March 2008

  • Partner Profits

    2007: It Was A Very Good Year (For the Most Part)

    We linked to it yesterday in passing, but thought we’d draw your attention to it in a dedicated post. Check out’s report on the 2007 financial performance of the top 50 U.S. law firms (ranked by revenue): The top 50 US firms last year generated a total of $46.8bn (£23.4bn) in revenue – an […]

    23 Comments / / Mar 26, 2008 at 8:30 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.08

    * An account of Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s Supreme Court argument. Depressing detail: he rented his morning coat. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times] * Conservative legal celebrity deathmatch: U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement v. Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz. [Concurring Opinions] * Nationwide Layoff Watch: Merrill Lynch. [Dealbreaker] * The Obamas release their […]

    23 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 5:00 PM
  • Education / Schools

    Bullying and Biglaw: Perfect Together?

    The New York Times is on a bit of a “bully” kick lately — using their “bully pulpit,” if you will. They recently ran this 1100-word article, by Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Barry, about an Arkansas teen who has been subjected to bullying at school for years — sometimes to the point of physical violence. […]

    105 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 4:00 PM
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf

    Biglaw Perk Watch: Dewey & LeBoeuf to 18 Weeks

    The latest major law firm to enhance its parental leave policy: Dewey & LeBoeuf. Remember the holiday party car controversy? All is forgiven. Eighteen weeks, plus Denim Day? You couldn’t ask for anything more. Actually, maybe you can. From a male tipster at the firm: D&L just went to 18 weeks for parental leave: 8 […]

    68 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 2:45 PM
  • Law School Deans, Law Schools, Technology

    Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids (and Their Internet) Alone!

    A tipster sends us troubling news from the University of Chicago Law School: University of Chicago Students got an e-mail from Dean Levmore today announcing that the Law School will be turning off internet access in classrooms beginning next quarter. We express our deepest sympathies for Chicago students who will have to check ATL for […]

    124 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 1:30 PM
  • Jonathan Lee Riches, Pro Se Litigants, Ridiculousness

    Pro Se Litigant of the Day: Jonathan Lee Riches

    As many of you may recall, from our prior coverage of him, Jonathan Lee Riches is in a South Carolina prison until 2012 for wire fraud and conspiracy. He’s killing his time by filing a ridiculous number of ridiculous lawsuits in courts across the country, nicely summarized in this overview of his oeuvre, in the […]

    21 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 1:02 PM
  • Allen & Overy, Job Survey, Magic Circle, Williams & Connolly

    Featured Job Survey: Where’s The Best Firm To Work?

    This month’s ATL / Lateral Link survey, focused on which firm you would choose if you could go anywhere, was dominated by Latham & Watkins and Wachtell Lipton. But several firms were close behind.   * Respondents had several reasons to applaud Latham: “Prestige”, “Friends there are happy”, “Awesome firm, awesome people”, “They rock”, “Prestige, […]

    114 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 11:20 AM
  • Crime, Gender, Hair, Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Daniel Hynes

    Young New Hampshire lawyer Daniel Hynes, who is just 27, has earned a place among our Lawyers of the Day for extorting hair salons. Feel free to use the Power of the Law Degree to ensure that your landlord heats your apartment adequately. But using it to threaten beauty parlors… that’s just wrong. From the […]

    48 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM
  • Howrey LLP

    Adventures in Law Firm Marketing: Howrey’s Ready for Its Close-Up

    Coming soon to a theater near you: Howrey LLP: The Movie? Late last week, several readers here in Washington reported unusual activity at the Howrey offices: “Howrey is doing a film shoot in the lobby of its DC office… Multiracial attorneys in suits everywhere… Looks serious.” “I was in the building where Howrey’s DC offices […]

    14 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.25.08

    * State makes VA Tech families settlement offer to prevent litigation. [CNN] * Questioning Justice Scalia’s math on innocents in prison. [New York Times] * New Pakistani PM releases jailed judges. [MSNBC] * DOJ Antitrust approves XM / Sirius merger. But FCC still needs to weigh in. [New York Times] * Fox refuses to pay […]

    20 Comments / / Mar 25, 2008 at 8:50 AM
  • Biglaw, Law Schools, Vault rankings

    Because the World Needs More Law School Ranking Systems: Say Hello to the Vault Top 25

    There are already about a half-dozen major law school ranking schemes out there. So why not create one more? The folks over at Vault, already famous for their super-influential law firm rankings, have tried their hand at ranking law schools. Not surprisingly, given Vault’s focus on the world of large law firms, even their law-school […]

    315 Comments / / Mar 24, 2008 at 7:30 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.24.08

    * Noted SCOTUS litigator Carter Phillips (right) promises Tony Mauro that he will drop the F-bomb and S-bomb before the Supreme Court. [Legal Times (subscription)] * Is the California Supreme Court the most influential state supreme court? Or are they just the biggest troublemakers? [Sophistic Miltonian Serbonian Blog ©] * Congratulations! “U.S. States Lead the […]

    5 Comments / / Mar 24, 2008 at 5:00 PM
  • Kwame Kilpatrick

    Update: Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Indicted

    For some of Lawyers of the Day, things eventually get better. For others, however, they only get worse. For Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his law-student lov-ah, Christine Beatty, they’ve gotten worse. From the AP: Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit’s youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts […]

    75 Comments / / Mar 24, 2008 at 3:40 PM
  • Gender

    Study of Lawyer Productivity: Childless Women > Fathers > Childless Men > Mothers

    Last season, Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king, batted .276 with 28 home runs and 75 runs scored. Bonds also reached base 48 percent of the time—the best in all of baseball. This season, however, Bonds is unemployed. The San Francisco Giants, his former team, prefer to play journeymen outfielders Dave Roberts […]

    51 Comments / / Mar 24, 2008 at 1:00 PM
  • Bear Stearns, Biglaw, Job Survey, Wall Street

    Featured Job Survey: A Bears Market?

    With JPMorgan quintupling its offer for Bear Stearns earlier this morning, it seems like an appropriate time to discuss last week’s ATL / Lateral Link survey, which asked you whether you were afraid the recent Bear Stearns collapse would hurt your career. Twenty-seven percent of you said yes. New Yorkers were the most concerned, with […]

    11 Comments / / Mar 24, 2008 at 12:15 PM
  • Bear Stearns, Mergers and Acquisitions, Screw-Ups, Wall Street

    Wachtell Lipton: Fallible After All?

    As we can see from the comments, you’re already all over this NYT story. We linked to it in Morning Docket, but here’s a little more. Andrew Ross Sorkin writes: JPMorgan and Bear were prompted to renegotiate after shareholders began threatening to block the deal and it emerged that several “mistakes” were included in the […]

    50 Comments / / Mar 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: ‘Guitar Hero’ Gets Rocked by Guitar Maker

    It sounds like Gibson Guitars is pissed that people prefer Guitar Hero remote controllers to real guitars. Gibson is seeking revenge on the hugely popular video game through official legal channels: The Guitar Hero series has sold more than 14 million units in North America and raked in more than $1 billion since 2005. Gibson […]

    36 Comments / / Mar 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM