Was this law school wrong to immediately jump to an allegedly racist student’s defense?
* A student at Barry Law claims someone stole her phone and used it to call an African-American blogger an N-word on Instagram. We’ll have more on this believable story later. [Miami Herald]
* Mark Wahlberg wants to be pardoned for a crime committed before he was known as Marky Mark. He should also consider asking to be pardoned for The Happening and Planet of the Apes. [CNN]
* The job market was flat last month, and in 2014, the legal sector lost 3,000 jobs. Don’t worry, you’ll get a job eventually, per the hopes and prayers of your career services employees. [Am Law Daily]
* Shine bright like A. Diamond: Howrey’s bankruptcy trustee says he’ll have a confirmed creditor-repayment plan “well before” the end of next year. [WSJ Law Blog]
* iF*ckedUp? The last named plaintiff in the Apple iPod class action may not have bought an iPod during the time period at issue in the suit. [Bits / New York Times]
* We suppose that with new tech comes new logos, because Covington & Burling is dropping the “& Burling” for global branding purposes. [National Law Journal]
* Which law schools are most conservative? Most liberal? [FiveThirtyEight]
* Elie’s new job as “deal judge.” [Dealbreaker]
* Lawyer suspended amid accusations that he sexted three clients with nude photos of himself and told one “she could ‘ride bareback’ with him.” [ABA Journal]
* Duquesne says it denied professor tenure because she was bad at the whole “teaching” part of her job. Whoa! When has that ever mattered to tenure? [TaxProf Blog]
* Josh and Jess sit down with Judge Matthew Sciarrino to talk about the new Star Wars trailer. I don’t know. Looks kind of boring. We need George Lucas to spice it up with a Special Edition version. [The Legal Geeks]
* Prosecutor recites “Dixie” at closing argument of a black man’s trial. [Idaho Statesman]
Please welcome new columnist Renwei Chung, who will be addressing diversity issues in the legal profession.
Maybe, just maybe, there are too many laws.
We have clear video of Eric Garner being killed by police and yet no indictment. Tell me again about how these body cameras are going to work?
And just for good measure, an NYU law student composes a “parody” of the situation and it goes about as well as you’d expect.
On a day-to-day basis the American racial divide is still a canyon, broad and deep. How can we fix it?
Studies have found that 63 million Americans qualify for Legal Services Corporation-funded civil legal assistance. These lower-income persons may have serious legal needs, and when they do they completely mess up the courts smooth operations. In a survey of trial judges, more than 60% of the judges reported that unrepresented litigants had errors in procedure. 78% […]
It’s too much to ask that black people don’t get shot to death. But after the shooting, how do we make charges stick?
* 2014 Moot Court rankings. Florida Coastal? Really? Good for them. [The National Jurist]
* Young lawyers are making legal mobile apps. Great, now I’m going to start getting notifications about helping friends out with their LawVille game. [TaxProf Blog]
* Judge sends motivational tweet, no big deal. No judge sends motivational tweet DURING A MURDER TRIAL, now there’s something! [Legal Cheek]
* A number of law professors filed a brief supporting the NCAA in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust appeal. What do you know, there’s actually someone out there supporting the NCAA. [CBS Sports]
* Cooley LLP is representing Immigration Judge Ashley Tabaddor in an interesting lawsuit against the DOJ. Judge Tabaddor is Iranian-American, and the DOJ ordered her off all cases involving Iranians based on her heritage. That… doesn’t sound right. [Cooley LLP]
* Ron Collins kicks off a multi-part series on Judge Richard Posner. [Concurring Opinions]
* English was William F. Buckley’s third language? Huh. Never knew that. [What About Clients?]
* David and Elie appeared on Power Lunch today to discuss bonus season. Video below. [CNBC]
* Charles Manson is getting married. Have folks uncovered his registry yet? Or is this just hilarious trolling? [Lowering the Bar]
* No, Tim Tebow did not get arrested soliciting a prostitute, no matter what your Facebook feed tells you. It’s obviously false. I watched his pro career, he can’t score for money. [Snopes]
* Remember the lawyer who dressed up like Thomas Jefferson and declared himself “incompetent” at his own disciplinary hearing? Well, now we have video of this insane argument. [Above the Law]
* Take the quiz: Drug or Pokemon character. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
* Prosecutor wants to withdraw evidence rather than reveal how the cops got it. That doesn’t sound shady at all. [Slate]
* Professor Richard Sander keeps riding that “affirmative action is bad because it lets in dumb (minority) kids” train. [TaxProf Blog]
* Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu interviews Tae Hea Nahm, a former partner at Wilson Sonsini who moved from law to venture capitalism. [Hsu Tube]
* Bloomberg BNA launches a new product, Bloomberg Law: Banking, to provide legal and business intelligence for banking professionals. [Bloomberg BNA]
* Buffalo attorney Alfonzo Cutaia took time lapse video of the Lake Erie lake effect from his office window. It’s gone viral, and it’s pretty clear why. That’s some messed up weather right there. [YouTube]
What kind of racist can’t tell the difference between Uncle Ben and Cream of Wheat?
* U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved the deal tossing about $7 billion of Detroit’s debt. He declared that it was now time to restore democracy to Detroit. We’ll see how that turns out. [The Detroit News]
* How many law schools are in dire economic straits? Try 80. [TaxProf Blog]
* Professors Eric Posner and Glen Weyl think the answer to global income inequality is low-paid migrant labor. It’s not entirely as crazy as it sounds. But it’s still kinda crazy. [The New Republic]
* On the other hand, economic inequality could be greatly exacerbated by technology anyway. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* Life imitates Shawshank. [Clarion-Ledger]
* Attorney and author Lawrence Otis Graham explains how no amount of economic or educational privilege can fully shield African-Americans from racism. [Washington Post]
** A women’s group pledges to stand up for victims of harassment on Twitter. Not to discount some of the vile stuff women are subjected to on Twitter, but it’s possible that Twitter is rife with gender-neutral horribleness. [What About Clients]
* That Sixth Circuit marriage equality opinion is… well, fundamentally wrong about how constitutional democracy works. [Detroit Free-Press]
* NFL blackout rules will be a thing of the past on November 24. So just in time for all you rabid Rams fans to watch them play the Raiders. [CommLawBlog]
* Electing judges is so very stupid. [What About Clients?]
* OK, Alex Rich: it’s time to ditch document review and become a psychic. [Law and More]
* A tumblr of offensive stuff overheard at Yale Law. If these are true, then that place sounds horrible. [The YLS Offensive]
* Exactly where is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? It turns out the government doesn’t really even know. They’re looking to shift the border and possibly allow more oil drilling. [Breaking Energy]
* How to get your Biglaw career right from the beginning. [Medium]