Racism

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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
  • Go Set A Watchman

    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
  • US Constitution - We The People

    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
  • Confederate Flag googly eyes

    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
  • In fairness, "Laser Coldplay" sounds pretty criminal.

    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
  • Danny Ferry

    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
  • diversity colorblind race racism minority issues

    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
  • barack obama

    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
  • Karl Price feature

    Legal Ethics, Racism

    Attorney Doubles Down On Racist, Offensive Comments

    Practice pointer: when engaged in the practice of law, don’t be racist — actually, don’t be racist at all, but you’ve got to expect some repercussions when there is a record of your racism involved.

    47 Comments / / Jun 5, 2015 at 1:04 PM
  • Juan Monteverde and Alexandra Marchuk

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.04.15

    * New developments in everyone’s favorite soap opera of a case: Faruqi & Faruqi LLP is cross-appealing the $140,000 judgment in favor of former associate Alexandra Marchuk. [Law360]

    * Whoa. There’s one SEC Commissioner actually doing her job! So retro. Stay strong, Commissioner Stein. [Guile Is Good]

    * Congress is working on a bill to prevent companies from foisting non-compete clauses on employees making less than $31,200/year. But, but, then someone else might learn the important trade secret of the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices! [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Senior and junior lawyers speak a different language. This article comes to us from the U.K., but the sentiment is universal, even if the phrase “bugger off” isn’t. [Legal Cheek]

    * Prosecutor called Asian Americans “greedy foreigners.” That goes over about as well as you’d expect. [Angry Asian Man]

    * David spoke with the Legal Talk Network about “the importance of friendship and family and the psyche of young lawyers who often compromise personal relationships for career ambitions.” If you guessed they were discussing Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), then you’re right. [Legal Talk Network]

    * Where are LL.M.s valuable? [LLM-Guide]

    * Lawyer sues EFF for calling his patent stupid. We here at Above the Law would like to reiterate that this patent is brilliant and probably the most Earth-shattering invention since the light bulb. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Maybe legalizing drugs doesn’t solve all the violence. [Seattle Times]

    3 Comments / / Jun 4, 2015 at 5:11 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.22.15

    Ed. note: Above the Law will not be publishing on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

    * The settlement deal between Target and Mastercard over the 2013 data breach is dead after failing to garner the requisite issuer support. Proposed settlement: $19 million. Years of protracted litigation: Priceless. [Credit Union Times]

    * High school teacher who admitted she and another teacher had a threesome with a 16-year-old student got off — well, legally — with a slap on the wrist. Folks are starting to wonder if her dad being a sitting district judge had anything to do with that. [Times-Picayune]

    * On a similar note, Mama June of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo… fame? Is she famous? Whatever. The point is Mama June is toying with suing the TLC Network because they canceled her show over a child molester, but haven’t nuked 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of its brewing molestation scandal. When you consider these hit shows starring inbred hillbillies with molestation issues, remember that TLC stands for “The Learning Channel.” [TMZ]

    * Lawmakers pushing back against Governor Cuomo’s proposal to appoint an independent monitor to investigate police-related civilian killings. One skeptical State Senator proclaims, “What I do know is that it treats police officers different than other citizens.” Yes, because right now the police get the same kid gloves grand jury presentations the rest of us do. [Capital New York]

    * Texas prosecuted 115,782 truancies in a year, levying hefty fines and doling out jail time to kids as young as 12. Well hello there prison-industrial complex! [Al Jazeera America]

    * Are the Yankees and A-Rod gearing up for arbitration… or settlement? I don’t know, why wouldn’t you want to put a warm, likeable guy like him in front of a panel? [Concurring Opinions]

    * Judges must be the loneliest people on social media… [The Daily Record]

    * Merely complaining to your boss is enough to trigger anti-retaliation provisions according to the Second Circuit. So feel free to call up that partner you hate… [JD Supra]

    21 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 2:02 PM
  • Stock photos... where law firm diversity lives!

    Biglaw

    Top 100 Law Firms For Minority Attorneys

    Law360 just released its comprehensive study of minorities in the law, collecting data from nearly 300 firms, and the findings are predictably grim.

    14 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Benchslaps, Canada

    The View From Up North: Judge Benchslaps The Cops For Beating A Black Man

    Police abuses against minorities don’t happen only in America, as Canadian columnist Steve Dykstra explains.

    26 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM