Randy Barnett

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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.31.14

    * In protest, the NYPD has adopted a policy of only making arrests “when they have to.” Shouldn’t that have been the policy all along? Maybe this petulant protest is a good thing after all. [New York Post]

    * Michigan banned college athletes from unionizing. Which makes sense because this is an amateur activity that couldn’t possibly afford to pay the students taking risks on the field. In other news, on the exact same day the state of Michigan agreed to pay $5 million a year to the guy who will yell at those same kids. [M Live]

    * Do you want a Bryan Garner Bobblehead? For charity? Of course you do. [Law Prose]

    * Boies Schiller steps into the Octagon. [Yahoo! Sports]

    * Lawyers are sneaking religion into court much more frequently these days. [What About Clients?]

    * More fallout from the California Bar Exam results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * The D.D.C. declined to enjoin Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri’s military commission trial. Professor Vladeck thinks this decision is dumb. [Lawfare]

    * While we’re on the subject of law professors dissing dumb legal arguments, Professor Barnett has some real problems with Nebraska and Oklahoma trying to use Raich to sue Colorado. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Why the f**k should you care about net neutrality? Here’s why:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8bV8IhbRrQ

    4 Comments / / Dec 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM
  • Bad Dad

    Kids, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Father Ultimately Trolls Law Student Daughter

    A daughter makes the mistake of listening to her dad — and pays for it, dearly.

    77 Comments / / Jun 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM
  • Cap and books

    Books, Caption Contests, Contests, Exercise, Federal Government, Law Schools, Pictures, Reader Polls

    Caption Contest Winner: Shelf Registration

    Which entry prevailed in our latest caption contest? And which prominent professor was delighted to be included?

    1 Comment / / Feb 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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    J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Randy Barnett, Shopping, Videos, Women's Issues, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.21.13

    * Amanda Bynes is deemed mentally competent to stand trial. I’d seek a second opinion. [TMZ]

    * Male bosses are more popular than female bosses according to Gallup. This probably reveals persistent chauvinism in the workplace, but given Gallup’s track record the last couple of elections, female bosses may well be beloved. [The Careerist]

    * Competing construction experts tussle over the proper way to build a parking garage. The correct answer is: in a way that doesn’t fall down. [The Expert Institute]

    * Jay Edelson and Chandler Givens offer their second installment addressing how to fix the legal profession. This time the target is the law school model. Join the revolution! [Legal Solutions Blog / Thompson Reuters]

    * Here’s Corporette’s Suit of the Week! [Corporette]

    * If you’re representing a defense contractor, it’s a lot easier to export their wares these days. But the system isn’t fully reformed yet. [Breaking Defense]

    * The Society for Chinese Law is hosting an evening of food and drinks featuring a panel of professionals from major law firms. [Society for Chinese Law at Columbia Law School]

    * For those who missed (or only followed along on Twitter) the FedSoc debate between Professor Randy Barnett and Judge Wilkinson on whether judges are too deferential to legislatures, the full video is available after the jump. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    1 Comment / / Nov 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM
  • 220px-TomHanksJan2009

    American Constitution Society (ACS), Crime, DUI / DWI, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Jury Duty, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.13.13

    * A lawyer fresh out of law school botched a domestic violence case by gushing all over Tom Hanks… who was serving as a juror. Which, in fairness, was awfully Big of him. [TMZ]

    * Federal prosecutors are seeking at least 27 years in prison for a Massachusetts man who authorities say plotted to kill and eat his children based on a search of his home and car, which is presumably a Saturn. As one law professor observed, “Perhaps the lawyer will make a free exercise argument and claim that eating children is a requirement of his religion.” [CNN]

    * If you’re going to drink and drive, be sure to toss a few back with the judge first. [KVUE]

    * A criminal defense lawyer who begins every cross by making the cop look more humane and respectable. I thought the public defender from My Cousin Vinny was the lowest criminal defense could go in the comical incompetence department. [Katz Justice]

    * Putin crony claims 100 percent of profits in a “public” oil company by flat ignoring minority shareholders. Shhhh! Stop giving Exxon ideas. [Breaking Energy]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel knows music (a subject she covered for the New Yorker for New York Magazine). In this article, she writes about The Replacements (something Wurtzel has made her past employers, including Boies Schiller, become familiar with). [The Daily Beast]

    * On Monday, the American Constitution Society will host a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court session. Panelists include Pamela Harris, Randy Barnett, Joshua Civin, Andrew Pincus, and David Strauss. [American Constitution Society]

    * Then next Tuesday, The Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies will host a symposium titled “The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue: A Look at the October 2012 and 2013 Terms.” Panelists include Tom Goldstein, Marcia Coyle, and Howard Bashman. [How Appealing]

    12 Comments / / Sep 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM
  • Breaking Bad RF

    Crime, Drugs, Law Professors, Law Schools, Randy Barnett, Sentencing Law

    Breaking Bad at a Leading Law School: T14 Law Student Sentenced to Four Years for Meth Dealing

    If you were a student at a top 14 law school with an above-average GPA, why would you risk it all by selling meth?

    93 Comments / / Feb 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM
  • No, he's not wagging his finger at the Chief.

    Antonin Scalia, Election 2012, Health Care / Medicine, John Roberts, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Not-So-Young and the Restless: Drama at One First Street?

    Are Justice Scalia and Chief Justice Roberts on the outs over Obamacare? And how has public opinion of the Supreme Court shifted in the wake of the Affordable Care Act decision?

    19 Comments / / Jul 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM
  • 7th Circuit, Document Review, Federalist Society, Gay, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.07.11

    * The Supreme Court opens the door, but just a crack, to prisoners seeking access to DNA evidence. [SCOTUSblog] * The legal job market is getting better, right? Right? [Vault] * Hall, J., dissenting — from the grave. [How Appealing] * Harvard Law School is always ready for its close-up: first The Paper Chase, then […]

    10 Comments / / Mar 7, 2011 at 8:41 PM

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