January 2007

  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: Goodwin Procter

    No, we haven’t heard anything on Latham & Watkins. But if you have, and you work there, please drop us a line. It’s quite possible that nothing was accomplished at the LW committee meeting earlier today. That sometimes happens at law firm meetings, y’know. After the jump, we pass along information about Goodwin Procter (New […]

    89 Comments / / Jan 30, 2007 at 2:26 PM
  • Gay, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: Does Debevoise Pay Its Associates Enough?

    Of course they do. Debevoise & Plimpton paid generous bonuses in 2006. And they went along with the latest pay raises, with scarcely any hesitation. So we can’t help wondering: Why do some of their associates still have roommates? Then again, this roommate situation isn’t the typical set-up of two post-college kids throwing up a […]

    49 Comments / / Jan 30, 2007 at 1:56 PM
  • D.C. Circuit, Fabulosity, Federal Judges, Federalist Society, Janice Rogers Brown, Judicial Divas, SCOTUS Potential, You Go Girl

    Janice Rogers Brown: Methinks the Diva Doth Protest Too Much

    Last Friday, we attended a fantastic lunch talk by Judge Janice Rogers Brown (near right; her celebrity doppelganger, Wanda Sykes, is on the far right). In case you’re not familiar with her, Judge Brown is a leading judicial diva. She’s a former justice of the California Supreme Court and a current member of the D.C. […]

    10 Comments / / Jan 30, 2007 at 1:25 PM
  • Admin, Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude, Vicious Infighting

    Skaddenfreude: Latham, and An Administrative Announcement

    1. Expect a Latham & Watkins announcement imminently. We’ve been reliably advised that the Associates Committee of LW met this morning, by conference call, from 11:30 AM to 12:10 PM (Eastern time). 2. In terms of the struggle for ATL’s soul — i.e., the heated debate over “salary vs. non-salary” coverage — here is what […]

    76 Comments / / Jan 30, 2007 at 12:42 PM
  • Aaron Charney, Biglaw, Gallion & Spielvogel, Gay

    Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell: Now Everybody Gets To Bend Over!

    Why do we say this? Because more lawyers are on the scene, that’s why! And now everybody gets to grab their socks. (Internal investigations: Fun for the whole family!) Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell, the lawsuit filed by Aaron Charney against S&C, alleging anti-gay discrimination and […]

    50 Comments / / Jan 30, 2007 at 11:55 AM
  • Akin Gump, Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: The Akin Gump Memo

    Sorry for the technical difficulties. Happily, we’re now back online. Akin Gump has announced its compensation scheme for New York and Washington offices (and perhaps others; these are the ones we’ve confirmed). Pay scales for Akin Gump, after the jump.

    47 Comments / / Jan 30, 2007 at 11:30 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.30.07

    * Suing BAR/BRI is something we all wanted to do at some point. [ABA] * Legislation introduced to create CSPAN 3: The Supremes. [WSJ Law Blog] * What comes before the Iowa caucuses? Law review elections, of course. [New York Times] * Ari Fleischer testifies in Libby trial regarding leak of confidential information, and the […]

    8 Comments / / Jan 30, 2007 at 7:54 AM
  • Admin, Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: Monday Night Open Thread

    Our Latham & Watkins sources agree with the commenters who dismissed this memo as fake (or, if real, not yet released to all associates). We’re signing off for now. Please continue the discussion, and post additional announcements, in the comments to this post. Thanks. Earlier: Previous announcements of law firm associate salary increases (scroll down […]

    91 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 6:32 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: The Sidley Austin Memo

    Below is the Sidley Austin memo — sent us to by one source, verified by a second. MEMORANDUM TO: All U.S. Associates FROM: The Management Committee RE: Associate Salaries We value highly our associates and your contributions to the Firm’s continued success. We also recognize the need to remain competitive with market conditions in order […]

    86 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 6:29 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: The Paul Hastings Memo

    This is the Paul Hastings memo that went out earlier today (and previously posted in the comments). We have verified it with several sources at the firm. Date: January 29, 2007 To: Stamford and New York Associates cc: Stamford and New York Partners, All Office Chairs and AD Chairs, All Recruiting & Development From: Jim […]

    18 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 6:13 PM
  • Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: Sheppard Mullin

    Here’s the Sheppard Mullin memo that went out earlier today: To All Associates: The Executive Committee is pleased to announce we are increasing the base compensation for all Associates. The 2007 base compensation for our first year Associates in New York will be $160,000, and for our Associates in all other offices $145,000. These new […]

    10 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 6:08 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.29.07

    Count-down to Superbowl Sunday! * Turns out those Superlawyer rankings are unrelated to true super legal powers after all. [Crime & Federalism] * While “Supermax” may sound like an office supply warehouse store, it’s not nearly as fun. [Sentencing Law and Policy] * In an effort to stay relevant without resorting to cell phone violence, […]

    0 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 5:53 PM
  • Shanetta Cutlar

    Shanetta Cutlar: Some Praise for the Princess

    Are you familiar with the delightful song “One, Two Step,” by Ciara (featuring Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, who used to live down the street from us)? If not, do yourself a favor, and check out the video. It begins with voice-over by a rapper who exultantly announces, in major-domo fashion, “The Princess is here!!!” The Princess […]

    29 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 2:18 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: The Cravath Memo

    If you were hoping that Cravath was going to up the ante for associate base salaries, we’re sorry to disappoint you. As reported last week in the comments, CSM basically matched the Simpson Thacher scale (after a bit of a delay; perhaps they were deliberating about besting the market). For your reading pleasure, here’s the […]

    134 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 1:25 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Reader Polls, Skaddenfreude

    ATL Reader Poll: It’s All About the Billables, Baby

    Last week we opened up a reader poll concerning billable hours. We’ll keep it open until 5 PM today. You can check it out, and cast your vote, by clicking here. A number of you had various quibbles with the poll — the wording of the question, the methodology, etc. Such is to be expected […]

    15 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 12:02 PM
  • LeBoeuf Lamb, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: The LeBoeuf Lamb Memo

    We have a number of associate base salary memos in the queue for publication (including some from last week, when tech problems frustrated publication). Rest assured, we will get around to posting them. (Considering that nobody is doing anything particularly exciting — e.g., besting Simpson Thacher — the time pressures for publication aren’t great.) But […]

    17 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 11:48 AM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: The Covington & Burling Memo

    If you’re trying to figure out what the new standard salaries are going to be in DC, it’s hard to ignore Covington & Burling. Covington is regarded by many as the archetypal Washington law firm. As previously noted in the comments, we have confirmed pay raises for Covington associates. We thank the multiple sources who […]

    53 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 11:22 AM
  • Feminism, Gender, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Justice Ginsburg to Justice O’Connor: “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You”

    Or actually, “I’m missing you already.” Supreme Court justices have feelings too, y’know. The former cheerleader and current Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader “Kiki” Ginsburg, misses having a “wing-woman” when she visits the highest ladies’ room in the land. Per Joan Biskupic of USA Today: It’s been a year since Sandra Day O’Connor retired from […]

    2 Comments / / Jan 29, 2007 at 10:48 AM