Monthly Archives: August 2013

  Welcome new law students!  By now you've likely been asked what type of law you want to be your concentration.  I always hated that question.  My concentration was getting a job upon graduation. The people that ask the question are typically doing it in good nature, as polite dinner conversation. But, they have a limited understanding of how the legal education (and job market) works.  Their lack of knowledge provides ample opportunity to have a bit of fun. I figured I’d ... [click here to read more]
Well, not exactly.  Actually, the nation's President weighed in on the subject of law school and its duration and said 2 years was plenty. Hey, when the President, The Commander in Chief, a Constitutional Law Professor, a guy who went to Harvard Law School says that, what else can we say? 2 years it is. Do I hear 1?   ... [click here to read more]
The National Law Journal reports that some law firms are offering a $300,000 signing bonus to attract associates who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Do these 25-year-olds bring something special to the table that warrants a hiring bonus in excess of what most experienced lawyers make in one year? Why, yes! Clerks to U.S. Supreme Court justices get to breathe the same rarified air as the justices themselves. The clerks become imbued with the ambiance of the highest court in the country. ... [click here to read more]
Well, as if the Bradley Manning saga couldn't get any more bizarre, he now says that he wants to be known as "Chelsea" and live as a woman...I think I would too if I were to embark on a 35 year prison sentence.   Let's compare the female lead "Chapman's" first year in prison in "Orange is the New Black" with one of the male leads "Beecher" in the very graphic HBO series: "Oz" First night in prison: Chapman: Sleeps pretty soundly. Beecher: gets raped by an entire gang of Aryans ... [click here to read more]
Whodunnit was (and hopefully will continue to be) a rare "reality-fiction" show on which contestants investigated fake deaths.   By solving riddles and puzzles the contestants would advance to the next round.  But unlike most reality TV, the contestants demonstrated logical thought.  Logic on television, what has the world come to? Among the cast were two journalists, an ex-homicide detective, and two attorneys.  One of the attorneys won the competition, suggesting that the legally trained ... [click here to read more]
The National Law Journal reports that the ABA has moved to ease restrictions on law schools giving them greater latitude in how they provide legal education. We at Comedians at Law have put together a team of experts who have come up with recommendations to "reform" legal education: 1. Kill all the lawyers: it was correct in Shakespeare, and it's still true today. If you want to upset the law and order of the day, you have to get rid of the current bunch of barristers. Then, of course, you ... [click here to read more]
All major news organizations have reported that Edward Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum in Russia on the condition that he would not leak any more documents, leaked more documents.  Snowden most recently leaked a ream of documents to the Washington Post pointing up more than 2000 NSA surveillance rule infractions, allegedly trampling on the rights of American citizens and foreign nationals in the United States. The public is divided over whether Snowden’s leaking is an heroic attempt ... [click here to read more]
It’s no secret that the first year, or decade, of your legal career will be spent doing a mixture of tasks you thought you’d never have to do.  At the very least you thought you’d be making more money.  So it’s refreshing to see an employer candidly describe new attorney’s duties. Check out this job post from the other day on the University of Houston Law Center's website. The post reads: "Small mid-town firm requires a young associate to do all the junk nobody else wants to ... [click here to read more]
A NY Supreme Court Justice has ruled that the police department's policy of stopping and frisking suspicious individuals is unconstitutional because it disproportionately targets Blacks and Hispanics.  The judge then ordered several reforms to address this issue: 1. From now on, police officers may only frisk pieces of fruit at neighborhood bodegas 2. When confronting a suspicious person, police officers cannot stop and frisk but are limited to asking "hey, did you just commit a crime?" 3. ... [click here to read more]
The New York Times reported this week that President Yayi of the African nation of Benin dissolved his government. No reason for the dissolution was given. The message signaling the end of the government arrived on Jones Beach in an otherwise empty bottle of Diet Coke. Benin is a tiny west African nation inhabited by ten people, five deer and a rabbit. It was rich in Diet Coke, it’s main export, but drought all but destroyed the Diet Coke crop. To make matters worse, there has been almost no ... [click here to read more]

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