• Panic button

    Conferences / Symposia, Education / Schools, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, NALP, National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Suicide

    Does Your Law School Need A Panic Button?

    Suicide is a real problem at law schools, but schools don’t seem to be interested in investing money in mental health.

    29 Comments / / Apr 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM
  • Cynthia Wachenheim

    Deaths, Kids, Pregnancy / Paternity, Suicide

    In Defense of the Suicidal Columbia Law Mother

    A friend of Cynthia Wachenheim, the lawyer who jumped to her death while cradling her baby, speaks up in her defense.

    88 Comments / / Mar 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM
  • Cynthia Wachenheim RF

    Deaths, Kids, Pregnancy / Paternity, Suicide

    Attorney Jumps To Her Death Cradling Her Baby; The Baby Is Fine

    Sorry, I can’t be sympathetic for the woman who jumped out of a window with her infant strapped to her chest…

    241 Comments / / Mar 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM
  • Crushing-Debt-Obligations2

    Crime, Murder, Student Loans, Suicide

    Debt Is Possible Motive In Law Graduate’s Matricide/Suicide

    Police blame debt for law grad’s murder/suicide…

    43 Comments / / Mar 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM
  • Debt

    Attorney Misconduct, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Howrey LLP, Husch Blackwell, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 01.17.13

    * The early numbers for the Am Law 100 are in, and it looks like Husch Blackwell’s gross revenue grew by six percent in 2012 after a two-year decline. Hmm… perhaps the firm is saving money by cutting back on its rejection letter proofreaders. [Am Law Daily]

    * “If I can’t settle with any of those parties, I will sue them.” Howrey’s trustee, Allan Diamond, plans to sue former partners of the failed firm with a vengeance — and quite “quickly” — if they refuse to cooperate with him. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Speaking of bankrupt law firms, former Dewey partner Steven Otillar may proceed with his various claims against Citibank over the repayment of his $209K capital contribution loan. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Anyone remember Amy McTeer, the attorney who doubled as an apparent model for “faces of meth”? She resigned from the bar after allegedly helping her boyfriend escape from jail. Classy! [National Law Journal]

    * Cameron Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney whose name was dragged through the mud after Aaron Swartz’s suicide, claims she intended to recommend only a six-month sentence for the deceased internet hero. [Bloomberg]

    2 Comments / / Jan 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • Ann Althouse, Football, Guns / Firearms, Hotties, Law School Deans, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Pregnancy / Paternity, Suicide

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.16.13

    * Not a Victoria’s Secret angel’s fantasy: being sued for $3.3 million. [Fashionista]

    * Should a widow be able to extract sperm from the body of her husband, who recently committed suicide, so she can have a child with him? Some thoughts from Professor Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law. [Bill of Health]

    * Speaking of suicide, controversy over the prosecution of the late Aaron Swartz rages on. [How Appealing and Instapundit]

    * Professor Ann Althouse isn’t a fan of the “if we can save one life” argument for gun control. [Althouse]

    * I don’t know anything about football, but even I chuckled at this. [Life in Biglaw]

    * ‘Tis the season… for replacing law school deans. Congratulations to Michael Hunter Schwartz, the new dean at Arkansas – Little Rock. [Faculty Lounge]

    After the jump, Elie challenges Mike Bloomberg to make him skinny….

    Elie also discusses the hot issue of the day, gun control, on HuffPost Live:

    0 Comments / / Jan 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM
  • DaNae Couch

    Adam Liptak, American Bar Association / ABA, B for Beauty, Biglaw, Deaths, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Money, Morning Docket, Reality TV, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Suicide, Supreme Court, Technology, Television, Texas, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 01.14.13

    * “I’m a New Yorker, and I jaywalk with the best of them.” Don’t be fooled by the rocks job that she’s got — she’s still, she’s still Jenny Sonia from the block. The Supreme Court’s very own wise Latina, author of a new memoir (affiliate link), is proud of her city. [New York Times; 60 Minutes]

    * If you’re looking for an M&A adviser, you’d be wise to seek out counsel from Skadden Arps. The firm sweeped three separate rankings lists based on the total value of its clients’ 2012 M&A transactions. [Am Law Daily]

    * Only in the world of legal education could the dean of a law school that isn’t even numerically ranked by U.S. News have the highest salary of all law deans nationwide. (We’ll likely have more on this later.) [Boston Globe]

    * Arizona schools will allow 3Ls to take the bar exam, but New York schools may soon do away with 3L year altogether. Of course, the ABA will find a way to muck it up, but still, hooray for progress! [National Law Journal]

    * Remember “Made in Jersey,” the show about a stereotypical Jersey girl who made the jump to Biglaw? Yeah, neither does anyone else. Hopefully “Staten Island Law” won’t face the same fate. [New York Daily News]

    * “Sexiness is all about being a woman of character.” Our congratulations go out to DaNae Couch, the Texas Tech law student who advanced to the Top 10 of the Miss America competition. You go girl! [Lubbock Online]

    * Aaron Swartz — Reddit co-founder, friend of Larry Lessig, felony hacking defendant — RIP. [New York Times]

    4 Comments / / Jan 14, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • Courthouse steps

    Courthouses, Guns / Firearms, Suicide

    Attempted Suicide at an Alabama Courthouse

    A shooting at an Alabama courthouse appears to be an attempted suicide…

    19 Comments / / Dec 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM
  • unhappy

    Crime, Suicide, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Dear World: Prank Calls Do Not ‘Cause’ Suicides

    Nobody is criminally responsible for suicides…

    54 Comments / / Dec 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM
  • Crushing-Debt-Obligations2

    Deaths, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans, Suicide

    Parent Cites Stepson’s Law School Debt In Suicide Note

    Student debt is affecting parents now, sometimes tragically…

    55 Comments / / Nov 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM
  • Kristen Saban

    Biglaw, Deaths, Disasters / Emergencies, Eric Holder, Federal Judges, John Marshall Law School, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Rudeness, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 11.12.12

    * With Eric Holder questioning his job, and Deval Patrick dining at the White House, perhaps we’ll see our second black attorney general. Or not, because one of the Governor’s aides says he’ll continue his reign as a Masshole. [Washington Times; Buzzfeed]

    * When it came to sanctions for discovery violations in the Apple v. Samsung case, this judge was all about pinching pennies. Last week, both Quinn Emanuel and MoFo got taken to task over their apparently “sloppy billing practices.” [The Recorder]

    * What’s the most inappropriate thing for a federal judge to say to jurors when delivering the news that a defendant of Asian descent killed herself after testifying? “Sayonara.” Ugh. [Careerist via New York Times]

    * “Law school is very unforgiving, but classes must go on.” Law schools in the New York metropolitan area are still trying to make sure their students are safe and sound — and studying, of course. [New York Law Journal]

    * Another one bites the dust: Team Strauss/Anziska’s lawsuit against John Marshall Law School over its allegedly phony post-graduate employment statistics has been dismissed with prejudice. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Are you ready for some litigation? Lawyers for Nick Saban’s daughter are showing the sorority girl who sued her what it’s like to get rolled by the Alabama tide in a flurry of more than 40 subpoenas. [Times Leader]

    2 Comments / / Nov 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • cheating

    2nd Circuit, Abortion, Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Election 2012, Gay, Job Searches, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lesbians, Morning Docket, Religion, Southern New England School of Law/Umass, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 10.08.12

    * Should Biglaw firms bill by the result instead of by the hour? When some of the results-oriented strategies involve reading less and writing faster to improve work efficiency, we’re not sure how well this would work in a law firm setting. [New York Times]

    * Roller coaster of employment: after losing 1,400 jobs in August, the legal sector added 1,000 jobs in September. Alas, there are way more than 1,000 new bar admittees gunning for all of those paralegal and secretarial positions. [Am Law Daily]

    * “They were throwing furniture at both of us.” Both sides on the Jacoby & Myers non-lawyer firm ownership case took a beating before the Second Circuit during oral arguments, but who won? [New York Law Journal]

    * Come November, Floridians will vote on constitutional amendments that deal with abortion and separation of church and state. Meanwhile, half the voters won’t even read the entire ballot, so there’s that. [New York Times]

    * A love triangle + an Arkansas Wal-Mart = a judicial suspension for Circuit Judge Sam Pope after an all-out brawl with… Bill Murray? Hey, at least this guy’s estranged wife got three punches in. [National Law Journal]

    * Tyler Clementi’s family won’t file suit against Rutgers University and Dharun Ravi — instead, they’ll use the publicity from their son Tyler’s suicide for “positive purposes,” like supporting gay and lesbian youths. [CNN]

    * “This guy is a bully, and he uses the court system to do it.” Robert V. Ward Jr., the former dean of UMass Law, had to deal with Gregory Langadinos, a serial law school litigant, and it wasn’t exactly pretty. [Boston Globe]

    11 Comments / / Oct 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM
  • Suffolk Law logo

    Law Schools, Suicide

    JD/MBA Candidate Jumps To His Death

    Suffolk University Law student apparently jumps out of a university building…

    72 Comments / / Jul 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM
  • Poison Pill

    Crime, Sentencing Law, Suicide, Wall Street

    Yale Law Grad Takes Poison Pill, Effectively

    Wall Street banker and Yale Law grad convicted of arson, and then takes matters into his own hands…

    98 Comments / / Jun 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM
  • sandusky small

    Football, Kids, Quote of the Day, Rape, Suicide

    Quote of the Day: Sorry, But No One Feels Bad For You

    How has Jerry Sandusky been faring while on suicide watch?

    20 Comments / / Jun 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM
  • Paul-Clement-Paul-D-Clement-Solicitor-General-Clement-Above-the-Law

    Deaths, Jury Duty, Labor / Employment, Lexis-Nexis, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Non-Sequiturs, Paul Clement, Sexual Harassment, Suicide, Twittering, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.26.12

    * Paul Clement is a beast, is basically what it comes down to. [The Daily Beast]

    * This is probably the grossest, most pornographic employment discrimination/sexual harassment/defamation lawsuit I’ve seen. Maybe fans of 50 Shades of Grey (affiliate link) might find it compelling. The writing in the lawsuit is probably better… [Courthouse News]

    * Predictive coding is good. Now it’s bad. Now it’s good. Make up your mind! [Law Technology News]

    * A touching obituary about a first-year Reed Smith associate who recently took his own life. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    * Elie was on Fox News late last night (video embed after the jump). He brought the funny. The hosts of the show… not so much. They did bring the racist, though. [Red Eye]

    * If you ever get in trouble for tweeting or blogging about jury duty, Davis Oscar Markus is the guy to call. [Miami Herald]

    * LexisNexis recently unveiled its new, ginormous legal e-book library. It’s just like a normal law library, except you don’t have to ask the pesky law librarian for help. [LexisNexis]

    (Embedded Elie, after the jump.)

    14 Comments / / Apr 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM
  • Kim_Kardashian_Blue_Dress

    Abortion, Biglaw, Dubious Defenses, Hair, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Murder, Suicide, Texas, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 04.12.12

    * The EEOC suit against Kelley Drye was brought “for a reason.” You hear that, Biglaw? Other firms with mandatory retirement policies better take a look at their partnership agreements and make some changes. [Am Law Daily]

    * Media whore lawyers unite! Cheney Mason of Casey Anthony fame has come out of the woodwork to support George Zimmerman. Still waiting on vital impressions from Gloria Allred. Oh wait… [Naked Politics / Miami Herald]

    * Just think, maybe if Planned Parenthood of Texas had taken Tucker Max’s money, they wouldn’t be suing the state for banning their organization from the women’s health program. Nah, they’d still be suing. [Reuters]

    * Georgetown Law is planning to launch an executive education program, but don’t worry, they’re not going to be competing with Harvard. They know they’re the safety school in this scenario. [National Law Journal]

    * Love will definitely make you do some really crazy things, like watch The Expendables. Or allegedly commit a murder-suicide because your husband might’ve had an affair. Things like that. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

    * Kim Kardashian’s dubious defense of the day: “I’m Armenian and hairy.” The only-famous-for-her-sex-tape star is trying to use that as an excuse to get a lawsuit over a hair removal product dismissed. [Fox News]

    10 Comments / / Apr 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM
  • Abortion, Biglaw, Family Law, Gay, Morning Docket, Old People, Partner Issues, Suicide, Vermin / Rodents / Pests, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 03.08.12

    * Lawyers at this Biglaw firm may learn a thing or two about respecting their elders later this week. Kelley Drye is close to settling an age discrimination suit filed by Eugene D’Ablemont, one of its many de-equitized partners. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Well, this could definitely be one of the reasons why Cravath hasn’t given out any spring bonuses to associates yet this year. They probably had to spend all of their money to clean up their allegedly fly-infested cafeteria. [Am Law Daily]

    * Women in Virginia will now be able to politely decline their pre-abortion transvaginal ultrasounds in favor of abdominal ones. Oh, how nice! Look at that, girls, we totally won the war on women. [CBS News]

    * Things Dharun Ravi texted to Tyler Clementi on the night the latter committed suicide? “I’ve known you were gay and I have no problem with it.” Of course you knew, you watched his sexual encounters via webcam. [CNN]

    * According to the Massachusetts Appeals Court, this equation makes sense: donor sperm + donor eggs + an estranged wife + consent to post-separation IVF = a child support obligation. [Boston Globe]

    6 Comments / / Mar 8, 2012 at 9:01 AM