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Mar 11 5 tweets 4 min read
1/ 🧵If you are willing to get down into the weeds, here is my deep dive into the disruptive protest of Fifth Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan at Stanford Law School (originally reported on by @EdWhelanEPPC).

2/ I published it just in time to include @StanfordLaw Dean Jenny Martinez's statement.

I just updated the post to (a) add links to stories from @aaronsibarium and @nateraymond, and (b) add reactions to Dean Martinez's statement from my SLS sources.
3/ For a more critical take on Dean Martinez's statement, see this thread from @EdWhelanEPPC.

4/ A big update in the Judge Kyle Duncan/@StanfordLaw story (via @EdWhelanEPPC): Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Stanford Law School Dean Jenny Martinez have apologized to Judge Duncan for the disruptive protest of his event.👇
5/ I have added several UPDATES to my original story about the protest of Judge Kyle Duncan at @StanfordLaw, including the full text of both the apology letter from President Tessier-Lavigne and Dean Martinez and Judge Duncan's response.

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Mar 10
1/ 🧵I’m interrupting my vacation to investigate the free-speech debacle at @StanfordLaw involving Judge Kyle Duncan (5th Cir.). This thread from @EdWhelanEPPC is accurate (but I have additional info).👇
2/ Defenders of the Stanford Law protesters might quibble over whether the event was completely shut down (a la @ishapiro at Hastings), since Judge Duncan managed to get out a few words. But the event ended 40 minutes early after proceeding became impossible.
3/ More to come in a story for Original Jurisdiction. Please email me at davidlat@substack.com or DM me on Twitter if you have information to share. Thanks.

Read 9 tweets
Jan 30
1/ 🧵I have an op-ed in today's Boston Globe discussing the value of ideological diversity in Biglaw. But my points are not limited to the world of large law firms; they apply across employers.

bit.ly/3Y5X3PS @GlobeOpinion
2/ In this thread, I'm going to offer some preemptive responses to common reactions to my piece (as reflected in, for example, the Globe comments section).
3/ Yes, I realize this is not the gravest problem facing the world today or some existential crisis for humanity.

This just happens to be what I have expertise in—Biglaw and free-speech issues—and what @GlobeOpinion commissioned me to write about.
Read 21 tweets
Nov 30, 2022
1/ Robin Keller, until recently a retired equity partner at @HoganLovells who was still serving clients, writes for @WSJopinion about how the firm fired her for defending the #SCOTUS decision in Dobbs (which overruled Roe and Casey).

2/ For background, here's a July 2022 story by @Kathryn1 for @ATLblog about the controversial call where Robin Keller shared her views on Dobbs and abortion. Keller was suspended soon after.

bit.ly/3XIdwKI #SCOTUS #lawtwitter #appellatetwitter
3/ I expect I'll have more to say about Robin Keller and Hogan Lovells later.

For now, see my Notice and Comment post from last month, "Can A Conservative Work In Biglaw," and the almost 100 comments it garnered.

Read 9 tweets
Nov 19, 2022
1/ I adapted my Original Jurisdiction story about Yale Law, Harvard Law, and other top law schools defecting from the U.S. News rankings for @Slate (with thanks to @rebeccaonion for the excellent editing).

2/ Given Slate's audience, which is broader and more diverse than Original Jurisdiction's audience of legal-industry insiders, this piece has less Yale Law School "inside baseball" (as fun as it might be), and more in the way of broader reflections.
3/ After 4 days, we're at 6 law schools out of @usnews:

- Yale (#1)
- Stanford (#2)
- Harvard (#4)
- Columbia (#4)
- Berkeley (#9)
- Georgetown (#14)
Read 24 tweets
Nov 16, 2022
The addition to the team of an experienced #SCOTUS advocate like Sopan Joshi is another sign of how seriously the DOJ is taking the Mar-a-Lago matter.👇
2/ Sopan Joshi is now arguing before the Eleventh Circuit in the Trump Mar-a-Lago documents case. Listen live here (via @howappealing):

3/ Rough paraphrase of the question that Sopan Joshi just got asked: "Is there any precedent supporting your opponent's position?"

Team Trump could have a rough time of it today.
Read 15 tweets
May 28, 2022
1/ Katherine Magbanua was just convicted on all three counts in her retrial for the murder of Professor Dan Markel.
2/ Specifically, Magbanua was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation of murder,
3/ My main reaction is… relief. I thought she should have been convicted back in 2019, which didn’t happen.
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