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    Non-Sequiturs: 10.11.12

    *James Henderson, former senior counsel at the American Center for Law & Justice, is no longer with the ACLJ — and there are interesting theories as to why. [Metro Weekly]

    * Part one of an epic story about a Texan’s wrongful murder conviction, written by Pamela Colloff, one of the best investigative reporters in the state, if not the country. Get a drink and a comfy chair; you won’t want to get up for a while. [Texas Monthly]

    * Chief Judge Alex Kozinski is going to be in pictures — or a picture, at least. Check out Atlas Shrugged: Part II, which hits theaters tomorrow. [Atlas Shrugged]

    * Our tipster provided a nifty blurb for this article: “This has everything. Bumbling Frenchmen dependent on a heroic (albeit opportunistic) American to save the day? Check. Twenty-first century application of 19th century maritime law? Check. Overblown invocation of piracy? Check.” [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * San Franciscans, come see David Lat speak at U.C. Hastings on Monday. It’s free and open to the public! Heck, I’ll probably go too. [Legally Speaking]

    * You gotta admit, trying to get rich off claims about the death of an imaginary cat (and/or parrot) is a pretty imaginative way to commit insurance fraud. [Seattle Weekly]

    * Colorado Bar Exam results are out. Congratulations to those who passed. [Colorado Supreme Court]

    1 Comment / / Oct 11, 2012 at 6:14 PM
  • 'What is this? A law school for ants?'

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Election 2012, Law School Deans, Law Schools, McCarter & English, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Politics, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 10.04.12

    * According to a CNN poll, 67 percent of people who watched the debate thought Mitt Romney won, while only 25 percent thought Barack Obama won. Well, either way you slice it, there was definitely one loser: poor old Jim Lehrer. [CNN]

    * If Barack Obama could’ve had his way, he would’ve put Osama bin Laden on trial to display American due process and the rule of law. We suppose that now he’ll just have to take credit for being the man who ordered the kill shot. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A handful of Biglaw firms advised on the T-Mobile and MetroPCS merger, but Telecommunications Law Partners, a boutique firm, showed up to prove it could hang with the big boys. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * From boutique to Biglaw? Joseph Bachelder, an executive compensation expert, shuttered his 10-lawyer firm in favor of joining McCarter & English as special counsel in New York. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Remember Ellen Pao, the former Cravath associate who sued Kleiner Perkins for sex discrimination? She now claims that the VC firm fired her. Of course, like everything else, KPCB denies it. [Bits / New York Times]

    * A J.D. isn’t a hoax, but if law schools keep admitting huge classes, the degree will become one. The dean of UC Hastings Law thinks law schools should’ve reduced their class sizes a long time ago. [Huffington Post]

    9 Comments / / Oct 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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    Biglaw, Cozen O'Connor, Jersey Shore, Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Prostitution, Reality TV, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.26.12

    * To prepare for the upcoming term, the Supreme Court added six new cases to its docket. Much to our chagrin, none of them are about gay marriage. In other news, Matt Kaiser was right: this is a term only a lawyer can love. [National Law Journal]

    * “We are not going to forget where we came from.” As it turns out, not everyone at this firm is a “huge [bleep]hole.” Cozen O’Connor announced this week that Michael J. Heller will step up to serve as the firm’s chief executive officer. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Apparently law school deans are “merely middle management.” Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings Law, gives an interesting insider opinion about what the view is like from the top of the ivory tower. [Huffington Post]

    * “Caveat emptor makes for a lousy law school motto”: an exposition on why law schools should tell their prospective students the truth about their job prospects after graduation. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Anna Gristina, the Millionaire Madam, pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prostitution. Does this mean we’ll never find out more about the “prominent Manhattan lawyer” who was allegedly a client? [New York Post]

    * New Jersey Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (ne Fist Pumper) proposed a piece of legislation called the “Snookiville Law.” If it means more cash for the towns that have to suffer wrath of reality TV, then so be it. [CNN]

    2 Comments / / Sep 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • Someone's excited about fashion law!

    8th Circuit, 9th Circuit, Abortion, Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Copyright, Deaths, Fashion, Kiwi Camara, Law Professors, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Richard Epstein

    Morning Docket: 09.12.12

    * Good news, everyone! According to Citi’s Managing Partner Confidence Index survey, firm leaders are feeling pessimistic about their business due to an overall lack of confidence in the economy. [Am Law Daily]

    * Per the Ninth Circuit, an Idaho statute that essentially criminalizes medication-induced abortions imposes an undue burden on a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy. Really? You don’t say. [Bloomberg]

    * Kiwi Camara’s circuitous route to SCOTUS: thanks to the Eighth Circuit, Jammie Thomas-Rasset started and ended her journey with $222K damages for copyright infringement. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “Fashion law is a real career choice,” says Gibson Dunn partner Lois Herzeca. This niche practice area is one of the hottest new trends in the wonderful world of fashion, and it’s not likely to go out of style any time in the remote future. [Reuters]

    * Your clawback suit is a wonderland? John Mayer was named as a defendant in a suit filed by trustees seeking to recover money paid out by Ponzi schemer Darren Berg. [Bankruptcy Beat / Wall Street Journal]

    11 Comments / / Sep 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • California bar, it's unforgettable, somebody pukes, most end on top.

    Bar Exams, California, Music, Rap

    Rapping California Girl Giving You A Property Primer Before The Bar Exam

    Time for the bar, it’s a rap…

    38 Comments / / Jul 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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    Bar Exams, Job Searches, Law Schools, Libraries / Librarians

    Bar Review Diaries: How Did Last Year’s Diarists Do?

    Whatever happened to last year’s Bar Review Diarists? Did they pass the bar? Do they have jobs?

    26 Comments / / May 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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    Law School Deans, Law Schools, Rankings, U.S. News

    The Hastings Gambit

    Hastings Law Dean Frank Wu announced that his school would be voluntarily reducing its enrollment by 20% over the next three years, and the press has taken notice….

    24 Comments / / May 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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    American Bar Association / ABA, Animal Law, Deaths, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Real Estate, Trendspotting

    Morning Docket: 05.02.12

    * Starting next year, if you want to be a lawyer in New York, you’re going to have to work for free. Because nothing says “we care” like indentured servitude. Thank God for law school clinic hours… maybe. [New York Times]

    * Mo’ law schools, mo’ problems? That’s what Dean Wu thinks. Here’s a new trend to watch: UC Hastings will be joining forces with lower ranked law schools in an effort to reduce its incoming class sizes. [USA Today]

    * MOAR TRANSPARENCY! Support has been shown for the ABA’s proposed changes to law school disclosure requirements. All the better for those “sophisticated consumers,” eh, Judge Schweitzer? [ABA Journal]

    * “Dogs are always happy to see you, no matter how you do on your Evidence exam.” Only real bitches would throw shade. Emory has joined the therapy dog pack for finals. [11 Alive News]

    * In trying to dismiss a $50M suit against billionaire George Soros, his lawyer claimed that his ex would have had to suffer an “unconscionable injury.” Dude, she did. She banged an octogenarian. [New York Daily News]

    * Ann Richardson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UDC School of Law, RIP. [Washington Post]

    13 Comments / / May 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM
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    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Interview Stories, Small Law Firms

    Inside Straight: Tales From The Interview Crypt

    Mark Herrmann wishes he could name names; he really does. But he works at the world’s leading insurance broker for law firms, and he can’t go around offending the clients (or potential clients). You’ll just have to guess. All of these interviews actually took place. He swears it. He didn’t say these stories were uplifting. He said only that they were true….

    48 Comments / / Feb 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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    Bar Exams, Boalt Hall, California, Law Schools, Loyola Law School

    California Bar Passage Rate Holds Steady; Shame For Underperforming Schools Deepens

    California has released some macro-level results from the July 2011 administration of the bar exam. The California bar is notoriously difficult, and every year we like to take a look at which schools prepared their students well for the exam, and which schools did not. You might be surprised at which California law school had the best passage rate on the California bar. Hint: it’s not Stanford, or Boalt Hall, or UCLA….

    114 Comments / / Jan 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM
  • Airplanes / Aviation, Federal Judges, Old People, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Justice Ginsburg Evacuated From Plane at Dulles

    Along with all of the other passengers, according to the Washington Post. The plane reportedly experienced engine trouble. United Airlines Flight 586 was scheduled to depart Dulles for San Francisco at 12:34 p.m. The engine problems apparently started before the plane took off. The passengers were evacuated from the smoky plane via emergency chutes and […]

    21 Comments / / Sep 14, 2011 at 2:42 PM
  • California, Exercise, Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Walk With Me

    Editor Elie Mystal isn’t a big fan of walking. He finds the activity primitive in terms of travel. So, it should go almost without saying that the person ready to implement the walking meeting concept is an academic out in California. That’s right, a law school out west is ready to bring you the walking office hours….

    55 Comments / / Sep 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM
  • Bar Exams, Immigration, Job Searches, Libraries / Librarians, Travel / Vacation, Unemployment

    Bar Review Diaries: The End Is The Beginning

    If you took the bar exam last month, you might be trying hard to forget the experience, or you might be flying far, far away on an exotic vacation. Maybe you are counting the days until results come out in November, or maybe you’re frantically searching for employment before those organ bill collectors start knocking. […]

    13 Comments / / Aug 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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    Bar Review Diaries: Basking in the Afterglow

    The bar exam has come and gone. Our esteemed Bar Review Diarists have lived to tell the tale, and thank goodness none of them fainted or had a baby during the test. But as usual, Mike, Mariah and Christopher also had their fair share of adventures. Keep reading to see how a soggy sweater and […]

    29 Comments / / Aug 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    Bar Review Diaries: The Final Countdown

    This is the Final Countdown. Exactly a week from now, many of you will be stuck at desks for upwards of two days, working to finish that little formality they call the Bar Exam. This is the last time we’ll hear from our Bar Review Diarists before they cross the threshold. They are leaving behind […]

    16 Comments / / Jul 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM
  • Bar Exams, Gay, Gay Marriage, Immigration

    Bar Review Diaries: Don’t Panic

    Well, we are just two weeks away. The bar exam looms. Our columnists have given up discussing country life and making fake advice lists. They are putting their noses to their respective grindstones. This week at the Bar Review Diaries, we hear some crowd-sourced opinions about studying for the bar, we learn the secret to […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM
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    Bar Review Diaries: Confidently Rounding the Home Stretch

    We’re closing in on the main event. The holiday weekend may have been your last excuse to slack until the bar exam is over. But here at the Bar Review Diaries, our columnists are at peace. They know they need to buckle down, but they are confident. After the jump, we learn that Mike has […]

    6 Comments / / Jul 5, 2011 at 3:40 PM
  • Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Bar Review Diaries: The Bridge Is Out!

    Thus far into the Bar Review Diaries, our intrepid columnists have been strangely in sync with each other. Last week, motivation was the hot topic. Another time, it was simply stress. But I’m not going to lie, this week Mariah, Mike, and Christopher are all over the map. And that’s OK. They don’t plan this […]

    14 Comments / / Jun 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

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