• halloween-pumpkin-candle-with-burning-flame

    Holidays and Seasons, Law Schools

    NYU Law’s Offensive Halloween Party

    It seems some students at NYU Law are mad about the decorations at the annual Fall Ball.

    37 Comments / / Nov 6, 2015 at 7:10 PM
  • Police line

    Deaths, Suicide

    Apparent Suicide In Front Of D.C. Law Office Building

    People heading to work in Washington, D.C. around 13th St. NW and G might have seen a gruesome sight. A man plunged from a building and died in the street. The incident happened at 8:15 in the morning, and police quickly blocked off the area. Authorities suspect suicide. Commenters on Reddit and the Washington Post […]

    / Nov 3, 2015 at 8:46 PM
  • money pocketed by man in suit 2

    Biglaw, Crime

    Ex-Skadden Lawyer Who Botched Suicide Pleads Guilty To Running $5M Ponzi Scheme

    How much time could he serve in prison for his crimes?

    12 Comments / / Oct 29, 2015 at 1:01 PM
  • Trump Wikipedia


    Non-Sequiturs: 10.13.15

    * More cease-and-desist action from the world of Donald Trump. It seems he’s gone and pissed off Aerosmith. [Fortune]

    * First-person accounts of providing abortions on the cusp of Roe v. Wade. [New York Magazine]

    * This is the exact opposite of how a school district should handle teacher molestation cases, though I can see it playing well in law school fact patterns in the near future. [The Atlantic]

    * Kansas Secretary of State to begin his prosecution of voter fraud cases, after first being given authority to do so earlier this year. [Talking Point Memo]

    * These are now skills lawyers need: the ability to sell, sell, sell. [Law and More]

    * A petition to prevent gun suicides. []

    * Practical advice (in podcast form) for making your law practice lean. [Law Reboot]

    / Oct 13, 2015 at 5:15 PM
  • Kim Davis

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.06.15

    * While we’re loath to continue giving this woman airtime, it turns out that infamous Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’s law firm, Liberty Counsel, was recently declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This fits the overall narrative here quite nicely, don’t you think? [Salon]

    * After 12 days of deliberation, the jury in the criminal trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former execs has shown no signs of reaching a verdict, but instead, signs of exhaustion. In fact, one juror needed medical attention because she deliberated too hard. [Am Law Daily]

    * This seems to be a common phrase lately: law firm mergers are breaking records again. Altman Weil says more firms announced mergers in the first three quarters of 2015 than in the first three quarters of any year in almost a decade. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * “I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death.” Thanks to Governor Jerry Brown, California is now the fifth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. The End of Life Option Act will take effect sometime in 2016. [Los Angeles Times]

    * If you’re an undergraduate student who’s planning to go to law school, then you better be building relevant lawyering skills. Master the art of bullsh*tting before you graduate and you’ll be ahead of the game. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    105 Comments / / Oct 6, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Seema Iyer Starling Marshall

    Health Care / Medicine, Suicide, Videos

    Lawyers And Depression: An Interesting Issue

    Is it appropriate for bar admission character and fitness review to delve into a candidate’s mental health history?

    15 Comments / / Oct 1, 2015 at 3:59 PM
  • Taylor Swift (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.14.15

    * A former DJ is suing Taylor Swift because he claims that he lost his job after he was falsely accused of grabbing the singer’s ass. When contacted for comment, Swift said, “I’ve got a blank motion to dismiss, baby, and I’ll write your name.” [Associated Press]

    * BakerHostetler’s partners unanimously agreed to do away with its two-tiered partnership structure. We would’ve been shocked the firm was going to kick its nonequity partner title to the curb, but we broke the news on it last month. [Am Law Daily]

    * Albany Law’s new dean thinks she may have a solution to the school’s enrollment problem, which is down by 38 percent since 2010. She wants to hire more professors, even though the school’s existing professors aren’t exactly pleased. [Albany Business Review]

    * California’s legislature approved a landmark bill that will permit physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. If Governor Jerry Brown refuses to sign the “death with dignity” law, supporters will likely bring it to a ballot referendum. [New York Times]

    * A Brooklyn bride alleges in a recently filed lawsuit that she’s still waiting for her wedding pictures… more than two years after her wedding took place. She’s clearly not a bridezilla, because if she were, a lawsuit wouldn’t have even been necessary. [New York Post]

    28 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Michelle Carter

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.10.15

    * “We saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and she just blew that tunnel up.” Massachusetts teen Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend after she texted him numerous times, encouraging him to kill himself. If you haven’t seen them, her messages are chilling. [Associated Press]

    * “If you are a lawyer thinking about having sex with your client, you better think first.” Go ahead, argue that your client’s 30-day suspension from practice was “just” because the woman kept coming back for more. Maybe your judge won’t be as sarcastic. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

    * If you’re starting law school, you probably haven’t heard about the biggest law firm bankruptcy in history, and you likely don’t know what the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial is about. Here’s a listicle of reasons to doubt the prosecution’s case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Biglaw firms are rethinking their office space at the same time as they’re building up their posh amenities. At the end of the day, associates may be forced to move to cubicles, but it’s all for the clients’ benefit, so hooray for them. *golf claps* [Commercial Observer]

    * Our congratulations go out to Alicia Ouellette, Albany Law School’s newest president and dean. We’re certainly hopeful that she’ll be able to handle the tenuous employment situation with the school’s tenured faculty better than her predecessor did. [Times Union]

    70 Comments / / Sep 10, 2015 at 9:09 AM
  • Jeena Cho

    Small Law Firms, Suicide

    Entering The Arena — Living Wholeheartedly

    Key life advice: “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.”

    89 Comments / / Aug 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM
  • depressed head in hands

    Lawyer Advertising, Suicide

    Lawyer Advertising Fail: Prepare A Will Before You Kill Yourself

    If you’re an attorney who is willing to put a price tag on people’s suffering, then perhaps you should take a break from the law.

    20 Comments / / Aug 14, 2015 at 12:16 PM
  • Righteous-Indignation

    Deaths, Politics

    The Questions About The Death Of Sandra Bland That Still Need To Be Asked

    Columnist Tamara Tabo examines the case of Sandra Bland, the young woman who died in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas.

    42 Comments / / Jul 24, 2015 at 6:44 PM
  • John Houser LF John Russeel Houser

    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Violence

    Lafayette Movie Theater Gunman Was A Law School Graduate

    Which law school did the gunman attend?

    72 Comments / / Jul 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM
  • Novak Druce's empty office?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.24.15

    * Most Biglaw firms are downsizing their office space, but Ropes & Gray just inked a deal to increase the size of its New York office by 40,869 square feet. It’ll occupy more than 300,000 square feet in Rockefeller Center. Hope the firm has lawyers to fill it! [Commercial Observer]

    * Yikes! Thanks to a string of lateral hires by Buchanan Ingersoll, the newly formed Philly office of Novak Druce appears to have been left without a single lawyer. The firm decided to “refrain from commenting” on the departures. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * The same jury that found James Holmes guilty of several counts of murder in the Dark Knight movie theater massacre completed the first phase of sentencing and decided that aggravating factors existed for him to incur the death penalty. [Los Angeles Times]

    * A former court clerk in Indiana is suing because she claims she was fired for refusing to process same-sex marriage licenses, even though doing so went against her “sincerely held” religious beliefs. We may be seeing a lot more of these in the future. [Indy Star]

    * Per Texas prosecutor Warren Diepraam, medical examiners have ruled that Sandra Bland’s death was a suicide by hanging, and he has “full faith” in the autopsy results. The community remains outraged, and investigation into the case is ongoing. [NBC News]

    10 Comments / / Jul 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Christy O'Donnell (Photo by Compassion & Care)

    California, Suicide

    Civil Rights Attorney Begs Court To Let Her Die With Dignity

    Should the California court grant this terminally ill lawyer’s last request?

    42 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 1:46 PM
  • Jeena Cho


    How To Know Suicide

    Has suicide ever touched your life as a law student or lawyer? How did you handle it?

    58 Comments / / Mar 31, 2015 at 11:08 AM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, Suicide

    The View From Up North: Supreme Court Of Canada Approves Dying With Dignity

    The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the laws preventing doctor-assisted suicide. How will this affect you?

    16 Comments / / Feb 11, 2015 at 1:46 PM
  • A very 'special pen' for a very special lawyer.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.04.15

    * When we first reported on this former law school dean’s arrest for prostitution, we weren’t sure if he was the alleged john. Now we know: SMU Law’s John Attanasio allegedly offered to pay an undercover officer $100 for “specific sexual acts.” [Dallas Morning News]

    * It seems that a lawyer in Nebraska lost his “special pen” at the courthouse, and he’d really like it to be returned to him. It’s not just any pen — it’s a $500 Montblanc Meisterstück. Help this man get his prestigious pen back. [Omaha World-Herald]

    * The early numbers on Cadwalader’s ranking in the Am Law 100 seems to indicate that would-be chair James Woolery got the hell out while the getting was still good. The firm’s profits per partner dropped by 15.3 percent in 2014. Ouch. [Am Law Daily]

    * “Being in the law school business looked like a good idea. Those days are over.” Enrollment continues to decline at law schools across the country, and in Virginia, class sizes are about 20 percent smaller than they were in 2011. [Roanoke Times]

    * When it comes to the recent murder-suicide of two Tulane Law students, “[p]eople are really surprised and baffled about what happened” because they say there were no warning signs. If you’re depressed, please seek help. [New Orleans Advocate]

    * Given the fact that children’s vaccinations have become a topic presidential candidates are debating, you should know that almost half the states allow anti-vaxxer parents to opt-out. Thanks for the measles, everyone! [WSJ Law Blog]

    57 Comments / / Feb 4, 2015 at 8:53 AM
  • police crime tape

    Law Schools, Murder, Suicide

    Two Law Students Found Dead In Possible Murder-Suicide

    Additional information about this past weekend’s disturbing news.

    / Feb 2, 2015 at 12:01 PM