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  • Katy Perry (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.07.15

    * Graffiti artist Rime alleges that Katy Perry wore a dress designed by Moschino that ripped off some of his copyrightable work. This dark horse has injected herself into a lot of IP issues this year. Your lawyer fans thank you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The Seventh Circuit is totally sorry about the case that it completely forgot about for the past five years. It seems that the court pleadings were “placed in the wrong stack” on remand from the Supreme Court in 2010. Congratulations, America: This is your justice system. Oopsie! [ABA Journal]

    * Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been charged with perjury, conspiracy, obstructing justice, and several other crimes in connection with a grand jury leak. She’s the second state AG to be criminally charged this week. Nice job. [USA Today]

    * Arizona Summit Law filed a motion to dismiss former employee and alumnus Paula Lorona’s pro se retaliation and consumer fraud lawsuit with prejudice. The school claims the complaint is pleaded deficiently. Well… you educated her. [National Law Journal]

    * Rapper Busta Rhymes was charged with second degree assault this week after he allegedly threw a protein drink at a gym employee. His lawyer calls the charge “a bunch of bull.” Hmm, we apparently should’ve listened when he told us he was dangerous. [MTV]

    13 Comments / / Aug 7, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Wait, did you think we were talking about strip clubs?

    White-Collar Crime

    Can Punishment For The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine Be More Than A Walk In The Park?

    The Eighth Circuit should soon decide if you can go to jail for doing nothing wrong.

    10 Comments / / Aug 6, 2015 at 12:56 PM
  • Mmm, conspiracy.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.06.15

    * Another American doctor is accused of illegally killing another lesser-known lion in Zimbabwe, but this time, Biglaw is in the doctor’s corner. Apparently when you’re a hunter who’s become the hunted, you turn to Blank Rome. [Am Law Daily]

    * Where Dewey eat when allegedly conspiring to scam the firm’s creditors about its financial situation? According to testimony in the D&L trial, criminal activity reportedly tastes better when paired with fine dining experiences. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * At some point in the very near future, it’s likely that one or more new Supreme Court justices will need to be appointed, and some say that it’s obvious that Justice Don Willett, the Tweeter Laureate of Texas, is plotting a course to be a nominee. #blessed [Forbes]

    * The Fourth Circuit handed down an important opinion on cellphone location records, and it looks like the police need a warrant. Thanks for the circuit split. Quick, someone write a law review note before SCOTUS takes it. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * For some would-be law students, applying early decision may not be the right choice. After all, if you think you can get into ALL of the T14 schools, we bet you’d probably like to see if your huge ego is correct. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    9 Comments / / Aug 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Walter Palmer Lion buttface

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.05.15

    * “There are no bathrooms, no air-conditioning, no good food. You don’t usually get good cellphone reception, either, and you can’t just quit and go somewhere comfortable.” Surprisingly, this Biglaw partner isn’t talking about his firm’s working conditions. [Miami Herald]

    * It’s going to be difficult for U.S. authorities to prosecute Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s beloved lion, Cecil. Bringing this guy down under the Lacey Act is going to be a real task. If only this were a Pixar movie with a happy ending. :( [Reuters]

    * SCOTUS justices are jet-setting across the world this summer, with RBG in South Korea and Vietnam, Roberts in Japan, Scalia in Italy, Kennedy in Austria, and Breyer in England. Let’s hope no one has to evacuate a plane via emergency chute. [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re considering applying to law school and you decide to visit one this summer, aside from students huddled in dark corners of the library who are crying over their employment prospects, there are a few things you should be looking for. [U.S. News]

    * The mother of Sandra Bland, the woman who hanged herself in a Texas jail cell last month, has filed a wrongful-death suit, alleging that her daughter shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place and was improperly supervised by guards. [New York Times]

    32 Comments / / Aug 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.04.15

    * After two laid-off professors sued Charleston School of Law, a judge has issued an injunction reinstating professor Nancy Zisk. Things really aren’t going Charleston’s way, but remember to look on the bright side: they may get a Starbucks! [SC Lawyers Weekly]

    * Attorney’s hit and run did not constitute a crime of moral turpitude because he was blackout drunk. One more reason to stay thirsty, my friends! [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Lawyers can’t speak English good. [Lawyerist]

    * What should be required to vote on a Supreme Court decision? [Concurring Opinions]

    * There’s never really a good excuse for handcuffing an 8-year-old like this school rent-a-cop did. Also, did you know the only way to handcuff an 8-year-old is to cuff his upper arms? You do after reading this. [Daily Mail]

    * As we hear more about the labor conditions building stadiums in Qatar, this white paper focuses on the unfortunately still modern challenge for in-house lawyers with an international reach: expanding due diligence to uncover slavery rings. [Thomson Reuters]

    * Douglas Kennedy’s lawyers were disqualified for trying some funny business with their medical experts. [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]

    * Cravath partner turned screenwriter and playwright. As the play says, “the first thing we do, let’s give giant bonuses to all the lawyers.” [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Useful practice tip: strive for excellence, not perfection. [What About Clients?]

    * Richard Hsu chats with Mark Cuban about something other than how terrible the NBA refs are. [Hsu Untied]

    8 Comments / / Aug 4, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • Justice Clarence Thomas


    Non-Sequiturs: 08.03.15

    * Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likes hanging out with the Supreme Court. Harbaugh characterizes Justice Thomas as very enthusiastic. Seriously. This guy thinks someone else is enthusiastic. [Wall Street Journal Law Blog]

    * Darren Wilson isn’t racist, everybody. I mean, he thinks black people have bad upbringings and prefers to eat out “Where it’s not a mixing pot,” but he really wants you to know he’s not racist. [Gawker]

    * Whatever happened to the SCOTUS clerks of ten years ago? [Excess of Democracy]

    * How terrifying is Heien v. North Carolina? Cops are now stopping people for air fresheners and using it as a pretext to search the car… and courts are approving it. [The Marshall Project]

    * A Shearman & Sterling partner arrested in a DWI sweep. [The East Hampton Star]

    * Do you use LinkedIn Pulse to grow your brand? You probably should. [Law and More]

    * The true story of a prosecutor who went undercover and strapped on a wire for over 3 years to root out corruption in the judicial system. His new book is titled Operation Greylord (affiliate link). [My Fox Chicago]

    * Health care discrimination against the mentally ill is illegal. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. [Vox]

    * If you missed Lat’s events at the ABA meeting over the weekend, here’s a recap of one. [American Bar Association]

    7 Comments / / Aug 3, 2015 at 5:13 PM
  • Yesterday's panel of four U.S. Solicitors General (photo via Justice Don Willett's Twitter feed).

    Department of Justice, SCOTUS, Solicitor General's Office, Supreme Court

    A Great Legal Job, Or The Greatest Legal Job?

    A wide-ranging discussion about the post of U.S. Solicitor General, which some consider to be the best legal job in the United States.

    13 Comments / / Aug 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia, mocking advocates of two-year law degrees.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.03.15

    * According to this former Supreme Court clerk, Justice Scalia’s judicial zingers are just like porn in that they’re “titillating, but over time they coarsen the culture of which they are a part.” (Plus, for what it’s worth, the jurist’s audience usually never gets a money shot.) [Washington Post]

    * Better late than never? The ABA dropped the hammer on law schools trying to game their employment stats with a new rule that’ll force them to report school-funded jobs as part-time unless certain length and salary reqs are met. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The largest of D.C.’s largest law firms grew even larger over the past year, and thanks to a merger, an outsider firm — Morgan Lewis — managed to infiltrate the capital’s Big Four. Sorry, WilmerHale, but maybe 2016 will be your comeback year. [National Law Journal]

    * In other ABA news, the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar rejected a plea for academic credit for paid externships, because we apparently want to keep students as indebted as possible before they begin their professional legal careers. [ABA Journal]

    * A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Richard Lee, a known conspiracy theorist, who sought the release of the Seattle police department’s death-scene photographs from Nirvana star Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Hey! Wait! He’ll file a new complaint. [Seattle Times]

    7 Comments / / Aug 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.30.15

    * The National Association for Law Placement released slightly improved jobs numbers for the law school class of 2014, so yay? [National Law Journal]

    * The battle royale that pits local musicians versus Biglaw heavyweight Skadden continues to rage on. [Washington Post]

    * Guess what? Prosecutors don’t like the Second Circuit’s higher threshold for insider trading cases and now they’d like the Supreme Court to do something about it. [Wall Street Journal]

    * A group of merchants including Amazon, Wal-Mart and Starbucks want the $7 billion settlement negotiated over interchange fees with Visa, Mastercard and American Express in an antitrust case vacated due to attorney Gary Friedman’s alleged misconduct. [Law360]

    * Don’t cha love it when media scandals become real life litigation? All your deflategate legal questions answered. [Stradley Law]

    16 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 8:53 AM
  • This makes sense, trust us.


    Non-Sequiturs: 07.30.15

    * Donald Trump’s lawyer responds to the flap over his spousal rape comments. Sort of. Not really. [Funny or Die]

    * Does the Supreme Court need an ethics code? And yes, yes it does. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * James Woods is suing a Twitter troll for claiming the actor is a “cocaine addict.” They probably just misspelled “hypersensitive blowhard.” [Gawker]

    * In baseball, does the “tie go to the runner”? Are you sure? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Tom Brady provides that rare opportunity for sports fans to care about forum selection clauses. But the best part of this story is the comment: “Out of habit, the NRA filed an amicus brief on behalf of the NFL when they heard ‘Clinton’ & ‘Brady’ in the same sentence.” It’s refreshing when commenters are funny. [Deadspin]

    * Keeping up with Supreme Court is hard. Even the Fifth Circuit struggles with it (though they’ve since seen the error of their ways). [Huffington Post]

    * If you think academia can be a cushy job, you should see what retiring from academia looks like? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Can you quit your job without another one lined up? Leigh Abramson has thoughts. [CNN Money]

    * A comprehensive snapshot of the business record of the Roberts Court. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    17 Comments / / Jul 30, 2015 at 4:56 PM
  • Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.29.15

    * With the accusations mounting, and the stunning New York Magazine cover feature 35 women alleging Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, the comedian’s legal team is changing tactics. [CNN]

    * Does ideology play a role in conferring honorary degrees? One conservative law professor says yes. [National Law Journal]

    * Ever wonder why there are so many iconic movie roles that are lawyers? [ABA Journal]

    * Citizens United actually loses a legal battle, this time courtesy of New York’s own Amazing Schneiderman. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Need more evidence that campaign finance laws are a joke? [Huffington Post]

    * China’s first lawsuit over pollution is a go. [Jurist]

    * What will the long term impact be of legally classifying Uber drivers as employees? []

    16 Comments / / Jul 29, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Sam alito flag

    SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Justice Alito Doggedly Holds Onto Logic Of The Past, Elites

    Justice Alito just hasn’t changed on Citizens United.

    66 Comments / / Jul 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM
  • Demi Moore (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.21.15

    * Because sometimes the application of the law seems like an indecent proposal: Demi Moore is “in absolute shock” because she may be facing a lawsuit for negligent supervision due to a pool drowning that occurred at her home while she was out of the country. [Fox News]

    * “The bow tie is a manifestation of my unwillingness to become part of the rabble.” Male lawyers face harsh criticism about their fashion choices, too, and these New Jersey attorneys will wear their bow ties with pride, no matter what. [Bergen Record]

    * In a recent interview, Justice Alito critiqued his SCOTUS colleagues for adopting a seemingly limitless interpretation of the 14th Amendment: “I don’t know what the limits of substantive liberty protection under the 14th Amendment are at this point.” [Legal Times]

    * If you’d like to be a federal appellate judge by the age of 35, then Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit has some advice for you. First and foremost, know where to “peddle your wares” — get a job in Washington, D.C., ASAP. [Concurring Opinions via ABA Journal]

    * Managing partners, repeat this mantra: Don’t do a Dewey! Thanks to the D&L financial disaster, Biglaw firms have decided to cut back on or ditch bank loans completely and get by with a little help from their friends partners in times of need. [Wall Street Journal]

    18 Comments / / Jul 21, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • RBG Scalia

    Caption Contests

    Caption Contest Winner: If These Walls Could Talk… About SCOTUS Justices

    Find out who chose to decorate his home with wall art featuring the “hotttttest” SCOTUS justices of all time.

    19 Comments / / Jul 20, 2015 at 1:59 PM
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    Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court Still Blows But We Have No Idea How To Fix It

    After a “liberal” term, progressives continue to lament the ideological bent of the Roberts Court, but have fewer answers when it comes to changing course.

    46 Comments / / Jul 20, 2015 at 12:32 PM
  • books

    Books, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Summer Reading For Supreme Court Justices

    Columnist Tamara Tabo offers customized reading recommendations for each member of the Court.

    18 Comments / / Jul 17, 2015 at 8:02 PM
  • RBG Scalia

    Caption Contests

    Caption Contest Finalists: If These Walls Could Talk… About SCOTUS Justices

    Would you be willing to hang these artsy images of SCOTUS justices on your wall?

    10 Comments / / Jul 17, 2015 at 10:05 AM
  • Ellen Wieser as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Overholt as Justice Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s opera, Scalia/Ginsburg.

    Music, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Theater

    ATL Opera Review: Scalia/Ginsburg

    Legal nerds and Supreme Court devotees will enjoy Scalia/Ginsburg, Derrick Wang’s new comic opera about the two iconic SCOTUS justices.

    6 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 5:37 PM