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  • 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
  • Exam

    Antonin Scalia, Bar Exams, Biglaw, Clarence Thomas, Gay Marriage, Insider Trading, Law Firm Mergers, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Supreme Court, Video games

    Morning Docket: 11.13.14

    * Look, ma, no Justice Kennedy! Over the dissent of Justices Scalia and Thomas, the Supreme Court quickly lifted its earlier stay on allowing same-sex marriages to go forward in Kansas. [USA Today]

    * Sources say were it not for Bingham McCutchen’s malpractice settlement with the former owner of the Dodgers, Morgan Lewis would’ve walked away from the potential merger deal. #blessed [Am Law Daily]

    * Mathew Martoma, the would-be lawyer who was expelled from Harvard Law for faking his transcripts, was denied his bid for bail pending appeal on an insider trading conviction. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start: The ex-general counsel to Occulus VR started his own firm and angel investment company to address the needs of video game companies. [Gamasutra]

    * New York is holding off on adopting the Uniform Bar Exam, at least for a little while longer, mostly because “the[re] is just not enough turnaround time to do it for July ’15.” Hooray? [New York Law Journal]

    26 Comments / / Nov 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • Makky Pratayot (left) and Judge Oetken

    Boalt Hall, Elena Kagan, Harvard Law Review, Merrick Garland, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Stephen Reinhardt, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Left Out

    After a little hiatus, Legal Eagle Wedding Watch is back — with a vengeance….

    / Nov 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM
  • Entertainment Law, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.12.14

    * The makeup of the Supreme Court is the most important issue in the 2016 election. Well, the most “important” issue will be if Hillary is a crone who murdered everyone in Benghazi with Obamacare, but the Supreme Court should be the most important issue. [Slate]

    * We’ve wondered why the Supreme Court isn’t more accountable before. Fix the Court wants to do something about it. [USA Today]

    * In-house counsel are optimistic. Too bad they aren’t optimistic about sending work to firms. [Business of Law Blog / LexisNexis]

    * The Italians just overturned the manslaughter convictions of a bunch of scientists for failing to accurately predict an earthquake. But, sure, let’s send Amanda Knox back over there. [Reuters]

    * Latham snags a gaggle of high-profile O’Melveny entertainment lawyers and O’Melveny names three new co-heads of its Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice. [Deadline Hollywood]

    * An infographic of firm trends. Technological upgrades are the name of the game. [Think Tank / Aderant]

    * While we treat high school athletes as adults in so many aspects of their lives, America just won’t let go of labeling them juveniles unable to grasp sexual assault. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Horrific tale of systematic sexual abuse in the ranks of USA Swimming, which turns to Bryan Cave for what a lawyer profiled in the article calls “plaintiff-draining legal tactics.” [Outside Online]

    * R.I.P. John Michael Doar, former chief of the DOJ civil rights division in the 60s, who died at age 92 yesterday. [What About Clients?]

    8 Comments / / Nov 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM
  • Scalia Talking

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, FCC, Gender, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, LSAT, Money, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, Texas, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 11.12.14

    * With all this net neutrality talk, one of the biggest fans of the cause is Justice Antonin Scalia. He may not be tech-savvy, but he may yet save the internet. [National Law Journal]

    * And the partners rejoiced? Bingham McCutchen approved a Morgan Lewis merger, and now the firm waits for its valiant rescuer to ride in upon its trusty steed. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A new study says the way to close the law school gender gap is to adopt gradeless grading policies similar to those of top law schools. Honors for everyone, yay! [Stanford News]

    * LSAT prep company Test Masters Educational Services Inc. — not to be confused with TestMasters — must pay about $927K in legal fees, because as it turns out, some people were confused. [Legal Times]

    * A Texas state representative submitted a bill calling for a new law school in the Rio Grande Valley because there aren’t enough lawyers there. Unemployed lawyers, you know what to do. [Action 4 News]

    7 Comments / / Nov 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM
  • Gavel with American Flag

  • Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

    Federal Government

    HUD Housing Disparate Impact Rules Vacated – How an APA Case Could Clarify Complicated Private Litigation

    Ed note: This post originally appeared on Federal Regulations Advisor. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2013 rules (ostensibly) under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) establishing disparate-impact liability in a case revolving on homeowners’ insurance coverage policies. Plaintiffs in American Insurance Association […]

    / Nov 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM
  • pretty pot

    Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Drugs, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Pregnancy / Paternity, S.D.N.Y., SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 11.10.14

    * “I think the court has to take a case now. This is their job.” It’s time to hurry up and wait: SCOTUS is running down the clock when it comes to taking a gay marriage case this Term. [National Law Journal]

    * Zach Warren will be tried separately from the former leaders of D&L on criminal charges in the wake of the firm’s failure. Dewey think lawyers still care about him? [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Good news, everyone! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector added 300 jobs in October. This sure is exciting for the fraction of the class of 2014 that number represents. [Am Law Daily]

    * A Long Island attorney requested that one of her trials be postponed during her high-risk pregnancy, but lawyers from the S.D.N.Y. allegedly “shouted at and insulted” her in response. Wow. :( [New York Times]

    * Since enrollment dropped off, law schools are competing to attract transfer students. Georgetown, for example, recently took more than 100 transfers — a 75 percent increase in two years. [Washington Post]

    * Just because your state puff, puff, passed the vote to legalize smoking pot, it doesn’t mean you won’t be fired for doing it. Careful with your dope, unless you’d like to see your career go up in smoke. [CNN Money]

    15 Comments / / Nov 10, 2014 at 7:30 AM
  • High Speed

    6th Circuit, Biglaw, Books, Cars, Crime, Edwards Wildman, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Jeffrey Toobin, Law Schools, Layoffs, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 11.07.14

    * As mentioned earlier, the Sixth Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states. Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey’s dissent is a very fun read because it’s dripping with sarcasm. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Sentencing has been delayed for Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s friends during the pendency of the Yates case at SCOTUS. Like a grouper, a backpack may not be a “tangible object.” [National Law Journal]

    * Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer are planning to shed lawyers and staff members in anticipation of their proposed mergers with Morgan Lewis and Locke Lord. Ouch. [Am Law Daily]

    * Weekend reading? ATL’s managing editor, David Lat, reviews Blindfolds Off (affiliate link), an interesting collection of interviews with judges about how they decide their toughest cases. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Everyone, please stop what you’re doing. Jeffrey Toobin has discovered that law schools are in trouble, and he’s on the case. You can read more information about this new phenomenon here. [The New Yorker]

    * Adam Tang, the man who drove a 26-mile loop around Manhattan in 24 minutes, was convicted of reckless driving without being present. Check out the video of his crazy drive, after the jump. [ABA Journal]

    17 Comments / / Nov 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM
  • Jay Z

    Bar Exams, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Crime, DUI / DWI, Eric Holder, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sarbanes-Oxley / Sarbox / SOX, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 11.06.14

    * “Perhaps Congress should have called this the Sarbanes-Oxley Grouper Act.” Based on the justices’ reactions during oral argument, it seems like SCOTUS isn’t taking the bait in the Yates case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It seems that President Obama still hasn’t made a decision on who he wants to replace Eric Holder as attorney general. Maybe the results of the midterm election made him change his mind. [Legal Times]

    * Jay Z may have 99 problems, but this champagne deal ain’t one because Cooley helped to seal the deal. If Armand de Brignac is good enough for Queen Bey, it’s good enough for this Biglaw firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * Students at the University of South Dakota School of Law are wondering whether they’re receiving a good legal education considering they’re being trained to pass the “easiest [bar] in the nation.” [The Volante]

    * Kenneth Desormes of Connecticut was charged after trying to eat the results of his breathalyzer test. He may be the same Kenneth Desormes who tried to get his law school to admit to fraud. [Hartford Courant]

    25 Comments / / Nov 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • The Jones Day SCOTUS clerks: they are young and cute, aren't they?

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Clerkships, Fabulosity, Money, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Which Law Firm Won The SCOTUS Clerk Sweepstakes (Again)?

    Is this collection of top talent worth more than $2 million in signing bonuses?

    19 Comments / / Nov 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM
  • passport US passport

    Courthouses, D.C. Circuit, Department of Justice, Election Law, Environment / Environmental Law, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.03.14

    * Floridian women lawyers got their wish: Bad Judge, plagued by bad ratings, is getting canceled. [Daily Business Review]

    * A round-up of write-ups about today’s oral arguments in the Israel / Jerusalem passport case. [How Appealing]

    * Interesting reflections from Professor Glenn Reynolds on the controversial catcalling video.
    [USA Today via Instapundit]

    * Things are bats**t insane — literally — at this Utah courthouse. [Gawker]

    * The D.C. Circuit gives the EPA its way on cross-state air pollution. [Breaking Energy]

    * Election monitors from the Justice Department: possibly coming to a jurisdiction near you (including Bergen County, New Jersey, where I grew up). [BuzzFeed]

    * Can cops force suspects to use their fingerprints to unlock their cellphones? Eric Crusius and Lisa Giovinazzo debate, after the jump. [Fox News]

    11 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Books, Clerkships, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, In-House Counsel, SCOTUS, Stephen Reinhardt, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Do You Harbor Supreme [Court] Ambitions?

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann reviews Above the Law founder and managing editor David Lat’s forthcoming novel, Supreme Ambitions.

    27 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM
  • u.s. news rankings RF

    Banking Law, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Rankings

    Morning Docket: 11.03.14

    * Two women will be making their oral argument debuts before the Supreme Court this week. One of them will be arguing two cases in the span of a month, which is absolutely insane. [National Law Journal]

    * Big banks are putting aside big money for legal costs: Citi squirreled away an extra $600 million, RBS is ready to hand over $600 million, and Barclays has $800 million on tap. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * In preparation for the prestige frenzy come March 2015, law schools will have about three weeks to complete their survey information for the annual U.S. News law school rankings. [Morse Code / U.S. News]

    * The controversial, anti-gay Trinity Western University Law School may not be able to open after all. The B.C. Law Society just voted to overturn its prior approval of the school’s accreditation. [CBC News]

    * It seems the United States isn’t the only place where recent law school graduates are struggling to find jobs. In Japan, newly licensed lawyers can’t find work either. Saitei, my friends, saitei. :( [Japan Times]

    24 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • 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
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Advertising, Events, SCOTUS, Shameless Plugs, Supreme Court, This Is an Ad

    Thanks To All Attendees Of Our SCOTUS Event

    Thanks to everyone who made last night’s Supreme Court event such a smashing success!

    / Oct 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Art, Banking Law, Canada, Gay, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment, State Judges, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 10.28.14

    * Some observers do not appreciate the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Delphic pronouncements on a slew of hot-button issues. [New York Times]

    * The New York Court of Appeals does international banks a solid — but is it bad policy? [Reuters]

    * Fired Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi hires Dentons to sue CBC, which dismissed him over allegations of sexual misconduct. [American Lawyer]

    * Is post-Citizens United money polluting judicial elections? [New York Times via How Appealing]

    * An Englishman sues Sotheby’s, alleging that the auction house negligently failed to inform him that a painting he sold through Sotheby’s was by Caravaggio and worth millions. [BBC]

    * If you’re a lawyer looking for extra income, check out Avvo’s new service, which offers consumers on-demand legal advice for a fixed fee. [Law Sites via ABA Journal]

    * Is it reversible error for a judge to refuse to ask voir dire questions related to sexual-preference prejudices? [Southern District of Florida via How Appealing]

    17 Comments / / Oct 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM
  • Supreme Court justices RF SCOTUS group portrait

    Books, Clarence Thomas, Clerkships, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    An Afternoon With Three Supreme Court Justices

    Over the weekend, Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, and Justice Sotomayor participated in an extraordinary joint interview at their alma mater, Yale Law School.

    9 Comments / / Oct 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

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