Morning Docket: 12.11.18

* Supreme Court rules pose obstacles to crowdfunded amici briefs. The Court’s rules seek to limit influence purchased by shadowy, unknowable big donors. Let’s see how the Citizens United faithful react when this problem comes knocking on their door. [National Law Journal] * Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers looking to get their client out on bail as …

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Morning Docket: 12.07.18

* Which Supreme Court justice is apparently the best at throwing shade at her colleagues during oral arguments? It’s Justice Kagan. Sick burn, Your Honor. [National Law Journal]

* “Presidential harassment”? President Trump is blaming special counsel Robert Mueller’s election interference probe for his low Rasmussen Reports approval rating of 50 percent. Damn, when a pollster known for favoring the president is only giving him a 50 percent rating, you know it’s pretty bad. [POLITICO]

* Speaking of Robert Mueller, here’s a little preview of what you can expect from the court filings to be filed today which have to do with the implosion of Paul Manafort’s cooperation deal (i.e., “what may have pushed him to commit legal suicide”). Oh, and we may also see a possible sentencing plan for Michael Cohen. [USA Today]

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Morning Docket: 12.06.18

* Michael Cohen and DMX have a lot in common? Do you not believe that? Well, f**k what you heard, it’s what you hearin’. * Better Ingredients. Illegal Employment Contracts. Papa Johns. [Law360] * The American Lawyer Awards name their “Law Firm Of The Year.” I’ve never been to the American Lawyer Awards, but I …

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Morning Docket: 12.05.18

* Mueller suggests no jail time for Flynn based on the former National Security Advisor’s extensive cooperation. Um… that’s interesting. [CNBC] * Jeffrey Epstein settles a civil suit against him, and no one could be happier than Labor Secretary Alex Acosta who can hope this allows the story to blow over without any more inquiry …

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Morning Docket: 12.03.18

* Young lawyers in Australia are fighting back against Biglaw hours expectations because these snowflakes don’t realize that chronic sleeplessness and callously sacrificing relationships with friends and loved ones builds character! [The Guardian] * Comey has reached a deal with the lame duck House committee. He’ll still testify in a private hearing, but he’ll be …

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Morning Docket: 11.30.18

* Senator Tim Scott has effectively killed the district court nomination of Thomas Farr. At this point, the administration could just grab another name out of the hat of tons of nominally qualified North Carolina Republicans. But instead they’ll just wait until the next session and redo this whole thing with their newly expanded majority …

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Morning Docket: 11.27.18

* So much for that plea deal! Mueller’s office says it’s caught Manafort in multiple lies since ostensibly reaching an agreement. I’m sure we’ll soon hear how this is all a “perjury trap” too. [Huffington Post] * James Ray III says he shot his girlfriend in self-defense. Sure. [] * Hong Kong aims to be …

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Morning Docket: 11.20.18

* ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights score win with court order proclaiming the obvious: No, you can’t blanket deny asylum seekers. [Associated Press via Huffington Post] * Cyrus Vance accuses someone of seeking publicity over justice. [Variety] * Are you suggesting that law firms and clients don’t listen to each other? [American Lawyer] * …

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Morning Docket: 11.18.18

* “You were very busy. Wow. Wow. I always knew I liked him.” President Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom to the Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday and managed to crack a joke about the late justice’s sex life when referring to his wife and their nine children. Wow. [USA Today]

* Speaking about birth control… President Trump has proposed a new way for employers to get around the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate by creating a Title X loophole that would “hijack” programs that already have limited funding and send women to low-income family planning clinics to get their contraceptives. [New York Times]

* Will Biglaw be the next thing that millennials kill? Not only has Weil Gotshal shortened its partner track in order to keep its youthful talent from walking out the door, but the firm that once made a big joke out of work/life balance is now allowing associates to work from home once a week. [American Lawyer]

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Morning Docket: 11.16.18

* After delaying the decision, Judge Tim Kelly will be releasing his ruling in CNN’s First Amendment case at 10 a.m. Is it lawful to revoke a reporter’s press pass after an argument with the president? We’ll soon find out. [USA Today]

* “[W]e’re not going to leave any judges behind over these next two months.” According to Senator Tom Cotton, the Senate is apparently planning to work through Christmas and New Year’s Eve to confirm all of President Trump’s judicial nominees in an effort to head off any obstruction by the Democrats. [Washington Times]

* “I’m not trying to be rude. I can see your résumé. You’re a rock star.” Despite her strong résumé, Allison Jones Rushing, the 36-year-old Fourth Circuit nominee, was repeatedly questioned by the Judiciary Committee about her “life experience” — or lack thereof, since she graduated from law school 11 years ago. [National Law Journal]

Read moreMorning Docket: 11.16.18