November 2008

  • Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Elena Kagan, Federal Government, Intellectual Property, Kathleen Sullivan, Office of Legal Counsel, Politics, Securities and Exchange Commission, Solicitor General's Office

    Legal Stars of the New Administration

    New lawyers to lead the nation are sending in their résumés. Already, UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley has received a choice position as part of Obama’s transition advisory board. (I wonder if he’s accepting resumes from his students?) Here’s an interesting choice for Edley and the rest of the transition team that […]

    49 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 10:16 PM
  • Dissolution, Heller Ehrman

    Winston & Strawn Reaps Heller Rewards

    Winston & Strawn is expanding with the help of Heller refugees. A tipster reports on the latest internal Winston communication: [We] are extremely pleased to announce that the firm has added a number of former Heller Ehrman attorneys who will greatly enhance Winston’s practices and international presence. Winston has acquired three partners in Hong Kong […]

    46 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 6:18 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.06.08

    * The end of white supremacy? [The Volokh Conspiracy] * Can managing partners learn something from future COS Rahm Emanuel? [What About Clients?] * There were many successful female judges on Tuesday. [Ms. JD] * Is law professor apathy one reason Prop 8 passed? [The Shark] * You know what they say, the hardest part […]

    17 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 5:32 PM
  • Bar Exams

    Texas Bar Exam Results Have Been Posted

    They weren’t supposed to be released until Friday, but Texas has gone ahead and posted the “winners” of the July 2008 Bar Exam. Congratulations. Passing the bar is God’s way of saying “be careful what you wish for …” Earlier: Exams! Results! Northeast Corridor! Prior ATL coverage of Bar Exams.

    84 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 5:02 PM
  • Eliot Spitzer

    So … Having Sex with Prostitutes is Okay Now?

    No charges will be filed against Eliot Spitzer for his participation in a prostitution ring. According to the Wall Street Journal: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said that investigators found no evidence that Mr. Spitzer or his office misused public or campaign funds for prostitution. Federal prosecutors typically don’t prosecute clients of prostitution rings. I […]

    69 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 4:31 PM
  • Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 9.28-10.12: Elected!

    LEWW is delighted to be back on duty after several weeks away. We won’t bore you with the reason for our absence, other than to say that we were engaged in an endeavor that–like many of the weddings we cover–ended in pain, bitterness, and finger-pointing. But that’s all behind us now, and we’re excited to […]

    50 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 3:46 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches

    Letting Wachtell Down Easy

    A job seeker, who had applications for full-time employment pending with many of New York’s major law firms, recently landed a clerkship. So he decided to withdraw his Biglaw applications. Here’s the letter he sent — in a spirit of playfulness, not arrogance — to one prominent firm: Thank you for considering me for an […]

    45 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 3:03 PM
  • Kramer Levin, Movies

    ‘Impossible Pursuits’ at Kramer Levin

    Kramer Levin is going to be a film star. The New York office received notice yesterday that a movie shooting will start there next week. From: Tortorella, Nicholas J. Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 11:39 AM To: All NY Subject: Movie Shoot at KL The firm has consented to permit several scenes from “Love and […]

    57 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 2:02 PM
  • Biglaw, Tax Law

    Flat Salaries + Higher Taxes = Angry NYC Associates

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg could be preparing to raise taxes: To close budget gaps in the year that starts next July the mayor is thinking about a combination of sales tax increases and income tax hikes. “Every city agency must push each dollar further,” Bloomberg said. “We’re going to do that and doing […]

    221 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 1:00 PM
  • Gay

    A Guide Around Anti-Discrimination Laws:
    Brought to you by The Christian Legal Society

    The Christian Legal Society had their big conference in Washington, DC, but not all of the participants walked away feeling good about the direction of the organization. One tipster reports: I attended the CLS conference in Washington and was surprised and disappointed by its focus on the culture wars. The law student portion of the […]

    134 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 11:45 AM
  • Associate Salaries, Job Survey

    Associate Life Survey: Time For That Raise?

    We received 1,054 responses to Monday’s ATL / Lateral Link survey on when raises happen at your firms. As expected, the overwhelming majority of you — almost 80% — said that your firms raise salaries in January. But the rest of you are probably in for a wait. More than half of the associates who […]

    27 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 11:00 AM
  • Job Searches

    Accept Your Offers: An Alternative Viewpoint

    As reported in these pages, a few large law firms are rescinding offers of summer associate employment. Some of the rescissions have been firm, with the firm essentially saying, “this offer is no longer available to be accepted.” Some have been softer, cast as “our offer is still open, but if you show up, we […]

    135 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 10:07 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.6.08

    * A puppy named Afro was rescued from a burning law firm in South Africa, and his owner promptly “smothered him with kisses.” [Independent Online] * Google dumped its needy girlfriend Yahoo, forgoing their advertising partnership instead of going to court to fight an anti-trust law suit filed by the US justice department. Yahoo is […]

    31 Comments / / Nov 6, 2008 at 8:58 AM
  • Gay, Gay Marriage, Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: ACLU to Sue ‘Yes on Prop 8′ Victors

    Well, Prop 8 passed in California. Other states also passed ballot initiatives to ban gay marriage (Arizona and Arkansas Florida). Arkansas passed a measure to prevent gay men and lesbians from adopting. The ACLU respects democracy, except for when the ACLU thinks that voters get it “wrong.” The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and […]

    248 Comments / / Nov 5, 2008 at 6:02 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.05.08

    * Two law professors in the White House for the first time ever. We’ll see if they understand the whole “Constitution” thing. [The BLT” Blog of the Legal Times] * A non-election, cocaine addled roundup. [Legal Blog Watch] * Virginia is still trying to catch up with Brown v. Board of Ed. [Supreme Dicta] * […]

    18 Comments / / Nov 5, 2008 at 5:03 PM
  • Biglaw

    Expected Fee Hikes (For Reasons Passing Understanding)

    Bloomberg is reporting that fees are expected to jump between 6 and 7 percent in 2009. Of course, associates are blamed: Even with corporate backlash, many firms are still planning fee increases of 6 percent to 7 percent for 2009, said Andrew Johnman of Barclays Capital in New York, which lends to law partnerships. “You […]

    39 Comments / / Nov 5, 2008 at 4:17 PM
  • pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx: Election Special
    What Not to Wear

    Last night was one that made history, and not just in the ways you would think. As crowds stood at the Biltmore Hotel and at Grant Park, two women, one who would have been First Lady and one who became First Lady-Elect, stood by their husbands wearing what was historically each woman’s worst outfit during […]

    91 Comments / / Nov 5, 2008 at 3:18 PM
  • Election Law, Politics

    Election Shenanigans Watch: Lawyers Working Hard

    The National Law Journal reports on the many, many lawyers who busted their tail (on both sides) making America a barely functional democracy: In Ohio, New Hampshire and Virginia, lawyers scrambled to file court documents in election-related lawsuits. But in most states, lawyers were working to prevent litigation by fielding calls at centers housed at […]

    61 Comments / / Nov 5, 2008 at 2:19 PM

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