Supreme Court

  • Adriana Ferreyr

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.09.15

    * People keep asking Justice Ginsburg how many women she thinks will be “enough” for the SCOTUS bench, and she keeps giving us the same amazing answer. Flip the page to find out what the Notorious R.B.G. thinks. [Mother Jones]

    * Law school deans gone wild! From sex scandals to rankings rumpuses, here’s a look at the crazy and sometimes criminal activities that law school administrators and faculty members have been accused of over the years. [National Law Journal]

    * “That’s it. Case dismissed. Your behavior is contemptuous.” Adriana Ferreyr, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of George Soros who filed a $50 million lawsuit over a $2 million apartment, allegedly went “berserk” in court… yet again. [Dealbreaker]

    * The job market would like to wish the legal profession a very unhappy New Year. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector lost 1,400 jobs in January, with overall jobs down by 4,500 since last year. [Am Law Daily]

    * “I felt like my head was just mush inside, and I thought, ‘I’m dying.'” Mary Margaret Farren, the former Skadden attorney who survived her ex-husband’s brutal attack on her life, recounts the flashlight bludgeoning that nearly killed her. [ABC News]

    * Is there no relief in sight for law schools? Moody’s says: “This continued decrease in student demand is consistent with our belief that the legal industry is experiencing a fundamental shift rather than a cyclical trend.” [Indianapolis Business Journal]

    (Flip to the next page to see how many women Justice Ginsburg thinks SCOTUS needs.)

    http://youtu.be/vJs1H5tQlDc

    62 Comments / / Feb 9, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Elsa Frozen

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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.05.15

    * Student suspended for “terroristic threat” because he brought Sauron’s ring to school. If we outlaw magic rings, only outlaws will have magic rings. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Jami Tillotson, the public defender arrested for defending the public, will not be charged with anything, which is for the best since she didn’t do anything wrong. [SF Weekly]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel is getting a boob job. Oh, and she has cancer. But her essay makes it clear that she’s way more focused about moving to a D cup. [Vice]

    * Remember when Eric Holder ended the scheme that let federal and local law enforcement divvy up forfeiture proceeds? Well, not so fast my friend. [LFC360]

    * Federal judges investigating an extramarital affair between a prosecutor and an ATF agent. Because the only one who’s supposed to get rogered in the criminal justice system is the defendant. [The Florida Times-Union]

    * A freelance lawyer focusing on legal ethics raises ethical concerns. How meta. [Legal Research and Writing Pro]

    * Guess who didn’t file an amicus brief in King v. Burwell? Does the Chamber of Commerce think this argument is just too dumb to stake their reputation? [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Watch out for some light spoilers in this review of Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). [Legal Underground]

    * Law school grad wants to pay someone to actually teach him or her how to practice law. Because obviously the last $150K+ didn’t do it. Since this may get taken down, we’ve got a screenshot of the post on the next page. [Craigslist]

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    5 Comments / / Feb 5, 2015 at 5:12 PM
  • Lindsay Lohan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.05.15

    * Lindsay Lohan and her mom are suing Fox News with claims the TV network defamed them by saying “Lindsay Lohan’s mom is doing cocaine with her.” Legal experts are of the opinion the Lohans must be doing lines if they think they’ll win. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * A prospective juror in the Colorado movie theater massacre case was released after telling a judge she brought her unvaccinated grandchild to court and ripping her hair out. Well, that’s one way to get out of jury duty. [Aurora Sentinel]

    * Justice Elena Kagan says that if she hadn’t left her Harvard Law deanship to become solicitor general, she “[doesn’t] think [she] would be doing law, quite honestly.” The Supreme jurist says that “[i]t shows you how weird life can be.” [Supreme Court Brief]

    * Lawyers in New York are worried that if the state adopts the Uniform Bar Exam, the “gold standard” of having passed the tougher version of the New York exam will be devalued. Aww, sorry about your butthurt. Get well soon. [New York Law Journal]

    * Fresh off an 18-month tour of racking up insider trading convictions as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Richard Tarlowe will join Paul Weiss to focus on white-collar criminal defense. Best of luck. [DealBook / New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Feb 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • valentine's day

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.04.15

    * Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht found guilty. [Law360

    * Valentine’s Day gifts for lawyers. [Law and More]

    * “7 Things You Only Find Out as a Lawyer to the Poor.” [Cracked]

    * On the day high school athletes sign away their futures, this article explains that law school is almost as bad when it comes to transfers. [Inside Higher Ed]

    * The lawyer who won Survivor: Racism Survivor: Cook Islands is now in charge of keeping Facebook users from throwing privacy hissy-fits. [Fusion]

    * Win your case… still lose your license. [Associated Press via Philly.com]

    * On the subject of law-related scents, does you law school have a custom fragrance yet? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Should law professors serve as both parties and counsel on amicus briefs? An interesting question of ivory towerness. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * The duty to vaccinate: or not all libertarians are as crazy as Rand Paul. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    13 Comments / / Feb 4, 2015 at 5:34 PM
  • silhouete male

    Paul Clement, Pro Se Litigants

    Paul Clement And Bancroft Ride To The Rescue Of A Missing Pro Se Litigant

    Can a leading Supreme Court litigator get this poor pro se litigant’s case reinstated?

    5 Comments / / Feb 4, 2015 at 2:01 PM
  • This guy just looks like a dick.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.03.15

    * Who’s the meanest Supreme Court justice of all time? Science has the answer and it’s not Justice Scalia… [Eric Posner]

    * Harper Lee is publishing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird (affiliate link). We hope for the best, but the circumstances of this announcement should make everyone a little worried. [Jezebel]

    * Following the ridiculous arrest of a public defender for the egregious act of defending her client, some California lawyers are raising money to send copies of the Constitution to the SFPD. Silly lawyers, the cops understand the Constitution, they just don’t care. But still a commendable protest set piece that could keep the local media on the case. [Indiegogo]

    * An interview with Steven Browne of Morgan Lewis on how the merger/non-merger with Bingham McCutchen is working out. The answer is pretty well except for some associates expecting a decent bonus. [Forbes]

    * Uh oh. Emails suggest that Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht hired a Hell’s Angels hitman. The takeaway here is that there are Hell’s Angels running on Bitcoin now. [Gawker Internet]

    * Are you learning how to speak Arabic? Then you’re probably a terrorist. [Lowering the Bar]

    * In a mind-blowingly stupid move, Florida’s legislature legalized teen sexting while trying to ban it. It’s almost as dumb as that time they legalized just shooting people on the street if you get scared. [Slate]

    * Mary Holland, a “Graduate Legal Skills Program Research Scholar” at NYU Law, goes on CNN as their representative anti-vaxxer. As an NYU Law alum, this worried me until I noticed she got her law degree from Columbia. Now it all makes sense. [YouTube]

    * A bitter rejection of corporate-speak. Ha. Good luck. I’m at LegalTech and expect to hear the word “synergy” about 20,000 times over the next 48 hours. [What About Clients?]

    * Yes, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) is fun, but it tackles important issues too, as noted by Howard G. Franklin in this review. [Howard G. Franklin]

    15 Comments / / Feb 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • fighting gloves

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.03.15

    * You know that televised Supreme Court oral arguments are a technological advance that is far away from happening when even Elena Kagan, the youngest justice on the high court, is “very conflicted” about the idea. [Legal Times]

    * “Legal jujitsu. Lethal jujitsu.” Meet William “Hale” Kelly. He’s a second-year law student at Florida A&M by day, and an MMA fighter by night (i.e., he was punched in the head so many times he thought law school was a good idea). [Orlando Sentinel]

    * For the fourth year in a row, Skadden snagged the top spot in the Acritas Biglaw brand index. The firm’s competition — Jones Day, Baker & McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, and DLA Piper — is getting closer to overthrowing the ranking’s leader. [Am Law Daily]

    * Justice in the United States costs a pretty penny, and it’s obvious from the Department of Justice’s proposed 2016 budget of $28.7 billion. It’s too bad the White House set the DOJ’s budget at about $13.7 billion lower than that. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “At none of these top law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent.” Diversity may be lacking at some of the nation’s top law schools, but minority students who are interested in law may find welcoming homes at lower-ranked schools. [U.S. News]

    15 Comments / / Feb 3, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.02.15

    * D.C. Circuit upholds FTC decision that Pom Wonderful deceived consumers with disease-fighting claims. Next thing you know they’re going to say Red Bull doesn’t really give you wings. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Macklemore is looking for an intern. Probably going to find a lawsuit instead. [LXBN]

    * Now that the Super Bowl is over, Glendale can get back to focusing on how they’re going broke because of that stadium. Once again, publicly funded stadiums are a terrible idea on par with running a quick slant instead of running the best back in football up the gut for one yard. [Americans For Tax Reform]

    * In case you were interested, Sheldon Silver’s former employer makes serious bank. [Page Six / New York Post]

    * A quick and easy summary of amici briefs filed in King v. Burwell. [Balkinization]

    * Dean Chemerinsky in a wide-ranging interview about the Supreme Court and its failings. As you’d expect from the author of The Case Against the Supreme Court (affiliate link). [Concurring Opinions]

    * Richard Hsu talks to Kelly Perdew, who won the Apprentice back when the show was about finding competent businesspeople instead of helping Jose Canseco squeeze out 15 more minutes of fame. [Hsu Untied]

    4 Comments / / Feb 2, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • RBG Tattoo RF

    Caption Contests, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Caption Contest Winner: The Notorious R.B.G. Gets Inked

    Who designed this supremely awesome Notorious R.B.G. tattoo, and where can you get one just like it?

    5 Comments / / Jan 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM
  • gunmen swat team University of Texas

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.28.15

    * SWAT team called in to break up a poker game between a bunch of rich people. The militarization of the police seems like it’s going great. [Washington Post]

    * The SPLC is lodging an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore after he explained that he intends to defy federal law. He’s such a delight. [WAAY TV]

    * Rutgers-Camden’s student evaluation controversy unfortunately fits right into the grand scheme of legal industry misogyny. [Salon]

    * South Carolina has finally vacated the convictions of the Friendship Nine — protesters busted for sitting at the diner counter who pioneered the “jail, no bail” strategy that dominated the 60s civil rights movement. It only took 54 years. [Huffington Post]

    * Another day, another embarrassing development for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell. This time it’s former Senator Ben Nelson who Obamacare challengers cite for their claim that the Senate never intended subsidies to go to states without their own exchanges. Well, Senator Nelson wrote his own brief blowing this theory out of the water. This is basically SCOTUS’s version of the Marshall McLuhan scene. [Washington Post]

    * A list of upcoming books about the Supreme Court. [SCOTUSBlog]

    * An enterprising law office discovered that the courts in Oklahoma publish social security numbers all the time. [Wirth Law Office]

    * D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Millett talks clerking diversity. [National Law Journal]

    * UC Hastings Law student Hali Ford is competing on the 30th season of Survivor. Her interview video is below. [TV Grapevine]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8ydBekmEOw

    6 Comments / / Jan 28, 2015 at 4:55 PM
  • RBG Tattoo RF

    Caption Contests, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Caption Contest Finalists: The Notorious R.B.G. Gets Inked

    In this SCOTUS showdown, Justice Ginsburg clearly approves of the right to bare arms.

    9 Comments / / Jan 28, 2015 at 11:08 AM
  • 640px-Dez_Bryant_2010

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.27.15

    * Dumb person suing the NFL over its entirely correct (though the rule is pretty stupid) no-catch call in the Cowboys/Packers game. For $88 billion. Oh, because Dez is number 88. I get it. To read the whole hand-written complaint, head to the next page…. [Sports Illustrated]

    * The feds charge a bumbling Russian bank employee with trying to spy on America. Viewed in light of the details of the Anna Chapman ring, I think maybe Russia should just give up trying to spy. [Huffington Post]

    * “Judge Feels That Chris Brown’s Tour Doesn’t Count as Community Service.” Well then. [Defamer]

    * More of how the LSAT is supremely important to getting into law school. [Law and More]

    * College suspends a student for selling video of a campus brawl. School says the sale was a code of conduct violation… though it can’t explain how. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The government’s brief in King v. Burwell tries desperately to show that conservatives themselves understood the plain meaning of the Affordable Care Act and anticipated states opting out of creating exchanges. Thankfully, the conservative justices obliged by writing exactly that in their NFIB v. Sebelius dissent. Between this and the marriage equality cases, Justice Scalia is just getting torched by his own dissents. [Talking Points Memo]

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/253504322/Terry-Hendrix-NFL-Lawsuit

    13 Comments / / Jan 27, 2015 at 5:19 PM
  • Supreme Court pretty Small

    Federal Government, Supreme Court

    The Fair Housing Act Gets Argued Before the U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court considered the Fair Housing Act (FHA) earlier today when it held oral argument in a Texas case to answer the question if “disparate impact” claims are cognizable under the FHA.

    / Jan 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM
  • cakepops

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.27.15

    * “She’s kind of like Eric Holder in a skirt.” Well then. No one else really seems to care about longtime prosecutor Loretta Lynch’s nomination for the position of replacement top dog at the Department of Justice, but hey, maybe that’s actually a good thing. [National Law Journal]

    * Yael Krigman, who left her job at White & Case to open up her own cakepoppery in Washington, D.C., doesn’t miss being a lawyer. In fact, these days, she says she uses her law degree “much more than [she] did as a practicing attorney.” [GW Hatchet]

    * It’s official: the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court had no shame in their game when they denied certiorari on a civil rights case involving shirtless Wade McCree. It’s too bad judges are immune from lawsuits like this. [Associated Press via Detroit News]

    * If you’re lucky enough to have power, then boy, Dewey have a wonderful longread for you to take a look at on this “historic” snow day. It turns out that this failed firm’s management painted a “rosy picture” to mask an “ugly truth.” [ABA Journal]

    * Should you submit a law school application with a crappy LSAT score without first telling the schools that there will be another, hopefully better LSAT score coming? Please. They’ll be thrilled you have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    15 Comments / / Jan 27, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Caption Contests, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Caption Contest: The Notorious R.B.G. Gets Inked

    Could this possibly be my favorite justice’s number-one fan?

    46 Comments / / Jan 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM
  • Deflate-Gate. NFL football deflated on the field

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.26.15

    * Senate Republicans are contemplating abolishing filibusters for SCOTUS nominees. This could go one of two ways: it could work out nicely for them, or explode in their faces. It’s like a choose your own adventure game. [POLITICO]

    * When it comes to the upcoming gay marriage cases before SCOTUS, “[e]very lawyer involved will want to argue.” Remember, when you’re given the chance to make history, you better hope that you’re on the right side of it. [National Law Journal]

    * “[I]f there is one decision I would overrule, it is Citizens United.” Even RBG thinks this campaign finance decision is one of the Supreme Court’s “darkest hour[s].” [Salon]

    * SCOTUS refused to stay Charles Warner’s execution, but it agreed to grant cert on his lethal injection case days after his death. Better late than never? [New York Times]

    * The NFL has drafted Ted Wells of Paul Weiss to blow up the absurd controversy that is “Deflategate.” Come on, who cares if the Patriots cheated again? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Do you know any chronic Biglaw firm-hoppers? How many firms are too many to lateral to? Three? Five? Seven? Jesus Christ, for this guy, try 10 firms. [Am Law Daily]

    27 Comments / / Jan 26, 2015 at 9:09 AM
  • 800px-Bacongrease

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.23.15

    * Today’s NS is all about stupid stuff you shouldn’t do. A woman poured hot bacon grease on an ex-boyfriend “because it was time for him to go.” She’s going to spend a couple of years thinking about whether that was the best way of telling him. [The Seattle Times]

    * If you’re the kind of guy to skip hearings in felony narcotics cases, maybe don’t tattoo Tom Brady’s helmet on your skull. [The Smoking Gun]

    * Stonewalling federal judicial nominees. Not cool. [The Tennessean]

    * What the hell? Bigamy hearing for congressman’s wife delayed for emergency breast implant surgery. [The Big Story / Associated Press]

    * It’s another compilation of “crazy laws” from around the country. Whole bunches of stupid stuff you can’t do. [Slate]

    * Republicans swear up and down that the Affordable Care Act only provided subsidies for states that create exchanges. But if that’s the plan, they shouldn’t have left a paper trail of explicitly saying the opposite for years. [The New Republic]

    15 Comments / / Jan 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM