April 01, 2014

Too busy to be funny today...

...but others, fortunately, aren't:  see Dan Filler, Jeffrey Harrison, Larry Solum.

UPDATE:  And Michael Dorf (thanks to Kent McKeever for the pointer).

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 1, 2014 in Legal Humor | Permalink

January 24, 2014

Volokh blog to go behind a paywall in six months!

Praise be to Jesus

But, seriously, it seems a surprising decision.  Even I will miss reading a couple of those folks now and then (and not simply for head-shaking amusement!).

Posted by Brian Leiter on January 24, 2014 in Law in Cyberspace, Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

December 07, 2013

Judge Baer vs. Justice Alito

From a Reuters item:

A federal judge this week defended his custom of urging lead law firms in class actions to staff the lawsuits with women and minority lawyers, two weeks after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took the unusual step of criticizing the practice....

Alito likened the practice to "court-approved discrimination" and said it might warrant further review by the high court.

In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Baer, 80, said that Alito lacked "either understanding or interest" in the discrimination faced by blacks, Latinos and women....

In court orders, Baer has written that the practice is warranted under a federal rule governing the certification of class action lawsuits. The rule says a judge may, among other things, "consider any other matter pertinent to counsel's ability to fairly and adequately represent the interests of the class."

In the interview, Baer said that he does not require the firms to assign minority and women lawyers to cases. Instead, he said he notes the value of taking race and gender into account, and only in cases where the plaintiffs are mainly minorities and women.

If plaintiffs were "all white Anglo-Saxon Protestants," Baer said, "I would not likely be making these comments."

Baer, whom President Bill Clinton nominated to the bench in 1994, said Alito's salvo did not surprise him.

"I think the tongue-in-cheek answer would be that I was surprised because of how much he's done in the way of supporting anti-discrimination laws over the years," Baer said. "But that would be just a facetious comment."

Judge Baer for the win!

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 7, 2013 in Legal Humor, Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

October 01, 2013

Stuff faculty appointments commitees say...

...courtesy of Christine Hurt (Illinois).  This is pretty funny and apt.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 1, 2013 in Advice for Academic Job Seekers, Legal Humor | Permalink

April 02, 2013

April Fool's Day at Legal Theory Blog

Larry Solum always has some very funny parodies.  This is my favorite from yesterday's batch.  Several years ago, Solum published such a good April Fool's parody of me that for two years afterwards I would get e-mails from overseas asking for copies of the paper!

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 2, 2013 in Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest | Permalink

February 20, 2013

Paul Campos admits he doesn't "even [know] what it means" to think like a lawyer

This probably explains a lot.  Fortunately, Fred Schauer has recently written a book that could help him with his questions, like, "What does it mean to teach people to think like lawyers?  How is thinking like a lawyer different from ordinary thinking?" 

(Thanks to Nick Smith for the pointer.)

UPDATE:  A senior legal academic, who has been involved extensively with legal education reform, writes:  "Keep up the Campos bashing.  I think that some of the law school critics have done a good service.  Even when I don't agree with everything, it was necessary for legal educators to give up a bit of complacency.  I've never met Campos, but he is disgraceful."  It's hard to disagree with any of that, but I don't really plan to keep up the "bashing," since, as we saw a few weeks back, by Campos's own admission, there really isn't much content to his routine. 

 

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 20, 2013 in Jurisprudence, Law Professors Saying Dumb Things, Legal Humor, Of Academic Interest, Professional Advice | Permalink

December 21, 2012

Loans and the end of the world: legal issues

Reader Ben Schewel shares this handy "Default Clause" just in case (author unknown):

12.7 END OF WORLD.  In the event that the world as known to mankind shall come to an end, whether through natural forces (including, without limitation, plague, drought, earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods), manmade forces (including, without limitation, nuclear or biological war, pollution and global warming), or divine forces (including, without limitation, the Second Coming, the Mayan Cataclysm, and the Rapture, regardless of religious affiliation of Bank or Borrower), then, in such event, all outstanding principal, interest, fees and charges remaining under the Loan Documents shall immediately become due and payable to Bank at Bank’s offices or designated shelter, without notice of any kind of character, all such notice being hereby waived by Borrower, and Borrower agrees that the end of the world shall not be deemed or construed to constitute a valid excuse or defense to payment; provided further, that in the event that the end of the world shall be divinely inspired, then, in such event, Borrower further agrees that Bank shall be aligned with forces of goodness and light, and Borrower shall be aligned with the forces of evil and darkness, and that Borrower shall be cast into a pit of fire until all sums owing under the Loan Documents, including attorney fees, shall be fully paid; provided further, that in the event that Borrower should be reincarnated subsequent to the end of the world, whether as an animal, vegetable or mineral, then, in such event, Bank shall have and possess, in addition to the collateral stated in the Loan Documents, a security interest in all of Borrower’s useful products, including, without limitation, any and all fur, hide, meat, edible portions, medicinal properties, and mineral rights, to further secure the prompt payment of all sums owing under the Loan Documents.  

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 21, 2012 in Legal Humor | Permalink

More cutting-edge empirical work

"Please pass the salt":  Download SALT research

(Thanks to Richard Stith for the pointer.)

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 21, 2012 in Legal Humor | Permalink

November 07, 2012

With Harvard's Elizabeth Warren Heading to the U.S. Senate...

...are the floodgates now open for bankruptcy scholars to ascend to the halls of power?  Senator Baird from Illinois?  Senator Rasmussen from California?  And, dare I say it, Senator Zywicki from Virginia?

Posted by Brian Leiter on November 7, 2012 in Faculty News, Legal Humor | Permalink

October 27, 2012

Mottos for law blogs

This is pretty funny, though it overstates my hostility to some of the crazies at the Volokh blog--though I do enjoy making fun of some of them, for the reasons suggested by the motto proposed for that blog!

ADDENDUM:  And by the same author, book reviews Judge Posner might have written.

Posted by Brian Leiter on October 27, 2012 in Legal Humor | Permalink