Morning Docket: 04.06.17

Is this Supreme Court nominee a plagiarist?

* SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has been accused of plagiarizing borrowing language and sentence style from other authors and incorporating it into a book and a law journal article without proper citation. On the bright side, at least one of the authors whose language he copied doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. [POLITICO]

* As it turns out, Chadbourne & Parke isn’t too keen on having a partner who filed a $100 million gender discrimination suit against the firm still working there. A spokesperson for Chadbourne says that the partners will convene to vote Kerrie Campbell out of the partnership. We’ll likely have more on this later today. [Am Law Daily]

* According to Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, the leaders of some of America’s largest law firms had the wrong idea about how 2016 would turn out. Legal demand went down, not up as hoped for; realization rates did not improve, as expected; and revenue at many firms dropped, instead of increasing. Ouch. [Big Law Business]

* Professor Verna Williams will serve as the special assistant to the provost (i.e., interim dean) of the University of Cincinnati College of Law while Dean Jennifer Bard is on administrative leave. Williams was one of the UC professors who opposed Bard’s leadership, once referring to the situation as “untenable.” [Cincinnati Enquirer]

* Speaking of Dean Bard, she has obtained legal representation and claims that her removal from her position was improper. Per her attorney, “[t]he interim provost placed Dean Bard on administrative leave without the slightest factual basis for doing so,” and the law faculty were unwilling to put students’ needs ahead of their own. []
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Source: Daily Dose of Law

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