Loretta Lynch Puts On Master Class During Confirmation Hearing​

I've been a connoisseur of Senate Judiciary confirmation hearings since I was a boy. Granted, when I was a boy the hearings had a lot to do with pubic hair and Coca-Cola. But I can't recall a confirmation hearing that was quite as smooth as what Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to be the next Attorney General,… » 1/28/15 4:08pm Yesterday 4:08pm

We Need 'Home Rule' For The New York City Subway

At 6:00 p.m. last night, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to shut down the NYC subway system at 11:00 p.m. The move came as a shock to the actual command of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). It's the first time the subway has ever been shut down because of an impending snow storm. New York Mayor… » 1/27/15 1:30pm Tuesday 1:30pm

Snow Emergency Doesn't Get You Out Of A Crappy Job​

Politicians all across the Northeast are telling people to stay off the roads and be cautious. It's snowing, don't you know. Mayors and state executives want you to take the weather "really seriously." Nothing ruins a politician's competence rating quicker than the appearance that he or she was unprepared for a… » 1/26/15 12:18pm Monday 12:18pm

From Berkeley Law To XXX: One Law Student Cum Porn Star's Journey

The legal industry and the porn industry are more connected than one would expect at first blush. Former porn stars move on to become lawyers, and current porn starlets set their sights on law school down the road. Porn is a legal and regulatory hornet's nest, so it's unsurprising that the smarter adult film stars… » 1/23/15 11:02am Friday 11:02am

Sheldon Silver Is Charged With Being Sheldon Silver​

As Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful New York politicians in my lifetime, was being hauled away by the FBI, he said: "I hope I'll be vindicated." Does that sound like the defiant plea of an innocent man? Or does that sound like Col. Nathan Jessup's incredulous question: "I'm being charged with a crime? Is that… » 1/22/15 1:01pm 1/22/15 1:01pm

The Downward Mobility Of T​he Black Middle Class

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, The Atlantic published an article on why black people will be poor forever. Okay, not really. But Gillian B. White did repackage a sobering report about the problems the black middle class have at keeping their children in the middle class. This will shock no one, but apparently… » 1/20/15 1:49pm 1/20/15 1:49pm

New Criminal Laws, Not Number Of Wins, Define Joe Paterno's Legacy

For those outside of State College, Pennsylvania who do not treat Penn State football as a religion, it is forgivable if the news that the NCAA agreed to restore 111 Joe Paterno victories to the record books was lost amongst — well — real news. » 1/18/15 1:22pm 1/18/15 1:22pm

Judge Unimpressed By X-Wing Lawsuit

A couple months ago we profiled a case in Delaware Chancery where a lawyer acting pro se (NYLS grad, natch) sued Disney for "stalling the next evolution of human transportation on this planet," namely the construction of a working model of Luke Skywalker's X-Wing. After much thoughtful consideration, we declared this… » 1/16/15 11:59am 1/16/15 11:59am

Is It Time To Make Fat People A Protected Class?​

Target, last seen color coding plus-sized women under "Manatee Grey," is at it again. This week, the chain announced that it would be carrying a Lilly Pulitzer line of clothing. The line includes options for plus-sized women, but those clothes will only be made available online, not in the brick-and-mortar store. » 1/15/15 2:33pm 1/15/15 2:33pm

When Killing Eagles Is A Matter Of Faith

The problem with the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby is that granting expanded religious exceptions to secular laws kind of has to be open to all religions. It's easy enough to think that a religious employer doesn't have to pay for women's health in the form of birth control pills. (Actually, it's not easy to… » 1/13/15 2:52pm 1/13/15 2:52pm