Suicide

  • gradenfreude

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.15.14

    * Thanks to a former Skadden attorney’s failed attempt to kill himself, police were able to retrieve a suicide note — entitled “A Sad Ending to My Life” — that revealed the lawyer’s $5M Ponzi scheme. We may have more on this later. [Am Law Daily]

    * “I’m not one who believes there are too many lawyers in the country,” says Dean Thomas Guernsey of Thomas Jefferson Law. Conveniently, only 29% of TJSL’s ’13 grads are working in full-time, long-term jobs as lawyers. Kudos! [U-T San Diego]

    * The government just paid the least amount of money to legal services contractors since 2008. As far as Biglaw firms are concerned, Curtis Mallet-Prevost posted “significant losses,” receiving $2M less than it did in 2013. [National Law Journal]

    * Because not everyone wears gas masks, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to keep police from using tear gas on peaceful protestors in Ferguson without first issuing “clear and unambiguous warnings.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event of the evening! IT’S TIME! FIGHTING out of the blue corner, angry UFC combatants who are planning to use “renowned” antitrust firms to secure “hundreds of millions of dollars”! [Bloody Elbow / SB Nation]

    16 Comments / / Dec 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • lethal injection

    Death Penalty, Deaths, Health Care / Medicine, Politics, Suicide

    If Oregon Can Give Death With Dignity, Why Can’t Death Row?

    The idealized version of euthanasia is comforting, but it might not measure up to reality.

    49 Comments / / Nov 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
  • Brittany Maynard

    Deaths, Health Care / Medicine, Politics, Suicide

    Do Physician-Assisted Death Laws Deserve to Die With Dignity?

    Even if an individual has a qualified right to determine what happens to her body, up to and including death, laws facilitating physician-assisted death (PAD) still might not be a good idea.

    63 Comments / / Oct 31, 2014 at 5:21 PM
  • depressed head in hands

    Banking Law, Deaths, General Counsel, Suicide, Wall Street

    Big Bank’s Associate GC Found Dead In Apparent Suicide

    The former SEC and Skadden lawyer was the second Deutsche Bank executive to commit suicide this year.

    / Oct 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM
  • Alito

    Document Review, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Police, SCOTUS, Suicide, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.21.14

    * That didn’t take long. John Oliver’s Supreme Court dogs have already been used to recreate Hobby Lobby. The entire Hobby Lobby argument. [Above the Law]

    * Squire Patton Boggs is representing the pharmaceutical company promoting Ebola drugs. Or, as CNN would put it, EVERYONE AT SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS HAS EBOLA!!!! [Law and More]

    * China Central Television advises citizens not to name themselves “Lawyer.” Good advice. [CCTV News]

    * Slate posits that appealing gay marriage decisions to the Supreme Court may violate Rule 11. They’re wrong, but that’s what they’re positing. [Slate]

    * Dr. Ruth is incredibly impressive. Next time you complain about the job market, try moving somewhere with no understanding of the language and getting your own TV show. [What About Clients?]

    * Documentary about eDiscovery going on a six-city tour. This way other people can understand how much it sucks to do document review. [Bloomberg BNA]

    * UC Hastings students are protesting their own graduation. [Change.org]

    * Judges are an autocratic lot, and as long as we inflate the criminal justice system, many of them will be subpar and autocratic, which is an unfortunate combination. [Katz Justice]

    * A man arrested for a carjacking and shooting up an apartment last week is — per our sources — a law student at Florida Coastal. Probably testing out the Crim issue spotter. [News4Jax]

    * Are lawyers the new dentists? Or something like that. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Man attempting suicide by cop told detectives he’d wanted to be killed and was disappointed in the officers’ marksmanship. [Seattle Times]

    3 Comments / / Oct 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • David Foster Wallace

    Books, Deaths, Law Schools, Suicide

    On The Anniversary Of His Death: Why Lawyers Love David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace captured the vices and virtues of a certain type of reader, a certain type of writer, a certain type of mind.

    13 Comments / / Sep 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM
  • Professor Cheryl Hanna

    Deaths, Law Professors, Law Schools, Suicide

    The Mystery Of A Popular Professor’s Death, Solved

    Her husband wonders: how was a person who recently admitted herself to the hospital for psychiatric treatment able to buy a gun so easily?

    / Aug 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM
  • 455 Central Park West

    Biglaw, Deaths, Mergers and Acquisitions, Partner Issues, Private Equity, Suicide

    Biglaw Partner Jumps 22 Stories To His Death

    Where did this partner work, and what might have contributed to his death?

    / May 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM
  • Mental Illness

    Education / Schools, Suicide

    Is There A Right To Be Suicidal On Campus?

    At what point can a university remove you from campus because you are suicidal?

    23 Comments / / May 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM
  • GMC USE

    Alan Dershowitz, Cars, Conferences / Symposia, Drugs, Education / Schools, Intellectual Property, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, Old People, Patents, Suicide, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.20.14

    * A Minnesota court ruled that it is not a crime to encourage people to commit suicide. So… keep commenting assholes, just know that you’ll feel really bad if I do it. [Gawker]

    * I might be in the market for a used car, and I’m hoping to get a really good deal on one of these “recalled” GMs. I hope the DOJ doesn’t screw up my plans. [Reuters Legal]

    * Speaking of cars, Alan Dershowitz calls for vigorous prosecution of reckless drivers. I call for vigorous prosecution of any box-blocking suburbanite who drives around Manhattan on a Saturday like they’re cruising to the country fair. [ABA Journal]

    * Alabama thinks that people over 70 should be excused from jury duty. YES, they deserve to be excused and I hope they burn in Hell! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Narc is the new tattletale. [Simple Justice]

    * Are you an IP lawyer, especially a patent litigator? Here’s a symposium you should consider attending (featuring ATL columnist Gaston Kroub). [Markman Advisors]

    * Speaking of conferences, who wants to hang out with Lat in Las Vegas? Read on for details (plus video)….

    Lat will be speaking next month at Avvo’s big Lawyernomics conference in Vegas. Here’s the agenda, here’s the registration from, and here’s Lat’s speaker spotlight video:

    4 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • greed avarice dollars

    Deaths, Money, Small Law Firms, Suicide

    Law Firm Gets Greedy After One Of Its Partners A Partner Kills Himself

    With partners like these, who needs adversaries?

    48 Comments / / Feb 25, 2014 at 5:34 PM
  • Kate Moss

    9th Circuit, American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Blogging, Celebrities, Free Speech, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Pregnancy / Paternity, Suicide, Texas

    Morning Docket: 01.21.14

    * For the first time, a federal appeals court extended First Amendment protections reserved for trained journalists at traditional news entities to bloggers. Yippee, thanks Ninth Circuit! [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    * If you want a Biglaw firm with a really generous 401(k) plan, look no further than Sullivan & Cromwell. It’s the most generous law firm plan in the country, with O’Melveny & Myers in second place. [BenefitsPro]

    * A brain-dead patient in Texas is being used as an incubator because a state law requires hospitals to continue life support for pregnant women. Calling this the “cruelest pregnancy” is much too kind. [New York Times]

    * Here are some depressing facts: not only are lawyers 3.6 times more likely to be depressed than non-lawyers, but they also rank in fourth place in terms of suicides per profession. Call someone if you need help. [CNN]

    * Florida A&M must be absolutely thrilled that the ABA canceled the school’s show-cause hearing. It appears that the law school will be able to keep its accreditation, for now. [Tallahassee Democrat]

    * If you’re a parent considering going to law school with a young child at home, congrats, because you must be rich to be toying with an idea like that. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Playboy is suing Harper’s Bazaar for using its pictures of Kate Moss without permission. The men’s mag wants $150K per picture posted on the luxury mag’s website — that’s one lavish lapin. [Independent]

    18 Comments / / Jan 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM
  • judge carlos cortez RF

    Crime, Quote of the Day, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Suicide, Violence

    Judge Offers ‘Laughable’ Criminal Defense To Choking Charges

    A judge accused of choking his girlfriend claims that he was actually trying to save her life — how, exactly?

    8 Comments / / Dec 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM
  • depressed woman

    Craigslist, Job Searches, Law Schools, Suicide

    Lawyer Threatens Suicide If No Job Is Secured By New Year’s

    A Craigslist poster goes to extreme lengths to get noticed… we hope.

    61 Comments / / Dec 16, 2013 at 4:03 PM
  • Crushing-Debt-Obligations2

    Biglaw, Student Loans, Suicide

    Biglaw Associate Says He’s In Too Much Debt To Commit Suicide

    This Biglaw associate isn’t suicidal, he still owes too much money.

    117 Comments / / Oct 29, 2013 at 5:41 PM
  • 220px-Spring_gun

    Biglaw, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Securities and Exchange Commission, Solo Practitioners, Suicide

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.30.13

    * The lawyer who shot himself in the back and lied about it has pleaded guilty since his defense was full of self-inflicted holes. [WBIW]

    * Do you want to be a partner? These 12 simple rules are a good start. (Not featured: Rule 13. Have incriminating pictures of the other partners.) [At Counsel Table]

    * The University of Vermont and Vermont Law School are considering a joint “3-2″ degree program. So if you’re 18 years old and positive you want to grow up to be a lawyer, you may soon have a lower cost option. You’re also probably a tool. [AP via Boston.com]

    * Can introverts be solo practitioners? It’s an interesting question, but since Growth is Dead (affiliate link) notes that even rainmakers are tragically lacking in sociability, it’s likely that most lawyers across firms are introverted. [Lawpolis]

    * St. Louis University Law School has taken over and refurbished an old building in downtown St. Louis. See, it’s possible to run a law school without spending money on MOAR BUILDINGS! [Urban Review STL]

    * A poem about CLE. Wait, are there people not doing their CLE online? [Poetic Justice]

    * How to pick a good divorce lawyer. Done. [Huffington Post]

    * Matthew Martens, the senior SEC attorney who ran the “Fabulous Fab” trial, is leaving the agency. Possible landing spots for Martens include Kirkland & Ellis; Paul Weiss; WilmerHale; Latham & Watkins; and Cleary Gottlieb. [Wealth Management]

    * A judge in Kentucky moonlights as the PA announcer for high school football games. He’s also blind. Eschewing the obvious “he still sees better than the refs” joke, my question is why isn’t it just more efficient to make his spotter the PA announcer? Video after the jump…

    2 Comments / / Sep 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM
  • Twitter small

    Antitrust, Biglaw, Books, Deaths, Divorce Train Wrecks, Douglas Ginsburg, Fenwick & West, Free Speech, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patents, SCOTUS, Suicide, Supreme Court, Technology, Theater

    Morning Docket: 09.13.13

    * Congrats to @FenwickWest on landing the big Twitter IPO! #yaylegalfees [American Lawyer]

    * The Deal Professor, Steven Davidoff, surveys the legal landscape around the Twitter filing, focusing on the #JOBSAct. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Jamie McCourt, a former family law attorney, strikes out in trying to set aside her divorce settlement with Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She’s stuck with $131 million and several luxury homes. #richpeopleproblems [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * An inquest reveals that a Hogan Lovells partner who took his own life had warned a colleague that he was going to kill himself the day before his death. [Daily Mail via ABA Journal]

    * Good news for the news business: the Senate Judiciary Committee approves a federal media-shield bill. [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal]

    * Nathan Myhrvold, the CEO of a patent holding company, warns that anti-patent-troll sentiment could have unforeseen consequences. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Praise in the WSJ for Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (affiliate link), the new book by Professor Josh Blackman (who recently wrote a guest post for us on Supreme Court beauty contests). [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Congrats to George Mason Law on its two high-profile hires: D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg and Covington antitrust partner Damien Geradin. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]

    * If you’re in New York this weekend, go see Arguendo. Or buy tickets for the 7 p.m. performance on September 22, when I’ll be doing a talkback with artistic director John Collins after the show. Enter the discount code “ABOVE” for $35 tickets (a special rate for ATL readers). [Public Theater]

    3 Comments / / Sep 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM
  • Bullet holes RF

    Crime, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Suicide, Violence

    Disgruntled Man Shoots Empty Law Office, Then Apparently Turns Gun On Himself

    A scary shooting into an empty law office….

    51 Comments / / Jul 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

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