Conservative columnist Tamara Tabo’s take on Adam Liptak’s recent (and controversial) article about Justice Clarence Thomas.
It has long been the case in Hong Kong that most UK law firms and a very small minority of US law firms have three month notice periods for their US associates built into their employment contracts. But until about 18 months ago it was not common for any firm to enforce a three month notice period when a US associate left solo[…]
Technology columnist Sean Doherty checks out FiscalNote’s Prophecy, a service that provides insight into legislative data for business and legal professionals.
Even David Kendall’s adversaries have nice things to say about him.
* It looks like the other slutty shoe has officially dropped. Two law firms have filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit against adultery dating site Ashley Madison for breaching their clients’ privacy rights. Impact Team must be thrilled. [TIME]
* Gov. Chris Christie says that if he’s elected president, he won’t nominate anyone with a Harvard Law or Yale Law degree to SCOTUS. Non-Ivy law schools better start priming and primping their most successful grads on the off chance Christie gets the nod. [CBS News]
* Case Western Law decided that two heads are better than one, because Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf were just permanently appointed to serve as co-deans. We can’t think of any other law school with a dynamic duo of deans like this. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]
* In Biglaw, romantic wranglings can follow you beyond the grave: Thomas Hale Boggs Jr.’s estate is doing battle with a woman who claims she had a relationship with the former head of Patton Boggs — and now she wants some of his property. [National Law Journal]
* He may be “used to playing on a different court,” but Michael Jordan really took it to the hole on this case. Defunct grocery store Dominick’s Finer Foods must now pay the sports star $8.9 million for using his name in a steak ad without his permission. [NBC News]
Donald Trump’s older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is a well-respected federal judge — but she has some things in common with her brash little brother.
America, please do yourself and the rest of the world a huge favor — rise up and fire The Donald right now. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Whatever happened to the noble tradition of resignation on principle?
My father is a military man. Accordingly, all things in life, from mundane trips to the grocery store to complex life decisions like planning for and choosing a college, was subject to careful, deliberate planning. Digesting evidence and facts was a far better road than the proverbial “crossing of fingers” and trusting that “it will all work out for the best.” Former NYC mayor Rudolph Guiliani said it best when he announced that “Hope is not a strategy.”
I was reminded of this adage when reading a few industry reports compiling data points about corporate legal departments and the ever –increasing complexity of the regulatory environment. Here are some shockers:
Whatever happened to those Waco bikers? You know, the 177 people arrested at a restaurant in Waco after a motorcycle rally in May ended with nine people shot dead?
* The two-tiered partnership model turns out to be much more complicated than firms expected. That’s why we’re seeing moves like BakerHostetler’s proposed elimination of non-equity partners. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Graffiti artist files suit claiming fashion designer violated his copyright in his work. [The Legal Artist]
* On the unpaid internship front, the Olsen twins have been sued by a former intern who claims she clocked 50-hour weeks and didn’t earn a penny from her multimillionaire bosses. [New York Daily News]
* Before the 25th Amendment, the ill-defined line of succession could have landed one of these guys in the White House. [Constitution Daily]
* Who said it: Justice Scalia or a YouTube commenter talking about Magic Mike XXL? [Suited Gladiators]
* There’s a big gap between law school graduates and practice-ready skills. Somewhere the ABA is scheming about how to turn this into the case for four-year law schools. [LexisNexis]
* California is removing the word “Alien” from the labor code. Because symbolic gestures are still important gestures. [Associated Press via NBC]
Cooley grad has best idea ever! (Nope, not at all.)
* Interesting… audio of Richard Nixon’s only oral argument before the Supreme Court. [Concurring Opinions]
* Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers want his murder indictment tossed. Tom Brady is relieved he now has the second-dumbest Patriots legal challenge. [NECN]
* There’s a robust piranha-smuggling operation in the United States. That’s… Sharknado levels of terrifying. [Legal Juice]
* In between ripping Rosie O’Donnell, the GOP “debate” actually talked a little about the Constitution. [Dorf on Law]
* God Donald Trump is entertaining. [What About Clients?]
* Why aren’t the poor a suspect class? [PrawfsBlawg]
#BlackLivesMatter is just taking a page out of the LGBT playbook when protesting Bernie Sanders.
Jon Stewart worked hard to get it right, according to Tamara Tabo; what he may not have counted on is what his effort would spawn.
* Chris Christie argued passionately about national security with Rand Paul, noting that he was appointed a U.S. Attorney the very day before 9/11. Except, you know, he wasn’t and is completely lying. [Empty Wheel]
* Choose the right firm for you… with the help of these Legos. [The Careerist / The American Lawyer]
* A bipartisan bill hopes to replace loan default rates with a repayment metric. [Insider Higher Ed]
* The most predictable prison escape ever. [Lowering the Bar]
* John McAfee’s new security update includes a handgun — which he was arrested for carrying while high on Xanax after a “shootout” with police. He explains the whole thing on Facebook. [Gawker]
* Liberty Law has a new dean. [News & Advance]
* Pretty sure Key & Peele read the Elonis decision. [Key & Peele / Comedy Central]
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* The Washington NFL team has filed a notice of appeal to the Fourth Circuit over their canceled trademark registrations as they move their failure off the field and into the courts. [Bloomberg BNA]
* Penn State unveils a new logo. Critics call it a “hypnotized dog looking at cupcakes,” but it actually looks more like the vacant stare of someone who has seen something but refuses to tell authorities about it. [TaxProf Blog]
* How to take good notes. Apparently, “actually take notes” is the first step. Good to know. [Survive Law]
* Congrats to occasional Legal Cheek blogger Amy Woolfson on her Harvard Law scholarship. Welcome to our side of the pond. [Legal Cheek]
* Understand the tax implications of your student loan forgiveness program. [Lawyerist]
* George W. Bush shows up for jury duty. Sadly he wasn’t empaneled, which was a real shame for the prosecutors because you know he doesn’t need actual evidence to make bold decisions. [ABC News]
* Here’s a clever way to get out of a traffic stop: call in a nearby murder. [Legal Juice]
* Performance-enhancing drugs are becoming a scourge in… eSports. Apparently getting really twisted on Adderall and playing StarCraft II for money is a thing. Well, pack it in everyone. We had a good run, human civilization. [The Legal Geeks]
* “A wealthy oligarchy of donors is dominating the 2016 election.” Not true. Based on the polls it’s dominated by an oligarchy of one. [Election Law Blog]
* “Pay your f**king bill… don’t be a f**king shlub.” [South Florida Lawyers]
* Lex Machina is offering a free trial to its news Trademark Litigation Update newsletter. [Lex Machina]