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  • 'This is much worse than my 72-day marriage.'

    Art, Celebrities, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, SCOTUS, STDs, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.04.12

    * Want to know what they call the Supreme Court attorney who deals with requests for stays of execution? The death clerk. Paging John Grisham, because this guy’s nickname would make a great book title. [New York Times]

    * “If you’re going to sue, it’s better to sue earlier rather than later.” Probably why battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in a tizzy over their election laws. [Washington Post]

    * WikiLeaks or it didn’t happen: Bradley Manning’s lawyer has demanded that seven years be cut from his client’s prospective sentence due to allegations of improper treatment while in military custody. [The Guardian]

    * Michigan Law’s Sarah Zearfoss, she of Wolverine Scholars fame, finds media coverage about the awful job market for recent law grads “really frustrating.” Try being unemployed. [Crain’s Detroit Business (reg. req.)]

    * Kris Humphries is being sued for allegedly giving a girl herpes. But alas, the plaintiff seems to have no idea who actually gave her the herp — four John Doe defendants are identified in the complaint, too. [Star Tribune]

    * “Given the police idiocy, one wonders where the boobs really are.” A nude model who was arrested during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square won a $15K false-arrest settlement from the cops. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Andrew Shirvell

    Defamation, Fashion, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Social Networking Websites, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.15.12

    * Andrew Shirvell questioned himself for over an hour today in defense of himself from Chris Armstrong’s defamation lawsuit. I’m telling you, life is so much easier when you don’t care about a person’s sexual orientation. [Detroit Free Press]

    * It looks like Boies Schiller somehow filled the spot left by Elizabeth Wurtzel. [Thomson Reuters News and Insight]

    * Election Law professor Rick Hasen is disappointed with the Pennsylvania voter ID decision today. [Election Law Blog]

    * Grumpy baby boomer blogs angrily about law and life, a.k.a. my future. [Grumpy Baby Boomer]

    * How to dress like a female lawyer from a television show. Funny, I didn’t know “breast implants” were a fashion accessory now. [Levo League]

    * The Daily Caller dug up an article Michelle Obama wrote about critical race theory while at Harvard. She makes some pretty good points, especially considering the perspective of a young black person trying to deal with Harvard Law School in 1988. But I suspect the context of the article, the theory, the history, the university, and everything else will be missed by most of the readers of the Daily Caller. [Daily Caller]

    * Here’s a new social network for law students. [Indiana Lawyer]

    * Buy Tyler Coulson’s book (affiliate link), save a dog. You don’t want to kill puppies, do you? [PR Web]

    * Lat is on a proposed SXSW panel about haw law firms should (and should not) be using Twitter and other social media. I hope firms don’t listen to him, because it’ll make my job easier. [SXSW PanelPicker]

    6 Comments / / Aug 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM
  • Photo ID voters

    ACLU, Constitutional Law, Election 2012, Politics

    Pennsylvania Judge Upholds Voter ID Laws

    Judge will not issue an injunction to stop Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. Now let’s explain to our non-lawyer friends what “ripeness” means…

    91 Comments / / Aug 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM
  • ricks cabaret lawsuit

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drinking, In-House Counsel, john quinn, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Nude Dancing, Partner Issues, Senate Judiciary Committee, Technology, Texas, Trials

    Morning Docket: 08.07.12

    * Dewey know why the deadline to sign up for D&L’s proposed “clawback” settlement for former partners has been pushed back again? This time, the liability release is at issue. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * In Pennsylvania, there’s been a spurt of lateral movement from people leaving in-house positions for law firms. Memo to laterals: you’re doing it wrong. No really, you are. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    * The Senate confirmed four nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, but they won’t be able to do much because they don’t have a chairman. Oh, government. [National Law Journal]

    * Here’s a list of gunnerific tips for a successful first semester of law school. Too bad it’s missing the most important tip of all: read Above the Law daily. [Law School Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * With drinks flowing and asses shaking, Rick’s Cabaret can do no wrong — except when someone dies. The club’s drink-sales policy is currently the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. [Houston Chronicle]

    * Chris Danzing will be attending and live tweeting the Apple v. Samsung trial today. Follow him! [Twitter]

    8 Comments / / Aug 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Low hanging fruit needs love too.

    Craigslist, Job Searches

    Collection Agency Is Just ‘Fee Shopping’ And Looking For Barely Competent Lawyers

    Collection agency wants a lawyer who can sign his name and nothing more…

    49 Comments / / Jul 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM
  • chick-fil-A

    Erwin Chemerinsky, Fast Food, Food, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Money, Non-Sequiturs, Rape

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.26.12

    * When thinking of the Penn State situation (the alleged cover-up, not Jerry Sandusky’s crimes), I am reminded of how critically important due process is to the proper administration of justice. You really notice due process when it’s gone. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * I haven’t eaten at Chick-fil-A since college. Nohomo. [Fox News]

    * It’s funny to think of law professors getting their pieces rejected by law reviews. Funny insofar as there are people who actually care about what ends up in a law review. [lawprofblog]

    * I’m not inclined to believe things coming out of Nigeria, but if this is true, it’s crazy. [Gawker]

    * The bright side of losing your job because of the LIBOR scandal. [Dealbreaker]

    * Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, thinks that you can’t cut faculty salaries enough to achieve substantial reductions in tuition without losing your top faculty. But in this market, I bet a law school that said, “We hire only cheap professors and pass the savings on to you,” would have a lot of appeal. [National Law Journal]

    7 Comments / / Jul 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM
  • Is this how you paid for law school?

    ACLU, Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Gender, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, Silicon Valley, Trials

    Morning Docket: 07.20.12

    * Dewey know why the deadline for agreeing to a proposed $103.6M settlement for former D&L partners has been pushed back? It looks like these people are still unhappy with the very thought of parting with their money. [Am Law Daily]

    * Four judicial nominees were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to fill federal district court positions in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Now it’s time to hurry up and wait for a final vote on the Senate floor. [National Law Journal]

    * “This is a garden variety sex harassment case.” That may be true, but when you’re dealing with a high-profile venture capital firm, and the plaintiff is an ex-Biglaw associate, you’re probably going to get some really bad press. [Washington Post]

    * Opening statements in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial discrimination trial were heard yesterday. Even “America’s Toughest Sheriff” might cower in light of plaintiff representation by Covington & Burling and the ACLU. [CNN]

    * Washburn University School of Law is planning to build a new facility for $40M. Unfortunately, the school will never be able to amass the funds needed to kill all the gunners, but we can still dream. [Kansas City Star]

    12 Comments / / Jul 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM
  • Only squares arrive on time.

    Quote of the Day, Rudeness, State Judges, Trials

    Quote of the Day: He Don’t Give a Damn About His Reputation

    The early lawyer gets the worm, and is less likely to be criticized by the local judge.

    5 Comments / / Jul 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM
  • Jerry Sandusky

    Football, Rape, Sex Scandals, Sports, Trials

    Breaking: Verdict Reached in the Jerry Sandusky Case

    A verdict has been reached in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky…

    34 Comments / / Jun 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM
  • stripper_heels_g7

    Bail, Bar Exams, Biglaw, California, Crowell & Moring, Deaths, Football, Kids, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sexual Harassment

    Morning Docket: 04.30.12

    * He may not have authoritah to respect! George Zimmerman received more than $200K in donations for his legal defense fund, but Judge Lester isn’t going to increase his bail just yet. [New York Times]

    * Is Joe Amendola’s client, Jerry Sandusky, rubbing off on him? First he advises people to call a gay sex hotline, and now he’s spilling loads (of info) on boys all across Pennsylvania. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Thanks to an inquiry by the New York Post, Columbia Law has changed how it reports its post-grad employment statistics. Perhaps more publications should get their b*tch-slappers out. [New York Post]

    * If every day were filled with science experiments, laser demonstrations, and art projects at Crowell & Moring, then maybe lawyers would think twice about allegedly embezzling millions. [Washington Post]

    * Lawyers need to know how to be lawyers before they can be lawyers? “Way too meta, dudes,” say law school deans in California. Maybe next time, bar examiners, maybe next time. [National Law Journal]

    * “With these grades, you could be a stripper.” That’s quite the report card! Guys Teachers in my high school used to allegedly sexually harass former students all the time, it was no big deal. [Connecticut Post]

    * Walter L. Gordon Jr., a groundbreaking lawyer in the era of segregation, RIP. [Los Angeles Times]

    0 Comments / / Apr 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • Crushing-Debt-Obligations1

    Law Schools, Money, Student Loans, Unemployment

    Dear Abby: My Kid’s Law School Loans Are Ruining My Life

    We’ve discussed the dangers of incurring student loan debt time and time again throughout these pages, but it seems that people still don’t get it. They’ve chosen to go to Dear Abby for the answers….

    79 Comments / / Apr 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM
  • Rick Santorum small Richard Santorum Richard John Santorum

    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
  • Burns 1

    Craigslist, Election 2012, Job Searches, Politics, Wall Street

    You Need This Job, You Will Never Be in the Top One Percent

    Here’s a job available only to those who hate the 99 percent.

    51 Comments / / Mar 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM
  • FBI cap hat

    Crime, Education / Schools, Politics, White-Collar Crime

    Federal Investigators Pay Visit to Rich ‘Honkey’ Lawyer

    Remember David Shulick, the Philadelphia lawyer who filed the famous “honkey” lawsuit against two airlines? Well, he’s back in the news.

    12 Comments / / Mar 1, 2012 at 5:15 PM
  • Zombie Mohammed

    Crime, Eugene Volokh, Free Speech, Reader Polls, Religion, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Violence

    The ‘Zombie Mohammed’ Judge: Let’s Discuss

    A Pennsylvania judge dismissed a harassment charge against a Muslim man who allegedly attacked an atheist dressed up as “Zombie Mohammed.” Since then, everyone has been talking about and arguing over this case. What do you make of it?

    62 Comments / / Feb 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM
  • car crash parking lot car crash McCandless Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    Cars, Deaths, Drinking, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms

    Associate Killed in Dramatic Drunken Car Crash

    Last night, a dramatic scene unfolded in the parking lot of a movie theater. A suspected drunk driver allegedly took off without his headlights on, hit two police cruisers, terrified several witnesses, and then slammed his car into a tree, killing himself. The driver was a graduate of a top law school and an associate at a law firm….

    / Feb 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2011, Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Morgan Lewis & Bucks-ius

    Thanks to everyone who responded to our recent request for information about 2011 bonuses at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Here’s our report on bonuses at MLB. How are Morgan Lewis associates feeling about their bonuses? We’ll get the ball rolling with some tips that we’ve received….

    9 Comments / / Feb 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM
  • Cheapness, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Job Searches, Money, U.S. Attorneys Offices, Unemployment

    The DOJ Wants You, Experienced Attorneys — To Work for Free

    U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country have been posting unpaid Special Assistant United States Attorney positions for some time now. We covered them last May. David Lat defended the SAUSA gigs, arguing that the nonpaying jobs might not be as bad as they seem. It’s fun, exciting work, and it provides valuable experience and serious professional credibility. There is a crucial, ominous difference between then and now, though. Previous SAUSA jobs were generally aimed at entry-level or fairly junior attorneys. Now we’ve got a recent opening that’s asking for more.…

    30 Comments / / Jan 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM