August 2008

  • Lawyerly Lairs, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: Gotham Law Firms on the Prowl

    If you’ll be interviewing at law firms this fall, make sure you double check the address of the place you’re headed to. Law firms are constantly on the move and trading spaces. From the New York Observer (which follows commercial real estate as obsessively as we follow law firm layoffs): Entertainment law powerhouse Pryor Cashman, […]

    20 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 2:25 PM
  • ATL Idol

    ATL Idol: Alex’s Farewell

    [Ed. note: This is the farewell post of ALEX, who was recently eliminated from ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Alex’s avatar (at right).] Farewell, all. And thank you for everything — the support and the criticism. This is a bitter-sweet moment. I was excited […]

    56 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM
  • Elizabeth Halverson, Fat People, Politics, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge Halverson Has Sung

    A tipster dubbed yesterday “the day legal comedy died.” From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: While the Judicial Discipline Commission weighs the fate of embattled District Judge Elizabeth Halverson, voters delivered their own verdict Tuesday, deciding Halverson must go. Halverson, who faces complaints of falling asleep on the bench and harassing her staff, received less than […]

    54 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 12:27 PM
  • Fashion, Interview Stories, Job Searches

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: Suitable Suits?

    We’ve noticed that the comment thread on the cold offers post has morphed into a fashion advice column. Here are some of the on-campus interview attire questions that have been posed: — Is a light gray suit a bad choice for interviews? Dark brown shoes, black, or either? — What suit colors are acceptable? — […]

    344 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM
  • Job Survey, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    Associate Life Survey: Your Online Networks

    We received 629 responses to Monday’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on social networking, and it looks like most of you are avid surfers. Overall, 81% of you use at least one social networking site or maintain a blog. Facebook was the overwhelming winner, as 94% of attorneys who use social networking sites have an […]

    25 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.13.08

    * Does using GPS to track suspects constitute an illegal search and seizure? [Washington Post] * Lawyers are demanding a criminal investigation into the death of a 34-year-old Hong Kong immigrant. A successful New York computer engineer, he died of cancer after not receiving medical attention while detained for months by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. […]

    15 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 8:57 AM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches, Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: The Sky Is Not Falling
    (Plus: A list of law firms that have done layoffs.)

    [Ed. note: This post is by FROLIC & DETOUR, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Frolic & Detour’s avatar (at right).] It’s puzzling that lawyers have a reputation as a bunch of thieving shysters. After all, we have to prove […]

    180 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM
  • Vault rankings

    Rejoice: The 2009 Vault Rankings Are Out!

    Last week, we gave you a sneak preview of Vault’s 2009 law firm rankings: the top 50 firms ranked by prestige, and the top 20 firms ranked by quality of life. Now the complete 2009 rankings are available. In addition to the prestige and “best to work for” rankings, they include the diversity and partner […]

    96 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 2:16 PM
  • ATL Idol, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Back to School: What Is The Most Worthless Class You Had to Take?

    [Ed. note: This post is by SOPHIST, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Sophist’s avatar (at right).] With classes starting soon, another crop of 1Ls will be starting on a journey that has only one sure outcome: the accumulation of […]

    180 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 1:01 PM
  • ATL Idol

    Louisiana Bans Fighting Cocks; Crowing Cocks Still Legal

    [Ed. note: This post is by SOPHIST, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Sophist’s avatar (at right).] Next week, Louisiana will become the last state in the union to officially ban cockfighting. The business was already on the decline in […]

    62 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 11:24 AM
  • ATL Idol, Bad Ideas, Police, Pornography

    Legal Ploy of the Day: Why Didn’t He Try This at a Gynecologist?

    [Ed. note: This post is by FROLIC & DETOUR, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Frolic & Detour’s avatar (at right).] A man claiming to be a police detective entered a Longmont, Colo. adult store and demanded to see the […]

    53 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 10:39 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.12.08

    * The new president-elect of the American Bar Association is Carolyn Lamm, of White & Case. [BLT] * Another example of U.S. exceptionalism: expert witnesses. [The New York Times] * Endangered Species Act may lose some teeth. [Washington Post] * Name-brand retailers don’t like the sale of fake goods on eBay. Tiffany is filing an […]

    16 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM
  • Advertising

    Adventures in Lawyer Advertising: Stoel is Freestylin’

    A Stoel tipster sent this video to us, along with the message, “My intelligence is officially insulted.” We are confused as to whether this is a promo for Stoel Rives or for freestyle running. Apparently, if you hire a Stoel attorney, you’re basically hiring James Bond (the Daniel Craig version). We had three take aways […]

    55 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 9:11 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.11.08

    * The Bear Stearns implosion: a permanent employment act for lawyers? [Dealbreaker] * Lawsuit of the Day? Even the kickback-receiving Milberg Weiss plaintiffs could establish actual injury. [McGuireWoods (first item)] * Could judicial hottie Amy St. Eve (N.D. Ill.) someday warm the bench at SCOTUS? [WSJ Law Blog] * “Cox TV President In S&M Divorce […]

    6 Comments / / Aug 11, 2008 at 6:36 PM
  • Food, Summer Associates

    The Beefy Associates of Proskauer Rose

    During Kash’s brief foray into the world of corporate law at Covington & Burling, she was initially surprised by the party-hard culture at firm events. Once the majority of the partners left one Friday roof-deck happy hour, the event turned distinctly frat party-esque, with patio tables pushed together for rounds of beer pong. A tipster […]

    83 Comments / / Aug 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches, Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Correcting the Record on Simpson Thacher

    Earlier today, the New York outpost of TheLawyer.com, a British publication, reported on personnel reductions at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. The report was of keen interest to us because we’ve been hearing rumors — generally vague and unsubstantiated, but persistent — of “stealth layoffs” at STB. The folks over at The Lawyer seem to be […]

    118 Comments / / Aug 11, 2008 at 3:44 PM
  • ATL Idol, Blogging, Contests, Videos

    ATL Idol: Marin’s Farewell

    [Ed. note: This is the farewell post of MARIN, who was recently eliminated from ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Marin’s avatar (at right).] Marinheads: Bad news. Our plot to take over ATL and transform it into a site about celebrities and my Jewish dog […]

    91 Comments / / Aug 11, 2008 at 2:16 PM