Ferguson Exposes The Hypocrisy Of Second Amendment Advocates

Listen closely. Do you hear that sound? That is the sound of gun rights advocates emitting a yawning silence over the death of Michael Brown. An unarmed teen was shot dead in the street, sparking a national controversy. In any other situation like that, the Second Amendment nuts would be telling us that perhaps the… » 8/19/14 5:49pm 8/19/14 5:49pm

A Grave Offense

When my dad was dying, he was fond of saying "Life is for the living." It was his way of encouraging all of us to forget about him swiftly and move on with our lives after he was gone. It was also a continuation of a life spent utterly devoted to the gnomic utterance. When I was 9, he left the house one day and told… » 8/08/14 4:31am 8/08/14 4:31am

IBM's Watson Continues Its Job Killing Evolution ​

Making a computer that can win at Jeopardy was never just for show. The natural language computer's character arc is following predictable trends. First, we marvel at the technological accomplishment. Then, it starts making whimsical contributions to human life. Check out these Watson-based recipes. » 8/07/14 5:57pm 8/07/14 5:57pm

How One Company Failed The Bar Exam

You've heard by now that there was some kind of "disaster" during last week's administration of the bar exam in states around the country. ExamSoft, a company that allows people to take the bar exam on their laptops, suffered some kind of error after the first day of the bar exam, causing significant delay for… » 8/05/14 2:09pm 8/05/14 2:09pm

Blackface Is Not OK -- Someone Please Tell This Law Firm

Some Biglaw firms put on variety shows and have associates sing, dance, and act out lame sketch comedy. It's all about associates demeaning themselves for the amusement of partners in new and more interesting ways. And I guess it's supposed to engender some kind of camaraderie, though it's not clear how. » 8/04/14 3:33pm 8/04/14 3:33pm

Law Is The Tentacle Porn Of Post-Graduate Study

Today on Gawker, David Shapiro wrote a love letter to law school. After sharing his personal anecdote about why he loved law school, he remarked that nobody ever told him that he could love law school, which leads inexorably to his conclusion that some other people might love law school. » 7/31/14 2:14pm 7/31/14 2:14pm

New Head Of NBA Players Union​ A Wartime Consigliere

The NBA players just elected Michele Roberts to be the new head of their union. As such, Roberts becomes the first woman to head a major sports union. Blah blah, progress, shattered ceilings, yay. » 7/29/14 1:02pm 7/29/14 1:02pm

California Law Limits Tackle Practice​

If you ever played high school football, you know that one of the best parts was going out there on a crisp, fall afternoon, and knocking the snot out of your classmates. Full-contact practice allowed you to settle some personal freaking vendettas built up over the day. Hell, even if you were on the receiving end of a… » 7/23/14 5:02pm 7/23/14 5:02pm

AirBnB Grapples With Basic Landlord-Tenant Law​

People in business over the internet like to act like what they are doing is so new and exciting and technologically advanced that the "old rules" no longer apply. Sometimes that's true (chances are my two-year-old will never know what a "newspaper" is). Sometimes it's not (paperless office my ass). » 7/23/14 2:25pm 7/23/14 2:25pm