August 2007

  • Admin, Announcements, Birthdays, Holidays and Seasons, Shameless Plugs

    Happy Birthday to ATL — and Happy Labor Day to All!

    It’s the Friday afternoon before Labor Day, and we’re ready to pack it in. We might put up another post or two — e.g., Legal Eagle Wedding Watch — but basically we are done for the day. (Our colleagues over at DealBreaker checked out hours ago.) Before we sign off, we’d like to point out […]

    21 Comments / / Aug 31, 2007 at 2:45 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Nixon Peabody ThemeSongGate: An ABC News Webcast

    Yesterday we were away from the blogosphere. We had several meetings to attend in the morning. Then, in the afternoon, we did a webcast for ABC News. We spoke with Mary Fulginiti, the former AUSA who now covers legal affairs for ABC News, about L’Affaire Nixon Peabody: (The last time we did a webcast for […]

    65 Comments / / Aug 31, 2007 at 12:40 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: The Am Law Associate Paycheck Report

    Good stuff. Check it out here (article) and here (chart). The Paycheck Report [The American Lawyer] Associates Salary Survey [The American Lawyer]

    32 Comments / / Aug 31, 2007 at 12:05 PM
  • Job of the Week

    Job of the Week

    Position: Fund Formation Partner Employer: A rapidly growing general corporate law firm (New York) Description: A senior-level attorney to build the firm’s fund formation practice. Although portable business is not required, the successful candidate must be willing to work very hard to get the practice started. The firm will provide access to major hedge fund […]

    / Aug 31, 2007 at 11:10 AM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 91-95

    What? You’re still here? Shouldn’t you be at the beach right now, enjoying what remains of the summer? Or maybe at a barbecue (goat head sold separately)? For those of you who are still stuck in front of computers, let’s face it: you’re not getting any work done today. So you might as well sit […]

    74 Comments / / Aug 31, 2007 at 10:35 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.31.07

    * Sen. Craig may resign today. [CNN] * NBA refs lawyer up. [CBS Sportsline] * Iowa court approves same-sex marriages. [CNN] * Foreign-born widows face deportation. [MSNBC] * Litigation from Exxon’s 1989 spill continues… all over a measly $5 billion. [Yahoo News]

    8 Comments / / Aug 31, 2007 at 9:25 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.30.07

    * Nifong pleads not guilty to contempt. [CNN] * Debarge beats his woman to the Rhythm of the Night. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * Texas just keeps on killing people didn’t kill this one (our bad; we saw Texas and execution and assumed). [New York Times] * Can’t get enough funny Larry Craig stuff? Here you go! […]

    24 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 5:00 PM
  • Alberto Gonzales, Department of Justice, George J. Terwilliger III, Larry Thompson, Michael Chertoff, Orrin Hatch, Paul Clement, Politics, Ted Olson

    The Short List

    The Associated Press (via the Washington Post) reported Tuesday that the short list to replace Alberto Gonzales as AG is the following five names: Ted Olson George J. Terwilliger, III Sen. Orrin Hatch Larry D. Thompson Paul D. Clement Ted Olson seems like a solid, non-controversial choice. Terwilliger would definitely be the most fun name […]

    36 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 4:33 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches, Layoffs, Money, Skaddenfreude, Wall Street


    Last week we wondered whether conditions in the stock and credit markets might lead to layoffs or affect bonuses. The situation has continued to deteriorate, particularly in the credit market. Now others are starting to join us in the rampant speculation about layoffs. From the NYT’s DealBook: The current turmoil in the credit market has […]

    75 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 3:50 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 86-90

    We’re into the high eighties of the Vault 100 law firms. But even if there may be 85 firms ranked ahead of these next five firms, don’t forget that they are still incredibly prestigious and profitable places to work. Here are the firms to chat about this afternoon: 86. Arent Fox PLLC (4.813)87. Katten Muchin […]

    91 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 2:20 PM
  • Music, Tort Reform

    Weird Al Song Becomes Tort Reform Anthem

    From the National Examiner: The American Tort Reform Association has posted Weird Al’s “I’ll Sue Ya” on its Web site, suggesting that the tune be “adopted as a theme song by America’s personal injury lawyers.” “It’s been awhile since I’ve personally kept up with Weird Al’s work, but it’s nice to know he hasn’t lost […]

    15 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 1:21 PM
  • Celebrities, Crime, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Spector Trial Edition

    The Phil Spector trial is almost at its end, but Spector has nevertheless just added a lawyer to his legal team: San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan. Riordan comes on as Bruce Cutler departs, though presiding Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler took pains to clarify that Riordan is not replacing Cutler as lead counsel for […]

    8 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 12:44 PM
  • Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans

    Katrina + 2 Years = A Rebuilt Legal System In New Orleans?

    This week marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The news has been full of reports about the status of the affected areas, particularly New Orleans, two years later. Most of them have not been good; here are a few examples: “Bitterness lingers 2 years after Katrina” [AP via Yahoo!] “Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast Struggling 2 […]

    15 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 11:42 AM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 81-85

    In the earliest version of yesterday’s open thread dedicated to discussing Vault 100 law firms, we put up the wrong firms at first. Sorry about that. So now is the time to talk about Howrey (which was the subject of some brief discussion yesterday, before we corrected the post). Here are this morning’s five firms […]

    73 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 10:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.30.07

    * Probably no AG nominee for a couple weeks. [CNN] * Clinton donor under cloud in fraud case. [NY Times] * Falcons seek $20m in contract money from Vick. [ESPN] * How you dooin? [CNN]

    4 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 9:30 AM
  • Larry Craig

    The Substitute Returns

    It’s Billy Merck again, your favorite person to shoot spitballs at fill-in for Lat, who’s got a full day away from the blogosphere today. We start today with some stray Larry Craig news. First, we certainly don’t mean to imply anything about the deceased chief justice, but there is a creepy resemblance here. Next, Craig […]

    40 Comments / / Aug 30, 2007 at 8:45 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.07

    * Some of you have asked for more Larry Craig coverage. Here you go. [Blogonaut] * The latest developments in the bizarre Gene Plotkin insider trading case. You remember — the one involving “a Merrill Lynch junior analyst, a 63-year old retired Croatian underwear seamstress, an exotic dancer, and two former employees from the Wisconsin […]

    7 Comments / / Aug 29, 2007 at 5:30 PM
  • Clerkships, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: OT 2008 (Update #4)

    We realize that it’s still summer. Many of the justices are still traipsing around Europe (or hanging out in the Hampshire, as in the case of Justice David Souter). It’s also the last week of August, leading into the Labor Day holiday weekend – traditionally one of the slowest, most dead weeks of the year. […]

    56 Comments / / Aug 29, 2007 at 4:42 PM