November 2008

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.18.08

    * Are you a lawyer and a vegan? If you’re not too weak, click on the link. [Professional Vegan] * It turns out that the guy who started this company used to be a lawyer in Dallas. [World Beer Company] * I can’t wait until Wendy Savage gets to play Wendy Savage in the Wendy […]

    14 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 5:28 PM
  • Bar Exams, Elizabeth Wurtzel

    Elizabeth Wurtzel: ‘Wow Really?’

    Generally, it is not cool to make fun of people who don’t pass the New York Bar Exam. Generally. However, Elizabeth Wurtzel puts us in a difficult position. A) She’s a public figure, B) She really doesn’t seem to care. When the New York Observer approached her with the news that Gawker alerted the world […]

    123 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 4:44 PM
  • Department of Justice, Politics

    Eric Holder: The New USAG?

    Newsweek is reporting that Covington & Burling partner Eric Holder will be picked as the new U.S. Attorney General: Holder, who served as deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, still has to undergo a formal “vetting” review by the Obama transition team before the selection is final and is publicly announced, said one of […]

    59 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 3:27 PM
  • Caption Contests, Contests, Pictures

    ATL Caption Contest: Babies in the Corner

    It’s time for an ATL caption contest! Since there are so many new readers since the last time we ran one of these, here are the rules: post your caption entries in the comments. We’ll take our favorites, incorporate them into a poll, and allow you to vote for your favorite. We present the picture […]

    237 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 2:28 PM
  • Law Schools

    Top Law Schools Based On Top Lawyers

    Avvo is a legal website that rates practicing attorneys. They have now released a set of law school rankings based on which schools generate the highest average rating of alumni. The top five are pretty standard. The highest average rating belonged to Yale: 1. Yale Law School: 7.6 2. Stanford Law School: 7.5 3. Harvard […]

    127 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 1:38 PM
  • Biglaw, Gender, Women's Issues

    More Evidence of Sexism in the Legal Community

    Whenever we do a post on gender inequality in the legal profession, some readers insist on finding arguments to make the income gap “acceptable.” Another survey was released yesterday, this time from the National Association of Women Lawyers, that shows pay and promotion inequality is still the norm. The WSJ Law Blog puts the facts […]

    261 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 12:19 PM
  • Elizabeth Halverson

    Nevada to Halverson: Go Away and Never Come Back

    The Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission has done a great public service. They have collected all of the faults of (former) Judge Elizabeth Halverson into one 28-page document. The commission found: No employee, even those inured to a judge’s mercurial temperament and foul mouth should have to experience what Judge Halverson made her immediate staff live […]

    51 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2008, Biglaw, Bonuses, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Associate Bonus Watch Warning: Outlook Bleak

    * Change you can believe in? It looks like Obama has recruited a few “washington insiders”: 8 of the 10 top lawyers he has hired for his transition team are veterans of the Clinton administration. [Bloomberg.com] * After his hunt yesterday, Justice Antonin Scalia told a room full of big-time Texas lawyers that he disagreed […]

    45 Comments / / Nov 18, 2008 at 9:26 AM
  • Dissolution, Musical Chairs, Thelen Reid & Priest, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Robinson & Cole/Heller Drone Comes to the Aid of Thelen Attorneys

    Thelen attorneys in NYC and Hartford have a new landing spot. Robinson & Cole picked up 30 displaced Thelen attorneys. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune: The move adds heft to Robinson & Cole’s construction, real estate, employment and finance practice groups, among others. “It’s a smart move and good pick-up,” said Connecticut-based law firm […]

    78 Comments / / Nov 17, 2008 at 6:20 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.17.08

    * The Pittsburgh Steelers owners supported Barack Obama. Now they’re trying to sell before the tax rates rise. Steelers pwns Bills. [TaxProf Blog] * Finally, somebody is offering Nervous T-10 1L a job. [Legal Antics] * A few tips for older people being pushed around by their law firms. [Law and More] * I don’t […]

    31 Comments / / Nov 17, 2008 at 5:33 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Constitutional Law, Crime

    Another Reason To Be Suspicious of Psychotherapy

    The 10th Circuit had an ugly case on its hands last week. While all psychotherapy seems mildly sadistic, this case is especially bad. Per Wikipedia, psychotherapy is supposed to “increase an individual’s sense of well-being and reduce subjective discomforting experience.” A Kansas couple running a home for the mentally ill had a slightly different approach. […]

    19 Comments / / Nov 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM
  • New York Times, Sonnenschein, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 11.7: Berkshires, Baby

    Amidst all the depressing talk of layoffs and cold offers, here’s a little mergers and aquisitions news to brighten your Monday: Even in a bad economy, the wedding machine grinds on. In fact, we’ve noticed a slight uptick in the number of registries at Neiman Marcus. So how bad can things be, really? Here are […]

    68 Comments / / Nov 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.14.08

    * Okay, restaurant workers are suing their employers. Do you hear that Biglaw associates? I want everybody to stand up, go to the window, and scream … (Oh who am I kidding? If we try to blackmail them, they’ll just push us out a higher window.) [Midtown Lunch] * Could Randy Moss become a SCOTUS […]

    26 Comments / / Nov 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM
  • Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Greenberg Traurig Tells Real Estate Associates To Take A Long Weekend

    Here’s some (more terrible) news that we don’t want to get passed over just because it’s late on a Friday. We are hearing reports that a number of associates will be laid off from Greenberg Traurig today. As we understand it, the layoffs are focused in the New York office and are being conducted right […]

    254 Comments / / Nov 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Nationwide Layoff Rumor: TPW to Cut Structured Finance Department

    Thacher Proffitt and Wood has declined to comment on the latest reports coming out of their New York office, but we now have multiple tipsters that are reporting on layoffs in TPW’s structured finance practice group. Today’s cuts appear to be directed at staff. Paralegals were informed throughout the day of management’s decisions. Another tipster […]

    / Nov 14, 2008 at 3:56 PM
  • Grade Reform

    A Columbia Potpourri:
    Columbia Talks About Deans and Grades But Provides Little Information

    In case you haven’t been following along, it appears that the NY Board of Law Examiners website is unavailable or unstable. It’s preventing exam takers from accessing their scores. But how many? Please answer the poll below so we can see how many people are waiting for an oxygen mask to drop down from the […]

    75 Comments / / Nov 14, 2008 at 1:45 PM