Supreme Court

  • Wendy Davis

    Attorney Misconduct, Death Penalty, Legal Ethics, Politics, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    What Do A Wendy Davis Campaign Ad And An Unusual SCOTUS Order Have In Common?

    When you make individuals means to your ends only, you become a farce, if not also a fraud.

    6 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM
  • Say farewell to Cooley Law -- just kidding, it'll always be Cooley.

    4th Circuit, Biglaw, Cars, Crime, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 08.14.14

    * Cleary Gottlieb lost some historic cases during the first half of 2014, including one for $50 billion, but not to worry, “the firm is proud of the work Cleary lawyers do every day.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The Fourth Circuit is refusing to issue a stay in Virginia’s gay marriage case, so the state will be for all lovers starting next week unless SCOTUS decides to step in. [National Law Journal]

    * Thomas M. Cooley Law School has now officially become the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. If only a new name could clear its reputation. [MLive.com]

    * It’s not every day that a law student with a criminal history is arrested on murder charges, but Tuesday was that day for one student. We’ll have more on this later. [San Antonio Express-News]

    * “Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it.” Google sure is optimistic about Glass, but several states aren’t, and have already proposed driving bans. [WSJ Law Blog]

    4 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM
  • sonia sotomayor RF

    Food, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    What Would You Put On The Sonia Sotomayor Burger?

    Don’t be fooled by the gavels that she got, she’s still “Sonia from the Bronx.” Which is also the name of a new hamburger.

    15 Comments / / Aug 13, 2014 at 1:43 PM
  • Robin Williams

    American Bar Association / ABA, Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Crime, Deaths, Federal Judges, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Violence

    Morning Docket: 08.12.14

    * “No person, no matter how high, is above the law.” It would seem Chief Judge John Roberts is unfamiliar with many of the attorneys we write about on a daily basis. [Associated Press]

    * Considering many Americans can’t name a single justice, whether the high court issues 9-0 or 5-4 opinions likely matters little, but Cass Sunstein has a study on it. [New York Times]

    * Judge Mark Fuller (M.D. AL) spent a night in jail this weekend after an alleged domestic violence incident with his wife. He paid $5,000 bond before he was released. Uhh… Roll Tide? [CNN]

    * The ABA moved forward with reforms to help students gain clinical and distance-learning opportunities. Alas, being paid for work was too controversial this time. [National Law Journal]

    * A woman who was trapped inside a law firm as a gunman opened fire before killing himself is now suing everyone for damages. You’d probably sue, too — it must’ve been terrifying. [Times-Picayune]

    * Robin Williams, the beloved actor who recently played a very disgruntled lawyer, RIP. [ABC News]

    3 Comments / / Aug 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM
  • Anthony_Kennedy_official_SCOTUS_portrait

    6th Circuit, Anthony Kennedy, Celebrities, Environment / Environmental Law, Gay Marriage, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.08.14

    * It’s not that Justice Kennedy cares more about gay rights than women’s rights, it’s that Justice Kennedy understands gay rights better than women’s rights. That’s a much less charitable but shorter read of this insightful piece by a former Kennedy clerk. [Dorf on Law]

    * The judge caught making racist and sexist remarks about Charlize Theron’s adoption has been banned from the bench. He wants to be judged on more than this incident. To quote Dr. Hibbert: “And hillbillies want to be called ‘Sons of the Soil’, but it ain’t gonna happen.” [Associated Press via Yahoo! News]

    * Adam Carolla is keeping his fight against patent trolls alive. Ziggy socky ziggy socky hoy hoy hoy! [Mashable]

    * Yesterday, the man who shot young Renisha McBride for knocking on his door was convicted of second-degree murder. Sadly, it was just one more in a string of cases where some idiot bought into the rhetoric of shooting first and asking questions later that gun lobbyists have pushed for years. [New York Times]

    * Here’s something, a former law firm CIO wrote a novella called I Spy, You Spy, We All Spy (affiliate link) based on the allegedly true events of the “law firm spying on its own lawyers, employees and some of its employees’ family members.” Delightful. [Amazon]

    * “Why Young Lawyers Shouldn’t Hate Hate Hate Baby Boomers Holding On to Jobs.” OK, I’ll go back to hating them for being the self-absorbed Me Generation that made Gordon Gekko a role model. [Law and More]

    * At oral argument in the marriage equality cases, the lawyers and the Sixth Circuit exhibited… a lot of misconceptions. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * The battle over the EPA’s Carbon rules isn’t over yet. Gear up for a Supreme Court trip. [Breaking Energy]

    * Do you need to know how to pronounce the SCOTUS case of Volkswagenwerk Aktiengesellschaft v. Schlunk? There’s an app for that. [Law Technology News]

    1 Comment / / Aug 8, 2014 at 4:55 PM
  • Bt98b-UIMAAiDNF_2999091b

    Antonin Scalia, Career Alternatives, Crime, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.07.14

    * The new icon of the Islamic State is a hipster with a law degree. Where’s his Career Alternatives piece? (Alternate quips: For his money, the evening call to prayer must be on vinyl. When decrying alcohol as sinful, he prefers PBR. The scimitar in that picture is from the vintage store. Which direction is Mecca from the Williamsburg Bridge?). [The Telegraph]

    * A high school teacher showed up to work intoxicated and without pants on the first day on the job. And thus ends Elie’s career as a high school teacher. [CBS Houston]

    * Google is tipping off authorities about criminal activity in Gmail accounts. I believe this message is brought to you by Hotmail. [CNBC]

    * Smaller law firms are capturing more and more M&A work per a study by CounselLink. Biglaw may be coming “back” when it comes to hiring, but the trend of clients shifting work to smaller firms continues. [Wall Street Journal]

    * We talk a lot about the justice gap in this country. Now some enterprising Utah lawyers are out there making legal services affordable. [The Atlantic]

    * “This is not a life story that will end well.” Indeed. [Law Lemmings]

    * Thanks to Betterment for sponsoring a great event last night with expert in-house counsel on becoming a startup company lawyer. Check out what you missed. [Betterment]

    * A video of Notorious RBG describing the 2013-14 Term. She also explains her approval of the title of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Embed below…. [Derrick Wang]

    7 Comments / / Aug 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • 'That'll be $27,000...'

    10th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Rankings, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.07.14

    * Let’s get ready to rumble! Not wanting to be left out of the party, Oklahoma has also asked the Supreme Court to take a look at its same-sex marriage statute which was recently slapped down by the Tenth Circuit. [National Law Journal]

    * Dewey know what financial restructuring adviser Joff Mitchell of Zolfo Cooper said to this failing firm’s partners right before it flopped for good? “Look, there is no way here to save this firm.” Ouch. That had to have sucked. [Forbes]

    * The examiner who was appointed to monitor law firm billing for the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy is now questioning Dentons’ fees of up to $27K per month to talk to the press. Whoa there… [Detroit Free Press]

    * Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers have released the latest ranking of the Top 50 Law Firms for Women. Vivia Chen feels “a bit dirty” after reading the list — and you probably should, too. [The Careerist]

    * Leisure Suit Larry’s successors are here to stay for a while: Case Western Reserve Law’s co-interim deans will stay on in their current positions for the upcoming school year. [Crain's Cleveland Business]

    1 Comment / / Aug 7, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • baby gun

    Abortion, Biglaw, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Job Searches, Law Professors, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Utah, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.06.14

    * Utah appealed its same-sex marriage case to the Supreme Court, making it the first state whose law was smacked down by an appellate court to do so. Let the countdown begin. [National Law Journal]

    * In the ruling that saved Alabama’s abortion clinics, Judge Myron Thompson likened the right to have an abortion to the right to bear arms. We can think of a few people who would take issue with that. [CNN]

    * In case you’ve been wondering why tax inversions are hot right now, you can blame it all on some bicycling tax and M&A lawyers from Skadden — call them bikedudes at law, if you will. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Law schools tout the fact that their graduates are finding jobs in “J.D. Advantage” positions. Meanwhile, it remains unclear how much of an advantage a law degree actually offers in these jobs. [Am Law Daily]

    * In a lawsuit peppered with crazy allegations, a law prof at Florida A&M claims in a gender discrimination complaint that male professors are “paid considerably more” than female professors. [Tampa Tribune]

    4 Comments / / Aug 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM
  • ankle biter

    Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.05.14

    * CNN sued over claims that a correspondent bit EMTs at the embassy in Baghdad. And just like that, Baghdad isn’t looking so safe anymore. [MSN]

    * Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel has filed a legal challenge over the Mississippi GOP primary. It’s dumb. [KARN h/t Election Law Blog]

    * The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state’s restrictions on unions. Meanwhile the dissent relied on really weak arguments like “actual Supreme Court precedent.” [Labor Press]

    * The immigration crisis has inspired Miami to establish a rocket docket, which is a useful response, so we should probably shut it down and encourage drunk militia members to get in boats or something. [Daily Business Review]

    * Dan Markel was serving as a legal consultant to the defendants in that Orthodox divorce extortion case. [Village Voice]

    * The legal conundra of The Guardians of the Galaxy. Poor Ronan… you plan one attempted genocide and the law is all over you. [The Legal Geeks]

    1 Comment / / Aug 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
  • Girls in my high school brief cases all the time, it was no big deal.

    Abortion, Constitutional Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.05.14

    * According to Patron Saint RBG, the Supreme Court has never really come around on “the ability of women to decide for themselves what their destiny will be.” Gay people are doing well, though, so good for them. [New York Times]

    * Two law professors and a consultant built a model that predicts SCOTUS decisions with 69.7 percent accuracy, and justices’ votes with 70.9 percent accuracy. For lawyers who are bad at math, that’s damn near perfect. Nice work! [Vox]

    * An Alabama abortion clinic statute which required that doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals was ruled unconstitutional. Perhaps this will be the death knell for these laws. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Idaho’s Supreme Court rejected Concordia Law’s bid to allow grads to sit for the bar before the ABA granted it provisional accreditation. Too bad, since lawyers are needed in Idaho. [National Law Journal]

    * Before you go to law school, you can learn how to gun with the best of them. That’s right, you can practice briefing cases before you even set foot in the door. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    4 Comments / / Aug 5, 2014 at 8:27 AM
  • Beyonce irreplacable small

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg And The Myth Of The Indispensable Man

    Wherein I beg, again, Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire.

    34 Comments / / Aug 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM
  • 'Should I get my money back? NO! I LOVE COOLEY!'

    Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.01.14

    * Since October Term 2013 came to an end, people have changed their views about the Supreme Court. Conservatives think it’s more conservative, and liberals think it’s less liberal. Funny how that works. [Pew Research Center]

    * “If a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage looks inevitable, perhaps it is.” Given how quickly lower courts are issuing marriage equality victories, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll have a SCOTUS case to follow. [Bloomberg]

    * Pre-law students still care about law school pedigree — as they rightfully should. Sure, scholarships are great and all, but attending a school where you’ll have a prayer of getting a job after graduation is even greater. [National Law Journal]

    * Speaking of pedigree, there’s a new law school ranking in town, and Yale isn’t even in the Top 5. If that doesn’t smack of legitimacy, then we don’t know what does. We’re rolling our eyes here. [InsideCounsel]

    * Cooley Law’s Ann Arbor campus may close, and students who go to the school are reportedly “pretty devastated.” Stop crying and take advantage of your loan discharge opportunities, you dopes. [MLive.com]

    0 Comments / / Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg RF Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Notorious R.B.G. Loves Being Called Notorious R.B.G.

    What did Justice Ginsburg say on the subject of her retirement?

    2 Comments / / Jul 31, 2014 at 2:20 PM
  • Say farewell to Cooley Law -- just kidding, it'll always be Cooley.

    5th Circuit, Abortion, American Bar Association / ABA, Anthony Kennedy, Biglaw, Constitutional Law, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.30.14

    * When it comes to bans on same-sex marriage, for Justice Anthony Kennedy, animus is a “doctrinal silver bullet” — the fact that there was no animus involved in the enactment of many of them may be problematic at the high court. [New York Times]

    * Relying on some obscure Supreme Court precedent, the Fifth Circuit saved Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic after striking down as unconstitutional a state law that would have required doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. [National Law Journal]

    * Given the situation over at Bingham McCutchen, people are starting to wonder about whether all the guaranteed contracts to members of merger partner McKee Nelson’s partnership helped to shape the firm’s current financial plight. [Am Law Daily]

    * Hot on the heels of Cooley Law canceling its first-year class at Ann Arbor and announcing tentative plans to close the campus, the ABA approved the school’s affiliation with Western Michigan. Yay? [MLive.com]

    * Here’s one way to become a lawyer without racking up massive amounts of debt: you could try to “read” the law like Abraham Lincoln, and work as a law firm apprentice. That sounds delightful. [New York Times]

    2 Comments / / Jul 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    2nd Circuit, 4th Circuit, Copyright, D.C. Circuit, Food, Gay, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Immigration, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, Rape, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.28.14

    * Have you heard that Staci invited Justice Ginsburg to her wedding? [TIME]

    * The Fourth Circuit welcomes Virginia to the fold of marriage equality. [National Law Journal]

    * What might be the biggest insider trading case ever hinges on Greenberg Traurig. [New York Post]

    * Most exciting of all is that we may never need to hear the depressing “copyright-free” Happy Birthday song ever again. [boingboing]

    * With all the fire-breathing over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, Texas Judge Clay Jenkins stands out for being reasonable. “I don’t feel like we have to solve the border crisis for a terrified child to be shown some compassion.” Why don’t we hear about more people like Judge Jenkins? This article suggests there’s a deeper problem with the media. [Dallas Observer]

    * I’ve been beating the drum that the Obamacare cases aren’t bound for SCOTUS because the D.C. Circuit will reverse Halbig en banc. The contrary view is that the Supreme Court may not let the lack of a real circuit split stand in its way. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Outrage over the government’s school lunch health standards have Republicans fighting back at the state level. Remember, we need fatass kids because… freedom! [National Journal]

    * The Second Circuit approved antibiotics in animal feed for animals that aren’t even sick. Enjoy your superbugs! [Kitchenette / Jezebel]

    * Judge allegedly fell asleep during a child rape case. It’s not like it’s an important case or anything. [Gawker]

    * Gaming the rankings — not just for law schools any more. [The Kansas City Star]

    * Karen Mantler can’t afford her lawyer. And she’s singing about it. After the jump…. [WNYC Spinning On Air]

    1 Comment / / Jul 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM
  • kennedy RF

    Anthony Kennedy, Constitutional Law, Politics, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Justice Kennedy Notes The Constitution Protected Slavery — Right-Wingers Freak Out

    Apparently suggesting that slavery may have been a bad thing can still get you criticized.

    27 Comments / / Jul 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Pictures, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Weddings

    What Happens When You Invite Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Your Wedding?

    I can’t believe a Supreme Court justice responded to our wedding invitation!

    33 Comments / / Jul 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM
  • Incredible Hulk

    Advertising, American Bar Association / ABA, D.C. Circuit, Health Care / Medicine, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Pets, Racism, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.25.14

    * Proximate cause and the Incredible Hulk. Whatever, everyone knows Kirby was the real brains behind Palsgraf. [The Legal Geeks]

    * Someone is having fun with their RFAs: Admit… that we are going to whip the dog piss out of you. We were specifically chided: “please don’t say ‘only in Arkansas,’” so we won’t. You should feel free to say exactly that though. [Hawg Law Blog]

    * Not really surprising, but patent trolling is the worst it has ever been. I’ll sit here and wait for the New York Times to blame millennials. [io9]

    * The most important Supreme Court decision you’ve never heard of! Well, except I have heard of it. In fact, there was a year-long college debate topic about it. But it’s still important. [Washington Post]

    * What’s the appropriate sentence for having a dog off a leash? Confining the guy to a seven-county area? [LA Weekly]

    * Things to do in Denver when you’re a lawyer: allegedly scam a few million off a client. [Denver Post]

    * Meet the lawyer who came up with the quirky reading that got the D.C. Circuit to temporarily derail Obamacare. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Meanwhile, this title says it all about Halbig: “Well, Conjecture, Tendentious Misreadings, and Cherry Picking Are Kinds of Evidence.” Pour a little out for Lionel Hutz. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Everyday we (the ABA) hustlin’. [Law and More]

    0 Comments / / Jul 25, 2014 at 4:52 PM

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