State Judges

  • boxing-gloves-e1349376127833-RF

    Benchslaps, State Judges, Violence

    Judge Beats Up Public Defender

    Judge tells lawyer, “if you want to fight let’s go out back.” What happens next is exactly what that sentence implied.

    45 Comments / / Jun 3, 2014 at 11:08 AM
  • Gavel, Alcoholic Drink & Car Keys on a Gradating to White Background - Drinking and Driving Concept.

    Drinking, DUI / DWI, State Judges

    Three Judges From Same Court Busted For DWI

    What’s going on in this courthouse, and is there any way we can join the party?

    33 Comments / / May 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM
  • Entry-level Biglaw salaries soon?

    9th Circuit, Associate Salaries, Biglaw, California, Education / Schools, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Rudeness, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 05.15.14

    * The times are a-changin’ for Biglaw in many ways, and lawyers may soon see their starting pay take a dive because clients think they “continue to be too expensive.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Foley & Lardner plans to shutter its San Diego shop, following in the footsteps of other Biglaw behemoths. Not to worry, no one’s been laid off — that we know of, that is. [Am Law Daily]

    * Say hello to Alabama Law’s new dean, Mark Brandon. Maybe he’ll be the man to propel the school to a #5 ranking in a publication other than National Jurist. ROLL TIDE! [National Law Journal]

    * Earlier this week, an Idaho judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage, and now she’s refusing to issue a stay. Good on you, judge, but the Ninth Circuit may put those marriages in limbo for a while. [NPR]

    * Speaking of judges who’re refusing to stay same-sex marriage rulings, last night, the Arkansas Supreme Court turned down the state attorney general’s request to put a stop to marriage equality. [USA Today]

    * A lawyer working as Board of Education president in Mahopac, New York, resigned from his position after calling a PTA volunteer a “chubby wubby” at a school board meeting. That’s not very nice. [Journal News]

    0 Comments / / May 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM
  • XXX sign RF

    Gay, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges

    Judge Who Posted Sex Ad Retires From Bench

    Why did this judge step down, since he did nothing wrong?

    14 Comments / / May 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM
  • 220px-Zombies_NightoftheLivingDead

    Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Guns / Firearms, Law School Deans, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.06.14

    * Florida is woefully unprepared for a zombie apocalypse. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Congratulations to Sujit Choudhry on being named dean at Boalt Hall. [Prawfs Blawg]

    * Justice Scalia is a delusional hack. Well, that’s not really news… [Salon]

    * Just how suspect was that referendum on Crimean annexation? Even the Russian government is questioning it. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A look at how Lauren Giddings’s killer could have gotten free. [The Telegraph (Macon)]

    * The KABA and JABA have issued a joint statement on the lawsuit surrounding the Glendale, CA, Comfort Women Memorial. [Korean American Bar Association / Japanese American Bar Association]

    * A governor’s cronies get the plum state judgeships. That may not be surprising, but the negative impact it has on the quality of the judiciary deserves more attention. [The Center for Public Integrity]

    * I’d never heard of “The Full Kagan,” and I’m not sure I want to know what it relates to. [Excess of Democracy]

    * Much has been made of federal prosecutors failing to go after the “Too Big To Fail” banks. After the jump is a primer on why they haven’t. [Bloomberg TV]

    3 Comments / / May 6, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Police crime scene

    Crime, Drugs, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.21.14

    * Mistrial declared after defendant shot in the chest in front of the jury. Judge, remarkably, phrases it like it wasn’t a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, a few minutes ago the FBI confirmed that the defendant has died of his wounds. [USA Today]

    * Here are some signs you were meant to be a lawyer. They’re actually not all that great. Probably should have included: “You padded your hours when your mom asked how much time you’ve spent on your homework” or “You introduced your little brother as your associate… and your pets as paralegals.” [Survive Law]

    * 21 Jump Fail. Cops embed a 20-something officer in a high school to pester special-needs kid into selling drugs. Judge is not amused. He probably saw the Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill version. [Rolling Stone]

    * Prosecutors told a guy to let a newspaper write about his drunk driving case as part of the plea deal. They’re really trying anything to save print media aren’t they? [Jim Romensesko]

    * If you went to law school in New York, then the job market’s a little better for you this year. Sorry, rest of the country. [Adjunct Law Prof Blog]

    * Congratulations to Paul Lo, who became the first Hmong judge in U.S. [Merced Sun Star]

    * The Aereo case going before the Supreme Court in one helpful video after the jump… [Bloomberg News]

    2 Comments / / Apr 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM
  • Nude businessman isolated on white

  • Something like this is a no-no in several states.

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Christopher Christie, Deaths, Gender, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Oral Sex / Blow Jobs, Pregnancy / Paternity, Sex, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 04.18.14

    * Leonard M. Rosen, one of the name partners of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, died earlier this week. Our very own Managing Editor David Lat once sat three doors down from this respected restructuring maven. Rest in peace. [Bloomberg]

    * A judicial ethics board has recommended that this judge be removed from the bench because she once “sold out her clients, her co-counsel, and ultimately herself.” Oh Flori-duh, you give us so many reasons to <3 you. [Sun Sentinel]

    * Gov. Christie named Dean Patrick Hobbs of Seton Hall Law as ombudsman for New Jersey’s executive branch. Congrats, but looks like Seton Hall may need a new dean. [New Jersey Law Journal]

    * A woman working in retail was put on four months of forced maternity leave when she was four months pregnant. She’s due after her forced maternity period is up. Of course she’s suing. [Los Angeles Times]

    * ICYMI, here’s a list of all of the fine states in America where blowjobs are illegal, but necrophilia is a-okay — or “anti-blowjobs, corpse-sex-friendly states,” as Adam Weinstein ever so eloquently puts it. [Gawker]

    2 Comments / / Apr 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM
  • Duke Law: national champions when it comes to law school softball.

    American Bar Association / ABA, Contempt, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sports, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 04.07.14

    * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector added 2,300 jobs in 2014. Our sincere condolences go out to all those who are still “too overqualified but too under-experienced,” all at the same time, to get hired. [Am Law Daily]

    * This lawyer protested jury duty by emailing the judge to say she’d “blame the plaintiff” for making her work nights and weekends for her client, but she can only blame herself for having to spend the night in jail. Oopsie! [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * “Would it be great if all unpaid internships paid really well? Sure. It would also be great if my dog made breakfast for me every morning, but I am not going to file a lawsuit over it.” Yep. [Los Angeles Times]

    * The law school transparency movement has come quite far since its inception, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. Encourage your school to hurry up and “publish what it has at its fingertips.” [Law.com]

    * UVA Law held its Softball Invitational this weekend. A Duke Law dude emailed us to say his school sucks at basketball, but it’s awesome at law school softball. Sweet accomplishment, brah. [Newsplex]

    0 Comments / / Apr 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM
  • Robert Richards IV

  • 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
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, muse of judicial humor.

    Alex Kozinski, Celebrities, Federal Judges, Quote of the Day, State Judges, Twittering

    Best Parenthetical Ever?

    A judge’s clever homage to celebrity ridiculousness.

    9 Comments / / Mar 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM
  • Judge Wade McCree, in repose.

    Attorney Misconduct, Judge of the Day, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Salacious Sex Scandal Costs Judge His Job

    What could have possibly earned this judge a six-year suspension from the bench?

    5 Comments / / Mar 27, 2014 at 2:45 PM
  • Yelp-Reviews

    Biglaw, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sexual Harassment, Sports, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 03.21.14

    * Lawyers from top New York City firms like Skadden, Proskauer, Stikeman, Weil Gotshal, Kaye Scholer, and Bailey Duquette took to the ice to compete for the Lawyers’ Cup. The team with Canadian imports won, obviously. [Forbes]

    * Andre Bouchard was nominated to replace Judge Leo Strine as Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. We can only hope he’ll be as outspoken as his predecessor. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * UNC Law has been receiving fewer applications, and perhaps that’s the reason why its acceptance rates have gone up, up, up — from 36 percent to 45 percent — in the last year alone. Yikes. [Daily Tar Heel]

    * A woman alleges her Uber driver “fondled [her] legs, groin area and breasts” as she tried to give him directions. That extra customer service is what makes it cost more during peak times. [Chicago Tribune]

    * A watch repairman was so pissed about this Yelp review he sicced his lawyer on the man who handed out the two-star report. Of course his lawyer’s one-paragraph demand letter barely makes sense. [Gawker]

    0 Comments / / Mar 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM
  • Donald Trump, borrowing the eyeglasses of Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld.

    Celebrities, Donald Trump, Real Estate, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Trials

    Did A Star-Struck State Judge Show Favoritism Toward Donald Trump?

    That’s the argument being made in this fun motion for a new trial.

    11 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM
  • Miley Cyrus

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Elizabeth Halverson, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 03.17.14

    * Dewey feel bad for Zach Warren? Totally. In the saddest revelation about his indictment, it seems D&L’s head honchos “had trouble remembering who [he] was” before arraignment. [New York Times]

    * If you’re interested in going to law school (and if you want to pay off your loans), you’ll want to see the law schools where you’ll make the most bank after graduating. We’ll have more on this later. [Forbes]

    * Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is near death. Not for nothing, but it would probably be fitting if people picketed his funeral in SCOTUS-approved protest. [Kansas City Star]

    * The widow of Dustin Friedland, the attorney who was shot and killed during the Short Hills mall carjacking, has filed a wrongful death suit against the shopping venue’s owners. [Star-Ledger]

    * Elizabeth Halverson, the former judge who rolled into our lives on a motorized scooter and was removed from the bench in 2008 for her courtroom antics, died earlier this month. RIP. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * Miley Cyrus is being sued… over her tongue. A man who helped build her tongue slide (a prop, not a sex maneuver) was injured — he claims he wasn’t warned about the potential dangers involved. [USA Today]

    1 Comment / / Mar 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • mccree selfie RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Who Used Chambers For Sexual Rendezvous Seeks Reelection

    Would you vote for this judge, or would he need to send you a sexy selfie first?

    9 Comments / / Mar 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM
  • Judge Elizabeth Osborne Williams?

    Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Police, Rankings, Real Estate, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.12.14

    * If the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal defendants end up going to trial, it’s fair to say the star witnesses in the case will be those who’ve already pleaded guilty — all seven of them. [Am Law Daily]

    * Biglaw firms are constantly shrinking in size, leaving many office buildings wide open. Landlords are desperate to put asses in seats, so it’s kind of like law school. [Washington Post]

    * “A judicial post is not an hereditary position.” There’s nepotism, and then there’s nepotism, and this Georgia judge is really trying to keep it all in the family. He’s basically ensured that his seat on the bench will go to his daughter. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * Let’s keep the rankings party going with an infographic about job rates and median starting salaries. Law schools tied for first place with $160K Biglaw salaries: 21. Not shocked. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * The family of Danielle Thomas, the woman who was murdered by indebted law school grad Jason Bohn, is suing the NYPD with claims that the police ignored her calls for help. Sad. :( [New York Post]

    1 Comment / / Mar 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

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