September 2006

  • Contests, ERISA, Hotties

    ERISA Hotties: A Weekend of Campaigning

    The polls in our ERISA Hotties Contest will remain open throughout the weekend. In fact, as we previously mentioned, they’ll stay open until Tuesday. Click here to vote on the men, and here to vote on the women (if you haven’t done so already). With a few more days of voting, there’s ample time for […]

    1 Comment / / Sep 8, 2006 at 5:30 PM
  • Ann Althouse, Bad Ideas, Clerkships, Larry Sonsini, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.08.06

    * Larry Sonsini reminds us of why we should use the phone, and NOT email, if we’re going to do something sketchy. Also, his spelling and typing skills aren’t perfect. (But by the standards of Biglaw partners of his generation, he’s in the 95th percentile — assuming he typed this all himself.) [WSJ Law Blog] […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 8, 2006 at 4:49 PM
  • State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Violence, William Singletary

    Why Didn’t He Just Brandish His Gavel?

    The legal world has its own version of the saying “The customer is always right.” It’s a rule that litigators are quite familiar with: “The judge is always right.” The rule holds true even if you’re a government employee, performing one of the duties of your job, and the judge chases after you with a […]

    1 Comment / / Sep 8, 2006 at 3:40 PM
  • Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: 09.08.06

    Lots of job changes to report today. We’ve reviewed them, so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights: In House Counsel: * AIG, the troubled insurance giant, has named Anastasia Kelly as its general counsel and senior regulatory and compliance officer. Kelly is no stranger to choppy waters, having previously served as GC of […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 8, 2006 at 2:25 PM
  • Contests, ERISA, Hotties

    ERISA Hotties: When the Polls Will Close

    Our ERISA Hotties Contest is definitely steaming up the windows at pension law offices around the country. Our email inbox is overflowing with ERISA erotica. Apparently, many of you want to engage in some “prohibited transactions” with our bevy of ERISA beauties… (If you haven’t done so already, you can vote on the ERISA women […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 8, 2006 at 1:36 PM
  • Contests, ERISA, Hotties

    ERISA Hotties: Your Female Nominees

    With apologies for the delay, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: announcement of the female nominees in our first annual ERISA Lawyer Hotties Contest. (You can review and vote upon the male nominees here.) We originally planned on having ten women as finalists. But as we did with the men, due to the […]

    23 Comments / / Sep 8, 2006 at 11:42 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.08.06

    * Larry Sonsini (at right), Zeus of the Silicon Valley bar, finds himself at the center of the scandal surrounding the Hewlett-Packard boardroom leak investigation. We’ll definitely have more to say about this later. [Wall Street Journal; WSJ Law Blog] * President Bush’s decision to transfer 14 terror detainees from CIA secret prisons to the […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 8, 2006 at 10:02 AM
  • Bruce Wolk, Contests, ERISA, Hotties, Michael Maricco

    ERISA Hotties: Messages from Your Male Nominees

    Our ERISA Hotties Contest is in full swing (at least on the male side; female nominees coming soon). To review the field and cast your vote, click here. Last night, like the responsible journalists that we are, we contacted all of the nominated male hotties for comment: Dear ERISA lawyer: Congratulations. You have been selected […]

    1 Comment / / Sep 8, 2006 at 9:42 AM
  • Food, Internal Memos

    Fun With Internal Memos: Submissions, Please

    We know we ask a lot of you: salary information for Skaddenfreude, legal celebrity sightings for The Eyes of the Law, and funny summer associate stories (which you’ve been slow to deliver thus far). But please, indulge us yet again. One of the (few) pleasures of working in a large law office is receiving silly […]

    2 Comments / / Sep 8, 2006 at 9:12 AM
  • Fashion, Kramer Levin, Non-Sequiturs, UVA Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.07.06

    * That’s interesting: crossword guru Will Shortz is a UVA Law alum. And we love the opening question of this interview — even if it’s not terribly PC. [TJ’s Double Play] * The saucy blog commenter who (unintentionally) got Lee Siegel’s TNR blog taken down: Kramer Levin associate Joseph Schwartz, self-described “reluctant lawyer” and “frustrated” […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 8:10 PM
  • Antonin Scalia, Contests, ERISA, Eugene Scalia, Hotties, Porn Names

    ERISA Hotties: Your Male Nominees

    This was absolutely agonizing; but after hours of deliberation, we managed to do it. We reviewed the male side of the field in our ERISA Lawyer Hotties Contest, then painstakingly winnowed it down to twelve deserving finalists. (Yes, we previously said we’d have ten finalists. But picking even a dozen, from so many worthy competitors, […]

    31 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 4:52 PM
  • FTC, Kronish Lieb, LeBoeuf Lamb, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: 09.07.06

    A few moves to report today: Lateral Moves: * Antitrust attorney Jeffrey Brennan, to Dechert (DC), from the FTC (where he was Associate Director of the Bureau of Competition and Assistant Director of the Bureau’s Health Care Services and Products Division). * Capital markets lawyer Rachel Coan, to Morrison & Foerster (NY), from LeBoeuf, Lamb, […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 2:43 PM
  • Biglaw, Kronish Lieb, Law Firm Mergers, Law Firm Names, Law Professors, Porn Names, Richard Lieb

    And What About Mr. Lieb? An Update

    In our post last month about the merger of Cooley Godward and Kronish Lieb, we wondered aloud: And What About Mr. Lieb? His name was unceremoniously dumped from the moniker of the new entity, which will be known as “Cooley Godward Kronish.” Ouch. Readers have subsequently informed us of what Richard Lieb is up to […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 1:28 PM
  • Contests, ERISA, Hotties

    ERISA Hotties: Nominations Closed, Polls Open Soon

    Apologies for the slow-ish pace of posting today. We’ve been a little distracted, having spent most of the morning scrutinizing photographs of ERISA attorneys. (Hey, it’s a living — and it sure beats document review.) We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted an ERISA hottie nomination. Even if weren’t able to […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 12:44 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Job Searches

    Best Job Application Cover Letter Ever

    No, this is not some random piece of spam we received. You will look in vain for words like “Loteria,” “NEXT OF KIN,” or “V1agra.” It’s actually a cover letter that was received by a major legal staffing and recruiting firm, from a hopeful applicant seeking placement assistance. Here it is: Dear Sirs/Madams: I know […]

    2 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 11:10 AM
  • Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: Not All Lawyers Are Loaded

    We now proudly present the inaugural installment of a regular ATL feature, Skaddenfreude: Totally Gauche Ogling of Other Lawyers’ Incomes. As explained in our introductory post, Skaddenfreude will inform you about how much different lawyers around the country are earning (and how hard they’re working to earn those salaries). We’ve already received a number of […]

    1 Comment / / Sep 7, 2006 at 10:34 AM
  • Brooke Astor, George Ryan, Guantanamo Bay, James Frey, Morning Docket, War on Terror

    Morning Docket: 09.07.06

    * President Bush said yesterday that 14 “high-value” terror suspects, who were previously held in secret by the CIA, had been transferred to Guantánamo Bay, for possible trials before military tribunals. Gitmo’s not exactly the Four Seasons Nevis; but we suppose it’s an improvement. [New York Times; Washington Post] * Former Illinois Governor George Ryan […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 7, 2006 at 8:58 AM
  • Bonnie Tyler, Lawsuit of the Day, Power Ballads, Rank Stupidity, The Eighties

    Lawsuit of the Day: Turn Around, Bright Eyes

    And you thought the American legal system was out of control: Passengers on a flight from France to Mauritius have filed suit against Air France after musician Bonnie Tyler performed a song at the request of the co-pilot. The passengers, believed to be Belgian, complained to the airline after the Welsh singer performed part of […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 6, 2006 at 5:27 PM