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Agenda point TM The self-styled “Dykes on Bikes” have legal sanction at last. The U.S. Supreme Court has turned aside a challenge to a San Francisco motorcycle club’s bid to trademark that nickname. Without comment, the justices declined to take up an appeal by Michael McDermott of suburban Dublin, Calif., who claimed among other things that the trademark would denigrate men, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Known more formally as the San Francisco Women’s Motorcycle Contingent, the group’s members traditionally lead off the city’s annual gay pride parade. The women, who have used the “dykes” moniker for three decades, filed for a trademark after an offshoot group discussed using the name commercially. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at first rejected the mark as offensive to lesbians, but was persuaded that in this context it was an article of pride � as with the recalibrated slur embraced by the television program, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed McDermott’s challenge, saying he could not show that he would be harmed by the designation. McDermott insisted in his Supreme Court appeal that a trademark would put the definition in the hands of a group of “thought police” and contradict the “widespread documented understanding of the term ‘dyke’ as describing hyper-militant radicals hateful toward men.” Asked for comment on the outcome, McDermott sent the newspaper an e-mail quoting Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent from a 2003 ruling overturning state sodomy laws, in which Scalia said the court “has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda.” � Staff Report From anguish comes great art A third-year law student at the University of Maryland School of Law has created a YouTube music video about his experiences titled Law School Musical. Owen Jarvis said he suffered a drastic shift in expectations because he didn’t hit the ground running like he expected upon entering 1L, the first year of law school. “It’s a blow to the system,” he said. “If everyone’s an overachiever, then someone’s deluding themselves.” Out of that breakdown, Jarvis began working on what would become Law School Musical. He wrote the song during final exams, singing, “1L life is hell.” In his second year, he fleshed out the song with illustrations and turned the whole production into a video that he posted on You Tube in September. His drawings show him using an apparently worn-out laptop computer alternated with a plea for money as he sits homeless on the street holding a sign, “Will sue 4 food.” “I’m the closest thing to a rock star at University of Maryland law school,” the 25-year-old said. � Associated Press Next, a top hat A Milwaukee judge is asking a lawyer to tie one on. Circuit Judge William Sosnay held up court for about three hours after a prosecutor showed up wearing a red ascot to court despite a rule requiring lawyers to wear neckties. Sosnay decided that Warren Zier’s ascot � a silk scarf-like loop of cloth worn at the base of the neck � “borders on contemptuous.” “He has told me that if we’re before a jury, he would appear with a tie,” the judge said. “Well, why? I think we can draw an obvious implication from that.” Zier said he plans to continue with his practice of rotating his neck wear from a long tie to a bow tie to an ascot. Zier said he’ll just have to wait to find out what happens with the threat of a contempt citation. “I guess we’ll deal with that if it gets to that point,” he said. � Associated Press

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