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* If Taylor Swift doesn’t like a photographer she just shakes it off… and then roughs him up according to her contract. [Gawker]
* Bankers commit crimes for the dumbest reasons. [Dealbreaker]
* Chadbourne closes its Beijing office, leaving the firm with no more boots on the ground in Asia. It’s like the Asian Pivot… but backward. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* The Florida Supreme Court just ordered the legislature to redraw some of the state’s congressional districts before 2016. All that hard gerrymandering work for nothing, huh? [Reuters via Yahoo News]
* Richard Hsu of Shearman & Sterling and the host of the Hsu Untied podcast finds himself on the other side of this interview. [One-400]
* Katten Muchin is back in hot water after the Seventh Circuit revived a malpractice suit. [Law 360]
* Judge Rakoff relishes an opportunity to sit by designation on the Second Circuit. [Dealbreaker]
* A reminder that Bloomberg BNA is hosting its inaugural Big Law Business Summit next week to hear from in-house counsel about the evolving relationship between Biglaw and its clients. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Amal Clooney’s firm reportedly has a lawyer working for £1.50 an hour, which in U.S. dollars is “piddly squat.” [Legal Cheek]
* People are pretty worked up over raisins. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
* “A video shot in court shows a lawyer tussling with bailiffs and being forcibly removed in handcuffs from a foreclosure hearing.” Go on… [Daily Business Review]
* Maybe that outsourcing thing was a bad idea for Biglaw. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]
* Yahoo! General counsel Ron Bell discusses the challenges and rewards of representing the tech giant. [Hsu Untied]
* Speaking of Yahoo!, on the eve of Obergefell, here’s a quick guide to the American government’s war on gays. [Yahoo!]
* Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, discusses the Affordable Care Act with Bob Garfield. Listen now while the ACA is still a thing. [On The Media]
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* Just days after a hard-fought reelection campaign, Sepp Blatter is resigning his post as President of FIFA. I wonder whose indictment is coming out next… [The Guardian]
* The ABA is going to investigate the much-maligned Charleston School of Law. [SC Lawyers Weekly]
* A New Jersey judge gagged the Bergen Dispatch, leading to this incisive response from the paper and the judge quietly vacating her own order. As Walter Sobchak taught us, “The Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint.” [Boing Boing]
* Not to diminish the serious electoral problems of the U.S., but check out how out of whack representation is in the United Kingdom. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* If you’re seeking a prosanity fix, a parent filed a federal lawsuit against local, state and federal education officials contending that the theory of evolution is functionally a religion and therefore teaching it is a violation of his kid’s rights. [Charleston Daily Mail]
* Seyfarth Shaw’s Stephen Poor explains why he joined Twitter. He talks about innovation and leadership, but it was all about following @aplusk. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]
* Out-of-state mistress had insufficient contacts with the state for wife’s alienation of affection tort. Hos in different area codes: it’s not a saying, it’s a legal doctrine. [Legal Profession Blog]
* The Orange County D.A.’s office took withholding evidence to a whole new level. Actually, probably more frightening, this behavior probably isn’t all that uncommon. [Slate]
* Lawyer making six figures lectures law school grads about how they need to take public service jobs. [The Legal Watchdog]
* Prince Harry’s ex has left Allen & Overy. What’s the next career move for Chelsy Davy? DJ. Rich people make the best life decisions. [Legal Cheek]
* All the ways that FIFA allegedly hid bribes. When it comes to hiding, I thought soccer would never top an NBCSN contract. [Screamer / Deadspin]
* The Dersh talks about becoming a great litigator and discusses where his current legal battle stands. [In the Benches]
* Why fight in court if the courts are so unfair? [Katz Justice]
* On Tuesday, the Intelligence Squared debate series will tackle marriage equality, debating whether the Equal Protection clause requires states to issue same-sex marriage licenses. There are still tickets available if you wish to attend. [Intelligence Squared]
* What will life look like after Earth’s next mass extinction event? And will they need lawyers? [What About Clients?]
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* Authorities have cleared the robot built specifically to buy illegal stuff off the dark web. In related news, officer, all that panda meat was bought by my robot… for an art project. [Hopes and Fears]
* Laurence Tribe’s arguments are getting closer and closer to Homer Simpson’s. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]
* In case you weren’t counting, there’ve been 95 Senate roll call votes while Loretta Lynch has been waiting… [People For The American Way]
* Lawyer suspended for handing out ecstasy to drug women into sex. I don’t disagree with the outcome, but there’s one pretty troubling aspect of the opinion: “The OLR noted… that his victim was much younger.” She was 22! At a certain point can we just admit women are adults? Focus on the drugging predatory behavior instead of constructing her as an addled-brained ingenue. [Legal Profession Blog]
* Daredevil’s courtroom antics evaluated by New York Judge Matthew Sciarrino. [The Legal Geeks]
* If you’re interested in the legal landscape of marijuana, here’s a cool infographic summing up where we are and how we got here. [Diego Criminal Defense]
* If you’re interested in February bar exam results from across the country, Bar Exam Stats is keeping a running tally complete with a nice map. [Bar Exam Stats]
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The transcript of this benchslap is both hilarious and cringe-worthy.
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There is a good story somewhere in The Children Act, but Ian McEwan does not flesh it out very well.