Category: Law & Policy

Spam Sucks

The U.S. Senate realized that spam is not just a mere inconvenience, but a burden on interstate commerce and passed (97-0) S. 897, a bill to regulate spam . Unfortunately, if enacted into law, this bill would not only do little to effectively curtail spam, but could hamper state anti-spam actions. My first problem with this bill is not unique… Read more →

I Can’t Believe it’s a Law Firm

Jeremy has been riding the subway and enjoying the quality law firm ads: Advertisement on the NYC Subway for a law firm — descriptions of cases they’ve won for damage from lead poisoning and medical malpractice — and a slogan, in quotes: “We fight for kids with brain damage.” Wow. And the ad includes a silhouette of a man with… Read more →

Hours and hours

In a NYT Op-Ed, Workweek Woes, John De Graaf wonders why Americans work so much and vacation so little. Lawyers are notoriously bad for working excessive hours. According to the International Labor Organization, Americans now work 1,978 hours annually, a full 350 hours — nine weeks — more than Western Europeans. In contrast, associates at NY Biglaw firms generally have… Read more →

Fun with jurisdiction online

While discussing how the Internet affects a court’s jurisdiction over a person in Civ. Pro this week, we read Griffis v. Luban, 646 N.W.2d 527 (2002 Minn.). In this decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that an Alabama court did not have proper jurisdiction over a Minnesota resident whose contacts with Alabama centered around attacking the credentials of an Alabama… Read more →

Establishment Clausewitz

On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled on Newdow v. US Congress, denying rehearing en banc, and setting it up for appeal to the Supreme Court. I’m going to refrain on writing more now due to my inability to write anything quickly, but I hope to sometime this week, as I get back into Establishment… Read more →

New Jersey and Porn, Perfect Together

The Garden State Is a Gateway to Porn Of all the states, New Jersey tops the list in many measures. It has the most diners, the most spending on education per pupil, the most Superfund sites and the most radioactive-tritium-powered road signs, to name but a few. Now it can add another mark of distinction: Most imported pornography destroyed by… Read more →

Homegrown Stalinism

As an undergrad, I majored in Russian studies and even considered going on to graduate school in that field, but I decided on law school. The politics and culture of the Soviet era are fascinating. I didn’t think that studying Stalinism would be particularly relevant to American law and society in 2003, but it may become increasingly relevant. Recently, a… Read more →

Casual Dress Casualties

Casual Dress Is History At NY Firm Lawyers in the New York office of Greenberg Traurig were informed by e-mail last Wednesday afternoon that because the “mood and business climate in [the legal market had] changed since the heyday of the tech boom,” the firm would be reverting to a business-formal dress code effective April 1. I think that casual… Read more →

Grades matter

Grades really do matter. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher requires all hires, including lateral partners, to rank near the top of their class in law school. They recently turned down a lateral hire with $7 million in portable book because he didn’t make the grade. Ouch. [a mad tea-party] Is there any good way to point out the excessive status-consciousness and… Read more →

Job opp?

There’s a shortage of lawyers in Nunavut. CBC: Nunavut’s 4 private lawyers struggle to deal with case loads The shortage of private-sector lawyers in Nunavut has led to long waits and high costs for people needing legal services, such as buying a home. The new territory has only four lawyers in private practice and they’re busy dealing with criminal matters.… Read more →