• Seattle skyline

    9th Circuit, Labor / Employment

    Discriminatory Seattle Minimum Wage Law Survives 2nd Challenge

    Late last week, a unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit upheld the decision of Washington federal judge Richard A. Jones regarding the Seattle minimum wage law.

    / Oct 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.15

    * Daily lawyer tips is just killing it. The latest is on the perils of actually becoming a senior associate. [Daily Lawyer Tips]

    * Lawyers can’t be getting dumber if no one (hyperbole alert) is passing the bar exam. [Bloomberg BNA]

    * A kickstarter our readers are sure to love: a new board game that combines Would You Rather?, Poker, and Rock, Paper, Scissors with arguing. What’s not to love? [Kickstarter]

    * Pile-on-the-SEC-week (the securities kind, not the football kind) continues. This time, Judge Berman is taking a crack. [Dealbreaker]

    * The civil justice system is riddled with inequities, especially if you happen to be a plaintiff. [Mighty]

    * Is a new pro-worker law in the works? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * The NFL field that is the subject of lawsuits is getting changed… not that they’re admitting any wrongdoing, natch. [Deadspin]

    * The Ninth Circuit? Not a fan of Sheriff Joe. [AZ Central]

    39 Comments / / Sep 18, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Judge Richard Posner


    Judge Posner Rips Poor Winston & Strawn Lawyer

    Judge Posner and Judge Hamilton tag team a litigator given an impossible task.

    23 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 4:29 PM
  • DUI


    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.15

    Ed. note: Due to the Labor Day holiday we will be on a reduced publication schedule today, and observing the holiday on Monday. Hope everyone has an enjoyable, restful and long weekend.

    * Oh yay! An attorney hits something with his car, doesn’t stop, and uses the “I’m an attorney!” line, complete with F-bombs. And he was drinking, because of course he was. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * You shoot for the stars Utah! Utah Law announced a new initiative to have 100 percent bar passage and 100 percent professional employment. [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Burn! Not only did the Ninth Circuit overturn Judge Robert Jones’s decision, they reassigned the case. [Election Law Blog]

    * A war between Harvard Law professors! Okay, it’s just a war of words, but Cass Sunstein really takes it to former Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren and law prof turned presidential candidate Larry Lessig. [American Thinker]

    * Lessons on being a lawyer you can get from watching Peggy Olson. [Careerist]

    * Here’s a horrifying fact: “Defendants who can’t make bail, regardless of their crime, are four times more likely to be sentenced to time in prison.” [Pacific Standard]

    * This is fun! A 1947 anti-union propaganda comic put out by General Electric. [Lawyers, Guns and Money]

    * Food in exchange for legal advice. Seems like a good deal. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

    * Moving ever closer to the day when a marriage license for a same sex couple is just a matter of paperwork — even in Kentucky. [Huffington Post]

    29 Comments / / Sep 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 08.28.15

    * Curious about what Ant-Man has to say about Civ Pro? And while you’re there vote for ATL fav Legal Geeks for best podcast in The Geekie Awards. [Legal Geeks]

    * Speaking of podcasts, here’s a great one about the movement to abolish the death penalty, with a particular focus on the recent spate of botched executions. [Punishment Podcast]

    * Update from the wide world of organized labor — yes, that’s still a thing — there is a major steelworkers lockout with employers advertising on Craigslist to get scabs to work 84 hours a week of hard labor. See this is EXACTLY why we need unions. [Lawyers Guns and Money]

    * The latest in James Woods’s suit to reveal the anonymous Twitter user that called him names: Twitter sends the actor a harshly worded letter. [The Hollywood Reporter]

    * Should the Supreme Court take up a case to have the remains of Jim Thorpe moved from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma? [The Hill]

    * Was the latest decision on protesting in SCOTUS plaza motivated by personal factors? [Fix the Court]

    * Today’s the 60th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, whose death was a catalyst in the civil rights movement. [Time]

    20 Comments / / Aug 28, 2015 at 5:34 PM
  • resume girl

    Law Schools

    Entering The Race: Law Students Should Unionize To Negotiate Lower Tuition

    Unionizing and collective bargaining may be the last hope for average law students to negotiate tuition discounts.

    30 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 1:16 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 12.31.14

    * In protest, the NYPD has adopted a policy of only making arrests “when they have to.” Shouldn’t that have been the policy all along? Maybe this petulant protest is a good thing after all. [New York Post]

    * Michigan banned college athletes from unionizing. Which makes sense because this is an amateur activity that couldn’t possibly afford to pay the students taking risks on the field. In other news, on the exact same day the state of Michigan agreed to pay $5 million a year to the guy who will yell at those same kids. [M Live]

    * Do you want a Bryan Garner Bobblehead? For charity? Of course you do. [Law Prose]

    * Boies Schiller steps into the Octagon. [Yahoo! Sports]

    * Lawyers are sneaking religion into court much more frequently these days. [What About Clients?]

    * More fallout from the California Bar Exam results. [Bar Exam Stats]

    * The D.D.C. declined to enjoin Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri’s military commission trial. Professor Vladeck thinks this decision is dumb. [Lawfare]

    * While we’re on the subject of law professors dissing dumb legal arguments, Professor Barnett has some real problems with Nebraska and Oklahoma trying to use Raich to sue Colorado. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Why the f**k should you care about net neutrality? Here’s why:


    4 Comments / / Dec 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM
  • Elena Kagan Justice Elena Kagan

    Elena Kagan, Labor / Employment, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Kagan To Country: ‘Hey, It Coulda Been Worse’

    Harris v. Quinn may have dealt a serious blow to public sector unions, but Justice Kagan has some good news for you!

    13 Comments / / Jun 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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    Basketball, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.20.14

    * You’d think a tax attorney would remember to file a tax return. You’d be wrong. [SF Gate]

    * You think you have difficult clients? Try representing a sovereign hellbent on making political hay by contradicting every representation you make in court. [Reuters]

    * Dov Charney out at American Apparel. And he seemed like such a nice guy… [Slate]

    * The Central Park Five civil rights lawsuit has settled for $40 million — or roughly $1 million for each year the accused spent in prison. [New York Times]

    * It’s a bad week for everyone affiliated with the Miami Heat. Now they’re losing to bloggers. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * In an unfortunate follow-up, the effort to unionize some lawyers at Bloomberg has fizzled and the primary organizer has been fired with no severance and a baby on the way. Which is surely a complete coincidence and not related to his organizing activity at all. [Fortune]

    * Former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger has resigned and she is not bashful that it’s all to do with being passed over as chief justice in favor of Leo Strine. [Delaware Law Weekly]

    * Save the date, D.C. The 2nd Annual Go Formal for Justice gala will be held October 18. [DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network / Facebook]

    * Yale Law grad and former Senior Counsel to the World Bank, Karen Hudes, wants you to understand that JFK was killed over the gold standard and that there’s a species of coneheads in control of the Vatican. We should do a Career Alternatives on her. Video after the jump… [Starship Earth: The Big Picture]

    0 Comments / / Jun 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • business man anger shouting with money rain

    Crime, Dubious Defenses, Education / Schools, Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Rape, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.31.14

    * The NCAA’s president thinks Northwestern’s sports union will be the first case of its kind to be heard by the Supreme Court, and his brain hasn’t even been scrambled by concussions. [Bloomberg]

    * “If I’d come up with it, I’d probably be proud of it.” If this Georgia lawyer had used the “my client is too handsome for rape” defense, perhaps there wouldn’t have been a conviction. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * A few weeks ago, we wrote about the best law schools for making money. Since then, the rankings were revised due to error. Where does your school stand now? We’ll chat about this today. [Forbes]

    * “[L]awyers aren’t retiring or dying nearly fast enough for us to fill their spots.” Perhaps statements like this about the job market wouldn’t be so prevalent if U.S. News told pre-law applicants the truth. [NPR]

    * Law students will call you out for your behavior, even if you’re a police officer This one is suing the NYPD for false arrest after questioning their food truck tactics. We’ll have more on this later. [New York Post]

    2 Comments / / Mar 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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    American Bar Association / ABA, Drinking, Football, Job Searches, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.26.14

    * The shaming of Professor Rene Reich-Graefe continues, with Steven Harper weighing in. Law professors… so many people are onto your game of creating rosy scenarios to dupe prospective law students. Maybe you could spend more time trying to fix the problem in legal education, and a little less time trying to hide it? [Belly of the Beast]

    * I enjoy reminding subway performers that their career choices are illegal. [Above the Law: Redline]

    * Can’t Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker, and Jim Beam settle their differences over a beer? [Wall Street Journal]

    * I only hope Northwestern’s law students have as much legal success as Northwestern’s football students. [Deadspin]

    * The ABA wants comment on whether for-credit externships can also be paid. [Faculty Lounge]

    * I miss Kash. I hate drones. [Forbes]

    * This isn’t a legal link. There’s no legal standard regarding gender specific displays of pubic hair. There’s just a double standard. [Fashionista]

    9 Comments / / Mar 26, 2014 at 5:31 PM
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    Bloomberg, Contract Attorneys, Labor / Employment

    Lawyers Look To Unionize At Bloomberg Law

    Can lawyers really unionize? And what are the implications of attorney unionization for the industry as a whole?

    8 Comments / / Mar 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM
  • Ideally, prosecutors can afford a bed instead of just a park bench.

    California, Crime, Labor / Employment, Money, Politics

    Bay Area Prosecutors Consider Going on Strike. Yeah, Seriously.

    Why are prosecutors in the Bay Area considering going on strike?

    49 Comments / / Aug 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    Breasts, Cocaine / Crack, Constitutional Law, Drugs, FCC, Health Care / Medicine, Paris Hilton, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court Is Fair To Crack Dealers, Corporations Paying Fines, And Those Who Use Profanity, Less So To Unions

    Still no health care ruling, but the Court did issue four opinions today, in some of the big cases on its docket.

    32 Comments / / Jun 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM
  • Ann Althouse, Labor / Employment, Politics, State Judges, Vicious Infighting

    The Wisconsin Police State

    Is there a huge difference between living in a North African country and living in the state of Wisconsin right now? Can somebody please send in Richard Engel to conduct an interview with a bearded lumberjack making a barricade out of cheese? In case you haven’t been following along (and I understand that it’s not […]

    157 Comments / / Mar 1, 2011 at 1:46 PM