Please treat this post as a weekend open thread for discussion of associate pay raises, clerkship bonuses, or anything else that strikes your fancy.
There are a million things we want (and need) to write about. But we have a fairly full weekend planned, in terms of non-ATL-related activities. So you might not hear from us until Monday — unless Alberto Gonzales resigns, or New York firms raise to $200K (neither of which is happening anytime soon).
In recent weeks, current and future Biglaw associates have expressed gratitude to Above the Law for helping to increase their compensation. Even though we know ATL has a few influential readers — managing partners, hiring partners, and recruitment coordinators at top firms (we’ll keep them nameless) — we think our influence is exaggerated.
Nevertheless, some of you do believe that ATL deserves some credit for putting more dollars in your pocket. And some of you have asked us, in emails and in comments, what you can do to give back to this site.
All we ask is that you keep on reading Above the Law (and encourage everyone you know to read it as well). But if you’d like to do more, some suggestions appear after the jump.
Here are a few things you can do for us that would be greatly appreciated:
1. Send us tips. We couldn’t write this site without all of the great information we receive from our readers. So whenever you have some juicy news to share — a suggestion for a possible post, a salary or bonus memo for your firm, a funny office-wide email you just received — please email us.
As regular ATL readers know, our default rule is anonymity for tipsters. We will not identify you as our source, unless you explicitly ask to be credited (or we ask you for permission to name you, and you agree). So you can spill your guts to us, secure in the knowledge that we would go to jail to protect your identity.
(We wouldn’t mind a brief jail stint — seriously. It would be great publicity for ATL. And we might get to meet Paris Hilton, too.)
So if you work at a business that uses online advertising, please consider advertising on ATL. If you have friends or relatives who work at such companies, please recommend ATL to them. You can obtain more details by downloading our media kit (PDF), or by emailing us (subject line: “Advertising”).
If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation — and if you’re earning the Biglaw bucks, you need all the deductions you can get — please visit our fundraising page. Then click on the orange “Donate” button, and follow the instructions. It’s that easy!
Please note, however, that while we are grateful to anyone who does any of the things listed above, we retain our editorial independence. So if you do something bone-headed and embarrassing, don’t expect us to go easy on you in the pages of ATL just because you sent a few bucks our way.
(Of course, if you send more than a few bucks our way, that’s a different story. We will gladly sell out for the right price. After all, we are lawyers.)
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