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Anyone who knows anything about Justice Scalia's politics and jurisprudence can probably guess that he is opposed to gay marriage.

Heck, he's generally opposed to gays -- in as much as he believes in a state's ability to jail them for having sex. Justice Scalia has even equated homosexuals (though he's hardly the only one) to those who commit incest and bestiality.

So why then is he being credited for helping strike down gay marriage in Texas?

There are many reasons lawyers might not be able to go out on Valentine's Day: crowded restaurants, heavy workload, no one to go out with.

But there are just as many reasons to say phooey to the outside world on V-Day and just stay in. Here are our top five:

Every year some legal news source comes out with a study on "Best Cities For Young Attorneys" or "Best Market for New Lawyers" without considering you actually have to pay to live in those places.

Using the National Jurist's 2012 study on the "Best Cities for Young Attorneys" and Demographia's 2014 survey on housing affordability worldwide, Greedy Associates has come up with our power ranking for the top five affordable cities for young attorneys.

Good handwriting often seems like a lost art, but as we celebrate National Handwriting Day, it seems appropriate to remind law students and attorneys why handwriting is important.

But in our age of technology, do attorneys really need good handwriting?

It's not polite to talk about money, but we'll do it anyway.

You're working at BigLaw, which means one thing: you're making big bucks. As a first-year associate, this is probably the first time you're making a salary in the six-figures. But as you've already noticed, a big chunk of that gets taken out of taxes. Big bucks equal a higher tax bracket.

If this is your first time you are filing taxes as an associate at BigLaw (or MidLaw, or even a strong boutique firm -- we're equal opportunity here), here are some tips to get you through it. Because you're in the big leagues now. Luckily, lawyers are among the most honest when it comes to filing our taxes -- and we aim to keep it that way.

New Year's Resolution: 10 Books to Read, Picked by 10 Lawyers

Many people's New Year's resolution is to read more books. If you're a soon-to-be law student, current student, or practicing lawyer who made a vow to broaden your reading habits in 2014, look to your colleagues for reading inspiration. The ABA Journal put together a fascinating reading list by asking 30 distinguished lawyers to pick a book they'd recommend to other legal professionals.

Here are ten books to read that were mentioned on the ABA's list:

If you thought law school was really just one big vocabulary lesson, then you're not alone. You don't leave law school with many practical tips, merely the language of law. You can talk the talk, but can't quite walk the walk.

Here's an example: Welcome to the world of BigLaw, where you have corner offices, company cars and rainmakers. Rain what? Rain who? Hold up, you thought you'd be in the legal industry, not forecasting weather trends. Before you run for your umbrellas, read on.

Invitation to the holiday office party? Check. Perfect outfit for said holiday office party? Check. Awesome gifts for your coworkers? Uh-oh, haven't gotten that far.

Don't worry, we've taken all the thinking out of gift giving for you coworkers -- just follow these three easy tips.

1. Who Is on the Gift List?

First things first; before you have a panic attack and start spending indiscriminately on Amazon, make a list of who exactly is on your gift list. Make sure you include your support staff like your admin, or particular paralegals you have working on a case with you. If you have a mentor, or partner that you work with the majority of the time, add them to your list.

Greedy associates rejoice! It's that time of year when annual bonuses are announced, and hopefully, you're getting one. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has announced that its junior attorneys will be receiving bonuses ranging from $10,000 to $60,000, depending on associate class, according to The Wall Street Journal. While some are lamenting the fact that bonuses are the same, there are others who are just happy to be employed and getting a bonus, according to Above the Law.

We're betting whether you're satisfied or not with your bonus, it will probably be spent before you even receive it. If you're at a loss for how to spend your bonus, let us give you a few suggestions.

Lawyer Gets Disbarred For Letting Non-lawyer Operate Law Firm

A now former-lawyer based in San Diego, California, is agreeing to a disbarment for allowing a non-lawyer to engage in the unauthorized practice of law. Ernest George Georggin, who was placed on inactive status as of Monday this week, according to the California State Bar website, allowed a non-attorney, Eric Phillips to open up a law firm under his name, reports the American Bar Association (ABA).

Georggin, 68, has agreed to surrender his law license and additionally to pay $90,000 in restitution fines, plus interest, to former clients who were scammed under this scheme. And you thought filling out your moral character application would be expensive.

What happened, exactly?