Racism

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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.29.15

    * Judge uses hearing to take out lost luggage irritation on airline appearing before him. [Legal Cheek]

    * Law schools should teach entrepreneurship, because students should be learning something they can apply when the job market turns up empty. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Meet Dylann Roof’s defense counsel, David Bruck. [The Marshall Project]

    * Lawyer quits law and opens a brewery. Good idea. [Click on Detroit]

    * Making “patently offensive racial, ethnic, homophobic, sexist, and other derogatory remarks to attorneys” nets a three-month suspension in New York. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * A new white paper on law enforcement and electronic communications, co-authored by Viet Dinh, the keynote speaker at our recent Technology & Law event. [Bancroft PLLC]

    * After Bruce MacEwen expressed doubts over the usefulness of the Am Law 200 as “a conceptual category,” Kimberly Kleman, editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer, responds to the criticism. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

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    10 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    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
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.27.15

    * A jury has ruled that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman whose sex tape he posted online, on top of the $5 million he already owes her. This wanksta better hope the judgment gets discharged in bankruptcy. [Associated Press]

    * California is America’s breeding ground for unaccredited law schools, and “[m]ost jurisdictions simply don’t allow [these] kind of law school[s] to exist at all. Period.” Nearly all students (about 9 out of 10) drop out before graduation. How much money is being wasted? [Los Angeles Times]

    * Since 2007, the pay gap between the highest- and lowest-paid positions in many specialized fields has widened — but that isn’t the case when it comes to the legal profession. Unfortunately, not as many people are making it rain. [New York Times]

    * “[M]aybe legislation should fix this. Not the court.” A San Diego judge has suggested that he’ll likely dismiss a right-to-die lawsuit filed by Christy O’Donnell, a civil rights attorney who’s fighting a battle against lung, brain, spine, rib, and liver cancer. [NBC San Diego]

    * You’ve seen reactions to Harper Lee’s portrayal of Atticus Finch as a racist in Go Set A Watchman (affiliate link) from everyone and their mother and their dog, but maybe you haven’t seen reactions from law professors yet, so have a look. [National Law Journal]

    34 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.22.15

    * Taylor Swift has renegotiated her photography contract. Where her old contract allowed her to rough up photogs, there’s now a blank space, baby. Ugh. [Poynter]

    * How much of a dick is this guy? At his federal criminal trial his sole character witness admitted, “we’re not friends.” [NY Post]

    * Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to practice in Florida without taking the bar exam. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * The Eighth Circuit just terminated the country’s most restrictive abortion ban. [Jezebel]

    * Dewey witness breaks down on the stand. Let’s just be excited that I managed to get that blurb written without being cajoled into making a “Dewey know…” joke. [Law360]

    * Negotiating salary and benefits for you folks not on lock-step. [Corporette]

    * Do you want a free copy of an LSAT Logic Games guide? Then act now… offer expires Friday. [Blueprint For LSAT]

    * A reminder that there are some crazies out there and sometimes you need to put in writing that you’re not going to represent them. [What About Clients?]

    * An attorney doubled down on racist, offensive comments… and now he’s been fired. [WHAS 11]

    7 Comments / / Jul 22, 2015 at 5:01 PM
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    Minority Issues, Racism

    Why I Failed As A Prosecutor

    Sometimes justice is a tricky concept.

    114 Comments / / Jul 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM
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    Police, Racism

    Funny Or Die Gets This One Absolutely Right

    This is really funny until you start crying.

    0 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 3:59 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.14.15

    * A positive review of Go Set a Watchman (affiliate link) from Professor Brophy. I haven’t read it, but it strikes me as a weird choice to make Doctor Manhattan a racist in this one. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Standard gun nut operating procedure is to stay quiet after a mass shooting, but this guy decided to explain why Dylann Roof didn’t take advantage of a “loophole” to avoid a background check. And he’s right. “Loophole” suggests there was a drafting mistake as opposed to an intentional, cynical effort to gut the one gun regulation pretty much everybody agrees on. [National Review]

    * Everyone knows that the federal government is comprised of three equal branches. But, why do you think that? The Constitution certainly never says that. An interesting question. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Arts students work harder than law students. Let that sink in. [Legal Cheek]

    * The Economist just can’t help itself from writing contrarian reviews. They’re like hipsters if hipsters were old-timey Tories with handlebar mustaches and… actually, wait, is The Economist run by hipsters? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * The Welsh government responded to an official inquiry in Klingon. Which, admittedly, is easier to understand than Welsh. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Important practice tip when dealing with a new client: check out the last several complaints filed against them and search for a pattern. [What About Clients?]

    20 Comments / / Jul 14, 2015 at 6:16 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.02.15

    * The Department of Justice has launched an antitrust investigation looking at potential price collusion between major airlines. The airline industry doing something to make customers’ lives difficult? Surely you jest. [Associated Press]

    * Loretta Lynch went back to her hometown of Durham, North Carolina yesterday and held a roundtable on civil rights. She called particular attention to the recent violence at historically black churches “whether they are burned or through bullets.” [WNCN]

    * J. Michael Farren, a White House attorney under George W. Bush, was disbarred in the District of Columbia. He was convicted of attempted murder for beating his wife, a former Skadden attorney, and sentenced to 15 years in jail. [National Law Journal]

    * Is there a gender bias in job descriptions? And if there is, what should be done about it? [American Lawyer]

    * Biglaw is making big bucks, but only giving small amounts to pro bono efforts. [ABA Journal]

    * An Ohio courthouse was evacuated Tuesday after a woman brought a bottle of perfume, shaped like a grenade to the court. I guess you can’t be too careful. [Huffington Post]

    21 Comments / / Jul 2, 2015 at 8:59 AM
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    Donald Trump, Racism

    Trump Lawsuit Against Univision Is Not His Best, Has A Lot Of Problems

    Trump’s lawsuit isn’t good, but it’s funny.

    0 Comments / / Jul 1, 2015 at 11:42 AM
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    Constitutional Law, Federal Government, Racism

    First Amendment Doesn’t Cover Jokes About Cops

    The First Amendment is like that unwritten rule about the things you’re not supposed to discuss in a bar — politics and religion — because that’s what it’s really about.

    / Jun 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM
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    Contests, Jobs, Labor / Employment, Racism

    NLRB Orders Reinstatement Of Employee Who Made Racist Statements

    When Cooper Tire & Rubber Company brought in replacement workers during a lockout, picketing strikers shouted a range of obscenities.

    / Jun 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.25.15

    * Having trouble keeping track of all of the Supreme Court’s decisions this term? And which cases are left to decide anyway? Brush up your small talk skills with this handy, interactive SCOTUS decision tracker. [USA Today]

    * You always knew that Whole Foods was a ripoff. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced yesterday they are launching an investigation into the price of prepackaged foods, the agency said the chain “routinely” mispriced food sold by weight. The DCA commissioner called it the “worst case of mislabeling” the inspectors had seen in their careers. [Law360]

    * Just in time for folks cramming for the bar exam to hit peak panic mode: 6 ways to doom yourself on the bar exam. [American Lawyer]

    * Judge Frank Easterbrook helpfully defines the differences between a gun and a kielbasa. You know, in case you get confused before your next cookout. [National Law Journal]

    * The Chicago Little League team that was stripped of its title amid allegations of cheating has filed suit against the Little League governing body to ensure that the rules of the game are fairly applied to all. [Yahoo Sports]

    36 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Politics, Racism, Wal-Mart

    How Walmart And The GOP Are Using The Confederate Flag As A Hood

    Even in disgrace, the Confederate Flag is still doing work.

    0 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 9:56 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.23.15

    * Government argues that lasers are “insidious instruments normally used for criminal purposes,” which is… not true outside of Bond movies. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Local judge sues neighbors after “brutal donkey attack.” I guess you’d call this legal jackassery. [Seattle Times]

    * Eagles coach Chip Kelly slapped with $80,000 in back rent. His landlord claims he moved out too quickly because apparently she has never seen Chip Kelly in action. [The Legal Intelligencer]

    * Lost in Justice Kennedy’s comments on solitary confinement, Davis v. Ayala raised some important issues about jury selection. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Interesting post on lynching and legal realism. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Saint Thomas More on blogging. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * RMJ, the lawyer who revolutionized attorney advertising by taking In re RMJ all the way to the Supreme Court, has died. [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    3 Comments / / Jun 23, 2015 at 5:19 PM
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    Racism, Sports

    Law Firm Finds Danny Ferry Not Racist

    This seems like a good business of Alston Bird.

    0 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 5:10 PM
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    Litigators, Minority Issues, Racism

    In Praise Of Prejudice

    What do you say, dear readers — is this clever marketing and intelligent defense of lawsuits, or offensive bigotry?

    12 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 2:17 PM
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    Barack Obama, Racism

    President Obama Drops N-Bomb, Talks Racism

    The president lets loose with his take on race relations in America, and what we can do about it.

    34 Comments / / Jun 22, 2015 at 11:53 AM
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    Supreme Court

    Chief Justice Called Out On Race By Federal Judge

    This may be a shock, but Chief Justice Roberts may not fully understand racial discrimination.

    17 Comments / / Jun 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM