March 2008

  • Uncategorized

    The U.S. News Rankings: More Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth

    To be perfectly honest, we’re getting tired of writing about the new U.S. News & World Report law school rankings. But judging from the number of comments on our earlier posts — 1,153 and 575, as of this posting — you’re not tired of reading and talking about them. So, onward. In our last post, […]

    87 Comments / / Mar 31, 2008 at 10:30 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.31.08

    * A politically incorrect theory to explain the growing pay gap between male and female JDs. Opines Jane Genova: “No one likes The Professional Woman — not women, not men, not children, not animals, not even The Professional Woman.” [Law and More] * Thoughts on the ethical and tax considerations of winning an NCAA tournament […]

    8 Comments / / Mar 31, 2008 at 5:40 PM
  • Wall Street

    Wall Street Collapse: A Silver Lining for Lawyers?

    Dominating today’s news cycle is the Treasury Department’s plan to reform the nation’s system of financial regulation. For some thoughts on the proposal, check out what John Carney has to say over at our sibling site, Dealbreaker (in posts here and here). This regulatory reform proposal comes at a grim time for Wall Street, characterized […]

    72 Comments / / Mar 31, 2008 at 2:55 PM
  • Cardozo Law School

    Project Law School: A Video Parody from Cardozo Law

    In the 2009 U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law fell from #52 to #55. See here. It’s a little surprising, since the past year has been good for Cardozo. Their bar passage rate is now the third-highest among New York law schools. One of their graduates is […]

    51 Comments / / Mar 31, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    What’s Up With the Bar/Bri Litigation?

    Several readers have written in to inquire about the status of the BAR/BRI class action litigation. Here’s the latest update on the lawsuit website: Over 85,000 Claim Forms representing claims for over 120,000 BAR/BRI courses have been received and processed by the Claims Administrator. However, several objectors appealed from the Court’s Order granting final approval […]

    41 Comments / / Mar 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM
  • D.C. Circuit, New York Times, Weddings, White & Case

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 2.24 and 3.2: Cancún Honeymoon

    Spring! Cherry blossoms, opening day, and pedigreed lawyers uniting in marriage. We’re pleased to be back with another installment of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, featuring these three impressive couples: 1.) Susannah Foster and Kenyon Weaver 2.) Kathleen DeLaney and Courtney Thomas 3.) Heath Kern and Joseph Gibson More on our finalists, after the jump.

    / Mar 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.31.08

    * Media mogul smackdown: Barry Diller (pictured) prevails over his former mentor, John Malone, in Delaware Chancery Court. [New York Times; Wall Street Journal (subscription) via WSJ Law Blog] * HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, under DOJ investigation, calls it quits. [AP] * Questions raised about 9/11 lawyer Peter Napoli, of fen-phen fame (or infamy). [New […]

    9 Comments / / Mar 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day All Recorded Human History: And You Thought Biglaw Was A Black Hole

    * Was Barack Obama a “real” law professor at the University of Chicago? Or just a pseudo-prof? [Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic] * Speaking of Obama, why didn’t he save more for retirement? Professor Mankiw speculates: “Maybe he is expecting vastly higher tax rates in the future, when the accumulated savings will need to be […]

    66 Comments / / Mar 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Samuel A. Fishman

    With respect to our earlier post, about a rumor that Latham & Watkins represents the Church of Scientology, we have our doubts. See this comment (at 2:53 PM). But here’s some bad news about Latham that appears to be more reliable. From the WSJ Law Blog: [Samuel A. Fishman (pictured)] has pleaded guilty to one […]

    31 Comments / / Mar 28, 2008 at 3:45 PM
  • Lunacy, Pro Se Litigants, Rudeness

    Pro Se Litigant of the Day: Julio Mora

    What is it about Florida that causes its lawyers and litigants to misbehave so egregiously? Just last week, the Florida Supreme Court sanctioned colorful attorney Jack Thompson. And now they’ve expressed their displeasure (PDF) with pro se litigant Julio Mora. What did Mr. Mora do to upset the court? From its opinion: Mora has filed […]

    24 Comments / / Mar 28, 2008 at 3:00 PM
  • Celebrities, Church of Scientology / Scientologists, Free Speech, Religion, Social Networking Websites, Weirdness, YouTube

    The Church of Scientology: A Latham & Watkins Client?

    The law firm of Latham & Watkins has lots of things going for it: eye-popping profits, ample prestige, and a promise of no layoffs. What more could you ask for? How about…. a powerful and glamorous client, with deep connections in Hollywood? Reported over at Radar Online: Recently, Radar reported on Scientology’s short-lived attempt to […]

    69 Comments / / Mar 28, 2008 at 2:00 PM
  • Contests, Fred Fielding, Pictures, Politics, White House Counsel

    ATL Caption Contest: Mr. Easter Bunny, White House Counsel Fred Fielding

    Here’s a photo of President Bush and his White House Counsel — Fred Fielding, former senior partner at Wiley Rein (fka Wiley Rein & Fielding), dressed up as the Easter Bunny — at the White House Easter Egg Roll earlier this week: Quips our tipster: “One can only hope Fielding isn’t splitting hares. Or giving […]

    241 Comments / / Mar 28, 2008 at 12:50 PM
  • Job of the Week

    Job of the Week

    Here is today’s Job of the Week, brought to you by our friends at Lateral Link. Even if the U.S. capital markets may be slowing down, the overseas markets are still busy, and many firms are looking for U.S.-trained attorneys. Lateral Link has positions throughout Western Europe and Asia. These positions qualify for Lateral Link’s […]

    / Mar 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM
  • Law School Deans, Law Schools, Media and Journalism, Ridiculousness

    The U.S. News Rankings: Law Schools Lose Their S**t React

    * Defense contractor accused of supplying ancient arms to Afghan army and police…. [CNN] * While Defense Secretary Gates orders review of nuclear arsenal after accidental shipments to Taiwan…. [Washington Post] * And AG Mukasey vows to crack down on corruption in wake of PR governor accusations…. [MSNBC] * Meanwhile, 11th Circuit grants bail pending […]

    13 Comments / / Mar 28, 2008 at 9:15 AM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Aníbal Acevedo Vilá

    Today’s Lawyer of the Day has a political connection. He’s a superdelegate to the Democratic convention, as well as an Obama supporter. From the AP: Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila indignantly denied wrongdoing Thursday and gave no sign he would abandon his re-election effort after being charged with campaign finance violations that carry a […]

    31 Comments / / Mar 27, 2008 at 8:20 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.08

    * Sad news: “Jeffrey Epstein’s accuser, Maximilian Cordero, has broken it off with boyfriend – lawyer – blogger William Unroch.” [Dealbreaker] * Justice Kennedy: “There are all kinds of nuts who can get 90 percent on the bar exam.” At ATL, we call them Lawyers of the Day. [Althouse] * Delhi to… $33K! And the […]

    8 Comments / / Mar 27, 2008 at 4:50 PM