June 2007

  • Department of Justice, Federal Government, Kids, Nauseating Things, Vermin / Rodents / Pests

    Even Worse Than the Cadwalader Bed Bugs

    Working as a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice offers many advantages over toiling as a law firm associate. Greater responsibility. Better hours. Nicer bosses (with some exceptions). But working for the DOJ has disadvantages too. Lower pay. Less support staff. No Aeron chairs working pens. And maybe rats snacking on your toddler. From […]

    19 Comments / / Jun 26, 2007 at 3:15 PM
  • Advertising, Animal Law, Bad Ideas, Biglaw, Weirdness

    Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My — Is It a Law Firm Ad Campaign?

    An interesting and odd observation about law firm ad campaigns, from Copyranter: What The F**k is up with all the law firms using goofy animal symbolism? Dykema thinks it’s a giraffe amongst zebras. Zuckerman Spaeder says I’m a canary threatened by a lion. And Bingham McCutchen (above) was, first, a lion-chasing zebra (where does the […]

    10 Comments / / Jun 26, 2007 at 2:30 PM
  • Announcements, Blog Wars, Blogging, Contests, Shameless Plugs

    Congratulations To… Us! And the Other Deserving Winners

    Remember Niki Black’s “Funniest Law Blog” contest, over at Legal Antics? The results have been announced, and Above the Law won second prize. Woo-hoo! Thanks to everyone who heeded our desperate pleas and voted for ATL. And congratulations to Phila Lawyer, which took first place, and QuizLaw, which came in third. We’re delighted by our […]

    4 Comments / / Jun 26, 2007 at 2:00 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: Thelen Reid, and A Tale of Two Tiers

    Associates at Thelen Reid were clamoring for a post shining the spotlight on their firm. Here are some representative emails: “Since your posting on Bingham worked so well, how about starting one on Thelen? The silence from OTC [Office of the Chair] is deafening, and people are super-disgruntled.” “We’ve waited long enough here, and they […]

    62 Comments / / Jun 26, 2007 at 1:10 PM
  • Ann Althouse, Blogging, Shameless Plugs, Television, Videos

    Programming Note: Ready for Our Close-Up?

    We’re going to be offline for a bit. We’re taping a segment of Bloggingheads TV, in which we’ll be chatting with one of our all-time favorite bloggers, Ann Althouse. We’re planning to discuss a variety of fascinating topics — including that famous (or infamous?) Hillary Clinton campaign video, a parody of the final episode of […]

    33 Comments / / Jun 26, 2007 at 11:00 AM
  • Bad Ideas, Biglaw, Fashion

    Skadden DC: Slumming It in the Nation’s Capital?

    What the heck is going on in the Washington office of Skadden Arps? First we read about the firm’s food stamp recipes, in the hallowed pages of the Washington Post. And now we read about the firm’s in-house fashion show, also in a Post piece: Legal secretaries, receptionists and an accounting supervisor strutted their stuff […]

    29 Comments / / Jun 26, 2007 at 9:50 AM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Some Updates on Recent Lawyers of the Day

    Two Louisiana lawyers, Michael Fawer and Joseph Bartels — the brawling brothers-in-law we wrote about here — have been disciplined for their altercation. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: After hearing about two hours of testimony, state Judge Raymond Childress found brothers-in-law Michael Fawer and Joseph Bartels in contempt of court for their brawl in the […]

    16 Comments / / Jun 26, 2007 at 9:30 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.26.07

    * Saving Inmate Sizemore. [CNN] * Paris is once again free to flash her vag and make us wonder why she’s famous. Except that we hear she’s changed her life or something. What a drag. [CNN] * The EPA doesn’t have to consult with the FWS about the ESA before handing over the NPDES program […]

    1 Comment / / Jun 26, 2007 at 7:30 AM
  • Biglaw, Nauseating Things, Robert Link, Vermin / Rodents / Pests

    Breaking: Cadwalader Overrun By Bed Bugs!!!

    We hear that Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is a tough place to work these days. Over the past few years, CTW’s profits per partner have skyrocketed — but such growth has come at a price. Today the firm is much more of a business, and much less of a partnership. Collegiality is down, and billable […]

    50 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 6:30 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.25.07

    * See lawyer. See lawyer commit career suicide on YouTube. Run lawyer run. [Threat Level / Wired Blogs] * “This is the type of case that a mentally challenged pro se plaintiff would file.” And no, this has nothing to do with Judge Roy Pearson’s $54 million lawsuit over a pair of pants. [New York […]

    3 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 6:00 PM
  • 5th Circuit, Fabulosity, Job Searches, Weirdness

    A Special Job Opportunity for Texas Lawyers

    Are you a Texas law firm associate who is sick of tired of working long hours for low pay? Are you looking for a more creative position, one that would offer you more “hands-on” experience? Then you might be interested in working for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit — still for […]

    10 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 4:45 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: Texas, Take Two

    We did a post on associate salaries in the Texas markets last month. But since a number of you have been clamoring for another, and we haven’t done one as part of our recent series on various non-New York markets, here’s another post going out to the Lone Star State. In our last Texas post, […]

    52 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 3:00 PM
  • Gay, Lawsuit of the Day, Media and Journalism

    Lawsuit of the Day: CBS Gets Charneyed

    The plummeting ratings of Katie Couric aren’t the only problem for CBS these days. The network just got slapped with a $50 million lawsuit alleging sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation. From Towleroad (pronounced “toll road,” for those of you not familiar with it): Dick Jefferson, the CBS News producer who was gay bashed with a […]

    8 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 2:30 PM
  • Aaron Charney, Biglaw, Gay, Litigatrix

    Brokeback Lawfirm: S&C Adds Fabulous Litigatrix to Charney Team

    If you’re looking for the latest scoop on Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell, there’s another site to check out in addition to the usual suspects. Please extend a warm welcome to the newest Charneyblogger: Keeping Up With Jonas! While we were away last week, Jonas reported on a fabulous new addition to the S&C legal […]

    23 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 1:00 PM
  • Anna Nicole Smith, Drugs, Education / Schools, Marijuana, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Bong Hits 4 SCOTUS? No Thank You

    They prefer crack, thank you very much. Because why else would the justices rule against noble, crusading students, and in favor of the mean old school officials, in Morse v. Frederick — aka the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case?* But free speech proponents shouldn’t despair. Over at SCOTUSblog, Marty Lederman notes: Morse is a very […]

    26 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 12:20 PM
  • Roy Pearson

    Breaking: No Justice, No Pants

    Who cares about all those fancy-schmancy Supreme Court decisions that just got handed down? This morning brings news of a far more important legal development. This just in, from the Washington Post: The D.C. administrative law judge who sued his neighborhood dry cleaner for $54 million over a pair of lost pants found out today […]

    27 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 10:55 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.25.07

    * Nifong’s troubles not over. [CNN] * Write like a man; get convicted like a woman. [CNN] * I knew they were still a bunch of commies. [Jurist] * Is lethal injection constitutional in Georgia? We’ll find out today. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * “It’s just stunning and very ungovernment-like.” Indeed. [WSJ Law Blog]

    4 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 10:30 AM
  • Anthony Kennedy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court’s Last Penultimate Day: Say Goodbye to October Term 2006