Law Blog Week in Review: Hipsters Love Cops, Hate Plaintiffs, and Lawyers Share Cocktail Recipes

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Redskins Trademark Cancellation Roundup

Steve Baird does a great job highlighting the best coverage and summarizing the Washington, D.C., football team’s recent loss:

What I will say quite happily is that the decision is tight, focused, well-reasoned, and built to withstand the team’s promised appeal.

What I can’t explain is why the team continues to deny what has become so obvious to so many people: The R-Word must go.

[Duets Blog]

Banning Laptops from the Classroom

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No Laptop sign icon” from Shutterstock.

When I was teaching in the moot court program at the University of Minnesota Law School, I did not allow my students to use laptops in class. It’s just the wrong way to take notes, especially when the subject matter is not factual. But this week, James Levy highlights an interesting post by New Yorker blogger Dan Rockmore and a response by Robert Talbert from the Chronicle of Higher Education. The gist: schools are still figuring out technology. Also you should take notes by hand, even if you are doing that — somehow — on your laptop. [Legal Skills Prof Blog]

Hipsters Love Cops, Hate Plaintiffs

Elie Mystal breaks down a New York Post article about “jury gentrification” in Brooklyn:

It turns out that the upper middle class white people who now make up the majority of people who are able to afford rent in Brooklyn are much more “pro-police” than the borough’s more modest residents. And they’re also “anti-plaintiff,” which means if you slip-and-fall in their precious Whole Foods, civil juries are more likely to side with the huge conglomerate over the individual shopper with serious medical bills.

Let the record reflect that I was into justice before it sold out. [Above the Law: Redline]

Is Your Website Responsive, Yet?

It better be. Kevin O’Keefe cites a study that says mobile traffic will make up 35% of all Internet traffic by the end of the year. Many websites and blogs already have higher mobile readership than that. If your site doesn’t work well on a phone, it’s time to fix that. (P.S., we can help.) [Real Lawyers Have Blogs]

The Futures of Law

Joshua Lenon thinks all this talk about the future (singular) of law is misleading.

There is no one future for legal professionals. Each jurisdiction and practice area will have different outcomes. The future will be diverse and will arrive in fits and starts.

Can’t disagree with that. I’m less excited about Joshua’s prediction for the future of litigation: a lot more online dispute resolution. We got a pretty unsettling peek at that future last week [the Clio Blog]

The ABA Wants Your Cocktail Recipes

The ABA was apparently planning a cocktail recipe book, although all references to it have been removed from its call for recipes. It looks like some of the commenters thought asking for cocktail recipes was inappropriate because alcoholism.

Well, I love cocktails, so here is my recipe:

Muddle a thin slice of orange, a sugar cube, and a splash of soda in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, 2 oz. of vanilla vodka, and 1/2 oz. of absinthe.1 Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

So far, its name is “Orange Vanilla Absinthe Cocktail in Need of a Better Name.” I’m waiting for inspiration to strike. Even without a name, though, it’s damn tasty. [ABA Journal]

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  1. If you want more booze, feel free to double these portions. 

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  • Jonathan Kleiman

    “What I can’t explain is why the team continues to deny what has become so obvious to so many people: The R-Word must go.”

    It’s pathetic. I think it’s the owner being an idiot. I bet his people see the light. The best part is, it’s in the name of ‘decades of tradition’ that they’re willing to trample on centuries of pride.

  • Ian Quinn

    For decades DC fans have been singing “Hail to the Redskins/ hail victory/ fight on the warpath/ fight for all DC” in a spirit of enthusiasm and pride for their team – not as an ironic taunt – ethnic slur – or whatever it is that a very small # of PC hypersensitive litigants imagine the R-word to be. High Schools with predominantly native american students often use the R-word for their team names. It’s not offensive. I’m sure there are a few Minnesotans of Scandinavian descent who consider the V-word (vikings) to be an ethnic slur – such people are idiots. Changing the name really isn’t a big deal, but it’s a shame to hand any victory to a few silly idiots who pretend to be insulted.