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Halloween isn't just about candy and celebrating the undead. It's about showing everyone else that you're better than them when it comes to dressing up. Much better. After all, no one wants to be the guy with a store-bought Pizza Rat costume at the office party. You're smarter and funnier than that.

So, if you're still looking for Halloween inspiration, here are four suggestions that we think will help you win Halloween.

Don't Cite Dred Scott

Looking for that perfect cite? The most on-point case law? The pin cite that will really drive your point home? Here's a hint: don't make it a cite to one of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever. Don't cite Dred Scott.

Surprisingly, that's a lesson lawyers for the state of Kansas didn't learn until recently. Last week, Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister filed a brief in defense of the state's restrictive abortion laws, a brief that cited Dred Scott. Approvingly.

Political dysfunction is nothing new, but the recent spat between Louisiana's governor and the state's attorney general seems to take state government infighting to new extremes. Governor John Bel Edwards recently sued the state's own attorney general, Jeff Landry, in order to keep the attorney general from blocking state contracts.

The dispute stems from a disagreement over anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender workers. Edwards wants them, Landry does not, and he has refused to approve state contracts with LGBT antidiscrimination provisions. "He basically told me that if I wanted him to approve those contracts that I would have to sue him," Governor Edwards said after he filed suit. "So I'm obliging him on that."

It's been a bumpy ride for American Apparel, the Los Angeles-based retail chain. American Apparel stores exploded across the country in the early 2000s, quickly becoming the go-to place for American made t-shirts and hipster spandex leggings. That growth was fueled in part by the image of Dov Charney, American Apparel's founder and ex-CEO, who seemed capable of spawning sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits almost as adeptly as fawning magazine pieces. The company struggled through an IPO, closed dozens of stores, and hasn't turned a profit since 2009.

Now, after firing Charney in 2014 and emerging from bankruptcy in February, the company is attempting to right the ship by shaking things up once again. Chelsea Grayson, a former BigLaw partner and American Apparel's current general counsel, is scheduled to transition into the role of CEO in early October, Woman's Wear Daily reports.

Gene Wilder, the legendary comedic actor, passed away yesterday, at the age of 83. As we like to do when someone of note dies, we've tried to distill some wisdom from their life and work, as our way of paying respects and taking lessons from interesting lives. And few had a body of work as interesting as Wilder's. Wilder spent decades charming his way into our lives, alongside Richard Pryor in "Stir Crazy," as a gunslinger in "Blazing Saddles," and as the doctor himself in "Young Frankenstein."

But one of Wilder's defining roles, as the insane, eccentric, endearing Willy Wonka of "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory," deserves, perhaps, the most attention here. That film didn't just epitomize Wilder's unconventional style, it was also uniquely legalistic. It is certainly one of the most popular children's movies to ever have its climax turn on contract interpretation, for example. So, here are some legal lessons from "Wonka," to remember Wilder by.

Brooklyn DA Hit With $15K Penalty for Violating Conflict Laws

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson must pay $15,000 in fines for using his office's account to pay for some of his meals in violation of applicable conflict-of-interest laws, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The fine is essentially punitive, as sources indicate that Thompson has already reimbursed the city for expensing his meals from January 2014 to February 2015. The amount billed to the city totaled approximately $3,500.

Melania Trump has been busy lately. Not only is she helping her husband, Donald Trump, run for president, she's now sending a bevy of cease and desist letters to media outlets who've written about rumors that she worked as an escort when she first came to New York from Slovenia. Of course, accusations of defamation are to be expected when someone makes such claims; no one is surprised by that.

What stands out, though, is the name on Melania's demand letters. They were not sent out by Michael D. Cohen, the Donald's usual lawyer, but by Charles Harder, the attorney who represented Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against the website Gawker. Harder is also closely associated with Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who has made it a bit of a personal hobby to finance lawsuits against the press.

Jeffrey Ostrow, a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, has some pretty big name clients. Intel comes to him for legal advice, as do Marvell, Spotify, and Cisco. But as the chair of Simpson's IP practice, his work doesn't usually get him invited onto the evening news.

So imagine Ostrow's surprise when his inbox was suddenly inundated with invitations to appear on NBC News, NPR, and CNN. Suddenly, everyone thought he was representing Ryan Lochte.

Becoming a judge is no easy task. It requires building a name, making connections, and winning an election or appointment. But once you've made it, what a great gig it is. There's the pantless defendants, the screaming lawyers, the endless petitions from pro se Sovereign Citizens, the baby splitting.

But one Chicago lawyer recently got to test the role out in advance. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Valarie Turner allegedly let one of the court's clerks, attorney Rhonda Crawford, sit on her bench, wear her robe, and preside over two cases. Now Turner has been removed from the bench and currently faces claims that she violated judicial ethics and may have broken the law.

A few years ago, Kathleen Kane was a legal star. She started her career at Post and Schell, one of Philadelphia's elite firms, went on to become a successful assistant district attorney, and then became the first woman elected as the state's attorney general. She was, as the New York Times recently described her, "one of the most powerful women in Pennsylvania."

That is, until she was caught in a series of scandals involving everything from her illicit leaks, to state Supreme Court justices' pornographic emails. Last September her law license was suspended, on Monday she was found guilty of nine criminal charges, including perjury and criminal conspiracy, and yesterday she finally announced that she will be resigning her position as the top law enforcement officer in the state.