Scott Greenfield

  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Books, Boutique Law Firms, Crime, Department of Justice, Immigration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.02.14

    * Justice Scalia spoke at CU-Boulder last night. For his sake, we certainly hope he didn’t speak about any issues that might someday appear before SCOTUS, lest he be asked to recuse. [Boulder Daily Camera via How Appealing]

    * Another one bites the dust over at Main Justice: David O’Neil, the head of the criminal division, is stepping down in the wake of the BNP Paribas case, and will likely have many white-shoe law firm suitors. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Fox Rothschild picked up a 18-lawyer boutique firm in Texas, which will serve as the home of its first outpost in the Lone Star State. Energy law, surprisingly, wasn’t the driving factor. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “I have a heart and I have two kids.” That’s a pretty damn good reason for Biglaw attorneys to take a break from their corporate billable hours to represent undocumented children pro bono. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Scott Greenfield reviews Lat’s forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). Of course, in SHG style, it contains a spoiler. Try to skip that clearly marked paragraph. [Simple Justice]

    4 Comments / / Oct 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • diversity

    Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Police, Racism, Violence

    Can Lawyers Reduce The Racial Divide In This Country?

    Lawyers have the obligation to speak up and act, according to Kevin O’Keefe of LexBlog.

    24 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM
  • GMC USE

    Alan Dershowitz, Cars, Conferences / Symposia, Drugs, Education / Schools, Intellectual Property, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, Old People, Patents, Suicide, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.20.14

    * A Minnesota court ruled that it is not a crime to encourage people to commit suicide. So… keep commenting assholes, just know that you’ll feel really bad if I do it. [Gawker]

    * I might be in the market for a used car, and I’m hoping to get a really good deal on one of these “recalled” GMs. I hope the DOJ doesn’t screw up my plans. [Reuters Legal]

    * Speaking of cars, Alan Dershowitz calls for vigorous prosecution of reckless drivers. I call for vigorous prosecution of any box-blocking suburbanite who drives around Manhattan on a Saturday like they’re cruising to the country fair. [ABA Journal]

    * Alabama thinks that people over 70 should be excused from jury duty. YES, they deserve to be excused and I hope they burn in Hell! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Narc is the new tattletale. [Simple Justice]

    * Are you an IP lawyer, especially a patent litigator? Here’s a symposium you should consider attending (featuring ATL columnist Gaston Kroub). [Markman Advisors]

    * Speaking of conferences, who wants to hang out with Lat in Las Vegas? Read on for details (plus video)….

    Lat will be speaking next month at Avvo’s big Lawyernomics conference in Vegas. Here’s the agenda, here’s the registration from, and here’s Lat’s speaker spotlight video:

    4 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Angry Businessman Yelling into Phone

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, In-House Counsel, Money, Partner Issues, White & Case

    A Non-Equity Partner’s Rant

    Are non-equity partners getting a bad rap?

    24 Comments / / Feb 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM
  • facepalm LF

    Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    Ruining Your Reputation In 12 Easy Steps

    It’s relatively easy to do. Just follow this plan and you’ll be ridiculed in no time.

    16 Comments / / Jan 24, 2014 at 2:01 PM
  • Senior Woman Using Cell Phone

  • Semi automatic handgun and pistol cartridges

    Guns / Firearms, Minority Issues, Racism, Violence

    Misdirection And Casting Aspersions: The Predictable Response To My Stand Your Ground Post

    Tamara Tabo responded to my post about Stand Your Ground laws in the wake of the Renisha McBride shooting. It was what I’d expected.

    54 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM
  • Linday Lohan

    Bloomberg, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Securities and Exchange Commission, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.01.13

    * There’s an interesting take here by Scott Greenfield on Glenn Reynolds’s op-ed suggesting there be a “waiting period” before new legislation to try to make sure everybody at least reads it first. Personally, I’m a little more concerned with getting longer waiting periods before people can buy guns and shoot me. [Simple Justice]

    * Funny to see Lindsay Lohan as the plaintiff, instead of the defendant. [Los Angeles Times]

    * When reached for comment about the weakness in the U.S. legal job market, clients responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” [Associate’s Mind]

    * And now we’re back to the argument that allowing non-lawyer ownership of law firms will magically give clients a better experience. Yes, because whenever I’m on hold with Time Warner, I think, “Man, these business people sure get customer service.” [The Economist]

    * R.I.P. Mark Hummels. [Huffington Post]

    * It feels like it’s been a while since we made fun of Oklahoma. [Legal Juice]

    * After the jump, Bloomberg has a fun video on whether Wall Street should fear Mary Jo White….

    2 Comments / / Feb 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM
  • Obviously a Norton Rose associate.

    Biglaw, Blogging, Clerkships, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.07.13

    * Here’s the answer to the question everyone’s been asking since December: the Supreme Court will be hearing the gay-marriage cases on March 26 (Prop 8) and March 27 (Windsor). No extra time for args? [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Wherein Scott Greenfield responds to Mark Herrmann’s thoughts on bench memos — or, in Greenfield’s words, why our important appellate decisions shouldn’t be left “in the hands of children” (aka law clerks). [Simple Justice]

    * Will the latest massive mortgage settlements lead to lawyer layoffs? [Going Concern]

    * Cy Vance’s ears must’ve been ringing when this opinion came out, because the judges on this appellate panel said the prosecution’s case was based on “pure conjecture bolstered by empty rhetoric.” [WiseLawNY]

    * Apparently a Santa Clara law professor is getting pummeled in the comments on various law blogs because of his thoughts on law school. As Rihanna would say, “Shine bright like Steve Diamond.” [Constitutional Daily]

    * Meditation and mindfulness are more mainstream than ever in the practice of law, but given all the tales of stressed out lawyers’ alleged misconduct we hear about, you certainly wouldn’t know it. [Underdog]

    * And from our friends at RollOnFriday, you can see what the folks at Norton Rose do in their spare time….

    Thanks to the Norton Rose / Fulbright & Jaworski merger, lawyers at Fulbright will soon be working Gangnam Style with all of this fabulosity. Aren’t you excited to be joining them in doing the hallway horsey dance?

    2 Comments / / Jan 7, 2013 at 5:07 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
  • Brian-Tannebaum

    listserv, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    The Practice: Debating Failure, Solo Version

    Are you a failure waiting to happen? Thoughts from small-firm columnist Brian Tannebaum…

    26 Comments / / Aug 27, 2012 at 2:46 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
  • Court Reporters / Stenographers, New York Times, Non-Sequiturs, Parties, Prostitution, Public Interest, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.18.12

    * Roger Clemens was found not guilty on charges of lying to Congress about using steroids. [New York Times]

    * Why did the ABA Journal kill a feature story on mentoring by Dan Hull and Scott Greenfield? The world may never know, and the world may never see the story. [Simple Justice]

    * Q: What does a male lawyer do when his female secretary gives him a nice little Father’s Day gift? A: Freak out because random acts of kindness are so unusual, and then write a letter to a New York Times advice columnist. [New York Times]

    * If you’ll be in D.C. this Thursday, June 21, check out this battle of the law firm bands — a fun event that we’ve covered before, as well as a fundraiser for a worthy cause. [Banding Together 2012]

    * ATL readers are awesome. You guys have already been a huge help to this court reporter who almost died when he fell into the Chicago River. The family is still taking donations, and now there’s a PayPal link, so it’s even easier to lend a hand to Andrew Pitts and his family. [Kruse Reporters Blog]

    * A closer look at the continuing rapid progress of predictive coding (or, as skeptics would say, our new computer overlords) in legal discovery. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * New York’s “hot dog hooker,” Ms. Catherine Scalia (no, not that Scalia), was sentenced to jail. Maybe she should have deigned to sell chocolate milkshakes instead. [Gothamist]

    4 Comments / / Jun 18, 2012 at 5:32 PM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Benchslaps, California, Department of Justice, Federal Judges, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Screw-Ups, U.S. Attorneys Offices, White-Collar Crime

    Benchslap of the Day: What Not To Do If You’re A Prosecutor

    [T]his Court is compelled to find that the Government team allowed a key FBI agent to testify untruthfully before the grand jury, inserted material falsehoods into affidavits submitted to magistrate judges in support of applications for search warrants and seizure warrants, improperly reviewed e-mail communications between one Defendant and her lawyer, recklessly failed to comply […]

    9 Comments / / Dec 6, 2011 at 2:56 PM
  • Your ATL editors: Elie Mystal, Staci Zaretsky, and David Lat.

    Events

    The ATL Holiday Party: A Photo Essay

    Thanks to everyone who came out last night to attend the Above the Law holiday party. The festivities were extremely well-attended. Here on the internets, some people like to say “WWOP.” So let’s get some pics up in this joint….

    / Dec 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM
  • 7th Circuit, Benchslaps, Federal Judges, Richard Posner, Rudeness, Screw-Ups, Texas

    A Reverse Benchslap? Chastised Lawyer Lashes Out at Judge Posner

    On Thanksgiving Day, while you were enjoying your turkey, we wrote about a different bird: namely, the ostrich. In a somewhat snarky opinion, Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit compared a lawyer appearing before him to an ostrich. What did the lawyer in question have to say for himself?

    39 Comments / / Nov 28, 2011 at 11:06 PM
  • The anonymous blogging law professor has revealed himself.

    Blogging, Law Professors, Law Schools

    The Tenured Law Prof Turned ‘Scamblogger’ Reveals Himself

    Earlier this month, we wrote about an anonymous law professor — a tenured professor, at a top-tier school — essentially joining the ranks of the law school scambloggers. Well, as it turns out, LawProf is an actual tenured law professor, at a top 50 law school. Who is he, and where does he teach?

    231 Comments / / Aug 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM
  • Abortion, Crime, Death Penalty, Howrey LLP, In-House Counsel, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.01.11

    * A federal judge in Kansas has given Planned Parenthood’s Abortionplex a new lease on life. [WSJ Law Blog] * What? A former Supreme Court clerk who got passed over for a job at a law school? Nicholas Spaeth, who’s also the former state attorney general for North Dakota, is suing the Michigan State University […]

    6 Comments / / Aug 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM