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    Department of Justice

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Speaks At HUD Fair Housing Conference: Here Is What You Need To Know

    Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was a speaker at HUD’s Fair Housing Policy Conference.

    / Sep 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.16.15

    * Justices Kennedy and Breyer seemed to be champing at the bit for a prolonged solitary confinement case last Term, and now they may have the opportunity to weigh in on one. Let’s see if the Supreme Court decides to let Justice Kennedy swing his vote around. [New York Times]

    * We all know that Mark Cuban isn’t that big of a fan of the Securities and Exchange Commission, but now he’s trying to inject himself into the debate over the agency’s use of in-house administrative law judges by way of filing a brief in support. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Winston & Strawn elected Jeffrey Kessler to serve as its co-chair. He’s got experience running firms with others — he once served as a member of Dewey’s four-partner Office of the Chairman before the firm completely imploded. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * IU Maurer Law is teaming up with Chapman and Cutler, an Am Law 200 firm, to create a two-year rotational program in finance and law. There’s just one catch: this is only for recent college graduates, not law school graduates. Oops! [Indiana Daily Student]

    * Lucrative niche alert: They’re calling this the green rush, but we don’t need to remind attorneys that green is also the color of money. By 2020, the market for legal recreational marijuana is going to be booming, with billions of dollars in business. [Fortune]

    34 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM
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    Supreme Court, Television

    Justice Breyer vs. Stephen Colbert

    Justice Breyer shows up on The Late show and ends up yelling at the host…

    30 Comments / / Sep 15, 2015 at 9:58 AM
  • bees


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.14.15

    * Here’s a tip to grab a few minutes of down time at a law firm. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * 9th Circuit makes a move to save the honey bee. [Earth Justice]

    * More July bar results are in, and… they aren’t good — just like Erica Moeser predicted. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * A trio of lawsuits suggest that Trump University (basically a bunch of seminars, so one day you can declare bankruptcy just like Donald Trump) is nothing but a scam. Kinda like a certain presidential campaign I know. [The Slot]

    * Supreme Court clerk feeder judges: still white and male. [Slate]

    * How can you work the trend and be an un-lawyer? [Law and More]

    37 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM
  • Justice Stephen Breyer

    SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer

    Supreme Court Justice Says He’ll Probably Retire… At Some Point

    Will President Obama be able to appoint another Supreme Court justice before his second term is up?

    12 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.08.15

    * Sonia Sotomayor talks about feeling like an outsider on the court… aaaaaaaand this is what white privilege means. [Slate]

    * Vehicles you can still get a DUI while driving: Barbie Jeep, Zamboni, wheelchair, inflatable raft, motorized beer cooler. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Step into the political slime and see how the halted campaign finance investigation into Scott Walker is being used to undermine regulations. [PR Watch]

    * Fascinating speculation on who should be Donald Trump’s running mate — assuming, arguendo, the end times are upon us and he wins the Republican nomination. [Law and More]

    * Debating Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig’s theories about the presidency. [Pacific Standard]

    * Bound by Law? Tales of the Public Domain, a cheeky comic book sponsored by Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain is fun and useful for lawyers and nonlawyers alike. [Open Culture]

    * Yes, Ohio, a man’s family does include his wife. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Perverse incentives dominate Chinese victim compensation laws and drivers try to kill any pedestrians they may hit. [Slate]

    28 Comments / / Sep 8, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Dan Abrams (ABC News)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.01.15

    * ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams is suing his neighbors over his lawyerly lair — and one of the defendants is a Biglaw partner at a top firm. Expect more on this later. [New York Post]

    * Speaking of Biglaw, a familiar tale of financial performance: gross revenue at Am Law 100 firms grew by 4 percent in the first half of 2015, but driven by rate increases rather than demand growth. [American Lawyer]

    * If you want the Supreme Court to hear your case, try to steer your cert petition clear of the “long conference,” known as the place “where petitions go to die.” [New York Times]

    * Speaking of SCOTUS, the Court won’t come to the rescue of the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — time to issue those licenses or quit, Kim Davis. [How Appealing]

    * But the justices did come to the (temporary) rescue of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, allowing him to remain free until SCOTUS acts on his petition for certiorari. [SCOTUSblog via How Appealing]

    * Are criticisms of the S.E.C.’s administrative-law procedures correct? Here’s a study from Professor David Zaring. [New York Times]

    * The Show-Me State leads when it comes to showing defendants to their deaths: Missouri has displaced Texas as the “epicenter of the American death penalty.” [The Marshall Project]

    * Speaking of capital punishment, I predicted that these particular Ninth Circuit judges wouldn’t be too sympathetic to this challenge to the death penalty — and based on yesterday’s oral argument, it seems I was right. [How Appealing]

    33 Comments / / Sep 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM
  • Justice Clarence Thomas

    Clarence Thomas, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    A Supreme Court Justice Who Does His Job Well, But Bores The New York Times While Doing It

    Conservative columnist Tamara Tabo’s take on Adam Liptak’s recent (and controversial) article about Justice Clarence Thomas.

    108 Comments / / Aug 31, 2015 at 10:47 AM
  • (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.28.15

    * Curious about what Ant-Man has to say about Civ Pro? And while you’re there vote for ATL fav Legal Geeks for best podcast in The Geekie Awards. [Legal Geeks]

    * Speaking of podcasts, here’s a great one about the movement to abolish the death penalty, with a particular focus on the recent spate of botched executions. [Punishment Podcast]

    * Update from the wide world of organized labor — yes, that’s still a thing — there is a major steelworkers lockout with employers advertising on Craigslist to get scabs to work 84 hours a week of hard labor. See this is EXACTLY why we need unions. [Lawyers Guns and Money]

    * The latest in James Woods’s suit to reveal the anonymous Twitter user that called him names: Twitter sends the actor a harshly worded letter. [The Hollywood Reporter]

    * Should the Supreme Court take up a case to have the remains of Jim Thorpe moved from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma? [The Hill]

    * Was the latest decision on protesting in SCOTUS plaza motivated by personal factors? [Fix the Court]

    * Today’s the 60th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, whose death was a catalyst in the civil rights movement. [Time]

    20 Comments / / Aug 28, 2015 at 5:34 PM
  • Judge Maryanne Trump Barry (in 1992).

    Donald Trump, Federal Judges, Politics

    Leave. Donald Trump’s Sister. Alone!

    Hey Jeb Bush, this is not cool, okay?

    17 Comments / / Aug 28, 2015 at 5:09 PM
  • Grooms to be holding hands (photo by Tim Ryan Smith).

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.27.15

    * Should town clerks opposed to gay marriage be required to issue licenses to all couples? The Sixth Circuit says…. [How Appealing]

    * John H. Ray III, the African American ex-associate at Ropes & Gray who claimed the elite firm discriminated against him, loses in court again, this time before the First Circuit. [National Law Journal]

    * Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams, the Virginia television broadcaster who killed two colleagues on-air before killing himself, was also no stranger to the legal system: he filed multiple lawsuits alleging racial discrimination. [New York Times]

    * Why are in-house lawyers more likely than their non-attorney corporate colleagues to fall for phishing emails? [ABA Journal]

    * Dewey know when the prosecution will rest in this seemingly endless trial? Probably today. [Wall Street Journal]

    * State judges get nasty with each other in Oregon. [Oregonian]

    * Federal judges around the country are advocating for a second look at how defendants get sentenced. [New York Times]

    * The Dilly in Philly: Paul Clement v. Ted Olson. [Am Law Litigation Daily]

    * A T14 law graduate turned “traveling artist” gets charged with criminal sexual assault in Chicago. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Speaking of sexual assault laws, Emily Bazelon explains how the St. Paul’s Rape Case shows why these laws must change. [New York Times]

    * Update: convicted Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes didn’t get just a life sentence, but 12 life sentences — plus 3,318 years on top of that. [CNN]

    * Linda Hirshman, author of the forthcoming book Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World (affiliate link), explains how Justices O’Connor, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor brought wisdom to SCOTUS (but where’s the love for Justice Kagan?). [Slate via How Appealing]

    59 Comments / / Aug 27, 2015 at 9:14 AM
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Where Can You Get A Ruth Bader Ginsburg Manicure?

    We expect RBG nail designs like this will soon be all the rage.

    12 Comments / / Aug 24, 2015 at 2:46 PM
  • Ashley Madison

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.24.15

    * It looks like the other slutty shoe has officially dropped. Two law firms have filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit against adultery dating site Ashley Madison for breaching their clients’ privacy rights. Impact Team must be thrilled. [TIME]

    * Gov. Chris Christie says that if he’s elected president, he won’t nominate anyone with a Harvard Law or Yale Law degree to SCOTUS. Non-Ivy law schools better start priming and primping their most successful grads on the off chance Christie gets the nod. [CBS News]

    * Case Western Law decided that two heads are better than one, because Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf were just permanently appointed to serve as co-deans. We can’t think of any other law school with a dynamic duo of deans like this. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

    * In Biglaw, romantic wranglings can follow you beyond the grave: Thomas Hale Boggs Jr.’s estate is doing battle with a woman who claims she had a relationship with the former head of Patton Boggs — and now she wants some of his property. [National Law Journal]

    * He may be “used to playing on a different court,” but Michael Jordan really took it to the hole on this case. Defunct grocery store Dominick’s Finer Foods must now pay the sports star $8.9 million for using his name in a steak ad without his permission. [NBC News]

    80 Comments / / Aug 24, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Supreme Court Clerk Hallway original

    Clerkships, Feeder Judges, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Ranking The Non-Traditional Feeder Judges

    Which state-court and federal district judges send their clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court?

    12 Comments / / Aug 20, 2015 at 6:03 PM
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.20.15

    * You’ve heard about what it’s like to be a Supreme Court clerk, but we bet you’ve never heard about what it’s like to be a Supreme Court intern. It’s apparently the “opportunity of a lifetime” to do errands and prepare lunch and meals for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. [Supreme Court Brief]

    * If you’re trying to file an effective brief with the Supreme Court, it’s best to write in “relatively short sentences, with a non-confrontational tone.” In other words, you really shouldn’t be trying to emulate Justice Scalia’s “jiggery-pokery” flair. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Wachtell Lipton may interested in going “big brother” on its associates, but when it comes to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm wants to steer clear of such voyeurism by doing away with clients’ quarterly reports. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * This judge didn’t play “just the tip” when it came to piercing his corporate veil: Paul Hansmeier of copyright-troll firm Prenda Law must pay sanctions to the tune of $64,000 after he drained cash from another one of his firms and then dissolved it. [Ars Technica]

    * Texas Tech Law is introducing a “brain-training” seminar for its first-year law students that will “maximize their brains’ performance.” One wonders if they took such a course before law school if they’d be enrolled in the same place. [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]

    69 Comments / / Aug 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • Grooms to be holding hands (photo by Tim Ryan Smith).

    Religion, Weddings

    Should Town And County Clerks Opposed To Gay Marriage Be Required To Issue Marriage Licenses To All Couples?

    Whatever happened to the noble tradition of resignation on principle?

    120 Comments / / Aug 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM
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    Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    A New Trend Among Supreme Court Clerks?

    Why are so many former SCOTUS clerks flocking to Capitol Hill?

    30 Comments / / Aug 18, 2015 at 4:32 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.17.15

    * A look back at the impact Justice Scalia’s signature snarky style has had on the high court. [Jost on Justice]

    * Decry “big government” all you want, but this is a great use of its power: one Wal-Mart declared a public nuisance. [Law and More]

    * A horse! A horse! My law license for a horse! One attorney faces sanctions for his love of racing horses. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * The NLRB might have dashed Northwestern’s football players’ unionization hopes, but they still won a lot of concessions. [Fox Sports]

    * More than 50 days after the landmark Obergefell case, there are still pockets of the country where same-sex couples can’t get married. [BuzzFeed]

    * What can the RNC offer Donald Trump to GTFO of the Republican primary? [Funny or Die]

    19 Comments / / Aug 17, 2015 at 5:07 PM