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    Email Scandals, Junk Email / Spam, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    A Supreme Spouse Falls Victim To Spam?

    Having spam emails sent out under your name: it can happen to any of us. Including, it seems, the spouse of a Supreme Court justice….

    11 Comments / / Oct 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms, Technology

    From Biglaw to Boutique: Face Time

    Small-firm columnist Tom Wallerstein opines on the expectations of putting in “face time” at law firms big and small.

    32 Comments / / Oct 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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    Blackberry-Crackberry, Intellectual Property, iPhone, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    British Court Says Apple Is Way Cooler Than Samsung;
    But Coolness ≠ IP Infringement

    If you download pornography illegally, watch out. You may be pursued by this man….

    14 Comments / / Oct 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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    Election 2012, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.12.12

    * Even silly prime-time television shows can raise serious, interesting legal questions. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Joe Biden is hilarious, Paul Ryan is Eddie Haskel, yadda yadda, but let’s not forget that judicial appointments are kind of a big deal here in this election, too. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * For anyone interested in the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program, check out the new Path to PMF initiative, which will prepare you for the application process. [Path to PMF]

    * This judge is upping the ante for prospective jurors who can’t stay off the Google machine. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * Go see the America’s Funniest Attorney competition next week AND help fight juvenile diabetes. [Gotham Comedy Club]

    * Meet David Lat in the flesh — or at least hear him speak — at UC Hastings on Monday evening. [California Lawyer]

    After the jump, check out Lee Pacchia of Bloomberg Law interview the author of Adam Smith, Esq., on the implications of “suicide pricing”….

    7 Comments / / Oct 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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    Cellphones, Judge of the Day, Pictures, Screw-Ups, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Technology

    Ex-Judge of the Day: Nobody Wants to See the ‘Judicial Penis’

    This ex-judge got in trouble for accidentally showing a colleague a photograph of the “‘judicial penis.”

    12 Comments / / Oct 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM
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    General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, Twittering

    Quote of the Day: What Is This Thing You Call A ‘Pen’?

    Twitter’s general counsel comments on his company’s efforts to protect the privacy of its users.

    27 Comments / / Oct 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM
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    Biglaw, Screw-Ups, Technology

    Law Firm Website Weirdness: What’s Going On?

    Why are so many major law firms’ websites on the fritz this morning?

    15 Comments / / Oct 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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    Crime, Rank Stupidity, Technology, Videos, Violence, YouTube

    Alleged ‘Hoodlums’ Upload Search Engine Optimized Assault Footage to YouTube, Lead Police Right to Them

    Sometimes, search engine optimization is not your friend. Say, for example, you upload video of your buddies assaulting someone in a grocery store, and YouTube automatically links it to the local police department’s page.

    9 Comments / / Oct 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM
  • Corporate Money

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Crime, Crowell & Moring, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Immigration, Law Firm Mergers, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Small Law Firms, Technology

    Morning Docket: 10.03.12

    * Yeah, about that huge bonus we were going to pay our ex-finance director — we realized how silly that was, so we’re not going to do that. Aww, don’t worry, Dewey & LeBoeuf, you’ll have plenty of other chances to look absurd. [Am Law Daily]

    * Not only is Samsung suing Apple for patent infringement, but the company is also trying to get a do over by getting Judge Lucy Koh to throw out the original billion-dollar verdict over jury foreman Velvin Hogan’s alleged misconduct. [Bloomberg]

    * “Small deals are easier to swallow, easier to integrate.” Regional firms like Carlton Fields and Adams and Reese are gobbling up smaller firms in what seems to be the latest trend in law firm merger mania activity. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Douglas Arntsen, the former Crowell & Moring associate who had to be extradited from Hong Kong after embezzling $10.7M from clients, pleaded guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence. [New York Law Journal]

    * It’s tough to come up with appropriate whistleblower jokes given the background here. We’ll play it straight: Mike McQueary filed a defamation suit against Penn State, and he’s seeking $4M in damages. [ABC News]

    * Jose Godinez-Samperio, an undocumented immigrant, is fighting for the ability to practice law in Florida, but the members of the state Supreme Court are literally trying to make it into a “federal case.” [Washington Post]

    8 Comments / / Oct 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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    Drinking, Facebook, Law Schools, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.02.12

    * A case of alleged murder by legal form. Christ, this sounds like a bad Twilight Zone episode. [Lake Expo]

    * A novel reason why teenagers should still refrain from posting party pictures on Facebook, future job concerns be damned. [ABA Journal]

    * Kirkland & Ellis donated $5 million to the Northwestern University Law School. I think some celebratory key jangling is in order. [Northwestern News Center]

    * Con law nerds, you can now check out the audio from the Supreme Court’s announcement of its ruling in the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. the Obamacare case. [Oyez]

    * What do the naked Kate Middleton pictures mean for modern privacy law? Other than the fact that all famous people should just become nevernudes, obviously. [LinkedIn]

    * A judge blocked the controversial Pennsylvania Voter ID law, at least until election season ends. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Although law school application rates are falling across most of the country, application numbers have spiked at the extraordinarily prestigious Kansas University School of Law. Wait, what? [LJWorld]

    * Oh lord, here we go again. Samsung sued Apple for patent infringement in the iPhone 5. Let’s begin round #72,354. Ding! [CNET]

    1 Comment / / Oct 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    Free Speech, Google / Search Engines, International Law, Technology

    Here’s How A Google Executive Gets Arrested Abroad

    Google is in some legal trouble down in Brazil. What are the allegations?

    11 Comments / / Sep 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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    5th Circuit, Edith Jones, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Gender, Job Searches, Judicial Divas, Law Schools, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Paul Clement, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.28.12

    * Chief Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit, the judicial diva herself, will be stepping down from her role at the head of the bench earlier than expected, due to “family issues.” Perhaps she told someone to “shut up” too many times? [Tex Parte Blog]

    * Apple asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to deny Samsung’s request that she bar all further communication with trial jurors, because the company claims it wants “equal access to information” (aka jury foreman Velvin Hogan). [Bloomberg]

    * “[T]here’s no way to preserve the definition of marriage [as one man and one woman] other than by preserving the definition. It becomes somewhat circular.” That, and you rely on law from 1885. Argh! [BuzzFeed]

    * ASU Law wants to move from Tempe to Phoenix, and to make it financially feasible, the school may increase enrollment and raise tuition. Sound like a good idea, prospective law students cash cows? [Arizona Republic]

    * Now compare/contrast: Stanford Law had to dip into its coffers to come up with the cash to cover its financial aid promises this year, but the school isn’t cutting out a dime that’s owed to students. [National Law Journal]

    * Massachusetts appealed the Michelle Kosilek sex-change ruling. The state claims it provided “adequate medical care,” but it’s questionable whether that was the case if the prisoner tried to castrate herself. [CNN]

    * Tully Rinckey, a midsize firm, is planning to open an office in Buffalo, New York, so it sent out recruitment letters to 5,469 attorneys in the region. Unemployed law grads: open the letter, it’s not a bill! [Buffalo News]

    4 Comments / / Sep 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM
  • If Arkansas allows medical pot, Clinton could finally inhale.

    Blogging, Contests, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Paul Caron, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.27.12

    * A tipster writes: “PLEASE address this trash pile of an article… I’m begging you.” Well, here you go. [XOJane]

    * The controversy over Elizabeth Warren’s phantom law license continues. Here’s more analysis of her allegedly unlawful practice. [Legal Insurrection via League of Ordinary Gentlemen]

    * Cravat swine and more? Court approves punishment for necktie thief. [Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Where do Mitt Romney’s infamous 47 percent live? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Check out this legal technology writing contest. Seriously. You could win $5,000. Hell, maybe I’ll enter too. [IT-Lex]

    * Isn’t it oddly fitting that Bill Clinton’s home turf is the first southern state to consider allowing medical marijuana? [Fox News]

    * Lat gives some protips on launching a successful law blog. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    9 Comments / / Sep 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    Copyright, Cyberlaw, Department of Justice, Entertainment Law, Technology

    MegaMeltdown: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Apologizes to Kim Dotcom

    Kim Dotcom strikes another victory, this time in the form of a personal apology from New Zealand’s prime minister.

    14 Comments / / Sep 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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    Ben Wittes, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Prostitution, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.25.12

    * The Village Voice is stepping away from Backpage due to its ties to sex trafficking. “This so unfair! Everyone loves online prostitution!,” said no one ever (okay fine, a lot of people probably say that). [paidContent]

    * Cybersecurity, drones, and smackdowns, oh my! [Lawfare]

    * Right now, millions of taxpayer dollars fund legal scholarship. Considering how expensive law review articles seem to be, it’d be nice if law professors could techcite their own material before turning it over to law review peons associate staff members for further review. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * We actually needed 25 volumes of things you can’t do on a plane? Apparently common sense is a relic these days. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Should you go to law school? That’s apparently the question on everyone’s mind, so Professor Deborah Merritt of Ohio State Law and Kyle McEntee of Law School Transparency are here to help you out. [NerdWallet]

    * Wherein the five worst law partners known are discussed. Oh, whatever, partners should be able to act however they want to anyone. [Greedy Associates / FindLaw]

    2 Comments / / Sep 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM
  • 'I never look at those rankings.'

    Biglaw, Clarence Thomas, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Pro Bono, Public Interest, Rankings, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.24.12

    * Hey, “regular students” with “regular backgrounds,” you may be able to get a job as a SCOTUS clerk, because Justice Clarence Thomas is the Supreme Court’s honey badger in that he doesn’t give a sh*t about rankings. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Because $1.05 bill wasn’t quite enough, Apple is asking for additional damages in its patent war lawsuit against Samsung. Ohh, come on, Judge Koh, it’s just an extra $535 million. Everyone else is doing it, come on. Just give us the money. [Bloomberg]

    * The D.C. Circuit suit about White House visitor logs is kind of like a recurring issue we see with law schools, in that transparency here means “[w]e will disclose what records we want you to see.” [National Law Journal]

    * Skadden is teaming up with local legal aid groups to start a pro bono initiative in D.C. We hear they’ll be handing out gift cards as a show of appreciation to those who sign up. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * Sumner Redstone recently donated $18M to BU Law. Will his successor be as charitable? From Columbia Law to Shearman & Sterling to media mogul: meet Philippe Dauman, CEO of Viacom. [New York Times]

    * “The employment statistics really are the collective impact of individual choices.” And one of them was attending law school anyway, despite all of the negative media attention they’ve received. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

    * Remember the Harvard Law student who ran for Student Government President and pledged to resign after rewriting the organization’s constitution? Well, he graduated, but at least he got a draft in. [Harvard Crimson]

    2 Comments / / Sep 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • How festive!

    Antonin Scalia, California, Drugs, Election Law, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gay Marriage, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.21.12

    * You can kiss your dreams of seeing Prop 8 being taken up by the Supreme Court goodbye if the justices decide to proceed with “more cautious DOMA challenges.” [Slate]

    * Well, at least one person is getting annoyed by the endless back and forth between Posner and Scalia. But that’s just one person. We’ll continue to beat that horse until it’s extra dead. [Althouse]

    * Is this like the new WebMD, but for law? With prompts like, “Can that crazy neighbor buy a gun?,” it looks like a suitable place for legal hypochondriacs to call home. [myRight]

    * Oh yay, I don’t like to get into election law and politics, so it’s a good thing that The Simpsons did all my work for me on this one: “Stopping all Americans from voting is for the protection of all Americans.” [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Kat over at Corporette wants to know what your top five tailoring alterations are — because after all, it’s pretty hard to dress for success in Biglaw if your pants are dragging on the floor. [Corporette]

    * You’d have to be super-dee-duper high to think that disguising your pot plants as Christmas trees in the middle of the desert to throw the police off your tracks would actually work. [Legally Weird / FindLaw]

    0 Comments / / Sep 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM