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  • Kent W. Easter

    Biglaw, Drugs, Education / Schools, Gambling / Gaming, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.11.14

    * The justices of Supreme Court of the United States will discuss gay marriage cases from five states during their “long conference” at the end of the month. Which ones will they decide to take? Help us, Justice AMK! [National Law Journal]

    * This law school is having some troubles adjusting to the “new normal.” Not only is its administration planning back-to-back tuition hikes, but it’s asking the state for help with its deficits. Yikes, that’s not good. [The Republic]

    * This Gonzaga Law professor thinks that playing poker is part of having a balanced life. He might not come home with much after his games, but “it’s better than a kick in the head.” [Spokesman-Review]

    * Remember Kent W. Easter, the Biglaw partner who was accused of planting drugs in a school volunteer’s car? During his recent retrial, he was convicted of false imprisonment by fraud and deceit. [OC Weekly]

    * Following a “marathon trial marked by screams, tears, vomit, anger,” Oscar Pistorius has been found negligent, but not guilty of premeditated murder. Expect a final verdict tomorrow, perhaps. [USA Today]

    1 Comment / / Sep 11, 2014 at 9:09 AM
  • Holdem

    2nd Circuit, Clerkships, Craigslist, D.C. Circuit, Football, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Janice Rogers Brown, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, White House Counsel

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.07.13

    * Texas Hold ‘Em loses to Second Circuit on the River. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Compiling a collection of historical White House counsel advice was a labor of love. The collection includes advice on issues ranging from dealing with Leon Trotsky to blockading Cuba. Advice on treaty with Roswell visitors conspicuously absent. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * An incoming 1L at Ole Miss takes to Craigslist to find a “young cute girl” to be “arm candy I spoil.” Ick. [Craigslist (in case that comes down, here’s a screenshot)]

    * Johnny “Football” Manziel’s alleged autograph-for-pay scheme has prompted Texas A&M to hire Lightfoot, Franklin and White, the law firm that helped out Auburn when Cam Newton totally got paid to play was wrongfully accused of taking payments. [USA Today]

    * D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown has hired former bank robber and jailhouse lawyer Shon Hopwood as her new clerk. An awesome story actually. [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Oh closed circuit surveillance, is there anything you can’t do? A police officer in Italy’s Supreme Court has earned some Internet fame after being caught dancing to YMCA while waiting for the verdict in Silvio Berlusconi’s trial. Original video after the jump. Check out Legal Cheek for some viewer-created homages. [Legal Cheek]

    6 Comments / / Aug 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • The new mascot for the Roberts Court's jurisprudence.

    John Roberts, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.13

    * Another interpretation of the Shelby County decision posits that the Roberts Court is a lot like the Walking Dead, just less entertaining. [Huffington Post]

    * Dean David Schizer is leaving. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Missouri tried to “save Christmas” from heathens, but had its efforts stymied when the governor realized it could literally set the state on fire. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Cardinal Dolan, America’s most prominent Catholic bishop, apparently shifted Church assets to keep them from falling into the hands of abuse victims. Perhaps he could have exerted the same effort keeping abuse victims out of the hands of abusers? [NY Times]

    * It looks like a Paul Weiss associate, Molissa Farber, is still alive in the $1,000 No-Limit event at the World Series of Poker. Maybe she’ll be able to pay off her loans sooner rather than later. [Poker News]

    * Did you enjoy Milli Vanilli? Perhaps you’d like watching air guitar? The national semifinals are in New York tonight. [Bowery Ballroom]

    3 Comments / / Jul 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM
  • Alec Baldwin was such a stud.

    Barack Obama, Celebrities, Department of Justice, Divorce Train Wrecks, Drugs, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Health Care / Medicine, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Twittering

    Morning Docket: 07.03.12

    * Obama’s win for health care reform didn’t result in a polling bump for him, but it did result in an even higher disapproval rating for SCOTUS, at least as far as Republicans are concerned… [POLITCO; CBS News]

    * … which may be why Chief Justice John Roberts escaped to “an impregnable island fortress” to avoid the Right’s fury, criticism, and scorn as soon as he could after the ACA opinion dropped. [New York Times]

    * “[W]e have learned from the mistakes that were made.” That lesson only cost a few billion dollars. GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3B in the largest health-care fraud settlement in U.S. history. [Wall Street Journal]

    * After losing a bid to quash a subpoena, Twitter has to turn over info about an #OWS protester’s tweets. OMG, please respond to that thing in 140 characters or less. [Bloomberg]

    * Unlike most recent law school grads, Yale Law’s Vanessa Selbst hasn’t been hedging her bets in bar prep classes. Instead, she went all in, played her cards right, and won $244K at the World Series of Poker. [ESPN]

    * Divorce really does bring out the best in people. Alec Baldwin says that if given the chance, he would murder his ex-wife Kim Basinger’s lawyer “with a baseball bat.” Gee, tell us how you really feel. [New York Post]

    4 Comments / / Jul 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • beth shak small

    Divorce Train Wrecks, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Hotties, Shoes

    Poker Player With Full House of Designer Shoes Gets Sued By Ex-Husband Over Her $1M Collection

    If you’re wise, you already know better than to mess with a woman’s shoe collection. Unfortunately, some men still haven’t gotten the memo…

    65 Comments / / Jun 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM
  • Now a dangerous weapon in Massachusetts.

    Biglaw, Canada, Food, Football, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Insider Trading, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Trials

    Morning Docket: 06.15.12

    * The first day of jury deliberations in the Rajat Gupta insider-trading case ended without a verdict. Benula Bensam’s boredom is epic — the poor girl can’t even blog about the trial anymore. [Bloomberg]

    * Baker & McKenzie is celebrating its 50th year in Toronto, Canada by handing out spring bonuses luring in lateral hires. Welcome aboard to Kent Beattie, formerly of Slavies Davies. [Globe and Mail]

    * You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape Sandusky’s love. Alleged Victim No. 9 testified that he screamed for help in vain while staying in the former coach’s allegedly “soundproof” basement. [CNN]

    * It’s hard out here for a shoeshiner: Cooley Law grads suing their alma mater over allegedly misleading employment statistics may face an “uphill battle” when it comes to fraud allegations. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The CEO of Caesars Entertainment has proclaimed that he has “tremendous confidence” that online poker will become legal in the near future. So much for keeping your poker face on that one, eh? [MSN Money]

    * Imagine my surprise when I found out that a yet another man in Springfield, MA, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Here’s the surprise… the dangerous weapon was wasabi sauce. [TIME]

    2 Comments / / Jun 15, 2012 at 9:02 AM
  • Bonuses, Copyright, Crowell & Moring, Food, Gambling / Gaming, Gloria Allred, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Sex, Sex Scandals, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 11.29.11

    * Here’s something that’s actually worth crying over instead of your “meh” bonuses. Much like this year’s Cravath scale, Biglaw pro bono hours will likely be stagnant or cut altogether. [Fortune] * What’s the point of fleeing if you’re just going to let yourself get extradited? Ex-Crowell & Moring counsel, Douglas Arntsen, will return to […]

    16 Comments / / Nov 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM
  • 9/11, ACLU, Airplanes / Aviation, D.C. Circuit, Disasters / Emergencies, Drinking, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Health Care / Medicine, Kids, Morning Docket, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 09.21.11

    * Hey, Preet Bharara, even Lady Gaga can read your poker face when you’re going all in on an allegation of Full Tilt Ponzi. Maybe Lederer and Ferguson will finally fold. [Wall Street Journal] * You know what this country really needs? More doctors who don’t believe in science. Another stem cell research case is […]

    27 Comments / / Sep 21, 2011 at 9:15 AM
  • American Bar Association / ABA, Baseball, Biglaw, Books, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Gambling / Gaming, Gay, Immigration, NALP, National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.04.11

    * Is a Ropes & Gray attorney behind a shell company that gave $1 million to the Romney campaign? [The Docket / Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly] * Working on the matter pro bono, Skadden wants greater cooperation from the NYPD in the case of a missing eight-year-old boy. [WSJ Law Blog] * Breaking down the Alex […]

    26 Comments / / Aug 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM
  • Crime, Gambling / Gaming, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Sounds Like My Namesake Had A Hell of a Weekend

    Elie was arrested on Friday in Las Vegas, married a former Playboy Playmate on Saturday, and is scheduled to appear in a federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday. – an Am Law Daily report on Chad Elie, one of the people caught up in the federal government crackdown on my massive Full Tilt bankroll they […]

    25 Comments / / Apr 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM
  • Jed Rubenfeld, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.15.11

    * The delightful Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, daughter of Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, explains how she turned out so normal, despite having a Tiger Mother. [new tiger in town] * Elsewhere in Yale Law School news, congrats to YLS student Vanessa Selbst, who successfully defended her title at the North American Poker Tour […]

    53 Comments / / Apr 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM
  • Advertising, Gambling / Gaming, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Poker Lessons For ATL Readers

    Long before Rounders and internet gambling and ESPN’s World Series of Poker coverage came along to ruin it all, poker was the game where if you could play (and had a sufficient bankroll) you could sit at a table with important people and make them know your name. You know, back in the day before […]

    / Dec 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM
  • Crime

    Plea Deal of the Day: Poker Payback for Securities Fraud

    Samuel McMaster, Jr. didn’t play his cards right before, but hopefully he can now. The former stockbroker admitted to 26 felony charges of securities fraud, after having sold half a million dollars of worthless promissory notes to his victims. He faces up to 12 years in the clinker. But, apparently, McMaster is a skilled poker […]

    33 Comments / / Aug 10, 2010 at 1:18 PM
  • Gambling, Gambling / Gaming

    Yale Law Student Takes Her Turn as a Poker Star

    We’ve written previously about Vanessa Selbst, a Yale Law Student and professional poker star. She outlasted 716 competitors at the PokerStars.net North American Poker Tour event at the Mohegan Sun. Top Prize = $750K. Now that she’s won more than enough to cover her high-priced legal education, she’s taking a break from law school to […]

    28 Comments / / May 10, 2010 at 1:05 PM

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