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Logical Reasonings / 8.4.17

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B. A group of law professors weigh in on what special counsel Robert Mueller impaneling a grand jury in D.C. means for the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. The consensus? This is routine practice in investigations, he probably needs the jury’s subpoena power, but the fact that he is using a second grand jury–in addition to the one already in Virginia for the investigation into Michael Flynn–may suggest that he has significant evidence beyond just Flynn. Vox

C. Meanwhile, the Justice Department is moving right along with hard-line policies on drug sentencing and immigration, and with an investigation into leaking from the White House (but alas not that kind of leaking). NY Times

D. And the White House is having some success filling the federal courts with judges, just recently nominating ten new ones. Washington Times

E. Finally, one big law firm is out here offering signing-bonuses to 1L summer associates like they’re first-round NFL draft picks. Hopefully your weekend is as prosperous as these newly flush law students. Above the Law

Logical Reasonings / 8.3.17

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B. A group of Yale Law students wrote a withering response to their dean, who argued that law students should only engage in decorous dissent, and not disruptive protest. The Nation

C. Good news for current and prospective law students: Big Law hiring is up for the second year in a row. Above the Law

D. WaPo–which, btw, is basically just showing off with its White House sources at this point–published the full transcripts of President Trump’s calls with Mexican President Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Washington Post

E. If the whole law school thing doesn’t work out, maybe you have a future in protecting Earth from aliens? If so, NASA has a job for you. NPR

Logical Reasonings / 8.2.17

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B. The ACLU’s Jamie Lynn Crofts filed a top-notch amicus brief in support of John Oliver and HBO, who are being sued for defamation by coal baron Robert Murray. It’s a good read, especially if you’ve ever wanted to see the header “Anyone Can Legally Say ‘Eat Shit, Bob!'” in a court document. The Hollywood Reporter

C. Charlotte School of Law, which seemed dead in the water until the Department of Education told the school it might reinstate its access to federal financial aid programs, recently hired the lobbyist Laura Maddox who helped get current secretary of education Betsy DeVos confirmed. Hmm. Bloomberg

D. Trump, who promised his deal-making prowess would usher in a new era of good relations with Russia, but has so far been having a tough time even dealing with his own party, just signed a bill that not only sanctions Russia but limits his ability to make deals with foreign powers by requiring congressional review of a president’s decision to lift sanctions. Washington Post

E. Science did the dang thing today-either taking a major first step in limiting disease or setting us down a path towards a Gattaca-style dystopian future–by editing the genes in a human embryo. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 8.1.17

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B. Last night, WaPo reported that President Trump told Trump Jr. to use the old meeting-with-a-Russian-attorney-with-ties-to-the-Kremlin-during-a-U.S.-presidential-campaign-in-order-to-discuss-a-program-about-adopting-Russian-children excuse that Trump Jr. trotted out before disclosing the full email thread a few days later. Washington Post

C. Speaking of fabricated stories from the White House, a lawsuit alleges that the Trump Administration reviewed drafts of Fox News reports of the baseless conspiracy theory relating to the death of DNC aide Seth Rich. NPR

D. Senator Cory Booker introduced legislation–surely going nowhere given that the GOP controls the Senate and the current (at least for now) Attorney General loves the war on drugs more than most Alabamans love the Roll Tide–that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions, and penalize states that arrest certain races disproportionately for marijuana-related crimes. Washington Post

E. Finally, if your idea of a safety school involves a beleaguered for-profit law school that has already lost its ability to award federal financial aid and may shut down at any moment, you’re in luck: the Charlotte School of Law may soon have its aid restored. Inside Higher Ed

Logical Reasonings / 7.31.17

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B. Unsurprisingly, given that it was the guy who did this and Harvard Law in the 80s, new communications director Anthony Scaramucci had a “big personality” in law school. ABA Journal

C. In case you missed it, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates–who refused to enforce Trump’s travel ban–wrote an op-ed on Friday about what the Trump presidency means for the future of the justice system. NY Times

D. A lot of sanctions levied out by the U.S. government. First it was against Russia, which responded by demanding that 755 U.S. diplomats be dismissed of their duties. NY Times

E. And then against Venezuela, whose President Nicolas Maduro is attempting to redraw the nation’s constitution to consolidate and secure lasting power. Washington Post

Logical Reasonings / 7.27.17

A. The Joint Chiefs: You can’t dictate military policy by tweet, Trump. Politico

B. Meanwhile, the DOJ is planning to withhold federal funding of law enforcement to “sanctuary cities,” which law professors and ACLU attorneys argue is illegal. Slate

C. If you’d like to survey the top all-around law firms to work out, a site called American Lawyer has ranked the “A List.” It’s behind a paywall, so Above the Law has broken down the findings. Above the Law

D. And if you’d like to learn how to get there, here are the top ten schools for Business Law, per Law Street Media. Law Street Media

E. Finally, Jeff Bezos, a guy who buys giant health food chains and slashes the IPO of beleaguered delivery services for breakfast, was briefly the richest man in the world today. Slate

Logical Reasonings / 7.26.17

A. A hearty congrats to all those across the nation finishing up their bar exam today.

B. Speaking of which, a bipartisan bill called the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act was introduced to the Senate in order to provide congressional clerkships, analogous to judicial clerkships, to law school grads. Above the Law

C. Some lawyers who could have used a little experience in governance? Apparently, the whole team of Trump attorneys. Washington Post

D. Since the vote to proceed to debate on Senate health care bill Tuesday, proposals for the Better Care Reconciliation Act and for a straight repeal bill, the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, have failed. The last act open for debate is what is known as a “skinny” repeal. Vox

E. And while the Trump Administration vowed to ban transgendered people from service in the military, the DOJ is preparing to reject workplace protections for LGBT people under Title VII. Washington Blade

Logical Reasonings / 7.25.17

A. The Senate secured the votes to open debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which at this point has survived more deaths than Rasputin. Washington Post

B. The American Bar Association weighed in on this health care debate, writing a strongly-worded letter, as only lawyers can, urging McConnell to not weaken Medicare. ABA Journal

C. Many states are having their bar exam today, so Above the Law rounded up some horror stories from bar exams past. Above the Law

D. U.S. News & World Report lays out how to pick the best law schools to pursue a career in immigration law. U.S. News & World Report

E. Lyft is testing out a feature where riders can request drivers to stop at Taco Bells in Orange County, delighting drunk twentysomethings who just took California Bar Exam. NY Times

Logical Reasonings / 7.24.17

A. Pssst … if you didn’t already hear, we’re having a tutoring sale starting a week from today. Blueprint LSAT

B. A Harvard Law Con Law professor threw some shade at his former student and new White House Press Secretary, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci. NY Daily News

C. The Association of American Law Schools decided to move its annual conference from Austin after the state signed into a law a bill regulating bathroom use for transgendered people. Inside Higher Ed

D. Democratic leaders unveiled a new party platform given the fun and inspiring slogan “A Better Deal.” NY Times

E. Microsoft is retired its program beloved by all those without artistic skills or the willingness to learn Photoshop, MS Paint. Vox

Logical Reasonings / 7.21.17

A. The special investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia has expanded to include business transactions between Trump and Russian associates. Bloomberg

B. So Trump is now investigating the investigators, and it looks like we’re getting a lawyer-off. Trump’s team of lawyers is looking into dirt on special council Robert Mueller’s team of attorneys, including possible conflicts of interest. NY Times

C. Oh and Trump is apparently asking – for a “friend,” of course – if the President can pardon the President. That would be a real humdinger of a law school finals questions. Washington Post

D. This is all a lot to handle, so Sean Spicer is resigning as Press Secretary. Washington Post

E. Another Trump-related controversy: Trump, in the crazy NYT interview from this week, mentioned that Japanese first lady Akie Abe doesn’t speak any English. The internet then unearthed a video of her speaking fluent English, leading many to assume she used that as an excuse to avoid speaking to Trump, making her a hero to many Trump critics. But such snubbing would be unfathomable to a Japanese public figure, and she and Trump have hung out a bunch before, and actually she may have funded an “ultra-nationalist kindergarten” (?). Let’s leave this one in the dustbins of history and have a great weekend. LA Times