June 2007

  • Announcements, Law Schools, Public Interest, Summer Associates

    ATL Public Service Announcement: One Day’s Work

    We can’t publish all (or even most) of the announcements like this that we receive. But since we give those Harvard Law School kids such a hard time, airing lots of their dirty laundry, we figure we might as well do something nice for them for a change. We pass along this announcement, on behalf […]

    26 Comments / / Jun 25, 2007 at 9:45 AM
  • Douglas Ginsburg, Fashion, Kellogg Huber, New York Times, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 06.17: Picture This

    LEWW is so devoted to you, dear readers, that we haul out our scanner every week so we can show you pictures that the Times doesn’t post in its online edition. But this week the NYT was showing no photographic love for the lawyers. All three of our featured couples are picture-less! We hate it […]

    27 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 5:34 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 6.22.07

    * This thing was filmed in a county adjacent to ours. [Augusta Chronicle] * Good riddance Gitmo. [NYT] * Six Flags has a lawsuit in their future. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * Don’t like oversight? Eliminate it. [CNN]

    6 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 4:50 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Funniest Law Blog Contest: Another Plea for Votes

    Ok, one last plug for ATL in the Funniest Law Blog Contest. For those of you who followed the link earlier, you will have noticed that the gap between us and Phila Lawyer has narrowed, although it is still quite wide. Luckily for us, there are now prizes for second and third places: three signed […]

    5 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 4:14 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Friday Afternoon Humor

    For your enjoyment on a slow-news-day-summer-Friday afternoon, here’s a hilarious bit from Muffie Benson-Perella at our sibling site Dealbreaker.com: Ask Muffie: Cause and Effect Muffie Benson-Perella (muffie AT dealbreaker.com) is an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of a “Bulge Bracket” bank. She holds a B.A. in French and Art from Vassar College and an […]

    28 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 2:45 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Lawsuit of the Day, Perverts

    Lawsuit of the Day: Belk Cosmetics Contractors Win Damages for Being Watched Undressing

    Four women who worked for a private cosmetics contractor, Makeup Art Cosmetics, in a Belk department store in our hometown of Athens, Georgia have each won six-figure verdicts this week after being watched undressing by security guards using a hidden camera in the stockroom of the store. Store managers installed a hidden camera in a […]

    4 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 2:00 PM
  • Judicial Reports, State Judges

    Will New York Judges Strike?

    Judicial Reports thinks they might. From the article: As the State Legislature slouched toward adjournment late Thursday with no breakthrough on the issue of pay raises for judges, an infuriated judiciary began to contemplate an escalation in the salary wars. For many that might mean new or expanded litigation. Some are even whispering “strike.” New […]

    11 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 1:02 PM
  • Books

    PrawfsBlawg Trashes Chambermaid

    James Gimmelman at PrawfsBlawg is none too impressed with Saira Rao’s roman a clef Chambermaid. From his review: The book is an abomination, one of the worst novels I have ever read, both artistically and morally. The affected style, which runs the gamut from “cutesy” to “bench memo,” would be forgivable if the substance weren’t […]

    49 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 11:48 AM
  • Biglaw, Bonuses, Clerkships, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Clerkship Bonus Watch: Debevoise Joins the $70K Club

    Good news for clerks with offers from Debevoise & Plimpton: the bonus is no longer flat. Debevoise is joining the $70K Club for two-year clerks. The announcement email appears after the jump.

    77 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 11:06 AM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    National Pay Raise Watch: Portland

    To wrap up the week, we stay in the West and move up the coast to Portland, Oregon. Portland is the nation’s 23rd largest city, and probably the greenest one. We hear the quality of life is pretty good, but what about the money? This comes from a February New York Times article: Holland & […]

    75 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 10:37 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.22.07

    * Tax evaders enclosed in hilltop compound…seriously. [CNN] * McNulty tweaks, defends prior testimony. [NYT] * Congress to scrutinize Cheney’s treatment of classified docs? [MSNBC] * When Skadden gives you lemonade, drink Skadden’s lemonade. [WSJ Law Blog]

    5 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 10:00 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 6.21.07

    * Extra slanty. [The Onion] * Have you seen this lake? [CNN] * Crazy murder trial in Nevada. [Reno Gazette-Journal] * Shuttle landing postponed; will be made up as part of doubleheader later in the year. [New York Times]

    13 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 4:40 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    National Pay Raise Watch: Perkins Coie to $160k in California

    Perkins Coie is raising to market in California, with a catch. To get the raise, associates must 1) be “on pace” of 1900 hours; and 2) have “no outstanding timesheet penalties.” The memo’s after the jump.

    59 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 3:53 PM
  • Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps

    A Classic Kozinski Benchslap

    In his dissent today from a order denying rehearing en banc in the case of United States v. Ziegler, Kozinski basically calls the rest of the panel morons, or at least hack magicians. The best part is this paragraph: By plucking consent out of its judicial top hat, when neither party has argued it and […]

    20 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 3:36 PM
  • Eyes of the Law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Eyes of the Law: Ginsburg’s Little Kicks

    This one’s a vicarious “Eyes of the Law” through a source in New York. According to the source: “Since we’re getting close to the end of the Supreme Court’s Term, people might be wondering: Are we going to see any retirements this year? Will Justice John Paul Stevens finally pack it in? Or what about […]

    11 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 2:34 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Former Senator Looking for Love

    Dean Barkley, fomer U.S. Senator from Minnesota (Nov. 2002-Jan. 2003) as a member of the then Minnesota Reform Party (he was appointed by Gov. Jesse Ventura after the death of Paul Wellstone in a plane crash), is apparently looking for love online. Here is his profile from Match.com. Girls, don’t worry about getting hurt, because […]

    22 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 2:09 PM
  • Benchslaps, SCOTUS

    More Squabbling from the Tellabs Opinion

    We missed this separate benchscuffle from the Tellabs opinion in our haste to look at all three earlier, but Scalia and Stevens, the lone dissenter, went at it as well. Stevens told Scalia that he was “clearly wrong”, and Scalia responded with “it’s you who is ‘mistaken’”. Steven then said “nun uh”, and Scalia said, […]

    1 Comment / / Jun 21, 2007 at 1:06 PM
  • Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, SCOTUS

    Scalia Gets Snarky Over Scienter Standard

    At issue in the SCOTUS’s decision today in Tellabs, Inc. v. Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd.[SCOTUSblogvia How Appealing] was the definition of the term “strong inference”, and therefore what the standard is for determining whether a plaintiff has met the pleading requirements as to scienter in a securities fraud case. Some mildly saucy benchslaps insued. […]

    43 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 12:40 PM