November 2008

  • Associate Bonus Watch 2008, Bonuses, Job Survey

    Associate Life Survey: Bonus Time

    We’ve received over 900 responses so far to Monday’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on bonuses, which is still open here. Although ATL had predicted that bonus announcements may come later this year, McDermott Will & Emery actually announced the “December Bonus Advance” portion of their bonus plan mere hours after our survey went live, […]

    26 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 3:34 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Sidley Austin Shows Firms How to Deal With Associates During the End Days

    On Monday, Sidley Austin held an all-associates meeting in the New York Office. The stated goal was to provide information to attorneys living in constant fear for their jobs. The most important news to come out of the meeting was that no layoffs are planned or expected at Sidley. That’s the good news. A tipster […]

    164 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 2:28 PM
  • Layoffs, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Staff Layoffs

    Staff Layoffs at K&L Gates

    Given the fear and loathing going on in the associate market, we’ve been overlooking the fact that support staffers are getting eviscerated thanks to the global financial crisis. The White & Case bloodbath yesterday also hit 100 staffers. We’ve also reported on Alston & Bird’s attempt to force out older staff. Many people have heard […]

    131 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 1:14 PM
  • Divorce Train Wrecks, Health Care / Medicine, Partner Issues, STDs

    Those aren’t my Herpes… Then whose Herpes are they?

    In September, Kirkland & Ellis partner Frederick Tanne sued his wife, her lover, and her father for giving him herpes. (We mentioned this lawsuit in passing in Morning Docket at the time of the complaint, and many of you complained about the item not getting its own post. Well, here you go!) Tanne claimed to […]

    / Nov 12, 2008 at 12:06 PM
  • Bar Exams, Biglaw

    1st Year NYC Associates: Please Stop. You’re Hurting Me.

    The New York State Board of Law Examiners claims that they will be posting results of the July 2008 Bar Exam on Friday. A tipster reports: NY bar exam results to be released Friday November 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM and available at Another tells us: Results will be up Friday at 9:00 AM, […]

    88 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 11:03 AM
  • Associate Advice, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx:
    Throw Physic To The Dogs

    * A New York Times round-up of law firm troubles. (Regular ATL readers will find nothing new here.) Lawyers aren’t cockroaches anymore, thriving in good times and bad. Now, law firms are the canaries in the economic coalmine. [New York Times] * Judge Judy gets political on Larry King Live. The joys of not being […]

    21 Comments / / Nov 12, 2008 at 9:20 AM
  • Dissolution, Heller Ehrman

    Anatomy Of A Dissolution: Heller Ehrman’s ‘AIG Moment’

    AIG, the American taxpayers’ very own insurance company, has taken a lot of heat for their company retreat full of facials and frivolity. But in our own world of dissolving law firms, Heller Ehrman’s actions before the end have gotten far too little scrutiny. Yesterday, American Lawyer ran a story (subscription) about Heller’s 2007 partner […]

    56 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 6:38 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.11.08

    * New ideas to make the LSAT useful. [Tax Prof Blog] * Clients want staff to “buy into” the idea of client services. Meanwhile, staff want clients to stop folding and ruining their livelihoods. [What About Clients?] * What should you wear to a Sunday brunch with a partner? Anything involving a “Kick Me” sign […]

    11 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 5:32 PM
  • Fabulosity, Job Searches, Shopping, Slideshows, Summer Associates

    Law Firm Offer Swag: What Did You Get?

    The first news started to leak this morning about some terrible news at a top firm: White & Case [is] currently calling people and laying them off. I haven’t heard anything in regards to scope, but [I] hear that it’s big. Now that White & Case has had time to tell all of the affected […]

    441 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 2:53 PM
  • Layoffs

    Chicago: Where Work Goes To Die

    More bad news from Chicago today. The National Law Journal is reporting that the well known construction boutique, Stein, Ray & Harris, laid off a third of their associates: The firm laid off four of its 14 associates this month after hiring seven attorneys earlier this year in anticipation of an increase in construction litigation […]

    51 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 2:35 PM
  • Crime, Law Schools, Violence

    Law Student of the Day: Alex Botsios

    Alex Botsios is a 1L at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Last week, he left a window open overnight, and someone snuck into his Tempe apartment to steal his stuff. From KPHO: ASU student Alex Botsios said he had no problem giving a nighttime intruder his wallet and guitars. When the […]

    126 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 1:26 PM
  • Job Searches, Law Schools, Layoffs

    Columbia Cashiers Career Services Dean?

    Universities are not immune to the economic downturn. Endowments are taking hits; hiring freezes are likely. And maybe layoffs, too. From a tipster: CLS Dean of Career Services Ellen Wayne has just been unceremoniously dumped from her post after nearly 20 lackluster years on the job (she was a constant source of complaints by students). […]

    140 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 12:16 PM
  • Layoffs

    Update: Shearman & Sterling on Shearman & Sterling’s Corporate Practice

    Shearman & Sterling declined to comment on the rumors of “performance based” layoffs we reported on, yesterday. However, they did want to comment on our characterization of their faltering corporate practice: The current environment has presented significant opportunities for Shearman & Sterling across its platform. We have been involved in many of the most complex […]

    33 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 11:30 AM
  • Alston & Bird, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants

    Alston & Bird Staff: You Don’t Have To Go Home But You Can’t Stay Here

    Last week, older support staff at Alston & Bird received a memo encouraging them to think about the future: We are pleased to introduce the Alston & Bird Staff Early Retirement Incentive Program. This Program is offered in response to requests from many of you and in our effort to continue to improve our staffing […]

    118 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 10:35 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.11.08

    * SCOTUS weighs case that could result in a lot more travel for crime lab experts. [New York Times] * Thirtieth child abandoned under Nebraska’s safe-haven law, intended to protect unwanted newborns from being abandoned. The “child” dropped off is an 18-year-old girl. The Legislature convenes Friday to change the law, so drop off those […]

    21 Comments / / Nov 11, 2008 at 9:32 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2008

    Associate Bonus Watch: McDermott Will & Emery is Sticking to the Plan … For Now

    We’ve gotten the first hard numbers of the 2008 bonus season, in part. McDermott Will & Emery has announced that they will pay their associates the bonus advance they were expecting. A firm-wide email announced the relatively positive news: December Bonus Advances: As we have previously communicated, the following payments will be made in mid-December […]

    130 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 5:47 PM