Saturday, December 26, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The First Jewish Player in the NBA, Finally!

Below is a great article on Omri Casspi, the first Israeli playing on an NBA team, Sacramento Kings. Former agent and current Sacramento King employee, Jason Levein, helped Casspi make his NBA dreams become a reality in last years draft. Read the piece it is a great look into Casspi's world and Levein's dream of bringing a Jew into the NBA..

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Letter to Future Lawyers from a Judge

Below is an excerpt from an ABA article to future lawyers....enjoy!

Lawyers don’t need to be jerks, they shouldn’t tell lawyer jokes, and they need to quickly inform clients when bad things happen. And they should consider keeping a diary to remember the war stories.

That’s the advice of Texas Judge Randy Wilson, who wrote a letter to his two children who are about to become lawyers and then shared it with Texas Lawyer.

“You're going to be in this game for the long haul,” he writes. “There's no shortcut that's worth it—never. If you have a bad document, produce it. If your client is lying to make his case, fire him. Compromising your conscience just is not worth it. There will be other cases. It's a cliché, but it's true: A legal career is a marathon, not a race.”

It’s also important to follow the Golden Rule, he says. “There's just no reason to be a jerk, and there are lots of reasons to be nice.”

If you treat opposing counsel with courtesy, they could end up referring some business to you, he says. And if you allow them an occasional extension, they may do the same for you. If you throw tantrums in the office, your staff can find plenty of ways to sabotage you.

Be proud to be a lawyer, Wilson says, and that means no lawyer jokes. You’ll accumulate real-life war stories—and you will wish you had written them down. So keep a diary, he says.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Quote of the Week

Life is known only by those who have found a way to be comfortable with change and the unknown. Given the nature of life, there may be no security, but only adventure.
- Rachel Naomi Remen

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Class Cancelled because Football Won???

The University of Alabama cancelled classes for SEVERAL DAYS because the football team made it to the national championship game. Yes, it is true.... After the BCS selection show this past Sunday, the University cancelled class for several days to celebrate the joyous occasion. Is this a good thing? or a bad thing for students who don't care about football and actually go to school for the academics...?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Are Law Schools Helping to reform Copyright Laws?

Hearsay Exceptions

Friday, November 27, 2009

Get better Tiger

Tiger Woods was apparently seriously injured in a car crash as he was backing out of his driveway in FLA. Woods hit a fire hydrant and a tree in his Cadillac SUV and was taken to the hospital. NO further info was given at this time. Get well Tiger, we wanna see you golfing on the tour again soon. Next time, leave the black Friday shopping to someone else and take your time driving....

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Legal News & Updates

A West Bloomfield man dubbed by the U.S. as the “spam king” was sentenced Monday by a federal judge to more than four years for a stock-fraud scheme that netted him $2.7 million in the summer of 2005. Alan Ralsky, 63, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and to violating the federal CAN-SPAM Act, which bans misleading subject lines in e-mail and the sending of commercial e-mail messages that appear to be from friends. [Detroit Free Press]
Facebook Photos Cost Woman Her Sick-Leave Benefits- Wow, facebook is really growing and spreading to every sector.

A Canadian woman on sick leave for depression says she lost her benefits after her insurance agent found photos of her apparently having fun on Facebook. Nathalie Blanchard said Monday she was diagnosed with major depression and was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits until payments dried up this fall. When Blanchard called her insurance provider, Manulife, to find out why, she says she was told the Facebook photos showed she was able to work. []
The chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment said Monday the U.S. should join France in cutting off the Internet connection of users who repeatedly download copyright-protected films. CEO Jim Gianopulos said Internet piracy is the single biggest threat to the film industry worldwide, and independent films are the hardest hit. []

Volunteers Log Off As Wikipedia Ages- Good..I never was a Wiki fan like many... is the fifth-most-popular Web site in the world, with roughly 325 million monthly visitors. But unprecedented numbers of the millions of online volunteers who write, edit and police it are quitting. Volunteers have been departing the project that bills itself as "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" faster than new ones have been joining, and the net losses have accelerated over the past year. In the first three months of 2009, the English-language Wikipedia suffered a net loss of more than 49,000 editors, compared to a net loss of 4,900 during the same period a year earlier. [WSJ]

Articles and brief synopsis from BNA Internet Law News

Thanksgiving Song: It's Tradition

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Turkey Day 2009!

The Bronx Effect: What Will NYY Do?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

AI Retires....BUT, will he be back?

AI has officially announced his retirement today. Allen Iverson was the smallest #1 draft pick at 6 foot and a true baller'. He reinvented the crossover and was a scoring machine. But will that be his legacy or will people remember him for his selfishness and not winning a championship. My opinion, AI did not leave on his own terms and just did not want to be embarassed at the time. He will be back soon coming out of retirement like Brett Favre as soon as a good team/ or decent team calls his number.

Some Recent Legal News...

A federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a revised settlement between Google and authors and publishers over the Internet giant's effort to create a vast digital library. The parties' first settlement, reached in 2008, was criticized by the Justice Department, online commerce competitors and library groups. Some critics say the revised deal still falls short of protecting competition among book resellers and doesn't adequately address copyright concerns, particularly over works whose authors can't be found or are unknown. [Washington Post]
Spanish officials said earlier last week that the government will require service providers to offer broadband with speeds of at least 1 Mbps at regulated rates to residents living anywhere in the country. Last month, Finland's minister of communications announced a similar plan. By July 1, 2010, every person in Finland will have the right to a 1 Mbps connection. [CNET]

IiNet has accused Hollywood studios of trying to "outsource" its copyright enforcement to internet firms as it continued to battle in an Australian Federal Court against claims it authorized illegal file-sharing on its network. The Perth-ISP's lead barrister Richard Cobden SC argued that the studios' demand that iiNet pass infringement notices on to customers amounted to an unreasonable request to police its customers. [The Australian]

links and brief summaries are from BNA Internet Legal News email...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wanna Be An "A Player?"

Below is an article from a blog titled Auren Hoffman. The article is a great read about some of the supposed traits it takes to become an "A Player" in whatever you do.

Common Traits of A-Players

An unscientific observation of what A-Players have in common

We often talk about this elusive "A-Player" – a person that everyone wants to hire but someone people can rarely find. In this article we'll attempt to discuss how to spot these people and see what they have in common.

A few points up-front:
1. It is almost impossible to determine if someone is an A-Player until you've worked with them for 1-2 months. Afterwards, it is really easy to determine. Unfortunately you often don’t get a chance to work with someone in an interview or via observation.

2. Not ALL the below traits are in ALL A-Players. But every A-Player has some of the traits. And if you meet someone that has all of them, that person is likely to be an A-Player.

the A-Player janitor

When people think of an A-Player, they often think the person had have gone to Harvard. Going to a great school – or even going to college at all – is not a good predictor of being an A-Player.

Each position in your company can have an A-Player. The person who cleans your toilets could be an A-Player cleaner. That person isn't likely to be an A-Player lawyer ... but the A-Player lawyer probably wouldn't do a great job cleaning either.

As a hiring manager, your goal is to fill each position with the very best person in that position. If you think of a baseball team, it is pretty rare that the catcher is best hitter on the team. But having a good catcher is really important. And a baseball team also needs a great doctor, a great ground crew, great secretary to handle the fan mail, and even a great person to do the laundry.

Relentlessly Resourceful

Paul Graham has written that great entrepreneurs are "relentlessly resourceful". They are. But that label doesn't just apply to entrepreneurs ... it applies to A-Players as well.

Great people are consistently finding ways to be great. They make things happen. The best teacher I ever encountered was Don Tedesco who taught my fifth grade class. He wasn't satisfied with the normal curriculum ... he needed to reinvent it. (More on Mr. Tedesco below)

Rules Encourage Mediocrity

A-Players like to be creative. Actually, they NEED to be creative. They need to find the best way to accomplish their goals and they cannot be told exactly what to do. (B and C players often NEED to be told what to do). And so an A-Player would generally quit rather than follow stupid rules.

My guess is that you won't find an A-Player teacher that will agree to teach to a test. They'll just quit and move to a new environment that allows them to educate kids in the best way possible. The best teacher I ever had, Don Tedesco who taught my fifth and sixth grades, created a whole school-within-a-school (and called it "Actionville") and broke every rule in the system.

If your company is trying to attract A-Players, you might first want to eliminate some of your rules. And if you are an entrepreneur of a fast-growing company, you should monitor people that like to create rules for others (generally the general counsel and the HR people). While those rules are often well-intentioned, they can drive A-Players away from the company.

Getting Back to People

Most A-Players get back to people quickly. Usually within 24 hours. In the few occasions that I have emailed Steve Jobs, he's gotten back to me in about 2 hours. Ditto for Steve Ballmer, Maria Bartiromo, Marc Benioff, Pete Briger, Eric Cantor, Andy Grove, Vernon Jordan, Bill Kristol, Lenny Mendonca, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Dave Steiner.

The one group of A-Players that are really bad at getting back to people are those that work at Google (though there are plenty of exceptions). I think that is because the culture didn't have many real customers in the early days so people there got in the practice of basically ignoring emails from the outside world. People like Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer, and Mac Benioff, by contrast, grew up needing to quickly respond and engage with customers.

Good rule of thumb: If you find someone that generally gets back to everyone in a timely way, it is usually a good sign.

Early vs Late

Do A-Players come to events early or late?
I've personally found that they come to events on the early side. Certainly it would be a flag if someone was late to an interview or a meeting.


A-Players have often founded something. Maybe they started a student club, an association, a company, a cool web page, a user group, a neighborhood watch association, or a new committee on the PTA.


A-Players seem to better understand how to manage people – especially their bosses and their colleagues. They seem to implicitly understand what it means to manage deadlines.

Work harder and smarter

Great employees work harder than good employees. Partially it is because they are motivated by their company and those around them. But it is also because they take pride in what they do. Jerry Rice outworked every football player. Tiger Woods outworks every golfer. They both have some incredible natural talents – but it is their work ethic that sets them apart. My guess is that both Rice and Woods would be amazing in a business environment if that is what they were passionate about.

But A-Players also work smarter. Like Rice and Woods, they don’t just spend a long time practicing, they actually practice in the right way.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Slow Loris

Is this animal legal to have as a pet in the US? Ahahah. It doesn't even look real.

What Is Sammy Sosa Taking Now...

The name Sammy Sosa is making its way around the media again. This time, the allegations do not include steroids, but accuse Sosa of using or doing something to his body again. The part of the body that we are talking about is Sosa's skin.

After pictures of Sosa attending a Hollywood event with a lighter complexion surfaced, manybegan accusing Sammy of bleaching his skin like Michael Jackson. Sosa has commented that the allegations are false, and that he now uses a moisturizing lotion on his skin. What a great spokesperson Sosa could be for the moisturizing lotion......

Saturday, November 7, 2009

World "Series" or Series

Terry Lefton, a Staff Writer for the Sports Bussiness Journal wrote a great piece about the "World Series." To understand why I put the quotes around world series you have got to read the piece.

World Series Patent...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Some MLB Contract #'s For Ya

I was checking out SAB and the traditional Friday piece from Darren, Shabbott Shalom: Friday Wrapup for today, when I came across this artice from MLBTRADERUMORS website and a piece titled "Bad Contracts Swaps." The article had some contracts of MLB players that didn't seem to work out for the teams who paid them that much, according to the author of this article. Some of them I agree with others I dont....You can see the players below with some of my comments to the side.

Vernon Wells, Blue Jays - five years, $98.5MM
Alfonso Soriano, Cubs - five years, $90MM
Barry Zito, Giants - four years, $83MM
Alex Rios, White Sox - five years, $59.7MM----Not a bad year this year...why is he on the list?
Travis Hafner, Indians - three years, $40.25MM
Aaron Rowand, Giants - three years, $36MM
Carlos Guillen, Tigers - two years, $26MM ---He had a decent year...cmon now.
Carlos Silva, Mariners - two years, $25MM
Francisco Cordero, Reds - two years, $25MM
Oliver Perez, Mets - two years, $24MM
Gary Matthews Jr., Angels - two years, $23MM
Milton Bradley, Cubs - two years, $21MM
Juan Pierre, Dodgers - two years, $18.5MM
Jeff Suppan, Brewers - one year, $14.5MM
David Ortiz, Red Sox - one year, $12.5MM --_Great comeback after a rocky start...and he is Big Poppa. Remind me agian how he can be on a bad contract/deal list????

Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers - one year, $12.5MM
Jose Guillen, Royals - one year, $12MM
Eric Chavez, Athletics - one year, $12MM
Dontrelle Willis, Tigers - one year, $12MM --
Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks - one year, $11MM
Fausto Carmona, Indians - two years, $11MM
Scott Linebrink, White Sox - two years, $10.5MM
Nate Robertson, Tigers - one year, $10MM
Edgar Renteria, Giants - one year, $9.5MM
Pat Burrell, Rays - one year, $9MM - Pat the BAT
Kei Igawa, Yankees - two years $8MM
Jeff Francis, Rockies - one year, $5.75MM
Kyle Farnsworth, Royals - one year, $5MM
Willy Taveras, Reds - one year, $4MM
Aaron Miles, Cubs - one year, $2.7MM

Honorable mentions: Michael Young (4/64, some deferred), Carlos Lee (3/55.5), Derek Lowe (3/45), Todd Helton (2/40.3), Kyle Lohse (3/32.625), Magglio Ordonez (1/18, possible vesting option), Mike Lowell (1/12), Chris Snyder (2/11.25), Cristian Guzman (1/8), Jamie Moyer (1/7.5), Kaz Matsui (1/5)

NBA Age Restrictions Debate

Good article on NBA Age Restrictions, ake the One and Done Rule....

Thursday, October 29, 2009

One Foot Out the Door- Posner

Many of you know that I heart Mike Posner. He is a really interesting guy - still a senior at Duke University and is finishing his degree even though he signed a record deal last summer. He tours on weekends and goes to class at Duke during the week. He has a new release that is out for FREE on iTunes that you should definitely download. My first impressions of it are very good - his first mixtape (A Matter of Time) was very good but I would say that this release "One Foot Out the Door" is an improvement. He is very creative with his sampling and the guest appearances that he has. I was a little bit shocked when I heard that the first track uses the XX "Intro" since I made a mashup with that song just last weekend, but I guess that just shows I'm a few steps behind Mike Posner in terms of musical creativity.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Don't Talk on your Cell Phone at the Gas Pump

My mother older told me about this and similar stories and I just thought it was an old Jewish mothers/wives tale....Apparantly there is a little merit in the arguement. Read above...

Relax, Danton Wasn't Really Gunning For His Agent has been covering the crazy situation between former NHL All Star Mike Danton and his agent, David Frost. To read up on the ridiculous situation check out ___. Now to further update you on the Danton legal situation.

Danton, was released from prison and granted full parole by the National Parole Board this past Friday. Danton plead guilty in 2004 to a plot that prosecutors said targeted his agent and mentor David Frost. The failed murder-for-hire plot got Danton sentenced to 7.5 years in prison, of which he served 5.

At the parole hearing this past Friday, Danton admitted that the foiled plot that landed him in jail was not actually targeting his agent, but was really intended for his father. Knowing that the Parole board still decided to let Danton out on parole after five years in prison and serious counseling and therapy.

The parole board reasoned that while it was a very serious offense, Danton has benefited from therapy and would be a low risk if released.

Although this may be good news for Frost and the agent community, knowing that a client did not go off the deep end and want to kill you, it obviously isn't great news for his father or Danton's credibility. If he just told everyone about the true intent of his foiled murder plot after five years in prison why are we letting him out 2.5 years early.

I am a definite believer in rehabilitation but think it takes time and needs to show some results, you can not just assume. I don't know all the facts of Danton's time in prison and if he truly is sorry for his actions, but admitting that you want to kill your father and not your agent at a parole hearing does not sound like the therapy is working.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sanchez Gets Caught

Sanchez got caught eating a hot dog on the sidelines of yesterdays BEATING of the Oakland Raiders, 34-0. Check out the video from someone T.V's below...hahaha

NFL Penalties this week


Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Friday for a uniform violation. Ochocinco

The colorful Cincinnati wideout was fined for wearing the wrong colored chin strap (black) during the Bengals' loss to Houston last Sunday.

Also fined $10,000 was Tennessee Titans safety Chris Hope for roughing-the-passer against New England in a 59-0 loss during which Tom Brady threw for six touchdowns.

San Diego rookie linebacker Larry English was fined $7,500 for a horse collar tackle in the Chargers' loss to Denver on Monday night.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma received a $10,000 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Earlier in the week, the league suspended Carolina safety Dante Wesley one game for launching himself into defenseless Tampa Bay returner Clifton Smith. Wesley will lose $36,000 in salary for the game.

Ivanka Trump Converts

The beautiful daughter of Billionaire bussinessman Donald Trump has converted to Judaism to help convince her boyfriend and soon to be husband that she is serious about marriage....

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Who Can Profit off College Athletes?

Great article on the NCAA and profitting off of college athletes. The article has a specific focus on Tim Tebow and the University of Florida, which is a great example...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tax Incentives in Iowa and Michigan

Some states (including Michigan) have been giving specific tax incentives to those involved in the Entertainment industry if they film a movie or TV show in that state. I wrote an article for the Cooley law school newspaper about the Michigan incentive program last year, and only recently ran across this article about the corruption in Iowa. Iowa gives around a %50 tax benefit to those individuals, however Iowa government officials have resigned and been fired and are accused of criminal wrongdoing in regards to the incentive program. Read the article below to get the full story....

My only question is when will Michigan start to look more seriously into where and how these incentives are being used, and how long it will be until someone in Michigan takes advantage of the system, much like Iowa has.

Improve Your Posture

Ever since entering law school in 2008 I have noticed my posture go down the drain. A lot of law school is reading and typing up briefs and my reading posture and "computer chair" posture are starting to scare me. For those of you with similar problems or if you plan on attending law school in the near future, i recommend that you watch your posture. Below are some tips I found online....

Good posture helps you breathe more easily and when you increase your
oxygen intake, you can concentrate and think better. When you have good posture,
you look better and feel more self-confident. And bad posture can result in
health problems like back aches, poor blood circulation and even slipped discs.
Some steps you can take to improve your posture include:

* Sit up straight and stand up straight. Just thinking about your posture
won't improve it.

* Remind yourself. Because it's easy to forget and fall back into a
slouching position, put a note on your computer screen, on your bathroom mirror
or any place that will prompt you into a better posture.

* Pay attention to when you have poor posture and eliminate your bad
habits. If your desk lamp is dim, for example, you have to lean toward it to
see. Get a brighter light; you'll be able to see better and you won't lean

* If you sit most of the day, make sure you have a good quality chair with
back support

Washington Redskins Trademark Case Creates A Mini MaGuire

Quinn Emanuel Associate Has Reservations About 'Redskin' Victory
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 12:59 PM - By Kashmir Hill & Elie Mystal

Here's a post devoted to the perils of "Reply All" and idealism among first-year associates. Brought to you by the attorneys of Quinn Emanuel.

The firm just celebrated a victory in its Washington Redskins case, reports the Washington Post:

A federal appeals court yesterday handed the Washington Redskins another victory in their long-running legal dispute with Native American activists over the team's name.
The appeals court did not address whether the name was offensive but upheld a federal judge's ruling last year that a Native American man had waited too long to challenge six Redskins trademarks.

AmLaw Daily reports that Quinn attorney Robert Raskopf, who has been working on the case for as long it has been since the Redskins have seen a Superbowl stadium, was pretty psyched about the victory:

Raskopf was in a good mood when we spoke with him about the appellate win. He's been on the case since it started 17 years ago. "It's a great win for the team," said Raskopf, who had help from Quinn partner Sanford Weisburst on the brief. "I'm so happy for the Redskins and their fans."
Raskopf was so happy on Friday that he sent out a firm-wide victory e-mail. But not everybody was thrilled. After bouncing around the firm and racking up some responses, the victory chain made its way to our inbox via a tipster:

This is too good not to share. This was sent to all Quinn attorneys.
The First Year Associate Who Shat All Over Raskopf's Victory Email OR The First Year Associate Who Repurposed the Redskins
After the jump, see the chain that culminates in a (soon-to-be-fired?) first-year associate's plea for idealistic litigation at Quinn.

Here's the chain. We've put it in chronological order for you, and redacted all names but Raskopf's (replacing real names with the monikers that you see in capitalized letters). The first year -- while high on idealism or drugs -- decided to go at it with a New York partner, then send their private correspondence to everyone at the firm.

Later, the first year responded to Above the Law's request for comment. We'll get to the response after you read the email chain below.

Please don't disclose identities in the comments or we will ban you from the wagon.


From: Robert Raskopf
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 9:34 AM
To: Attorneys
Subject: Washington Redskins Victory

One of the longest-running and closely-watched battles in the annals of trademark law took a decisive turn this morning when the DC Circuit (per Sentelle, CJ, Henderson and Tatel) affirmed the ruling of trial judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that the seven Native American activists who filed a petition to cancel the Redskins' marks on the basis of disparagement waited too long to do so. The first of the six registrations under attack in the 1992 Complaint was registered in 1967, such that the period of delay was 25 years. Rather than provide the blow-by blow, I'm sending you all the opinion of the DC Circuit (only 9 pages [PDF]).

There are quite a few people here who deserve high praise for pulling off this very difficult win in an adversely politically charged atmosphere. Permit me to start with REDACTED, who authored the winning brief and whose work on these things is unmatched in my experience. But there are many more who brought this case to a wonderful finish in their own variously inimitable ways and upped the vaunted Q/E victory record along the way. They are: [REDACTED].

What a win. What a firm. Did someone say "America's Firm"?


Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 3:16 PM
To: Robert Raskopf; Attorneys
Subject: RE: Washington Redskins Victory


this email is meant neither to rouse some rabble or down some debbies or outcrunch some crunchies. quite the opposite - i get excited whenever i get victory emails (and even replies to victory emails). this is/was an interesting case that i know (well, i guess i don't know, exactly, but i think) turned on issues not related to whether or not native americans were being slighted by the redskins mascot. but i feel compelled to the point i'm willing to write (and i'm from iowa so imposition is a slow, agonizing death) with a request that we might take a moment (water fountain break, going to nelly and claire's shop downstairs, getting printouts) to think about how many people (native americans, americans, non-native americans, non-american natives) are bummed today because a mascot they find offensive remains on the second column of the sports page and on a kid's hat and on espn's score ticker (and, to a lesser extent, on cnn headline sport's score ticker).

obviously in writing this email, my end position on this matter is pretty clear, but i still, at times, try to make sense of whether or not the mascot is /that/ offensive or even that important an issue to fight. in saying that, i'm just saying i'm willing to chat about it to make sense of it, and i hope others are as well.

and i'll leave on something cheesy: it's incredibly humbling and gratifying to work at quinn, but i really hope america's firm will be native america's firm as well. (that's soooooooooooo dorky, but eh.)

earnest congratulations on the win, for reals, and i hope everyone has a fun weekend!



Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 12:46 PM
Cc: Robert Raskopf
Subject: RE: Washington Redskins Victory

FIRST YEAR ASSOCIATE: We have not met. I am in the NY office. I sit down the hall from Bob. Calling Bob out in front of the entire firm is a poor use of the "reply to all" function. Note the lack of any parentheses in this email. It makes it much easier to read.

Bob and I represent clients, not causes. We like Native Americans. If Native Americans had hired Bob, the Redskins would have lost the case. But they didn't. They hired someone else. So it was incumbent on Bob to kick their ass in court. It is really that simple.

But I digress. The real purpose of this email was to suggest that you made a mistake by sending your email to every lawyer in the firm, thus ensuring that every time someone says your name, they will think "isn't he the first year that shit all over Raskopf's victory email?"


Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 3:22 PM
Cc: Robert Raskopf
Subject: RE: Washington Redskins Victory


indeed, we haven't met. but we're (kind of) meeting now. hi.

i think if you reread my email, then you will find i in no way called out bob's position on native americans or, for that matter, called into question either his ability as a lawyer (i think i adequately praised the win) or his constitution as a person (no comments on that issue, either). to say i called bob out is to focus my general comment on a ex post facto whipping boy created in your email and not in mine. but, i admit, i might be wrong on that point.

i legitimately have no animosity toward the people staffed on this case, the firm, or even the decision that the court reached today. i do, however, feel strongly about native american rights and their relation to both professional and amateur sports mascots. i also firmly believe a major problem in the progression of native american rights, generally, is the lack of visibility afforded to the culture in the united states. by emailing the firm about the topic, which i hope i did politely, i tried to raise a smidgen of awareness for the cause... and even if a person disagrees with the idea that native american mascots are, let's say, objectionable, then all that's lost in my email transaction was a little time to reading an email.

now, if i have in any way offended anyone's professional reputation or just their personal sensibility, then i will gladly discuss the matter with them and apologize, if merited, either publicly or privately.

as for lingering points, i truthfully believe i didn't make a mistake in emailing. again, if i injured anyone's professional reputation (other than my own), which i doubt i did, then i can see how that might be a mistake. that said, i still think the overall good of just asking people to think about how hurtful it is to be hear 'redskin' outweighs the chance of harm, which i minimized in the email by (1) using a relaxed tone (including parentheticals (which i think are fun to read)), (2) admitting that the issue is difficult for even myself to comprehend, and (3) by praising the efforts of the trial team. and i hope and pray that a list of ubereducated and sometimes brilliant men and women can consume an email like that without collateral damage. if not, again, i would gladly discuss the matter.

lastly, i don't mean to sound flippant. if i do, i apologize, but i believe, soundly, in what i wrote both then and now.

all the best...


Sent: Monday, May 18, 2009 6:45 PM
To: Attorneys
Subject: aloha, redskins

The First Year Associate Who Shat All Over Raskopf's Victory Email
The First Year Associate Who Repurposed the Redskins



hey. sorry to write to you again. i'm surely wearing out my welcome. eek!

anywho, i think i finally realized that quinn emanuel is indeed not:

1. a dating service
2. a family
3. a commune (although i do get to have flowers on my office wall)

i get it. we're a business. specifically, we're a law firm. as such, our charge, at its most basic, is to make money (that's the business part) while doing the lawyer thing (that's the law firm part). i think i denied that reality, but i've accepted it. i'm yet to accept, however, that we can't incorporate into our firm the qualities that make families and communes and dating services cool.

briefly, though, i'd like to take a quick sidetrack. i have an awesome memory from hanging out with my dad as a kid. we were driving to rapid city to visit family in, i think, 1987, meaning i was six or so. in the middle of south dakota, which is rather boring, my dad starting entertaining me by telling me about the local tribes. specifically, he told me how the native americans would kill buffalos and, in turn, utilize all the buffalo parts for some purpose or another. time for some paraphrased nostalgia!

BABY FIRST YEAR ASSOCIATE: why bother with all the buffalo parts?
dad: the buffalo was dead. sunk cost and whatnot.

and so i learned that if i have been given a gift, then i might as well make something out of it (even if the gift is of the lemons/lemonade persuasion). and dad would continue with a fun game where i would name a part of the buffalo, and dad, who in hindsight was probably bs-ing answers since they were often cartoonish, would tell me the repurpose:

dad: they'd inflate them and use them as pillows.
BABY FIRST YEAR ASSOCIATE: really? wow! the hooves?
dad: glue.
dad: brooms.
BABY FIRST YEAR ASSOCIATE: [and that's when i'd try to get clever.] how about the... nose?
(what good is a buffalo nose, right?)
dad: [pausing before smiling] they'd use it as a thimble.

i went slackjawed even though i wasn't sure what a thimble (let alone a sunk cost) was. i just knew a person could repurpose anything (even a dead buffalo's nose!) and that was pretty darn cool.

back to firm. i know our overall goal here is to win cases and make money, but that, to me, feels like we're wasting a bunch of our gifts and talents (and sunk costs (read: legal educations (read: dead buffalos))), which is pretty tragic given that i honestly believe quinn houses some of the best, most creative minds (legal or otherwise) in the country. so why not turn those minds to something positive and make some thimbles? (well, because it can seem financially inefficient, i presume, but it needn't be that way, especially as we're currently standing amid the ruins of singularly-purposed, non-green law firms.)

now i happen to have an idea of something positive the firm could do. here's my thinking:

1. i think it'd be cool to work in a post-racial america.
2. i think it's incredibly tough for post-racial america, whatever it may be, to exist while a prominent team in our most-beloved league (sorry, united states hockey league (go muskies!)) has 'redskins' as a mascot.
3. i think post-racial america might appear a couple of days earlier than expected if the chicago bears played the washington fightin' congresspeople or, really, washington plus anything non-redskins (oh, and preferably non-chiefs or non-indians or non-braves.) i might humbly suggest the washington buffalos (although the buffalo bills would probably get grouchy over that).


4. let's try and get the redskins mascot pushed to the curb.

why we can do it:

1. we're smart!

we can come up with an argument for the washington franchise to change the mascot. we're smart enough to spin it as a positive for them... and not in the abstract. a mascot change for washington, i imagine, could be a moneymaker for the franchise... buying the new hat, buying the new jersey, all the positive press... but i'm not sure about these things. that's why i'd like to talk about it.

2. we have summer associate resources, yo!

summers are about to start. if i remember from my time, there were one or two hours of downtime during my summer. why not let the summer associates bill an hour to pro bono and let them brainstorm ideas as to how to why washington should switch it up?

3. we know other smart people!

we may not be able to get this done on our own, but we know smart friends from law schools and from churches and from the block. ask them if they can come together with a reason why washington should be the non-redskins. further, we can take all of these reasons to a really, really, really smart person, who could compile them and offer them to the washington franchise. and if washington doesn't change its mascot, then what have we lost? a little bit of time and effort is all. in return, we'd get some better karma, which i'll gladly take. and think how cool it would be if our firm got washington to change its mascot!

why we need to do it:



back to an earlier point. i realize we're a business comprised of grownups, which means we can keep this idea internal. i see no reason for us to go posting/forwarding this email to all corners of the internet. we can do this in-house and do it well and do it for extra-cheap. (there is a recession on.)

so here's to hoping you might get on board with this idea. if not, no worries. and i'm sorry for the imposition, but i really believe we're primed right now to do something good for native americans, the firm, and the world (why not say it?). :)

with that, let the (hopefully civil) discussion begin. here's to hoping that you have a fun day, that i don't get michael clayton-ed :), and that dad's dream of the redskins' mascot being repurposed will finally come true.

all the best...


But the awesome thread doesn't end there. We at Above the Law reached out to the associate. In true Quinn Emanuel style, we received a response that was totally devoid of capital letters:

to answer your question, i think i still have a job. even if i didn't, my tune wouldn't change that quinn is a cool firm with smart, nice, and chill lawyers. honestly.
about the email, it was the first time i've had a correct legal decision perpendicular to (what i believe to be) a "correct" moral position that i held/hold. (i don't know if moral is necessarily the word i want -- ever since i watched election i get nervous using 'moral' and 'ethical'.) that dissonance was legitimately painful for me. i'm sorry if i worked through it in too public a manner and, beyond that, if anyone was harmed, either professionally or personally, i apologize here and would like to do so privately as well.

Spokespeople for Quinn Emanuel declined to comment for this story, but their young associate had more to say when contacted by ATL. It's not really germane to the issue at hand, but whatever:

real quick... word on the street is it that your blog is read by firm lawyers. :) i'd like to throw something out to them cuz word on the street (it's a chatty street today, it seems) is that summer associateships are starting. and what's a great part about summer associateships???? summer lunches! yumyumyumyumyum.
but word on the (wall) street (ha) is that there's a recession on, which sucks. here's a quick way to be gluttonous (on goodwill) if you're a summer associate:

ask your firm if you can do an easy fundraiser. take one day this summer where instead of summer lunchin' all the summer associates bring sack lunches for the noonhour. sadie hawkins it up and have them invite an associate. so now the firm has saved:

$20 for summer associate lunch
$20 for associate lunch

that's $40 per pair. invite a local soup kitchen or food bank into your office to give a talk so you're not bored at the lunch, present them a tax write offable (i think, eek) check for...

10 summers in a class x 10 associates = $400!!!

...and you've done something pretty cool for the world. easy breezy!

have a great day...

Interesting idea. It reminds us a bit of Simpson Thacher's Chow for Charity program.

In any event, we'll be very interested to see if this young lawyer can hang onto a Biglaw job. On the one hand, expressing an opinion about the term "redskins" probably isn't a fireable offense. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine that Quinn Emanuel wants its junior associates engaging in public debates about controversial racial issues -- and saying that the firm is on the wrong side of the moral imperative.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Legal Chemistry

Playboy has a great article on the new wonder drugs of our time for men in the business world. Check out the article below...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year the issue is climate change...Below are some tips from's Darren Heitner on how YOU can take action and change the climate.

You may be thinking to yourself, “How the hell am I going to help correct the current climate change problems? I represent athletes, not cumulus clouds.” I’ve got you covered.

Travel less. Establish your company’s main office in a town that surrounds the main talent that you represent or wish to recruit. Not only will you emit less greenhouse gasses, but you won’t have to allocate as much money to traveling expenses as you would otherwise. You could also work from the comfort of your home instead of driving to that plush office every day, that serves no purpose other than to provide potential clients with an image that you do not get most of your work done wearing only boxers and a pair of socks.

Ditch the Hummer for a Hybrid. Your clients may judge you by the car you drive. Eventually, it may be that they respect your gas conscious vehicle more than your flashy 8-cylinder gas guzzler.

Get intimate. Turn the lights off when they are not necessary. Set up your office in a place where you receive sunlight throughout the day. And when you leave the office, the shredded files in your garbage won’t get angry with you for not keeping the light on.

These are just a few things that we can do to help the environment and curb the potential harmful effects of continued climate change. Global warming is real, and we cannot ignore it. There is a huge list of things that could go extinct if we do nothing to halt the climate change trend. I am not ready to let go of my favorite red wine, Pinot Noir, and I also don’t think we want to

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Economy Hurts Sports Licenses

Total worldwide sales of licensed merchandise dropped 2.2% to $187.5B in '08, according to the License Global Annual Report. Total royalty income, described in the chart below, declined 5.6% in '08, or $333M, from '07. The collegiate category was the only one to post an increase in royalty income…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thank You Cleveland!!!

The New York Jets should send a nice christmas card to the Cleveland Browns. Not only were the Jets able to dump their trash (aka Eric Mangini) to Cleveland, but the Jets essentially acquired Mark Sanchez, Braylon Edwards,...

How Hard is the NFL On An Athletes Body?

Below is a great article on the effects of playing in the NFL on an athletes body.... The author compares dogfighting to life in the NFL and surprisingly they both give ant take a beating...

Braylon's NY Jet Debut

Monday, October 12, 2009

Top Five Sports Wives

ClubSeat Sports chose their top five athlete's wives today.....

Check out the link and let me know what you think of their selections. I happen to agree with them. Eva should be a little higher in my opinion as Posh Spice/ Beckham is a little over rated if you ask me. I love Tiger's wife listed at #1.

New MJ Song Now Available

Check out MJ's newest song, released last Monday on his website... The album is available for pre order and the Movie stemming from the album comes out this week I believe. Get ready all you MJ fans...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tom Cruise Drops in at a Harvard Law School Entertainment Law Class

How cool would that be.... Tom Cruise speaking and answering questions about his career and Entertainment Law. The next ELS meeting here we are bringing in Brad Pitt, so everyone ATTEND!!

Has Obama Done Anything?

Check out the funny SNL skit talking about this issue and the comments below it addressing the nine promises by Obama....very interesting.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mark Sanchez Teaches You How To Pick Up Chicks

Thursday, October 1, 2009

No More Handshakes?

The NBA is discouraging handshakes between players and on draft day when an athletes name is called. The NBA is worried about spreading the swine flu (h1n1) by these handshakes...What do you think? Good policy or bad?

Personally, I think it is crazy for this to even be an issue, with everything else going on in America today. However, the swine flue is a concern and it is a good idea to address it and tell NBA players and staff about the concern.

NO official policy or regulation was put in place it just seems to be a suggestion from David Stern and the NBA office.

What are your feelings?

Attention All Passengers- JETS

MJ LIVES...In Theatres

Help Out on World Alzheimers Day, VOTE

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The NEW Minnesota Miracle Man

WOW....that is the reason journalists were camping out in his front yard for two weeks this summer. The 40 year old man, who should still be a JET-BUT we'll take Sanchez instead, has still got something left. I agree it was a great throw and catch, but lets see if he still has that kinda throw left in him by week 13. I DUNNOOOOOO.

Monday, September 28, 2009

YouTube Video of the Week: Drake- Congratulations

Off of Drake's new album, Congratulations!!! This song is great and so is the new album. It has at least 5 songs that I like and have been listening to the past couple of weeks. Enjoy!


Rex Ryan can talk the talk and walk the walk. The Jets Defense is sick this year and is the team is looking good. Rookie QB Mark Sanchez is playing great and has the City and the players and coaches falling in love with him.

Ever Find Yourself Singing OBAMA Tunes Like these kids?

The link above discusses America's outrage and problems with the singing of this song...check out the video below for another Obama song America's youth are learning...

2010 UF Sports Law Symposium

The NSELS is now one of the official sponsors of the UF Sports Law Symposium scheduled for the spring of 2010. I am excited to help out with this event and will certainly be in Gainesville, Fla this coming Spring when it is FREEEEZINNNGG still in Michigan.. Can't wait..

The information and website for the UF Sports Law Symposium is below.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or helping, speaking or attending the event let me know and I will help any way I can...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Larry Fitzgerald Fantasty Football Owners....

If you haven't noticed the football next to Fitz's name on your fantasy roster by now you should. All fantasy owners of Larry Fitzgerald who have him in their starting line-up have a chance to win an autograph football from Larry every time he catches a pass this season. That means a lot of autograph balls will be mailed out to fans......I was keeping him in the starting line-up all year regardless, but this is an added incentive.

Fitz already has two TD's and ten catches already and it has only been two games. Arizona had a weak performance in week one and did not look like last seasons high powered offense. That should all turn around soon and Fitz should get more involved into the Offense as Bouldin comes back to full strength soon and gives Fitz a little more breathing room with the Safeties.

This is just another amazing marketing idea that ESPN has which will certainly help with its fantasy football income and increase Fitz's popularity amongst leagues. As if he wasn't popular enough after last season's performance. Fitz is owned in 100% of fantasy football leagues. EAS also has a great plug in here with Fitz rockin' the t-shirt on his the ESPN ad.

Check out the video Fitz does for ESPN describing this great idea:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Fashion Show...If you're in Roanoke, VA

FAME - 1st Annual Fall Fashion Show at the Taubman, 8 pm.

The first floor of the Taubman Museum of Art will transform into a center of style and sophistication.

Enjoy an evening of couture and luxury with a New York style fashion show, cocktails and gourmet delights. Fashions will be provided by Frances Kahn, 310 Rosemont and Bliss.

Cost: Platinum Front Row Seating $40, 2nd Row Gold Seating $30, General Admission: museum members $10 and non-members $20.

For Tickets please call our ticketing hotline at 540-204-4122 or purchase them on our website at!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Role of an Entertainment Agents at a Glance

This piece by Gene Goodsell on the Entertainment Agent Blog gives some good insight into the life of a Music Manager.

Here is a small clip:

Many agents/managers started out with large commercial agencies. For example, billionaire David Geffen, founder of Asylum Records started in the mailroom at WMA. He became one of the first agents to represent only music groups and was one of the first to identify the big-business potential of rock. He then proceeded to run his own record labels with artists like the Eagles and Guns N’ Roses.

The best managers often have a background in business, sales and law. Becoming a successful manager takes

You can check out the rest here:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

RIP Patrick Swayze

Legendary actor Patrick Swayze died last night of Cancer. He will certainly be missed and his movies will live on forever.

Dirty Dancing
Point Break
The Outsiders
Next of Kin
Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything
City of Joy
Donnie Darko

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Terms of Service for Twitter......


Much like facebook did several months ago, Twitter has changed its terms of usage regarding content, in order to help clarify who actually owns the pictures and words you post to the site. Maybe these new terms will get negative feedback like the recent facebook changes did. So far I haven't heard too much of an uproar regarding the policies and clarifications of service terms for Twitter users. Chad Johnson certainly is still sending a million tweets a day.

10 Must-See Movies for Law School Students

Amber Johnson sent me this link to their site which has some interesting articles. This one lists the top ten movies for law school students. I do not agree with all of them but the you can't go wrong with To Kill a Mockingbird, The Firm, and The Pelican Brief. I was disappointed that A Civil Action did not make the list.

This past term, I watched law and order and got into Raising the Bar. I would love to see a list of the top law shows on TV. My top five would have to be, Law and Order, Boston Legal, Raising the Bar, and I gotta have Perry Mason on the list.

With Donovan's McRib Injured Maybe We Shall See Vick Week 3...

This is the exact reason the Philadelphia Eagles decided to take a chance on Mike Vick this season. If McNabb gets injured, like he just did, the eagles now have an exciting QB to step in who can get your team a win. With the defensive effort the Eagles had today any almost any QB could have won. The Eagles D had 5 Interceptions one fumble recovery for a TD and got to the QB plenty....

Vick is eligible to play in week three, so that means that if the McRibb can not go in week two, the Eagles will have to start Kevin Kolb from Houston.

On another note, The J E T S JETS JETS JETS had a great week one victory over the Houston Texans 24-7. Rookie QB Mark Sanchez played great and the Jets defense had a solid day not giving up a TD and holding Houston to around 180 something in total yards. The only Houston TD was from a Jets fumble that was ran back.

What Was Kanye Thinking at the VMA's???

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Richest Athletes $$$

Below is the list of the fortunate 50 from SI magazine, which is a listing of the top 50 money makers in all of sports for this past year.

Tiger Woods tops off the list yet again, with Phil Mickelson following. Sounds like a PGA tour event ay? Lebron and Kobe and Arod are all in the top 10 as well. Surprisingly, or well not surprising, but rediculously, Stephon Marbury made the list with his salary and earnings over $20 million dollars. $18 million of which he earned for sitting on the bench for the Knicks.

SI also has a list of the top 20 International athletes. The list is below and has David Beckham leading the list earning a whopping $45.2 Million dollars this past year.

"For the first time, the average earnings of those on the list fell -- down $1.5 million per athlete to $23.6 million. That falloff is mostly due to lower earnings for No. 1 Tiger Woods and No. 2 Phil Mickelson, both of whom saw their on-course income shrink while also losing key endorsement deals. This year's list features 22 basketball players (a record nine who earned more than $20 million), 14 major leaguers, nine football players, three golfers and two NASCAR drivers. "

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

lawyer quote

“You know what they call the person who graduates bottom of the class from a shitty law school? A lawyer.”

Monday, August 24, 2009

pot vs beer

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Survival--The iLLiance

Long Island's Finest......The iLLiance------

Cooler Than Me

BIG Ego- Kanye

Friday, July 24, 2009


Nike said it is giving back tapes to two accredited journalists who filmed Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunking over James during a recent pickup game at a skills academy run by the superstar at the University of Akron. The sports apparel giant said only one of the tapes captured the infamous dunk, which has been an Internet sensation.
Nike said it took the tapes based on its media guidelines that no pickup games be filmed.
This week, videos emerged of Crawford's dunk in which he drove the lane and slammed over James, who was not guarding him and was the last defender between Crawford and the basket.

This one, however, was a big deal. And not just because the dunk in question happened on the head of LeBron James himself, but because we will likely never be able to see it -- thanks to a rep from Nike allegedly confiscating video of the incident shortly after it took place.
More Coverage: Jordan Crawford Talks About Dunk
“It was two handed”..I didn’t even realize what I had done until after. Everyone was talking about it.”

Nike basketball senior director Lynn Merritt confiscated tapes from two photographers – one being freelancer Ryan Miller - filming Monday night's games in which James played with the college players for the LeBron James Skills Academy. Miller had been filming for about 15 minutes - which included footage of the high school players - and was approached almost immediately after Crawford's dunk over The King.
Presumably, the decision was made that by allowing this video to get out and appear on YouTube, it would somehow be damaging to LeBron's reputation, which is obviously something that the people of Nike don't want to have happen. But by making sure no one will ever see the clip by confiscating tapes, they honestly could not have done a worse job of handling the situation.
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First of all, who cares if someone gets dunked on in some summer pickup game, even if it is the reigning MVP of the league? It's not like everyone is going all out in these things, and while a dunk like that might hype up the reputation of a relative unknown like Crawford, it's going to have an effect of absolutely zero in the way people perceive LeBron James.Second, and likely of more importance to the folks at Nike, is the fact that this story has spread like wildfire over the internet. It's already popped up on several major sports blogs, and Twitter is blowing up on the subject, with people sending around old video clips of LeBron getting dunked on, and even making their own Nike-themed posters of the now infamous event.Bad move, Nike. And let's not forget, this comes after an unexpected playoff exit, and a controversy about sportsmanship when LeBron didn't shake hands with the Magic players or speak to the media until two days later. By letting this video out, a relatively small number of people would have seen it, and that would have been that. By preventing it from seeing the light of day, Nike is adding to the increasing perception that LeBron is a prima donna, who is interested in nothing more than self-promotion.

White Chocolate Returns

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 15th Issue of THE PILLAR

Below is a PDF with the latest version of The Pillar, Thomas M. Cooley Law Schools Student Newspaper. I am the Sports Editor and have a nice article in this issue regarding Andy Oliver's situation....Enjoy!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Draft Results from this year

CAA dominated all other agencies in the 2009 NFL Draft.  BDA Sports was king of the 2009 NBA Draft. Scott Boras Corp killed it in the 2009 MLB Draft.  Boras is advising the top 3 picks of the draft, 6 of the 32 players taken in the first round, and 9 players through the end of the second round.  Dream about those commissions starting…now.  Luckily for the competition, Boras did not do much after the second round, but I am sure that the company does not mind after they finish bathing in stacks of $100s.