Morning Docket: 02.06.19

* Only four Supreme Court justices attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last night. Chief Justice John Roberts was accompanied in the front row by Justices Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh — who still likes beer, but was unable to participate in any #SOTU drinking games. [USA Today]

* Biglaw partnership classes are getting smaller and smaller, which is making it that much harder for women and minorities to advance at their firms. In fact, it’s becoming a scenario where “at the end of the day, when they look around and look at who’s now reached the level of seniority to be considered, they’re left with a lot of white men.” [American Lawyer]

* “I wouldn’t be surprised if the next industry to see a #MeToo movement would be in the legal industry.” It’s already happening, but it seems that the mainstream media is just now discovering that the legal profession is a prestigious breeding ground for sexual harassment. [CBS News]

* In case you missed it, earlier this week Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first public appearance since undergoing a pulmonary lobectomy in late December to attend “Notorious RBG in Song,” a concert written and performed by her daughter-in-law. [Big Law Business]

* Vanessa Tyson, the woman who’s accusing Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual misconduct, has hired the same law firm Dr. Christine Blasey Ford used to guide her through her testimony against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. [Salon]

* Florida Coastal Law is reportedly ditching its owner Infilaw and its status as a for-profit institution to join with a non-profit university partner. The school is also planning to double or triple its student base. We’ll have more on this later today. [Jacksonville Business Journal]

* Jerry Sandusky will be resentenced for his child sex abuse conviction, since he received a mandatory minimum sentence of 30-60 years, and it has since become unconstitutional for judges to impose sentences based on mandatory minimums. Keep in mind, his new sentence could very well be the exact same. [Reuters]


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