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  • 2013

    Admin, Announcements, Asians, Bar Exams, Biglaw, Bonuses, Celebrities, Divorce Train Wrecks, Law Schools, Magic Circle, Money, Partner Issues, Pro Se Litigants, Racism, Rankings, Reality TV, Sexism, Small Law Firms, U.S. News, Videos, Women's Issues, YouTube

    Above the Law’s Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013

    What were the 10 biggest stories about the legal profession in 2013, according to readers of Above the Law?

    4 Comments / / Dec 31, 2013 at 3:37 PM
  • Elf_movie

    Baseball, ERISA, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Pro Se Litigants, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.24.13

    Ed. note: Merry Christmas! We will resume our normal publication schedule on Boxing Day. We hope you have a wonderful holiday, and we thank you for your readership.

    * Adoption, probate, and Elf. You know what child welfare really needs to look into is leaving kids to be raised in a sweatshop; that seems like a much bigger problem than an intestate parent. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Were you looking for analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision in Kansas v. Cheever, but don’t have time to commit to a full article? Here it is in Haiku. [Supreme Court Haiku]

    * Man declared a “quarrelsome litigant.” What’s the threshold for that moniker? Well, he filed a case against the Dominican Republic for “bad weather.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * The Top 5 arrests of guys dressed as Santa. [Legally Weird]

    * Professor Barry Sullivan of Loyola-Chicago explains how A Christmas Carol shaped his legal philosophy. And yet, if one were to pick one Dickens book to prepare a young lawyer for the profession, a better bet would be Bleak House (affiliate link). [TaxProf Blog]

    * Happy anniversary to the Curt Flood case! [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    3 Comments / / Dec 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM
  • John Farren and Mary Farren

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Divorce Train Wrecks, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Legal Ethics, Pro Se Litigants, Trials, Violence, White House Counsel

    Ex-Skadden Lawyer Wins $28.6 Million From Her Ex-Husband (A Former GC And White House Lawyer)

    It’s hard to believe how badly everything turned out for this former power couple; she was once a lawyer at Skadden, and he served as general counsel to a Fortune 500 company and as a deputy White House counsel.

    29 Comments / / Dec 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM
  • Nose candy for pimps.

    Amy Schulman, Biglaw, Boalt Hall, Drugs, Gay, General Counsel, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Se Litigants, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 12.19.13

    * An NSA review panel thinks the Chief Justice of the United States shouldn’t be the only one appointing judges to the FISA Court. We imagine John Roberts is pulling a Stuart Smalley. Don’t worry, you’re good enough. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Sadly, Amy Schulman, one of America’s most influential lawyers and best-paid general counsel, is out at Pfizer. After leading the charge against outside counsel’s hourly billing, we doubt she’ll head back to DLA Piper. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Scott Bloch, former head of the Office of Special Counsel in the GWB administration, allegedly hated gay staffers so much he shipped them to Detroit. That settles it: he really hated them. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed a bill that would ban all private employers — except the government — from running credit checks on new hires. Let’s go rack up some credit card debt! [National Law Journal]

    * Law schools are facing enrollment problems, but Boalt Hall and Santa Clara Law saw the size of their entering classes rise. Flooding the entry-level job market continues to be celebrated. [The Recorder]

    * “Yes — I do share nose candy with these girls. For free. For my personal use, OK?” Pro se litigants say the darndest things. Good thing this guy got an attorney before things got worse. [Albany Times Union]

    5 Comments / / Dec 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • contract attorney LF 2 document review document coding

    BuckleySandler, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, Pro Se Litigants, Staff Attorneys / Discovery Attorneys

    Which Law Firm Is Getting Sued By A Contract Attorney Now?

    A contract attorney sues a law firm, alleging everyone was out to get him.

    8 Comments / / Dec 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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    Lunacy, Pro Se Litigants, State Judges, Videos

    Pro Se Litigant Starts Yelling At A Judge And It’s All On Video

    Watch one man fly off the handle about the tyranny of paying $26.

    35 Comments / / Dec 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM
  • Angry blonde female judge in black robe with gavel. Focus on Gavel.

    Benchslaps, Federal Judges, Pro Se Litigants, Screw-Ups

    Federal Judge Issues Sick Burn, Compares Lawyer’s Filings To Those Of Pro Se Litigant

    What could this attorney have done to anger the judge so terribly?

    29 Comments / / Nov 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM
  • Remember Ecce Homo?

    Craigslist, Football, iPhone, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Lawrence Lessig, Non-Sequiturs, Pro Se Litigants, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.25.13

    * Apple gave the iPhone 5 fingerprint database to the NSA. This would be a gross invasion of privacy but Tim Cook masterminded this, so the NSA got the Ecce Homo of fingerprint image captures. [Hackers News Bulletin]

    * Charlie Sheen got dismissed from jury duty after only one day. #winning [TMZ]

    * Gordon from Sesame Street lost his palimony case. That’s because he was trying to duck out on the woman who mothered his “1… 2… 3… 4 kids! [thunderclap] Ah… ah… ah!” [Jezebel]

    * Remember the early days of Twitter? Legal Cheek went back and found some of the earliest Tweets from British legal luminaries. It’s just funnier when you imagine an English accent saying, “I appear to be on Twitter… why, I have no idea.” [Legal Cheek]

    * If you saw last week’s post on crazy people who claim that no court can try them because of maritime law, check out this epic opinion from Canada. Identifying those folks, like the maritime gang from last week, as Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (“OPCA”) litigants, the opinion is 180 pages seeking “to uncover, expose, collate, and publish the tactics employed by the OPCA community.” [Alberta Courts]

    * Police crack down on a motorized bar stool. That’s fair, because if there’s one motor vehicle that you’re likely to fall off… [Lowering the Bar]

    * Professor Ilya Somin is touring the country and coming to a law school near you promoting his new book Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter (affiliate link). Small government does usually smart, as in “cause a sharp, stinging pain.” [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * An HLS grad working for the World Bank was rescued from the Kenyan mall hostage crisis. We wish her the best. [Daily Mail]

    * Senator Elizabeth Warren and Professor Lawrence Lessig are going to be speaking at an event called “The Founders v. The Roberts Court: Corruption, Campaign Finance, and McCutcheon v. FEC” tomorrow at noon Eastern. The event will be livestreamed at the link. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Craigslist is suing Craigstruck, a company that specializes in delivering items ordered off of Craigslist. It’s how all those $5/hour attorneys get from place to place. Anyway, the owner of Craigstruck proposed to settle the legal dispute via football wager with Craigslist. If only all disputes could be settled this way. Video wager after the jump…

    6 Comments / / Sep 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • pirate holding a  blank sign with knife in mouth

    Jurisdiction, Lunacy, Maritime Law, Pro Se Litigants, Videos, Weirdness

    The Stupid Pro Se Legal ‘Theory’ Making the Rounds

    Here’s some more color on the nature of this encroachment of maritime jurisdiction onto our soil — land ho!

    47 Comments / / Sep 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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    Law Schools, Lawsuit of the Day, Pro Se Litigants

    Law Student Sues School For Making Him Retake a Class He Failed

    Schools just can’t get over that requirement that you “actually pass” classes to graduate.

    115 Comments / / Sep 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM
  • iStock_000016692030XSmall-RF

    Crime, Pro Se Litigants, Rape, State Judges

    Court Clerk Helps Free Innocent Man and Gets Fired For Her Effort

    Proving that judges and prosecutors are wrong may be hazardous to your career.

    51 Comments / / Aug 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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    Pro Se Litigants, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    R.I.P. Pro Se Litigants Before the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court has finally revised its rules to prevent a non-lawyer from arguing before the Court.

    12 Comments / / Jul 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM
  • Opening Day

    Barack Obama, Blogging, Election Law, Gambling / Gaming, Law Schools, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Pro Se Litigants, Rankings, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.01.13

    * It’s amazing that sports betting is not legal in New Jersey. What possible moral wackadoodle says that it’s okay to have something like the Jersey Shore (the place, not just the TV show), but you can’t take Michigan to out-shoot the Syracuse zone and then break Louisville’s legs. [Legal Blitz]

    * Cloud tools for lawyers. Or as partners understand them: “Newfangled virtual file cabinets.” [Smart File Blog]

    * Pro se prisoner wins! He probably wouldn’t have had he consulted a lawyer. [Simple Justice]

    * Actually, congratulations to Christopher J. Paolella, who argued before the Court on behalf of Kim Millbrook — and scored a 9-0 victory. [Reich & Paolella]

    * Apparently “we gotta fix that” is Obama-speak for “Let’s form a commission to study how Republicans are disenfranchising voters instead of actually stopping them.” [NPR via Election Law Blog]

    * Goodbye and good luck to Bruce Carton of Legal Blog Watch. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * I thought this was a law already on the books in Mississippi. [The Onion]

    * Instead of Angie’s List ranking law schools, I’d like to see U.S. News ranking plumbers. Undoubtedly, they’d use size of exposed butt crack as a key factor. [TaxProf Blog]

    1 Comment / / Apr 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM
  • Romance Novel

    Adoption, Books, Copyright, D.C. Circuit, Environment / Environmental Law, Kids, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Sandra Day O'Connor

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.01.13

    * Court rules that overlapping elements between romance novels do not amount to infringement. I mean, there’s only so many ways to phrase “throbbing member.” [Courthouse News Service]

    * Pinellas County, Florida (Tampa Bay area) returns to using fluoridated water after a governmental sea change brought on by the issue. Don’t they understand the Communist plot to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids? [Tampa Bay Times]

    * In fairness, I think pro se litigants generally have a pretty good ineffective assistance claim. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The D.C. Circuit managed to irritate both environmentalists and industry by affirming Fish and Wildlife’s designation of polar bears as “threatened.” It’s a nice middle ground. You know who else would appreciate some middle ground? A polar bear clinging to a shrinking ice floe. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor thinks kids need a healthier respect for the American democratic process. It would be unfortunate if the will of a democratic majority could get hijacked by five partisan hacks. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Following up on yesterday’s profile of Lindsay Lohan’s attorney Mark Heller, the judge declared him “incompetent.” Fair enough. [TMZ]

    * Oh, but trust him, he’s a doctor (of law). [The Economist]

    * To quote the inimitable Spencer Hall, “Fine, here, cry.” [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Mar 1, 2013 at 5:13 PM
  • Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pro Se Litigants, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.18.13

    * Maker’s Mark will not get diluted after all — likely causing a shortage. Start hoarding mediocre bourbon, folks! [Wonkblog]

    * If you’ve ever wondered what the Supreme Court feels like to a pro se petitioner, here’s your answer. “Simply put, the Supreme Court uses its desktop publishing and printing guidelines as a weapon against the American public.” So much for “the least dangerous branch.” [Aaron Greenspan]

    * “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Russia’s taking that phrase to a whole new level by pushing forward with a criminal tax evasion trial against a dead man. This is the first case of its kind since United States v. Bernie Lomax. [Reuters]

    * Is the pressure mounting on the Washington Redskins to change their name? It’s an interesting take, but overlooks one important detail: Dan Snyder is a tone deaf jerk. [Sports Law Blog]

    * Computer science students realize that taking collective action to intentionally fail the test was better than trying to pass it. It’s like The Producers of education. And if this grading policy applied to 1Ls, there’d be at least one jerk who defected to ruin everyone else’s curve. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Ten points to Gryffindor if you know what “tumid” means. Because you’re going to have to know before you pass through Ohio again. [Legal Juice]

    4 Comments / / Feb 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • Atari console

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Education / Schools, Guns / Firearms, Kasowitz Benson, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Pro Se Litigants, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.22.13

    * Two guys, one gun, three wounded. Definitely what the Founders intended. [KENS 5]

    * Here’s the affirmance of the dismissal of Greg Berry’s $77 million lawsuit against Kasowitz Benson. Fun times. [Appellate Division, First Department]

    * Ex-girlfriends are uniting to go after a revenge porn site. If this stupid site ruins Section 230 for everybody, I’m going to be pissed. [Jezebel]

    * Not that anybody should need the help, but here is another reason to hate lawyers. [She Negotiates / Forbes]

    * Honestly, I kind of forgot Gitmo was still open. What with all the talk of having a progressive president, I kind of assumed that this would have been a promise he kept and stuff. [How Appealing]

    * Speaking of things I’ve forgotten about, say hello to the 27th Amendment. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * It looks like the world has forgotten about Atari. [Bloomberg Law]

    5 Comments / / Jan 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • Kasowitz-Benson-Torres-Friedman-LLP-logo1-260x89

    Biglaw, Kasowitz Benson, Pro Se Litigants, Ridiculousness

    Gregory Berry’s ‘Superior Legal Mind’ is Back in Action on the Appeal of His $77 Million Case Against Kasowitz Benson

    Gregory Berry’s back, and his legal mind is as superior as ever in the appeal of his $77 million case against Kasowitz Benson.

    48 Comments / / Jan 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM
  • Graduate-Holding-Empty-Piggy-Bank

    Bankruptcy, Clerkships, Crime, Drugs, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law Schools, Layoffs, Money, Morning Docket, Politics, Pro Se Litigants, Romance and Dating, S.D.N.Y., Sam Sparks, State Judges, Student Loans, Texas, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 08.13.12

    * In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Putting politics aside, this is a great pick, if only because Ryan is so handsome. Seriously, he’s a total stud. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “How can I be the one guy with a good degree who is going to be chronically unemployed?” Sadly, many lawyers are still looking for jobs after (multiple) layoffs, but thanks to a lack of positions, employment is just “not in the cards” for them. [New York Times]

    * Deadliest clerkship? The Washington, D.C. judge who presided over one of the most violent mass shooting cases in the nation’s capital was reportedly held up at gunpoint last week, with her law clerk in tow. [Fox DC]

    * Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Texas. Judge Sam Sparks “know[s] the smell of bad fish,” and now wants to know why the USADA waited so long to bring charges against Lance Armstrong. [Bloomberg]

    * After reversing a bankruptcy court’s decision that loan repayment would be an “undue hardship” for a law-school debtor, a judge took the time to rip law schools a new one over escalating tuition. [Oregonian]

    * Match.com class-action plaintiffs found no love in court after a federal judge ruled that the dating website hadn’t breached its user agreement. Much like their love lives, their claims aren’t getting any action. [Reuters]

    * A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client: 23% of all cases filed in the federal court for the S.D.N.Y. are brought by pro-se litigants, and the vast majority of them seem to have lost their minds. [New York Post]

    5 Comments / / Aug 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM