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  • Howdy, Aggie Law!

    2nd Circuit, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Department of Justice, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Law Professors, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Police, Shira Scheindlin, Texas

    Morning Docket: 09.18.13

    * As previously discussed, Morgan Lewis partner Leslie Caldwell hopes to take over where Lanny Breuer left off at the DOJ Criminal Division. Her nomination was formally announced this afternoon. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Judge Scheindlin doesn’t want to end stop-and-frisk in New York City, she wants to end racial profiling, so you can’t have a stay pending your appeal to the Second Circuit, Mayor Bloomberg. [New York Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Dewey know which companies were the latest to be sued by the failed firm’s liquidation trustee to recover funds paid out in the days before it went under? Yes, and Dial Car is really pissed off. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * Let’s face the facts: no one’s goal as an attorney in Biglaw is to make it drizzle. Because “law firms don’t know when to fold when trying to hire lateral partners,” they sometimes wind up with the opposite of what they want amid their ranks. [The Lawyer]

    * Texas Wesleyan Law has been Texas A&M Law for only a few weeks, but new traditions are already being made for Aggie lawyers. Now when students enter a classroom, the professors say “howdy.” [KBTX]

    0 Comments / / Sep 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • Dallas TV show

    Biglaw, Gender, Lateral Moves, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Texas, Vicious Infighting, Women's Issues

    The Soap Opera of ‘Dallas': Now Starring Weil Gotshal

    How many partners just left Weil’s Dallas office, for which rival firm, and why?

    18 Comments / / Sep 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM
  • Lady Gaga

    Bar Exams, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Education / Schools, Labor / Employment, Law School Deans, Law Schools, LLMs, Money, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 09.16.13

    * You skip over the footnotes when you’re reading for class, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t think you should. She’s a proponent of the most important footnote in all of constitutional law. [New Yorker]

    * New York will modify its pro bono requirement for LL.M. students to allow public service completed outside the country. Well, so much for closing the state’s justice gap. [New York Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the government-initiated trademark infringement actions over “Don’t Mess With Texas.” Like “I <3 NY," the Lone Star State's slogans are off limits. [New York Times]

    * WUSTL Law Dean Kent Syverud didn’t mind advocating for halving professors’ salaries. He just stepped down to become Syracuse University’s president — for much higher pay. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * You can sue Lady Gaga for overtime pay all you want, but you do not want to face her wrath. The pop star is due in court in early November where she’ll tell a judge “exactly what f**king happened.” [Daily Mail]

    2 Comments / / Sep 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin fishes in the Yenisei River in Siberia

    Free Speech, Gay, International Law, Sports, Texas

    Olympic Village People

    The IOC doesn’t seem to have any laws that will prevent Putin from ruining the Russian games with his virulent homophobia.

    7 Comments / / Sep 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM
  • scalia talking RF

    Antonin Scalia, Football, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Texas

    Scalia Probably Thinks Giving The Redskins Their Own Football Team Was A ‘Racial Entitlement’

    What do you think Justice Scalia’s favorite football team is? Not the Redskins!

    19 Comments / / Sep 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM
  • Bride and groom.

    Books, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Texas, Weddings

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.13

    * A comprehensive analysis of the New York Times wedding announcements over the years. As the research team frames the question, “What do the world’s most self-important people think is important?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is “where they went to law school.” [News Genius / Rap Genius]

    * The National Jurist would like to deceive convince the potential law school class of 2017 that there will be tons of jobs for them. Apparently the legions of unemployed lawyers now will just disappear in some sort of legal industry Carousel. [National Jurist]

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel’s mom loves Al Jazeera because she hates pundits and talking heads. Like, for instance, Elizabeth Wurtzel. [The Daily Beast]

    * Walter Olson of Overlawyered is going on the road. There are a lot of stops; check if he’s coming to a town near you. You could totally tag one of these venues in a big slip-and-fall case. [Overlawyered]

    * The million-dollar-law-degree guys mount another defense. [Am Law Daily via Law School Tuition Bubble]

    * In the midst of a slew of law deans stepping down, Dean Patricia Salkin thinks this is the perfect time to become a law dean. Elie already put his hat in the ring for every available position via Facebook. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Military personnel are guaranteed benefits for same-sex partners. Including personnel in state national guard units. But Texas has decided to deny those benefits. Yeehaw! In all seriousness, this is why all those liberals rooting for state marijuana ballot measures against the feds needed a little more foresight. [Dallas Voice]

    * An interview with Helen Wan, the author of The Partner Track: A Novel (affiliate link). Keep on the lookout for David’s coming interview with Helen. [CNN]

    3 Comments / / Sep 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • cars 2 driving road

    Politics, Texas

    Driving Through Flyover Country: Conservative Pluralism And Finding The Good Life

    If you are from urban areas, especially on the coasts, there are massive swaths of America that feel like a foreign country.

    38 Comments / / Aug 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM
  • Tony Buzbee LF

    Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Plaintiffs Firms, Real Estate, Texas

    Lawyerly Lairs: Everything Is Bigger In Texas (Part 2)

    Behold the $14 million mansion of a high-flying plaintiffs’ lawyer.

    13 Comments / / Aug 26, 2013 at 6:02 PM
  • Amanda Knox

    2nd Circuit, Celebrities, Divorce Train Wrecks, Donald Trump, Education / Schools, Gay Marriage, Morning Docket, Murder, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Morning Docket: 08.26.13

    * Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was chatty this week. In terms of same-sex marriage, the Notorious R.B.G. thinks “[t]he court handled both of those cases just the way they should have.” [Bloomberg]

    * And just like a mean girl, Ruthie’s claws were out. After calling the Roberts Court “one of the most activist courts in history,” she offered comments on Justice Samuel Alito’s eye-rolling. [New York Times]

    * Don’t cry for Argentina, the truth is it never respected you. After losing an appeal at the Second Circuit, the country has vowed to defy any of the court’s rulings with which it doesn’t agree. [Reuters]

    * Texas takes the bull by the horns: the state’s Supreme Court will consider if it has the power and jurisdiction to grant gay divorces despite the fact that it bans gay marriage. [Houston Chronicle]

    * “I have a temperament that doesn’t adapt well to politics. It’s because I speak my mind so much.” Joaquim Barbosa, chief justice of Brazil’s highest court and one of the most influential lawyers in the world (according to Time), isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. [New York Times]

    * Since she was already acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox (fka Foxy Knoxy) will not be returning to Italy for her retrial. That would be as silly as admitting to participation in orgies. [CNN]

    * Following a settlement on undisclosed terms, the suit filed against Paula Deen has been dismissed. It’s too bad that the Baroness of Butter’s career sunk like a spoiled soufflé in the process. [Businessweek]

    * New York’s AG filed a $40M suit against Donald Trump, a rich man who can’t afford a decent hairstylist and allegedly makes students at Trump University weep with his “bait-and-switch” tactics. [NBC News]

    0 Comments / / Aug 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • patton boggs logo

    3rd Circuit, Biglaw, Cellphones, Crime, Deaths, Department of Justice, Election Law, Eric Holder, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Microsoft, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, Texas

    Morning Docket: 08.23.13

    * Even the election law controversies are bigger in Texas. The Department of Justice is currently planning to intervene in one lawsuit and file another against the Lone Star state over its voter identification law and redistricting plans. [National Law Journal]

    * Here’s an especially helpful ruling for people who have been living their lives without landlines (so, basically everyone). You can gratefully thank the Third Circuit for allowing you to block those annoying robocalls on your cellphones. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Well, that was quick — a Biglaw pump and dump, if you will. After only a year, David M. Bernick, former general counsel of Philip Morris, is leaving Boies Schiller and will likely be taking a position at Dechert. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “[L]ife got in the way.” Who really needs loyalty in Biglaw these days? More than half of the nearly 500 associates and counsel who made partner in 2013 started their careers at different firms. [Am Law Daily]

    * Another one bites the dust. John McGahren, the New Jersey managing partner of Patton Boggs, just resigned from an office he opened himself after some major attorney downsizing. [New Jersey Law Journal]

    * “In a community of 98,000 people and 640,000 partners, it isn’t possible to say there will never be wrongdoing.” Comforting. Microsoft is under the microscope of a federal bribery probe. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Ronald Motley, a “charismatic master of the courtroom” who founded Motley Rice, RIP. [WSJ Law Blog]

    5 Comments / / Aug 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • 405 Spreading Oaks RF

    Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Plaintiffs Firms, Real Estate, Texas

    Lawyerly Lairs: Everything Is Bigger In Texas (Part 1)

    How many houses do you know with 13-car garages?

    20 Comments / / Aug 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM
  • Chief Judge Alex Kozinski

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Basketball, Blogging, Craigslist, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Privacy, Sports, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.20.13

    * A chat with Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. Kozinski is the only interviewee who can talk about political oppression and reserve the real shock and horror for jury verdicts. [Concurring Opinions]

    * On a serious note, a summer intern at Bank of America has died after pulling three all-nighters. Biglaw reminds associates that the lesson here is to get your work done faster. [Gawker via Instapundit]

    * LeBron James thinks he’s actually above the law. What’s more despicable? Using celebrity to ruin everyone else’s commute so you can watch a concert or being part of the Heat? [Grantland]

    * Case Western Reserve is changing its legal curriculum out of desperation an effort to revolutionize law school. [Cleveland Plain-Dealer]

    * Women’s magazines make a ton of demoralizing helpful promises. What if lawyers inserted themselves into the editorial process? [The Tangential]

    * A Chicago ER doctor is facing a lawsuit over taking and posting pictures of a woman — apparently this “actress, model, and ex-professional tennis player” — who’d had too much to drink. Dr. Carter has really gone downhill. [IT-Lex]

    * RIP Groklaw, 2003-2013. The stalwart blog has decided to shut down over concerns about government surveillance. [Groklaw]

    * An attorney in Texas decided to take to Craigslist to rip another lawyer advertising a $10/hour paralegal job. Screenshots of the original and the response after the jump… [Craigslist]

    7 Comments / / Aug 20, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • Airlines Hit Hard By SARS, War And Weak Economy

    Antitrust, Constitutional Law, Election Law, Free Speech, Politics, Religion, Texas, Videos

    Laws Make Strange Bedfellows

    Antitrust, Sharia law, voter suppression, it’s a legal potpourri…

    16 Comments / / Aug 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM
  • trayvon martin RF

    Barack Obama, Facebook, Quote of the Day, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Texas, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Assistant U.S. Attorney In Trouble For Negative Comments About Trayvon Martin, Barack Obama

    If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all — especially not on Facebook.

    29 Comments / / Aug 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM
  • TexasFlag

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Career Center, Career Files, Law Students, Reader Polls, Texas

    ATL Law Firm Ratings: Texas Edition

    A look how the Biglaw firms of Texas stack up, based on the ATL Insider Survey.

    21 Comments / / Aug 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM
  • maggie-gyllenhaal-secretary-crawl

    Baseball, China, Clerkships, Craigslist, Janice Rogers Brown, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.09.13

    * This gem of a listing just showed up in the “legal/paralegal jobs” section of Craigslist. Be sure to send a “nude picture” with your résumé! Perhaps someone has been watching too many Maggie Gyllenhaal films. If it gets taken down a screenshot is here, and the klassy alternative picture in the listing is here. [Craigslist]

    * From the “no good deed goes unpunished” department, Georgetown Law has figured out how to bilk taxpayers into covering the costs of increasing tuition. The federal government forgives law school debt for those in the public sector if they agree to make an income-based payment. Georgetown is covering those costs, passing it on to future students (who also won’t be paying it back), and then encouraging students to shelter income to guarantee the school comes out ahead. This is why we can’t have nice things. [Wonkblog / Washington Post]

    * The always outspoken Judge Kopf shares his thoughts on Shon Hopwood’s selection as a clerk for Judge Janice Rogers Brown. Judge Kopf sentenced Hopwood to 147 months in the 90s. [Hercules and the Umpire]

    * A delightful “man bites dog” story: a bank didn’t read a customer’s amendments to a credit card application before issuing him a card and went to court whining about how hard it is to pay attention to the fine print. Boo hoo hoo. [The Telegraph]

    * How to deal with your mistakes. This only applies to associates, though. Partners have two steps: (1) find an associate; (2) blame the associate. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including their misreading of the Supreme Court’s precedent. [Election Law Blog]

    * China is way serious about prosecuting corruption. [Legal Juice]

    * The Mets muscle man whose comic inability to open a water bottle went viral on YouTube is actually a lawyer from White Plains. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, it’s after the jump. Watching the water bottle battle is the only excuse for subjecting yourself to a Royals-Mets game…

    19 Comments / / Aug 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • houston_skyline_dusk

    Advertising, Ask the Experts, Events, Shameless Plugs, Texas, This Is an Ad

    Thanks To Our Houston Event Attendees And To Recommind

    Thanks to our Houston panelists and guests for a successful ATL event in Houston, and some tips from in-house counsel.

    / Aug 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM
  • fried-chicken-2-LF

    Food, Holidays and Seasons, Minority Issues, Racism, Texas

    Law Firm Allegedly Serves Up Racist Stereotypes

    A law firm is sued for throwing a fried chicken feast for black employees.

    84 Comments / / Aug 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM