October 2008

  • Biglaw

    Law School and GPA: Not Indicative of Long Term Success

    A new study commissioned by an undisclosed top 25 law firm suggests that neither a law school’s ranking nor a student’s GPA is a great predictor of an attorney’s long term success in Biglaw: Law school rank and GPA were only moderately predictive of success, the study found. In general, one of the study’s authors, […]

    104 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 3:59 PM
  • Judge of the Day

    Using the Bathroom = Indecent Exposure?

    A Florida juvenile court judge is embroiled in a scandal we don’t quite understand. Judge Douglas J. Chumbley resigned yesterday, according to the Miami Herald. Here’s the puzzling reason why: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Douglas J. Chumbley resigned Thursday after he was accused of exposing his genitalia in a Starbucks bathroom stall at the University of […]

    42 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 3:18 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches, Law Schools, Summer Associates

    Accept Your Offers: Stop Screwin’ Around
    You Kids Screw Around Too Much

    In case you haven’t been paying attention, the economy is bad. People are losing their jobs, firms are cutting back on summer programs, and some firms are dissolving. If you are a 2L sitting on multiple offers, could you please — for the love of God — accept one of them already, so the spots […]

    269 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 2:28 PM
  • Politics, SCOTUS

    SCOTUS Swats Ohio GOP’s Voter Registration ‘Hail Mary’

    The Supreme Court ruled today to stay a restraining order requiring Ohio to verify thousands of voter registrations by today: The Supreme Court appeal by [Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer] Brunner, a Democrat, said many mismatches will appear for trivial reasons. She said Wednesday that as many as 200,000 of Ohio’s 660,000 new registrants this […]

    44 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 1:46 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Breaking: Explosion at Georgia Law Firm

    There was an explosion at McCamy in Georgia this morning, according to published reports. Apparently there have been injuries but no deaths. The police have a suspect in custody: District Attorney Kermit McManus said he believed the bombing stemmed from a bitter lawsuit. We hope everybody is safe. Injuries in blast atlaw firm; man questioned […]

    38 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 12:28 PM
  • ACLU, Holidays and Seasons

    The Scarlet Pumpkin

    True story: when I was 8-years-old living on Long Island I went trick-or-treating with my friends without adult supervision. On the way home, my bag full of goodies, I got jumped by a group of older kids. My “friends” were busy running away while I tried to “reason” with the bullies. Sensing the these boys […]

    32 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 12:19 PM
  • Uncategorized

    K&L Gates to Nickels and Dimes

    Just yesterday we told you about K&L Gates’s seemingly strong position despite this depressing economy. We even included a quote from firm chairman Peter Kalis crowing about his firm: We have no debt — no long-term debt, no short-term debt — and therefore have a balance sheet that allows us to grow aggressively into a […]

    127 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM
  • Cellphones, Department of Justice, Exercise, Job Searches, Morning Docket, Politics, U.S. Attorneys Offices, UVA Law, Wall Street

    Morning Docket 10.17.08

    * Fired U.S. Attorney David Iglesias speaks out against the DOJ’s ACORN probe. [Talking Points Memo] * Judges in China refuse to take lawsuits over tainted milk. [Associated Press] * They may cause rashes. And brain cancer. But we still love them. [Reuters] * Grand jury investigations for Lehman, in New York and New Jersey. […]

    25 Comments / / Oct 17, 2008 at 9:05 AM
  • Dissolution, Heller Ehrman

    So Much For 60 Days WARNing: Part II

    Another week, another Heller Ehrman action that is out of step with their original dissolution plan. This time it looks like even “essential” Heller employees and associates are being terminated at the end of this week. After the jump, read the full Heller Dissolution Committee Letter. And notice how similar it is to the last […]

    114 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 6:00 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.16.08

    * Joe the Plumber actually owes over a thousand dollars in back taxes. The McCain campaign really needs to hire a professional vetter. [TaxProf Blog] * Should bar passage really be a factor in rating law schools? [Prawfs Blawg] * Class action about faulty breasts falls low. [Point of Law] * Bracewell & Giuliani promise […]

    68 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 5:10 PM
  • Layoffs, Sonnenschein

    Update: Sonnenschein Confirms Attorney Layoffs

    A spokesperson for Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has confirmed that there were layoffs at the firm yesterday. The spokesperson said that 25 attorneys were laid off. The firm said they waited until they could personally notify all of the attorneys before they went public with the information. The firm was not able to confirm how […]

    94 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM
  • Barack Obama, John McCain, Lawsuit of the Day, Sarah Palin

    Lawsuit of the Day: Stop Trying To Hurt Obama

    A Kansas City woman has sued Sarah Palin, John McCain, and other members of the McCain-Palin campaign in Federal Court. She alleges the Republican ticket has caused her “terror of the heart” over the safety of Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama. According to the complaint: Plaintiff Mary Kay Green, pro se, suffered profound despair at […]

    47 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 3:52 PM
  • Law Schools, U.S. News

    Smokey, This Isn’t ‘Nam … There Are Rules.

    While we have been focusing on associate layoffs, law schools continue to ruin the U.S. News Law School Rankings. Yesterday we learned that Alabama Law School is offering people $20 worth of iTunes cash to simply apply to Alabama. How does this impact that U.S. News rankings? Because the magazine counts acceptance rate as part […]

    98 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 3:05 PM
  • Arnold & Porter, Heller Ehrman, Hogan & Hartson, Layoffs, Sheppard Mullin, Sonnenschein

    Crisis for some firms, opportunity for others

    It’s been a dark week on ATL. Layoff news has been pouring in: 21 attorneys cut at Katten, up to 60 at Sonnenschein, and 20 at Clifford Chance. To prevent you from jumping out your windows, we’re revisiting a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this month on the silver lining for law firms during […]

    62 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 1:55 PM
  • Uncategorized

    The Fight To Save Fred Baron

    Many people know Fred Baron as “The King of the Toxic Torts.” He, along with long time friend Sen. John Edwards, made a lot of money as plaintiff attorneys. But his story now has nothing to do with the plaintiff’s bar. Fred Baron is in the final stage multiple myeloma, a kind of bone marrow […]

    121 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 1:10 PM
  • Thelen Reid & Priest

    Thelen Associates:
    English M*therF%$#*r Do You Speak It?

    If there are Thelen associates that are not actively trying to get another job, if there are “incoming” Thelen first years who are waiting for “concrete answers” from the firm: this is your last warning. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200, just remember that your closest exit might be behind you. This morning […]

    204 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM
  • Associate Advice, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx:
    The Other Voire Dire

    [Ed Note: Do you have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com] ATL, I am a newly minted federal law clerk stuck in a small city where I don’t know anyone. The 12 hour work days I have been recently putting in have made meeting new people rather difficult. During a recent […]

    58 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 11:00 AM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Best Appeal Ever: Refco Investigation Returns

    The 2005 collapse of Refco Inc. is best remembered around here for a former Mayer Brown partner being indicted along with the company. But the case has also lead to ongoing class action litigation. That is pretty much all you need to know to appreciate the appeal filed in the Southern District this August. The […]

    30 Comments / / Oct 16, 2008 at 9:56 AM

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