Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
David C. Friedman
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Andrea R. Hartman,
Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
NBC Universal, Inc.
Senior Vice President
Fox Cable Networks
PWC DAN BRANDHORST MEMORIAL DEALMAKER
Fox Networks Group
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Business and Legal Affairs
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Frank H. Smith
Senior Vice President Business & Legal Affairs
AFG / Walden Media
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs WW Television Distribution
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Caroline Jasmine Vranca
Executive Director, Business & Legal Affairs
Yari Film Group, LLC
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Sterling Mets, L.P. (New York Mets)
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Major League Baseball Properties
Vice President & General Counsel, NBA Development League
National Basketball Association
TECHNOLOGY, NEW MEDIA AND VIDEO GAMES
Managing Vice President and Counsel
The Walt Disney Company
Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
LABOR, EMPLOYMENT AND PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
Vice President and Senior Labor Counsel
Robert D. Manfred, Jr.
Executive Vice President
Major League Baseball
Senior Vice President
William Morris Agency
Assistant General Counsel, Six Flags, Inc.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
Nancy B. Rapoport
Gordon & Silver, Ltd. Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Associate Professor of Law, Cornell School of Hotel Administration & Academic Director, Center for Hospitality Research, Cornell University
EXCELLENCE IN BRANDED ENTERTAINMENT
Vice President, Legal Affairs
Home & Garden Television (HGTV)
David B. Stern
EVP, General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs
Key Brand Entertainment, Inc. (dba Broadway Across America)
OUTSTANDING MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW FIRM
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Thanks, AMEC! It's an honor to be included in this list!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Click here for some info on the FDA warning about Chantix.
So, Chantix spammers, do you still want to keep making me remove your comments on my blog, or will you cut it out?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
For one thing, marriage can't just be about protecting the ability of a man and a woman to have children. My marriage doesn't include children, so either my husband and I don't deserve to have the protections afforded to married people, or something else must be going on in the institution of marriage to justify protecting people like us (childless by choice) as well as protecting people who want to have children, but can't. I suppose that one could argue that we could always decide to have children, so marriage is there to protect our "children potential" or that we could adopt children--but then, unless a state chooses to ban adoption by lesbians and gay men, the "children potential" of gay marriages is just as possible as our own "children potential" in my marriage.
The other argument--that banning gay marriage is different from banning inter-racial marriage--rests on the assumption, I think, that being a member of a particular race is immutable but that being gay or lesbian (or transgendered) isn't immutable. That argument doesn't work for me, either, based on what I've read about being homosexual and based on my own experiences with my lesbian and gay friends. The whole "where do you draw the line" argument--that allowing gay marriage will lead inexorably to allowing, say, person-canine marriage (yep, I've heard that one) ignores the fact that states limit man-woman marriages on line-drawing reasons all the time. For example, there are limits on marrying under-age opposite-sex people.
My hope is that, in a few short years, this debate will go the way of the debate on inter-racial marriage. In the meantime, though, a whole lot of people whom I love are going through some serious hurt as they listen to some of the rhetoric being lobbed their way. Their hurt is my hurt, too.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I don't get it. Just what is so hard about letting two people in love get the same civil rights that I've had for the past 12 years? Does a same-sex marriage threaten my marriage in any way? Is giving same-sex couples certain legal rights going to somehow threaten opposite-sex couples (including, BTW, those who have taken their marriage vows and then gotten divorced--which is, of course, legal and "doesn't" threaten the sanctity of marriage)?
I hear that the SF City Attorney is going to file suit, claiming that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional (see here). Good.
I understand that a lot of people are uncomfortable with same-sex marriage, for a variety of reasons, and I don't want to marginalize any good-hearted opposition to my own views. But I believe that denying same-sex couples these civil rights smacks of the same popular hesitation that accompanied mixed-race marriage not that long ago. Too many of my friends have had to resort to a variety of legal machinations just to get the right to visit their partners in hospitals, or to have survivorship rights, or to enjoy any of the myriad rights that I get to take for granted as a married woman. I know that times will change, and I foresee a time when this hot-button issue will be of only historical interest, but I sure wish that times were changing a bit faster.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1. I've been studying board behavior ever since Enron imploded, and I think that I could add a lot to a board's ability to cut through "groupthink."
2. Although I'm not a candidate for any board's audit committee, I'm enough of an outsider to be useful to, for example, a board's compensation committee (although, to be fair, I'm not in favor of huge payouts to C-level officers who haven't performed well).
3. I believe in taking the long-term view, rather than tying decisions to the short-term (quarter by quarter) view.
4. I love Disney--ever since a friend and I went to Disneyland after the California bar, I've associated Disney with a very happy state of mind. I collect Disneyana, I watch Disney movies, I go to Disney parks, and I read about Disney whenever there are articles on it. My ever-patient husband puts up with this obsession to a magnificent degree.
5. I'm (obviously) not already loaded up on public boards.
So--how about it, Disney? Think outside the box!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
The Boyd School of Law is a fully-accredited public law school in state-of-the-art facilities at the center of the UNLV campus. We have a diverse faculty of new and experienced legal educators drawn from top institutions. The Boyd School of Law has 488 students enrolled (372 full-time,116 part-time) and 41 full-time faculty. For more information on the Boyd School of Law, see our website at http://www.law.unlv.edu/. UNLV is a premier metropolitan research university located in the nation’s fastest growing city. It is the state’s largest comprehensive doctoral degree granting institution, with more than 28,000 students and more than 850 full-time faculty. UNLV provides traditional and professional academic programs for a diverse student body and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning, and scholarship. For more information on the University, see the UNLV website at http://www.unlv.edu. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, along with a detailed resume, three professional references, and off-prints of your published works.
Contact: Professor Nancy Rapoport, Chair, Appointments Committee, UNLV—Boyd School of Law, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway – Box 451003, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003.
UNLV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here is my response relative to Jeff Murphrey’s letter of September 26, 2008 about hurricane related sewage in his yard in which he slams me and seems to slam the lawyers from the great city of
Dallas, . His letter has received a lot of play on legal blog sites. Please publish this on your blog site. Texas
I am glad I am from
, I am proud of the fine group of lawyers who practice in this great city, and I am proud of my actions related to Mr. Murphrey’s late cancellation of the deposition. Dallas Dallas, like , has thousands of very professional and capable attorneys, like myself, who represent their clients in a very professional, competent and ethical way. Mr. Murphrey’s implied slam on Houston attorneys and his slam on me are totally off base and unjustified. Click here for the real story behind Jeff Murphrey’s letter: www.marklandhanley.com. Dallas
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
David Bruce Young of Austin, Texas, passed away suddenly Sunday evening, October 5 at his home.I will miss David--what a remarkable person he was, and what a loyal friend. May his memory be as a blessing.
He was born in Columbia, Missouri on November 1, 1945, to Raymond Arthur and Virginia Garton Young. He was preceded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife Flossie, son Michael and wife Mistie, four grandchildren, and son Jay.
Dave attended Williams College and graduated Magna Cum Laude. From there he went on to Oxford University to earn a Bachelor of Philosophy, followed by Masters and Doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He later attended law school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, graduating with highest honors.
Dave published an annotated translation of Beccaria’s Crimes and Punishment. He was a brilliant, prolific writer, and took great pride in the published (and often cited) legal articles and other works too numerous to mention.
Since moving to Austin in 1992, where he was employed at McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, he has been involved at Bethany United Methodist Church, the C.S. Lewis Society, and judging debates in moot court.
He married Flossie Corder in 1973. His sons, Michael and Jay, were the pride of Dave’s life, and he delighted in all of their accomplishments. His joy was complete when Michael married Mistie Shelton, who brought four wonderful grandchildren into the family.
Those who knew him will always remember his intelligence, quick wit, and humor. He will be greatly missed as a colleague, friend, grandfather, father, and husband.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 P.M. on Friday, October 10, 2008 at the Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Hill Country Institute for Contemporary Christianity (online donations preferred), the Bethany Foundation, or to the charity of your choice.
Please join us in honoring David by visiting our Memorial at www.mem.com. Through this site we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.
He's everything that I think a law firm should want, but in part because he was pursuing dual degrees, his GPA isn't as high as some law firms might wish. I don't think that a high GPA is the sole predictive factor for becoming a good lawyer. I do think that emotional intelligence, coupled with academic intelligence, can predict a budding lawyer's success much better than just a GPA.
You can click on Stephen's resume here. PLEASE think about interviewing him. You won't be disappointed.
Today, I emailed the company to say that I wanted my jeans by Tuesday, or I wanted a refund.
Catherine Hart sent me this email in response:
We are finally in stock and I can transmit your order to the warehouse now. Conversely, I am happy to cancel your order and refund you as no one wants pissy customers. You paid by paypal which forces immediate payment and I’m thinking of canceling it for that reason. Let us know asap.My response to her was as follows:
Yes. This particular pissy customer is tired of dealing with a company that promises one thing and never delivers. Please refund my money today.I'm sure that the jeans are great. The customer service, however, is not. With all of the good brands of jeans out there, why spend money on brands that don't care enough to (1) notify customers when there's a delay or (2) follow through on their promises?
Let's see if Hello Skinnyjeans is better at fulfilling its promise of a refund than it was at actually delivering the jeans.
Friday, October 10, 2008
It's ok to stop sending me law school publications that describe a bunch of achievements now--I've voted already.
This year, of course, USNWR asked voters to pick up to 15 schools that we thought of as having "top" part-time programs. I used the highly unscientific method of asking my colleagues which part-time programs had impressed them, and then I added my own experience teaching in two part-time programs.
I'm a fan of the program here at Boyd School of Law. It's small (heck, the whole school is small!), and we tend to consider the part-time students when we're thinking about such things as clinic experiences and externships. I know that, at a lot of part-time programs, issues like clinic and externship opportunities slide under the radar.
Thinking about 15 good programs is probably about par for having some collective knowledge about the quality of offerings out there. As I've said before, trying to evaluate 190+ schools' overall programs is impossible.
It'll be interesting to see what USNWR does with all of this new information.
Oh, and sending me the "law porn"? Didn't help at all. I didn't read a single one of the glossies that I received. I didn't have the time, and I did have a healthy skepticism about the likelihood that the glossies bore any resemblance to the truth. Of course, that's why I'm looking forward to the Green Bag's project (for more on that project, see here).
Thursday, October 09, 2008
For those law professors who are going to the AALS annual meeting in San Diego, you should be able to look at the book at Foundation Press's booth.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
This reminds me of Judge Markell's opinion in In re Martinez, 393 B.R. 27 (Bankr. D. Nev. 2008), in which the court sanctioned the attorneys for Wells Fargo (and Wells Fargo itself) for refusing to correct a stipulation allowing relief from the automatic stay ON THE WRONG HOUSE. As the opinion explains,
This court is concerned that Cooper Castle and its lawyers sacrificed their professional independence to the demands of a large institutional client. They should have counseled Wells Fargo to agree to vacate the mistaken stipulation, and informed them that any other course of conduct was unreasonable and one in which they could not participate. Instead, they followed Wells Fargo's instructions without apparent regard to their professional obligations. In short, rather than remain as independent professionals counseling Wells Fargo, Cooper Castle and its lawyers instead chose to become unthinking agents for Wells Fargo's ends.Failing to cooperate when the circumstances clearly call for it is a Very Bad Idea.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Here's our ad for the Director of Academic Support position:
Position # 4497If you have any nominees for this position, we'd sure like to hear their names. Many thanks!
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DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT at the
THE WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW,
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
The William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applicants interested in joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor in Residence – Academic Support. The qualifications for the Director of Academic Support position include a record of academic success in law school and experience suggesting the aptitude to direct a creative and ambitious academic support program. The faculty also expects that the Academic Support Director will be a resource for the faculty to increase teaching effectiveness. The existing program is administered by the Director, with the assistance of an Associate Director, and includes workshops, tutoring, special classes, orientation programs, bar preparation classes, counseling, and other strategies to enhance the learning environment at our law school. The Director may teach substantive, non-bar, non-ASP related classes. The position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, renewable contract position.
The Boyd School of Law, a state-supported law school, is the only law school in Nevada. Located at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the law school commenced classes in August 1998. It has a faculty of 42 new and experienced legal educators drawn from law schools around the country, and is located in a state-of-the-art facility in the center of the University campus. With nearly 500 students, the law school offers a full-time day program, a part-time day program, and a part-time evening program.
The Boyd School of Law is a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff who work together, collegially and respectfully, to maximize the potential of its students and to help the law school fulfill its aspirations. We welcome applications from those who wish to participate in this sort of community, and we strongly encourage women and people of color to apply. For more information on the Boyd School of Law, see our website at http://www.law.unlv.edu/. Please contact Professor Nancy B. Rapoport at (702) 895-5831 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the position.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Looking forward to reading your comments on all of this.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
[W]ith no information on educational quality, research shows that respondents simply replicate the previous year's U.S. News rankings, and the scores remain fairly static over time.Similar to the Green Bag's survey, which is going to check to see if law schools' publications bear any relationship at all to the reality of their faculty productivity (see here), Race to the Top will try to measure those intangibles that go into a school's real educational quality. Please consider completing Race to the Top's survey.
Given the question U.S. News asks, we need to think more about evaluating schools based on the quality of education that they provide for students, or the "value added" by the institution, in filling out the survey.
Bravo to the co-founders (David Fagundes of Southwestern and Jason Solomon at Georgia)!
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Foundation Press has been patient (thank you, FP!), and I'm hoping that the book will come out in early 2009.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Glenn Reynolds, Jack Ayer, John Steinberg, and Jim Chen.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sure enough, when the rankings came out, in March of that same academic year, the school had slipped by a few points. It's my understanding that the same faculty member, along with a few others on the faculty, worked with some law students to use the rankings as a pressure point to get me to resign. The law students, who were certainly worried about the effect of the rankings on their employment options, allowed themselves to get worked into a dither by a few manipulative people, and I don't really blame them for getting involved in the fray (although I worry about their gullibility).
I resigned because I was tired of working at a place that was so dysfunctional that it would permit that kind of behavior from colleagues on the faculty. It's fair to say that the rankings were part of the reason that I resigned, because the rankings were used as a rallying cry; it's not, however, fair to say that I resigned because of the rankings.
Now let's talk about the good results that came from that resignation: I'm much less stressed and much happier, and I'm at a place that is one of the most collegial law schools in the country. The Boyd School of Law at UNLV proves that it's possible for people to be actively engaged in scholarship and to be good teachers--and to encourage each other on a regular basis. When I look down the hallway, I see people writing, talking to each other without jealousy, and mentoring students. It's pretty hard to beat this environment (although 115 degrees in the summer can get onerous).
And at my old post? People seem happy with the new dean, and I wish the school well. There are many talented, nice people at that school, and the school has many resources that UNLV doesn't yet have.
What was an awful time for me (and, I'm sure, not very pleasant for anyone back then) has turned into a blessing (although I miss living in the same city as my dad). I know that I'll get to rehash my relationship to the rankings for a while to come, and as long as people realize that the negative effects of the rankings can be disastrous for legal education, I guess that--on balance--I can live with that.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Whatever a law school does in the short term [about the change in methodology], it is clear that this change will result in continued homogenization of entering classes, with law schools having an incentive to ensure that the part time and full time divisions have comparable numbers. In other words, while some law schools may game the numbers, by throwing weaker students into the part time division, other law schools likely take a more untraditional student body in the part time division, perhaps those working (in other words those likely to be older) and, particularly with schools in urban areas, perhaps more diverse. Lumping the two programs together will make it harder for the untraditional student to find a spot in law school.
(Emphasis added.) Although I might quarrel with the use of the phrase "weaker student"--the use of LSAT and UGPA, after all, only captures part of a student's ability to perform in law school--I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
1. As the time for fall semester marches inexorably closer: here.
2. Proving that I'm right about Spinal Tap and the rankings: here.
3. As I finish up a summer of traveling, talks, and PowerPoints: here.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
The proposal is strongly opposed by deans at schools with part-time programs designed for students who are years past college graduation and often well into careers outside the law. They warn that a school's place on the U.S. News list is so important that some schools would drop the part-time programs rather than list lower in the national rankings.(Hat-tip to Paul for focusing us on this quote.) But there's more. In the very next paragraph of the article, Bill Treanor, the dean of Fordham Law School, clarifies how this change to the USNWR rankings would affect schools with part-time programs:
"If U.S. News starts combining the [LSAT and UGPA] scores of full-time and part-time students, the pressure to end evening schools will become overwhelming . . . ."
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven, and . . . .Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?Marty DiBergi: I don't know.Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.Marty DiBergi: Why don't you make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Dave Van Zandt does it again--Northwestern Law to offer the option of an accelerated two-year law degree
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Outrageous! In what world is it ok for a judge and a prosecutor to sleep together while working on the same case?
Outraged? You might want to contact Governor Perry's office at 512-463-2000 and ask to speak to counsel handling the Charles Dean Hood case.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Compare that behavior to Bill Lerach's behavior, reported in a recent Joe Nocera column (here). Nocera reports that, in an essay on Portfolio.com (see here), "Lerach expresses zero remorse, positions his crimes as having hurt no one while serving a greater good and makes the absurd claim that he was railroaded by his political opponents." Nocera has it completely right when he calls Lerach's essay "a brazen, shameful piece of work."[Attorney Louis] Schneider said he relied on the teachings of his father, a retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, in deciding to come forward [and report his boss to the state bar]."He has always told me you do the right thing, even if you stand alone," Schneider said."On flat-fee cases I completed their cases, and on hourly cases I gave them credit for the missing money, because it was the right thing to do," he said. "So I essentially worked for free for three months cleaning up those cases.". . . ["] I was was not going to risk losing my license to practice law, or embarrass my son or my father," Schneider said.