April 2008

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.08

    *Covington & Burling’s Lanny Breuer gets profiled for being the “go-to guy” for Sandy Berger, Roger Clemens, and Charles Prince (not to be confused with Prince Charles). [The Washingtonian] *If you were disappointed by your law school’s ranking this year in U.S. News and World Report, perhaps you’d prefer a 14-year-long historical perspective. [TaxProf Blog] […]

    16 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM
  • Elizabeth Halverson, Fat People, Legal Ethics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Elizabeth Halverson 2008 Update

    Judge Elizabeth Halverson has graced stomped through these pages many times before. But this is her first appearance of 2008. The LA Times recounts some Halverson highlights: Her former bailiff said he was forced to heat and serve her lunch, check the temperature of her ice water, brush lint from her robe, help her put […]

    64 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 3:50 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day, Rank Stupidity, Violence

    Lawyers of the Day: David Lawrence and Aaron Matusick
    (Fight, fight, fight!)

    We don’t get nearly enough news from the west coast, so we are happy to anoint two Oregonian attorneys our Lawyers of the Day. At first, the idea of landlord-tenant lawyers duking it out struck us as awesome. But apparently their fight involved slapping, running away, and a “talking-to” from a judge. Not so awesome. […]

    15 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 2:45 PM
  • New York Times, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 3.9 and 3.16: Deposing Marriage

    For LEWW, one of the best things about spring is the return of a reliable stream of lawyer-lawyer couples to the NYT wedding pages. Soon we’ll even be seeing SCOTUS clerks! This week five out of our six newlyweds sports a JD. Here they are: 1.) Michelle Lieberman and Daniel Lubetzky 2.) Michelle Davidowitz and […]

    / Apr 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Associate Bonus Watch: Covington & Burling (Washington, D.C.)

    Covington & Burling is a bit late to the holiday bonus party, but as a spokesperson told us, their bonus announcements for non-NYC offices come in April. A tipster from the Washington, D.C. office wrote us today: Max bonus in the DC office was $75k. Minimum was zero. Average bonus ranged, by class year, from […]

    46 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 1:15 PM
  • Contests, Reader Polls, Sports

    ATL March April Madness for Law Firms, Round 1: The Sweet Sixteen

    We realize we are a bit late on March Madness. Given that all the #1-seeded teams are headed to the Final Four for the first time in NCAA basketball history, we assume your brackets are rubbish and you are open to distraction. Last year, we held a March Madness contest for law schools. UVA Law […]

    99 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 12:30 PM
  • Constitutional Law

    Freedom to Dance Erotically Protected by the First Amendment

    The legislative and judicial branches are going head to head in Texas, over a “pole tax.” Sounds noble, right? Not exactly… since the referenced “poles” are those found in strip clubs. Texas State Rep. Ellen Cohen wants to charge strip club patrons a $5 tax, with proceeds funding programs for the betterment of society. Don’t […]

    36 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 11:30 AM
  • Allen & Overy, Job Survey, Williams & Connolly

    Featured Job Survey: And Your Favorite Firm Is . . .

    We received 1,036 responses to last week’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on where you’d most want to work, which, in turn, was based on your nominations last month. Here’s how it turned out: Survey Results: Which Firm Would You Most Want To Work For? Overall, Latham & Watkins dominated the field, pulling in almost […]

    52 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM
  • Crime

    When Third Graders Attack

    Yesterday, Georgia brought us our judge of the day and news from our favorite pro se litigant. Today, it brings us murderous third graders. From CNN: A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering […]

    47 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 9:15 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.02.08

    * A 2003 memo shows that the Justice Department greenlighted aggressive interrogation methods (including poking; Facebook, holla). Maybe those Yalies suing John Yoo need to amend their complaint. [New York Times; Washington Post] * Speaking of Yalies, here are a Yale 1L’s thoughts on the U.S. News rankings controversy. [Hartford Courant] * A bipartisan effort […]

    16 Comments / / Apr 2, 2008 at 8:15 AM
  • Biglaw, Bonuses, Money, Musical Chairs, Skaddenfreude, Weirdness

    What’s Up at Sullivan & Cromwell?

    The Brokeback Lawfirm scandal folded its pup tent months ago. But there’s still stuff to cover at one of ATL’s favorite firms, the venerable Sullivan & Cromwell. Here are two items. First, from a tipster: If I recall correctly, Sullivan & Cromwell sent out a memo in December or January saying that even though they […]

    / Apr 1, 2008 at 8:00 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.01.08

    * Better late than never: data on New Jersey lawyers finally released to lawyer ratings site Avvo. [AP] * Speaking of the Garden State, Judge Fred Kieser Jr. would have been a great Lawyer of the Day (if we hadn’t missed this when it came out last month). [NJ.com] * “[I]n a move designed to […]

    2 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 5:10 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Associate Bonus Watch: Covington & Burling? (non-NYC)

    We previously reported that Covington & Burling, in their New York office, paid special and year-end bonuses at market levels. But what did they do in their other offices around the country? The firm takes its sweet time, for one thing. Last month, a tipster there wrote us: The D.C. office of Covington & Burling […]

    62 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 3:25 PM
  • Church of Scientology / Scientologists

    Latham & Watkins to Free Stress Tests?

    A quick follow-up to Friday’s post about Latham & Watkins possibly representing the Church of Scientology. The post was updated multiple times, and there were also lots of comments on it. Depending upon when you stopped reading, you may have come away with an erroneous impression. At one point, we — and some commenters — […]

    79 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 2:20 PM
  • Jonathan Lee Riches, Pro Se Litigants

    Update: Pro Se Litigant of the Day, Jonathan Lee Riches

    We’re still in the great state of Georgia (which brought us today’s Judge of the Day). Now one of our favorite pro se litigants has been barred from further filing in the Northern District of Georgia. From the Fulton County Daily Report: The federal court filing spree launched by Jonathan Lee Riches, a pro se […]

    12 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 1:20 PM
  • Judge of the Day

    Judge of the Day: Marvin Arrington

    Judge Marvin S. Arrington, who has served since 2002 as a Superior Court Judge in Fulton County, Georgia, is profiled on a website called The History Makers. The bio describes Judge Arrington’s achievements as a pathbreaking African-American lawyer, politician, and judge — also described by the judge in his book, Making My Mark: The Story […]

    94 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM
  • Sports

    Sports and the Law Review

    In honor of both the start of baseball season and April Fool’s Day, log onto Westlaw and type in 123 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1474. What you will find is a piece from the June 1975 University of Pennsylvania Law Review called The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule. This Aside, presumably written […]

    34 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 11:45 AM
  • Job Survey

    Featured Job Survey: How Does Your Work Get Assigned?

    We received almost 900 responses to last week’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on how work gets assigned. Here’s how you said it is:   * 54% of respondents said that their work was assigned directly by the partners.   * 19% of respondents seek out the work they want in a “free market.”   […]

    9 Comments / / Apr 1, 2008 at 11:00 AM

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