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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.12.15

    * A new paper by Professors Josh Blackman and Howard Wasserman on the process of marriage equality. For those of you who get really excited over civil procedure. [SSRN]

    * Fresh off the threat of Supreme Court sanctions, partner Howard Shipley, formerly of Foley & Lardner, has landed at Gordon & Rees. Good fit… there’s no way he’ll embarrass that firm. [Gordon & Rees]

    * We had some fun at the expense of a very predictable Norwegian prison escape the other day, but it’s worth recognizing an outlier for what it is — here’s a detailed look at Norway’s usually successful prison system. [New York Times]

    * With public defenders like these… An interpreter employed by the public defenders’ office scammed immigrants seeking bribes with promises to pull strings to avoid deportation. [Times-Picayune]

    * Is “Office Temperature-Gate” worthy of a Title VII claim? [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * A guy sat in prison for over 3 months after he completed his sentence because the system is as awful as it is incompetent. [Mother Jones]

    * If you’re looking for CLE and have tickets to New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 8, then here’s the panel for you. [NY Comic Con]

    * Most employers in New York City can no longer check credit history in making employment decisions. Time to hit up Saks for that shopping spree. [DLA Piper]

    19 Comments / / Aug 12, 2015 at 5:03 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.07.15

    * 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]

    * The Simpson Thacher and Mayer Brown epic screw-ups: where are the individual lawyers now? [The Am Law Daily]

    * 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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    4 Comments / / Aug 7, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Brain jail

    Education / Schools

    If We Can’t Make School Less Like Jail, Let’s Make Jail More Like School

    Educated prisoners are less likely to get out of prison and shoot me.

    0 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 3:20 PM
  • Cocaine addiction

    Crime, Legal Ethics

    Lawyer Arrested With A Whole Lot Of Cocaine Hidden In A Very Uncomfortable Place

    This lawyer reportedly tried to go above and beyond for his imprisoned client.

    18 Comments / / Jul 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.29.15

    * Senator Ted Cruz describes his experience clerking for Chief Justice Rehnquist. We also learn what Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says about Internet porn. It’s not as exciting as Cruz would want you to think. Personally, I’d hoped she’d say something about “Long Dong Silver,” but alas. [POLITICO]

    * If you thought Justice Scalia was interminably grumpy before, today he exhibited some downright bizarre behavior. [Slate]

    * Lawyer disciplined for stealing wine. Lots and lots of wine. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Has marriage equality rendered Chief Justice Roberts a footnote to history? [Reuters]

    * An in-depth look at New York’s Riker’s Island facility from the perspective of those who live and work there. And let’s not undersell the word “live,” since we have kids living there for 7 years awaiting trial. [New York Magazine]

    * Shearman & Sterling’s Doreen Lilienfeld discusses building gender balance in Biglaw. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * A thorough guide to Bitcoin for judges. But more importantly, a solidly academic title, “Realm of the Coin.” I see what you did there. [Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law via SSRN]

    * Congratulations to former Bloomberg media attorney Charles Glasser, who will be teaching a course about investigative reporting at NYU’s Institute for Journalism. Too bad there aren’t really investigative journalism jobs anymore. Perhaps these are the kinds of classes that can bring those jobs back. [Talking Biz News]

    * The regret of every young person must be that they will never be able to duplicate this experience. [What About Clients?]

    7 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Crime, Prisons

    Criminally Yours: The Great Prison Break

    Columnist Toni Messina discusses the New York prison break. There’s something romantic about a prison break, but what about the people left behind?

    13 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 11:01 AM
  • Not my corner office! (Image via Shutterstock.)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.22.15

    * Everyone’s a winner at Nixon Peabody, especially the millennials! The firm is doing away with the corner-office model in favor of office space reminiscent of that of tech companies, where everyone’s offices — from paralegals to partners — are the same size. [Washington Post]

    * A former North Dakota Law student is suing the school, as well as several administrators and professors, because he alleges they dismissed him via email in May due to problems with his application. Man, that’s almost as harsh as a break-up text. [WDAZ]

    * Justice Kennedy knows a lot of people who are gay, but that doesn’t mean he’ll recognize a constitutional right to same-sex marriage just because of his circle of friends and colleagues. He’ll likely do it because he knows “how meaningful this is.” [New York Times]

    * The Supreme Court is currently considering an emergency appeal out of Texas after the Fifth Circuit refused to stay a decision that would all but close the vast majority of abortion facilities in the state. Give this law the good old coat hanger, SCOTUS. [Associated Press]

    * Last week, Justice Kennedy basically invited litigants to challenge the constitutionality of solitary confinement because it “exacts a terrible price.” Step right up and become one of the first to test the power of the SCOTUS swing vote on this issue. [Los Angeles Times]

    * “Having a woman leader is no longer exceptional.” The number of women law school deans is on the rise. They make up 40 percent of incoming law school leadership, and currently comprise 30 percent of all law deans. Nice work! [National Law Journal]

    * After pleading guilty to a felony count of vehicular manslaughter back in March, California lawyer Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti was recently sentenced to four years in prison for killing a cyclist while driving high on prescription drugs Xanax and Suboxone. [Daily Mail]

    27 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 8:49 AM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Bail, Crime, Prisons

    Criminally Yours: Frayed Justice

    Housing the poor before they’re found guilty just because they can’t afford bail is just not right.

    8 Comments / / Jun 15, 2015 at 1:16 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.11.15

    * More whining about President Obama opining on Supreme Court cases while the justices “deliberate” — as though anyone’s opinion is up in the air. Apparently presidents have rarely done this. Fun fact: cynical lawyers have rarely gotten to the Supreme Court to attack a president’s landmark legislation on a tortured textual reading, but here we are. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * It’s like the Hangover. Except in prison. With more drugs. [Legal Juice]

    * Hey, remember when Jeb Bush got behind a law that required rape victims to publish their sexual histories in the newspaper until the law was shot down by the courts two years later? Good times. [Salon]

    * The Right proclaims Jeb Bush really doesn’t believe in publicly shaming women for having sex. Hm. See item 3 supra. [Legal Insurrection]

    * Wow. The Senate actually passed something. It’s a resolution hailing the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Is it a sign of my cynicism that I’m shocked even that got approved? [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Why the rationale of Roe doesn’t really matter. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Fourth Circuit panel snipes at each other over whether to call out overzealous prosecutors. It got so bad they actually sealed the opinion. [Maryland Appellate Blog]

    * Derek Khanna has a new report on patent reform written with Lincoln Labs. The fundamental premise: patents are not encouraging innovation any more. [Lincoln Labs]

    * Watchdog is reporting that Kroll Associates conveniently overlooked dozens of terrible LSAT scores in its report on University of Texas admission standards. It bears repeating: just how dumb must Abigail Fisher be to not get into this school? [Watchdog]

    * A short memoir about suing The Grateful Dead. [The Faculty Lounge]

    14 Comments / / Jun 11, 2015 at 5:29 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.22.15

    Ed. note: Above the Law will not be publishing on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

    * The settlement deal between Target and Mastercard over the 2013 data breach is dead after failing to garner the requisite issuer support. Proposed settlement: $19 million. Years of protracted litigation: Priceless. [Credit Union Times]

    * High school teacher who admitted she and another teacher had a threesome with a 16-year-old student got off — well, legally — with a slap on the wrist. Folks are starting to wonder if her dad being a sitting district judge had anything to do with that. [Times-Picayune]

    * On a similar note, Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo… fame? Is she famous? Whatever. The point is Mama June is toying with suing the TLC Network because they canceled her show over a child molester, but haven’t nuked 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of its brewing molestation scandal. When you consider these hit shows starring inbred hillbillies with molestation issues, remember that TLC stands for “The Learning Channel.” [TMZ]

    * Lawmakers pushing back against Governor Cuomo’s proposal to appoint an independent monitor to investigate police-related civilian killings. One skeptical State Senator proclaims, “What I do know is that it treats police officers different than other citizens.” Yes, because right now the police get the same kid gloves grand jury presentations the rest of us do. [Capital New York]

    * Texas prosecuted 115,782 truancies in a year, levying hefty fines and doling out jail time to kids as young as 12. Well hello there prison-industrial complex! [Al Jazeera America]

    * Are the Yankees and A-Rod gearing up for arbitration… or settlement? I don’t know, why wouldn’t you want to put a warm, likeable guy like him in front of a panel? [Concurring Opinions]

    * Judges must be the loneliest people on social media… [The Daily Record]

    * Merely complaining to your boss is enough to trigger anti-retaliation provisions according to the Second Circuit. So feel free to call up that partner you hate… [JD Supra]

    21 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 2:02 PM
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    White-Collar Crime

    Is Rakoff the Only Judge Not In Love with DOJ?

    A new essay by Judge Rakoff bemoans the tacit judicial support of mass incarceration. But why are judges backing destructive policies?

    16 Comments / / May 7, 2015 at 10:09 AM
  • "Just pull up to the next guy, he has your crack."

    Public Interest

    We’re Locking Up Fewer Kids, And That’s A Good Thing

    A new study levels a devastating critique of juvenile incarceration.

    5 Comments / / May 5, 2015 at 11:54 AM
  • Teresa Giudice (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

    Prisons, Reality TV

    ‘Real Housewives’ Star Reportedly Acting Like ‘Diva’ Behind Bars

    Orange is not the new black for realty TV star Teresa Giudice.

    13 Comments / / Apr 30, 2015 at 2:14 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.15

    * Hillary Clinton vows to end the era of mass incarceration. Just one of many things Bill Clinton left his mark on that she wishes you’d forget. [Huffington Post]

    * Protesters arrested on Monday in Baltimore weren’t even charged until today and are being held functionally without bail. Because at this point the most important industry in Baltimore is “being the setting of The Wire: The Ride.” [Gawker]

    * It’s cute when non-lawyers find out there was a person named “Learned Hand.” [io9]

    * At 10:00am tomorrow, the Constitutional Accountability Center is live-streaming a panel, “Home Stretch at the Supreme Court.” Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog is moderating and panelists include Yaakov Roth of Jones Day, Elizabeth Wydra Chief Counsel of CAC, and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block, who incidentally argued Lawrence v. Texas. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * New York Law School has a beautiful building and have been renting out space to Rochester’s Business School to make a quick buck on the side. Now they’re going to offer joint programs with the business school, maybe their grads can find jobs in other fields. [Crain’s]

    * Chief Justice Roberts doubted the marriage equality arguments, instead championing the importance of letting legislatures decide. Like, if the Senate passes a law unanimously we should respect that intent, right? Derp. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * From Amanda Devereux: 13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Lawyer. [Cosmopolitan]

    * Everything you need to know about videotaping the police. [Concurring Opinions]

    17 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.15

    220px-Antonin_Scalia,_SCOTUS_photo_portrait* That new Justice Scalia play we’ve been talking about is a delightful piece of fiction. And by “fiction,” we mean it portrays Scalia as nuanced and complex as opposed to the right-wing rubber stamp he’s become. [Slate]

    * A glossy firm website doesn’t quite match the reality of Google Street View. [Roll On Friday]

    * Texas wants to make it illegal for you to tape a cop beating. That’s ridiculous enough, but that’s not the end of the sentence. Texas wants to make it illegal for you to tape a cop beating… you. [Lowering The Bar]

    * Court rules that neighbor’s Wifi harmed the plaintiff. I suppose he could have mitigated any damage if he’d worn his tinfoil hat more often. [New Mexico Courts]

    * A fascinating, still updating Twitter feed recounting 5 months in lockup. It’s part of a promotion for a new ebook Life Locked (affiliate link). It’s like Orange Is The New Black with a lot fewer lesbians. [Life Locked]

    * Speaking of prisons, would feeding prisoners to lions really be much worse than the hellholes we currently keep them in? [Redline]

    * The new Miss D.C. U.S.A. is an Oklahoma City University School of Law grad. It’s a J.D. Advantage position. [Washington Post]

    * An essay has surfaced allegedly written by ATL mainstay Kyle Bristow’s soon-to-be ex-wife. She… doesn’t sound happy. [View from 206]

    * Conservatives have some issues with Loretta Lynch, but are they blowing one complaint wildly out of proportion? [WiseLawNY]

    20 Comments / / Mar 27, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • yale law school

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.17.15

    * A ballsy decision dripping with prestige? It seems that a few too many students at Yale Law School requested access to their student admissions evaluation records under FERPA, so instead of handing them over, Yale deleted them. [New Republic]

    * Here’s some good news for women attorneys visiting clients in Massachusetts jails: you’ll no longer be forced to lift up your shirt and shake out your bra if your underwire makes the metal detector go off. Instead, you’ll get felt up a pat down. [Boston Globe]

    * According to early data culled for the Am Law 100 rankings, from revenue to profits per partner to revenue per lawyer, Winston & Strawn posted record financial results in 2014. Perhaps the days of no-offers and layoffs are long gone for this firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * Just because more people took the LSAT in February, it doesn’t mean that the law school crisis is over. It does, however, mean that law school administrators may soon be wishcasting the year-over-year growth of their first-year classes. [National Law Journal]

    * Rahul Gupta, the graduate student who used the tried and true “my girlfriend did it” defense during his trial for the fatal stabbing of a Georgetown Law student, was convicted on first-degree murder charges yesterday. He’ll be sentenced on April 16. [WJLA]

    24 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.12.15

    * When the judge starts quoting Monty Python, it means he hates you. [Lowering the Bar]

    * When a tax official died at the office, it took his co-workers two days to notice. To paraphrase Roger Sterling, “he died as he lived: surrounded by people who didn’t pay attention to him.” [TaxProf Blog]

    * What makes a client want to hire a particular lawyer? Is it Throwback Thursday pics of the lawyers as kids? No? These lawyers think it is. [Legal Cheek]

    * The “stop hitting yourself theory of statutory interpretation” is my new favorite canon. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Radio Shack is going under, which is the perfect time to ask: what if it was a HYDRA front all along? [The Legal Geeks]

    * If America wants to incarcerate fewer people, it needs to take a hard look at what it plans to do with violent offenders, because they’re a bigger part of the prison system than most realize. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Today would be Jack Kerouac’s 93rd birthday. In case you wanted to imagine a life unchained from your desk, you should read some of his stuff. [What About Clients?]

    10 Comments / / Mar 12, 2015 at 5:07 PM
  • Escape From Prison

    Crime, Prisons

    Self-Confessed Child Killer To Be Set Free As A Result Of ‘Good Time’ Loophole

    The case of Philip DeSelle highlights the tragedy of a glaring loophole in Louisiana’s “good time” laws that stood for years.

    / Jan 21, 2015 at 4:02 PM