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  • lightsaber

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.18.14

    * 3D printing and lightsabers and intellectual property. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Speaking of IP law, let’s talk Santa Claus and intellectual property. [Trademark & Copyright Law Blog / Foley Hoag LLP]

    * “ExamExtensionGate” stirs up conservatives, but also a lot of liberal to moderate Boomers, because… “Lazy Millennials!” Forgetting of course that law students in the 1960s did the exact same thing. But those were mostly white kids talking about Vietnam, so it’s like… different, man. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * If you’re excited to hear this year’s annual report on the federal judiciary and can’t hardly wait until Chief Justice Roberts unleashes it upon the world, perhaps you can sate your appetite with this prebuttal. [Fix the Court]

    * The Texas judge who kicked a lawyer out of court for thoughtlessly appearing with a broken leg has earned the ire of the Dallas legal community. [Legal Juice]

    * More than 70 years later, a judge concludes that South Carolina shouldn’t have executed a 14-year-old based on a one-day trial. Took ya long enough. [WTOP]

    * Interesting academic piece on Muslims in the Antebellum South. In other news, there were Muslims in the Antebellum South. [The Faculty Lounge]

    5 Comments / / Dec 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM
  • devil's advocate

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.26.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will be dark on Thanksgiving and on a reduced publishing schedule on Friday, November 28, while we recover from turkey-induced comas.

    * Holy backfire Batman! Florida desperately wanted to display a nativity scene in the State Capitol because it’s more important than making real laws. Now they’re probably going to be forced to display a scene from the Satanic Temple. [Slate]

    * Researchers assert that college prestige has no bearing on the quality of the teaching. Would this carry over to law schools? [TaxProf Blog]

    * The National Bar Association, representing predominantly African-American attorneys and judges, has issued a response to the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting. [The National Bar Association]

    * Speaking of Ferguson, apparently the investigator listed Darren Wilson as the “victim.” If you needed any more evidence of the power of semantics. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The CATO Institute talks about the First Amendment and One, Inc. v. Olesen. It’s an hour-and-a-half panel discussion. Pretty impressive for a 24-word (plus one citation) decision. [C-SPAN]

    * Is it a lie? Well, that depends on what your definition of “lie” is? [Dorf on Law]

    * Are over the knee boots appropriate office attire? [Corporette]

    * 8 women who left the law to follow their passions. [One 400]

    * Yesterday, we suggested you should write more thank you notes. Well, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t. [The Muse ]

    29 Comments / / Nov 26, 2014 at 1:41 PM
  • Bill Cosby

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.25.14

    * “Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways.” Louisa Moritz, one of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims, is interested in filing a class-action lawsuit against the comedian. [Fox News Latino]

    * If you’re interested, here’s all of the testimony and evidence that was presented to the grand jury that resulted in no true bill for Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting. [Associated Press]

    * HBO hired a team of 160 lawyers to look at its film adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s book about Scientology. The power of thetans compels them to keep churning that bill, baby. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * “The Constitution is not a math problem,” but it seems like the Supreme Court is playing a numbers game when it comes to its decisions having to do with same-sex marriage. What’s the magic number for SCOTUS to take a case? [New York Times]

    * It’s official: Morgan Lewis has gobbled up most of Bingham McCutchen ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Stick a fork in it, because Morgan Lewis is done — it’s now stuffed full of more lawyers than any other firm in the country. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Emerson Briggs III, an ex-partner at Hunton & Williams, is facing disbarment in D.C. over the child pornography he downloaded at work. Oh, how the mighty have fallen: he’s been working as a paralegal since being disbarred in New York. [Legal Times]

    * Patricia Nesci, a law firm secretary, allegedly forged a judge’s signature on an order to show cause to keep herself from being evicted from her home earlier this month. She apparently did not get a Biglaw-style bonus from her former firm. [Syracuse.com]

    * Before you submit your applications, you should try creating a budget to see just how financially screwed you’ll be during and after law school, and then compare it to your pre-law school budget. Try not to cry. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    22 Comments / / Nov 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • Gavel

    Alan Dershowitz, Eliot Spitzer, Federal Judges, Jed Rakoff, Murder, Religion, Trials

    A Hero Goes On Trial For Attempted Murder

    Eliot Spitzer prosecuted and Alan Dershowitz defended; who prevailed?

    48 Comments / / Nov 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • Morgan Lewis small

    7th Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Crime, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Richard Posner, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.14.14

    * Morgan Lewis approves the Bingham deal, with 227 of the roughly 300 Bingham partners moving over as full partners. Morgan Lewis is calling it a “mass lateral move,” which is the nice way of telling the remaining 70+ partners (and whatever associates and staffers they don’t care to include) to enjoy early retirement. [American Lawyer; WSJ Law Blog]

    * A follow up report on the horrific story of the lawyers accused of stabbing a managing partner and his wife. [Washington Post]

    * Justice Scalia realizes that strict constructionists are just jerks. [The Onion]

    * When the title of the story uses the phrase “super-drunk judge”… [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Judge Posner took a detour into Jewish theology, apparently based on scholarly research from “Google” and “Wikipedia.” In his defense though, he thought he was citing the well-known Hebrew texts of “Elgoog” and “Aidepikiw.” [The Jewish Daily Forward]

    * It may sound like a terrible horror movie, but “Darkhotel” is actually a campaign of cyberattacks against business executives logging in from their high-end hotels. [Internet, Information Technology & e-Discovery Blog]

    * Um, Florida State may care so much about their (number 3) football team they gloss over criminal activity. And this article is NOT about Jameis Winston. [New York Times]

    * Linda Greenhouse. Damn. “In decades of court-watching, I have struggled — sometimes it has seemed against all odds — to maintain the belief that the Supreme Court really is a court and not just a collection of politicians in robes. This past week, I’ve found myself struggling against the impulse to say two words: I surrender.” [New York Times]

    * If you’re in L.A. tonight, check out the 6th Annual Justice Jam, celebrating “A Tradition of Advocacy” at 5:30 p.m. at La Plaza De Cultura y Artes. The event benefits Community Lawyers, Inc., an organization working to promote access to affordable legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals. [Community Lawyers, Inc.]

    14 Comments / / Nov 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • sexytary

    Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Ted Frank

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.05.14

    * A cautionary tale about using online dating to cheat on your spouse — you might end up upwards of $54K poorer. [Legal Cheek]

    * Alabama wasted time and energy passing a ballot measure for the purely symbolic purpose of reaffirming Xenophobia? Shocking! [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Interesting tale of reporting a female boss for sexual harassment. [Vice]

    * When the police inevitably come down on you, turn off your iPhones first. [Versus Texas]

    * 6 Hilarious Trials That Prove the Legal System Is Screwed. [Cracked]

    * CCAF is hiring. Good pay, flexible hours. Sounds like a great gig if you hate plaintiffs’ firms. [Center for Class Action Fairness]

    * Should Jewish judges recuse themselves in Palestinian terrorism cases? Um. No? [Tablet Magazine]

    * Jameis Winston’s lawyer is just the worst. [Jezebel]

    9 Comments / / Nov 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM
  • Justice RBG as a sassy chihuahua.

    Celebrities, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Religion, Rudy Giuliani, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Video games

    Morning Docket: 10.29.14

    * “I thought it was hilarious. And I imagine my colleagues who have seen it would share that view.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has seen John Oliver’s talking Supreme Court dogs, and she totally LOLed about it. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Hey guys, guess who’s excited about a yet-to-occur increase in law school applications? If you guessed law school admissions officers, then you’d be right. Come on, what else are they going to do now, cry? [National Law Journal]

    * We suppose some congratulations are in order for Ave Maria Law, because now the school doesn’t have to provide insurance coverage for its employees’ contraceptives. Yay, thanks Hobby Lobby! [LifeNews]

    * Manuel Noriega’s “Call of Duty” lawsuit was dismissed earlier this week, and Rudy Giuliani is just glad that “a notorious criminal didn’t win.” Let’s get real here: the dictator’s rep was already damaged. [CNN]

    * “Can we talk?” Melissa Rivers called a plaintiffs firm to ask the question made famous by her late mother, Joan Rivers. Her malpractice and wrongful death suit will be coming soon. [Page Six / New York Post]

    10 Comments / / Oct 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM
  • simps_warren-RF

    Antonin Scalia, Guns / Firearms, Prisons, Religion, Samuel Alito, Supreme Court, Television

    Did The Simpsons Predict A Hot-Button SCOTUS Case 22 Years Ago?

    A tipster noted that a controversial Supreme Court case from this Term gets a predictive wink from an episode that aired in 1992…

    15 Comments / / Oct 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, Gay, Law Schools, Politics, Religion

    The View From Up North: Meet Canada’s Most Discriminating Law School

    Does this controversial law school deserve accreditation?

    17 Comments / / Oct 1, 2014 at 1:17 PM
  • Judge Mark Fuller

    Antonin Scalia, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.14

    * Judge Mark Fuller is back in the news, with Senator Richard Shelby leading a chorus of legislators calling for the judge to resign in light of his domestic violence arrest. [All In with Chris Hayes / MSNBC]

    * Further fallout from Hobby Lobby: suborning child labor is free exercise. Hurray! [Time]

    * It’s not just that female partners aren’t getting ahead of their male counterparts, they’re falling further behind. Probably not leaning in enough or whatever the latest insulting sound byte is. [The Careerist]

    * After learning that Yale is going to start teaching basic financial literacy, more advice on managing student debt is cropping up. [Boston.com]

    * A Nevada state judge checks out the other side of the bench, pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy rap. [Las Vegas Sun]

    * Well there’s something I hadn’t thought of: classifying spankers as pedophiles for the purpose of custody hearings. [Law and More]

    * This is an important life lesson kids: when you’re in a car, don’t light the driver on fire. [KTVB]

    * Walking down the (very short) memory lane of Justice Scalia’s liberal moments. [Slate]

    * More on Lateral.ly and its effort to replace headhunters. Basically it’s the Tinder of job hunting. [Washington Post]

    * Suffolk seems to have given up on advertising to appeal to a false sense of local pride. So now a new law school has taken up that same banner…

    8 Comments / / Sep 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • american flag

    Music, Religion, Supreme Court

    The Docket’s Red Glare: Francis Scott Key And The Star-Spangled Banner

    Key’s power of persuasion didn’t lead to victory at the Supreme Court and today that man, Francis Scott Key, is better known as a lyricist than a lawyer.

    3 Comments / / Sep 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM
  • dartboard pen on target inside straight

    Free Speech, Guns / Firearms, In-House Counsel, Politics, Religion, Theater, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    On Beheadings, Shootings, And ‘The Book Of Mormon’

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann looks at some hot-button issues with a fresh perspective.

    14 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM
  • Amish man

    6th Circuit, Crime, Hair, Politics, Religion

    Splitting Hairs Over Causation: When Is Amish Beard Cutting A Hate Crime?

    Does assaulting your parents in a way that is particularly hurtful to their religious values constitute a federal hate crime?

    5 Comments / / Aug 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM
  • Homophobia

    Email Scandals, Gay, Gay Marriage, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Religion

    Is Walter Kubitz The Greatest Lawyer Of All Time?

    Becker & Poliakoff issues yet another statement about how they won’t fire a homophobe.

    119 Comments / / Aug 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM
  • Homophobia

  • Image via Getty

    2nd Circuit, 9/11, Bankruptcy, Basketball, Biglaw, Deaths, Gay Marriage, Howrey LLP, Lateral Moves, Law Professors, Marijuana, Money, Morning Docket, Religion, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 07.29.14

    * The Second Circuit ruled that the World Trade Center Cross may remain on display in the September 11 Memorial and Museum. Apologies, atheists, but it’s a “genuine historical artifact.” [New York Daily News]

    * Howrey going to get money back when judges keep tossing unfinished business claims like they’re yesterday’s trash? We’ll see if such claims will be laid to rest after a hearing later today. [Am Law Daily]

    * Paul Weiss had a good get this week, with Citigroup’s deputy general counsel leaving the bank to join the firm — which coincidentally has served as the bank’s outside counsel for two decades. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * North Carolina, a state that adopted a ban on same-sex marriage in 2012, said it will no longer defend its law in the wake of the Fourth Circuit’s ruling as to a similar ban in Virginia. Hooray! [Los Angeles Times]

    * If you missed it, a judge issued a preliminary ruling against Donald Sterling, meaning that the sale of the L.A. Clippers may proceed. Don’t worry, his attorney says this is just “one stage of a long war.” [CNN]

    * It seems that “weed-infused weddings” are a hot commodity in states where the drug has been legalized. Sorry, it may be better than an open bar, but it doesn’t seem like a very classy thing to do. [Boston.com]

    * Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School professor and praised legal analyst, RIP. [Burlington Free Press]

    2 Comments / / Jul 29, 2014 at 8:23 AM
  • prayer LF

    Bad Ideas, Law Schools, Regent University School of Law, Religion, Student Loans

    God Told Her That YOU Should Pay For Her Law Degree

    “I believe that I will be going on His dime, 100% debt-free.” Good luck with that.

    64 Comments / / Jul 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM
  • J.D. = Just Debt

    Celebrities, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Music, Religion, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 07.16.14

    * Per the latest Gallup study, Republican approval of SCOTUS is up, while Democratic approval is down. Gee, considering how the biggest cases of OT 2013 went down, no one should be terribly surprised by this news. [New York Times]

    * Will our leader make the grade? Law profs wrote a strongly worded letter to President Obama, asking that he not include a religious exemption in his executive order prohibiting anti-gay bias in federal contractor hiring. [National Law Journal]

    * Hey guys, there’s a new report out that contains some pretty shocking information about the realities of life after law school. Seriously, who knew that would-be lawyers were poor? Oh wait, we did. [CNN Money]

    * Washington & Lee recently surrendered its Confederate flags to appease its black student population. Here’s an interview with Brandon Hicks, the law student behind the historic movement. [Huffington Post]

    * “Fret for your latte, and fret for your lawsuit.” Tool hasn’t put out a new album in in almost a decade, and it’s all because of one pesky little lawsuit filed way back in 2007 that just won’t go away. [Rolling Stone]

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM

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