Noon-Thirty News 07/06/10

Posted in News on July 6th, 2010 by bl1y

What’s 300 – 300 – 600 – 3900?

The answer: Legal job growth for May and June.

Initial reports had the legal sector growing by 300 jobs in May, but a recalculation not only took away that growth, but found 600 jobs had been lost.  June was worse, with the loss of 3,900 jobs.

In America It’s Called Soccer…
[Bitter Lawyer]

In the rest of the world, it’s called futball.

But, in law firms, it’s called “canceled vacation.”

More than two years ago I began planning a trip to see the World Cup in South Africa, and a little more than a year ago I cleared the trip with all the appropriate supervisors at my firm.

[...] A week ago, I was told I would have to cancel my trip because some work had come up.  But, not just any work, work for a department I’m not a part of.

Sounds like someone works for the Koman Coulibaly Legal Group.  Sorry bro.  Or, as they say in South Africa, “BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Kobayashi to Experience Different Hot Dog Eating Contest
[USA Today]

You may have heard over the weekend that Kobayashi, the amazing hot dog eater from Japan was not only not allowed to compete in the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog eating competition at Coney Island, but was arrested after climbing on stage in a last ditch effort to get into the competition.

Kobayashi spent one night in jail, and has been released after pleading not guilty to trespassing and resisting arrest.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas
[Above the Law]

So big in fact, that Texas needs yet another law school.  University of North Texas’s headline:

Opening a public law school at the right time in the right place.


Feminist Profs Accidentally Discredit Selves
[Time Magazine via Feminist Law Profs Blog]

If you know many feminist professors, you’re probably familiar with the mantra that everything is caused by societal norms, and genetics have virtually nothing to do with anything.  …Except that gays are gay by nature, but there’s not a biological or chemical explanation to be discovered, so stop looking…

Well, the Feminist Law Prof’s Blog has posted a story about some (pretty ethically questionable) experiments involving hormone treatments given to pregnant women.  Turns out that differences in hormones can cause girls to behave like stereotypical girls, or to behave more like tom boys, and vice versa for boys.

Turns out that boys will be boys, and not that boys will be boys because we reward archetypical boyish behavior and reinforce such behavior through societal norms.

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Noon-Thirty News, 06/21/10

Posted in News on June 21st, 2010 by bl1y
  • Patricia McGuire Reveals the Secret to Career Success: Coincidence

My colleague offered a different point of view: “A good career is a series of well-managed coincidences,” he said. He was right! A coincidence of my work with Street Law was the opportunity to learn how to do television — I was a guest commentator for two years on a weekly CBS News program for children (“30 Minutes”) and later on a local talk show (“Panorama”). Later on, as the chief development officer, I developed invaluable administrative and management skills.

Unfortunately, McGuire has confused “coincidences” with “opportunities” and “experience.”  Fortunately, you have more control over opportunities and experience than coincidence.  Good thing she’s wrong.  Alanis Morissette would call the mistake “ironic.”  [Washington Post]

  • Ninth Circuit Bats 0 for 4

The Ninth Circuit has a reputation for forging its own path but today had to be special: It was reversed three times by the Supreme Court, with a partial defeat in another case.

The Supreme Court was poised to uphold the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Kawasaki v. Regal Beloit, but Judge Koman Coulibaly called off the victory, causing the Ninth Circuit to settle for a tie with Slovenia. [Forbes]

  • SCOTUS Votes 6-3 to Ban Peaceful Support of Terrorist Organizations

The law had been challenged by aid groups who taught Kurds in southeastern Turkey how to bring human rights complaints to the United Nations and helped them in peace negotiations. The plaintiffs had claimed the material support ban was too vague, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, and infringed their rights to free speech and association, in violation of the First Amendment.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said support for even benign purposes “frees up other resources within the organization that may be put to violent ends. It also importantly helps lend legitimacy to foreign terrorist groups—legitimacy that makes it easier for those groups to persist, to recruit members, and to raise funds—all of which facilitate more terrorist attacks.”

Here’s a pretty sure fire way of making sure that a terrorist organization continues to see violence as the only method available to achieve their goals: cut them off from legitimate channels of voicing their grievances. [ABA Journal] [Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project]

  • E-Mail Record Reveals Harder Side of Kagan

An enormous trove of e-mail messages from Elena Kagan’s years in the Clinton White House released late Friday afternoon offered glimpses of a savvy, sharp-elbowed and sometimes salty-tongued lawyer at ease with politics, policy and bureaucratic infighting.

“Not to carp,” she told a colleague, “but on memos to the president, it’s usually wise to spellcheck.”

Kagan added to another colleague who was slow in responding to messages, “CHECK YOU E-MAIL.” [New York Times]

  • Israel Eases Gaza Blockade

Israel plans to ease its blockade of Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday following an Israeli Security Cabinet meeting, a step commended by major powers and brushed off by a Palestinian organization and government.

Critics of the blockade had previously been accused of being antisemitic and supporting terrorists.  No word on whether the same labels will be applied to Prime Minister Netanyahu. [CNN]

  • Killer Professor Amy Bishop Fails in Suicide Attempt

University of Alabama Huntsville biology professor Amy Bishop, who’s charged with killing three Alabama university colleagues in a campus shooting rampage, was back in her cell Saturday after she attempted suicide in jail.

Earlier in the week she was indicted in her brother’s murder in 1986 in Massachusetts and at least one defense lawyer said news of the indictment probably affected her state of mind. [KWTX]

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