August 2008

  • Advertising, Bankruptcy, Job of the Week, This Is an Ad

    Job of the Week: Bankruptcy Can Be Good

    As expected, bankruptcy attorneys are once again in demand. So we’re highlighting an opportunity for junior associates in this week’s Job of the Week, brought to you by Lateral Link. This position qualifies for Lateral Link’s $10,000 signing bonus. (Lateral Link has paid out over $200,000 in signing bonuses this summer.) Lateral Link has junior […]

    / Aug 15, 2008 at 1:48 PM
  • ATL Idol

    ATL Idol: Time to Vote! (Final Round)

    The three weeks of guest blogging by the talented contestants of ATL Idol have all come down to this: a final showdown between SOPHIST and FROLIC AND DETOUR. The winner will become the next editor of Above the Law. In case you’re curious, the ATL Idol contest has been awesome for ATL. July, the month […]

    105 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 12:55 PM
  • Media and Journalism, New York Observer, Politics, Shameless Plugs

    A Tale of Two Cities: A Comparison of New York and D.C. Legal Cultures

    With the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions not far off, people’s minds are returning to politics. A few New York lawyers we’ve talked to are thinking about moving down to Washington, to serve in the next presidential administration. They might like our latest piece for the New York Observer: a pseudo-sociological comparison of New York […]

    131 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 11:48 AM
  • Ann Althouse, ATL Idol, Blogging, Contests, Dahlia Lithwick, Thomas Goldstein

    ATL Idol: The Judges Speak (Week 3)

    ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition in which you will select the next editor of Above the Law, is nearing its end. The original six contestants have been winnowed down to two finalists: FROLIC AND DETOUR and SOPHIST. We’ll open the polls later today. But first, let’s hear from your celebrity judges: Ann Althouse, Robert […]

    91 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 10:54 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.15.08

    * “Cinderella, Snow White, Tinkerbell and other fictional fixtures of modern-day childhood were handcuffed, frisked and loaded into police vans Thursday.” [CNN] * More on lawyers’ roles in the Edwards scandal. [New York Times] * Apple’s former general counsel, Nancy Heinen, will pay pay $2.2 million to settle SEC stock-option suit. Steve Jobs owes her […]

    19 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 9:27 AM
  • Advertising, Asia Chronicles

    The Asia Chronicles: Interview Tips

    [Disclosure: This post is authored by Evan Jowers and Robert Kinney of Kinney Recruiting — sponsor of the Asia Chronicles, and an ATL advertiser. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates and partners in Asia than any other firm in the past two years. You can reach them by email at asia at kinneyrecruiting […]

    22 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 7:38 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    More Non-Sequiturs: 08.14.08

    * Forbes’s foray into the college rankings game. Could law schools be next? Watch out, U.S. News. [Althouse] * D.C. gets its guns. [Wonkette] * Lawyer of the Day? Or, why you shouldn’t try to sell stolen property back to the rightful owner. [UPI] * Judge of the Day: Asian edition. But what’s so wrong […]

    21 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 8:59 PM
  • Perverts, Pro Bono, Prostitution, Public Interest, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Needed: Pro Bono Representation for the ‘Hardwood Cabin’

    Where is the Institute for Justice when you need it? Or maybe the Pacific Legal Foundation? A libertarian public interest organization needs to defend two victims of intrusive government regulation. From the Seattle Times: Regan “Draco” Lane-Smith and “Naughty” Nonah Elliston outfitted their six-bedroom rental house with 15 mattresses, bondage crosses and sex swings. They […]

    31 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 6:02 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.14.08

    * The John Edwards sex scandal: the plot thickens. Ted Frank has unearthed some nice nuggets about mysterious real estate dealings involving the supposed father of Rielle Hunter’s baby. [Overlawyered] * Is Kathy Rentas an Obama supporter? [New York Magazine] * A new reason to avoid law school: “the quality of the Latin used in […]

    8 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM
  • Politics

    A Portrait of Georgia’s President as a Young Lawyer

    Here is a short Intelligencer item we just wrote for New York Magazine, about the two years that Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, spent in New York. It begins: Fifteen years before his country was invaded — or, perhaps, reinvaded — by Russia, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was learning about the American system of law […]

    74 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 3:52 PM
  • Layoffs, Start Dates, Summer Associates

    What’s Going on at Shearman & Sterling?

    Lately we’ve been hearing various rumors about Shearman & Sterling. Some appear to be true, and some not. Here are the rumors, followed by the firm’s responses, in blockquotes. 1. Have start dates for incoming first-year associates been pushed back? Start dates for incoming first-year associates for fall 2008 are October 6, 20, 27 and […]

    111 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 3:17 PM
  • ATL Idol, Attorney Misconduct, Bar Exams, Legal Ethics

    Follow-up: Character and Fitness…and Character

    Update / Clarification: Some commenters have complained about a formatting problem in an earlier version of this post. If you encountered this formatting problem, it’s time for you to enter the 21st century, ditch Internet Explorer, and adopt a better browser, like Firefox (download it here). Or get a Mac. But just for the record, […]

    170 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM
  • ATL Idol, Law Schools

    Back to School: What is the Most Worthless Class You Could Have Avoided?

    On Tuesday, I profiled worthless classes that most everybody had to take. Today, the readers weigh in on classes that allow law schools to bilk you for additional years full of totally useless information. Many commenters also suggested which lessons law students should really be focusing on, if they want to succeed in Biglaw. With […]

    107 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 12:44 PM
  • ATL Idol

    WilmerHale to $1500 / Hour?

    We know that attorneys at top firms like WilmerHale can charge stunning rates — up to $750 an hour for litigation chair Howard Shapiro. But if you ask them, that’s a bargain. Wilmer moved for an award of attorneys’ fees after winning a $90 million verdict in a False Claims Act case. The usual lodestar […]

    102 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 11:40 AM
  • ATL Idol, Biglaw, Feminism, Gender

    A Woman’s Place Is… At Cravath

    This week, Working Mother magazine, in association with Flex-Time Lawyers, released its second annual Best Law Firms for Women rankings. Some of the firms on this year’s list are notorious sweatshops, more likely to help women freeze their eggs than they are to aid either sex in raising a family. I contacted Deborah Epstein Henry […]

    105 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.14.08

    * Liberal religious leaders say a new McCain online ad is intended to label Obama “the antichrist.” Is that worse than being compared to Paris Hilton? [Political Perceptions/Wall Street Journal] * Judge throws out murder case against New Orleans policemen who fired on unarmed residents during the Katrina crisis. [BBC News] * Blackberry vs. iPhone. […]

    25 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 9:30 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.13.08

    * We know how he feels about taxes. But when it comes to judicial nominations, Obama is keeping an open mind. [Washington Briefs] * A law firm in defense of its diversity record: we hold office screenings of Crash. [Lexis Hub / BBLP] * A Horse Walks Into… the AutoAdmit Litigation? Or: If you want […]

    36 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 5:25 PM
  • 9th Circuit, ATL Idol, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    ATL Idol: Week 3, Head-to-Head Round

    We’re down to your last two ATL Idols: FROLIC AND DETOUR and SOPHIST. It’s time for them to face off in the third and final head-to-head round of ATL Idol, the reality-TV-style talent search for Above the Law’s new editor. You know the drill, but if you’re just tuning in, here’s how this round will […]

    153 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 3:32 PM