Lawyer Fighting Obamacare: 'Women and Minorities' Wrote a Bad Law

Today, Attorney Michael Carvin will argue before the Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act—or "Obamacare" if you're so inclined—is unconstitutional on the grounds that complying with it causes his clients undue hardship. If he wins, millions will lose their insurance and President Obama's most sizable domestic… » 3/04/15 9:50am 3/04/15 9:50am

Who Gets the Dog When You Break Up?

It is the road most traveled: You partner off. The two of you move in together, get hitched or make a Kurt-n-Goldie-style life commitment to one another. You buy some throw pillows and if you didn't already have a pet, you go and find yourself a fur baby. Maybe after the two of you have realized you're capable of… » 12/12/14 2:05pm 12/12/14 2:05pm

Judge Forces Lawyer to Bring Her Baby to Court, Calls Her a Bad Parent

Ah, work-life balance. Such a beautiful idea. And all too often, such a desert mirage taunting travelers dying of thirst. For instance! A Georgia judge recently informed an attorney that her fancy newfangled European "maternity leave" was insufficient reason enough to postpone a hearing for three weeks. » 10/15/14 5:30pm 10/15/14 5:30pm

Lawyer Disciplined For Photoshopping Self Into Dozens of Celeb Photos

California attorney Svitlana Sangary advertises her services on a website plastered with pictures of herself smiling with her celebrity friends. Only she was never actually in the same place as her celebrity friends; all of the photos are 'shopped. Expertly, I might add. » 9/19/14 4:30pm 9/19/14 4:30pm

Read the Notorious RBG at Her Most Blistering

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, teeny tiny goddess of judicial feminism incarnate, has authored many a badass piece of legal writing in her day. Now, thanks to some devoted brainiacs who are better at this sort of thing than I am, you can read the sharpest work of the grand dame in one place. » 7/29/14 7:00pm 7/29/14 7:00pm

Megumi Igarashi, the Japanese "vagina artist" who was arrested on obscenity charges after distributing 3D printable design files of her genitals, has been released after spending a week in jail. "That was an unjust arrest. I don't think my genitals are obscene," she said in a statement upon her release. » 7/21/14 4:30pm 7/21/14 4:30pm

New Guidelines State Treating Pregnant Employees Like Crap Is Not OK

After 30 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has finally improved its guidelines against pregnancy discrimination to coincide with common sense and decency. » 7/16/14 2:55pm 7/16/14 2:55pm

Senate Considers Bill Prohibiting Harmful Abortion Restrictions

Since 2011, states have passed over 200 restrictions that limit women's access to safe and legal abortions. Although such laws are purportedly meant to protect women's health, experts say that they're simply not medically necessary. But oh well — fairly obviously, the real goal of such legislation is to keep women… » 7/15/14 7:00pm 7/15/14 7:00pm

First Woman Arrested Under Law Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy

Earlier this year, Tennessee passed controversial legislation allowing the state to criminally charge mothers for using narcotics while pregnant, calling it "assault" against the fetus. This past week, a new mother became the first woman to be prosecuted under that law after her newborn tested positive for amphetamine. » 7/14/14 7:00pm 7/14/14 7:00pm

SCOTUS Rules Beliefs of Your Boss Trump Your Access to Contraceptives

In a yet another ruling that indicates that we'd enjoy better legal protection if we just incorporated our reproductive organs and sent them to murder civilians in Iraq, the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations that are "closely held" cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage. Which means that under… » 6/30/14 10:20am 6/30/14 10:20am

Online Harassment Is So Bad, Not Even Cops Know How to Deal With It

It used to be that antisocial and threatening behavior was carried out through painstaking work like cutting out letters from magazines and pasting them together into scary missives, but those were the old days. Now all hostile jerks have to do is sign online and they're free to harass people from the relative… » 6/24/14 3:00pm 6/24/14 3:00pm

Man Has Hilariously Dumb Advice For How Female Lawyers Should Dress

Every six months or so, some dusty old fuddy duddy writes something truly idiotic about how female lawyers are too slutty or frumpy or, uh, female to be taken seriously, and how any glass ceiling that exists in the legal field is built out of trendy heels and fashionable blouses. Well, this time around, we've done it.… » 6/19/14 1:40pm 6/19/14 1:40pm

This Commercial for a Female Men's Rights Attorney Is Truly Special

Meet Marilyn D. York, a divorce and family law attorney practicing in Reno, Nevada. She will get you yours if your wife has been secretly plotting to divorce you even though she's "finally losing that baby weight after nine years and hooking up with your son's baseball coaches on Facebook." (Coaches, plural.) » 5/29/14 1:20pm 5/29/14 1:20pm

Your Guide to Arkansas' Bullshit Gay Marriage Non-Ruling

The top court in Arkansas has ruled that due to multiple laws defining marriage as not recognised between same-sex couples, the previous ruling is "incomplete," and a ban on same-sex marriage is still in effect. Well. Halfsies. Maybe? Stop bothering us! » 5/14/14 8:56pm 5/14/14 8:56pm

All You Thought You Knew About Juries Is Wrong

In 12 Angry Men, a jury deliberates a death penalty case against a young boy. Only one juror votes "not guilty," while the rest lazily accept the prosecution's story. Because juries in criminal cases must be unanimous, the lone juror holds up the process and eventually convinces the rest of the jurors to spare the… » 4/28/14 1:13pm 4/28/14 1:13pm

Want to Have Sex While Divorcing? You May Need a Court Order in MA

Divorce can be hell. A relationship is ending, there's paperwork galore, and then you have to decide who gets what. And it gets exponentially harder if kids are involved. Well, someone's finally thinking of the children! Massachusetts State Senator Richard J. Ross has introduced a new bill that, if passed, will… » 3/22/14 5:00pm 3/22/14 5:00pm

Yet Another Law School Lectures Women on How to Not Dress Slutty

Question to all the lady lawyers out there (sorry, I like the alliteration): How often do your superiors lecture you on your professional dress? Judging by all these tips we get about memos that lecture women on appropriate office wear, it's all the damn time. » 3/19/14 5:20pm 3/19/14 5:20pm

Georgia Court Dismisses 'Unwanted Sexting' Case Due to Antiquated Law

An obscenity case in Georgia that centered around unsolicited sext messages has been tossed out of court, because current state law does not cover electronic images. » 2/24/14 10:30pm 2/24/14 10:30pm