January 2009

  • Partner Profits

    Cleary Gottlieb Profits

    We know what Cleary is doing for associate compensation: they are paying Cravath bonuses but have decided against freezing salaries. Is anybody interested in what the partners will be taking home this year? According to AmLaw: Gross revenue is up roughly 8 percent to $965 million; profits per partner increased about 12 percent to $2.4 […]

    110 Comments / / Jan 16, 2009 at 10:07 AM
  • Barack Obama, Federal Circuit, Morning Docket, War on Terror, Washington Post

    Morning Docket 01.16.09

    * A “court” upheld the government’s authority to tap international phone calls and emails without a warrant. [The Washington Post] * Would-be Attorney General Eric Holder’s confirmation hearing went well yesterday, and he will go for more today. [The Associated Press] * Marc Dreier, the lawyer who sold hedge funds phony investments, wants to be […]

    28 Comments / / Jan 16, 2009 at 9:06 AM
  • Contract Attorneys, Craigslist, Job Searches, Pranks

    Funny Craigslist job listing makes us sad

    Apparently, many ATL readers are conducting their job searches via Craigslist, because this posting has appeared in our inbox more frequently than lobster references in the comments. We’ve already mentioned it in Non-Sequiturs, but we’re returning to it to beg you to stop sending it to us, and to give you the story behind it. […]

    85 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 6:01 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.15.09

    * California might start killing criminals again. [Johnny California] * “America needs a tax code simple enough for the Treasury secretary to figure out.” [WSJ via TaxProf Blog] * A South Carolina legislator wants to make it a felony if you use vulgar language around a minor. But don’t blame the great state of South […]

    33 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 5:04 PM
  • Law School Deans

    Howell Jackson Named Acting Dean of HLS

    Howell Jackson will be taking a stab at filling Elena Kagan’s shoes at HLS: Howell Jackson has agreed to serve as the acting dean of Harvard Law School (HLS), subject to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Dean Elena Kagan’s nomination to serve as U.S. Solicitor General, President Drew Faust announced today. Jackson, the James S. […]

    48 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 4:39 PM
  • Biglaw, Technology

    Law Firm Technology Awards

    Which firms are on the cutting edge of the digital age? Law and Technology News has an opinion. The publication just released their sixth annual law technology awards: The awards recognize outstanding innovation by law firms and law departments in their use of technology. The big winner is Fish & Richardson for most innovative use […]

    40 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM
  • Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS

    An Update on Sandra Day and ‘Our Courts’

    Former SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is on a mission to educate. As reported last summer, she’s working with Georgetown University and Arizona State University on a “free, interactive, web-based program designed to teach and engage students in civics.” It’s called Our Courts, and it’s now live. By having civics lessons in the form of […]

    37 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 3:05 PM
  • Crime, Elizabeth Halverson, Sentencing Law, Violence

    Judge Halverson’s Husband Gets 3-10 Years

    There is justice for Judge Elizabeth Halverson. Her husband is going to jail for three to ten years for beating her with a frying pan. Not surprisingly, Ed Halverson didn’t go down without a fight: Before he was sentenced, Edward Lee Halverson, 49, stunned a Las Vegas courtroom with a claim that he struck Elizabeth […]

    69 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 2:04 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Cadwalader’s Link Is Moving to London

    Just to close the loop on Cadwalader’s London partner defection, firm chairman Christ White sent the following firm wide email: Seven partners in the London office resigned from the Firm today to join Paul Hastings. The reduction in capabilities in London is unfortunate. However, these departures allow us to rebuild the London office into a […]

    89 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 12:57 PM
  • Career Alternatives, Pornography

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Erotica Writer/Editor?

    In our occasional series on career alternatives for attorneys — i.e., things you can do with a law degree that don’t involve working for a law firm as an associate or contract attorney — we’ve already touched on the writer/author career option. But when we happened upon How I Went From an NYU Law Student […]

    42 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 12:06 PM
  • Layoffs

    International Layoff Watch: From Russia With Love

    Are there stealth layoffs going on in Russia? A tipster reports: I would like to bring your attention to the Moscow market. Moscow has a satellite office of nearly every major US firm, and every major UK firm. Most Moscow offices are between 20 and 35 associates, though some British firms are 100 strong. As […]

    57 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM
  • Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Politics, Senate Judiciary Committee

    Eric Holder: It’s On

    The confirmation hearings for Eric Holder as attorney general just started. We’ll try to keep an eye on it for you and update you with interesting news and notes. Especially when the Specter in the punch bowl speaks up. So far Holder has said the word “independent” twice and now we’re going through the list […]

    60 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM
  • Salary Freeze

    Nationwide Pay Freeze Watch: Morgan Lewis Freezes Even Though They Said They Wouldn’t

    Thanks to the power of “the internet,” I’m able to remind you that in October the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius informed associates: As in past years, base compensation adjustments will continue to be effective as of January 1 and will be reflected in your January paycheck. In fact, I reminded you just last […]

    176 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 10:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 1.15.09

    * Jackpot! “A Mississippi woman thought she had won a slot machine jackpot when a display lit up $1 million, but the casino says the maximum payout was clearly posted: $8,000.” [The Associated Press] * Eric Holder, President-elect Obama’s appointed attorney-general, will have his confirmation hearing today. Senate Republicans are expected to accuse him of […]

    53 Comments / / Jan 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM
  • 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Fabulosity, Federal Judges, Federalist Society

    Kozinski & Lat: The Podcast

    While David Lat’s west coast rampage continues — he just finished speaking at UCLA — the good people from the Federalist Society furnished us with a podcast of Lat’s lunch talk yesterday with Chief Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Cir.). If you weren’t able to make it yesterday, or you live in the part of the […]

    29 Comments / / Jan 14, 2009 at 6:02 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.14.09

    * Things lawyers like might include austere legal tomes or presidential biographies. But really, the tipping point has reached the tipping point and has now fully jumped the shark. We need to stop drinking the kool-aid and throw the tipping point under the bus. [Litination] * It looks like the new DOJ will be well […]

    23 Comments / / Jan 14, 2009 at 5:02 PM
  • Staff Layoffs

    Nationwide Staff Layoff Watch: Seyfarth Shaw

    In December, Seyfarth Shaw laid off 30 attorneys. Today, the wheel came around to a number of staff: As a result, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce the number of support staff positions in a limited number of offices, including ours. In Chicago, this has affected nine secretaries and five members of […]

    84 Comments / / Jan 14, 2009 at 4:26 PM
  • Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Cadwalader Loses More Lawyers

    The Lawyer is reporting that seven partners in Cadwalader’s London office have defected for Paul Hastings: The Lawyer can exclusively reveal that the partners leaving the firm are Karl Clowry, Conor Downey, Michelle Duncan, Justin Jowitt, Tom O’Riordan, Christian Parker and Charles Roberts. The defections leave US firm Cadwalader with just four partners in London. […]

    96 Comments / / Jan 14, 2009 at 3:59 PM