June 2007

  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    National Pay Raise Watch: California

    From Vegas we take a short drive through the desert into the beautiful state of California. Since Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley are regularly covered on ATL, this open thread will be for the rest of California: San Diego, Sacramento, or any other not-regularly-covered market in the Golden State that you care to […]

    77 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 10:47 AM
  • Bad Ideas, Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Fast Food, Practice Pointers, Rudeness

    HappyMealGate Wrap-up: You Want Florida CLE With That?

    We have a ruling in the HappyMealGate case (prior coverage here, here, and here of Wiliam P. Smith, the McDermott Will & Emery partner who told Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff that she was “a few French Fries short of a Happy Meal”). And it’s surprisingly lenient. Judge Isicoff basically gave Smith a stern talking to: […]

    30 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 9:58 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.21.07

    * NOLA nurses get immunity in post-Katrina deaths case. [CNN] * Paris Hilton’s prosecutor scrutinized. [CNN] * Yeah, because that’s why Motley Crue fizzled…bad management. [WSJ Law Blog] * Justice Scalia on Jack Bauer. We can only hope that this discussion was filmed in real time from dramatic camera angles and they spoke with urgently […]

    5 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 9:13 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 6.20.07

    * Where do gay men look first? [Huffington Post] * Vigilante justice is alive and well in Texas, but this innocent passenger is not. [BBC] * Walter Reed rent-a-cops get all belligerent with each other. [CNN] * Hawaii’s gonna blow. [AP via Yahoo!] * File another one in the “ridiculous reasons for Muslims to be […]

    26 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 4:47 PM
  • CIA

    Career CIA Guy Is OK With Torture; Who Knew?

    Ok, that’s not exactly right. Technically, he’s not ok with torture, he just defines torture in a manner that allows him to be ok with stuff that most of us would call torture. Would you expect anything less of a CIA lawyer? John Rizzo, acting GC for the CIA and Bush’s nominee for the permanent […]

    36 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 3:54 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: If I Posted It

    Days after a federal judge ruled that the family of Ron Goldman could pursue the copyright to O.J.’s confession “fictional” account of how he would have murdered his wife Nicole Brown and Goldman entitled “If I Did It,” a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee is seeking to have TMZ.com held in contempt for posting the entire manuscript […]

    7 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 3:12 PM
  • Clerkships, J. Michael Luttig, SCOTUS, SCOTUS Clerks Are Fair Game, Supreme Court

    Update on Supreme Court Clerks: Where Are They Now?

    A few more updates from tipsters: Edward C. Dawson, who clerked for Kennedy in OT 2003, is with Yetter & Warden, and according to our tipster is in the new Austin office. Marc Allen, also a former Kennedy clerk, has reportedly gone in-house with Boeing, working for his old boss, Judge J. Michael Luttig. Leondra […]

    13 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 2:50 PM
  • Blog Wars, Blogging, Contests, Shameless Plugs

    Another Plug for ATL in the Funniest Law Blog Poll

    Ok, at first we didn’t care, but now we’re getting jacked around (along with everybody else in the contest) by Phila Lawyer! This aggression will not stand, man! Don’t hold Lat’s momentary absence against us; vote for ATL now as the funniest law blog. Vote for the funniest law blog…..now [Legal Antics]

    18 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 1:45 PM
  • Aquagirl, Biglaw, Media and Journalism, New York Observer, Summer Associates

    Wherein the New York Observer Does Once a Year What ATL Does Everyday

    The New York Observer has their annual summer associate article out today. Aquagirl is heavily discussed, including a shoutout to ATL for coining the nickname. Also referenced, of course, is the $3,000 Skadden summers’ after-party. But then they had to go and get all touchy-feely with the bit about charity and how “chic” being green […]

    34 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 1:08 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Yet More Jenner & Block

    This from a source: Jenner has gone to $160,000 for first years in its Chicago, DC, and Dallas offices. The NY office will remain at $160,000. More senior classes will be determined and communicated individually. The raise was communicated this morning by individual memoranda and is effective August 1, 2007. Earlier: Prior ATL Jenner & […]

    76 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 12:17 PM
  • Advertising

    Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: Las Vegas

    Just because Lat isn’t here doesn’t mean we can’t continue talking about salaries. Today the Nationwide Pay Raise Watch goes to Sin City. The transformation of the Strip continues unabated, most notably with the Aladdin becoming Planet Hollywood and the demolition of Stardust in favor of Echelon. So how much of the house’s take is […]

    45 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 11:29 AM
  • Blackberry-Crackberry, Shopping, Technology

    iPhone = The New Crackberry*?

    Hi, Billy Merck here once again, hosting through the end of the week so that Lat can take another brief vacation. No intro post this time; check here or here if you don’t know who we are. But enough of that, let’s get right to it. The Wall Street Journal has this article about the […]

    92 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 10:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.20.07

    * DOD releases six Gitmo detainees. [Washington Post] * Law Profs for Libby. [Slate] * South Carolina treasurer and Giuliani campaigner indicted on drug charges. [CNN] * Slate column on the rare disbarment of a prosecutor. [Slate] * NFL implements whistle-blower rules for concussions. [MSNBC]

    1 Comment / / Jun 20, 2007 at 9:16 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.19.07

    Stella Q is on hiatus from Non-Sequiturs. So we’re going to be doing our own end-of-day linkwraps for the time being, unless one of you would like to help us out (in which case, please email us). Also, we’re in the process of cleaning out our email inbox. Some of these links are old — […]

    4 Comments / / Jun 19, 2007 at 6:30 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches, Money, Screw-Ups, Skaddenfreude

    Hell Hath No Fury Like Ex-Bingham McCutchen Associates

    Remember those Bingham McCutchen associates who took buyouts and left the firm? They’re royally p.o.’ed about this article, and they want to set The Record[er] straight about the circumstances surrounding their departures. Check out their angry letter to The Recorder, plus additional information from an ATL tipster concerning how these buyouts were mishandled, after the […]

    31 Comments / / Jun 19, 2007 at 5:00 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Still More About Jenner & Block

    Yesterday we declared ourselves “all Jenner-ed out.” But based on the comments and emails we’ve received, it seems people are still interested in hearing about Jenner & Block. We have a little more to offer you. A second source confirms what we previously reported: Your post about yesterday’s meeting was accurate. [Managing partner Gregory Gallopoulos] […]

    43 Comments / / Jun 19, 2007 at 4:30 PM
  • Biglaw, Department of Justice, Job Searches, Joseph Russoniello, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    U.S. Attorney Joe Russoniello? Not So Fast

    Yesterday we passed along the rumor that Joseph Russoniello, of Cooley Godward Kronish in San Francisco, would be returning to a post he held years ago: U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. We remain fairly confident in this tip. But for the record, there is nothing official to report just yet. Mr. Russoniello […]

    2 Comments / / Jun 19, 2007 at 3:45 PM
  • Biglaw, Bonuses, Clerkships, Money, SCOTUS, SCOTUS Clerks Are Fair Game, Skaddenfreude, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerks: Where Are They Now?

    In our recent New York Times op-ed piece on Supreme Court clerkship bonuses, we argued that “[f]rom a narrowly economic point of view — focusing on the actual work the clerks will perform, and setting aside the law firms’ quest for prestige and bragging rights — it is difficult to understand why firms fight for […]

    75 Comments / / Jun 19, 2007 at 2:30 PM