Politics

  • ankle biter

    Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.14

    * CNN sued over claims that a correspondent bit EMTs at the embassy in Baghdad. And just like that, Baghdad isn’t looking so safe anymore. [MSN]

    * Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel has filed a legal challenge over the Mississippi GOP primary. It’s dumb. [KARN h/t Election Law Blog]

    * The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s restrictions on unions. Meanwhile the dissent relied on really weak arguments like “actual Supreme Court precedent.” [Labor Press]

    * The immigration crisis has inspired Miami to establish a rocket docket, which is a useful response, so we should probably shut it down and encourage drunk militia members to get in boats or something. [Daily Business Review]

    * Dan Markel was serving as a legal consultant to the defendants in that Orthodox divorce extortion case. [Village Voice]

    * The legal conundra of The Guardians of the Galaxy. Poor Ronan… you plan one attempted genocide and the law is all over you. [The Legal Geeks]

    1 Comment / / Aug 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
  • 'Should I get my money back? NO! I LOVE COOLEY!'

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.01.14

    * Since October Term 2013 came to an end, people have changed their views about the Supreme Court. Conservatives think it’s more conservative, and liberals think it’s less liberal. Funny how that works. [Pew Research Center]

    * “If a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage looks inevitable, perhaps it is.” Given how quickly lower courts are issuing marriage equality victories, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll have a SCOTUS case to follow. [Bloomberg]

    * Pre-law students still care about law school pedigree — as they rightfully should. Sure, scholarships are great and all, but attending a school where you’ll have a prayer of getting a job after graduation is even greater. [National Law Journal]

    * Speaking of pedigree, there’s a new law school ranking in town, and Yale isn’t even in the Top 5. If that doesn’t smack of legitimacy, then we don’t know what does. We’re rolling our eyes here. [InsideCounsel]

    * Cooley Law’s Ann Arbor campus may close, and students who go to the school are reportedly “pretty devastated.” Stop crying and take advantage of your loan discharge opportunities, you dopes. [MLive.com]

    0 Comments / / Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM
  • Righteous-Indignation

    D.C. Circuit, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Politics, Public Interest

    Liberal Critiques Of Challenges To Obamacare: 2 Errors Worth Correcting

    What do liberal critics of Obamacare challengers get wrong?

    21 Comments / / Jul 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM
  • trademark

    Barack Obama, Basketball, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Trademarks, Trusts and Estates

    Morning Docket: 07.31.14

    * “We’re in uncharted waters.” Following a split vote down party lines, the House of Representatives authorized Speaker Boehner to move ahead with his lawsuit against President Obama. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Vultures! Don’t take our pound of flesh.” Despite last-minute settlement talks, it seems Argentina has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years. Oopsie! [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has added 19 additional schools to its law school clinic certification pilot program. IP is hot right now, so congrats if your school made the cut. [USPTO.gov]

    * What are some of the pros of working before going to law school? Well, if you can’t get a job after you graduate, you can go back to your old field, so that’s a plus. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * California probate attorneys’ hearts were all aflutter following Shelly Sterling’s win against her husband, specifically because of the new precedents the Clippers case left in its wake. [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Jul 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM
  • Kung_Pao_chicken_(western_version)_-1

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Blogging, Celebrities, Free Speech, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Politics, R. Ted Cruz, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.30.14

    * Court needed a Chinese language interpreter. Rather than find a professional legal interpreter, the judge just told the lawyer to head down to the local Chinese restaurant and grab somebody. [Legal Cheek]

    * News from former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s trial. As one tipster summed up the story: “Hon, I think I dropped my keys under that bus. Would you take a look?” [Slate]

    * Everyone concedes Ted Cruz is smart. Why exactly? [Salon]

    * A follow-up from a previous story: Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard shuts down after the foreclosure market that made them turned on them. [Mass Lawyers Weekly (sub. req.)]

    * Interesting look at the volume of patent cases throughout history. Check out the troll phenomenon with charts! [Patently-O]

    * More folks wasting time complaining about blog posts. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Clint Eastwood talks with Chief Judge Kozinski and Judge Fisher at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. These days it’s exciting whenever Clint isn’t talking to an empty chair. Video embedded below… [YouTube]

    2 Comments / / Jul 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM
  • gun with bullets

    4th Circuit, Barack Obama, Basketball, General Counsel, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.29.14

    * The NRA’s general counsel was once convicted of murder. What’s the phrase? If you outlaw guns, only general counsel will have guns… [Mother Jones]

    * Seattle is looking for people donating skulls to Goodwill. Wow, if Jeffrey Dahmer had only known there was a charitable tax write-off available. [Lowering the Bar]

    * “A domestic helper has appeared in court accused of trying to injure her employer by mixing her menstrual blood in a pot of vegetables she was cooking.” Eww. [Legal Juice]

    * Can Congress sue the president? Here are multiple takes. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * As the confirmation of Pamela Harris to the Fourth Circuit reminds us, “that whole nuclear option has really worked out.” So far. [Huffington Post]

    * Money magazine is looking to create a ranking of undergraduate schools heavy on outcome-based factors. If you need any hints on how to do it, let us know. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Donald Sterling has lost, which is something he knows a lot about from his years of owning the Clippers. Here’s Mitchell Epner’s review of the ruling and its appealability. [CNBC]

    3 Comments / / Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • kennedy RF

    Anthony Kennedy, Constitutional Law, Politics, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Justice Kennedy Notes The Constitution Protected Slavery — Right-Wingers Freak Out

    Apparently suggesting that slavery may have been a bad thing can still get you criticized.

    27 Comments / / Jul 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM
  • 'Thank god they didn't print my f**king name in this story!'

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Politics, Quote of the Day

    Student Loses His Mind After Protesting Law Professor’s Political Bid For Governor

    What would possess him to react so strangely and with so many curse words?

    11 Comments / / Jul 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM
  • Alec Baldwin was such a stud.

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Health Care / Medicine, Insurance, John Edwards, Morning Docket, Politics, State Judges, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 07.25.14

    * “I don’t care if it’s legal, it’s wrong.” President Obama is pointing the finger at companies using cross-border mergers to avoid U.S. taxes, and he wants to put an end to corporate tax inversions. [Bloomberg]

    * Thomas Christina of Ogletree Deakins is the lawyer behind the recent circuit split on Obamacare’s state versus federal health insurance subsidies. Blame him or praise him, it’s up to you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “I think I missed being in the courtroom more than I missed politics.” John Edwards, acquitted in 2012, is making court appearances again, but this time as a lawyer, not as a defendant. [Am Law Daily]

    * A lawyer from Georgia hunts alligators in his spare time, and keeps the taxidermied head of one he caught right on his desk. He says it’s “a great conversation piece,” but that’s a pretty nasty paperweight. Eww. [Daily Report via ABA Journal]

    * In a face-off with Alec Baldwin, a judge asked the actor to apologize. The combative Baldwin said he’d rather pay a fine, but if he can “[b]e a good boy,” his biking charge will be dropped. [New York Daily News]

    0 Comments / / Jul 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM
  • Upset businessman at laptop

    Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Politics

    There’s No Way This 0L Kid Will Regret This Website

    Did he make a cheesy webpage about himself explaining how he’s going to be president? Oh, but he did.

    61 Comments / / Jul 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM
  • University Student Begging with Mortar Board - Education Costs

    Politics, Student Loans

    Bipartisan Plan To Screw Poor Student Borrowers Is Actually Kind Of Good

    If you don’t care about really poor people, this plan is great!

    15 Comments / / Jul 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM
  • Hillary Clinton RF

    Bar Exams, Celebrities, Emily Pataki, Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sullivan, Law School Deans, Paulina Bandy, Politics, White & Case

    The Bar Exam: 6 Famous Failures

    If you fail the bar exam, it’s not the end of the world; just ask these six celebrities, whose lives and careers turned out fabulously!

    33 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 3:29 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, Celebrities, Federal Judges, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The View From Up North: Stroking Your SCOTUS

    What are the differences between the Canadian and United States Supreme Courts?

    21 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM
  • debt shackles

    Celebrities, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Religion, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 07.16.14

    * Per the latest Gallup study, Republican approval of SCOTUS is up, while Democratic approval is down. Gee, considering how the biggest cases of OT 2013 went down, no one should be terribly surprised by this news. [New York Times]

    * Will our leader make the grade? Law profs wrote a strongly worded letter to President Obama, asking that he not include a religious exemption in his executive order prohibiting anti-gay bias in federal contractor hiring. [National Law Journal]

    * Hey guys, there’s a new report out that contains some pretty shocking information about the realities of life after law school. Seriously, who knew that would-be lawyers were poor? Oh wait, we did. [CNN Money]

    * Washington & Lee recently surrendered its Confederate flags to appease its black student population. Here’s an interview with Brandon Hicks, the law student behind the historic movement. [Huffington Post]

    * “Fret for your latte, and fret for your lawsuit.” Tool hasn’t put out a new album in in almost a decade, and it’s all because of one pesky little lawsuit filed way back in 2007 that just won’t go away. [Rolling Stone]

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • Octomom

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Football, Law Schools, LLMs, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Politics

    Morning Docket: 07.15.14

    * Congrats to William Voge, who was elected as the new chairman of Latham & Watkins. He succeeds Robert Dell in this position, who is one of the Am Law 100′s longest-serving leaders. [Am Law Daily]

    * Dewey’s former execs filed a motion to dismiss their criminal charges, lamenting the fact that the Manhattan DA made them “scapegoats” for the total failure of their firm. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * A judge banned the Washington Redskins name from his court, proclaiming that the offensively monikered team shall be known only as “the Washington Team” in documents submitted. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks that if it were up to Judge Judy, House Speaker John Boehner’s “show trial” suit against President Obama would be thrown out in “half a second.” Well then. [ABC News]

    * A Michigan attorney was arraigned yesterday on a felony charge of homicide-solicitation of murder. It seems that the hired hitman warned his target. He’s not getting a good Yelp review. [UpNorthLive.com]

    * If you’re an international student with a foreign law degree trying to get a law degree in the U.S., why the hell would you waste your money on a J.D.? Just get an LL.M. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Oh baby8: Nadya Suleman (formally doing business as Octomom) pleaded no contest to welfare fraud charges after she failed to report income from all of her public appearances and porn videos. [Reuters]

    13 Comments / / Jul 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • rainbow flag

    Gay, Labor / Employment, Politics, Religion, Texas

    There Are No HEROs: The Fight Between LGBT Rights And Religious Objectors Gets More Polarized

    Does the debate over LGBT rights and religious freedom suffer from a dearth of diverse perspectives?

    50 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM
  • barack__obama-e1352295573246-RF

    Barack Obama, Federal Government, Movies, Politics, S.D.N.Y., U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Is President Obama A Plagiarist?

    Did President Obama rip off some material from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara?

    24 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM
  • How the cupcake crumbles: the once-successful venture of an NYLS grad and her husband needs a rescue.

    ACLU, Biglaw, Drinking, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Food, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Politics, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 07.11.14

    * Judge Emmet Sullivan (D.D.C.) wants the IRS to explain, in a sworn declaration, how exactly it lost Lois Lerner’s emails. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * And the fun for the IRS continues today in the courtroom of Judge Reggie Walton (D.D.C.), as reported by Sidney Powell, author of Licensed To Lie (affiliate link). [New York Observer]

    * Speaker John Boehner wants to take the Republicans’ crusade against Obamacare to the courts. [New York Times]

    * Andrew Calder, the young M&A partner that Kirkland & Ellis snagged from Simpson Thacher for a reported $5 million a year, is already bringing in big deals. [American Lawyer]

    How the cupcake crumbles: the once-successful venture of an NYLS grad and her husband needs a rescue.

    * “Duke University is not and never has been in the business of producing, marketing, distributing, or selling alcohol.” Some bros down in Durham disagree. [ABA Journal]

    * If you see something… sue someone? The ACLU and Asian American civil rights groups, together with some help from Bingham McCutchen, have filed a legal challenge to the Suspicious Activity Reporting database. [New York Times]

    * Congrats to David Hashmall, the incoming chair of Goodwin Procter — and congrats to outgoing chair Regina Pisa, the first woman ever to lead an Am Law 100 firm, on her long and successful leadership. [American Lawyer]

    * A group of investors might end up devouring Crumbs, the cupcake-store chain founded by New York Law School grad Mia Bauer that suddenly shut down this week amid talk of a bankruptcy filing. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    5 Comments / / Jul 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM