Racial Profiling

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    Non-Sequiturs: 07.27.15

    * Conan O’Brien faces a new lawsuit alleging that he stole jokes from a Twitter user’s feed. Meanwhile, Conan mulls suit against Tinder for ripping off Pimpbot 5000 character. [The Hollywood Reporter] * Snoop blames racial profiling for his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession in Sweden. Others say it’s “celebrity profiling,” suggesting that racial […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
  • Officer with Gun RF

    Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Police, Racism

    Crashing Your Car and Seeking Help While Black Is Apparently A Capital Offense

    Another weekend, another unarmed black person gets shot to death by the police.

    53 Comments / / Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM
  • Marni Halasa

    Associate Advice, Banking Law, Biglaw, Email Scandals, Law School Deans, Law Schools, listserv, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Racism, Shira Scheindlin, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.29.13

    * Is Justice Ginsburg, our favorite judicial diva, foiling her own jurisprudential legacy by refusing to retire from the Supreme Court before another president takes office? [Daily Beast]

    * Year-over-year, there’s been a double-digit drop in demand for legal services, so now is a great time to start speculating about which firm will be the next to conduct layoffs. [Am Law Daily]

    * Don’t despair, the results of the Am Law Midlevel Survey are out, and associates are more satisfied than ever — except for the women. They’re “leaning out,” so to speak. [Am Law Daily]

    * New York City (d/b/a Mayor Michael Bloomberg) wants Judge Shira Scheindlin to stay her stop-and-frisk rulings pending appeal, because racial profiling is an effective crime fighting tool. [New York Law Journal]

    * If you want to know why law school is three years long instead of two, it’s because back in the day, the T14s of the world were convinced it’d “stop the proles from sullying the image of the bar.” [The Economist]

    * In an effort to keep law school deans’ listserv drama and email scandals to a minimum, the American Bar Association just doled out some rules to keep their ivory tower talk in check. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * “[I]f I die because of this, my life will have been worthwhile.” The HSBC whistleblower is willing to face death to talk about big banks’ alleged money laundering — and to see Marni Halasa. [Huffington Post]

    6 Comments / / Aug 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • Rhode Island Road Sign

    Bar Exams, Crime, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Law School Deans, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Racism, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 05.03.13

    * “It’s a fine line society walks in trying to be fair.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke earlier this week on the perils of racial profiling with respect to the Chechen suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Were we fair here? [Associated Press]

    * What keeps in-house counsel awake at night — aside from the tremendous piles of money they’re rolling around in? Apparently they’re expecting an “onslaught” of food labeling and data breach class actions. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Susan Westerberg Prager, known for being the longest-serving dean ever at UCLA School of Law, will take up the deanship at another illustrious institution, Southwestern Law School. [National Law Journal]

    * The February results for the New York bar exam are out, and with the highest number of test-takers ever, the pass rate was brutal. We may have more on this later. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Rhode Island just got a little more fabulous. The Ocean State legalized gay marriage yesterday, making it the tenth state to do so, and uniting New England in marriage equality for all. [Bloomberg]

    * Back in December, we told you about an alleged “well-dressed” groper — an unemployed lawyer, as it were. Well, now there’s nothing alleged about it, because that guy just pleaded guilty. [New York Post]

    2 Comments / / May 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • Orly Taitz

    Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Religion, Social Media, Social Networking Websites

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.24.13

    * Twitter ordered to out anti-Semitic users by a French court. France wants to know the names of the anti-Semites so they can surrender to them. [Thomson Reuters News & Insights]

    * How are you feeling, Vermont Law School? Right now, you don’t look so good. [Constitutional Daily]

    * Now you too can see why AIG decided to not sue the government that bailed them out. [Dealbreaker]

    * Seems like these Catholic hospitals aren’t so strident about when life begins when there’s a malpractice lawsuit on the line. [Raw Story]

    * Though, according to some Republicans, fetuses might still be evidence — evidence that rape victims should not be allowed to “tamper” with (what a wonderful little party the GOP has going there). [Gawker]

    * Orly Taitz: Still Bats**t crazy. [Huffington Post]

    * The Maryland State Police have to turn over racial profiling complaints to the NAACP. Man, wouldn’t that have made a good season of The Wire? “The Staties.” Carcetti would be Governor. McNulty would be getting away from it all by tending bar in the D.C. area, only to get sucked back in when he passes a state trooper arresting Bubs for driving while black through Takoma Park. [Baltimore Sun]

    1 Comment / / Jan 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM
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    Abortion, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Gay Marriage, Immigration, Law Professors, Law Schools, Lawrence Lessig, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.25.12

    * Start spreading the fabulosity: Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has asked the Supreme Court to grant certiorari on a pair of cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [BuzzFeed]

    * Lawrence Lessig wants groups of 300 randomly selected people to craft a constitutional amendment in response to Citizens United. He clearly expects a bit too much of our population. [National Law Journal]

    * In South Dakota, your abortion now comes with warnings about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide. Forget that medical certainty hooey, it’s not constitutionally misleading. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “We do not arrest people because of the color of their skin.” Oh, of course not, Sheriff Arpaio. We totally believe you. But you might stop them, question them, and detain them because of it, right? [New York Times]

    * We’ve just got too much Dickinson up in here. And in other Penn State news, the school is now considering a move that may cause at least one of its two law school campuses to lose its accreditation. [Patriot-News]

    * Lady Gaga was sued by MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz dolls, over her alleged failure to approve a line of dolls made in her image. This is not a company you want to start a bad romance with. [Bloomberg]

    * And I am telling you, I’m not going — to grant you parole. William Balfour, the man convicted of murdering Jennifer Hudson’s relatives, was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole. [CNN]

    13 Comments / / Jul 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • Is this how you paid for law school?

    ACLU, Biglaw, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Gender, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, Silicon Valley, Trials

    Morning Docket: 07.20.12

    * Dewey know why the deadline for agreeing to a proposed $103.6M settlement for former D&L partners has been pushed back? It looks like these people are still unhappy with the very thought of parting with their money. [Am Law Daily]

    * Four judicial nominees were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to fill federal district court positions in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Now it’s time to hurry up and wait for a final vote on the Senate floor. [National Law Journal]

    * “This is a garden variety sex harassment case.” That may be true, but when you’re dealing with a high-profile venture capital firm, and the plaintiff is an ex-Biglaw associate, you’re probably going to get some really bad press. [Washington Post]

    * Opening statements in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial discrimination trial were heard yesterday. Even “America’s Toughest Sheriff” might cower in light of plaintiff representation by Covington & Burling and the ACLU. [CNN]

    * Washburn University School of Law is planning to build a new facility for $40M. Unfortunately, the school will never be able to amass the funds needed to kill all the gunners, but we can still dream. [Kansas City Star]

    12 Comments / / Jul 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM
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    Cocaine / Crack, Crime, Drugs, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Rudeness, Trials, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.11.12

    * Stab your lawyer with a pencil once, shame on you. Stab him a second time, shame on me. Stab him a third time, they will strap you to your chair with a “stun cuff” so it doesn’t happen a fourth time. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * (Crack) cocaine is a hell of a drug. [Legal Juice]

    * A first-person account of why you don’t ever, ever want to end up in central booking. [The Crown]

    * Telling opposing counsel you hope she “sleep[s] with the fishes” is mean and inappropriate. But on top of that, what the heck do you even stand to gain from saying that sort of thing? [Minneapolis StarTribune]

    * If you want to complain about racial profiling at airports, there’s an app for that! [Prawfsblawg]

    * To catch (an alleged) law school predator. Icky. [Delaware Online]

    * Seriously? This “Is it Kanye or the LSAT?” quiz is surprisingly tricky. [LSAT Blog]

    6 Comments / / May 11, 2012 at 6:00 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
  • Johnathan Perkins small UVA Law student

    Bar Exams, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Police, Racism, Reader Polls, Small Law Firms, UVA Law

    An Update on Johnathan Perkins: Did He Get His Law Degree?

    The recent alleged misadventures of certain UVA Law School students — students accused of breaking and entering, students accused of bothering bikers (to be fair, some bikers are obnoxious and deserve what they get) — have caused commentators to wonder: Whatever happened to Johnathan Perkins? We have an update, based on a statement from the dean of the law school….

    57 Comments / / Jan 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM
  • California, Deaths, Gay, Immigration, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Paul Clement, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, UVA Law, White-Collar Crime

    Morning Docket: 12.27.11

    Just in case you weren’t able to get your fill of legal news in your Christmas stocking this year, here’s a news round-up from the long, holiday weekend….

    23 Comments / / Dec 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.26.11

    * I want Congress to stop risking Armageddon with this debt ceiling thing. But our new Dealbreaker writer, Matt Levine, thinks our leaders are being crazy, crazy like a fox. [Dealbreaker] * Look, the way to deal with racial profiling is to stop racial profiling, not to prohibit companies from doing criminal background checks on […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 26, 2011 at 5:31 PM
  • Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Racism, UVA Law

    Is Johnathan Perkins, aka the UVA Law Fabulist, Going to Graduate?

    Today is Commencement at UVA Law School. Congratulations to all of the UVA students who will soon become UVA alumni. You’ve worked hard for your law degrees, and you deserve commendation. (Hopefully you have jobs lined up. Or at least other talents that can help you make a living — and pay back your student […]

    88 Comments / / May 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Crime, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Police, Racism, Reader Polls, UVA Law

    What To Do With The UVA Law Student Who Cried Wolf?

    UPDATE (4 PM): The dean of UVA Law School, Paul G. Mahoney, has issued a statement about the application of the University of Virginia’s Honor System to the Johnathan Perkins incident. We have reprinted it after the jump. White law students lie all the time and nobody makes a big deal about it, but now […]

    347 Comments / / May 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Crime, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Minority Issues, Police, Racism, Reader Polls, UVA Law

    A Law Student Plays the Race Card — and Gets Busted, Big Time

    It’s time for more race-related drama from UVA Law School. Back in February, Elie wrote about a UVA Law party that featured Confederate flag decor. Now I will tell you about a 3L’s fabricated tale of racial harassment by university police. (Yes, Lat’s writing this story. So you can relax, UVA folks — at least […]

    593 Comments / / May 7, 2011 at 2:33 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.05.11

    * Did Malcolm Gladwell’s endorsement lead to an increase in Colorado Law applicants? Malcolm Gladwell, a man whose book Blink was described by Richard Posner as “written like a book intended for people who do not read books.” [Law Week Colorado] * A litany of legal challenges faces the Obama administration now that they’ve backtracked […]

    19 Comments / / Apr 5, 2011 at 8:54 AM
  • 3rd Circuit, Asians, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Litigators, Racism, Temple University, James E. Beasley Law, Trials, Videos, Violence

    Commonwealth v. Ung: The Other Side of the Story

    In response to our last story about Gerald Ung — the Temple Law student now on trial for attempted murder and aggravated assault (among other charges), after shooting Eddie DiDonato, a former Villanova lacrosse captain and the son of a prominent Fox Rothschild partner — some commenters expressed the view that our coverage was too […]

    103 Comments / / Feb 13, 2011 at 2:06 PM