United Kingdom / Great Britain

  • J.D. = Just the Dark Roast?

    Bankruptcy, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Confirmations, D.C. Circuit, Deaths, Federal Judges, Free Speech, Howrey LLP, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, State Attorneys General, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 04.08.13

    * President Obama apologized to Kamala Harris after referring to her as the “best-looking attorney general in the country.” We’re guessing the First Lady was none too pleased with her husband’s behavior. [New York Times]

    * If you’re unemployed (or were the victim of a recent layoff), try to keep your head up, because there’s still hope for you. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector added 2,000 jobs last month. [Am Law Daily]

    * The 10 percent vacancy rate on the nation’s federal courts is unacceptable and the New York Times is ON IT. Perhaps D.C. Circuit hopeful Sri Srinivasan will have some luck at this week’s judicial confirmation hearing. [New York Times]

    * Shine bright like A. Diamond: Howrey’s bankruptcy trustee is still trying to get “unfinished business” settlements from several Biglaw firms, but managed to secure funds from ALAS. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * Contrary to what law deans tell you in the op-ed pages, if you want to work as a real lawyer, it actually matters where you go to law school. We’ll probably have more on this later today. [National Law Journal]

    * Cooley Law took a hard hit in the appeal of its defamation case against Rockstar05, and now the disgruntled blogger may seek a dismissal. Score one for anonymous online speech! [Ars Technica]

    * Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister, RIP. [CNN]

    10 Comments / / Apr 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Rankings, Rape, Sports, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.28.13

    * Real Housewives “star” Porsha Williams Stewart found out about her husband, former Pittsburgh QB Kordell Stewart, filing for divorce from the media. She shouldn’t have been surprised. Slash was always elusive. [USA Today]

    * An anonymous Twitter account wreaks havoc on UK law students. One Tweet: “#LawTips: edit the Wikipedia page after copying it to avoid plagiarism.” Here’s a pro tip: if you’re copying Wikipedia for law school, you’re doing it wrong. [Legal Cheek]

    * How out of control is tuition? At 26 law schools, recent graduates with $160,000 in annual income are STILL eligible for the federal IBR program intended to relieve the debt burden on impoverished students. [Constitutional Daily]

    * As our own Juggalo Law pointed out, the NFL engages in some awfully shady sexual orientation profiling. [Sports Law Blog]

    * You’d think the Republicans would be all for funding scientific endeavors to prove that rape victims in the animal kingdom “have ways of shutting that down.” [Jezebel]

    * UNLV Law Dean Nancy Rapoport takes issue with Professor Derek Muller’s ranking of “Career Baristas” out of law school. If there was one dean who was going to know the statistical angles, it was going to be the one in Las Vegas. [UNLV Law Blog]

    * Ever wanted to watch video of the folks from Lawyers, Guns & Money discussing Game of Thrones? Sure you have! And that’s why we invented jumps…

    1 Comment / / Mar 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM
  • buying in small

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Buying In: Superplease?

    Lawyers who “superplease” their clients can expect repeat business. So how do you do it? Anonymous Partner explains.

    5 Comments / / Mar 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM
  • Education / Schools, Google / Search Engines, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, U.S. News, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.13.13

    * We have a new pope. Pope Francis I has no involvement with the sexual abuse scandals surrounding the Church, but has had other legal troubles in his past. [Los Angeles Times]

    * UNLV Law Dean Nancy Rapoport schools other deans on drafting press releases about the U.S. News rankings. [Nancy Rapoport’s Blogspot]

    * Lend your support to this new project to create Oyez-style audio/video archives of state Supreme Court proceedings. This will be really helpful, but I’m holding out for audio/video of Wade McCree’s courtroom. [Knight News Challenge]

    * If you’re mad that your name comes up when people Google “erectile dysfunction,” filing a public lawsuit over that fact isn’t the answer. [IT-Lex]

    * Charter schools are lame because the crazy people running them teach whatever they want, like this one that teaches students that hippies were dirty. Well, okay, that’s not actually untrue, but the system’s textbooks have other faults, like explaining how the KKK was just misunderstood, y’all. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Man loses his memory after car crash-induced head trauma, decides to become a lawyer. I’ve always said would-be lawyers should have their heads examined. [BBC News via Legal Cheek]

    6 Comments / / Mar 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM
  • Python_sir_robin_2_small-RF

    Intellectual Property, Patents, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Conflicts of Interest Are Just Classier With English Accents

    UK judge who sided with Samsung a few months ago takes consulting job for Samsung. There’s no way people will draw negative inferences from that.

    10 Comments / / Mar 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM
  • 'They stole it from us. Sneaky little ABA. Wicked, tricksy, false!'

    American Bar Association / ABA, Attorney Misconduct, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Bonuses, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Munger Tolles & Olson, Partner Issues, Patents, Privacy, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court, Travel / Vacation, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 02.18.13

    Ed. note: Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, we will be on a reduced publication schedule today. We will be back in full swing tomorrow. We hope that you will enjoy your day off, but please feel free to lament your lack thereof in the comments.

    * “[T]hey don’t want to hear nothing.” Vedel Browne, the man accused of robbing Stephen Breyer at machete-point while the justice was vacationing in his home in the Caribbean, now claims that he’s innocent, mon. [St. Kitts-Nevis Observer]

    * You know what, the farmer in the Super Bowl commercial probably didn’t have to deal with bullsh*t like Monsanto’s seed patents, but today’s farmers do, and they’ll argue their case before the Supreme Court this week. [New York Times]

    * “I’m a betting man. And I would bet and give odds that Sullivan & Cromwell has never said that publicly.” Who dares question S&C’s stance in the hot mess that is Herbalife? None other than Carl Icahn. [Am Law Daily]

    * Here’s an important Biglaw math lesson that’s been provided to us via California-based firms like Irell & Manella, Munger Tolles, and Orrick: a little revenue minus a lot of partners equals profitability. [Recorder]

    * Amid a flurry of filings on Valentine’s Day, love must’ve been a battlefield for the embattled Dewey & LeBoeuf refugees who were in desperate search of their once promised 2011 bonuses. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * From the department of things that suck: having to defend your office’s alleged “underhanded tactics” in a $150 million wrongful conviction case while you’re trying to get re-elected as district attorney. [New York Times]

    * We got bitches in the office lawyerin’ on, and they ain’t leavin’ till six in the mornin’ — unless they want to be fired. An ex-Travers Smith trainee claims she was canned for leaving the firm “early”… at 6:30 a.m. [Telegraph]

    * If it weren’t for Cosmo, this woman wouldn’t have known her landlord was an alleged creeper. A Maryland lawyer now faces criminal charges for allegedly filming his female tenants in the nude. [Washington Post]

    * “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious!” The ABA officially put Florida A&M on notice that its law school accreditation may be in jeopardy if they don’t shape up in terms of bar passage. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * What do you do the second you step off a cruise ship that’s been described as “a floating toilet, a floating petri dish, a floating hell”? You grab the very first lawyers you see, and sue! [Nation Now / Los Angeles Times]

    15 Comments / / Feb 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM
  • Soma Sengupta

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Legal Ethics, Trials, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Lawyer Busted Barrister of the Day: Liar Liar, Wig on Fire?

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.08.13

    * Same-sex couple says their Eagle Scout badges helped prepare them for marriage. I don’t remember badges for nagging incessantly and dealing with your goddamned mother-in-law. [The Atlantic]

    * The British legal system: Now with more farting! [Legal Cheek]

    * #wheninlawschool and the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia comment on the 3L job market. [#wheninlawschool]

    * Out in Michigan, Judge Wade McCree is suspended with pay in escrow. Say it ain’t so? He’s had such a sterling reputation before this. [My Fox Detroit]

    * Because “You’ve Barely Gotten Anywhere” doesn’t have the same ring of female empowerment. [The Careerist]

    * You may think there wasn’t more to say about University of Denver dean Martin Katz’s bogus plea for more students. But you’d be wrong. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * A pretty good description of American reactions to the drone strike memo. [The Onion]

    * The woman who flipped off a judge has apologized. [NBC Miami]

    * And Elie just sent me this one: “Sometimes, illegal hackers reveal something so beautiful they cannot be charged with a crime.” [Free Beacon]

    2 Comments / / Feb 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM
  • rebecca gallanagh RF

    Crime, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Quote of the Day, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Quote of the Day: Diamonds Are a Convict’s Best Friend

    Ever seen a bedazzled ankle monitor on a beautiful convict? Now you can!

    4 Comments / / Feb 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM
  • Second Amendment

    2nd Circuit, BAR/BRI, Constitutional Law, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.30.13

    * Congress isn’t standing up to the Supreme Court as much as it used to. [SCOTUSblog]

    * The Second Circuit really wants you to use a current email address. [Find Law]

    * A bar exam for teachers? Why would we create a system that would make BAR/BRI more money? [Constitutional Daily]

    * I kind of wish that everybody who offers an opinion on gun safety laws was required to have a law degree just so they could understand what’s actually being proposed. [Media Matters]

    * Not that getting a bunch of constitutional lawyers together is a recipe for compromise on the Second Amendment. I just want people to know what’s being talked about. [Huffington Post]

    * Stupid law firm slogan time! [Legal Cheek]

    * Henry Blodget defends internet trolls everywhere. [The Awl]

    6 Comments / / Jan 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM
  • dartboard pen on target inside straight

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues, Tax Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Inside Straight: The Best Things I Heard in 2012

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann reminisces about 2012.

    4 Comments / / Jan 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM
  • unhappy

    Crime, Suicide, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Dear World: Prank Calls Do Not ‘Cause’ Suicides

    Nobody is criminally responsible for suicides…

    54 Comments / / Dec 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM
  • devlin RF

    Kids, Quote of the Day, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Quote of the Day: Mothers, Be Good to Your Daughters, Too

    A lawyer from London doesn’t think women need to close the door on their professional careers after having children, and rightly so.

    6 Comments / / Nov 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM
  • dartboard pen on target inside straight

    Education / Schools, Food, In-House Counsel, Travel / Vacation, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Inside Straight: A Native’s View Of London

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann shares his reflections on London, where he has been living for the past few months.

    12 Comments / / Nov 26, 2012 at 10:16 AM
  • image2

    Advertising, Bad Ideas, Election 2012, Music, Politics, State Judges, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Videos

    Politics Gangnam Style, Or Why Lawyers Shouldn’t Dance

    Lawyers and political candidates are milking the “Gangnam Style” craze for all its worth.

    7 Comments / / Nov 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM
  • patent-wars-300x225

    Blackberry-Crackberry, Intellectual Property, iPhone, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    British Court Says Apple Is Way Cooler Than Samsung;
    But Coolness ≠ IP Infringement

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann now lives in London — and he can’t believe the real estate prices over there. Partners at major law firms in London can’t afford to live in the city itself….

    19 Comments / / Oct 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM
  • Talk about bad romance.

    Education / Schools, Kids, Non-Sequiturs, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Weddings

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.09.12

    * Can we please fill this Facebook pay-for-posts rabbit hole with cement, ASAP? Then let’s grow a forest on top of the cement, and then napalm the whole thing for good measure. [Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]

    * In America, law school dropouts turn to aggressive blogging. In Syria, they join the rebel army. [LA Times]

    * A U.S. judge upholds the government’s indictment of Kim Dotcom and Megaupload, despite the whole “they’re based in another hemisphere” snag. The only tricky part is getting him here. [Ars Technica]

    * This insane wedding ended with a dead uncle, a relative in jail, and several dozen cops on the scene. I”ll bet ten-to-one Zach Galifianakis was somewhere nearby. [Dealbreaker]

    * Hello, Jimmy, welcome to the Pleasantville Middle School Scrapbooking Club! We’re so glad to have you. But, first, could you please pee in this cup? [Overlawyered]

    * This is an amusing video of British law students sucking up to William and Kate. More importantly, a reminder that Kate is gorgeous, even when she is unpixelated and wearing clothes. [Legal Cheek]

    3 Comments / / Oct 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM