August 2008

  • Blog Wars, Free Speech

    Truth and Consequences

    Over at f/k/a, David Giacalone wonders why few people have taken a stand on Harvey Silverglate’s outrageous contention that the “Harvard Factor” has somehow killed satire in the legal profession. Stand at my wall and start screaming “Hektor,” why don’t you? Professor Silverglate reminds me of the guy, Dr. Pritchard I believe, who wrote the […]

    77 Comments / / Aug 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM
  • Arent Fox, Crowell & Moring, Dorsey & Whitney, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Vault 100 open threads - 2009, Venable

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 81-90 (2009)

    Our Vault 100 series is winding down. We hope that the insiders have enjoyed the opportunity to brag (or to vent) about their firms. And that the curious have appreciated insights into life at various firms in the top 100. Here is the next bunch up for discussion (with their prestige scores in parentheses): 81. […]

    185 Comments / / Aug 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 08.28.08

    * Barack Obama and Joe Biden accept the love of the Democratic Party. [Washington Post] * Sobering news for the lovefest: “A potential conflict of interest involving Biden and one of the nation’s biggest asbestos litigation law firms.” [Politico] * Bad Citibank! It owes 53,000 credit card customers $14 million for stealing their positive balances. […]

    33 Comments / / Aug 28, 2008 at 9:19 AM
  • Chadbourne & Parke, Howrey LLP, Patton Boggs, Thacher Proffitt & Wood, Vault 100 open threads - 2009

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 71-80 (2009)

    The Vault 100 march continues! In this series of open threads, we list the firms, and you all discuss their upsides and downsides. We’ll be wrapping this puppy up this week. Here are the next ten (with prestige scores in parentheses): 71. Nixon Peabody LLP (5.218) 72. Hunton & Williams LLP (5.208) 73. Perkins Coie […]

    148 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.27.08

    * DJ Vlad is suing Rick Ross for an alleged beatdown administered by Ross and four other … creative consultants. You can almost hear DJ “punk-a$$” Vlad’s record label screaming “Noooooooooo.” [MTV News] * The WSJ’s Ashby Jones wonders if summer programs — and the hiring timetable they’re tied to — are to blame for […]

    20 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 4:33 PM
  • D.C. Circuit, Harvard, Hogan & Hartson, Monica Goodling, Stephen Williams, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 8.24: Herb-al Essence

    As we expected, celebrity professors Cass Sunstein and Samatha Power were the winners of last week’s July Couple of the Month voting, running away with over 60 percent of the vote. Congratulations to this nerdy-hot duo! This week’s set of contestants might be the strongest we’ve seen this season. Their write-ups feature five Harvard degrees, […]

    0 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 3:23 PM
  • Biglaw, Outsourcing

    Extinction Level Event: Outsourcing

    Remember when “outsourcing” was something that only blue collar workers with “some” high school education had to worry about? Well, those days are long gone, and now the global economy is officially poised to raid Biglaw jobs. In an opinion (PDF) made public on Tuesday, the ABA declared shipping legal work overseas to be ethically […]

    114 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 2:42 PM
  • Gay, Hotties, Reality TV, Survivor

    Another Law Firm ‘Survivor': Meet Charlie Herschel

    Things are looking good these days for Weil, Gotshal & Manges. For the sixth year in a row, it made the top 10 of the Vault 100. It took fourth place in the American Lawyer’s A-List rankings, and turned in a strong showing in the magazine’s midlevel associate survey (#11 out of 80+ New York […]

    106 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 1:41 PM
  • Job Survey, Summer Associates

    Associate Life Survey: Summer Love… Or Lack Thereof

    We have some bad news for this year’s summer associates. Based on Monday’s survey, brought to you by ATL and Lateral Link, about one in four attorneys at your firm didn’t like you. The number of practicing attorneys who said “Summer associates, hate ’em” narrowly beat the number of practicing attorneys who said “Summer associates, […]

    24 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 1:00 PM
  • Heller Ehrman, Holland & Knight, Sonnenschein, Vault 100 open threads - 2009

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 61-70 (2009)

    Judging from our traffic, readers are enjoying this rundown of the Vault 100. We do aim to please here at ATL. We appreciate those who have offered insights about firms in the comments. Moving on to the next group (with prestige scores in parentheses): 61. Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP (5.608) 62. Sonnenschein Nath & […]

    207 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 11:57 AM
  • Biglaw, Pro Bono

    Wiley Rein Bows To Midlevel/Am Law Concerns

    Yesterday, we criticized law schools for slavishly following the dictates of U.S. News and World Report. But a law firm responding to associate concerns is a different matter entirely. A tipster informs us that Wiley Rein associates were told that up to 50 pro-bono hours would be credited towards meeting billable targets. Firm Chairman Richard […]

    69 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM
  • Golf, Sports

    Golf: The Language of the Elite

    Aside from occasional flurries of Golden Tee dominance, I rarely watch golf unless Tiger Woods is prominently involved. This makes me just like everybody else, a fact that the L.P.G.A has apparently noticed. After unsuccessful attempts to woo Tiger into a sex-change operation, the L.P.G.A has a new marketing strategy: English-speaking golfers! Starting in 2009, […]

    58 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 10:03 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.27.08

    * Those Bratz got a spanking, but not as severe a spanking as Mattel hoped. The jury awarded Mattel $100 million, rather than the $1 billion Quinn Emanuel’s John Quinn had requested. [CNN] * U.S. District Judge John D. Bates rules Harriet Miers must testify before Congress. The big moment could come as early as […]

    18 Comments / / Aug 27, 2008 at 8:33 AM
  • Bankruptcy, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Mayer Loses Bankruptcy Chief to Orrick

    With the U.S. economy in the toilet, third tier or otherwise, law firms are building up their bankruptcy practices. They’re eagerly scooping up lateral associates in the field — and partners, too. From the American Lawyer: A rough 18 months for Mayer Brown got a little worse on Monday, when San Francisco’s Orrick, Herrington & […]

    57 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 6:24 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.26.08

    * Every time a law blogger gets sued subpoenaed, our sphincters tighten up just a little bit more. [Legal Blog Watch] * Students at Delaware’s Widener Law School hoping to take Con Law with Biden may be sorely disappointed. [WSJ Law Blog] * And here I thought it was impossible to express dislike for Clarence […]

    21 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 5:18 PM
  • Brett Kavanaugh, D.C. Circuit, Sarbanes-Oxley / Sarbox / SOX, Wall Street

    The Sarbanes-Oxley Accounting Board: Not Long For This World?

    The constitutionality of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, enacted as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, was recently upheld — decision available here (PDF) — by a divided panel of the D.C. Circuit. But those who challenged the Board’s legitimacy are fighting on. The appellants will either seek rehearing en banc in the D.C. Circuit […]

    17 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM
  • Crime, Drinking, Kids, Parties, Police

    Lawsuit of the Day: Failure to Help Drunk Teenager = Homicide?

    Here’s a fact pattern: teen steals liquor, teen gets hammered, adult is called to help, adult drives teen home, teen dies, adult gets charged with… negligent homicide? That’s the reality facing Candice Collard. The 24-year-old woman is being charged with homicide in Utah for failing to help Jess “Micade” Horrocks, 14, who died of alcohol […]

    47 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 3:51 PM
  • Start Dates, Summer Associates, WolfBlock

    Nationwide Start Date Watch: WolfBlock

    We bring you more word of postponed start dates for incoming associates. The latest comes from the Philly firm of WolfBlock, as first reported in the Philadelphia Business Journal: In response to the economic slowdown, Wolf Block has delayed the start date of its entry-level lawyers for two months. The firm said all but one […]

    49 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 2:42 PM