• andi-dorfman-RF

    Reality TV, Romance and Dating, Television, Weddings

    Bachelorette Using ‘What She Learned In Law School’ To Choose Fake Husband

    In most people’s experience, being a lawyer REPELS potential mates, but…

    37 Comments / / May 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM
  • Sexism

    Biglaw, California, Department of Justice, Gay Marriage, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Sexism, Television

    Morning Docket: 05.21.14

    * A DLA Piper partner was cleared by the firm in connection with a string of sexist emails exchanged with a client because real lads don’t get in trouble for such trifling behavior. We’ll have more on this later. [Am Law Daily]

    * Patton Boggs partners started voting on the firm’s merger with Squire Sanders yesterday. Apparently there’s at least one partner who will not be allowed to join the new firm because of prior conduct. Sucks to be you, guy. [Reuters]

    * “It’s the best way to prepare for a whole variety of things.” Right now is one of the best times to go to law school, say California law school deans who really need to get asses in empty seats. [Daily Transcript]

    * ““We are a better people than what these laws represent.” Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was struck down yesterday, making it the 14th victory in a row for the marriage equality movement. [Bloomberg]

    * Showtime just bought a law firm comedy about “four smartass, workaholic associates” in Biglaw trying to make partner and avoid being murdered by the office serial killer at the same time. Uh, yeah. [Deadline]

    2 Comments / / May 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM
  • Who is this fellow, and how long will he starve for?

    Bad Ideas, Privacy, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Television

    Unemployed Lawyer Plans Hunger Strike On Steps Of Supreme Court

    Who is the man who intends to starve himself on the steps of America’s highest court?

    69 Comments / / May 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM
  • Tears of a prosecutor.

    Non-Sequiturs, Sonia Sotomayor, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.14.14

    * When people tell you that you can do anything with a law degree, they’re wrong. Sounds like… everything Elie writes. [Slate]

    * Student debt is dragging down the economy. Is today “every news outlet catches up with Elie Day”? [New York Times]

    * Everyone’s talking about the law student turned prostitute. What about the law professor who was a gigolo? [The Nota Bene]

    * Baker Hostetler lawyer leaving the law to start a gym. With any luck he’ll have a championship dodgeball team in no time. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

    * Just a reminder, there isn’t a “telling a university everything you’ve done for an oral history” privilege. [BBC]

    * An argument for Republicans to get serious about loosening the reins on technological innovation like the Republican Party of old. But that might require saying no to some billionaire donor, so that’s off the table. [The American Conservative]

    * Professor Will Baude pointed us to a fun new law professor blog from Professor Richard Re, soon to be of UCLA Law, with an even more fun title. Here he compares Justice Sotomayor’s dissent in Schuette to Quidditch. [Re’s Judicata]

    * A new show about law school. It’s supposedly about criminal law, but the trailer looks more like a professional responsibility fact pattern. [YouTube]

    0 Comments / / May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM
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    On Remand: ‘Seinfeld’ Lawsuits From The Bizarro World We Live In

    The show about nothing has legal connections to everything.

    2 Comments / / May 14, 2014 at 4:18 PM
  • Crossed Swords


    Trial By Combat: It Was Real And Spectacular

    Bringing trial by combat back wouldn’t be the worst thing.

    23 Comments / / May 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM
  • 225px-Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863

    Antonin Scalia, Copyright, Movies, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Rap, Richard Posner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.08.14

    * Abraham Lincoln was a harder working lawyer than you are. [Abraham Lincoln’s Almanac Trial]

    * Quentin Tarantino has given up the ghost and dropped his suit against Gawker over The Hateful Eight. [The Escapist]

    * The people who made stupid toe shoes have settled a big class action. [Deadspin]

    * Judge Posner and Justice Scalia haven’t had a public fight in a while. So this lawyer is trying to stir one up. Thanks, buddy! [Legal Times]

    * Colorado’s energy industry is suing municipalities creating a patchwork of fracking regulation. As the author notes, “for a state that has boldly snubbed federal law on marijuana policy, such arguments sound a bit hollow.” [Breaking Energy]

    * Stop calling on Justice Ginsburg to retire… it’s probably too late for Obama to nominate a replacement anyway. [New Republic]

    * Lawyer writes threatening letter to customer who wrote a negative review on Amazon. [Ars Technica]

    * Our tipster put it best, “New Show on Bravo: ‘Lowering the NJ Bar.’” [The Star-Ledger]

    * A young solicitor known as Mr. Kelly was inspired to release a rap album about how much he hated his training job at a top 10 global firm. His video after the jump…. [Legal Cheek]

    / May 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • utopia-400x225

    Contract Attorneys, Death Penalty, Immigration, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Television, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.01.14

    * Are you a judge or former judge interested in being on television? All you have to do is move into some quasi-Survivor commune. Who would be the best jurist to send out there? I’d say Thomas so he can just stare at everyone silently and offer no assistance. [LawSites Blog]

    * Law students fight to get an immigrant lawyer admitted to the bar over 100 years later. Just what California needs. Another lawyer. [UC Davis News & Information]

    * Speaking of California needing more lawyers, California law schools are reaching out to community colleges to find students who saved on their undergraduate education and might be willing to start taking on some serious debt. [SF Gate]

    * The State of Texas has intervened in a legal brawl between two breweries over the use of the Alamo. One more liberal government trying to take over the free market. [Brewery Law Blog]

    * Professor John Banzhaf has an interesting suggestion regarding the death penalty: why are we still using injections anyway? [PR Log]

    * Most people shouldn’t sue just because they can: a commentary on Alex Rich’s recent piece. [Law and More]

    * More feedback on the ATL Top 50. [Most Strongly Supported]

    * “Tacoma needs a law school like I need a hole in the head.” Exactly. [Post Defiance]

    * The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education took a big step toward invalidating their own name by approving the sale of Charleston to Infilaw. By the way for comedy’s sake, attached below is a screenshot of the Google News alert I got on this story…. [The State]

    Nothing says Infilaw more than marrying the story to a picture LITERALLY about whoring.

    3 Comments / / May 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM
  • handgun with bullets

    Boutique Law Firms, Guns / Firearms, Insurance, Politics, Quote of the Day, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Television, Videos

    Shoot First, Ask Questions Later — As Long As You Have Insurance

    Want to see a funny video segment about a controversial way of providing legal services to gun owners?

    8 Comments / / Apr 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Doc_Brown-RF

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Television

    Check Out This Law Professor Looking Like A Mad Scientist On NBC News

    NBC News was not doing this professor any favors.

    25 Comments / / Apr 29, 2014 at 4:31 PM
  • Andi Dorfman

    Legal Ethics, Reality TV, Television

    Do Bachelor(ette) Contestants Make Bad Lawyers?

    Attorneys cannot simply give up their cases in the middle of them to do things like be on TV shows — but these lawyers did.

    34 Comments / / Apr 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM
  • Porsha Williams

    Celebrities, Crime, Reality TV, Television

    The Real Housewives Of Atlanta Fight

    Crimes were committed during the filming of the reunion episode. What happened?

    9 Comments / / Apr 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM
  • netflix-150x150-RF

    Copyright, Movies, Technology, Television

    The Cost Of Permission Culture: Or Why Netflix Streaming Library Sucks Compared To Its DVD Library

    Never let technology or common sense get in the way of an overzealous copyright claim.

    8 Comments / / Apr 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM
  • Grammar Dictionary Definition

    11th Circuit, Food, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.10.14

    * There’s a guy called the “Good-Grammar Bandit” out there and he’s a high priority target of the FBI? Allow me to take this opportunity to tell the FBI their doing a good job. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Some folks have asked me incredulously about yesterday’s Non-Sequiturs item about Louisiana and Oregon allowing convictions with non-unanimous juries. So here’s some background on how that came to be. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Speaking of Louisiana, a lawyer has filed suit against Morris Bart, a major personal injury law firm, for unpaid wages. From what we’re hearing this may be the tip of the iceberg for these sorts of allegations — lots of people have been leaving the firm recently and that’s a recipe for complaints going both ways. [Louisiana Record]

    * Florida may not regulate real guns any time soon, but one 11th Circuit judge is ready to regulate the hell out of shotgun pleadings! [South Florida Lawyers Blog]

    * Lawyers are bad at social media. They’re bad at social reality, why did we expect them to be good at social virtuality? [CMS Wire]

    * ADA’s father was kidnapped (and recovered). Yikes. [WRAL]

    * A follow-up on our prior Sriracha lawsuit coverage. [USA Today]

    * A look at the legal issues in the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you saw it (and Captain America to the extent they are intertwined), you know there were some heavy legal issues at play. [Legal Geeks]

    2 Comments / / Apr 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Sexy woman's

    Pornography, Television

    Actress Shocked — Shocked! — To Learn Skinemax Wanted Her To Do Softcore Porn

    An actress and TV suits try to screw each other in court over just how naked she had to get in a soft-core series.

    17 Comments / / Apr 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM
  • AALDEF logo

    Asians, Fabulosity, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Parties, Pro Bono, Public Interest, Television

    A Happy 40th Anniversary To AALDEF!

    Who were this year’s recipients of AALDEF’s Justice in Action Awards?

    / Mar 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM
  • Judge Joe Brown

    Celebrities, Contempt, Television

    Judge Joe Brown In The Pokey?

    He must have been having a bad day, or maybe the pressure of being a has-been TV court judge finally got to him…

    17 Comments / / Mar 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM
  • Robert Mueller

    Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, Contempt, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Television, Theater, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.24.14

    * Congratulations to WilmerHale on landing former FBI director Robert Mueller, and congratulations to Mueller on his move (a homecoming of sorts; he was once a partner at Hale & Dorr, the “Hale” in “WilmerHale”). [DealBook / New York Times]

    * A former television judge gets held in real-life contempt. [Memphis Commercial Appeal]

    * In the wake of the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal charges, Jean O’Grady poses an interesting question: should law firms have whistleblower programs? [Dewey B Strategic]

    * “Have a Better Legal Career by Being Less of a Lawyer.” [Medium]

    * This story of losing a client might contain lessons for lawyers. [BigLawRebel]

    * As we previously mentioned, the SCOTUS-themed play Arguendo is coming to D.C., and there’s a discount code for ATL readers: WMATL, good for 15% off on previews, Friday nights, Saturday matinees, and Sunday evenings. Enjoy! [Woolly Mammoth]

    * In case you missed our Attorney@Blog conference, our friends at wireLawyer were on hand to document the proceedings. Video after the jump….

    Thanks again to wireLawyer, for this great video and for hosting the post-conference cocktail party:

    7 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM