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The Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg is no fan of President-elect Donald Trump. That's been clear since this summer, when she declared she didn't "even want to contemplate" Trump's impact on the Supreme Court and joked about moving to New Zealand should he be elected. Justice Ginsburg hasn't announced any relocation plans yet and she's been relatively silent on Trump since the election on Tuesday. That is, except in her attire.

During Wednesday's oral arguments, Justice Ginsburg appeared to wear her "dissent jabot" on the bench, which many are viewing as a "repudiation of Donald Trump's victory."

November 4th marks Love Your Lawyer Day, 2016, a day to show a little appreciation for the attorneys of the world. Actually, a little appreciation might be asking a bit too much. When Love Your Lawyer Day was founded 15 years ago, by the legal marketer Nader Anise, the goal was for people to simply refrain from lawyer bashing and anti-esquire jokes for one day.

We'd like to propose something a bit more meaningful. Instead of looking to the public for affirmation, lawyers should use Love Your Lawyer Day to indulge in a bit of much needed self-care.

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.