February 2008

  • Advertising, Craigslist, Job Searches

    Beware of all legal job postings that require new clothes heavy lifting.

    Yesterday, we posted some preliminary results from last week’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on leave and part-time arrangements. Today, we’re going to get a little bit deeper into the maternity leave data. We now have more than 600 responses, and roughly three-fifths of respondents have reported that their firms offer twelve weeks of paid […]

    74 Comments / / Feb 19, 2008 at 2:25 PM
  • Sports

    Sports and the Law: Marlins Stadium Subsidy Might Violate State Constitution

    The thirteen commissioners of Miami-Dade County are expected on Thursday to approve a proposal to spend $347 million in taxpayer money to build a new 37,000-seat, retractable roof stadium for the Florida Marlins. This proposal would not only provide a huge subsidy to the team’s much maligned owner, Jeffrey Loria, but it also might violate […]

    22 Comments / / Feb 19, 2008 at 12:55 PM
  • Cass Sunstein, Celebrities, Elena Kagan, Law Professors, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Harvard Snags Sunstein from Chicago!

    If we knew anything about sports, we’d say this is the legal academic equivalent of Major Player X leaving Super-Elite Team Y for Super-Elite Team Z. But we don’t. So we’ll just say it’s one of the biggest law school hiring coups since Harvard Law School snatched half of Feldsuk from NYU. HLS strikes again […]

    67 Comments / / Feb 19, 2008 at 12:00 PM
  • Contract Attorneys

    Career Potential for Staff Attorneys: Open Thread

    Here’s something from the ATL mailbag that we thought might be a good topic for discussion. It concerns the professional prospects of staff attorneys at large law firms: I have a friend that is a staff attorney at a Vault 100 firm. He kind of keeps it a secret. He started at a tiny firm […]

    105 Comments / / Feb 19, 2008 at 11:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.19.08

    * Is that legal? Apparently so. The Clinton campaign may pursue Obama’s pledged delegates, who technically are not required to vote for Obama. [Politico] * A portrait of radical Islam in the United States, based on analysis of court cases. [New York Times via How Appealing] * Thomson Corp., aka the folks who bring you […]

    7 Comments / / Feb 19, 2008 at 10:15 AM
  • Biglaw, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Travel / Vacation

    Biglaw Perk Watch: Seyfarth Shaw to… Unlimited Vacation!

    The law firm perks keep rolling in. From a source at Seyfarth Shaw: Following the recent trend of enhanced BigLaw perks, Seyfarth announced changes to their leave policy for associates. Previously, associates were given 4 weeks of vacation per year. Now, associates can now take (at least hypothetically) as much leave as they want so […]

    36 Comments / / Feb 19, 2008 at 9:30 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.18.08

    * Is it okay for a law professor to exclude white students from her review sessions? [Blackprof via PrawfsBlawg] * Speaking of law profs, students like ’em hot. And we needed a research paper to tell us this? [TaxProf Blog] * A utilitarian analysis of the question we raised on Valentine’s Day: Should lawyers date […]

    24 Comments / / Feb 18, 2008 at 5:30 PM
  • Billable Hours, Job Survey

    Featured Survey Results: Less Billing, Tastes Great?

    We received about 600 responses to last week’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on leave and part-time arrangements. One reader made a very interesting suggestion in the comments: Justin – how about you keep a list of where law firms are on parental leave? Sort of like the list Lat kept going showing who was […]

    41 Comments / / Feb 18, 2008 at 12:30 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.18.08

    Happy Presidents’ Day! In honor of the executive branch, unitary or not, ATL will be on a reduced publication schedule today. * Where’s the beef? Not on your grocery shelves, thankfully, as the USDA orders the largest meat recall in its history. [Washington Post] * Obama woos Edwards. [AP] * “Harold and Kumar Escape From […]

    6 Comments / / Feb 18, 2008 at 10:30 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Federal Judges, Richard Posner, Shameless Plugs

    ATL Visits the Windy City

    Greetings from the great — but frigid — city of Chicago. We’re hanging out with friends and doing some sightseeing, but the main reason for our visit is this event, taking place on Thursday (and open to the public): Judges As Public FiguresThursday, February 21, 2008, 4:15 PMUniversity of Chicago Law School, Room II Judge […]

    36 Comments / / Feb 16, 2008 at 4:45 PM
  • Bar Exams, Benchslaps, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Romance and Dating, Texas, White & Case

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.15.08

    * A clever parody of the Clemens hearing. [PrawfsBlawg] * They have a talent for bench-slappery down in Texas. [Sophistic Miltonian Serbonian Blog; Supreme Court of Texas Blog] * T-T-T-Trouble for TTT schools? [ABA Journal] * Lawyer of the Day: White & Case associate Tabber Benedict, fixed up by the matchmaking cabbie. [ABC News] * […]

    58 Comments / / Feb 15, 2008 at 4:00 PM
  • Lunacy, Violence, Weirdness

    What’s Going on at Alabama Law?

    Sweet home Alabama. It’s the home of law schools that have given us great stories in the past. A fairly recent story, involving a student at the University of Alabama School of Law who got into a silverware spat with his roommate, was on the lighter side. But our latest tale from UA is more […]

    79 Comments / / Feb 15, 2008 at 3:00 PM
  • Bankruptcy, DUI / DWI, Fashion, Federal Judges, Gender, Judge of the Day

    Male Judge + DWI + Little Black Dress + Fishnets = Judge of the Day

    There are reasons to read the New Hampshire Union Leader even after primary season is over. Check out this great article: A Boston-based federal judge wore a black cocktail dress, fish-net stockings and high heels when police arrested him for drunk driving after he rear-ended a pickup truck last week, sources said. U.S. Bankruptcy Court […]

    15 Comments / / Feb 15, 2008 at 1:50 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: NY to 190? Only in Your Dreams…

    As real as it may seem, it was only in your dreams. From the WSJ Law Blog: We called around to firms to find out whether associate salaries, called economically-irrational in some quarters, have finally (or, at least, for now) hit a ceiling. The answer seems to be yes. “We’re not going to do anything,” […]

    83 Comments / / Feb 15, 2008 at 1:30 PM
  • Biglaw, Kids, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Pregnancy / Paternity

    Biglaw Perk Watch: Mayer Brown Matches 18 Weeks

    These announcements aren’t the most exciting things to read (or report on). But we’ve spoken to a number of associates and law students, especially women, who follow them closely. So we’ll continue posting them (and they’re easy to skip over anyway). The latest law firm to improve its parental leave policy is Mayer Brown. Check […]

    34 Comments / / Feb 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM
  • Barry Bonds

    A Barry Bonds Blooper

    Not by the home run king, but by the prosecutors pursuing him. From ESPN: Federal prosecutors mistakenly filed court papers Thursday that incorrectly stated that Barry Bonds failed a steroids test in November of 2001 — one month after breaking the single-season home run mark. U.S. attorney spokesman Josh Eaton now says that the reference […]

    4 Comments / / Feb 15, 2008 at 12:40 PM
  • Job of the Week

    Job of the Week

    Here’s the latest Job of the Week from ATL’s career partner, Lateral Link. Because Lateral Link does no cold-calling and is more efficient than traditional recruiting firms, successful candidates receive $10,000 upon placement. Position: Assistant General Counsel – Capital Markets Location: Washington DC Description: This alternative asset management company is seeking an attorney to serve […]

    / Feb 15, 2008 at 12:15 PM