November 2008

  • Layoffs

    Orrick Plays ‘Hide the Logic’ During AmLaw Interview

    The legal community is still buzzing with reaction to the news of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s layoffs of 40 attorneys — while White & Case sacrifices blood and treasure to the altar of “good timing.” We don’t want to pile onto Orrick, we know a lot of good people that work there. But Ralph Baxter’s […]

    93 Comments / / Nov 14, 2008 at 12:50 PM
  • Layoffs, Moore VanAllen

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: 20 Gone From Moore Van Allen As Charlotte Continues To Fade

    Last month, Moore Van Allen laid off 20 staffers. This month, the bell tolls for attorneys. Associates and partners have confirmed that 20 attorneys we laid off from MvA on Wednesday. Is there going to be a Charlotte “legal market” still standing in 2009? We reported last month that Dewey LeBoeuf closed their entire Charlotte […]

    220 Comments / / Nov 14, 2008 at 11:38 AM
  • Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Staff Layoffs

    Staff Layoffs at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge
    These Things Never Happen On Boston Legal

    * Felons can join the Army but not the New York police force. But New York State Supreme Court Judge Henry Kron wants to change that rule for Afghanistan war veteran, Osvaldo Hernandez, who served a year on Rikers Island for gun possession before joining the Army. [New York Times] * Former O’Melveny & Myers […]

    8 Comments / / Nov 14, 2008 at 9:54 AM
  • Bar Exams

    New York Bar Exam Results Are Up
    (But the page appears to be down)

    The Recorder is reporting that Howrey will take on 40 lawyers from Thelen’s prestigious San Francisco construction practice: The group — which Howrey characterized as “most of the construction practice” from Thelen — includes Thelen Chairman Stephen O’Neal, construction practice head John Heisse II, D.C. office managing partner Andrew Ness, San Francisco partner David Buoncristiani […]

    60 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 9:33 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.08

    * The Disney-induced anthropomorphism of pets and the stunning decline in standards for law schools has come to its logical conclusion. There’s now a dog with a J.D. [Legal Blog Watch] * Lawyers are rats! But only in Canada. [Law is Cool] * Somebody did actual research to determine that “narcissists” lead most major law […]

    15 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 6:06 PM
  • Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Shopping, Shopping For Others

    The Emperor’s New Clothes?

    If all the news about lawyer layoffs has gotten you thinking about career alternatives, here’s a business idea for you. From the ABA Journal: Being well-dressed costs money. But for a lawyer, looking tailored and professional in an attractive, well-fitting suit is a worthwhile investment, Tony and Tara Costanzo say. That message has put the […]

    54 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 4:38 PM
  • Law Schools

    Would You Give This Man $200 Million? Texas Is Counting On It.

    The University of Texas School of Law (tied for 16th on your U.S. News scorecards) is apparently not content with their status. They want to be elite. “They’re smart, not dumb, like everybody thinks. They’re smart and they want respect Michael!” They think they’ve found just the right person to take them to the next […]

    120 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM
  • Biglaw, Partner Profits

    Washington Partners are Worried About Profits

    Partners at top D.C. firms are worried that they might not be getting bonuses this year, just like associates. The Washingtonian reports that management might not be able to reward their partners as they have in years past: Usually firm managers try to lowball revenue estimates and then surprise partners with a bigger-than-expected bonus. That […]

    157 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 3:04 PM
  • Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Orrick Lays Off Attorneys

    We received reports this morning that Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe was planning to make deep cuts into their structured finance, real estate and corporate departments. We’ve been able to confirm that Orrick is laying off 40 associates and 35 staff members today. The structured finance and real estate departments are expected to be the hardest […]

    160 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 1:41 PM
  • Layoffs

    In This Market: Are You Getting Laid Off or Fired?
    A Kaye Scholer Case Study

    When we did our series of Vault 100 open threads in the summer, Biglaw insiders shared insights into office culture, with much touting of work perks at various firms. These days, attorneys can brag if their firms are not among those laying associates off. Reuters reports on perk cutbacks in the finance world, such as […]

    75 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM
  • Clerkships, Cold Offers, Job Searches

    A Winter of Discontent for Clerks:
    Wiley Rein ‘Cold Offers’ Judicial Clerks

    * SCOTUS hearts the Navy, hates the whales. National security trumps environmental concerns in Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council. [New York Times] * Obama plans to give the Department of Justice a makeover. Wilmer Hale partner David Ogden and Jenner & Block partner Thomas J. Perrelli are heading up Obama’s DOJ transition team. [Washington […]

    25 Comments / / Nov 13, 2008 at 9:01 AM
  • Gay, Gay Marriage

    Connecticut Shows California How We Roll On The East Side

    California may have let pesky voters take away the rights of gays and lesbians to have state marriages, but clearly Connecticut wants no part of “National Lampoon’s Mystic Vacation: Meet Mr. & Mr. Griswold.” Last month, we reported that the Connecticut high court upheld gay marriage. Today, a New Haven Superior Court judge ruled that […]

    202 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 6:52 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.12.08

    * Another take on the terrible legal job market. [BBLP/Lexis Hub] * Michael Hausfeld was dismissed from Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll via a note on his chair. Wasn’t this a Sex in the City episode? [Drug and Device Law]. * Obama is already doing his part to help IP lawyers. Great. Because those are […]

    11 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 5:41 PM
  • Uncategorized

    ‘Terrorist’ Coming to a Law School Near You

    Remember when Lee Bollinger invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia? Bollinger took a lot of heat and then responded with an insulting 10 minute diatribe directed at the man he didn’t have to invite to speak in the first place. Then Ahmadinejad covered himself in rhetorical poo as he tried to kill Americans with […]

    164 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 4:30 PM