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Morning Docket: 02.19.19

* 16 states, including New York and California, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump yesterday -- yes, on President's Day -- challenging his declaration of a national emergency. [NBC News] * Meredith Watson, one of the women to accuse Virginia Lieutenant Governor and MoFo partner Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, writes in an op-ed that she's willing to publicly testify about the allegations. [Washington Post] * North Carolina elections shenanigans: state investigators the allege Rep...
Tags: New York, Law, California, Washington Post, Virginia, Marijuana, Nbc News, New York Times, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Justice Department, Online Gambling, Gibson Dunn, Tony Evers

That Time A Lawyer Of The Year Actually Sat Down For An Interview — See Also

WE DID A PODCAST WITH OUR LAWYER OF THE YEAR: Who happens to be Michael Avenatti. I HATE THIS TITLE, BUT IT'S A LEGIT QUESTION: "Should I Marry Someone With Large Student Loans When Mine Are Almost Paid Off?" Freaking shoot me. MOFO RESPONDS: To the big pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against it, not about its investigation of Justin Fairfax. BIGLAW DEPRESSION: It's okay to talk about it. HOW WHITE PEOPLE SURVIVE THE POLICE: Hint: It involves the officer behaving appropriately.
Tags: Law, See Also, Justin Fairfax, Michael Avenatti

MoFo Gonna Handle It — See Also

REMEMBER, LT. GOV. DOESN'T PAY WELL: Justin Fairfax pays his bills with MoFo money, and MoFo is now investigating. AND BIGLAW MAKES A LOT OF MONEY: Like, pre-recession money. AND BIGLAW HAS BAD BOSSES TOO: The Amy Klobuchar "bad boss" stories seem like "normal Biglaw" stuff, actually. ON SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS: They aren't always fair. GOOD LGBTQ LAWS: If the bad people have taken the courts, the good people are winning in the states.
Tags: Law, Amy Klobuchar, See Also, Justin Fairfax

Amid Growing Scandal, MoFo Launches Investigation Into Partner Justin Fairfax

It isn't just Fairfax's political job that is on the line.
Tags: Law, Sexual Assault, Government, Biglaw, Fairfax, Morrison & Foerster, Larren Nashelsky, Justin Fairfax

Morning Docket: 02.11.19

* “We take the allegations against Justin very seriously.” Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia who’s embroiled in a sexual assault scandal, has taken a leave of absence from Morrison & Foerster, where he’s a partner, as the firm itself conducts its own investigation into the allegations. [National Law Journal] * High revenue and even higher demand resulted in law firms posting their best results since just before the recession, with Am Law 50 and niche/boutique firms outperformi...
Tags: Politics, Television, Crime, Supreme Court, Law, Sexual Assault, Virginia, Massachusetts, Marco Rubio, Miami, Amy Klobuchar, Pbs, Biglaw, Finding Your Roots, Election 2020, Justin

Kavanaugh Hearing Attorneys Clash Again In Virginia Lt. Governor Case

Both sides of the Fairfax allegations retain counsel with some recent experience.
Tags: Law, Sexual Assault, Government, Virginia, Rape, Defamation, Fairfax, Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz, White-Collar Crime, Small Law Firms, Justin Fairfax, Vanessa Tyson, Katz Marshal & Banksl

Morning Docket: 02.06.19

* Only four Supreme Court justices attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last night. Chief Justice John Roberts was accompanied in the front row by Justices Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh — who still likes beer, but was unable to participate in any #SOTU drinking games. [USA Today] * Biglaw partnership classes are getting smaller and smaller, which is making it that much harder for women and minorities to advance at their firms. In fact, it’s becoming a s...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Cbs News, Usa Today, Women's Issues, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sexual Harassment, Law Schools, Biglaw, Reuters, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Jacksonville Business Journal, Jerry Sandusky

Morning Docket: 02.05.19

* Michigan State hires its fourth corporate counsel in a year. So, if you're working in-house at MSU its best to keep the office... Spartan? Thanks folks, I'll be here all week. [Corporate Counsel] * Wilson Sonsini opens up software developer. I'm assuming that it'll eventually lay off everyone. [American Lawyer] * Right-wing trolls have long pretended that the Southern Poverty Law Center is evil for identifying hate groups and now one of them has decided to sue them over it. [Rolling Stone] ...
Tags: Law, Rolling Stone, Interior Department, Courthouse News Service, Trump, Michigan State, MSU, Wilson Sonsini, Morning Docket, Justin Fairfax

"But the governor, already isolated from Virginia’s political leaders, was fast becoming a pariah outside Richmond, too..."

"... after a wave of top Democratic leaders, including most of the contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination, called on him to resign. And the turmoil enveloping the state only grew when, at 2:55 Monday morning, aides to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who would succeed Mr. Northam were he to resign, issued an extraordinary statement denying an online report that the lieutenant governor had once committed sexual assault. 'He has never assaulted anyone — ever — in any way, shape or form,' said two...
Tags: Post, Law, Washington Post, Virginia, The Washington Post, Richmond, Fairfax, WaPo, Northam, Ann Althouse, Lauren Burke, Justin Fairfax, Post The Post, Lawrence Roberts, Gov. Northam

Have you seen this awful anti-Gillespie ad?

I'm only seeing that now because I'm reading that it was talked about on last Sunday's "Meet the Press," where Chuck Todd interviewed the DNC chair Tom Perez. The ad (above) is played and Todd asks:Aren't you stereotyping? Are all pickup trucks--I drive a pickup truck. I mean, are all pickup truck drivers racist? That’s what the ad--do you understand why some people think the ad implies that?Perez plunges into distraction and evasion:Well, Chuck, let's be clear...(That is, let's not be clear.).....
Tags: Law, Virginia, Advertising, Dnc, Gillespie, Scary, Meet The Press, Donald Trump, Todd, Ed Gillespie, Chuck Todd, Aren, Ralph Northam, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Steve Bannon

"Virginia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ralph Northam omitted any mention of Justin Fairfax, the party’s African American candidate for lieutenant governor..."

"... from about a thousand pieces of campaign literature, a move Fairfax called a 'mistake' and that has stoked tensions within the Democratic ticket and threatens to alienate African American voters three weeks before Election Day. The palm cards with photos of Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) were produced for canvassers with the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which asked that Fairfax be excluded because it did not endorse him. Fairfax has spoken critically of two...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Fairfax, WaPo, Ralph Northam, Northam, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Justin Fairfax, Cubanbob, Mark Herring D, Laborers ' International Union of North America

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