Yale Law School

  • Court Reporting Stenograph

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.15

    * Judge settles sexual harassment case brought against him by his former court reporter for $744,000. Why would you ever harass a court reporter? It’s not “he said-she said” when she’s got a verbatim transcript. [Missoulian]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel talks about Biglaw inefficiencies. Branding the billable hour “inefficient” may not be earth-shattering commentary, but it’s Elizabeth Wurtzel, so maybe Salon will pick it up or something. Then we’ve really got the ball rolling. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Teacher eats live hamster in front of children to teach them “how dear life is.” Makes sense. [Legal Juice]

    * Uncle Sam. Always wanting to go in the backdoor. [LXBN]

    * College sued over forced vaginal examinations. Ummm… what? [CNN]

    * Vermont has banned litigation financing for a year. Was there some compelling reason? Nope, businesses just told the legislature that letting people bring merited claims would be “bad” so they banned it. DEMOCRACY! [LFC 360]

    * Crowdfunding police abuse lawsuits. You may have seen their ads running 24/7 on cable news a few weeks ago. Oh, wait, that wasn’t an ad? [KPCC]

    * What do this elderly couple in Seattle and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. have in common? [Seattle Times]

    * Yale asked some of its graduates to go on camera and explain what they’ll be doing after graduation. Their answers may vary from those at the Florida Coastal graduation.

    https://vimeo.com/128271168

    10 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Biglaw, Rankings

    The Top 10 Most Family-Friendly Law Firms (2015)

    Which firms had the best options available to both women and men? Let’s take a look at the latest rankings.

    18 Comments / / Apr 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.26.15

    * WMU Cooley Law School wants you to know the legal job market is BOOMING! Never change, Cooley. [Cooley Law School Blog]

    * The NCAA expressed its concerns with Indiana’s new religious discrimination bill. Somehow the NCAA has the moral high ground. Huh. How did that happen? [Washington Post]

    * Judge grants motion to extend time… in verse. [Western District of Texas]

    * Do you love pre-1972 rock? So does satellite radio! Because it’s all about love and rebellion and not paying copyright royalties. [Managing IP]

    * Did this really need to be a CLE? Are we really abusing the “business casual” regime this much? This is why we can’t have nice things. [ABA]

    * Congressperson caught on tape executing the worst parking job ever. Lat’s take on this story: “Guess they don’t teach parking at Yale Law School.” [Roll Call]

    * Picking apart Better Call Saul’s take on RICO. [Foster PC]

    * If you’re looking for a hot tip for your Fantasy SCOTUS league, then scour confirmation hearing transcripts. Because Chief Justice Roberts either gave away his thoughts on the marriage equality cases. Or he coyly misled the Senate, but that never happens. [Slate]

    11 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 4:59 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.17.15

    * A ballsy decision dripping with prestige? It seems that a few too many students at Yale Law School requested access to their student admissions evaluation records under FERPA, so instead of handing them over, Yale deleted them. [New Republic]

    * Here’s some good news for women attorneys visiting clients in Massachusetts jails: you’ll no longer be forced to lift up your shirt and shake out your bra if your underwire makes the metal detector go off. Instead, you’ll get felt up a pat down. [Boston Globe]

    * According to early data culled for the Am Law 100 rankings, from revenue to profits per partner to revenue per lawyer, Winston & Strawn posted record financial results in 2014. Perhaps the days of no-offers and layoffs are long gone for this firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * Just because more people took the LSAT in February, it doesn’t mean that the law school crisis is over. It does, however, mean that law school administrators may soon be wishcasting the year-over-year growth of their first-year classes. [National Law Journal]

    * Rahul Gupta, the graduate student who used the tried and true “my girlfriend did it” defense during his trial for the fatal stabbing of a Georgetown Law student, was convicted on first-degree murder charges yesterday. He’ll be sentenced on April 16. [WJLA]

    24 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings

    What Are ‘The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools’?

    Check out the top 10 “go-to” law schools. What does it mean to be a “go-to” law school? Find out.

    20 Comments / / Feb 23, 2015 at 1:02 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.18.15

    * Could it be? Did Justice Clarence Thomas ask a question during oral arguments at SCOTUS? No, but he did ask a question at Yale Law during a presentation, noting that he doesn’t ask “irrelevant, useless questions” at the high court. [Legal Times]

    * Per NALP, gains were made by women and minorities in law firms for the first time in years, but be careful, because Jim Leipold is watching you: “Individual law firms should not be allowed to hide behind the national figures.” [National Law Journal]

    * Meet Judge Robert C. Brack of the District Court of New Mexico, who recently earned quite the accolade. Judge Brack has sentenced more defendants than any other federal judge in the past five years. He won’t be celebrating his achievement. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This Georgetown Law professor, who happens to be the cofounder of one of the country’s largest litigation finance firms, wants to see a law firm IPO, but others wonder if lawyers would be able to ethically practice while reporting to shareholders. [Washington Post]

    * A Chadbourne & Park employee has been banned from ever working for another law firm again following his theft of $15,360 from C&P’s coffers. Not to worry, no client money was pilfered from the firm — the cash was taken from an open office account. [Am Law Daily]

    * If you haven’t heard, David Lat wrote a book called Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), and “[w]riting the novel was almost therapeutic for [him] in a way” — he’s “kind of over” the fact that his résumé doesn’t include a SCOTUS clerkship. [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]

    * Martha Africa, name partner of Major Lindsey & Africa, RIP. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    17 Comments / / Feb 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM
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    2nd Circuit, Books, Federal Judges

    Judging Statutes: 5 Thoughts About The Use Of Legislative History

    A federal judge offers a spirited defense of using legislative history in statutory interpretation.

    / Feb 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM
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    Law Schools, Romance and Dating

    FYI, Your Mom REALLY Wants You To Date A Lawyer With A Prestigious Degree

    Has a relative ever pressured you into going on a date with someone just because they have an Ivy League law degree?

    48 Comments / / Jan 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.16.15

    * It’s on. SCOTUS grants cert in marriage equality cases. [Supreme Court]

    * Law schools are admitting students who have no real hope of passing a bar exam. But keep talking about academic integrity! [TaxProf Blog]

    * The Daily Show looks at Alabama’s Attorneys for Fetuses law, the impetus for the CLE “Charging an arm and a leg when your client doesn’t have an arm or a leg.” [Mediaite]

    * A follow-up on the Yale mental health survey and the challenges facing the legal profession. [Law and More]

    * Justice may get a little more affordable in New York. [LFC360]

    * One Virginia lawyer is staying open despite Counter-Civil Rights Day Lee-Jackson Day. [Katz Justice]

    * AG Holder puts a stop to the government’s Equitable Sharing program, which was a nice way of saying the “police stealing things from people” program. [Washington Post]

    * School chancellor: “After careful consideration, I’ve concluded that enlisting our students as confidential informants is fundamentally inconsistent with our core values.” Would have been better to have figured that out before a student died while acting as an informant. [Redline]

    * Another review for Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link). Check it out. [Blog Talk Radio]

    29 Comments / / Jan 16, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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    Biglaw, Law Schools

    Stat Of The Week: Throwback Elitism Edition

    If you think the legal profession has a prestige obsession these days, you won’t believe how things were back in the “Mad Men” era…

    5 Comments / / Jan 16, 2015 at 4:10 PM
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    Law Schools, Suicide

    If You’re In Law School, You’re Probably Depressed

    According to a recent study, a large segment of law students face mental health issues, and most students don’t seek help — not that the law schools offer much assistance anyway.

    33 Comments / / Jan 15, 2015 at 2:57 PM
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    Public Interest

    Another Option for Aspiring Public Interest Lawyers: LRAPs

    When it comes to LRAP, carefully consider what each individual school offers to help you survive on a public interest salary.

    6 Comments / / Dec 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM
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    Boalt Hall, Elena Kagan, Harvard Law Review, Merrick Garland, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Stephen Reinhardt, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Left Out

    After a little hiatus, Legal Eagle Wedding Watch is back — with a vengeance….

    / Nov 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM
  • Jonathan Dach

    Politics, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals, Women's Issues

    In Further Defense Of Jonathan Dach, The Yale Law Grad Dragged Into A Sex Scandal

    A prominent accuser of Jonny Dach turns out to have a prostitution problem of his own.

    98 Comments / / Oct 31, 2014 at 1:46 PM
  • Supreme Court justices RF SCOTUS group portrait

    Books, Clarence Thomas, Clerkships, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    An Afternoon With Three Supreme Court Justices

    Over the weekend, Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, and Justice Sotomayor participated in an extraordinary joint interview at their alma mater, Yale Law School.

    9 Comments / / Oct 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Better than Biglaw? Obviously.

    Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Clarence Thomas, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 10.27.14

    * “I think we have to be concerned that almost all of us are from two law schools.” Justice Clarence Thomas thinks that the Supreme Court bench ought to be more diverse. [New York Times]

    * The DoJ expanded its recognition of gay marriage by adding six states to its roster of those newly entitled to federal benefits — now more than half the country. Yay! [Bloomberg]

    * Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has withdrawn from consideration as a nominee for Eric Holder’s job as AG. She and her shoe collection will remain at Latham. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * [I]t’s profound that we have not made much progress on that front in the legal profession.” There’s still an income gap between men and women in the law, and it gets worse over time. :( [National Law Journal]

    * Come sail away, come sail away, come parasail away with me. This former Biglaw associate found that life slaving away at a law firm wasn’t her paradise, so she decided to move to the beach. [Am Law Daily]

    21 Comments / / Oct 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • Justice Samuel Alito

    Clarence Thomas, Eyes of the Law, Federal Judges, Food, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Justice Alito Turned Away From Sunday Brunch

    Not even the justices are above the law — the law that you must make reservations for Sunday brunch.

    84 Comments / / Oct 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM
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    Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, FCC, Football, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Sexism, State Judges

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.24.14

    * NFL blackout rules will be a thing of the past on November 24. So just in time for all you rabid Rams fans to watch them play the Raiders. [CommLawBlog]

    * Electing judges is so very stupid. [What About Clients?]

    * OK, Alex Rich: it’s time to ditch document review and become a psychic. [Law and More]

    * A tumblr of offensive stuff overheard at Yale Law. If these are true, then that place sounds horrible. [The YLS Offensive]

    * Exactly where is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? It turns out the government doesn’t really even know. They’re looking to shift the border and possibly allow more oil drilling. [Breaking Energy]

    * How to get your Biglaw career right from the beginning. [Medium]

    10 Comments / / Oct 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM