Catherine Roraback was the only woman in her class at Yale Law School. She was a founder of the Connecticut ACLU, and a president of the National Lawyers Guild
. During her long career she defended labor organizers, immigrants, civil rights organizers, Black Panthers, and maybe most famously, Estelle Griswold before the United States Supreme Court in the case that legalized the distribution of birth control. She died this week at age 87. [more inside]
posted by serazin
on Oct 24, 2007 -
It began with
an innocent-looking Valentine's Day card in 2005.
Inside the card were several slips of paper, a hastily cut-up printout of names of 550 secret detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The human rights lawyer who received "this weird valentine" handed it over to authorities, and this week the court martial begins for JAG LtCmdr Matthew Diaz, facing 36 years for divulging state secrets.
Whither goest thou, American Jurisprudence
posted by planetkyoto
on May 15, 2007 -
"I may be an SOB, but I'm your
SOB." Jim "the Hammer!" Shapiro, a personal injury lawyer, had some of the craziest commercials
in Rochester NY, [despite living in Florida
]. The best commercials are here [avi
] and here [avi
]. While he admitted he could not "rip out the hearts" or "hand you the severed heads" of those who hurt you, he promised to "hunt them down and settle the score." Shapiro & Shapiro were sued for malpractice in 2002 for $1.9 million, and their website
has been "under construction" ever since. Web archive has a great glimpse from May 2000
. You call. I hammer.
posted by yeti
on Aug 1, 2006 -
The billionaire attorney. The King of Torts. Legendary Texas Lawyer. He is Joe Jamail
. He is most famous
for his record setting verdict in Texaco v. Pennzoil
(which eventually made it to the US Supreme Court
) in which Joe secured a $10.3 billion dollar judgment (though it is not known for sure, some speculate that Joe walked with $1 billion in attorney's fees in that case). In addition to being well known for his success, he is almost as legendary for his colorful demeanor. One such example was when he got reprimanded
for his behavior
in Paramount Communications Inc. v. QVC Network, Inc.
. But to see him in action with your own eyes, we have video of classic
Joe during a deposition he was giving. (via brainwidth
posted by dios
on Apr 7, 2006 -
reads like fiction (awesome, Hunter S. Thompson -esque fiction -- Part 1
) to outsiders, but that might just be because it's so fucking good. The lawyers commiserating in the comments, at least, think it's real.
The navigation is cumbersome -- if you're not careful, you'll come into a story in the middle. For your perusal, then, I've laid a few out:
Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Part 1, 2
Part 1, 2, 3, 4
posted by Tlogmer
on Mar 30, 2005 -
How I Lost the Big One
Lawrence Lessig on losing Eldred v. Ashcroft: "We had in our Constitution a commitment to free culture. In the case that I fathered, the Supreme Court effectively renounced that commitment. A better lawyer would have made them see differently."
posted by ericost
on Mar 3, 2004 -
Anchors Away, A Life Unmoored
An interesting, albeit sad, story about a once prominent D.C. lawyer who walked away from his life and now lives on a garbage-filled boat in the waters around Annapolis, MD. "Trash People" have always perplexed me; is there anything that society can do to truly help them?
posted by tommyspoon
on Oct 28, 2003 -
Shirin Ebadi wins Nobel Peace Prize
Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi
has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2003. Ebadi
is Iran's first female judge and a leading figure in the struggle for women's and children's rights in Iran. She is known for representing the interests of persecuted individuals and has braved reprisals for her beliefs.
posted by dagny
on Oct 10, 2003 -
Apple lawyers target Mac Themes Project
-- Apple has issued a cease and desist order against Mac Themes Project (MTP) for creating a theme editor. Apple claims the editor enables third parties to copy its copyrighted trademark themes by "improperly copying Apple's copyrighted software code and graphic files".
posted by shauna
on Apr 17, 2001 -