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    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, LLMs, Morning Docket, Music, Politics, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Morning Docket: 05.09.12

    * Dewey get the chance to reap revenge against all of the partners who defected? Only in bankruptcy clawback suits. Many are keeping an eye on the Coudert and Thelen Chapter 11 cases to see if they’ll have to pay up. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “People have bigger concerns on their mind than whether Elizabeth Warren is 1/32 Cherokee.” Well, Scott Brown isn’t most people. He wants all of her job records from her career as a law professor. [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal]

    * “We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage.” I don’t think “pro-marriage” means what you think it means. Last night, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. [CNN]

    * Mike McQueary is filing a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. Hate to say it, but that’s definitely not the first time Penn State’s seen a lawsuit over something being blown in the locker room. [Centre Daily Times]

    * Washington University in St. Louis Law is launching an online LL.M. program for foreign lawyers for the low, low price of $48K. The exchange rate surely can’t be good enough for that to be worth it. [New York Times]

    * Joran van der Sloot will likely be extradited to the United States from Peru this summer. His lawyer, Maximo Altez, isn’t a fan, because he thinks that we’ll charge his client with murder. America, f**k yeah! [ABC News]

    * Oh, of course a member of the Village People’s claim just had to be the test case for 35-year copyright transfer termination. Well, kudos to you, Mr. Motorcycle Cop. You’re a real “Macho Man.” [Bloomberg]

    10 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 9:11 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
  • student-loan-debt

    Deaths, Football, Law Schools, LLMs, Morning Docket, Student Loans, Twittering, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.23.12

    * Joe Amendola has filed a motion to dismiss the child sex abuse charges against his client, Jerry Sandusky. And if he actually thinks that’s going to happen, then he definitely needs to call 1-800-REALITY. [Associated Press]

    * @AllenStanford’s motion for a #newtrial has been denied. The Ponzi schemer’s “conviction by journo tweet” argument has failed. Major props to Judge David Hittner for issuing a ruling in less than 140 characters. [Bloomberg]

    * Everyone’s obsessed with the U.S. News law school rankings, but here’s a ranking that people should actually be paying attention to: the law schools that lead to the most debt. [The Short List / U.S. News and World Report]

    * This defunct firm’s homeless Halloween party just won’t be as fun this year. Steven J. Baum P.C. has to fork over $4M to settle a probe over its alleged foreclosure abuses. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * St. John’s Law is planning to launch two new LL.M. programs, neither of which is in tax. This is newsworthy because people will apply anyway, and then bitch about the “value” of their degree. [National Law Journal]

    * John Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, RIP. [NAACP LDF]

    3 Comments / / Mar 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Deaths, Football, Quote of the Day, Sex Scandals

    Quote of the Day: Death Is No Match for a Good Lawyer

    Death doesn’t change your status as a party. — Max Kennerly, a Philadelphia trial lawyer, commenting on the effect (or lack thereof) that Joe Paterno‘s death would have on lawsuits stemming from the Penn State football sex scandal. Kennerly said prospective litigants could name Paterno’s estate.

    15 Comments / / Jan 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM
  • Crowell & Moring, Fashion, Football, Jeannie Suk, Money, Morning Docket, Rape, Shoes, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 01.23.12

    * Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be resigning from Congress this week to focus on her recovery. Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting her, is still way too loony to stand trial. [CNN] * Because of this huge law firm, Dotcom’s bubble has officially burst. Hogan Lovells partner Robert S. Bennett has withdrawn from the […]

    19 Comments / / Jan 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • 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
  • Football, Quote of the Day, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Quote of the Day: That’s Against the Bro Code

    I don’t know. I don’t look and stare down there. — Mike McQueary, an assistant football coach at Penn State, responding to a question about Jerry Sandusky’s erection (or lack thereof) during his alleged sexual assault of a child in 2002. (McQueary testified today in a preliminary hearing on charges against Penn State’s former athletic […]

    31 Comments / / Dec 16, 2011 at 3:13 PM
  • Football, Gay, Kids, Quote of the Day, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports

    Quote of the Day: Wait, Who Should We Call?

    I suggest you dial 1-800-REALITY. — Joe Amendola, attorney for accused child predator Jerry Sandusky, suggesting in a press conference held earlier today that a reality check was in order for anyone who believes Mike McQueary witnessed a rape, reported it, and nothing was done about it. (So what is 1-800-REALITY? It’s pretty amazing, actually. […]

    18 Comments / / Dec 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM
  • Barack Obama, Celebrities, Election 2012, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Rod Blagojevich, Sentencing Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.07.11

    * Rod Blagojevich is sentenced to 14 years but his hair will be out in seven if it behaves. [Sentencing Law and Policy] * Jerry Sandusky was re-arrested. This dude needs to be put in the Hannibal Lecter cell. Can’t you hear this guy saying, “A pizza boy tried to deliver to my house once. […]

    7 Comments / / Dec 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM
  • Football, Insider Trading, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 12.01.11

    * Time to separate the men from the boys (but don’t tell Sandusky). An accuser has hired Jeff Anderson of clergy sex abuse fame, and he wants damages. [Wall Street Journal] * RajRaj is trying to stay out of jail. He thinks he’s got a shot at getting his Galleon convictions vacated, but he’s probably […]

    14 Comments / / Dec 1, 2011 at 9:28 AM
  • Football, Kids, Pregnancy / Paternity, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports

    Jerry Sandusky’s Lawyer Also Likes Them Young?

    It appears that Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who is accused of having sex with little boys, has hired an attorney. You’d think that out of all the attorneys in the world, Sandusky would pick one who had an untarnished record when it comes to sleeping with minors. But you’d be wrong. Instead, Sandusky went the other way. He didn’t find a lawyer who just slept with a minor, he found one who reportedly impregnated one….

    71 Comments / / Nov 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM
  • Airplanes / Aviation, Food, Football, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Nauseating Things, Paralegals, Prisons

    Morning Docket: 11.14.11

    * Pennsylvania may have new child abuse reporting requirements by the year’s end. Apparently the key to efficiency in state government is to sully the reputation of the state’s pride and joy. [CNN] * “There is always room for a good law school, regardless of the climate.” Say hello to Peter C. Alexander, the founding […]

    19 Comments / / Nov 14, 2011 at 9:07 AM
  • Football, Sex Scandals, Sports

    Joe Paterno Better Lawyer Up

    If they hanged Joe Paterno from a tree and gave little boys a bat and said “whack that man like a piñata,” it probably wouldn’t hurt as much as what’s actually about to happen to JoePa. Obviously, we don’t yet have all the facts. But just looking at the Grand Jury report should tell you that civil actions are coming….

    132 Comments / / Nov 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM
  • Defamation, Football, Harvard, Masturbation, Morning Docket, Pregnancy / Paternity, Sexual Harassment, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 11.10.11

    * Herman Cain’s got Wood over all of these sexual harassment accusers. No, seriously. He hired Bryan Cave defector L. Lin Wood to handle his possible defamation claims. [WSJ Law Blog] * Sad and depressing old man news: Joe Paterno’s legal innocence was irrelevant. Instead of letting him retire at the end of the year, […]

    56 Comments / / Nov 10, 2011 at 9:03 AM
  • Biglaw, Dissolution, Football, Kids, Law Professors, Morning Docket, Pregnancy / Paternity

    Morning Docket: 11.08.11

    * “The most valuable assets of a law firm go home every night.” If only Biglaw firms realized that prior to dissolution, we’d probably have a lot more happy partners and associates. [WSJ Law Blog] * If we can’t deregulate the legal profession, then what can we do to improve it? One law professor suggests […]

    15 Comments / / Nov 8, 2011 at 9:04 AM