October 2008

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 10.30.08

    * Nebraska doesn’t want your teenagers or kids from other states. The legislature will hold a special session to fix its safe-haven law. [New York Times] * The DOJ declares Delta and Northwest Airlines man and wife. [Pacific Business News] * Washington Judge Roger Fisher doesn’t want anything to do with scalded monkeys. [Seattle Times] […]

    63 Comments / / Oct 30, 2008 at 9:21 AM
  • Gay, Gay Marriage

    Countdown to California’s Prop. 8 Showdown

    Unless something very strange happens, California’s electoral votes are already spoken for. In fact, we might know the next President long before the California polls close. But regardless of the national election, there are many reasons why Californians should go vote on November, 4th. For many, Proposition 8 (the initiative to ban gay marriage) will […]

    163 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 6:12 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.29.08

    * A head-to-head comparison suggests that Northwestern has a better J.D. program than Penn. But if Northwestern students ever meet a Penn kid with an épée, they’d better run. [Prawfs Blawg] * Boston lawyer hottie interacts with her adoring stalkers fans. [f/k/a] * Ex-Thelen Chairman Richard Gary seems to lay the blame squarely at the […]

    33 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 5:10 PM
  • 7th Circuit, Richard Posner, Women's Issues

    Check Your Sexist Cracks Before Entering Posner’s Domain

    You never know where you’ll find sexism in our society and our profession. It knows no party or ideology. But it has no place in court. In a decision yesterday, 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner took a shot at a plaintiff’s attorney who thought this was still 1950. The case, Thorogood v. Sears Roebuck, was […]

    131 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 3:57 PM
  • Advertising

    Adventures in Lawyer Advertising: Hollywood Shorts?

    Chicago firm Freeborn and Peters has upped the stakes in the crazy, fun website competition. Their career site promises associates the opportunity to “thrive in an open, supportive, collegial culture.” A series of recruitment videos have firm attorneys and partners in starring roles and are a testament to the firm’s unorthodox culture. Check them out […]

    42 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 3:01 PM
  • Job Searches, Law Schools, Summer Associates

    Accept Your Offers
    Episode VI: A New Hope

    Over the weekend I suggested that Harvard Law students were not taking the fall recruiting “crisis” seriously enough. The school’s comments suggested to me that HLS saw itself as above the fray. But whatever public face HLS is putting on the recruiting season, behind the scenes HLS OCS seems to be working harder than ever. […]

    121 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 1:50 PM
  • Google / Search Engines

    Thank God For Good Lawyers:
    Google Destroys Libraries, Not The Law

    As we mentioned in Morning Docket, Google reached a settlement with publishers and authors to finally bring the Dewey Decimal System into the digital age. Most lay people think that lawyers serve an annoying, anti-common sense role in society. But every now and again lawyers perform the important function of keeping “the law” safe from […]

    33 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM
  • Dissolution, Thelen Reid & Priest

    Buoy oh buoy!
    Five Things Hellerites Wished They Knew At The Start

    [Ed Note: This post was written for ATL by “Heller Drone,” who created the blog Heller Highwater in response to a lack of information concerning Heller Ehrman’s dissolution. We asked Heller Drone for helpful advice to offer Thelen associates and staff. Good luck to everybody dealing with these difficult circumstances.] Being capsized is often something […]

    160 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 12:00 PM
  • Job Survey, Politics, Pro Bono

    Associate Life Survey: Poll Positions

    We received 836 responses to Monday’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on whether you’ll be volunteering your services on Election Day, and the results are pretty remarkable. Over 40% of practicing attorneys who took the survey said that they would be helping out:   * 23% will be working as election monitors.   * 11% […]

    35 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM
  • Holidays and Seasons, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx:
    Nightmare on Main Street

    [Ed Note: Do you have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com] ATL – I’m new at my firm (small firm in Midwest, not BigLaw), and apparently people here dress up for Halloween. The head partner has sent a bunch of emails reminding everyone to wear their costumes on Friday, Oct. 31 […]

    167 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 9:59 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 10.29.08

    * Google Book Search is now on the path to officially kill the public library. Google will pay $125 million to settle two copyright lawsuits, and will move forward with making millions of books available online. [Bloomberg] * A Nevada judicial candidate has sued the Las Vegas Review-Journal, claiming the newspaper defamed him and cost […]

    8 Comments / / Oct 29, 2008 at 9:04 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.28.08

    * A little bankruptcy humor seems appropriate today. [Bankruptcy Bill] * HLS student sets his law degree on fire. Actually, I’m not talking about myself. [Legal Blog Watch] * Should M.B.A candidates receive a deduction for the cost of their degree? [TaxProf Blog] * If you’ll be in New York on Thursday night, and if […]

    34 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM
  • Dissolution, Layoffs, Thelen Reid & Priest

    Thelen Officially Dissolves

    Thelen has officially announced they will dissolve. According to the release, Thelen: [B]reached a partner departure covenant that restricts the number of partners who may depart the firm within any twelve month period. In other words, the bank pulled Thelen’s line of credit, much like they said was not going to happen. Most disturbingly, Thelen […]

    348 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 5:18 PM
  • Dissolution, Thelen Reid & Priest

    Breaking: Thelen’s All Partner Meeting

    After yesterday’s news that Thelen Chairman Stephen O’Neal was in talks to move to Howrey, the Thelen partnership met today. That meeting is still ongoing, but early reports are that a partnership committee recommended dissolution to the full partnership. The firm has been maintaining that they had a plan that would avoid dissolution ever since […]

    101 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 4:28 PM
  • Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, No Offers

    Nationwide No Offer Watch: Locke Lord’s Sub-50% Offer Ratio

    With all the attention focused on the 2009 summer class, and current associates getting laid-off, and full service law firms dissolving, we’ve kind of lost sight of the 2008 summer class. Many of them have still not made a decision about their future employment. We’ve received reports from multiple tipsters that say Locke Lord’s Houston […]

    172 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 4:11 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Kramer Levin, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Bankruptcy Lawyers on the Move

    This is not the best time to be losing Bankruptcy rainmakers. But according to the ABA Journal, that is exactly what is happening to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. The three partners are: David Feldman, Eric Wise and Matthew Williams. David Feldman was formerly the co-chair of Kramer Levin’s bankruptcy group. Gibson Dunn’s press release […]

    49 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 3:09 PM
  • ACLU, Holidays and Seasons

    The Scarlet Pumpkin: Part II

    We previously discussed Maryland’s Halloween sex offender ordinance, which requires convicted sex offenders to turn off their lights and display the sign (shown to the right) warning children to stay away on Halloween. Missouri has a similar law. They require sex offenders stay inside between 5 and 10:30 p.m., prohibits them from participating in Halloween […]

    51 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 2:13 PM
  • Chadbourne & Parke

    Hiring Freeze at Chadbourne & Parke
    Adventures In Burying The Lead

    A firm-wide memo from Charlie O’Neil, managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke, announced that the firm was instituting a legal and non-legal hiring freeze in response to the economic downturn. The lengths O’Neil went to try and bury this important piece of firm information are slightly amazing. The firm-wide email was entitled “How Are We […]

    90 Comments / / Oct 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM

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