TSA Will Stop Targeting Natural Black Female Hair​

In the movie Foxy Brown, Pam Grier (who is the the most important African-American actress since movies were shot in color) pulls a gun from her afro. In another movie, she laces her hair with razor blades to cut up anybody who tries to pull her hair. These scenes are empowering moments for the "natural" hairstyle.… » 3/31/15 3:36pm Yesterday 3:36pm

People Are Mad At Indiana For Discrimination Authorized By Hobby Lobby

It's legal to discriminate against gays in Indiana? Dude, it's legal to discriminate against gays everywhere. Haven't you heard? There was a pretty big Supreme Court decision last year that made it legal for corporate entities to discriminate against gays and lesbians, as long as the corporation claims God told… » 3/30/15 2:14pm Monday 2:14pm

Is Gladiatorial Prison Combat ​Worse Than What We Already Do?

There seems to be quite a kerfuffle out in San Francisco. A report released by a public defender alleges that inmates in San Francisco's Hall of Justice have been made to engage in gladiatorial combat by sheriff's deputies. » 3/27/15 4:13pm Friday 4:13pm

Can The MTA Stop Bigoted Ads On The Subway?​

Pop quiz: You're on the New York City subway. It's not completely packed: you can move around, but unexplained "train traffic ahead" is slowing down your commute. You're not really looking at anything, but your glazed-over eyes register a poster that says: » 3/26/15 12:43pm Thursday 12:43pm

Big Win For Pregnant Women Who Temporarily Need To Sit Down

A pregnant woman who was denied an accommodation from heavy-lifting duties during her pregnancy has won the right to at least argue her case at trial. Two conservative justices sided with the woman against a large corporation, resulting in a 6-3 ruling on behalf of the woman. It might not seem like much, but this is a… » 3/25/15 1:28pm 3/25/15 1:28pm

Employer Pays Bonuses To Employees Who Are Packing​

I don't know what's worse: that there's an ignorant nut of an employer who is paying people a $50 monthly bonus to get a gun permit and bring a gun to work, or that there are employees so hard up for $50 bucks that they're willing to do it. » 3/24/15 4:50pm 3/24/15 4:50pm

Don't Bust People For Quotes Without Context ​

Sorry folks, but this is where I abandon the hunt for frat boy racists. Shouting the n-word on a bus? Screw those kids. Suspending rugby players for "f**k a whore" chanting? I'd rather suspend just the people involved instead of the whole damn team, but I take the university's point. Suspending a frat because its… » 3/24/15 12:04pm 3/24/15 12:04pm

The IRS Hates Children (And Other Problems With the AMT)

I just signed off on my tax forms, prepared by my wife — who is responsible for the "money and math" end of our marital operation. Also the birthing of children and finding of roofers responsibilities. And paying the mortgage. And working 12 hours a day. I'm pretty much only around for jokes and laundry services. » 3/23/15 6:31pm 3/23/15 6:31pm

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Racists?

Austin-based defense attorney Adam Reposa has indirectly claimed credit for a string of vandalism incidents in Austin. » 3/23/15 1:11pm 3/23/15 1:11pm

Stock Photo Explains America​

People seem very pissed off about the following cover from the University of North Georgia course catalog. At least internet "pissed off," which is equivalent to how angry you get when you smell trash or remember that Dane Cook makes more money than you. » 3/20/15 4:16pm 3/20/15 4:16pm

Law Deans Blame The Bar Exam, Instead Of Themselves

The Multistate Bar Exam is the second most famous licensing exam in the world. Only the "road test" has better name recognition than the bar. » 3/20/15 2:45pm 3/20/15 2:45pm

Thinking Like A Lawyer: Daddy Needs A New Pair Of Shoes​

Yesterday, Above the Law launched a new podcast on the Legal Talk Network called "Thinking Like A Lawyer." In it, Joe Patrice and I discuss otherwise fun topics and complicate them with legal theories (Joe's thing) or crazy theories I thought of while reading Emanuel's Outlines and drinking beer. » 3/19/15 2:28pm 3/19/15 2:28pm

Black Saint Patrick's Day

You know what I'm going to do next Martin Luther King Day? I'm going to hop on the commuter rail with 50 of my friends while drinking an open container of Colt 45. I'll be wearing a dashiki I picked up at Urban Outfitters. After I down the first 40 oz, I'll break into song: a combination of Negro spirituals and… » 3/17/15 1:54pm 3/17/15 1:54pm

Do We Execute People With Missing Brains Now?​

There are all sorts of practical problems with our implementation of the death penalty. It's racially biased. Sometimes, the state kills the wrong person. There aren't even enough drugs to kill all the people states want to. One could oppose the death penalty right now on purely logistical grounds. » 3/16/15 3:17pm 3/16/15 3:17pm

I'm a Simmons fan, but I can see that he's lost it and this column you've highlighted — really the whole thing he's done with the trade value thing this year and the truly insufferable basketball hour stuff — it's really Willie Mays on the Mets (I know, fanboy compares Simmons to Willie Mays, minus 10 points).

But I… » 3/13/15 6:00pm 3/13/15 6:00pm

​4 Things Obama Can Do To Help Stop Cop-Shooting

Police officers get shot by criminals, and somehow Republicans act like it's Obama's fault? The GOP isn't sure if it's his rhetoric or tone or maybe it's just the cut of his jib, but somehow Obama needs to be doing more to help prevent cops from being shot. » 3/13/15 4:06pm 3/13/15 4:06pm

It's Hard To Pass The Bar: Unranked Law School Edition

Here's how most people pass the bar: they take a two month bar prep course, then they pass. » 3/13/15 12:23pm 3/13/15 12:23pm

The Bank Error Is Never In Your Favor

A Georgia teen was sentenced to 10 years of probation for spending $30,000 that magically ended up in his bank account. The kid bought a car — a BMW! — and other items. In addition to the probation, a judge ordered him to pay the money back. » 3/11/15 4:06pm 3/11/15 4:06pm