Richard G. Kopf

  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    8th Circuit, Bill Clinton, Constitutional Law, Elena Kagan, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    How Health Concerns Dashed A Judge’s Supreme Court Dreams

    Which distinguished lower-court judge came extremely close to landing a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court?

    19 Comments / / Oct 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM
  • Griffin sacked Watt

    Books, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, Harvard, Morning Docket, Richard Posner, Sports

    Morning Docket: 09.08.14

    * It’s fun to keep suing the Redskins over their racist nickname. It’s also fun to watch the Washington Football Club get the snot beat out of them. [ABA Journal] * Legal aid… for inventor seeking venture capital. Everybody needs lawyers, folks. Nobody wants to pay for them. [San Jose Mercury News] * Goldman picks […]

    2 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM
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    Antonin Scalia, Blog Wars, Blogging, Federal Judges, Jed Rakoff, Legal Ethics, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Shira Scheindlin, Supreme Court, Thomas Goldstein

    Are Federal Judges Out Of Control?

    A federal judge lands in hot water for telling the Supreme Court to “stfu.” It’s just part of a growing trend of criticizing federal judges for having opinions.

    16 Comments / / Jul 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM
  • Modern Jury Box

    2nd Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, Books, Jed Rakoff, Non-Sequiturs, Securities and Exchange Commission, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.09.14

    * Jury duty is the only major civic duty that no one ever talks about. Professor Andrew Ferguson would like to change that by encouraging jurors to speak up about their experience. Enjoy learning how the sausage of justice is made! [Huffington Post] * Verizon threatens to sue Netflix for honestly reporting how bad Verizon’s […]

    1 Comment / / Jun 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM
  • Too slutty, Your Honor?

    Fashion, Federal Judges, Gender, Women's Issues

    Federal Judge Suggests That Women Lawyers Not Dress Like ‘Ignorant Sluts’

    Perhaps this judge could’ve used some more delicate language to make his point.

    89 Comments / / Mar 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM
  • The guy in today's story didn't dress up like Gumby, but it's still an amazingly stupid disguise.

    9th Circuit, Biglaw, Blogging, CIA, Federal Judges, George Bush, Lateral Moves, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.02.14

    * Man tried to rob a convenience store so he could go back to prison. And he almost screwed that up… [KMOV]

    * The CIA’s former lawyer explains how torture came to be a go-to national policy. According to John Rizzo, author of the forthcoming Company Man (affiliate link), George W. Bush basically had no conception of what was going on, which makes a lot of sense anyway. [The New Yorker]

    * Brooklyn Law’s Dean Nick Allard makes predictions for law schools in 2014. “[P]eople will look back at 2014 and say it marked the start of the new world of law: a renaissance where the respect and reputation of lawyers and law schools began to rise by measurable benchmarks.” Go ahead and laugh, I’ll wait. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Paul, Weiss picks up tax partner Scott Sontag from Weil Gotshal. (Congrats to both firms, by the way, on tying for the #9 spot in our list of top-ranked law firms for 2013.) [Paul, Weiss]

    * Nooooooooooooo! Judge Richard Kopf is ending his blog. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * And the hits keep on coming. Professor Kyle Graham is also leaving the blogosphere. [Non Curat Lex]

    * The Ninth Circuit will start streaming all of its oral arguments next week. If you want to help them out, tune in. No promises that the panel will excoriate any prosecutors this time. [Ninth Circuit]

    1 Comment / / Jan 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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    Books, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Kenji Yoshino, Quote of the Day, Richard Posner

    Underneath Their Robes, Indeed

    Would you “rat out” your daughter to obtain a federal judgeship?

    12 Comments / / Nov 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM
  • washington-dc

    D.C. Circuit, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Politics

    The D.C. Distraction: Judicial Vacancies Beyond The D.C. Circuit

    While politicians in Washington fuss over the D.C. Circuit, what is being neglected elsewhere?

    28 Comments / / Nov 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM
  • TTT

    2nd Circuit, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, Shira Scheindlin

    Ouch! So What Does That Make Magistrate Judges?

    A federal district judge offers his thoughts on judicial hierarchy — and criticizes the Second Circuit.

    5 Comments / / Nov 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM
  • govt closed

    Federal Government, Federal Judges, Money, Quote of the Day

    This Federal Judge Has A Message For Congress: ‘Eff You!’

    Members of the federal judiciary are very pissed off about the shutdown.

    2 Comments / / Oct 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM
  • Shon Hopwood

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Clerkships, D.C. Circuit, Divorce Train Wrecks, Federal Judges, Howrey LLP, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sentencing Law, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.06.13

    * Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Department of Justice will be declassifying some secret opinions from the FISA Court. We wonder who’ll be hosting the giant redaction party. [Associated Press]

    * Morgan Lewis paid out a $1.15 million settlement over unfinished business claims to this defunct firm. Great work, Mr. Diamond, but Howrey going to get the rest to do the same? [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * “[Shon] Hopwood proves that my sentencing instincts suck.” Now that this former bank robber has a clerkship with the D.C. Circuit, the judge who sentenced him is having second thoughts. [The Two-Way / NPR]

    * Laptops are useful tools for students in law school classrooms, but they’re also great for checking Above the Law and buying shoes while professors are droning on and on. Apparently we needed a study to confirm this. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * George Zimmerman’s wife filed for divorce, citing “disappointment” as one of her reasons for ending the marriage. Don’t worry, Shellie, half of the nation was disappointed with the verdict too. [Washington Post]

    3 Comments / / Sep 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • What am I seeing?

    D.C. Circuit, Department of Justice, Janice Rogers Brown, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, S.D.N.Y., Technology, White-Collar Crime, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.26.13

    * DOJ busts giant fortune telling ring. You’d think they would have seen that coming. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Today’s New York Times points out that Judge Kopf penned an eloquent post regarding his reaction to the news that Shon Hopwood — a man Kopf sentenced to a lengthy prison term — is poised to clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the D.C. Circuit. Funny, it seems like I read that news before… [New York Times]

    * The government just doesn’t know what documents Edward Snowden stole. That’s part of the reason British authorities stopped David Miranda. That and the Brits love irony. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The message here is not bad per se, but to all the law school apologists spreading it around based on the quote, “Yeah, I know, the legal market sucks, blah blah blah. But you don’t need thousands of jobs. You just need one,” well, that’s not a sustainable model. For students that is. [Medium]

    * In the midst of cracking down on the NYPD, Judge Scheindlin also issued a new opinion on e-Discovery. IT-Lex provides an in-depth review. [IT-Lex]

    * Another sign of the discrimination against women in business — women lag far behind in the commission of high-level corporate fraud. [Law and More]

    * BP has taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal to complain about how much money they’ve had to spend cleaning up that one time they catastrophically devastated an ecosystem through their own recklessness. It’s the most recent curious PR move on BP’s part…

    2 Comments / / Aug 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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    Baseball, China, Clerkships, Craigslist, Janice Rogers Brown, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.09.13

    * This gem of a listing just showed up in the “legal/paralegal jobs” section of Craigslist. Be sure to send a “nude picture” with your résumé! Perhaps someone has been watching too many Maggie Gyllenhaal films. If it gets taken down a screenshot is here, and the klassy alternative picture in the listing is here. [Craigslist]

    * From the “no good deed goes unpunished” department, Georgetown Law has figured out how to bilk taxpayers into covering the costs of increasing tuition. The federal government forgives law school debt for those in the public sector if they agree to make an income-based payment. Georgetown is covering those costs, passing it on to future students (who also won’t be paying it back), and then encouraging students to shelter income to guarantee the school comes out ahead. This is why we can’t have nice things. [Wonkblog / Washington Post]

    * The always outspoken Judge Kopf shares his thoughts on Shon Hopwood’s selection as a clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown. Judge Kopf sentenced Hopwood to 147 months in the 90s. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * A delightful “man bites dog” story: a bank didn’t read a customer’s amendments to a credit card application before issuing him a card and went to court whining about how hard it is to pay attention to the fine print. Boo hoo hoo. [The Telegraph]

    * How to deal with your mistakes. This only applies to associates, though. Partners have two steps: (1) find an associate; (2) blame the associate. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including their misreading of the Supreme Court’s precedent. [Election Law Blog]

    * China is way serious about prosecuting corruption. [Legal Juice]

    * The Mets muscle man whose comic inability to open a water bottle went viral on YouTube is actually a lawyer from White Plains. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, it’s after the jump. Watching the water bottle battle is the only excuse for subjecting yourself to a Royals-Mets game…

    19 Comments / / Aug 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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    Antonin Scalia, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, Richard Posner

    Who Has Two Thumbs and Gets to Be a Spoiled Brat? This Federal Judge!

    This federal judge tells off Bryan Garner, Justice Scalia, and Judge Posner in one paragraph.

    5 Comments / / Jun 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM
  • Exploding courthouse toilet = a products liability attorney's dream.

    9th Circuit, Abortion, Barack Obama, Election Law, Federal Judges, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.22.13

    * In the Western District of Arkansas, judges have to forfeit judicial immunity to go to the bathroom. So if you want to sue a judge, you need to catch them when their pants are literally down. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * Bowman v. Monsanto… in GIFs! [EffYeahSCOTUS]

    * Cooley boy makes good! President Obama nominated Christopher Thomas, a Cooley Law School grad and professor, to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. [White House]

    * A judge threw out the fine against a New York artist as unconstitutionally harsh. The artist took an antenna from the trash and cops impounded his car and fined him $2,000. [Thompson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The Ninth Circuit struck down Arizona’s “Fetal Pain” Abortion Ban. Sounds like a viable decision. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Work/life balance is when lawyers with kids throw their childless colleagues under a bus. [Slate]

    * If you’re reading transcripts of old trials and think the lawyers of yesteryear were smarter, you’re probably right. Western civilization has gotten dumber since the nineteenth century. The reason is summarized by the video after the jump….

    2 Comments / / May 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM