Northwestern University School of Law

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    Drinking, Facebook, Law Schools, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.02.12

    * A case of alleged murder by legal form. Christ, this sounds like a bad Twilight Zone episode. [Lake Expo]

    * A novel reason why teenagers should still refrain from posting party pictures on Facebook, future job concerns be damned. [ABA Journal]

    * Kirkland & Ellis donated $5 million to the Northwestern University Law School. I think some celebratory key jangling is in order. [Northwestern News Center]

    * Con law nerds, you can now check out the audio from the Supreme Court’s announcement of its ruling in the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. the Obamacare case. [Oyez]

    * What do the naked Kate Middleton pictures mean for modern privacy law? Other than the fact that all famous people should just become nevernudes, obviously. [LinkedIn]

    * A judge blocked the controversial Pennsylvania Voter ID law, at least until election season ends. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Although law school application rates are falling across most of the country, application numbers have spiked at the extraordinarily prestigious Kansas University School of Law. Wait, what? [LJWorld]

    * Oh lord, here we go again. Samsung sued Apple for patent infringement in the iPhone 5. Let’s begin round #72,354. Ding! [CNET]

    1 Comment / / Oct 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    Abortion, Election 2012, Law Schools, Rape

    The Legal Definition of ‘Legitimate’ Rape

    A second-year law student is credited with the definition of “legitimate rape.” Where does he go to school, and what does his definition look like?

    76 Comments / / Aug 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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    Airplanes / Aviation, California, Constitutional Law, Copyright, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Food, Gay Marriage, Intellectual Property, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, UNC Law

    Morning Docket: 07.04.12

    Ed. note: Your Above the Law editors are busy celebrating their freedom today (and we hope that you are, too). We will return to our regular publication schedule on Thursday, July 5.

    * At this point, the Supreme Court’s dramatic deliberations on the Affordable Care Act are like a leaking sieve. Now we’ve got dueling narratives on Chief Justice Roberts’s behind-the-scenes flip-flopping. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Life, liberty, and the pursuit of fabulosity! The Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to grant cert on two DOMA cases, contending that Section 3 of the statute is unconstitutional. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

    * A famous fabulist: according to California’s State Bar, disgraced journalist Stephen Glass is a “pervasive and documented liar,” but that’s not stopping him from trying to get his license to practice law. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Clayton Osbon, the JetBlue pilot who had an epic mid-flight nutty and started ranting about religion and terrorists, was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a federal judge during a bench trial. [New York Post]

    * After a month of bizarre legal filings, Charles Carreon has dropped his lawsuit against Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal. We’re hoping that there will be an awesome victory cartoon drawn up soon. [Digital Life / Today]

    * Northwestern Law is the only American law school to have joined a 17-member global justice league geared toward legal teaching and research collaborations. But do they get cool costumes? [National Law Journal]

    * UNC Law received two charitable gifts totaling $2.7M that will be used to fund tuition scholarships for current and future students. Maybe their students won’t have to create tuition donation sites anymore. [Herald-Sun]

    * This law is for the birds (literally and figuratively). California’s ban on the sale of foie gras had only been in effect for one day before the first lawsuit was filed to overturn it as unconstitutional. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce recently announced that mermaids do not exist. Not to worry — it’s still legal to believe that Ariel is a babe. [New York Daily News]

    6 Comments / / Jul 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM
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    Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

    Which luscious lawyer couples recently got hitched? Perhaps you know some of these newlyweds, who come from great law firms and law schools.

    / Jun 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM
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    Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Gender, Gloria Allred, Harvard Law Review, John Marshall Law School, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Marijuana, Money, Morning Docket, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.04.12

    * Dewey know how deep in the red D&L’s international operations were? Enough to make you shout bloody hell and sacré bleu: the U.K. and Paris offices had liabilities of at least $175M. [Financial Times (reg. req.)]

    * “To the extent that we the estate have claims, we would like to settle those claims sooner rather than later.” The joke’s on you if you thought you’d be able to keep your Dewey defector money. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * According to the allegations in former Cravath associate Ellen Pao’s sex discrimination suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, the “Mad Men” culture seems to be alive and well in Silicon Valley. [New York Times]

    * Who will be the first to puff, puff, pass the vote — Obama or Romney? It looks like the path to the White House in Election 2012 might depend upon the legalization of marijuana in key states like Colorado. [Reuters]

    * Apparently you can’t take the “duh” out of “Flori-duh” when it comes to voting laws without a fight in the courts. A federal judge has blocked portions of the Sunshine State’s “onerous” voter registration law. [Bloomberg]

    * “People want to go to our school, and why should we say no?” Because they can’t get jobs? Northwestern Law is considering shrinking its class sizes; John Marshall Law, not so much. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Stop crying about coming in second in the U.S. News rankings, Harvard, because you can still brag about beating Yale in having the most-cited law review articles of all time… for now. [National Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    * Gloria Allred is representing one of the Miami “zombie’s” girlfriends for reasons unknown. Maybe the zombie apocalypse is truly upon is and she saw an opportunity to stand up for undead women’s rights. [CBS Miami]

    13 Comments / / Jun 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM
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    Morning Docket: 03.28.12

    * Obamacare’s individual mandate may be in jeopardy, and it’s all because of that stupid broccoli debate. No, Scalia, as delicious as it is, not everyone would have to buy broccoli. [New York Times]

    * Biglaw firms aren’t going away, but thanks to the recent onslaught of partner defections to small law firms, their high hourly rates might soon be going the way of the dodo. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The “good” news: Northwestern Law will be limiting its tuition hike to the rate of inflation. The bad news: next year, it will cost $53,168 to attend. I officially don’t want to live on this planet anymore. [National Law Journal]

    * A Littler Mendelson partner is recovering from a stabbing that occurred during a home invasion. On the bright side, at least he’s not a partner at Dewey — that’s a fate worse than being stabbed these days. [Am Law Daily]

    * Law school applicants are dropping like flies, but some law schools were able to attract record numbers of students. UVA Law must have some real expertise in recruiting collar poppers. [The Short List / U.S. News]

    * “I have a suggestion for you; next time, keep your [expletive] legs closed.” O Canada, that’s the basis of one crazy class action suit, eh? Dudley Do-Right would never treat a female Mountie like that. [Globe and Mail]

    9 Comments / / Mar 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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    Cars, Deaths, Drinking, DUI / DWI

    Northwestern Law Student Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

    Over the weekend, a Northwestern 3L was hit and killed by an allegedly drunk driver in downtown Chicago. This is not the kind of story we like to write here at Above the Law…

    38 Comments / / Mar 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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    Law Schools, Rankings, U.S. News, Vanderbilt

    ATL Survey Update: Rearranging the T14 and Choosing a Permanent Number 15

    Last week, we received our 4,000th response to the ATL School & Firm Insider Survey. We thought it would be interesting to compare how the vaunted T14 stack up based on our own survey feedback. Let’s look at how the elite schools compare….

    23 Comments / / Mar 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM
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    Biglaw, Job Searches, Job Survey, Rankings, Student Loans

    ATL Survey Update: Great Unmet Expectations

    Do law students have unreasonable expectations about their employment prospects? Survey says….

    32 Comments / / Feb 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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    Biglaw, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Partner Issues, Rankings, Student Loans

    Best Law Schools for Getting a Biglaw Job (2012)

    Which law schools excel at sending their graduates into jobs at large law firms, i.e., Biglaw? Check out the National Law Journal’s annual ranking of the top 50 law schools by the percentage of 2011 juris doctor graduates who took jobs at NLJ 250 firms.

    48 Comments / / Feb 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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    Law School Transparency: Who’s Naughty and Who’s Nice?

    Late last year, plaintiffs’ lawyer David Anziska pledged to make 2012 “the year of law school litigation.” Anziska, who’s currently spearheading efforts to sue law schools over allegedly misleading employment statistics, told my colleague Staci Zaretsky that he and his team members “want to sue as many law schools as we can to bring them […]

    30 Comments / / Jan 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM
  • Books, Constitutional Law, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Litigators

    Inside Straight: Torpedoing Class Actions

    In 2009, Professor Martin H. Redish of Northwestern Law School published a book arguing that class actions are in large part unconstitutional: Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit (Stanford Univ. Press 2009). Where is the practicing bar? I understand that nobody reads law review articles or books published by […]

    32 Comments / / Jan 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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    For Students at Top Chicago Area Law Schools, It’s All About the Pie

    It’s almost Thanksgiving, an entire American holiday centered around gluttony and based upon the kindness of people we later tried to exterminate. And football. And pie. Lots of pie. Now, normally pie is an unqualified good (unless you are on a diet, which I never am). It’s hard to see how this all-American treat could be overcomplicated. But leave it to a group of law students to ruin pie….

    50 Comments / / Nov 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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    Closing the Loop on the Case of Bro Versus Thailand

    Earlier this week, we told you about the Northwestern Law student who made a joke about Thailand on the Northwestern listserv. The joke was in poor taste, especially given that it was in response to a solicitation for charitable donations after a deadly flood in Thailand. I thought the penalty would be a chorus of […]

    25 Comments / / Nov 18, 2011 at 4:49 PM
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    Northwestern PC Police Trying to Change the Image Of Brazil, One Email at a Time

    At Northwestern Law, the PC Police have a long and storied history. You are, of course, free to say what you want to say, but if you offend other people’s cultural sensibilities, you had best expect a reaction from other Northwestern students — whether the cultural slight was real or just perceived….

    49 Comments / / Oct 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM
  • Bar Exams, Fabulosity, Kids, Law Schools, Pregnancy / Paternity

    Quote of the Day: The Fruits of Her Labor

    It’s impossible to know what would have happened if I had done something differently. Ultimately, I have what was, and remains, most important to me — a happy, healthy son. – Elana Nightingale Dawson, the recent Northwestern Law graduate who went into active labor during the bar exam, commenting on the good news of her […]

    48 Comments / / Oct 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM
  • Fabulosity, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs Update: Ex-Northwestern Law Dean Sells Magnificent Mansion

    Last summer, David Van Zandt announced that he was stepping down as dean of Northwestern Law. In the fall, he put his magnificent mansion on the market — for a whopping $4.7 million. A buyer has closed on Van Zandt’s former home. How much did he get for it?

    50 Comments / / Aug 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM
  • 6th Circuit, Bar Exams, Clerkships, Fabulosity, Holy Crap, Law Schools, Pregnancy / Paternity

    Pregnant Woman Takes Bar Exam While in Labor, Delivers Baby Right After!

    Have you ever wondered why the Illinois bar website is called IBABY? Maybe it’s because test-takers in that state go into active labor during the exam, and give birth less than two hours after leaving the test….

    183 Comments / / Jul 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM