Politics

  • Burger King LF

    7th Circuit, Andrew Cuomo, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Blogging, Erwin Chemerinsky, Fast Food, Gay, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, New York Times, Police, Politics, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Tim Wu

    Morning Docket: 08.27.14

    * Judge Posner dished out a whole lot of benchslaps at yesterday’s Seventh Circuit arguments over Indiana and Wisconsin’s bans on same-sex marriage. [BuzzFeed]

    * Major U.S. and Canadian law firms chow down on Burger King’s whopper of a deal with Tim Hortons. [Am Law Daily]

    * A recent Delaware court ruling on attorney-client privilege might allow in-house lawyers to speak more freely about wrongdoing at their companies, according to Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The corruption trial of former Virginia governor continues; yesterday Bob McDonnell’s sister took the stand. [Washington Post]

    * A favorable evidentiary ruling for Aaron Hernandez. [Fox Sports]

    * And good news for Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, the two law professors running for governor and lieutenant governor of New York: the Times dissed their opponent, Andrew Cuomo, with a non-endorsement. [New York Times]

    * I recently spoke with one of my cousins Joao Atienza of the Cebu Sun Star, about Above the Law and the world of legal blogging. [Cebu Sun Star]

    3 Comments / / Aug 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • 220px-Kamala_Harris_Official_Attorney_General_Photo

    Crime, Morning Docket, Politics, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 08.26.14

    * Congratulations to California Attorney General Kamala Harris who just got married last week to Venable’s Douglas Emhoff. [KCRA]

    * Wishing a speedy recovery to former FBI Director Louis Freeh who suffered serious injuries in a car accident last night. [Associated Press via Philly.com]

    * McDonald’s faces lawsuit over serving a serrated spear with their orange juice, which would be the most dangerous thing McDonald’s has served since McSpaghetti. [TMZ]

    * Florida State begins classes without Dan Markel. [WCTV]

    * The government’s $5 billion lawsuit against S&P has nothing to do with retaliating against S&P’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating. At least according to the U.S. government. [Reuters]

    * John Boehner is paying BakerHostetler $500/hour in taxpayer money to pursue this stupid Obama lawsuit. So much for fiscal responsibility. [NBC News]

    * You don’t hear the word barratry very often, but when you do, it’s best when accompanied by “murder-for-hire.” [Texas Lawyer]

    1 Comment / / Aug 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM
  • Rick Perry

    Crime, Law Professors, Politics, Texas, White-Collar Crime

    Law Profs Say Rick Perry Indictment Is Dumbest Thing Since Rick Perry

    Was Governor Perry’s behavior criminal or just shady? Law professors weigh in….

    12 Comments / / Aug 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM
  • Brick

    Minority Issues, Police, Politics, Racism

    How To Turn A Law-Abiding Citizen Into A Rioter

    Non-violence is the right choice, but it’s not the obvious one.

    106 Comments / / Aug 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM
  • waffle house

    Baseball, Basketball, Biglaw, Gender, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Real Estate, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports, Texas, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.18.14

    * Robert Manfred Jr., formerly a partner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is now the commissioner of Major League Baseball, and he beat out another former Biglaw buddy from Kelley Drye & Warren to snag the job. [Am Law Daily]

    * “My past is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.” Michele Roberts is the first lady to lead the NBAPU, and you don’t want to mess with her. [New York Times]

    * In case you haven’t heard by now, Governor Rick Perry was indicted on Friday on felony charges of abusing his power in office. Aww, poor guy. Not for nothing, but we can’t wait to see his mug shot. [New York Times]

    * Quinnipiac Law has a new building that cost $50 million, and it’s designed to hold between 400 and 500 students. With only 292 students currently enrolled, that’s a lot of wishful thinking. [New Haven Register]

    * “This is a lawsuit against the lawyers for being lawyers, for doing what lawyers do.” It also seems to be a lawsuit that’s allegedly about sex, lies, illegal video tapes… and Waffle House. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    7 Comments / / Aug 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • Wendy Davis

    Attorney Misconduct, Death Penalty, Legal Ethics, Politics, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    What Do A Wendy Davis Campaign Ad And An Unusual SCOTUS Order Have In Common?

    When you make individuals means to your ends only, you become a farce, if not also a fraud.

    6 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM
  • 309 West 91st Street

    Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Politics, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: A Prominent Chicago Law Grad Sells His $11 Million Townhouse

    You’ll feel pangs of envy when you find out how much he paid for it….

    12 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • iStock_000002980469_Small

    Biglaw, Election Law, Law Schools, Libraries / Librarians, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.13.14

    * Maybe you weren’t excited about Hofstra Law School, but did you hear they now have bean bag chairs in the library? Well, that changes everything! [Virtual Library Cat’s Eye View]

    * An interview with Peter Kalis on the future of Biglaw, in which he states, “I cross bridges and burn them behind me.” Flame on! [Forbes]

    * This essay sums up so much about the state of America through the lens of the killing of Michael Brown. [The Concourse]

    * While we focused on the tale of Judge Mark Fuller, who spent some time in jail on a domestic violence accusation, he may be part of a trend — Judge Lance Mason was charged with felonious assault after allegedly punching and biting his wife while they were driving. Biting? [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

    * Have you ever wondered how every law school can give its students “excellent” educations? [The Legal Watchdog]

    * Failed Mississippi candidate Chris McDaniel is challenging a bunch of votes. Including his own lawyer’s. [Wonkette]

    * Tim Corcoran, President of the Legal Marketing Association, chides state bar associations for meddling with the evolution of the legal profession. Video after the jump…. [Mimesis Law]

    1 Comment / / Aug 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Ben Shapiro

    Barack Obama, Blogging, Books, Media and Journalism, Politics

    Meet The Harvard Law Grad Who Wants Us To Sue Obama: A Conversation With Ben Shapiro

    Should the Obama Administration be sued under RICO? A prominent young pundit makes the case.

    38 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM
  • Ballot box america

    Election Law, Politics

    Battling Anecdotes With Symbols: Why The Voter ID Debate Goes Nowhere

    What types of election crimes do voter ID laws prevent, and what burdens and harms do they cause?

    56 Comments / / Aug 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Barack Obama, Canada, Politics

    The View From Up North: Obama v. Harper — Ready to Rumble

    Why is Prime Minister Stephen Harper more powerful than President Barack Obama?

    17 Comments / / Aug 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM
  • resume girl

  • 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