November 2008

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.28.08

    [Ed. note: Today is still a holiday in the blogosphere. High chance of low-frequency posting. If you are stuck at work today and in need of distraction, check out ATL Courtship Connections or think about what you want to wear to Tuesday’s ATL Meet the Editors night.] * “I love you. You love me…” Those […]

    63 Comments / / Nov 28, 2008 at 8:57 AM
  • Holidays and Seasons, Patents

    Holiday (Party) News

    [Ed Note: Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the tragedies in Mumbai yesterday. The events are just another reason to be thankful for what you have this holiday season.] If you’re working today — I’m so sorry. But ATL is with you, even though I’m still reeling from being RickRolled by […]

    161 Comments / / Nov 27, 2008 at 4:22 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.27.08

    [Ed. note: Happy Thanksgiving, ATL readers. We’ll be posting sporadically today and tomorrow, as the spirit of the turkey moves us. Singles, if you’ve got holiday down time, check out ATL Courtship Connections.] * MySpace cyberbully verdict. Lori Drew found guilty of three computer fraud misdemeanor charges, with deadlock on the conspiracy felony. [New York […]

    24 Comments / / Nov 27, 2008 at 9:48 AM
  • New York Times, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 11.22: Big Red Heart

    If the photos of this week’s contestants look a little stiff, please understand that it’s because the NYT didn’t run pictures of any lawyer weddings this week, forcing us to Photoshop them from the attorneys’ firm bios. You’re welcome. And Happy Thanksgiving! Here are this week’s Legal Eagle Wedding Watch finalists: 1. Elizabeth Raizes and […]

    / Nov 26, 2008 at 3:19 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.26.08

    [Ed. Note: We’ll be posting here and there over Thanksgiving. So check back in with us once Dad and Uncle Tommy start fighting over why we lost in ‘Nam. Happy Thanksgiving!] * The great Biglaw Pyramid is collapsing. Some people are actually pretty happy about this. [The Greatest American Lawyer] * The firm United, States […]

    25 Comments / / Nov 26, 2008 at 2:00 PM
  • Holidays and Seasons

    The Lawyerly Grinch who stole Louisville’s Christmas?

    This story sounds like something written by Dr. Seuss, esquire. The city of Louisville, Ky., had planned to incorporate Seussian characters into its annual Christmas display this year. But the plans have been scrapped after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from DLA Piper’s Barbara Orr, who represents Seuss Enterprises. From the Associated Press: The city had […]

    69 Comments / / Nov 26, 2008 at 1:01 PM
  • Job Survey

    Associate Life Survey: Happy Thanksgiving?

    On this, the day before Thanksgiving, our ATL / Lateral Link survey ponders just how many of you are actually giving thanks. Back in April, we reported that many (but not most) associates were in decent spirits:   * 25.8% of respondents said their morale was “good.”   * 11.5% said their morale was “great.” […]

    31 Comments / / Nov 26, 2008 at 12:15 PM
  • Associate Advice, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx:
    Tommy Used to Work on the Docks

    * They can’t marry, but gays can finally have kids in Florida. Circuit Judge Cindy S. Lederman overturns Florida’s 31-year-old law banning child adoption by gays. [CNN] * The family of murdered D.C. lawyer Robert Wone sues the men in the house where he died. Arent Fox partner Joe Price and two others are the […]

    33 Comments / / Nov 26, 2008 at 9:16 AM
  • Quicklisting

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    4 Comments / / Nov 26, 2008 at 8:00 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.25.08

    * Brian Leiter corrects the record about Richard Epstein. [Law School Reports] * Did you know that there was a Proposition 9 in California? With all these voter referendums, could somebody please explain again why California even bothers to have a state legislature? [Johnny California] * A clients caring (about bonuses) roundup. [f/k/a] * There’s […]

    80 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 5:51 PM
  • DUI / DWI, Minority Issues

    Racist Breathalyzer?

    According to Connecticut DUI lawyer James O. Ruane, I can’t breathe as well as white people. Based on this “analysis” Ruane has determined that the breathalyzer is a racist device. Really. I’m not making that up. Ruane represents a black man who got busted for drunk driving: A breath analysis administered at state police Troop […]

    79 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 4:03 PM
  • Jessica Cutler, Jessica Cutler / Washingtonienne

    Sex Blogger Finds Love At Milbank

    Former Capitol Hill staffer/sex blogger/author/bankrupt babe Jessica Cutler has taken a husband. According to the Washington Post: Jessica Cutler, 30, the Hill aide turned “Washingtonienne” sex blogger turned author, to Manhattan lawyer Charles Rubio, 28. … The couple plan to wed at New York City Hall on an early December weekday, followed by a happy-hour […]

    133 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 2:43 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Biglaw

    If the Big Three Fall, Which Law Firms Rise?

    Are we going to have a domestic auto manufacturing industry in 2009? Nobody knows. But just in case the government doesn’t bail out Detroit, law firms are jockeying to work on the bankruptcy. AmLaw Daily reports that three firms are the early favorites to capture the bankruptcy work: Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Kirkland & Ellis, […]

    148 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 1:37 PM
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Staff Layoffs

    Staff Layoffs at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

    Is there a pattern developing in Pittsburgh? A few weeks ago we reported that K&L Gates laid off a number of staff. Today, Gina Passarella of the Legal Intelligencer reports that another Pittsburgh powerhouse, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, laid off between 15 and 25 support staffers. Buchanan Ingersoll CEO Thomas L. VanKirk confirmed the cuts. […]

    103 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 12:10 PM
  • Fabulosity

    Cadwalader Charlotte Capital Swag

    Back in the Halcyon days of 2007, when banks existed and Charlotte was a “secondary market,” Cadwalader was having public picnics (instead of executions). Below is an example of the swag they offered: Oh yes, Capital Markets did have a field day. Now Cadwalader says this about its Capital Markets practice: The difficult economic environment […]

    52 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 11:07 AM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Cravath & Simpson & Mixed Messages

    As 7th year associates at Half-Skadden and Skadden-Mart come to grips with the fact that they will be getting a smaller bonus than 1st years at Skadden, let’s take a look at a curious article that came out on November 20th. The same day Cravath announced their reduced bonuses (and threatened their people about 2009) […]

    253 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM
  • Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Morning Docket, Parties, Wal-Mart

    Morning Docket 11.25.08

    * Covington & Burling’s Eric Holder is now definite as Obama’s choice for Attorney General. Look out for the official announcement after Thanksgiving. [Politico] * Former Hunton & Williams partner Emerson Briggs gets 70 months in federal prison for doing very bad things with his firm laptop. [Legal Times] * California AG Jerry Brown is […]

    17 Comments / / Nov 25, 2008 at 9:18 AM