Rob Portman

  • Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Non-Sequiturs, Police

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.15.13

    * Republican Senator Rob Portman announces his support for gay marriage after learning that his son is gay. Yay! Let’s all celebrate him for meeting the lowest threshold of human decency once he found a purely selfish reason to change. [ABC News]

    * Wait, they can declare martial law in Brooklyn? I thought they could only do that in terrible movies. [Before It’s News]

    * A Southern District of Florida clerk is named one of Southern Florida’s most eligible bachelors. Our bachelor “claims to be the other white meat” and to “have a lot in common with Christian Grey.” He doesn’t sound douchey at all. [Brickell Magazine (jump to page 91)]

    * Comparing Chicago Law faculty to Game of Thrones characters produces surprisingly accurate results. [UChilawgo]

    * With law schools raising tuition and the profession shrinking… more people need to rush to law school. Keep sipping that sweet, sweet Kool-Aid, buddy. [Daily Princetonian]

    * GW Law’s Barrister’s Ball — $2500 fee for vomiting! [GW Law SBA]

    * Watch Elie talk about Wayne LaPierre and guns. [HuffPost Live]

    * University of Oregon Property professor doesn’t understand “property,” snatches student’s phone. Click through the jump to see more video of what happens when law professors and hippies clash! [Photography Is Not a Crime]

    5 Comments / / Mar 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • boob-job

    Books, Breasts, Contests, Crime, Federal Government, Health Care / Medicine, Insurance, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Romance and Dating, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.28.12

    * Sorry, Rob Portman, while you’re very good at making law students flee from commencement ceremonies, you don’t get to be Mitt’s running mate. Instead, you get to pretend to be the president. Dreams do come true. [Recess Appointment]

    * Just because there was an undergrad rankings scandal at our school doesn’t mean that our law school data isn’t sound. ::pout:: Oh Emory, that’s so precious. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Breast implants don’t make women healthier?! Damn you, Congress! [New York Magazine]

    * Scamming insurance companies > scamming dying AIDS patients. [Dealbreaker]

    * Scott Greenfield is running a book giveaway contest. Well, here’s my submission: The law doesn’t suck; it’s just the week before Labor Day, so writing about the law sucks. [Simple Justice; Legal Blog Watch]

    * Given the number of men who ignore their girlfriends in favor of video games, it’s surprising that more women haven’t been charged with misdemeanor battery. [Legal Juice]

    0 Comments / / Aug 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM
  • Foul Ball

    Baseball, Biglaw, Books, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.19.12

    * If anything, baseball stadiums need less netting to prevent fans from catching foul balls. And if your six-year-old gets clocked in the head by a batted ball, it should be a lesson to wealthy fans in great seats to pay attention to the goddamn national pastime instead talking on your cell phone or watching the scoreboard or doing whatever non-baseball activity that distracted you from the 2-2 count with the lefty up at bat. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Pop quiz, law professors. What do you do? [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Here’s a great review of Mark Hermann’s book: Inside Straight, that focuses on Hermann’s use of the commenters in his material. This will provide excellent research for my own project: How I Became An Affirmative Action Walrus. [Simple Justice]

    * Don’t you love how the Michigan Law walk-out on Rob Portman is now actually a bit of a thing in the VEEPstakes? [Gawker]

    * It’s been a while since I studied commercial paper, but I’m pretty sure SpongeBob Squarepants coins aren’t going to pass muster. [Dealbreaker]

    * Ohio tries to further regulate fracking, but efforts to frustrate fracking f**k-ups feel futile. [Fulbright Fracking Blog]

    * Morrison & Foerster elects new firm leadership. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    13 Comments / / Jul 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM
  • Alec Baldwin

    Celebrities, Immigration, LSAT, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.25.12

    * With the Supreme Court talking about immigration today, let’s take a look at how all the SCOTUS justices got to America. [Reuters]

    * In any event, except for Scalia, the Court looks like it’s going to find a reasonable way through the Arizona immigration mess. If you’re detained for something, cops can check your status, but they can’t just go out and ask people to show them their papers on the street. Scalia thinks, I don’t know, he sounds like he thinks we’re still living under the Articles of Confederation or something. [SCOTUSblog]

    * You know, I think that in the end I don’t have a problem with LSAC raising fees to take the LSAT. I mean, the cost of law school is completely out of control, prospective law students have proven that they’ll pay any price for any thing. Remember I said this when I start charging $500,000 for “Elie’s Pre-Law Seminars,” which is just a DVD of me screaming at a ten-year-old for 30 minutes. [Balkinization]

    * I don’t ever want to piss Alec Baldwin off. I’m serious. [Dealbreaker]

    * I’m not sure these ways to stay sane in a “toxic” office would work in a toxic law office. Unless you add liquor. Alcohol lets you go toxic on them! [Forbes]

    * I love that Rob Portman, the man who inspired a walk-out at Michigan Law’s Commencement, is thought to be a “safe” pick for Romney. But hey, this is the same party that thinks nominating a wealthier Bob Dole against a charismatic president who can keep it in his pants is going to work out for them. [Recess Appointments]

    6 Comments / / Apr 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM
  • Evan Caminker, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Politics

    Michigan Law Commencement Walkout

    Well, Michigan Law Dean Evan Caminker got what he wanted: Ohio Senator Rob Portman addressed gradating 3Ls, at senior day. But conscientious members of the Michigan Law community didn’t have to stomach it if they didn’t want to. There was a walk-out during Portman’s speech, and some reports claim that over 100 students (out of […]

    175 Comments / / May 10, 2011 at 3:11 PM
  • Evan Caminker, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Politics

    Closing the Loop on Michigan: Rob Portman Is Speaking, But I Bet This Won’t Happen Again

    Michigan Law Dean Evan Caminker has issued what appears to be his final decision about the Rob Portman fiasco. The Dean has listened to all the relevant constituencies and decided that pulling Rob Portman might cause more long term harm. And so Portman is going to be allowed to speak. Dean Caminker announced this in […]

    72 Comments / / Apr 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM
  • Commencement, Evan Caminker, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Politics

    Dean Caminker Digs In To Support Anti-Gay-Marriage Commencement Speaker At Michigan Law

    We told you yesterday that Michigan Law has decided to invite Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to speak to its 3L class for senior day. We told you that many Michigan Law students have objected to the choice of Senator Portman, because of his strong anti-gay rhetoric on the issue of gay marriage. We told you […]

    231 Comments / / Apr 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM
  • Commencement, Evan Caminker, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Politics

    Michigan Law School Invites Ohio Senator With ‘Anti-Gay Politics’ To Speak At Senior Day

    What’s more strange about that headline? That Michigan Law would invite a guy who stands against the civil rights of certain members of the Michigan Law community, or that Michigan Law would invite a representative from Ohio to speak to its outgoing students? I’m going with the latter. Rob Portman graduated from the University of […]

    113 Comments / / Apr 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

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