Public defenders

  • PD house 1

    Lawyerly Lairs

    Lawyerly Lairs: Public Defenders Have Homes With Indoor Plumbing!

    What kind of house can you afford on a public defender’s salary?

    40 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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    Quote of the Day

    Defense Counsel Doesn’t Like ‘Poopyheads’

    A public defender has some fun with her filings.

    7 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, S.D.N.Y., State Judges Are Clowns

    Morning Docket: 07.09.14

    * Alan Jacobs, Dewey’s bankruptcy trustee, says his clawback suit shouldn’t be stayed during the defendants’ criminal cases — after all, he doesn’t want their assets to dry up while they “scramble to defend themselves.” [New York Law Journal]

    * Rengan Rajaratnam, Raj Rajaratnam’s little brother, was acquitted in his insider trading conspiracy case. It’s the first defeat in Preet Bharara’s financial crackdown against hedge funds. Tough break, dude. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Sore loser? Andrew J. Weinstock, the public defender who got into a fight with Judge John “I’ll Just Beat Your Ass” Murphy, resigned from his position in protest of the judge’s return to the bench. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * There are many things nontraditional applicants should ask before going to law school, including, but not limited to, whether they’ll ever be able to find employment after graduation. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * Oscar Pistorius’s attorney closed his defense of his client in the ongoing murder trial, and Judge Thokozile Masipa has adjourned all arguments in the controversial case until next month. [Bloomberg]

    4 Comments / / Jul 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • Technology today's tech

    Crime, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Technology, Trials

    Today’s Tech: A Public Defender And Her iPad

    Tech columnist Niki Black looks at how one criminal defense attorney uses an iPad to support her practice and better represent her clients.

    17 Comments / / Jun 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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    Videos

    Patton Oswalt As General Zod’s Public Defender, ‘Leg-El’

    If you’ve ever wondered how General Zod got railroaded in that trial…

    2 Comments / / May 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM
  • mekka-don

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Crime, Job Searches, Kasowitz Benson, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rap, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 03.27.14

    * The federal judiciary is hiring for staff and public defender positions lost during the government’s sequestration throughout the better part of last year. Ready, aim, fire those résumés! [Legal Times]

    * New York Biglaw firms always manage to find their way to the top of the Am Law 100 rankings. When all’s said and done, being so close to Wall Street definitely has its perks. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

    * Absolutely no one should be alarmed about the fact that Kasowitz Benson’s profits per partner have dropped by 15 percent — well, no one but the equity partners, that is. Have fun with that. [Am Law Daily]

    * The managing partner of Jacoby & Meyers is worried people will think his personal injury firm is going under, not Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy. Either way, those commercials won’t die. [New York Law Journal]

    * A professor at George Mason University Law was pepper sprayed IN THE FAAAAAACE by an unknown assailant in his classroom yesterday afternoon. We’ll obvious have more on this story later. [ARLNow]

    * La Verne is the first law school to offer flat-rate tuition. There will be no scholarships and no discounts. Students will pay $25K/year, nothing more, nothing less. This is, dare we say, wise. [National Law Journal]

    * “Passion over pension.” Mekka Don, the Weil Gotshal corporate lit attorney turned rapper, just released his first CD, and it’s all about leaving Biglaw to follow his dreams. Go buy it here (affiliate link). [MTV]

    5 Comments / / Mar 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • Monica Marie Jenkins

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    Hotties, Romance and Dating, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Very Prestigious Lawyers Are Selling Themselves To Women For The Highest Price

    Who is the most prestigious piece of lawyerly man meat? See for yourself….

    26 Comments / / Jan 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM
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  • Sleeping with Documents

    American Bar Association / ABA, Banking Law, Biglaw, China, Contract Attorneys, Crime, Document Review, Job Searches, Law Schools, Lawyerly Lairs, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Public Interest, Real Estate, Sex Scandals, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 12.10.13

    * Stan Stallworth, the Sidley partner accused of sexual assault, has hired a prominent criminal defense attorney to represent him in the case while the firm stands by its man. [Am Law Daily]

    * Wall Street regulators are considering approval of a formidable version of the Volcker Rule that would ban banks from proprietary trading. Voting occurs later today. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Skadden Arps has asked a judge to toss an FLSA lawsuit filed against the firm by one of its document reviewers. Aww, silly contract attorney — there’s no way you’re getting overtime pay. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Weil Gotshal is still leaking like a sieve. This time, Bruce Colbath, a partner from the firm’s New York office, defected to the Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice group at Sheppard Mullin. [Market Wired]

    * Lawyerly Lairs, China Edition: Raymond Li, chair of the Greater China practice at Paul Hastings, just purchased a townhouse for about $95 million. He paid for it in straight cash, homie. [Wall Street Journal]

    * They’re extremely tardy to the party, but if the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar gets its way, law schools will be subject to random audits of their employment stats. [ABA Journal]

    * It’s a tough job that “can really beat you down,” but an organization called Gideon’s Promise just made it a whole lot easier for law students to secure jobs as public defenders in the South. [National Law Journal]

    14 Comments / / Dec 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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    Gay, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Plaintiffs Firms, Romance and Dating

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.08.13

    * Stay tuned after the credits of Captain Phillips to see the part where the crew accuses him of negligence and sues him for millions. [Findlaw]

    * Graphs showing the extent of growth in the ten states with the most and least growth in attorneys over the last ten years. The Texas legal market is growing dangerously fast. I sure hope it doesn’t lead to massive layoffs and the shuttering of offices. Weil have to wait and see. [Associate’s Mind]

    * In Nevada, Heather can now have two (legal) mommies. [ABA Journal]

    * The push for the federal government to overhaul the public defender system is gaining momentum. Too bad there’s still no “federal government” to speak of. [NPR]

    * Senior lawyers editing their juniors should take it easy with the red pen. A lot of the time, seniors are not editing to improve the product, but to make it sound like they wrote it, and this is the wrong approach. Senior attorneys have a narcissism problem? Never! [At Counsel Table]

    * A new blog featuring law school deans discussing legal education seeks bloggers. Which deans will walk into the spotlights to accept the public abuse? [Law Professor Blogs Network]

    * The next time you use Tinder to find a hot date, you just might be treated to an advertisement for a plaintiff’s firm. Image after the jump…

    1 Comment / / Oct 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM
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    Crime

    Slate Suggests Public Defenders Are Incompetent; Public Defenders Disagree

    Don’t mess with people who argue tough cases for a living.

    21 Comments / / Jul 29, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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    9th Circuit, American Bar Association / ABA, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 04.30.13

    * Underneath this jurist’s robe you’ll find a sling. Justice Stephen Breyer had to have shoulder replacement surgery this weekend thanks to his latest bike accident, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. [Associated Press]

    * A Ninth Circuit judge has ruled that an assistant federal public defender and her wife are entitled to federal health benefits. Take that, DOMA. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Judy Clarke, one of the nation’s best capital defense lawyers, will be joining Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s legal team. She’s pretty good at keeping people alive, but we’ll see how this one goes for her. [Bloomberg]

    * The ABA may do away with faculty tenure requirements for accreditation. No security of position? It looks like there’s a storm coming, law professors, so go get your bread and milk! [National Law Journal]

    * Prospective law students are being counseled to take advantage of the smaller applicant pool, but it won’t look so small when they can’t get jobs. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * “Gay marriage? Hell no, let’s make all marriages civil unions.” Minnesota senators want to put couples on an even playing field — one that isn’t recognized by the government. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    2 Comments / / Apr 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • Apparently a needed essential for Justice Breyer?

    Affirmative Action, Biglaw, Deaths, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Sports, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    Afternoon Docket: 04.29.13

    Ed. note: Apologies for the technical difficulties that have prevented us from posting until now. Thanks for your patience!

    * Attention prospective law school applicants: affirmative action, at least as we currently know it, may not be long for this world. A decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas case is expected as early as this week. Stay tuned. [Reuters]

    * Justice Stephen Breyer had to get shoulder replacement surgery after having yet another bike accident (his third, actually). Please — somebody, anybody — get this man some training wheels. Justice is at stake! [New York Times]

    * “We’re not going to take it, goodbye.” That’s what retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wishes the high court would have said when it came to the controversial Bush v. Gore case. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Thanks to the sequester, the Boston bombings case may turn into a “David and Goliath” situation. Sorry, Dzhokhar, but your defense team may be subject to 15 days of furlough. [National Law Journal]

    * George Gallantz, the “founding father” of Proskauer’s sports law practice, RIP. [New York Law Journal]

    * Leo Branton Jr., the defense attorney at the helm of the Angela Davis trial, RIP. [New York Times]

    11 Comments / / Apr 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM
  • Joan_Holloway_Wiki

    Blogging, Crime, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.24.13

    Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! While we focus a lot on lawyers, judges, and law schools around here, I wanted to take this opportunity to appreciate our legal staff audience — the legal secretaries, paralegals, clerks, recruiters, office managers, word processors, receptionists, and everyone else affiliated with the legal practice other than the J.D. crowd. Not only do you do great work, but you also help keep this site running with your anonymous tips. Keep ‘em coming! [Above the Law]

    * Why yes, I do want a Tumblr of GIFs about public defenders. [What the Public Defender]

    * A mega-retailer with a reputation for ruthlessly destroying its competitors makes life difficult for anyone who has to subpoena them? No! [Associate’s Mind]

    * UVA College Republicans see a massive infringement of student rights in the administration’s decision that fraternities conclude pledging early as an anti-hazing measure. Republicans: Protecting your God-given right to create a naked pyramid since Abu Ghraib. [Cavalier Daily]

    * “The Blogger as Public Intellectual.” See, we’re a lot more than dick jokes about law firms, people. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Of all the reasons to lock your cell phone, “To Avoid Arrest” is one of them. [Legal Juice]

    * Biglaw explained: Clinical depression is contagious. [Law and More]

    * SJL Attorney Search has acquired The Shannon Group, a Washington, D.C.-based career transition, coaching and talent development firm. [SJL Shannon Press Release via Wall Street Journal]

    * Arrested Development is coming back soon! Check out this infographic that tells you which Arrested Development character you are. To the surprise of no one, I’m Lucille. Unfortunately, Barry Zuckercorn, Maggie Lizer, and Bob Loblaw aren’t options. [OK Gorgeous]

    2 Comments / / Apr 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    Constitutional Law, Crime, War on Terror

    The Lawyers Representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    Thank God for public defenders…

    91 Comments / / Apr 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM
  • movie slate

    Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Movies, Videos, YouTube

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Filmmaker

    Why be a lawyer when you can make movies about law instead?

    1 Comment / / Feb 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

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