Monthly Archives: February 2013

We keep hearing in the news that law school doesn't actually do a good job of preparing law students for being the workforce. We can't argue with that. Knowing the difference between a springing and shifting interest never came up in our years in the workforce. Granted, none of us were Trust and Estate Lawyers, but we think it's time we offer some practical tips for law students who are nearing the end of their schooling. Since we remember very little about the actual practice of law, these tips ... [click here to read more]
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that he believed the Constitution should be re-written (or at least the old one should expire) every 19 years (of course in the era of Twitter he might have modified that to every 47 seconds).  Needless to say we are a couple of years late with establishing a new Constitution and now might be the time to finally start.  There are some things I believe we would add right away - term limits for Representatives and Senators would seem like a good place to start.  But ... [click here to read more]
Frasier Crane?   Nope.  It's Big Brother.   Under a 2008 amendment to the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the government (that cuddly, cute-as-a-teddy-bear government) gave itself more power to eavesdrop on international communications.   As reported in the New York Times, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups and individuals, including journalists and lawyers who represent prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, challenged ... [click here to read more]
This week the Comedians at Law went down to Texas for a couple of days and it was a resounding success.  It started inauspiciously when the gig at the Houston Improv had to be cancelled last minute on Wednesday, but Alex, J-L and special guest Brian Jian, improvised and went to see the Houston Rockets vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder in what turned out to be a thrilling game, spearheaded by James Harden's career high of 46 points for the hometown Rockets. The next day Alex, J-L and Brian all ... [click here to read more]

This week, Comedian’s at Law brings you the legal news, in a rant. Matt Ritter breaks down the Oscar Pistorius”Blade Runner” murder charge and a new Maine ruling that may scare some men away from the Diamond Club.

 

Just when you thought the state of legal education couldn't get more confusing and confounding, it now appears that law school rankings are completely useless.  As reported in separate articles in the Business Insider, it appears that the US News & World Report rankings of law schools is largely dependent upon how much schools expend per student.  In other words, even if your law school is terrible, it can skyrocket to the top of the pile by building a state of the art gym/lounge/video-conferencing/video-gaming ... [click here to read more]
Elizabeth Warren turned the tables on the Senate Banking Committee at her own hearing! Here is the actual transcript of her exchange with the Banking Committee, but rest assured, that was her channelling her inner Joe Pesci in Casino pulling up in the desert to tell Deniro how things work around here now that he's out here. "What I'd like to know is tell me a little bit about the last few times you've taken the biggest financial institutions on Wall Street all the way to a trial," the Massachusetts ... [click here to read more]
It only seemed fitting that Comedians-at-Law send two of its Jewish members to St. John's University School of Law on Ash Wednesday.  If you never believed in irony, you should now.  Even more fitting was that CAL member, Alex Barnett, got to return to his alma mater after a 21 year hiatus...you do the math. Before the show began the students put on a talent show that showcased the best St. John's had to offer.  Some played music, other sang, all demonstrated why law school was their chosen ... [click here to read more]
The State of the Union was last night and it was full of big ideas and lots of standing ovations.  As we should know the State of the Union is required by Article II, Section Three of the Constitution: "He (the President) shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."  And as part of the tradition, the White House extended invitations to various people who exemplify good ... [click here to read more]
With apologies to Sam Cooke, we at Comedians at Law couldn't help but borrow the title to Mr. Cooke's song when we saw what was brewing in the land of law school.  That's right folks, change is brewing, change is gonna come. In fact, the ABA (law's governing body) has created a Task Force on the Future of Legal Education to discuss some very radical changes to the system of legal education. As anyone who's gone to law school knows, especially anyone who's in law school now, legal education ... [click here to read more]

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