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    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
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    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
  • Art, Deaths, Morning Docket, Movies, Real Estate, Sex Scandals, Student Loans, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 02.27.12

    * It’s hard to get a mortgage if you have a lot of student debt, even if you make a lot of money. Who needs a house anyway? Your advanced degree will keep you warm. [BusinessWeek]

    * A civil trial over BP’s Gulf Oil spill was supposed to start today, but it was postponed at the last minute. Is it just me or does it smell like settlement in here? [New York Times]

    * As if anyone needed another reason to never take a Carnival Cruise… [CNN]

    * The Catholic Church just couldn’t handle sharing its ignominious spotlight with Penn State any longer. Attorneys allege that the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, destroyed a list of 35 active priests accused of child sexual abuse. [Washington Post]

    * Some movie with no sound, color, explosions, or giant robots won a bunch of Academy Awards last night. I can’t say I care too much. Here’s a rundown of some classic cine con lawyers instead. [ABA Journal]

    * Advice for art collectors: CHECK YOU PROVENANCE. [New York Times]

    * Michael Rothenberg, executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, RIP. [New York Law Journal]

    3 Comments / / Feb 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM
  • Biglaw, Deaths, Federal Judges, Food, Law Professors, Money, Morning Docket, Privacy, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Suicide, Supreme Court, Television

    Morning Docket: 02.21.12

    * Vedel Browne has been charged in the machete robbery of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. He faces up to 20 years if convicted, and with that sentence, we’re betting he wishes he got away with more than $1,000. [CNN] * ¡Viva México! These days, Mexico’s got more than just drug cartels, violence, and prison […]

    5 Comments / / Feb 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • Deaths, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Suicide

    Apparent Attorney Suicide in Chicago

    This is a gruesome story and sad story. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a 78-year-old man jumped out of his office at 111 W. Washington Street. The man, an attorney, apparently jumped out of his office at the Burnham Center, which is across the street from City Hall in Chicago. We’ll have more details as they become available….

    49 Comments / / Feb 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM
  • American Bar Association / ABA, Cardozo Law School, Clarence Thomas, Election 2012, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, S.D.N.Y., Sexual Harassment, Suicide

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.03.11

    * Here is Bess Levin’s take on the Groomzilla lawsuit brought by Todd J. Remis, son of a Goodwin Procter partner. [Dealbreaker] * What advice would crisis management guru Lanny Davis give to Herman Cain about Cain’s sexual harassment scandal? Here’s an imagined conversation. [The Hill] * And here is a real conversation — between […]

    6 Comments / / Nov 3, 2011 at 5:16 PM
  • Biglaw, Deaths, Divorce Train Wrecks, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Solo Practitioners, Suicide, Violence

    An Update on the Sam Friedlander Family Murder-Suicide

    In October, we brought you news of a tragic family murder-suicide in New York. The apparent perpetrator, solo practitioner Samuel Friedlander, reportedly beat his wife to death and then shot and killed his two young children, before committing suicide. There was some speculation as to whether the massacre had been premeditated. We bring you an update on the slayings, including information on possible premeditation and additional background regarding Friedlander’s employment history….

    48 Comments / / Nov 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM
  • Airplanes / Aviation, Attorney Misconduct, Bankruptcy, Bernie Madoff, Howrey LLP, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Rod Blagojevich, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 10.27.11

    * Like many of the victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, he and his wife contemplated suicide, too. But come on, why bother? Was career suicide just not good enough? [New York Times] * For Sale: One Illinois law license at discount price! Hasn’t been used in 15 years — almost like new. Slightly tarnished. […]

    22 Comments / / Oct 27, 2011 at 9:08 AM
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    Deaths, Divorce Train Wrecks, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Solo Practitioners, Suicide, Violence

    Western New England Law Alum in Tragic Family Murder-Suicide

    Earlier this week, we learned tragic news that solo practitioner Sam Friedlander, an alumnus of Western New England University School of Law, was involved in a dispute with his estranged wife — one that led to her bludgeoning and the shooting of his two young children — before he decided to turn the gun on himself….

    138 Comments / / Oct 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM
  • Alex Kozinski, Books, Deaths, Federal Judges, Gay, Law Professors, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Vanessa Gilmore

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.14.11

    * Lincoln Caplan writes about Bill Stuntz — “America’s leading thinker on criminal justice, and its hardest to categorize” — in a review of Stuntz’s posthumously published book, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice (affiliate link). [Democracy: A Journal of Ideas] * Ben Kerschberg identifies eight great law and technology resources — including Above the […]

    11 Comments / / Sep 14, 2011 at 5:16 PM
  • Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi

    Deaths, Education / Schools, Gay, New Jersey, Pranks, Racism, Suicide

    Tyler Clementi’s Family Learns That ‘Discovery’ Is A Bitch

    Dharun Ravi’s legal team has moved to dismiss the criminal charges against Ravi stemming from the suicide of Tyler Clementi. As many of you know, Clementi committed suicide after Ravi streamed video of Clementi hooking up with another guy. And now, Ravi’s lawyers have discovered comments from Clementi that his family likely wishes would have remained private. Read on to find out what was said….

    98 Comments / / Aug 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM
  • Cars, Lawsuit of the Day, Suicide

    Lawsuit of the Day: Good Samaritans Sue Woman They Rescued

    Before you’ve been through 1L Torts, this story is shocking. After you’ve been through 1Ls Torts, it’s not that surprising. Two men saved a woman from the wreckage of a burning car, and now they’re suing….

    71 Comments / / Aug 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM
  • Deaths, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Suicide, Violence

    Man Literally Sets Himself On Fire On The Courthouse Steps

    Jack Kevorkian was a Michigan pathologist — but the doctor spent more time in the courtroom than in the operating room. He was a frequent litigant, thanks to his central role in the national controversy over assisted suicide, whose legality he advocated. Early this morning, “Dr. Death” died, at the age of 83. It’s telling […]

    33 Comments / / Jun 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM
  • Crime, Education / Schools, Gay, New Jersey, Pranks, Privacy, Sentencing Law, Suicide

    Wei To Go (and Testify Against Dharun Ravi)

    Molly Wei, the pretty ex-Rutgers student who was charged with two counts of invasion of privacy in the Tyler Clementi case, has reached a deal with the prosecution. Wei, 19, has been admitted to a pre-trial intervention program that could result in the charges against her being dismissed. What does Wei have to do as […]

    38 Comments / / May 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM
  • Education / Schools, Gay, New Jersey, Pranks, Privacy, Suicide

    Tyler Clementi’s Roommate, Dharun Ravi, Indicted on 15 Counts

    They really threw the book at this kid. Last September, Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi jumped off of the George Washington Bridge after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, surreptitiously recorded and then broadcast footage of Clementi hooking up in his room with another man. Clementi’s death touched off an important national conversation about the bullying of gay […]

    120 Comments / / Apr 20, 2011 at 1:21 PM