November 2008

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.10.08

    * The Harvard Lampoon years of possible SCOTUS nominee Cass Sunstein are revealed. [Holly Hullabaloos] * Voodoo > Economics. [Law and More] * Remember that part of American history when Texas was its own country? Wasn’t that cool? Couldn’t Texas and the rest of America just have an amicable, no-fault divorce? Texas can keep custody […]

    30 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 5:05 PM
  • Law Schools, Wall Street

    Open Thread: Is the Global Economic Crisis Coming to School?

    This weekend, the Times reported that the economic crisis is taking a toll on University endowments: VC firms typically make “capital calls” to these investors whenever they need more money to pump into their startups. However now rumors are circulating that Columbia University’s endowment fund is illiquid — that is, it can’t raise the cash […]

    56 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 4:01 PM
  • Dissolution, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Morgan Lewis Shaves Some Meat Off the Thelen Carcass

    On Friday, while much of the Thelen news was still focused on Nixon Peabody feasting on Thelen refugees, we heard an interesting tip from people at Morgan Lewis: I hear we have acquired all or most of Thelen’s corporate practice? I haven’t seen any official announcements but I hear that a couple floors below me […]

    68 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 3:21 PM
  • Layoffs, Loeb & Loeb

    Nationwide (Stealth) Layoff Watch: Shearman & Sterling and Loeb & Loeb

    We’ve been hearing reports all morning about some news leaking around the offices at Shearman & Sterling. One tipster collects the potentially bad news in a clear way: [M]id and senior-level associates that would in normal economic conditions have left any way are being asked to leave. In addition, Shearman’s senior management has advised Partners […]

    148 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM
  • Bar Exams

    Maryland Bar Exam Results: (Almost) Everybody Wins!

    July 2008 Bar Exam results were announced on Friday. I assume that everybody has already checked their results, but if you want to ogle the people who passed you can do so here. The thing is, Maryland came in with an 81.6% passage rate. 1112 passes, 250 failures. That’s 81.6% in a state with no […]

    86 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 1:03 PM
  • Family Law

    Goodwin Procter Helps Sandwich (Generation)

    The Baby Boomers (the generation that was dealt a resounding defeat last week) is also sometimes called the “Sandwich Generation.” Boomers like to claim that they are the first generation (in the history of “ever” apparently) to have to take care of both their parents and their children while they are still working. Whiners. Inter-generational […]

    75 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2008, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Bonuses, Job Survey

    Associate Life Survey: Bonus Points

    Last week, our ATL / Lateral Link survey focused on when raises happen at your firms. But we’ve also been wondering about another prong of compensation: bonuses. In 2007, Cravath kicked off bonus season early, on October 29th, but it’s much more common for firms to announce in December. Indeed, this year the first major […]

    38 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 11:16 AM
  • Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    And You Thought Your Law School Was Cutthroat and Competitive

    Today marks the start of two weeks of “Assassins” at Columbia Law School. The game will start internally, undoubtedly as a training exercise for CLS students before they start hunting the deadliest prey: NYU students. The game, if you’ve never played it, is awesome. The rules are simple: * You will be given a target. […]

    100 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.10.08

    [Ed Note: Due to technical difficulties, my super awesome Morning Docket picture could not be uploaded. I suggest you visualize the most awesome picture idea ever to go along with this column. Thanks.] * Good Morning American taxpayers. Please enjoy the $40 billion in AIG shares you just purchased. [NYT] * Circuit City: more knowledgeable […]

    36 Comments / / Nov 10, 2008 at 9:25 AM
  • Dissolution, Thelen Reid & Priest

    Nixon Peabody Picks Up 90 Thelen Attorneys
    (This is Different From a Merger How?)

    We’ve previously reported that Nixon Peabody was acquiring 60 ex-Thelen attorneys, but only Thelen refugees located in Manhattan. But now it is looking like Nixon is picking up 90 ex-Thelen lawyers (partners and associates), former Thelen support staff, and tripling its presence in Silicon Valley. Yesterday’s press release from Nixon reported: The new attorneys are […]

    97 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.07.08

    * Ball of Confusion. That’s what tax law is today. [Tax Prof Blog] * I told you that dating partners ends badly. [Sweet Hot Justice] * The Governator seeks to terminate one day of wages a month for state workers. [Wage Law] * Melissa Ethridge is threatening to not pay her taxes because of Prop […]

    26 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 5:02 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Mystery Meetings at Sutherland (But fear not; no bad news.)

    In these uncertain economic times, lots of law firms are holding lots of meetings. Sometimes they bring good news, and sometimes not-so-good news. E.g., Covington & Burling (welcoming the Heller IP group); Jenner & Block (everything’s dandy); McKee Nelson (layoffs). Earlier this week, Sutherland announced associate and counsel meetings would be held next week. What […]

    111 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 4:13 PM
  • Goldman Sachs, New York Times, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 10.19-11.2: Twin Souls

    We’re back with our second installment of the Legal Eagle Wedding Watch in as many days. Enjoy, and have a happy, happy Friday. Behold, the most outstanding legal lovebirds from the past three weeks: 1. Brenda Zelin and Kyle Williams 2. Alyssa Greenwald and Edward Wittenstein 3. Erik Hyman and Max Mutchnick 4. Jamie Bartholomew […]

    75 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 3:06 PM
  • Holidays and Seasons, Parties

    Kaye Scholer to More Cowbell

    We’ve reported on firms that have canceled their holiday parties or significantly scaled them back. Some firms have decided to go ahead with their holiday festivities. But we hadn’t really heard of a firm that was looking to expand holiday revelry, until Kaye Scholer popped into our inbox. In the past, Kaye Scholer has held […]

    93 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 1:47 PM
  • Election Law

    Election Lawyers Gotta Eat

    Now that campaign season is over, it’s time for the defamation season! Scads of down-ticket candidates have brought lawsuits against their opponents for slanderous advertising during their campaigns. I guess the presidential election wasn’t close enough for lawyers to make any money off of it. According to the National Law Journal, even the ACLU sees […]

    30 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM
  • Jonathan Lee Riches, Pro Se Litigants

    In Pro Se News: Comedy and Tragedy

    We’ll start with the funny stuff. It’s been a few months since federal prisoner Jonathan Lee Riches has graced these pages. We welcome the wacky pro se litigant back as he joins the war against World of Warcraft. He’s filed a motion to intervene in video game lawsuit MDY v. Blizzard (WoW’s creator). Virtually Blind […]

    26 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 11:07 AM
  • Associate Advice, pls hndle thx, Romance and Dating, Sex, Sexual Harassment

    Pls Hndle Thx:
    Hot for Partner

    [Ed Note: Have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com] Dear ATL- About a week ago I was out for happy hour drinks with some people from my firm. I really hit it off with a young-ish junior partner who I hadn’t really spoken to before. He asked me out for drinks […]

    104 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 9:53 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.07.08

    * A state agency publicly admonished retired Superior Court Judge John M. Watson for being rude in court, citing a case “in which he repeatedly mocked attorneys.” The agency claims Watson’s actions threaten the “integrity of the judiciary.” [Los Angeles Times] * A federal judge “opened the first hearing into the government’s justification for holding […]

    23 Comments / / Nov 7, 2008 at 8:59 AM

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