Tax Law

  • Lindsay Lohan

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Law Schools, Layoffs, Morning Docket, Murder, Prisons, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Staff Layoffs, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 04.16.14

    * Noah “Kai” Newkirk, the protestor who disrupted Supreme Court arguments in February, was sentenced to time served and barred from the court. Don’t worry, we’ll get you all the SCOTUS clerk news you need, cutie. [Associated Press]

    * “There are still a lot of firms out there hoping the good old days are going to return, and are finally coming to the realization that that isn’t going to happen.” More on Biglaw layoffs. [Am Law Daily]

    * Yet another law school gets its rating downgraded by Moody’s. As a standalone school with “substantial declines in JD enrollment,” Vermont Law’s outlook is now negative. Sad trombone. [Moody’s]

    * Jason Bohn, the heavily indebted law school grad once profiled by the New York Times, was convicted of murdering his girlfriend last month, and now he’s been sentenced to serve life in prison. [New York Post]

    * “Is the Tax Code really 70,000 pages long?” No, not really. We wonder who started the rumor that it was so long, because in reality, it’s only about 2,600 pages long — which is still way, way too long. [Slate]

    * It appears that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree with this celebrity family. Lindsay Lohan’s mother, Dina Lohan, pleaded guilty yesterday to drunken driving and speeding charges in New York. [CNN]

    2 Comments / / Apr 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM
  • 220px-Johnny_Depp_(July_2009)_2

    Christopher Christie, Election Law, Gay Marriage, Law Revue, Law Revue Video Contest, Movies, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Tax Law, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.14.14

    * Remember to enter the Sixth Annual Law Revue competition. The submission deadline is Thursday at 5. [Above the Law]

    * Johnny Depp subpoenaed in a murder case. He’ll finally pay for what he did to basic dignity in that Lone Ranger movie. [TMZ]

    * Speaking of murder, a court in Pakistan has dropped the attempted murder charges that had been filed against a 9-month-old baby. Maggie Simpson nods in approval. [NBC News]

    * The difference between this student note and your student note is that this one is guiding Department of Justice policy. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Professor Susannah Pollvogt identifies the key issues raised in the Kitchen v. Herbert oral argument. [Pollvogtarian]

    * The Income Tax turns 100. You’re looking fabulous. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The fallout from Heartbleed continues. Here are a few legal websites affected by the glitch. [ATL Redline]

    * Jon Stewart has some choice words for the Gibson Dunn report that Chris Christie commissioned and that not-so-surprisingly came out in Christie’s favor. Video after the jump…. [Comedy Central]

    0 Comments / / Apr 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.08.14

    * Justice Scalia was asked, “Why should society be bound by laws that were passed only by white male property owners?” If you guessed he’d eschew a substantive response in favor of a condescending sarcastic quip, you’re right! [Wall Street Journal]

    * 2L who based his student government bid around a self-made rap video failed to secure election. He was probably screwed the moment Dr. Dre entered the race. [Daily Business Review]

    * Nursing home sued for hiring male strippers for patients. Lawsuit aside, wasn’t it a bit much to make them dress up like Matlock for their act? [NY Post]

    * A firm is handing out pairs of Google Glass to clients to record how their injuries impact their daily lives. Next up: a firm specializing in the injuries caused by wearing Google Glass to record how injuries impact daily lives. [Slate]

    * Big corporations are filing junk patents. Will anyone put a stop to them? Of course not. [Politix]

    * It’s time to put a stop to shady tax preparers ripping off low-income families. That way low-income families can go back to being ripped off by every other avenue of American society. [New York Times]

    * Managing your Facebook account can give rise to spoliation. So you’d better be happy with all those pictures you’re tagged in before you get in a legal scrape. [IT-Lex]

    4 Comments / / Apr 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM
  • You Won't Believe How Much These 18 Cats Look Like Past Solicitors General -- by Laurence Tribe

    American Bar Association / ABA, Cass Sunstein, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.01.14

    So which of these are real and which are not?

    * Cass Sunstein is writing listicles on the best Supreme Court justices. [Bloomberg View]

    * Attorney General Holder is really going to get to the bottom of these serious allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The ABA is ending the mandatory use of the LSAT to allow some struggling schools more flexibility in filling empty seats. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * The DOJ is looking into whether or not “God” has such a stranglehold on religion in America that it constitutes an antitrust violation. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A pair of Texas lawyers tussle over the rights to a motorcycle club they ran. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Americans in the 80s made fun of lawyers more than any other society. [Overlawyered]

    2 Comments / / Apr 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Better than Biglaw? Obviously.

    DUI / DWI, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, Tax Law, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.10.14

    * Spring break is here for many students, and I know what they’re all thinking: what are the tax implications? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Man files suit because his adult son is addicted to video games. Well, with games like South Park: Stick of Truth coming out, who can blame him? [IT-Lex]

    * Former Sandusky attorney under investigation for misappropriation of client funds. At least he’s only alleged to have showered himself with money. [The Patriot-News]

    * Here’s a lesson in the value of knowing the law: DUI charges against a Chicago judge dismissed. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say, “the value of knowing the law needed to beat the rap after you’ve been arrested for totally forgetting the law.”[Checkpoints]

    * Business development needs to be everyone’s responsibility in a law firm. Well, at the very least, it needs to be somebody’s responsibility. [The RelSci Web]

    * Harvard Law professor seeks help writing regulations for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica. Wait? It’s illegal in Jamaica? [HLS Administrative Updates]

    2 Comments / / Mar 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • ellen oscar selfie

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Celebrities, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 03.05.14

    * It’s apparently time to pay your fair share. Obama wants to close the pesky tax loophole that’s allowed rich professionals, like lawyers, to get away with being rich professionals for so long. [Legal Times]

    * On this episode of As the Weil Turns, we take a look at the firm’s tumbling gross revenue, profits per partner, revenue per lawyer, and headcount. Don’t worry, Weil’s just “repositioning.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The American Bar Association released the dirt on 1L enrollment declines at law schools nationwide, and some schools got totally massacred. Pray yours wasn’t one of them. [National Law Journal]

    * “[T]hey’d probably make the school year longer and bring the cost up for each year.” We sure hope these pre-law students aren’t right about the dubious cost factor behind the two-year law degree. [The Hoya]

    * Who owns the copyright to the Oscar selfie? Does it belong to Ellen DeGeneres, or Bradley Cooper? If you want to get technical about it (and you do, you’re a lawyer), check out this legal round-up. [The Wire]

    7 Comments / / Mar 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • fb

    Crime, Facebook, Gay, Insider Trading, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.20.14

    * Congrats to Weil Gotshal and Fenwick & West for getting in on Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the biggest Internet deal in a decade. [The Recorder]

    * In South Carolina, you can get arrested for crimes that aren’t even things any more. Like “failure to return a VHS tape.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * Drunk lawyer at heart of alleged insider trading scheme. [Dealbreaker]

    * Did LBJ colossally screw up the Supreme Court? [Concurring Opinions]

    * Were you curious about who would be on the Mount Rushmore of Tax Law professors? No? Well, here they are anyway. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The so-called “trial penalty” is really a myth and empirical data confirms that defendants who reject plea deals and go to trial actually garner a “trial discount.” Yep, prosecutors aren’t overreaching at all. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * President Obama called for patent law reform in the State of the Union address. Now we have some insight into what he’s thinking about. [Patently-O]

    * Congratulations to Matthew Skinner, the next executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York! [LeGal]

    0 Comments / / Feb 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Who says she's not a career woman? This is 'Biglaw partner leaving Ken for her paralegal Barbie.'

    Biglaw, Clerkships, Contract Attorneys, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Rap, Richard Posner, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Technology, Tony Mauro, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.19.14

    * With the impossible body ideal of Barbie gracing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover, perhaps we should consider the positives that Barbie has contributed to women over the years. Missing is the rare, vacuous “math class is tough” Barbie. [The Careerist]

    * A five-year-old writes the cutest response to the IRS. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Professor busted for taking upskirt pics. His defense? How else was he going to prove the girls weren’t wearing underwear? Touché. Touché. [The Smoking Gun]

    * The reasons to quit your Biglaw job. Now in listicle form! [Buzzfeed]

    * The Supreme Court has a chance to take a stand against prosecutorial misconduct. Will they take it? [The Atlantic]

    * If you’re violating your probation, be sure to videotape it and post it on YouTube. There’s no way your probation officer will see it. [IT-Lex]

    * More insight into the world of contracting and America’s emerging economic model. [Law and More]

    * On April 11-12, 2014, the Marquette University Law School will hold a symposium entitled “Judicial Assistants or Junior Judges: the Hiring, Utilization and Influence of Law Clerks.” Our own David Lat will be there, along with such luminaries as Judge Posner, Judge Sykes, Joan Biskupic, and Tony Mauro. [Marquette University Law School]

    0 Comments / / Feb 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM
  • 445px-Woody_Allen_(2006)

    Harvard, Insider Trading, Law Professors, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Screw-Ups, Sex, Sex Scandals, Tax Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.10.14

    * The Woody Allen-Mia Farrow custody findings were pretty damning. But for legal geeks, the important point is footnote 1, where the opinion shouts out then-clerk, now federal judge Analisa Torres for her role in drafting the opinion. [Huffington Post]

    * Um… you shouldn’t do that with a sea anemone. [Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals]

    * Judge Stanwood Duval presided over the criminal trial of a BP engineer arising from the BP oil spill. He forgot to mention that he was a plaintiff in a suit against BP arising from the BP oil spill. Oops.[New Orleans Times-Picayune]

    * Maybe Harvard needs some new tax lawyers. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Apparently, the Brits aren’t too thorough with their background checks. A lawyer got exposed for lying about having two Harvard degrees. It only took bar authorities 9 years to figure it out. [Legal Cheek]

    * Elie weighs in on the McGruff the crime dog story from last week. [ATL Redline]

    * And part of the problem with the background check may start at the law school stage — the U.K. doesn’t consider criminal convictions for fraud in the U.S. as “relevant” for future practitioners of law. One tipster wonders if Stephen Glass should try his luck outside America? [New York Times]

    * UNLV Professor Nancy Rapoport offers some mixed thoughts on the Santa Clara professor’s “Local Rules.” [Nancy Rapoport’s Blogspot]

    * Mathew Martoma’s conviction probably doesn’t mean all that much. Except to him, of course. For him it means some quality time in federal prison. [Dealbreaker]

    6 Comments / / Feb 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Woody Allen

    Asians, Books, Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Drinking, Drugs, Elena Kagan, Jed Rubenfeld, Kids, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.03.14

    * Woody Allen’s lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz, responds to Dylan Farrow’s account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her famous father. [Gawker; Gothamist]

    * Sound advice from Professor Glenn Reynolds on how not to increase applications to your law school. [Instapundit]

    * What is a “nitro dump,” and will it provide information about who (or what) killed Philip Seymour Hoffman? [ATL Redline]

    * “Is Elena Kagan a ‘paranoid libertarian?’ Judging by [Cass] Sunstein’s definition, the answer is yes.” [Reason via Althouse]

    * A petition of possible interest to debt-laden law school graduates: “Increase the student loan interest deduction from $2,500 to the interest actually paid.” [WhiteHouse.gov]

    * Vivia Chen wonders: Is Amy Chua, co-author of The Triple Package (affiliate link), being attacked as racist in a way that it itself racist? [Time]

    * Yikes — journalists around the country have been receiving “a flurry of subpoenas in recent months,” according to Jeff Kosseff of Covington & Burling. [InsideTechMedia]

    * Congratulations to Orrick’s 15 new partners — an impressively diverse group, from a wide range of practice areas and from offices around the world. [Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe]

    1 Comment / / Feb 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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    5th Circuit, Federal Judges, Money, Plaintiffs Firms, Tax Law, Texas, Tobacco / Smoking

    If You Win A Massive Judgment, Try Not To Put It Into An Illegal Tax Shelter

    Smoking is bad for you — and winning massive judgments against tobacco companies can also be hazardous, if you don’t pay taxes on the money.

    5 Comments / / Jan 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM
  • Amy Chua: She's baaaaaaack!

    Abortion, Association of American Law Schools, Biglaw, Books, Conferences / Symposia, Football, Gender, Intellectual Property, Jed Rubenfeld, Law Schools, Racism, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, Sports, Tax Law, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 01.06.14

    * “Either access to abortion will be dramatically restricted in the coming year or perhaps the pushback will begin.” We’re moving back in history. Here’s hoping pro-choice advocacy will be born anew in 2014. [New York Times]

    * George S. Canellos, the SEC’s co-chief of enforcement, announced his departure on Friday, and people are already wondering whether he’ll return to his old stomping grounds at Milbank Tweed. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * We hope legal educators had fun at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting, but we hope most of all that they learned what needs to change to really make legal education pay. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “I believe women lawyers can contribute a lot to the legal system.” Saudi Arabia now has its first female law firm dedicated to bringing women’s issues to the country’s patriarchal courts. Congratulations! [RT]

    * A Starbucks spokeswoman issued a defense to the cease-and-desist response letter that went viral worldwide, and it reads just like how her company’s coffee tastes: bland. [International Business Times]

    * Amy “Tiger Mom” Chua is back with a vengeance, co-authoring a controversial new book (affiliate link) with her husband, Jed Rubenfeld. Which cultural groups are superior? [New York Post]

    8 Comments / / Jan 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM
  • The guy in today's story didn't dress up like Gumby, but it's still an amazingly stupid disguise.

    9th Circuit, Biglaw, Blogging, CIA, Federal Judges, George Bush, Lateral Moves, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.02.14

    * Man tried to rob a convenience store so he could go back to prison. And he almost screwed that up… [KMOV]

    * The CIA’s former lawyer explains how torture came to be a go-to national policy. According to John Rizzo, author of the forthcoming Company Man (affiliate link), George W. Bush basically had no conception of what was going on, which makes a lot of sense anyway. [The New Yorker]

    * Brooklyn Law’s Dean Nick Allard makes predictions for law schools in 2014. “[P]eople will look back at 2014 and say it marked the start of the new world of law: a renaissance where the respect and reputation of lawyers and law schools began to rise by measurable benchmarks.” Go ahead and laugh, I’ll wait. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Paul, Weiss picks up tax partner Scott Sontag from Weil Gotshal. (Congrats to both firms, by the way, on tying for the #9 spot in our list of top-ranked law firms for 2013.) [Paul, Weiss]

    * Nooooooooooooo! Judge Richard Kopf is ending his blog. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * And the hits keep on coming. Professor Kyle Graham is also leaving the blogosphere. [Non Curat Lex]

    * The Ninth Circuit will start streaming all of its oral arguments next week. If you want to help them out, tune in. No promises that the panel will excoriate any prosecutors this time. [Ninth Circuit]

    1 Comment / / Jan 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM
  • Megyn Kelly

    Benchslaps, Biglaw, Media and Journalism, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 12.27.13

    * Watch out, Biglaw, the tax man is coming for you. If this bill goes through, it could put a hurting on partners’ pocketbooks at law firms with more than $10 million in gross receipts. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * International firms are just discovering Africa, and are moving quickly to set up shops there. Before opening up your firm, take a quick lesson from DLA Piper: Africa is a continent, not a country. [Am Law Daily]

    * Juan Monteverde, one of our Lawyer of the Year nominees, received a very public spanking from Chancellor Leo Strine of the Delaware Court of Chancery over outsized attorneys’ fees in a “dubious” shareholder suit. Ouch, that’s really gotta sting. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Oh mon dieu, BU Law set up an exchange program between a law school and a foreign management school. Students might not get jobs out of it, but at least they’ll get to go to Paris. [National Law Journal]

    * Politico has put together a fun little list of the ten journalists to watch in 2014, and a few lawyers made the cut, including Glenn Greenwald, Ronan Farrow, and Megyn Kelly. Congratulations, everyone! [Politico]

    0 Comments / / Dec 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM
  • Ropes Gray LLP small logo

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Lateral Moves, Money, Partner Issues, Tax Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Associate Bonus And New Partner Watch: Ropes & Gray (Plus A Weil Partner Pick-Up)

    Are this firm’s bonuses higher than the market rate? Just a tad, for some.

    1 Comment / / Dec 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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  • hourglass2

    Arnold & Porter, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Career Files, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Law Students, Litigators, Rankings, Reader Polls

    The Best Of Hours, The Worst Of Hours: ATL Survey Ratings

    According to the ATL Insider Survey, which practice areas and law firms offer the best (and the worst) hours?

    7 Comments / / Nov 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM
  • angry-judge-e1337103378136-RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Legal Ethics, Money, Plaintiffs Firms, Politics, Reader Polls, Tax Law

    Lawyers Of The Day: Attorneys Allegedly Acting Up

    Allegations of a high-ranking government lawyer abusing the perks of his office, a tax lawyer engaging in tax fraud, and a real estate lawyer stealing $4 million — who should be Lawyer of the Day?

    14 Comments / / Oct 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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