March 2007

Anna Nicole Smith kissing J Howard Marshall kiss Anna Nicole Smith ANS J Howard Marshall Above the Law.jpgOr maybe not, thanks to two pesky vigilant police officers.
P.S. Don’t get your hopes up: the toker in question was Judge Lawrence Korda, who played a secondary role in the Anna Nicole Smith case. Judge Larry Seidlin, who handled the bulk of the proceedings, was not caught smoking pot. ‘Cause to get THAT crazy, you need to use the harder stuff.
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up [Concurring Opinions]
Anna Nicole judge cited for pot in park [Associated Press]
ANS Judge Busted For Smoking Weed [dlisted]

* They may not be Starbucks, but they sure act like it. Moonstruck chocolates, aren’t you happy MGM isn’t suing you? [SeattleTimes]
* My parents are cousins, and LSAC didn’t give me extra time. I won’t sue because on top of being stupid (not my fault), I’m f-ing lazy (my fault). [Quiz Law]
* How many boxes would you have bought–and kept–were this a valid deduction? There are only so many thin mints even the most fervant fan can eat. [TaxProf Blog]

alberto gonzales alberto r gonzales attorney general.JPGThe story is moving very quickly, and there’s so much to keep track of. And we’re going to be away from our computer, attending the AEF dinner, when President Bush holds his press conference at 5:45 PM today.
So here’s an open thread to discuss the controversy over the U.S. Attorney firings. Please share your thoughts on the recently released emails, the chances of Alberto Gonzales keeping his job, and other related matters, in the comments to this post. Thanks.
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of the U.S. Attorneys controversy (scroll down)

We covered the story extensively at the time, so we now bring you information about its resolution. See links collected below.
Officer’s death was an accident [New Haven Register]
Judge cleared in fatal accident [New Haven Register]
Bush cousin is cleared in officer’s death [Boston Globe / AP]

We have to step away from the computer for a while, to get ready for our emcee gig at the AEF Annual Dinner. We’ve arranged for content to be posted while we’re gone, though, so please keep visiting.
Also, we’d like to put in a final plug for the AEF dinner. In addition to the reasons we previously gave for attending, we would add a fifth: it’s a great networking opportunity. And who in this town can resist that?
Tickets are available at the door, so it’s not too late for you to attend. Hope to see you in a few hours!
Earlier: The Most Fun Tuesday Night You’ll Have in a Long Time

Gregory Kennedy Greg Kennedy Above the Law blog.jpgOOPS!!! Sorry about that.
The Court’s order vacating its December grant of review explains that it was “advised by Justice Kennedy that he now realizes that he should have recused himself from participation in this case, and does now recuse himself.”
Justice Kennedy contemplated, but ultimately decided against, issuing a separate order explaining his belated recusal, calling his son Gregory Kennedy (at right) “very handsome,” and declaring his intention “to hug him no matter how old he gets.”
Kennedy Recuses From Antitrust Case Involving Son’s Company [Legal Times]
Greg Kennedy bio [Credit Suisse]
Earlier: The Michigan Supreme Sandbox: We Left Out the Best Part

Supreme Court hallway Above the Law Above the Law Above the Law.JPGThe ranks of the Elect, while small, are constantly expanding. We have some new information about a few more folks hired to serve as Supreme Court law clerks for October Term 2007.
Some of this news isn’t truly “new,” since the clerks in question were hired a while ago. But it’s new to ATL, since it wasn’t previously reported in these pages. Anyway, here you go:

1. “I imagine you already know this, but Erin Morrow is the last Roberts hire. She clerked for him briefly on the DC Circuit (with Anton Metlitsky and George Hicks) before he went up to the Supreme Court and got the offer over the summer. She’s currently clerking for Wilkinson.”

2. “Justice Samuel Alito is done hiring. He did not hire any of the people he recently interviewed. Instead, he hired two more former clerks of his (from his Third Circuit days). Alito is turning himself into one of the biggest feeder judges of the past ten years — after the fact!”

3. “Justice Souter has hired Bert Huang (HLS 2003/Boudin) and Micah Smith (HLS 2006/Calabresi) for OT 2007. Don’t know if he’s hired the other two.”

4. “Don’t know which justice, but Mike Mongan (Stanford 2005 / Garland) has been hired for OT 2007. I think it’s either Breyer or Souter.”

5. “Here’s an OT 2008 hire for you: Matt Price (HLS 06, Boudin), by Justice Breyer.”

Do you know which justice Michael Mongan is clerking for? Do you know which ex-Alito clerks will be reunited with their erstwhile boss?
Do you see any other errors or omissions in the information appearing above? If so, please email us. Thanks!
(After the jump, an updated tally of Supreme Court clerks for next Term, reflecting these latest additions.)

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Alexandra Korry Alexandra D Korry Alex Korry Sullivan Cromwell Above the Law Above the Law Aaron Charney ATL.jpgWe tried — we really did. We aggressively solicited reader comments about S&C M&A partner Eric Krautheimer, one of the principal players in Aaron Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell, to see if he could be made anywhere near as interesting a character as his colleague, Alexandra Korry (at right).
The answer: NO. This comment is representative of many others:

Eric is gruff and abrupt and does not suffer fools or mistakes lightly. I’ve heard him yell and I’ve seen him rant and rave. But at the end of the day he is a genuinely good person who deserves better than being dragged through the mud in this frivolous suit.

We tried to turn Krautheimer into a divo; we tried. But at the end of the day, the dramatic possibilities just aren’t there.
Some folks are rock stars, and other people aren’t. Some people are Scalias, and some people are Souters. It’s that simple.
So back to our favorite S&C partner: Alexandra Korry, the Queen of Mergers and Acquisitions, who most definitely IS a rock star. We love her to the ends of the earth.
After the jump, we discuss this fascinating article about her, from Corporate Board Member Magazine.

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Kenneth W Starr Kenneth Starr Ken Starr Above the Law blog.jpgYesterday, while waiting in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court, we saw a tall gentleman and two younger associates walking down the street. His black hat was pulled far down, but there was something familiar about the eyes, the glasses….
Then it came to us: It’s Kenneth Starr! We’re huge fans of Ken Starr, because of his leading role in one of the greatest political and personal dramas of all time: the Monica Lewinsky story.
We whipped out our camera and started running after Dean Starr and his two young companions (presumably associates from Kirkland & Ellis). We caught up to him, and this exchange ensued (our remarks were pretty silly, but we were giddy with excitement and not thinking clearly):

“Excuse me — are you a litigator?”

“Yes.”

“Um, are you litigating in the Supreme Court today?”

“Yes.”

“Are you Mr. Starr?” (We realized later we probably should have addressed him as Dean Starr or Judge Starr.)

“Yes.”

“Hi. My name is David Lat. It’s nice to meet you!”

“It’s nice to meet you, David.”

(We extended our hand, but he left his hand firmly stuffed in his pocket, as he kept walking. We continued to snap photo after photo of him and his associates, telling him, “Don’t mind me!”)

Then we trotted ahead to intercept him again, as he came around the bend to go in the Maryland Avenue entrance. We started talking more photos of him. He greeted us, with dry amusement:

Starr: “Why, hello again!”

ATL: “This is what passes for paparazzi at the Supreme Court!”

After the argument was finished, Ken Starr exited the Court by proceeding down the front steps. We saw him coming and intercepted him again. This exchange ensued:

(By saying “I’ll see you over here,” Dean Starr was referring to the gaggle of microphones set up on the front plaza of the Court, where he proceeded to give some remarks for the news media.)
Ken Starr, outside the U.S. Supreme Court [YouTube]

That’s the question raised here, by Susan Hackett of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and here, by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times.
Time for an ATL reader poll. Many of you are either first-year associates or law students who will soon become first-year associates. So we can guess how you’ll vote.
But we also have numerous readers who are in-house lawyers, senior associates, and even partners. Some members of these groups may oppose what they view as excessive salaries for first-year associates. E.g., this senior associate.
So the outcome of this poll is by no means a foregone conclusion. Here it is:


Viva La Revolution? [Corporate Counsel]
Are First-Year Lawyers Overpaid? [DealBook / New York Times]
Earlier: Skaddenfreude: What About the Senior Associates?

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