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Idaho's sex ed textbook.

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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.24.15

    * An Idaho legislator asked if we could replace gynecological exams with women swallowing a tiny camera. In his defense, how else can you tell girls they can get pregnant from a blowjob? Audio of the hearing below the jump. [Lowering the Bar]

    * “Man tells cops he was drunk when he stole horse for ride to Mardi Gras parade.” I don’t think that’s a defense. In fact, being drunk may be an element for that one. [Times-Picayune]

    * Update on the dean searches at Wyoming Law, DePaul Law, and West Virginia Law. [all courtesy of The Faculty Lounge]

    * Legally related Instagram accounts worth following (in addition to @ATLblog). At least if you’re in the UK. [Legal Cheek]

    * Did you know the former General Counsel of Starbucks has a fusion folk/blues/jazz/rock band? Apparently everyone who works at Starbucks has a band on the side. [Hsu Untied]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXxPfNHp37g

    12 Comments / / Feb 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • Jodi Arias

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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.23.15

    * Two jurors excused in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial. Those were the lucky ones who were able to never have to hear about this case again. [KFYI]

    * After handing down their latest law school rankings, NLJ also talked with hiring partners about getting hired. [National Law Journal]

    * Louisiana. Never stop being you. Longest sitting judge in the state temporarily removed from post pending investigation. [Times-Picayune]

    * Alas, even Paul Clement couldn’t help poor Bobby Chen resuscitate his once abandoned Supreme Court case. And Bobby Chen’s argument wasn’t even as much as a lost cause as pretending the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Hm. A lot of law blog content ends up suspiciously under someone else’s banner. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Justice Don Willett is a Twitter superstar. Or should I say, @JusticeWillett. [KXAN]

    * Hey guys, the New York Fed thinks this “student debt” thing is kind of a big deal. [TaxProf Blog]

    * If you can make it to New Haven on Thursday, you can see David Lat and other panelists speak on “The Perils of Vine, Instagram, Snapchat & Twitter: Legal Considerations of Social Media.” [CT Bar]

    5 Comments / / Feb 23, 2015 at 5:36 PM
  • unc_logo

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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.20.15

    * A special committee of the Board of Governors at UNC Law is trying to shut down its Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity because its butthurt that the center spends it time talking about “poverty.” UNC Dean Boger thinks this is some bulls**t and says so. [UNC School of Law]

    * Becoming a patent lawyer has been one of the safest bets in an otherwise atrocious market. That may change. Study predicts a huge drop off in job openings. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * If you’re a radical law student, you’ll want to read this. [National Lawyers Guild]

    * So many social media contests are illegal. So be careful. [Grow]

    * Good to see scandals about fudging employment data aren’t confined to the U.S. [Legal Cheek]

    31 Comments / / Feb 20, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • 296-1271474977dfcN

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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.19.15

    * Utah court rules woman can sue herself. Technically there are three separate parties to the case, and she’s all three of them. Leave it to the Mormons to have the best practical description of the Catholic Trinity since St. Patrick and the clover. [Lowering the Bar]

    * An entertaining look at 50 ridiculous anomalies that arise in the ACA if the King v. Burwell plaintiffs succeed. Noscitur a sociis, people! [Miami Business Law Review]

    * The geniuses at Clickhole have a quiz: How many John Grisham novels have you read? [Clickhole]

    * The Obama administration has gotten some high-profile scrutiny for its zealous campaign to stamp out government leaks. Here’s the story of one of the lower-profile government workers under the thumb of the Espionage Act. [The Intercept]

    * A follow-up on his earlier piece on whether or not New York should adopt the Uniform Bar Exam focuses on what the UBE might mean for finding a job. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Seven months after the fact, Professor Dan Markel’s death is still a mystery. [Tallahassee Democrat]

    * The National Association of Women Lawyers Mid-Year meeting will commence in Chicago on March 5. Check out details here. [NAWL]

    5 Comments / / Feb 19, 2015 at 4:58 PM