Pro Se Litigants

  • 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]

    * 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
  • Baylor Law School

    Grade Reform, Law Schools, Old People, Pro Se Litigants, Texas

    Pro Se Filing of the Day: Baylor Law Discriminates Against People Whose GPAs Predate Grade Inflation

    Does Baylor Law discriminate against applicants on the basis of age? This guy thinks so…

    24 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
  • happy sperm

    Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Billable Hours, California, Celebrities, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drugs, FDA, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Pro Se Litigants, Sam Sparks, Sports

    Morning Docket: 07.10.12

    * Dewey know how many professional firms have been allowed to stay on as advisers for the largest law firm bankruptcy in U.S. history? Six out of nine firms were permitted to continue services, but Proskauer wasn’t one of them. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * In other defunct firm news, Al Togut will be presenting Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former partners with a proposed settlement on Wednesday. You’ve been warned: prepare yourselves for some Biglaw-style bitching. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Despite reports of the billable hour going the way of the dodo bird, it looks like they’re here to stay. Right now, corporate law departments are still much more excited about alternative billing arrangements than law firms. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Judge Sam Sparks, the King of Benchslaps, dismissed Lance Armstrong’s lawsuit against the USADA in record time. That ruling came too quickly — guess it’s time to investigate judicial doping. [New York Times]

    * Marc Dreier’s son, Spencer Dreier, is representing himself pro se in a defamation suit against his former college roommate. Looks like Daddy couldn’t spring for his kid’s lawyer while he was in the clink. [Bloomberg]

    * A California woman claims that the Food and Drug Administration’s methods regarding sperm donations are unconstitutional. Why should she have to go to an intermediary to get sperminated? [Huffington Post]

    * Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s not exactly something to be proud of. Actor Dwayne Johnson is listed as a “co-conspirator” in a $1.8M fraud lawsuit that’s been filed by a South Florida family. [NBC Miami]

    10 Comments / / Jul 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • The Kardashian Sisters

    Celebrities, Jonathan Lee Riches, Pro Se Litigants, Ridiculousness

    Pro Se Filing of the Day: Jonathan Lee Riches v. The Kardashian Sisters

    Jonathan Lee Riches is back, and he’s sued the Kardashian sisters. What are his allegations?

    30 Comments / / Jun 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM
  • Facebook, Pro Se Litigants, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    No, You Can’t Sue Your Uncle For Putting Embarrassing Family Photos On Facebook

    At this point, nearly everyone has at least one friend who finds perverse joy in posting stupid, unflattering photos of their friends to Facebook. Maybe drunk photos or maybe just dorky, grody ones from right after you ran a marathon or something. In these mildly annoying situations, most people would untag the photos and then […]

    11 Comments / / Feb 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM
  • Airplanes / Aviation, Lawsuit of the Day, Pro Se Litigants, Racism, Travel / Vacation

    Lawsuit of the Day: Nightmare Vacation for Rich ‘Honkeys’

    Don’t you just hate it when rude and inefficient airline administrators ruin your vacation by stranding you on the ski leg of your vacation in Aspen, causing you to almost miss your cruise leaving out of Florida? It’s so annoying to have to stay in a series of luxury hotels across the country because the […]

    32 Comments / / Feb 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM
  • Contracts, Immigration, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Se Litigants, Technology

    Morning Docket: 01.17.12

    * How many one percenters do you think are members of the 11%? According to this poll, Congressional approval ratings have hit an all-time low. Looks like it’s time to occupy Congress. [CNN] * Wikipedia is planning a site-wide blackout this Wednesday to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act. At least they’re giving some advance […]

    9 Comments / / Jan 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM
  • 'What are you looking at?'

    Biglaw, Kasowitz Benson, Labor / Employment, Lawsuit of the Day, Litigators, Pro Se Litigants, Ridiculousness, Rudeness, State Judges

    Berry v. Kasowitz Benson: Superior Legal Mind Fails to Conquer

    It appears that Gregory Berry’s “superior legal mind” failed to impress Justice Eileen Bransten of New York Supreme Court. Ruling from the bench, she dismissed his entire case, with prejudice. But that’s not all. Her Honor was displeased when Berry walked out of her courtroom before the hearing was over, while she was still putting her ruling on the record….

    56 Comments / / Jan 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM
  • Bad Ideas, Contracts, Crime, Lawsuit of the Day, Pro Se Litigants

    Lawsuit of the Day: Kidnapper Sues Hostages for Breach of Contract

    Oh, you fell through a skylight while you were attempting to burglarize a home and cut your arm? File a lawsuit! You tried to steal a television set from your neighbor and got bitten by his dog in the process? Time to litigate! So, what happens when you’re on the run and you decide to break into a couple’s home and hold them hostage? Our latest pro se litigant decided to up the ante. He’s suing his former kidnapping victims for breach of contract….

    72 Comments / / Dec 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM
  • Benchslaps, Biglaw, Minority Issues, Pro Se Litigants, Racism

    Benchslap of the Day: A Case of Having Too Much Flair

    Remember Venus Springs? She’s the former Mayer Brown associate who alleged discrimination and filed a Title VII complaint against the firm after being fired in September 2008. Well, she’s back, and she’s brought a whole new lawsuit to the table. So, who is Springs suing this time, and what are her allegations? We’ll give you that information, plus the details of the benchslap associated with her latest case, after the jump….

    32 Comments / / Nov 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Crime, Pro Se Litigants, Trials, Violence

    It’s Like Having Hannibal Lecter as a Client

    It’s been a week of violence here at Above the Law. Between the murder-suicide guy and the judge who beat his disabled daughter, there’s been too much disturbing sadness. Here at Above the Law, we prefer violence that is maybe, just a little, funny. For those who appreciate the lighter side of crime, we’ve got […]

    48 Comments / / Nov 2, 2011 at 5:57 PM
  • Biglaw, Defamation, Disability Law, Health Care / Medicine, Labor / Employment, Minority Issues, Pro Se Litigants, Racism, Sexism, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Discrimination Lawsuit Potpourri: Proskauer Rose and Ropes & Gray

    What do Proskauer Rose and Ropes & Gray have in common (besides the seven shared letters in their firm names)? They are both leading law firms. They both have major presences, their two biggest offices, in New York and Boston. They both have blue and gray in their logos. And they are both involved in […]

    18 Comments / / Oct 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM
  • Biglaw, Jeremy Pitcock, Kasowitz Benson, Labor / Employment, Lawsuit of the Day, Litigators, Pro Se Litigants

    Berry v. Kasowitz Benson: The Empire Strikes Back

    Kasowitz Benson comes to bury Berry, not to praise him. The firm has moved to dismiss the $77 million lawsuit filed against it by Gregory S. Berry, the former first-year associate at Kasowitz who claimed that the firm wrongfully terminated his employment due to its inability to handle his “superior legal mind.” The firm’s brief is fairly straightforward, advancing the arguments you’d expect it to make. Let’s have a look, shall we?

    97 Comments / / Sep 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM