Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law

  • Andrew Gilbertson

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.27.15

    * Brooklyn Law’s dean thinks “too much power rests with the [NCBE],” and that we need a new way to license lawyers. Brooklyn Law’s July 2014 bar passage rate was ~10 percent lower than the year prior, so perhaps he doesn’t like how those grapes taste. [National Law Journal]

    * A man on trial for a bank robbery committed in 2013 pooped his pants while on the stand, removed some of said poop from his pants, and started eating it because the Virgin Mary told him to do it. If you couldn’t tell, he’s got an insanity defense. [Inquisitr]

    * A new Citigroup report says Biglaw firms are at “high risk for cyberintrusions,” but so few will admit that they’ve been hacked it’s impossible to tell if the problem is growing. Don’t worry, clients, your confidential files might be safe. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * People may think “this is a crappy, for-profit school that didn’t make it. But it could have been a great law school.” Charleston Law’s founding dean wrote a damning blog post about his colleagues for their attempts to sell the school to InfiLaw. [Post and Courier]

    * “[B]eing well-dressed and having a law school diploma” isn’t enough to ensure that you’ll get a job anymore. Quick, take some advice from the career services dean at a school where 47.2 percent of recent grads are working full-time as lawyers. [Huffington Post]

    19 Comments / / Mar 27, 2015 at 8:53 AM
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    Education / Schools, Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Cheating Scandal Embroils Law School In Federal Lawsuit

    We can’t say whether or not this student cheated. We can however, troll this law school for its pretty terrible grasp on how the justice system is supposed to work….

    60 Comments / / Sep 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Crime, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Native Americans, Paralegals, Rankings, Sports, Trademarks, Vault rankings

    Morning Docket: 06.19.14

    * The latest Vault 100 rankings are out, and it’s time to find out which Biglaw firm is the most prestigious in all the land. Is it Wachtell? Is it Cravath? We’ll have the answer for you, and much more analysis, later today. [Vault]

    * An former office manager at Vedder Price has been accused in a $7M embezzlement scandal. She allegedly used the money to buy “lavish homes, numerous vacations” — it’s as if she were trying to live like a partner. [ABA Journal]

    * Since the Redskins’ trademark was canceled by the Patent and Trademark Office, sports fans are wondering whose offensive team name is next. The Cleveland Indians might get scalped. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * According to ALM Legal Intelligence, paralegal pay is on the rise, and it’s almost $80/hr in top roles. Why should new attorneys care about this? Because they’ll probably have to work as paralegals. [ALM]

    * Double the deanships, double the fun: Penn State Law’s campuses have been approved by the ABA to become separately accredited locations. We’ll take bets on which one closes first. [StateCollege.com]

    3 Comments / / Jun 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • Law school's tombstone?

    9th Circuit, Basketball, Biglaw, Deaths, Federal Judges, Gender, Jay Bybee, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.02.14

    * Federal judges still have financial allegiances to their former firms that are reported on their mandatory annual disclosures. At least one appellate judge — Jay Bybee of the Ninth Circuit — made a killing after confirmation. [National Law Journal]

    * After “a challenging 2013,” Bingham McCutchen is leaking lawyers like a sieve. Fourteen attorneys, including nine partners, recently decided to leave the firm, and they’re all headed to different Biglaw locales. [WSJ Law Blog via Reuters]

    * Just one day after Donald Sterling was declared “mentally incapacitated,” he filed a lawsuit against the NBA, seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Skadden lawyers are stripping off their warm-up suits to take it to the court. [USA Today]

    * This Am Law 200 firm thinks it figured out a way to help women combine their careers and home lives — by hiring a role model/mentor with an almost six-figure salary. Good idea or bad? [Dallas Morning News]

    * We’ve got some breaking news for our readers from the “no sh*t” department: Law schools are competing to cut costs based on a shrinking applicant pool, but tuition is still quite unaffordable. [Houston Chronicle]

    * Lewis Katz, co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and alumnus of Dickinson Law, RIP. [Onward State]

    2 Comments / / Jun 2, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • The Decision USE

    Law Schools, Rankings, Reader Polls

    The Decision: Jersey Boys And The Book Of Mormon

    Where should these two aspiring law students matriculate?

    49 Comments / / Apr 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM
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    Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    The Law School Version Of Black Friday

    This law school sale isn’t a bad thing, but it shouldn’t be confused with real reform.

    15 Comments / / Nov 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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    Anthony Kennedy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Clarence Thomas, DUI / DWI, John Roberts, Keker & Van Nest, Law Schools, Melvyn Weiss, Milberg Weiss, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Racism, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 05.06.13

    * It’s springtime, and the nation’s highest court is getting ready to drop some of its biggest decisions yet. If Tolkien had written this, Justice Kennedy would be the one to bear the One Vote. [UPI]

    * But for SCOTUS to maintain legitimacy in the eyes of the people, its justices must do battle against a “modern-day tsunami of special interests.” How well are they doing? [National Law Journal]

    * To answer that question, let’s look at their record. Political labels aside, thus far, the Roberts court has shaped up to be “the most pro-business court since the mid-1930s.” [New York Times]

    * Meanwhile, Justice Thomas has been busy taking shots at President Obama, noting that he always knew the first black president had to be pre-screened by “the elites” and “the media.” [Mother Jones]

    * Sometimes even federal prosecutors are willing to take pity upon rich old white men: Mel Weiss, formerly of Milberg LLP, won’t be returning to jail after his foray into DUI territory. [Am Law Daily]

    * “Chevron can afford to litigate this case ‘until hell freezes over.’ But [Steven] Donziger can’t.” As it turns out, clients who can’t pay their bills are problematic for John Keker of Keker & Van Nest. [Reuters]

    * Penn State Law is continuing with its plans to fleece students at two separately accredited sites, because clearly what the world needs right now is MOAR LAW SCHOOLS. [Centre Daily Times]

    2 Comments / / May 6, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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    Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Penn State Law Dean Flees To China

    If you can’t bring China to your law school, go work for a law school in China…

    18 Comments / / Jan 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM
  • Penn-State-We-Are-sign

    Law Schools

    Penn State Law Will Continue To Have Two Campuses, Because Politicians Are Even Dumber Than You Think

    Penn State’s plans have been foiled by politicians…

    19 Comments / / Nov 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM
  • Decline

    Law Schools

    Crowdsourcing Declining Enrollment Figures

    Declining enrollment numbers could be evidence that prospective law students are starting to get it…

    29 Comments / / Sep 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM
  • Black students

    Law Schools, Minority Issues, Student Loans

    Law Dean Gives Worst Advice Advice To Minorities Since Someone Told Native Americans To Have A Drink

    I’m so sick of people telling me that law school is somehow a better investment if you are black. It is NOT…

    86 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM
  • lsat studying

    Canada, Deaths, Law Professors, Law Schools, Layoffs, LSAT, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Politics, Staff Layoffs

    Morning Docket: 08.28.12

    * Patton Boggs partner Benjamin Ginsberg serves as the Mitt Romney campaign’s top lawyer, and he’s taking flak for GOP rules revisions that have been likened to “killing a fly with a sledgehammer.” [Am Law Daily]

    * “I am still shocked that I did everything right and find myself on the brink of destitution,.” This just in from the Things Everyone Already Knew Desk: even law firms have been hit hard by the recession. [Washington Times]

    * The lead lawyer in the inquisition against Madam Justice Lori Douglas turned in a resignation letter. Perhaps he grew tired of being part of judicial farce that’s spread wider than Her Honor’s legs. [Canadian Press]

    * Penn State Dickinson School of Law might not be losing its accreditation, but it will be reducing enrollment and consolidating all first-year classes at its University Park campus. [Central Penn Business Journal]

    * A would-be law student wants to know if he has a good chance of getting into a top 20 school with a low 150s LSAT and an average GPA. You’ll get in everywhere you apply! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Roger Fisher, Harvard Law School professor and co-author of “Getting to Yes,” RIP. [WSJ Law Blog]

    8 Comments / / Aug 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • pennstate

    Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Guys In My High School Used To Think Law School Accreditation Was A Minor Detail All The Time, It Was No Big Deal

    Calling a law school’s accreditation into question is really just a “minor mistake”…

    14 Comments / / Jul 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM
  • Penn State We Are sign

    Law Schools

    Reports Of Penn State’s (Law School) Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    The Penn State football scandal has nothing to do with the law school. Let’s try to remember that…

    30 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM
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    Abortion, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Gay Marriage, Immigration, Law Professors, Law Schools, Lawrence Lessig, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.25.12

    * Start spreading the fabulosity: Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has asked the Supreme Court to grant certiorari on a pair of cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [BuzzFeed]

    * Lawrence Lessig wants groups of 300 randomly selected people to craft a constitutional amendment in response to Citizens United. He clearly expects a bit too much of our population. [National Law Journal]

    * In South Dakota, your abortion now comes with warnings about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide. Forget that medical certainty hooey, it’s not constitutionally misleading. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “We do not arrest people because of the color of their skin.” Oh, of course not, Sheriff Arpaio. We totally believe you. But you might stop them, question them, and detain them because of it, right? [New York Times]

    * We’ve just got too much Dickinson up in here. And in other Penn State news, the school is now considering a move that may cause at least one of its two law school campuses to lose its accreditation. [Patriot-News]

    * Lady Gaga was sued by MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz dolls, over her alleged failure to approve a line of dolls made in her image. This is not a company you want to start a bad romance with. [Bloomberg]

    * And I am telling you, I’m not going — to grant you parole. William Balfour, the man convicted of murdering Jennifer Hudson’s relatives, was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole. [CNN]

    13 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM
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    Cars, Law Schools, Money, Rudeness, UVA Law

    Law License Plates: First-Tier Degrees on Second-Tier Cars

    It’s been quite a while since we last discussed law-related vanity license plates. Today, we’ll be writing about lawyers who really, really love their law schools….

    83 Comments / / Apr 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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    Election 2012, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Politics

    One Less Lawyer in the Presidential Race

    Another one bites the dust: former U.S. senator (and lawyer) Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

    43 Comments / / Apr 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM
  • Gay, Law School Deans, Law Schools, listserv, Rudeness

    Penn State Law Students: Now Might Not Be The Best Time To Be Getting Drunk And Calling People ‘Queer’

    Being a student at Penn State has to be about as close as you can come to being in a World War I foxhole. Their reputation is getting bombed from all sides. Right now, kids should just be trying to keep their heads down and ride this out. But in the PSU Law foxhole, somebody just laid an egg. Apparently students at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law have already been banned from a few area hotels for drunken and inappropriate behavior this fall. And now a student is throwing around a slur on the school list-serv. It’s not happy times in Happy Valley…

    102 Comments / / Jan 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM