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    Craigslist, Drugs, FCC, Football, Job Searches, Law Reviews, Marijuana, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, State Attorneys General, Summer Associates, Tax Law, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.12.13

    * California AG Kamala Harris gets a profile in Vanity Fair. That’s good, I hear she’s the hottest AG in the country. [Law and More]

    * If you have an erection that lasts waaaaaaay longer than four hours, file suit. [Delaware Online]

    * A New York-area law student wants a tutor to help with the law review write-on competition. For the low, low price of $35/hour. Eh. It’s better than contract work in most markets (in case the link breaks I’ve got a screenshot). [Craigslist]

    * What the hell, here’s another job listing. Highlights: Unpaid summer associates, fighting for $12/hour positions, with one voted off the island every few days. The new economy is awesome! (Screenshot here.) [Craigslist]

    * Patriarch Partners founder and CEO Lynn Tilton, known for saying, “There are three universal lies: Margins are weak, but we’ll make it up in volume; the check’s in the mail; and I won’t come in your mouth,” prevailed in MBIA’s suit against her. [DealBreaker]

    * The federal government has made legalized pot difficult for states. Now the burgeoning pot industry is lobbying Congress to change federal laws to make their jobs easier. Come on pols, it’s time to turn your “pro-business” rhetoric to action. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Republican master spin doctor Frank Luntz is looking into how the Washington Redskins could save their name. This all grows out of the efforts of George Washington Law Professor John Banzhaf (second link) to push the franchise to change its name by lobbying broadcasting regulators to penalize broadcasters for repeating the slur that passes for a mascot. [PR-Inside]

    * Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery is enjoying an FBI probe into the fact that his wife — and chief aide — earned massive referral fees for sending clients to personal injury firms while working for the court and skirting the rules established by the chief justice. Given the amounts involved, I clearly need to get into the referral business. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * I’ve given Texas a hard time over the last week, but the Texas Court of Appeals for the First District did a little to redeem themselves with this opinion citing legal luminaries Patsy Cline and Daft Punk. Full opinion after the jump. Relevant cites on Texas Courts. Check it out…

    8 Comments / / Jun 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • Shakespeare

    Books, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.11.13

    * Shakespeare’s “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” has multiple meanings. Or so say lawyers trying to lawyer their way out of being reviled. [The Read Zone]

    * Embracing your identity is good advice for life and career. Just note that one of those identities is as a meaningless cog in the legal machine. [Ms. JD]

    * Florida attorney Marshall Dore Louis sought some phone records from the government that he claims might provide an alibi for his client. The government claimed it did not have the records. Judge Robin Rosenbaum politely called bulls**t, having recently read about the government having EVERYONE’S PHONE RECORDS. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Lisa Linsky muses about the difficulty of waiting for universal recognition of same sex marriage. [Huffington Post]

    * Attorney Carolyn Barnes, who landed in hot water after shooting at a census worker, has been convicted. I wonder where she’ll be residing in 7 years? [KXAN]

    * Albany Law School is cutting enrollment and slashing faculty appears to be next. It sucks to lose your job, but at least you’ll be able to move out of Albany. Small miracles! [The Business Review]

    * A review of Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family (affiliate link), a memoir from attorney David Berg covering his career and family from arguing before the Supreme Court, to serving as legal counsel to President Carter, to the killing of his brother at the hands of Woody Harrelson’s father. [NY Times]

    * Three SUNY-Buffalo Law Students have a band and their cover of Icona Pop’s I Love It is trending. The Spin Wires turn the electro house number into an Offspring like rock song. Video after the jump… [BroBible]

    16 Comments / / Jun 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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    Crime, Fashion, Murder, Shoes, Texas

    Murder In High-Heels Provides Hooker Shooting Counterpoint

    Days after a man is acquitted for killing a hooker, a woman uses the tools of that trade to kill a guy. Obviously it’s all Texas.

    12 Comments / / Jun 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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    Craigslist, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Prostitution, Texas, Violence

    Jury Sez: Killing a Hooker Is A-OK. Guess Which State!

    Man acquitted after shooting an unarmed sex worker because she didn’t sleep with him.

    51 Comments / / Jun 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM
  • Flag_of_Texas.svg-RF

    Divorce Train Wrecks, Gay, Gay Marriage, Lesbians, Texas

    Lesbian Couple Fall Prey to ‘Morality Clause’

    Divorce decree puts same-sex couples behind the 8-ball.

    20 Comments / / May 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM
  • Texas small

    Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Texas

    How Much Does Your Law Professor Make? University of Texas Edition

    They say everything is bigger in Texas. Is that true of law professor salaries?

    2 Comments / / May 14, 2013 at 3:41 PM
  • Cody_Wilson

    Defamation, Guns / Firearms, Harold Baer, International Law, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Technology, Television, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.10.13

    * Texas law student/international small-arms dealer Cody Wilson got shot down (pun!) days after revealing a fully security-proof 3D printable gun. The State Department pointed out that Wilson seems to be violating all manner of international arms agreements, which was pretty obvious when he went on video boasting about how his weapons were being used in hotbeds of civil strife. [Foreign Policy: Passport]

    * The Juice may soon be loose! But probably not. O.J. Simpson has a hearing seeking a new trial in Vegas and blaming his former lawyer, Yale Galanter. Best part? Simpson claims Galanter approved the whole “armed, threatening confrontation” plan beforehand. Oops. [FOX News]

    * Michael Arrington, a lawyer and “one of the most powerful people on the Internet,” is suing his ex-girlfriend for defamation. The complaint compiles some pretty salacious claims that she made via social media. [Valleywag]

    * Just when you thought being an unpaid intern couldn’t be sadder, Judge Baer makes it sadder. [Fashionista]

    * The “Thug’s Lawyer” got a reprieve when a judge tossed his indictment for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, theft, and perjury. [The Advocate]

    * The EEOC filed suit against a Miami company that required its employees to become Scientologists. In other news, someone actually thought they could get away with making all their employees join the Church of Scientology. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The history of the Madison Avenue IPOs alluded to in last week’s Mad Men. [DealBook]

    7 Comments / / May 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • iStock_000006136154XSmall-RF

    Constitutional Law, Religion, State Judges, Texas

    Texas Cheerleaders Win Right To Do Religious Cheers. Give Me a G! Give Me an O!

    The problem isn’t that the signs are overtly religious, it’s that they’re terrible signs.

    23 Comments / / May 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM
  • Law fail

    Bar Exams, Texas

    February Bar Exam Results Are Fine In Texas, Pathetic In New York

    LOTS of people failed the New York bar exam, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing…

    25 Comments / / May 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM
  • Angry blonde female judge in black robe with gavel. Focus on Gavel.

    Attorney Misconduct, Legal Ethics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged (By an Ethics Panel)

    Which came first, the power-crazed judge or the power-crazy person running for judge?

    7 Comments / / Apr 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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    Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Texas

    Morning Docket: 04.24.13

    * The DOJ is seeking treble damages against Lance Armstrong over his USPS sponsorship funds, alleging the athlete was “unjustly enriched.” This lawsuit is clearly on steroids; the bike dude’s got an eye for that sort of thing. [NBC News]

    * Dewey know how much Steven Davis had to fork over to the firm’s estate to settle its mismanagement claims against him? It’s pocket change compared to what some former partners had to pay into the partner contribution plan. [Am Law Daily]

    * “Golden handcuffs,” law school style: the Texas attorney general’s office is looking into the UT Law School Foundation. Apparently giving out forgivable loans to law profs like candy is a big no-no. [Austin Business Journal]

    * Duncan Law hopes to get ABA accreditation through its conflict resolution center, which will “attract more students.” Yep, because more students equals more job opportunities. [Knoxville New Sentinel]

    * The accused ricin guy might’ve been a whackjob, but the charges were dropped. His lawyer believes he was framed by a guy who was recently arrested on child molestation charges. Cray! [Bloomberg]

    * Edward de Grazia, defender of sexually explicit novels in Jacobellis v. Ohio, RIP. [New York Times]

    1 Comment / / Apr 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM
  • legally blonde RF

    Celebrities, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Texas

    Legally Blonde: A Potpourri of Disorderly Conduct Claims

    What would Elle Woods have to say about these legally blonde antics?

    13 Comments / / Apr 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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    Media and Journalism, Morgan Stanley, Murder, Texas

    Morning Docket: 04.19.13

    * Fast moving developments in the Boston case. The FBI wanted your help finding these guys. Now it says one is already dead and the other is on the run. [New York Times] * Wow. The accused ricin mailer is messed up. [Washington Post] * Lawyer turns down an $8M settlement and wins $130M. If […]

    2 Comments / / Apr 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM
  • billing-overbilling-legal-bills

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Canada, Environment / Environmental Law, Federal Government, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Patton Boggs, Texas

    Morning Docket: 04.18.13

    * “[T]hese senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them” Yesterday, the Senate blocked gun-control legislation that could have saved lives, and Gabrielle Giffords, a victim of gun violence, wrote a powerful op-ed in reaction. [New York Times]

    * DLA Piper won’t be churning that bill anymore because the firm managed to settle its fee dispute with Adam Victor, but it’s certain that the firm’s embarrassment over the overbilling incident will know no limits. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Ahh, best-laid plans: Kim Koopersmith, the first woman to serve as Akin Gump’s chair, never thought that she’d be working in a law firm. In law school, she wanted to work in public interest. [Bloomberg]

    * You’ll never guess which firm has the best brand in Canada according to the latest Acritas survey, but that’s probably because you don’t care. Come on, it’s Canada. Fine, it’s Norton Rose. [Am Law Daily]

    * Oopsie! Burford Capital claims that it would never have funded plaintiffs’ representation by Patton Boggs in the Chevron case if it weren’t for a partner’s “false and misleading” statements. [CNN Money]

    * The wife of a former justice of the peace has been charged with capital murder after she confessed to her involvement in the slayings of Texas prosecutors Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse. [Reuters]

    * Baltimore Law has a beautiful new building that cost $112 million. Just a thought: perhaps more of that money should’ve been spent putting the class of 2012 to work as lawyers. [National Law Journal]

    13 Comments / / Apr 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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    Benchslaps, Breasts, Copyright, Federalist Society, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Pets, Running, Tax Law, Texas, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.15.13

    * Thoughts go out to all those in Boston. [CNN]

    * I hope you’ve all got your taxes finished. Here’s a fun fact: most tax cheats live in the South and the West. The two areas of the country filled with people who think taxes are evil cheat more? Go figure. [NBC News]

    * Remember, it’s not polite to say “thank you.” [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * And now the rare, “self-benchslap.” [Associated Press]

    * A detailed look at how the Federalist Society became so powerful in American law schools. Unfortunately, it neglects the “they tend to order better pizzas for their events” gambit. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Remember the new, depressing, public domain Happy Birthday song? The sponsor of that contest, WFMU, is at it again with a new contest to create modern, entertaining covers of public domain ditties. Despite my ragging on the birthday song, this is a pretty cool idea. [Free Music Archive]

    * Are you a young lawyer complaining about your lot in life? You’re at this site, so statistically you are. Well, quit your bitchin’! [Associate’s Mind]

    * The Texas Supreme Court does not value emotional attachments to dogs. This is surprising because I can think of at least 10 country songs on this very point. [Law and More]

    * Mocking law school couples with a GIF from Veep? Get out of my head, UChiLawGo! [UChiLawGo]

    * Boob-induced failure. [Legal Juice]

    3 Comments / / Apr 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • female atty freaking out RF

    Gender, Labor / Employment, Texas, Women's Issues

    Gender Discrimination Suit Alleges Men and Women Couldn’t Be ‘Alone Together’ at This Texas Law Firm

    Would you be happy working at a firm where men and women couldn’t even be alone together in the same room?

    15 Comments / / Apr 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM
  • Houston-skyline

    Events

    When Energy Meets Law in Houston: Registration Still Open!

    Registration is still open for this event. Sign up before it’s too late!

    / Apr 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM
  • Houston at dawn

    Events

    When Energy Meets Law in Houston: Join ATL for Drinks on April 10

    Join Above the Law in Houston, Texas, on April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. for our “Where Energy Meets the Law” reception.

    / Apr 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM