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  • Loretta Lynch (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.23.15

    * Congratulations to Loretta Lynch, who later today should be confirmed as the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general. [CNN]

    * And congrats to baseball star Barry Bonds, whose obstruction of justice conviction just got overturned by the Ninth Circuit. [How Appealing]

    * Dewey turned DLA Piper partner John Altorelli, alleged former paramour of Russian spy Anna Chapman, is back in the news — JP Morgan Chase accuses him of lying about his assets in his pending personal bankruptcy case. [American Lawyer]

    * The many debaters-turned-lawyers out there might enjoy this look at the college debate career of presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. [New York Times]

    * A satirical “killing Jews is his jihad” ad can’t be kept out of New York mass transit, per Judge John Koeltl (S.D.N.Y.). [ABA Journal]

    * Retired General David Petraeus is expected to plead guilty later today to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling Paula Broadwell classified materials. [Washington Post]

    * U.S. Supreme Court justices are getting grumpier, according to interesting research discussed by Paul Barrett. [Bloomberg View via How Appealing]

    * With the U.S. Supreme Court about to decide the constitutionality of gay-marriage bans, what’s next for opponents of marriage equality? [New York Times]

    * Standing up for “religious freedom” bills, for one thing — which is what Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is doing, telling corporations that plan to “bully[]” his state, “Save your breath.”
    [New York Times]

    21 Comments / / Apr 23, 2015 at 9:12 AM
  • Loretta Lynch

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.21.15

    * Loretta Lynch might actually get confirmed, you guys! Senate Republicans have agreed to a bipartisan deal on human trafficking legislation which should end the Lynch logjam. America in 2015, “human trafficking bad” now requires months of negotiation. [CNN]

    * Our old friend Professor Michael Simkovic is back and defending the decision to go to law school based on part-time job numbers because, hey, that’s how the Bureau of Labor measures unemployment so it must be the same for judging employment for struggling J.D.s. Professor Bernie Burk gives a thorough, thoughtful, and respectful retort. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Meanwhile, failing to learn the lesson of America, students seeking law degrees skyrocket in the UK. Thomas Cooley considers Norfolk campus. [Legal Cheek]

    * The property law of Downton Abbey. It teaches the most important lesson of property — historically it’s really, really good to be a wealthy white guy. [Vanderbilt Law Review]

    * Digging into a less heralded subsidiary argument in the marriage equality cases: the “proceed with caution” rhetoric intended to push the issue to the backburner. [NYU Law Review]

    * On that note, same-sex marriage kills babies!!! Well, no, not really. But that is the argument one former Scalia clerk is making for some reason. [Dorf on Law]

    * Looks like Europe is going to hit Putin where it hurts… an antitrust courtroom. That’ll learn him! [New York Times]

    18 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM
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    Free-Range Parents And The Law

    If you actually read these statutes, practically anything you let your child do is against the law.

    27 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.20.15

    * “Defendant Pleads Guilty To Kicking An Owl While Paragliding.” Somehow I feel this could have all been avoided if that prick just told us how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Justice Souter’s not revealing his papers to the public until 50 years after his death. Because there’s no historical interest in them or anything. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Senator Ted Cruz understands modern politics: “you just surgically disconnect your shame sensor.” [Election Law Blog]

    * With Law Day coming up, and it being the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, here’s an infographic about the great charter itself. [Lexis Nexis Business of Law Blog]

    * The Biglaw workload is damaging to your health. [ABA Journal]

    * Anyone want to be an Assistant Solicitor General in Texas? [Texas Workforce Commission]

    * I went on Gordon Firemark’s Law Podcaster podcast to discuss ATL’s new podcast “Thinking Like A Lawyer.” Have you not been listening to the show? Well, fix that by subscribing here. [Lawpodcaster]

    5 Comments / / Apr 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.20.15

    * Here’s a very important lesson for all of the lawyers reading this: thinking about work while you’re on the way to work doesn’t mean that you’re actually working. This novel argument failed miserably for a Biglaw partner trying to get out of a huge insurance claim. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Justice Scalia isn’t very fond of the media’s coverage of SCOTUS: “They don’t like conservatives on the court, or anywhere else for that matter. They do a lousy job. You can’t expect them to do a good job.” Wow, tell us how you really feel. [Arkansas Online]

    * “Enough! Enough! Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job.” After months of watching his pick for attorney general wait around thanks to political gridlock, President Obama has finally had it with this sh*t. [New York Times]

    * Good news, associates! If you leave your law firm job for a Supreme Court clerkship, you’ll likely still be able to receive that gigantic SCOTUS hiring bonus — to the tune of $300,000 plus! — if you return to the firm you left when it’s over. [National Law Journal]

    * “Hard questions have to be asked at law schools whose modest reputations and forgiving admission standards do not ensure their graduates gainful employment.” High LSAT scores are down, bar failure is up, and law schools still say it’s not their fault. [Bloomberg]

    71 Comments / / Apr 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Drugs, Supreme Court

    LSD and a Top-Secret Army Experiment’s Trip to the Supreme Court

    Justice Scalia and Justice Brennan square off… again.

    1 Comment / / Apr 16, 2015 at 4:28 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.15.15

    * Happy tax day! Let’s take a moment to remember that the tax prep industry spends millions to keep taxes a confusing, unpleasant mess. [TaxProf Blog]

    * “Since You Were Wondering, Judge Judy Is Having Amazing Sex” is the most goddamned horrifying headline of the year. [Morning After / Gawker]

    * Judge Kopf congratulates his colleague Judge Gerrard on the latter’s acclaim as a “rising star” judge to clerk for. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * Lawyers facing charges just disappearing all over the place. [Arkansas Times]

    * The dream juror: a guy whose whole schtick is getting unanimity. Chief Justice John Roberts reports to his local courthouse. [Washington Post]

    * Sad news. “Mr. Fuzzy,” who traveled the Washington firms shining shoes, appears to have been found dead near the tidal basin. [Hill Now]

    15 Comments / / Apr 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • Supreme Court Clerk Hallway original

    Clerkships, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Shout-Outs From Justice Kagan, And The Leading ‘Feeder Firm’

    Which law firms are on a roll when it comes to producing SCOTUS clerks?

    3 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.13.15

    * Attorney General Holder reminds the DOJ not to hire hookers. [Politico]

    * A new demographic angry over gay marriage: gay men who want to protect their sham marriages. Didn’t expect this to be a fight. [Slate]

    * Once you’ve finished binge-watching on Netflix, we ask: is Matt Murdock an ethical lawyer? [Radford & Keebaugh]

    * Patent attorney David Healey at Fish and Richardson is coming out. Here’s the trailer. [YouTube]

    * Richard Hsu talks about jumping off of perfectly good cliffs with Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google. [Hsu Untied]

    * Garry Trudeau explains that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. Ken questions this logic. In the end though, he proves too much: there are so many powerful, biting criticisms to make that we shouldn’t have to resort to dumb caricatures. [Popehat]

    * Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate on the death penalty. Watch it online Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. [Fora.tv]

    * Is it just me, or does her account actually sound awfully suspicious? [Gawker]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_FZa8SNic

    9 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM
  • Nelly

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.13.15

    * It’s gettin’ hot in herre, so take off all your clothes. Nelly’s gettin’ so hot, he wanna take his clothes off — for his jailhouse strip search? The rapper was arrested in Tennessee this weekend for felony and simple possession of a potpourri of drugs on his tour bus. [CNN]

    * “It usually takes much longer for a position to become so disreputable that no respectable lawyer will touch it.” If you haven’t noticed, Biglaw firms don’t want to touch the SCOTUS gay marriage arguments with a 10-foot pole. [New York Times]

    * “I think we’re going to see a 10,000-lawyer law firm within five years.” In case it’s not entirely obvious by now, Dentons is trying to become the largest firm in the universe, with “no logical end” in sight to its lawyer hoarding ways. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * “[T]his one has me bumfuzzled.” Like other legal experts, this law prof isn’t sure how to tackle Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s lawsuit to preserve her power, but he does win the award for best usage of “bumfuzzled.” [Lacrosse Tribune]

    * Yikes! Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently found herself embroiled in scandal after two of her offices were searched and she was ordered to explain to a three-judge panel her reasoning for firing one of her prosecutors. [Morning Call]

    29 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Alan Dershowitz wikipedia

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.10.15

    * Freshly exonerated, the Dersh is going after his accusers in court. [The Telegraph]

    * A lawyer prays… [Mormon Cartoonist]

    * This gal got married 10 times. Simultaneously. To different dudes. That’s mighty big of her. [New York Times]

    * Speaking of marriage, here’s a profile of Doug Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray, half of the dynamic duo arguing for marriage equality this month. [BuzzFeed]

    * Today is also the anniversary of the argument in Loving v. Virginia. [Louisville Courier-Journal]

    * Judge gives pedophile a break claiming the girl — who was THREE by the way — caused her own rape. [Addicting Info]

    * Going to Coachella? Planning to get arrested? This is your website. [Arrested at Coachella]

    * Oakland is sad. We’re talking about the baseball team specifically, but that sentence works generally. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Sad news: Foley & Lardner partner Marc Marotta, a basketball star who turned down the NBA to go to Harvard Law, has passed away at age 52. [Breitbart]

    22 Comments / / Apr 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court

    The Latest Notorious RBG Branding: Dessert?

    The drive is on to turn ATL’s favorite jurist into an ice cream flavor!

    33 Comments / / Apr 10, 2015 at 1:28 PM
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    Police, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Supreme Court To Decide On ADA and Fourth Amendment Issues In Police Shootings

    It’s about time that we focused more on how law enforcement officers deal with the mentally ill, according to columnist Renwei Chung.

    30 Comments / / Apr 10, 2015 at 12:02 PM
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    Celebrities, Supreme Court

    Which SCOTUS Justice Went Drinking With George And Amal Clooney?

    One of the unsung perks of sitting on the high court is grabbing dinner and drinks with power couples.

    7 Comments / / Apr 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM
  • David Messerschmitt

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.09.15

    * Police claim David Messerschmitt’s killer stole only $40. [Washington Post]

    * Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money. Which is, apparently, not an in rem action. [FactMag]

    * What is the difference between confidence and arrogance? Obviously, I know the answer, but let’s see if you can figure it out. [Corporette]

    * One angle I missed from today’s news that a gunman attacked a courthouse in Milan is that this is life imitating art, eerily reminiscent of a plotline on The Good Wife. [Law and More]

    * Immigration attorney is a no-show at her sentencing for 13 felony theft counts for accepting fees and botching her work. You’d think she skipped the country except we know she sucks at immigration law. [ABA Journal]

    * Former president of the World Bank’s LGBT employee organization is under investigation. He thinks this seems pretty suspicious. [Buzzfeed]

    * The Tsarnaev trial highlights the continuing stupidity of keeping cameras out of the courtroom. [Vanity Fair]

    * Another installment of “Roberts at 10,” looking at his 10 years as chief. What’s his legacy on LGBT rights? Well, unsurprisingly, we’re not going to know for sure for a couple months. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * A new study reveals that judges are less ideologically biased than law students. Again, it’s not that judges are less firm in their ideology, it’s that they’ve learned to pick their battles. [WSJ Law Blog]

    13 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 5:17 PM
  • Michael Slager

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.09.15

    * That was quick! It turns out that David Aylor, the lawyer who once represented Michael Slager, the recently fired South Carolina police officer charged with murdering Walter Scott, kicked his client to the curb when he saw the damning video of the shooting. [Daily Beast]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the number of federal weapons charges county court-at-law judges rack up in a single indictment. Seventy-year-old Judge Tim Wright faces up to 70 years in prison for allegedly selling guns illegally and trafficking them to Mexico. Yeehaw! [TWC News]

    * Hot off its merger with Dacheng last quarter, Dentons is kicking off the second quarter of 2015 by merging with McKenna Long & Aldridge. Thanks to back-to-back mergers, Baker & McKenzie is now second to Dentons in terms of attorney headcount. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Warner Norcross & Judd refused to take up the defense of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban before SCOTUS — but that didn’t stop the firm’s head of appellate litigation from getting involved. He’s now on a leave of absence from the firm. [National Law Journal]

    * For those of you who are interested, here’s the ABA Journal’s question of the week: “What was the first moment you knew you wanted to be a lawyer?” For many lawyers, the question can be answered thusly: “When I realized I couldn’t be a doctor.” [ABA Journal]

    16 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 9:09 AM
  • money magnet

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.07.15

    * Which Biglaw firm just raised its starting salary for associates? Will this be the beginning of a revolution? Don’t you wish your firm would follow this firm’s lead? We’ll have more on this exciting salary news later today. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “With the decline of lawyers and law students, we were looking for new avenues to attract students.” William Mitchell Law may say its hybrid J.D. program was for its students’ benefit, but it was really only to put asses in seats — even digital ones. [CNBC]

    * It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday… when you’re a Biglaw partner trying to escape the terms of your contract by making a lateral move. Some firms are even holding capital contributions hostage to discourage partners from leaving. [Recorder via ABA Journal]

    * Potential penalties for Supreme Court protesters seem to be getting stiffer. Perhaps federal prosecutors are pissed about 99Rise’s persistence, because this time, members of the social justice group are facing jail time for “haranguing” our justices. [Legal Times]

    * According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida was the most productive federal trial court in the nation last year. When Flori-duh is kicking your ass, it’s time to reevalute your life. [WSJ Law Blog]

    9 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.15

    * We’ve seen the future and it’s drones shoving commercialism down your throats 24/7. Get ready America! [DigiDay]

    * Federal judge mistaken for a maid because she’s black and everything is awful all the time. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * While everyone focuses on the Supreme Court, the fight for marriage equality is still raging in the state courts. [Huffington Post]

    * Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Attorney General Robert H. Jackson’s “The Federal Prosecutor” speech. Among many quotable admonitions against prosecutorial abuse: “While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.” Perhaps he shouldn’t have given this speech on April Fools’ Day. [John Q. Barrett]

    * The New York Court of Appeals has upheld St. John’s Law’s decision to rescind the admission of a student who admitted that he’d pleaded guilty to possession because he’d been arrested for intent to distribute. But only after taking three semesters worth of his money of course. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * A law professor invites colleagues to break the mold of legal scholarship to build a “more authentic ethos.” In entirely related news, congratulations on tenure. [TaxProf Blog]

    9 Comments / / Apr 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM