Supreme Court

  • Kent W. Easter

    Biglaw, Drugs, Education / Schools, Gambling / Gaming, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.11.14

    * The justices of Supreme Court of the United States will discuss gay marriage cases from five states during their “long conference” at the end of the month. Which ones will they decide to take? Help us, Justice AMK! [National Law Journal]

    * This law school is having some troubles adjusting to the “new normal.” Not only is its administration planning back-to-back tuition hikes, but it’s asking the state for help with its deficits. Yikes, that’s not good. [The Republic]

    * This Gonzaga Law professor thinks that playing poker is part of having a balanced life. He might not come home with much after his games, but “it’s better than a kick in the head.” [Spokesman-Review]

    * Remember Kent W. Easter, the Biglaw partner who was accused of planting drugs in a school volunteer’s car? During his recent retrial, he was convicted of false imprisonment by fraud and deceit. [OC Weekly]

    * Following a “marathon trial marked by screams, tears, vomit, anger,” Oscar Pistorius has been found negligent, but not guilty of premeditated murder. Expect a final verdict tomorrow, perhaps. [USA Today]

    1 Comment / / Sep 11, 2014 at 9:09 AM
  • Supreme Court Clerk Hallway original

    Bonuses, Books, Clerkships, Fabulosity, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Kellogg Huber, SCOTUS, Shameless Plugs, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Into 2016 We Go — Plus SCOTUS Clerk Bonus News

    Who are the latest Supreme Court clerks, and how high are signing bonuses going for outgoing SCOTUS clerks?

    6 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
  • Dan Markel

    Elena Kagan, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.09.14

    * A website has been set up to collect stories, videos, photos, memories, and more, to share with slain Professor Dan Markel’s young sons. His memorial is scheduled for next Tuesday. [Prawfsblawg]

    * What would happen if lawyers gave out GPS directions? [Legal Cheek]

    * George Mason Law is looking for a new dean. Brush off that résumé, Elie! [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Is it me, or do we need to buy Justice Kagan a new outfit? [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * The scion of a Biglaw Bigwig (go ahead and guess which firm…) arrested for filming and distributing video of his sexual escapades with his girlfriend without her permission. It’s like revenge porn without the revenge element. [Law and More]

    * Don’t bring creeps with you to a jury trial. [What About Clients?]

    0 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • 1024px-Oakland_Raiderettes_at_Falcons_at_Raiders_11-2-08_01

    Elena Kagan, Football, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.05.14

    * The Oakland Raiders have settled their cheerleader lawsuit for $1.25 million. Here’s to a season of crippling losses! [SF Gate] * The death of law schools requires observing the 5 stages of grief. It’s DABDA right? Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Debt, AGAIN! [TaxProf Blog] * You don’t need permission to change careers… though many law […]

    16 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM
  • Is the Supreme Court ready for its close-up?

    Education / Schools, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, In-House Counsel, Intellectual Property, Morning Docket, Sports, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 09.04.14

    * Most Americans want Supreme Court proceedings on video. Because C-SPAN is so popular. [Legal Times]

    * It was bound to happen at some point. Eastern District of Louisiana Judge Martin Feldman, who you might remember from lifting the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium while holding thousands in oil drilling assets (which he sold the morning that he issued his decision), became the first judge since Windsor to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage as constitutional. [National Law Journal]

    * Need white-collar representation? Milbank has Apps for that. Specifically, Antonia Apps, the federal prosecutor who took a leading role in the SAC Capital Advisors insider trading case, is decamping to Milbank. [Reuters]

    * “What’s it like to be the lawyer for Mark Cuban or Jerry Jones? Depends if you’re winning.” I don’t know about that, Jerry Jones seems to be getting pretty used to accepting failure. [Dallas Business Journal]

    * Gibson Dunn has left New York’s teacher tenure battle, leaving the job of gutting public education in the state to Kirkland & Ellis. [New York Law Journal]

    * A professor carrying a concealed handgun shot himself in the foot. But remember the answer to school shootings is making sure all the teachers are armed. [TaxProf Blog]

    * More Squire Patton Boggs defections: At least a dozen members of the IP group have bolted the newly-merged firm to open a D.C. office for Porzio, Bromberg & Newman. [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Sep 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
  • Scalia smug

    Antonin Scalia, Death Penalty, Quote of the Day, Supreme Court

    Justice Scalia Forced To Eat Crow For His Own Smugness

    Justice Scalia snarked at Justice Blackmun. It turns out Justice Blackmun was right.

    36 Comments / / Sep 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM
  • 640px-GeorgeHamiltonAug09-RF

    Celebrities, Gay, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    LBJ, FBI, And SCOTUS All Spying On George Hamilton Because… Gay Stuff

    Basically, the government spied on its people just as much in the 60s as it does today, it’s just back then knowing gay people made you “a potential terrorist” instead of “Bravo’s demographic.”

    1 Comment / / Sep 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • The Supreme Court of the United States (photo by Drew Havens).

    SCOTUS, Screw-Ups, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Indifference To Truth: 5 Ways SCOTUS Can Avoid Relying On Dubious ‘Facts’

    The Supreme Court doesn’t need facts, which is lucky because they don’t have many.

    1 Comment / / Sep 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM
  • Abortion, Bankruptcy, Gay, Gay Marriage, Morning Docket, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, Tim Wu, Trials

    Morning Docket: 09.02.14

    * Could Columbia law professor Tim Wu become New York’s next lieutenant governor? He has a shot, according to the Times. [New York Times]

    * Which same-sex-marriage case is the best vehicle for Supreme Court review? [BuzzFeed]

    * A federal judge takes the wheel in steering Detroit into the future. [American Lawyer]

    * Is it “shameful” of the ALS Association to attempt to trademark the phrase “ice bucket challenge”? [ABA Journal]

    * Jury deliberations are expected to begin today in the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. [Washington Post]

    * Voter ID laws are back on trial, this time in Texas. [New York Times]

    * Speaking of Texas, the state seeks to stay a recent ruling that struck down the requirement that abortion clinics comply with standards for ambulatory surgical centers. [ABA Journal]

    7 Comments / / Sep 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Cars, Erwin Chemerinsky, Hair, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Police, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.27.14

    * Dean Chemerinsky lays out how the Supreme Court is protecting local corruption. It’s what the Framers would have intended. [New York Times]

    * In response to the latest article from Professor Michael Krauss, a former student suggests that maybe the so-called “justice gap” is a good thing. It kind of comes down to how much you believe in the efficiency value of the “American Rule.” [That’s My Argument]

    * The eternal question for female lawyers: do you dye your hair or embrace the gray? [Gray Hair]

    * Boston’s drivers suck. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * A well-written tribute to a Nashville civil rights lawyer. [Nashville Scene]

    * This seems like a place to remind people that David’s going to Houston next month. [Above the Law]

    * Here’s a new game to check out. It’s a twisted dirty word game called F**ktionary (affiliate link), so obviously it was made by a lawyer. It’s kind of like Cards Against Humanity meets Scattergories, which is just as fun as it sounds. The promo is after the jump….

    0 Comments / / Aug 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Burger King LF

    7th Circuit, Andrew Cuomo, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Blogging, Erwin Chemerinsky, Fast Food, Gay, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, New York Times, Police, Politics, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Tim Wu

    Morning Docket: 08.27.14

    * Judge Posner dished out a whole lot of benchslaps at yesterday’s Seventh Circuit arguments over Indiana and Wisconsin’s bans on same-sex marriage. [BuzzFeed]

    * Major U.S. and Canadian law firms chow down on Burger King’s whopper of a deal with Tim Hortons. [Am Law Daily]

    * A recent Delaware court ruling on attorney-client privilege might allow in-house lawyers to speak more freely about wrongdoing at their companies, according to Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The corruption trial of former Virginia governor continues; yesterday Bob McDonnell’s sister took the stand. [Washington Post]

    * A favorable evidentiary ruling for Aaron Hernandez. [Fox Sports]

    * And good news for Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, the two law professors running for governor and lieutenant governor of New York: the Times dissed their opponent, Andrew Cuomo, with a non-endorsement. [New York Times]

    * I recently spoke with one of my cousins Joao Atienza of the Cebu Sun Star, about Above the Law and the world of legal blogging. [Cebu Sun Star]

    3 Comments / / Aug 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Law Schools, Quote of the Day, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Weighs In On The Length Of Law School Debate

    Would you rather be a lawyer or a plumber? Justice Ginsburg’s opinion is amusing.

    19 Comments / / Aug 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM
  • Kim Kardashian

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Money, Morning Docket, Racism, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.22.14

    * First things first, she’s the realest: In light of the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, of course Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg acknowledged that we have a “real racial problem” in America. [National Law Journal]

    * Cooley Law has experienced legal troubles over its job stats for the past few years, and a great deal of it has been handled by Miller Canfield. It raked in almost $1M from the school from 2011 to 2012. [Am Law Daily]

    * Yesterday, a federal judge in Florida struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. The latest opinion is one of nineteen in favor of marriage equality. The decision was stayed, but yay for Flori-duh! [CNN]

    * Half of Concordia Law’s third-year class will not be returning to school this fall because they’d rather wait to receive word on whether the school will be accredited than waste more of their time there. [Boise State Public Radio]

    * Thanks to JudgmentMarketplace.com, a dentist was finally able to collect on a a years-old default judgment against Kim Kardashian — but only because a lawyer bought it from him. [WSJ Law Blog]

    1 Comment / / Aug 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM
  • Anna Nicole Smith back to SCOTUS Supreme Court

    Anna Nicole Smith, Defamation, Football, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.20.14

    * Anna Nicole Smith’s estate finally loses its effort to secure a piece of her late husband’s estate. This whole thing was like Bleak House with boobs. [Jezebel]

    * Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Virginia. So there you go. [ABC News]

    * Our old friend the Affluenza kid is back in the news, but this time he’s only a footnote to the story. His father, the one who spoiled him so badly he couldn’t help himself but kill a bunch of people, has been arrested for impersonating a cop. Maybe affluenza is contagious.

    * The preliminary draft of the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure are available for public comment! So what are you still doing here? [U.S. Courts]

    * Lawyer posts a bounty available to anyone who can help him collect on the multi-million dollar judgments he’s secured against a pilfering billionaire. “I’ve spent enough money getting judgments.” Enter Dog the Judgement Bounty Hunter. Go with Christ, Brah.[Forbes]

    * Adam Carolla has settled with the patent troll who was suing him claiming they invented the podcast. Details weren’t disclosed, but since Carolla had previously said he wouldn’t settle for any amount of money, I wonder how they sweetened the pot. [USAToday]

    * Suspended Notre Dame athletes reportedly considering a lawsuit against journalists who named them as suspects in a cheating scandal. Even though the school itself named them. If the classes they supposedly took were “Pre-Law” or “Basics of Defamation,” then I think the NCAA has a slam dunk case. [FoxSports]

    * The extracurriculars that help you get into law school. Debate’s still on there even if the description — at least of the form of debate most Americans practice — sounds more like what a high school drama thinks of debate instead of reality. Less extemporaneous speaking and more “massive, in-depth research and a developing a mastery of electronic research databases.” [InGenius Prep]

    * The lingering lawsuit over one of the most devastating hockey hits in recent memory has finally settled. The parties agreed to 5 minutes for fighting and a game misconduct. [ESPN]

    0 Comments / / Aug 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Justice Stephen Breyer

    Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court

    This Is Probably The Worst Insult Justice Breyer Has Ever Heard

    Can you think of a worse insult for a Supreme Court justice?

    11 Comments / / Aug 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    4th Circuit, Barack Obama, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, John Roberts, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Rankings, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 08.15.14

    * President Obama suggested he may be able to nominate a new SCOTUS justice before he leaves office in 2017. When reached for comment, Justice Ginsburg noted: “Bitch, please.” [POLITICO]

    * Chief Justice John Roberts has been asked to stay the Fourth Circuit’s decision as to Virginia’s same-sex marriage case, lest the state truly become a place for all lovers. [National Law Journal]

    * Whitey Bulger is appealing his conviction, claiming he didn’t receive a fair trial because he wasn’t allowed to testify that a prosecutor who had since died once promised him immunity. Aww. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * On the whole, school rankings matter generally, but law school rankings can be truly meaningful when it comes to getting a job after graduation. Don’t believe me? Check out these graphs. [Forbes]

    * “They’re not the one if this fails will have a law degree that we cant do anything with.” Students at Concordia Law are starting to feel the pain of attending a yet-to-be accredited law school. [KBOI 2]

    4 Comments / / Aug 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • 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
  • cooley blue

    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

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