THE TOL LAW BLOG

Beyond the Law: Stand-Up GC

By Beyond the Law

Lawyers accumulate writing and verbal victories that are measured in clients' freedoms and financial statements. But for this month’s Beyond the Law feature, rhetorical wins can also be measured in laughs. Sachin Bansal, aka Sachin Shaan, is a tech GC by day and a comedian and stand-up producer by night. We sat down with Sachin (he chose to stand up) to learn about how he turned a hobby into a popular monthly show featuring top comics like Jim Gaffigan and Hassan Minhaj and how the skill set of a lawyer can be a true asset in the vibrant world of stand-up comedy.      HOW DOES A LAWYER BECOME A COMIC? So how does a lawyer become a comedian? For Sachin, it came s...

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Embryo Wars

By TOL Social

EMBRYO WARS LA couple Anni and Ashot Manukyan have filed suit against a fertility clinic after one of their embryos was carried to term by another woman in New York.  In a mind-twisting legal case filled with what must be incredible personal heartbreak, the baby boy has now been returned to his biological parents in California.  The Los Angeles Times reports that the woman who gave birth to the Manukyan's baby is of Korean descent and that she was “surprised” when “neither of the two baby boys [that she delivered]… were of her own ethnicity.”  Predictably, law suits have followed. The Manukyans have sued the clinic in LA. The New York City family, identified only as A.P. a...

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What Is “Reading the Law,” Kim Kardashian's Law Study Apprenticeship?

By TOL Social

When media personality Kim Kardashian-West announced to her loyal following that she was studying to become a lawyer without attending law school, many of you asked "HOW?" (and some asked "why," but that’s for another day). How can you become a lawyer without attending law school or, in Kardashian’s case, without a college degree? We are here to explain. Kardashian’s path to lawyerdom is sometimes called “reading the law,” which, while exceptionally rare today, was once the norm.   WHAT IS READING THE LAW? So first, what is “reading the law?” Basically, it’s a JD via apprenticeship but without the actual degree. In her case, Kardashian will need to spend at least four yea...

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Contested Paternity between Identical Twins

By TalksOnLaw Editorial

► TOL Foreign Law Update A woman is pregnant, and the father is one of two identical twins.  But what happens if each twin claims he is not the father? Well, according to a court in Brazil, both will pay. The twins, referred to by the court as Fernando and Fabrício, are alleged to regularly impersonate one another while pursuing women.  The judge, left unable to identify the father, imposed child support on both men.     Additional Resources For an in depth conversation on bioethics, including the ownership of sperm and contested paternity, watch this interview with Harvard Law Prof. Glenn Cohen.  Click here. For the legal decision (in Portuguese), click here.  ...

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BROWSE POSTS


John Roberts –– King of the Court

#KingOfTheCourt: After joining the liberal wing on the Louisiana abortion case (June Medical Services v. Louisiana Dept. of Health), Chief Justice John Roberts has solidified his status as THE swing vote on #SCOTUS. In the vote, the conservative 👨🏻‍⚖️ tipped the court against a Louisiana law severely restricting abortion.  Not since Earl Warren (correct us if we’re wrong!?) in the 1950’s have we had a chief justice also serve as the main swing vote, making him the new #PowerJustice.


Published: March 7, 2019
The Felonies of Jussie Smollett

Actor Jussie Smollett stands accused of faking an elaborate hate crime against himself: a choreographed, self-inflicted beating staged with two Nigerian brothers, pre-canned racial slurs, and an actual noose. So what are some of the criminal charges Smollett could face? UPDATE: He was charged with an additional 16 felonies for lying to police on different occasions.  See: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/08/entertainment/jussie-smollett-indictment/index.html


Published: March 7, 2019
It's Time to Teach Law to Kids

"KIDS DESERVE TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS" Teaching teens about the law gives them much more than a bedrock of legal facts; it provides a tool for self-advocacy and a shield against abuse. Take racial or sex discrimination for example. Incidents of being “arrested while black” or being mistreated for being different are unlikely to disappear completely in the near future, so why not train students on how to respond intelligently while preserving their legal rights to combat such injustices. Deportations and immigration enforcements are increasing. Helping a kid learn some of the basic rules of immigration law not only increases awareness, but it can help her down a path to lea...


Published: March 7, 2019
Amazon's Tax Team Takes a Profit of $11B down to a $0 Tax Bill

Another reminder that our friends in tax law can do magic… This week we found out that Amazon, with 2018 profits of $11 billion, will pay $0 in federal tax. How? Well, we know the recent tax cut reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, but, so far, we don’t know which particular loopholes their tax wizards used to drill down from 21% to 0%. In fact, according to reporting from Fortune Magazine, Amazon’s tax team may have moved past zero and are looking to receive a $129M rebate.


Published: March 7, 2019