August 2008

  • Barack Obama, Police, Politics, Violence

    Drunken Hicks Pose No Credible Threat

    Authorities are investigating whether men threatened to kill Senator Barack Obama, or if they were just trying to get a date with Jodie Foster. Either way, U.S. Attorney Troy Eid is certain that the potentially meth-addled gunmen posed no credible threat to Obama or the Democratic National Convention. We have explored the colossal idiocy of […]

    22 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 1:55 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Feminism, Gender, Litigators, Litigatrix, Media and Journalism

    Naming a magazine for female attorneys: Chill out, Trial Mama?

    The makers of KNOW: The Magazine for Paralegals have another legal publication in the works. A tipster forwarded us an e-mail about a “new magazine for women professionals in litigation.” Imagining the love child of Glamour and the American Lawyer, we expected to see planned articles on hot courtroom studs and legal fashion faux pas. […]

    98 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 1:14 PM
  • Law Schools, Media and Journalism, U.S. News

    The Rankings Versus The Cash

    Law school deans continue to show the intellectual backbone of phytoplankton when faced with the big fish over at U.S. News & World Report. As the Wall Street Journal reported this morning (subscription), U.S. News is considering changing their law school rankings formula, and the wailing has already begun. According to the report, U.S. News […]

    124 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 12:02 PM
  • Fashion

    A Sartorial Quandry: What Type of T-Shirt?

    This post is directed primarily at our male readers. But female readers with opinions about men’s fashion are also welcome to chime in. To read the question presented, see this post by Bess Levin, over at our sister site, Dealbreaker. For one style columnist’s take on the issue, see here (but it’s a bit of […]

    197 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 11:03 AM
  • Alston & Bird, Munger Tolles & Olson, Vault 100 open threads - 2009, Vault rankings

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 51-60 (2009)

    We’re entering the second half of the Vault 100. This is part of a series of open threads to discuss the firms considered to be the profession’s most prestigious. Because we know you love prestige. And the opportunity for “TTT” accusations. [FN1] Here’s the next bunch of firms, with prestige scores in parentheses: 51. Munger, […]

    143 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 10:26 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 8.26.08

    * Some of you might have already noticed, but a former Sidley Austin associate had a big night. [ABA Journal; MSNBC] * More reasons to dump Internet Explorer if you haven’t done so already. [Res Ipsa Blog] * Maybe instead of professional responsibility, they should teach “internet scams for dummies” in law school. [ABA Journal] […]

    96 Comments / / Aug 26, 2008 at 9:40 AM
  • Law Firm Mergers, Law Firm Names, Musical Chairs, Thelen Reid & Priest, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Thelen Their Oats: Will A New Name Lure Suitors?

    As we reported last month, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner is on the prowl for a merger partner. And just like a divorcée plunging back into the dating market, the firm is taking steps to make itself more attractive. Like changing its name. From the firm’s press release: In a move to present a […]

    30 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 8:34 PM
  • Law Firm Mergers, Law Firm Names, Musical Chairs, Thelen Reid & Priest, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Thelen Their Oats: Will A New Name Lure Suitors?

    As we reported last month, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner is on the prowl for a merger partner. And just like a divorcée plunging back into the dating market, the firm is taking steps to make itself more attractive. Like changing its name. From the firm’s press release: In a move to present a […]

    73 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 8:34 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.25.08

    * It appears University of Iowa political science professor Arthur H. Miller has met an untimely end. [Ace of Spades HQ; TaxProf Blog] * Joe Biden’s reputation for never shutting up is already the stuff of legend. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times] * More expectation management with Biden. [Supreme Dicta] * Oh, now […]

    7 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 5:54 PM
  • Job Searches, You Go Girl

    10 Things Every Girl Should Know

    Corporette has entered the fall interviewing fray with their own top ten list of interviewing tips. They really seem to think that successful interviewing requires effort, preparation, and study. They suggest keeping detailed notes on every conversation you have, networking, and even setting up Google and Westlaw alerts so you are up to speed on […]

    38 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 4:42 PM
  • Akin Gump, John Dowd, Musical Chairs, Thomas Goldstein

    Musical Chairs: The Akin Gump Defections

    “My Gump, my Gump, my lovely Akin Gump. Check it out….“ What’s going on at Akin Gump? That seems to be what many of you are wondering, based on some comments posted to a recent open thread featuring the firm: “What is happening to Akin Gump DC? I saw that a bunch of lit partners […]

    94 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 3:31 PM
  • Layoffs

    When Layoffs Cost Money

    This weekend, the New York Times explored the cascade of sadness left behind after massive layoffs. Aside from fear, the Times noted that there can be a productivity downgrade that shows up in real economic terms. Too often, their anxious and overworked remaining employees become risk-averse and unproductive, or leave for other jobs. As companies […]

    27 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 2:58 PM
  • Barack Obama, Lawyer of the Day, Politics

    Lawyer of the Day: Philip Berg

    Although Barack Obama is just days away from accepting the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination (acceptance song speculation here), some Hillary Clinton supporters refuse to give up. From the Philadelphia Daily News: Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has faced so many false rumors about his family history that it has put his birth certificate on the Internet: […]

    129 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 2:03 PM
  • Job Survey, Summer Associates

    Associate Life Survey: Darn Kids (and Kittens)

    Over the last several weeks, we’ve run quite a few ATL / Lateral Link surveys about summer associate issues like assignments, offers, and, of course, lunch. But no matter what the survey topic, two debates have consistently emerged in the comments: 1) Are summer associates an appropriate use of firm resources and associate time? 2) […]

    32 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 1:23 PM
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf, Sports

    Law Firm Olympics

    Jingoistic competition is fun, but why should handing out medals be the sole province of the IOC? Athletes and David Rivkin should not be the only ones getting a taste of Olympic glory. Here at ATL, we’ve put law firms on the (imaginary) field of competition and are now ready to reveal the gold medal […]

    50 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 12:37 PM
  • Cars, Deaths, Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: Hit-and-Run Bentley Driver Strikes Again

    What a colossal d-bag. From the New York Daily News: A Coney Island businessman is suing the city for damaging the Bentley he was driving when he killed a Brooklyn dad in a hit-and-run accident. Harry Shasho, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, says the NYPD failed to safeguard the battered […]

    41 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 11:42 AM
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf, King & Spalding, Vault 100 open threads - 2009

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Vault 41-50 (2009)

    We’re back with another installment in our series of open threads on the Vault 100. This is an opportunity for insiders to sound off on their firms for the benefit of wannabe potential first-year and lateral associates. Here are the next ten on the Vault list, with prestige scores in parentheses: 41. Baker Botts LLP […]

    245 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 10:36 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 8.25.08

    * A 72-year-old accountant from Minnesota challenged the IRS, and won. The accountant now wants a second Boston Tea Party. [Associated Press] * Wilmer Hale has launched a series of associate blogs as part of a new recruiting effort. [BLT: The Blog of Legal Times] * The Olympics aren’t the only thing bailing on Beijing. […]

    12 Comments / / Aug 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM