* Gaming laws are incoherent and inconsistent… do go on. Check out Steve Silver’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. [NBC Sports]
* Lady lawyers: Do you drink more to impress partners? [Corporette]
* How’s this for a thought experiment? If Mozart were a lawyer, what would his closing argument look like? (It’s a truck question — he’d probably settle.) [Jurispire]
* The coming elections are really inspiring people to be dumb. Especially when the future of the Supreme Court gets bandied about. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]
* Advice for hitting your yearly billable targets — 6 minutes at a time. [Daily Lawyer Tips]
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I thought the Court really had a chance to change something here, boy was I wrong.
Looking judicial and fashionable isn’t always straightforward.
* Supreme Court hears argument about chicks and removing clothes for money, and it’s a lot less interesting than that sounds. [Law360]
* Congratulations to Cristina Carvalho, the next managing partner of Arent Fox. [National Law Journal]
* Federal government pushes “poor people aren’t real people” mantra a tad further: proposes rule banning smoking in your own home if you live in public housing. [New York Times]
* The next time you think we have a do-nothing Congress, note that they’ve just passed a law to divvy up asteroids for mining! They’re really hard at work on the pressing issues of today. [KING5]
* Chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board pulled out of the investigation into Justice Michael Eakin’s troubling emails after someone pointed out that he played a lead role in the justice’s 2011 re-election campaign. Wha? How did anyone think this was OK? I repeat: What the hell is wrong with Pennsylvania’s justice system? [York Daily Record]
* “Facebook Sees 23% Spike In Law Enforcement Requests For Data.” JackBootThug37 Likes This. [TechCrunch]
* Ted Cruz says there should be 700 miles of double fencing along the border. I’d welcome anything to keep dirty Canadians from coming down and running for president. [Real Clear Politics]
* For comparison, here’s the right way to deal with courtroom restrictions on tweeting. [Katz on Justice]
* Once you get to the “forging your degree” stage, you can almost certainly count on being disbarred once you’re found out. [Law Society Gazette]
* The ramifications of student conduct codes that are more restrictive than the U.S. Constitution. [The Atlantic]
* Should the future composition of the Supreme Court force people to be single issue voters? [Salon]
* Sepp Blatter loses his s**t. [Law and More]
Which justice could it be?
Most everyone knows what an elevator speech is: it’s a short, pithy, memorable description of a company’s services. Lawyers have always built their reputations on their expertise, such that the creation of an elevator pitch should be one of the easiest things for an attorney to do; however, many lawyers still stumble over the basic question: “What do you do?”
Where the Supreme Court and Hollywood intersect.
* Kid gets caught trying to buy skin mag with his dad’s money. Not one copy, but the whole magazine. Proving there are some fantasies too big even with $8 million and a Bryan Cave lawyer in your pocket. [Law360]
* Chris Christie is taking a strong stand against bestiality. There you go, buddy — it’s these sorts of courageous, controversial positions that will get you back in the prime time debates. [Associated Press]
* Congratulations to Neal Katyal, who has now argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any male minority lawyer save Thurgood Marshall. With his argument in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan, Katyal passed Drew Days and Wade McCree in this accounting (No, not that Wade McCree). [Supreme Court Brief]
* Hollywood hotshot gives $5 million to UCLA School of Law. [National Law Journal]
* Supreme Court ignores all lower courts and expands qualified immunity to cops who base their decisions on well-established action movie tropes. [Huffington Post]
* Biglaw faces slowdown. [American Lawyer]
* One law school is taking a stab at the access to justice problem in this country. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* The Supreme Court announced today it will take up yet another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, this time on the contraceptive compromise. [Wall Street Journal]
* You know all those Special Lawyer lists? Yeah, they’re silly and meaningless. [Attorney at Work]
* Rut-roh. Did Congress screw up and make the latest appropriations bill end a day sooner than they intended? I mean would Congress ever screw up?!?! [Notice & Comment]
* Oh no they didn’t! Law & Order: SVU takes on the Duggars and it is glorious. [Slate]
* When Mexican Donald Trump gets going he cannot be stopped. [Funny or Die]
* Yeah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was cool even before she became the Notorious RBG. [Fusion]
* Can you improve your courtroom performance by vibrating? I promise it isn’t a dirty as it sounds. [Katz Justice]
* Authorities are scrutinizing advertisements in building their case against Volkswagen in the emissions cheating scandal. [Star Tribune]
* One way to follow up from a Supreme Court argument years in the making is to open a new office the very next day. Congrats to Edelson P.C. (you remember these guys, don’t ya?) on taking on way too much in a very short amount of time. [The Recorder]
* Northwestern Law has a debate series on prosecutorial overreach beginning next Tuesday. Check it out if you’re in the area. [Northwestern Law School]
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* For the horde! If you thought Dentons was done gobbling up law firms to create its international legion of lawyers, then you were dead wrong. The firm will likely merge with 500-lawyer Australian firm Gadens and 200-lawyer Singaporean firm Rodyk & Davidson in 2016. [Reuters]
* Thanks to this ruling, lawyers for model Janice Dickinson may depose Bill Cosby in the defamation case she filed against him after he denied raping her. Cosby’s former lawyer, Martin Singer, who the comedian recently dumped for Quinn Emanuel, may be deposed as well. [Los Angeles Times]
* If daylight saving time has been messing with your head, you’ll feel better to know that even the Supreme Court was having trouble with the time. Both clocks in the SCOTUS courtroom were hours behind thanks to an electrical malfunction. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Law school graduates have been having a rough time when it comes to bar passage in recent years, but Biglaw firms likely have nothing to worry about — in fact, many partners didn’t even know a problem like this was happening. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* “[T]he Harvard crest . . . should be a source of shame for the whole school.” According to a student movement at Harvard Law that’s been dubbed “Royall Must Fall,” the school was endowed by a “brutal” slaveowner and yet still bears his family’s seal. [Harvard Crimson]