Probation

  • Allison Bergman

    Legal Ethics, Sex Scandals

    Ex-Biglaw Partner Gets License Suspended For Sexual Relationship With Client

    A lesson for all lawyers: never let a client check out your “briefs.”

    33 Comments / / Jun 4, 2015 at 11:16 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.29.15

    * It may have taken two years, but Lindsay Lohan finally completed her community service for her reckless driving conviction. In other news, for the first time in almost eight years, the Hollywood has-been is off probation. Yay! [Los Angeles Times]

    * A former staff attorney at Drinker Biddle was suspended from practice after overbilling his time doing doc review work by just a tad — 418.5 hours, to be exact. He owes the firm $12,500 to be paid in monthly installments of $100. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * An ex-assistant dean and a professor at Cleveland-Marshall Law filed suit against Dean Craig Boise, claiming he retaliated against them after they assisted the faculty in unionizing. This, after they were offered raises of $0 or $666. [Northeast Ohio Media]

    * Someone’s allegedly been a very bad boy: Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted by a federal grand jury for lying to the FBI in an attempt to conceal payoffs to a third party to cover up his “prior bad acts.” We wonder what those “bad acts” were… [BuzzFeed News]

    * We bet you didn’t know that if you get convicted for sex on the beach you’d have to serve jail time and register as a sex offender. Protip: Don’t let 3-year-olds catch you doing the dirty in public. You’ll regret it for life (or until you win an appeal). [Bradenton Herald]

    27 Comments / / May 29, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Robert Richards IV

  • Chris Brown

    Celebrities, Crime, Prisons

    Chris Brown Back In The Pokey

    Should Chris Brown be given yet another chance?

    26 Comments / / Mar 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM
  • Amanda Bynes

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Celebrities, DUI / DWI, Environment / Environmental Law, Fenwick & West, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 02.25.14

    * SCOTUS seems divided over its greenhouse gas regulation case. Just remember, justices, there’s “no such thing as greenhouse gas,” and if you think there is, you can “go f@ck yourself and die.” [Legal Times]

    * DLA Piper, Fenwick & West, and William Fry are advising on the King.com (aka Candy Crush) IPO. Cool. Know that the public will refuse to invest until those damn chocolate blockers go away. [The Lawyer]

    * “Guys like them are the reason people hate lawyers.” When your lawyers do you this badly, you end up living in one of their homes as part of a settlement. Of course this happened in Florida. [Sun Sentinel]

    * If you’re in the market for an apartment, we hear Brooklyn Law School just sold a bunch of its student housing to a real estate developer. Per the dean, the school is now so small the apartments were unnecessary. Yikes. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

    * Amanda Bynes took a plea deal on her DUI charge. She’ll serve three years of probation and pay a fine. Maybe when she’s done, she’ll pull a Lohan and appear naked in a movie. Young men can hope. [CNN]

    0 Comments / / Feb 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • 9-11-tribute-in-light-260x195

    9/11, Art, Confirmations, Department of Justice, Election 2012, Election Law, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Politics

    Morning Docket: 09.11.12

    * Politicians are barred from speaking at this year’s memorial ceremony at Ground Zero, but will this ever be a day without politics? That still remains to be seen, but it will always be a day of remembrance. Never forget. [ABC News]

    * What could possibly be more important than a resolution in the South Carolina voter ID case? Prejudice by font size. The Department of Justice is arguing over the alleged 12-point font size used by the state in a brief. Yes, seriously. [National Law Journal]

    * Stephanie Rose was confirmed by the Senate as the first female federal judge in Iowa’s Southern District by a margin of 89-1. Damn, the one guy who voted against her better have a good reason. [Des Moines Register]

    * “[He’s] still trying to exculpate himself from one of the biggest blunders in the history of jurisprudence.” O.J.’s Dream Team denied allegations that Johnnie Cochran tampered with the bloody glove. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Obama “Hope” poster — you know, the one that Paul Ryan says is fading on your wall — has been sentenced to two years’ probation for tampering with evidence. [CNN]

    * What are some of the advantages of applying to law school on an early decision basis? If anything at all, you’ll find out earlier that you won’t be getting any scholarship money. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    7 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Andy Griffith and Carol Huston star in Matlock.

    Football, Intellectual Property, Joe Biden, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.03.12

    * Nothing says justice like for-profit probation companies. [New York Times]

    * Was this really a courtroom exchange involving Redskins tight end Fred Davis, or was it a weird performance art piece/Abbott and Costello comedy routine? [Washingtonian]

    * There is no such thing as a free trip to Disney World. Well, technically there is. There are many, in fact, at least until you get caught. [Legal Juice]

    * The insane legal fight between the Oatmeal and Charles Carreon continues to get weirder. Oh yeah, and serial suer extraordinaire Jonathan Lee Riches has hopped into the fray as well. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Kim Dotcom says the order to go after Megaupload came all the way from the top. WHAT DOES JOE BIDEN WANT??? [TorrentFreak]

    * RIP Andy Griffith, a.k.a. Matlock, one of the most famous television attorneys of all time. My grandmother is probably very sad today. [WSJ Law Blog]

    4 Comments / / Jul 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM
  • lilo

    Asians, Biglaw, Blogging, Law Schools, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Old People

    Morning Docket: 04.02.12

    * Thinking of going to law school and leading a stereotypical Biglaw life of luxury? Perhaps you should consider taking ex-K&E partner Steven Harper’s class at Northwestern. You might just change your mind. [Chicago Tribune]

    * The HuffPo’s unpaid bloggers are going to stay that way for now, because Jonathan Tasini’s $105M class action suit has been dismissed. Perhaps he’ll get another SCOTUS case under his belt. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Parts of Junie Hoang’s lawsuit against IMDb have survived dismissal, but she can kiss her $1M damages claim goodbye. Too bad, because at her age, she could really use the retirement money. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Hofstra’s going to Havana, but it’s not to get career advice from Fidel. Instead, students will learn about U.S. export law. Sigh. You don’t need to go to Cuba to find out you can’t bring back cigars. [National Law Journal]

    * Who’s the latest lady love in Lindsay Lohan’s life? Shawn Holley. LiLo reportedly whispered sweet nothings into her lawyer’s ear after she was freed from the bonds of supervised probation. [Los Angeles Times]

    11 Comments / / Apr 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM
  • lindz

    Anthony Kennedy, Antitrust, Arent Fox, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.30.12

    * Statistically speaking, with its current line up, the Supreme Court is the most conservative that it’s been since the 1930s. This chart makes even Justice Kennedy looks conservative. [FiveThirtyEight / New York Times]

    * And another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust: earlier this week, Dewey lost an antitrust partner to Arent Fox. That brings the firm’s grand total of partner defections to 38. [Am Law Daily]

    * Jerry Sandusky’s trial has been postponed until June to due to “logistical contingencies” — like a motion to dismiss all of his child sex abuse charges. Meh, it’s no big deal. Same verdict, different day. [Bloomberg]

    * And on a similar note, Warren Jeffs tried — and failed — to appeal his child sex abuse conviction. Because apparently that’s what happens when you represent yourself in the hopes of overturning a life sentence. [CNN]

    * Lindsay Lohan’s supervised probation has ended, and for the time being, her legal woes are over. When will she screw up again? I’m going to give her three months, and that’s being really generous. [Daily Telegraph]

    4 Comments / / Mar 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • 4th Circuit, Biglaw, Election 2012, Election Law, Google / Search Engines, Law Schools, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Politics, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 01.18.12

    * The Fourth Circuit denied Rick Perry’s Virginia election law appeal in about four seconds flat. Not like it matters. He’s probably going to be out of the race come Saturday. [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal] * Women are having trouble making equity partner in Biglaw firms, and not because of the glass ceiling […]

    17 Comments / / Jan 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • Barack Obama, Breasts, Facebook, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson, Money, Morning Docket, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 12.15.11

    * Guys in my high school White House dropped threats to veto defense bills authorizing infinite detention of U.S. citizens all the time, it was no big deal. Nothing like bastardizing the Sixth Amendment. [New York Times] * So much for occupying the court system, eh? This judge won’t budge on dismissals, and more than […]

    3 Comments / / Dec 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM
  • 3rd Circuit, Biglaw, Breasts, Hotties, Morning Docket, Pregnancy / Paternity, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Unemployment, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 11.04.11

    * Sorry, Obama, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is alive, well, and doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon. No more Supreme Court appointments for you, buddy boy. [The Oval / USA Today] * Judge William Adams will not face charges over the beating of his daughter, Hillary Adams, due to the statute of limitations. […]

    42 Comments / / Nov 4, 2011 at 9:06 AM
  • California, Lindsay Lohan

    Breaking: Lindsay Lohan Goes Back to Jail

    It’s official: Lindsay Lohan is heading back to the slammer. She admitted to her probation violations yesterday, and waived her right to a formal hearing. Judge Stephanie Sautner sentenced LiLo to 30 days in the county lockup, but as we all know, for washed-out movie stars in California, that means she’ll be spending about a […]

    58 Comments / / Nov 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM
  • Copyright, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Facebook, Law School Deans, Lindsay Lohan, Mergers and Acquisitions, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Pictures, Sex, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 10.20.11

    * You know you’re screwed when law school folks are coming after you. A University of Hawaii Law dean has jumped aboard the “sue Facebook for wiretapping” bandwagon. [The Republic] * Walk like an Egyptian? Emory Law student, Ilan Grapel — who was detained by Egypt on espionage charges — may soon be released in […]

    25 Comments / / Oct 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM
  • 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Antitrust, Biglaw, Blind Item, Department of Justice, Facebook, Federal Judges, Free Speech, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Munger Tolles & Olson, Music

    Morning Docket: 10.19.11

    * The AT&T/T-Mobile antitrust suit is so big that not even Big Government law can handle it. The DOJ is bringing in even bigger guns with a partner from Biglaw firm Munger Tolles. [Bloomberg] * Obama has nominated former Kozinski clerk, Paul Watford, to the Ninth Circuit. Way to go, because he’s kind of cute. […]

    17 Comments / / Oct 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM
  • 9/11, Biglaw, Celebrities, Jersey Shore, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, State Judges, Tax Law, Thompson Hine, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 10.17.11

    * Wait, is this real? People actually sued al-Qaeda and expect to be paid billions of dollars in damages? Seriously? Having a major “what is this I don’t even” moment over here. [Bloomberg] * Judith Kaye is the new centerfold for the New York State Court of Appeals. She’s the first woman in history whose […]

    9 Comments / / Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17 AM