SCOTUS

  • You Won't Believe How Much These 18 Cats Look Like Past Solicitors General -- by Laurence Tribe

    American Bar Association / ABA, Cass Sunstein, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.01.14

    So which of these are real and which are not?

    * Cass Sunstein is writing listicles on the best Supreme Court justices. [Bloomberg View]

    * Attorney General Holder is really going to get to the bottom of these serious allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The ABA is ending the mandatory use of the LSAT to allow some struggling schools more flexibility in filling empty seats. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * The DOJ is looking into whether or not “God” has such a stranglehold on religion in America that it constitutes an antitrust violation. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A pair of Texas lawyers tussle over the rights to a motorcycle club they ran. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Americans in the 80s made fun of lawyers more than any other society. [Overlawyered]

    2 Comments / / Apr 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Bumpei Sugano of Penn Law

    Conferences / Symposia, Gay, Gender, Health Care / Medicine, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Rap, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, Technology, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.31.14

    * A surefire way to make your mom proud of you is to file a funny amicus brief with the Supreme Court, get called out for it in the New York Times, and be lauded by us at Above the Law as having filed the “best amicus brief ever.” [Daily Beast]

    * Cynthia Brim, a state judge who’s been declared legally insane, wants to return to the judicial bench she’s been suspended from. Hey, you could look at it this way: at least she’d be working for her $182K salary. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Our readers will be thrilled to know that beginning this year, lawyers will become obsolete. Artificial intelligence will start taking over your jobs within the next six months or so. [Wired]

    * Join the Fordham OUTLaws for a Transgender Law symposium, co-sponsored by Skadden and the LGBT Bar. One of the panelists, Erin Buzuvis, is an amazing professor from my school. [Fordham Law School]

    * If you care at all about how well women and minority law students are represented on law reviews, then you’ll want to come to this important event. I’ll be there, and I hope to see you there, too! [Ms. JD]

    * In case you were wondering, Penn Law successfully beat the crap out of Wharton (in terms of head to head win-loss record) during the 10th annual Wharton vs. Law Fight Night. [Wharton vs. Law: Fight Night]

    * Meet Anthony Halmon, the second-year student at FIU Law who’s relying on his coolness to rock the vote for the SBA presidency. Check out his rap video, after the jump. [Daily Business Review (reg. req.)]

    8 Comments / / Mar 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • business man anger shouting with money rain

    Crime, Dubious Defenses, Education / Schools, Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Rape, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.31.14

    * The NCAA’s president thinks Northwestern’s sports union will be the first case of its kind to be heard by the Supreme Court, and his brain hasn’t even been scrambled by concussions. [Bloomberg]

    * “If I’d come up with it, I’d probably be proud of it.” If this Georgia lawyer had used the “my client is too handsome for rape” defense, perhaps there wouldn’t have been a conviction. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * A few weeks ago, we wrote about the best law schools for making money. Since then, the rankings were revised due to error. Where does your school stand now? We’ll chat about this today. [Forbes]

    * “[L]awyers aren’t retiring or dying nearly fast enough for us to fill their spots.” Perhaps statements like this about the job market wouldn’t be so prevalent if U.S. News told pre-law applicants the truth. [NPR]

    * Law students will call you out for your behavior, even if you’re a police officer This one is suing the NYPD for false arrest after questioning their food truck tactics. We’ll have more on this later. [New York Post]

    2 Comments / / Mar 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • scalia talking RF

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    Airplanes / Aviation, Biglaw, Celebrities, Disasters / Emergencies, Divorce Train Wrecks, Entertainment Law, Health Care / Medicine, John Roberts, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.26.14

    * After forcing Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act could force for-profit corporations to pay for employees’ abortions, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed rather pleased with himself. [New York Times]

    * Sidley Austin just hired a major M&A heavy hitter away from General Electric’s legal department. Congratulations to Chris Barbuto. We suppose he can make it rain as outside counsel now. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Because there’s no time too soon for an ambulance airplane chaser, the beginnings of the first lawsuit lodged against Malaysian Air after Flight 370′s probable crash was filed in court yesterday. [Bloomberg]

    * UC Hastings and Iowa are the latest law schools to offer 3+3 accelerated degree programs. What a great recruiting tool for Iowa, which recently saw enrollment levels plunge by 40 percent. [National Law Journal]

    * One month after the internet exploded with rumors of Gwyneth Paltrow having an affair with entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn, the star announced her split from her husband. Coincidence? [New York Daily News]

    1 Comment / / Mar 26, 2014 at 8:41 AM
  • Her Spike Jonze movie

    Ann Althouse, Health Care / Medicine, Movies, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials, Women's Issues, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.14

    * Professor Ann Althouse’s analysis of today’s Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood arguments before SCOTUS. [Althouse]

    * Professor Nelson Tebbe’s take on the proceedings. [Balkinization]

    * Finally, a very Jezebel assessment: “Supreme Court Prepares to F**k Up This Birth Control Thing.” [Jezebel]

    * “JUDGE TO PORN TROLLS: IP Addresses Aren’t People.” [Instapundit]

    * YouTube videos and text messages surface in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. [IT-Lex]

    * “Her” was an excellent movie — and it might contain lessons for lawyers and the legal profession, as John Hellerman argues. [Hellerman Baretz]

    0 Comments / / Mar 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM
  • patent law

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Patents, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Supreme Court, Technology

    Beyond Biglaw: Software Patent Wars

    What are the implications of a major patent law case, soon to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, for law firms and lawyers that practice patent litigation?

    7 Comments / / Mar 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • Image by Juri H. Chinchilla.

    Copyright, Free Speech, Rap, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    On Remand: Pretty Woman Walking Down First Street

    How did a rap group wind up in front of the Supreme Court? It all started with a song.

    7 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM
  • 'We're not Case Western Reserve Law.'

    6th Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Insider Trading, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.24.14

    * Justice Antonin Scalia isn’t quite ready to publicly weigh in on whether computer data is considered a protected “effect” under the Fourth Amendment. “[T]hat may well come up [before the Supreme Court],” he says. Thanks NSA. [Business Insider]

    * “[I]t doesn’t take many bad apples in a barrel to cause a stink.” No matter how hard Biglaw firms try to keep their confidential information locked down, someone’s going trade on it. It looks like STB is learning that the hard way. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * The day after Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by Judge Bernard Friedman, couples who rushed to marry were met with some serious Sixth Circuit sadness. Way to stay and spoil all of the celebrations, judges. [New York Times]

    * “We’re not the Cleveland Browns,” says one of Case Western Law’s interim co-deans. With that kind of a glowing endorsement, we don’t see how this law school could possibly fail. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

    * Rutgers Law-Newark has a new low-bono fellowship program “believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.” Some other law schools might have a bone to pick about that statement. [New Jersey Star-Ledger]

    4 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 9:09 AM
  • Cameras in court

    Erwin Chemerinsky, Jeffrey Toobin, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    A Conservative Case For Keeping Cameras Out Of The Courtroom

    Conservative columnist Tamara Tabo makes her case against cameras in the courtroom at SCOTUS.

    27 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM
  • Rachel Canning

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Prostitution, Racism, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Williams & Connolly

    Morning Docket: 03.20.14

    * If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever decides to step down from the Supreme Court (don’t worry, fans, she won’t), perhaps one of these relatively good-looking, relatively young lawyers will be able to step in. [Daily Comment / New Yorker]

    * Dewey know who the seven secret tipsters are in the case against D&L? Nope, their pleas are sealed, and it’s “not the typical process.” In fact, it’s “highly unusual.” Guess we’ll find out eventually. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * An ex-paralegal with a J.D. from Hofstra is suing Greenberg Traurig with claims of racial bias, saying she wasn’t promoted to an attorney position. Well, she did attend a contender for “Worst Law School in America.” [Am Law Daily]

    * In a rare move, it seems that a partner was poached from Williams & Connolly. Jon Fetterolf will now be working at Zuckerman Spaeder, where he’ll be the firm’s first certified sports agent. [Legal Times]

    * Reema Bajaj, everyone’s favorite neighborhood prostitute with a penchant for peddling punani for paper products, was suspended by the Illinois Supreme Court for a three-year period. Boo. [ABA Journal]

    * Because only the coolest law students do legal research on their phones these days, here are 11 apps to download. Curiously missing from this list is the ATL app. You can get it here. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * “The case is over. It’s time to move on.” Rachel Canning, the New Jersey schoolgirl who sued her parents for child support, has agreed to drop her case — and yes, it was all about her boyfriend. [New York Post]

    * Robert Strauss, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld name partner, RIP. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM
  • Walrus

    Animal Law, Antonin Scalia, Bernie Madoff, Breasts, International Law, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.19.14

    * I include this line not to highlight the horribleness of zoos, but because I’m doing NS today and this contains a fun anecdote about walrus masturbation. [Cracked]

    * Meanwhile, on Redline, I’m like, doing stuff. [ATL: Redline]

    * “I really want to go to law school to study international law and be a part of solving problems like what’s going on in Crimea right now.” — Dumb idiot who will wish he read Above the Law before he went to law school. [Radio Free Europe]

    * Student gets punished for sending a tweet from home. Should it really matter where you are sitting when you hit the button on the tweet calling your principal a “pussy ass bitch”? [It-Lex]

    * I think the jurors on the Bernie Madoff co-conspirator case might be running a Ponzi scheme. [Dealbreaker]

    * Everyone is overwhelmed, apparently. [Going Concern]

    * Scalia apparently comes up with his s**t while dozing off to sleep. So, literally now, Scalia’s dreams are the stuff of my nightmares. [Military.com]

    4 Comments / / Mar 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM
  • turkey

    American Bar Association / ABA, Antonin Scalia, Deaths, Elena Kagan, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 03.18.14

    * Justice Elena Kagan is looking forward to hunting a new kind of game next year with Justice Antonin Scalia. Gobble gobble, bitches. They’re going after wild turkeys, and not the whiskey. [Legal Times]

    * If you’ve been wondering why Morrison & Foerster is referred to as MoFo, the backstory isn’t as cool as we were led to believe. It was the firm’s teletype address. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * Don’t worry, law profs, your precious tenure protections aren’t going anywhere yet. The ABA has officially given up on its quest to remove tenure as an accreditation requirement. [National Law Journal]

    * Nicholas Spaeth, the former state attorney general of North Dakota who sued a slew of law schools for age discrimination after being passed over for a job after AALS, was found dead yesterday. RIP. [Inforum]

    * If you’ve been waitlisted, send a letter of continuing interest. Convince them you’ll be employed within 10 months of graduation, and watch the acceptance letters roll on in. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    2 Comments / / Mar 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM
  • RBG Meme 2

  • Oliviapope

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, SCOTUS, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.13.14

    * Lawyer opts to wear orange prison scrubs for Lent. When you think about it, it makes a lot more sense than giving up chocolate when your religion is based on a death row inmate. [Waco Tribune]

    * A profile of Bob Bennett. They compare him to Olivia Pope. Not sure about that… Bennett’s got bigger tits. [Washington Post]

    * A Brooklyn lawyer reached out and grabbed his dream. Unfortunately, that dream involved the crotches of multiple unsuspecting women. [New York Post]

    * George Zimmerman’s parents are suing Roseanne Barr, who apparently is still enough of a celebrity that people care to sue her. [IT-Lex]

    * Married women can’t get divorced in Alabama. Look at the bright side, that means you can’t get a divorce lawyer who’ll bill you for sex. [Associated Press via WTOP]

    * Play along at home with this handy tracker showing just how often the U.S. Chamber of Commerce prevails at the Supreme Court. It’s a long Supreme Court season, but based on the last couple years, the scoreboard might look disturbingly like the Super Bowl’s when all is said and done. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Hey, law schools! Looking for more students? It looks like a simple legal change can spike your applications. [Fox News]

    * If you’re in D.C. next week, swing by the Race and Access to the Justice System symposium at Georgetown. [Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics]

    0 Comments / / Mar 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM
  • US-News-Best-Law-Schools

    John Roberts, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Nancy Grace, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.11.14

    * The Coalition for Court Transparency sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, pleading that he allow cameras in the courtroom. Not sure how well this will go over, thanks to last month’s oral arguments interruption by a protestor. [Legal Times]

    * Hot on the heels of the news that the firm posted its worst financial performance in six years, Bingham McCutcheon is leaking laterals. Morgan Lewis just poached four lawyers across three cities right out from under the firm’s nose. [Am Law Daily]

    * Now that the U.S. News 2015 Law School Rankings are out, here’s Kyle McEntee of Law School Transparency to tell you what’s wrong with them, particularly, that not every school is the “best.” [Law.com]

    * If you were a law school dean, we sincerely hope you’d just live with the consequences of an enrollment decline instead of lowering your admission standards to put more asses in seats. [National Law Journal]

    * Nancy Grace must defend herself against a defamation suit filed by Michael Skakel. It’s almost fitting that she’d get sued over talking about someone allegedly masturbating in a tree. [Hollywood Reporter]

    1 Comment / / Mar 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • lawyers fighting fight club

    3rd Circuit, Deaths, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Immigration, Judicial Nominations, Law Professors, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Racism, SCOTUS, Securities Law, Supreme Court, Video games, Violence

    Morning Docket: 03.06.14

    * Foreclosure attorney Bruce Richardson alleges that Hogan Lovells partner David Dunn hit him with a briefcase in front of a court officer. That’s how they roll in state court. (Expect more on this later.) [New York Daily News; New York Post]

    * From cop killer to nomination killer: Mumia’s the word that stopped Debo Adegbile’s nomination to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. [Washington Post]

    * In happier nomination news, congratulations to former Breyer clerk Vince Chhabria, as well as to Beth Freeman and James Donato, on getting confirmed to the federal bench for the Northern District of California. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * It’s been a good week for amicus briefs. Congrats to Professors Adam Pritchard and Todd Henderson for getting the attention — and perhaps the votes — of several SCOTUS justices. [New York Times]

    * How a Cornell law student got her father to foot the bill for half of her pricey legal education. [ATL Redline]

    * As I predicted, the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in United States v. Maloney didn’t sweep the alleged prosecutorial misconduct under the rug by granting the government motion without comment. [The Atlantic]

    * RACEISM™ alert: federal prosecutors allege that deputies to a North Carolina sheriff accused of racial profiling of Latinos shared links to a violent and racist video game. [Raleigh News & Observer]

    * Speaking of mistreatment of Latinos, a recent Third Circuit decision spells good news for some immigrant communities. [Allentown Morning Call]

    * Sarah Tran, the law professor who taught class from her hospital bed, RIP. [Give Forward]

    4 Comments / / Mar 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM
  • These are probably too high.

    Drugs, DUI / DWI, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.04.14

    * How high can your heels be for a job interview? [Corporette]

    * If you think your client is committing securities fraud, the Supreme Court has good news! Sarbanes-Oxley’s anti-retaliation protection extends to Biglaw associates. [Whistleblower Protection Law Blog]

    * Here’s more on today’s Chevron ruling from the perspective of the energy community. [Breaking Energy]

    * The California Bar eJournal is running a poll asking the question, “Do you believe that the law school you attended prepared you to practice law?” The results may surprise you! (Shhh! No they won’t.) [Survey Monkey]

    * An accused killer asks to withdraw his guilty plea by calmly explaining to the judge that he was high as a kite when he pleaded guilty and that his lawyer was busy boning the prosecutor. He earns an A for effort on that one. [Albany Times-Union]

    * Chris Christie’s former campaign manager, Bill Stepien, appears to be the target of a federal investigation. It’s a bad time to be in Christie’s orbit. [Bergen County Record]

    * Third time’s the charm! Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s Emergency Manager, is making his third bid to authorize a giveaway to the banks settle a massive derivatives deal that played a big role in Detroit’s financial woes. The judge overseeing the case rejected the prior proposals and may do the same again since the new deal grants UBS and Merrill Lynch a release from liability for the events surrounding a billion dollar deal. [Demos]

    * Kerry Kennedy beat her DUI charge in no small part due to the testimony of the toxicology expert. [The Expert Institute]

    * Police tried to hide their use of a cell phone tracker from the courts. Apparently the manufacturer asked them to. Oh well, if a corporation wants privacy violations kept quiet, that’s different. [ACLU]

    * A follow-up from an oldie but goodie, the judge who changed a baby’s name from “Messiah” to “Martin” based on her personal religious beliefs received a public censure. Perhaps fittingly, the censure was less critical of changing “Messiah” than changing it to “Martin.” I mean, that’s just cruel. [Huffington Post]

    * More on Mayer Brown’s uncomfortable lawsuit against a city for erecting a WWII memorial. [The Careerist]

    1 Comment / / Mar 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

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