February 2009

  • Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Rankings

    Divorce Lawyers: Washingtonian Ranks the Best of the Worst

    Many moons ago, when I was a law student, I took Divorce Law based solely on the fact that the professor, who was a New York practitioner, brought in one of his celebrity clients to answer questions on the last day of class. My year, the professor rolled up with James Gandolfini, who, when asked […]

    37 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM
  • Federal Judges, Michael Mukasey, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Michael Mukasey to Debevoise

    The revolving door between government and private practice is in full swing. This morning brought the news that Judith Kaye, former chief judge of New York State, has joined Skadden Arps as counsel. And this afternoon brings more news: Michael Mukasey, fresh off his stint as U.S. Attorney General, will be joining the partnership of […]

    33 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM
  • Layoffs, Notes from the Breadline

    Notes from the Breadline: Strike Another Match, Go Start Anew

    Ed. note: Welcome to the latest installment of “Notes from the Breadline,” a new column by a laid-off lawyer in New York. Prior columns are collected here. You can reach Roxana St. Thomas by email, at roxanastthomas@gmail.com, or find her on Facebook. There are moments in life that portend tectonic change. It is possible, even […]

    110 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM
  • Biglaw, Health Care / Medicine

    Are There Tons of Depressed, Substance-Abusing Lawyers Out There?

    Yesterday, we asked you to take a poll about your happiness with the decision to become an attorney. Of the over 4000 poll takers (as of the time of this posting), approximately 60% said they were satisfied with the decision, but about 17% responded with “I hate my life.” On that note, did you know […]

    55 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 1:21 PM
  • iPhone

    iFart, You Fart: Is ‘Pull My Finger’ Trademarkable?

    With cancer cured and AIDS no longer a threat, America can finally turns its attention toward that final frontier of western civilization: iPhone fart applications. For those of you unfamilar with fart applications, they are downloadable programs that make “hilarious” farting noises on command, thereby rendering real farts completely obsolete. But where there’s gas, there’s […]

    38 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 12:30 PM
  • Law School Deans

    University of Chicago Law School Dean To Step Down

    Hello, job seekers. There will soon be an opening at the University of Chicago Law School. Dean Saul Levmore circulated an e-mail to the school yesterday announcing his decision to step down. Here’s an excerpt from the e-mail (which is reprinted in full, after the jump): I have long said that eight years is about […]

    72 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  • LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Salary Freeze

    Nationwide Pay Freeze Watch: Lexis Parties Like It’s 2008

    Lexis employees who Shepardize “Lexis salaries” may now find a red stop sign attached to their search results. Last Tuesday, the powers that be at Lexis sent around a company-wide email announcing that 2009 salaries would be frozen at 2008 levels for all employees: In order to address what is shaping up to be a […]

    38 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM
  • Michael Best

    Michael Best Clarification

    Last night, we briefly (and accidentally) posted a story regarding the rumored dissolution of Milwaukee-based law firm, Michael Best. The post was not intended to be published at that time; it was a draft that we were holding pending comment from the firm itself. This morning, we heard from the firm’s MP, David Krutz, who […]

    / Feb 17, 2009 at 10:04 AM
  • Admin, Announcements

    Hidey Ho, Winslows

    Greetings! Marin here. Some of you may know me as Elie’s foil from the Pls Hndle Thx advice column. Others may know me from the ATL Idol competition. Still others may know me from Miss Michelle’s Dance Studio in New Jersey, where I excelled in jazz and tap dancing as a child. I’m a lawyer […]

    30 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 9:36 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 02.17.09

    * Facebook owns you. Or at least all of your content, even after you close your account due to a recent change in its Terms of Use. But what’s the legality of Facebook’s stealth changes to its consumer contracts? [Litigation & Trial via Wall Street Journal] * The Pennsylvania judges who sent lots of little […]

    20 Comments / / Feb 17, 2009 at 8:43 AM
  • Marijuana, Sports

    Bong Hits 4 Jesus Michael Phelps
    (And no criminal charges, either.)

    The American Bar Foundation has been tracking the careers of almost 5,000 law grads for a project called After The JD. The $1.8 million study keeps the lab rats law grads from the class of 2000 under a microscope for 12 years after graduation to track the development of their careers, relationships, and basic ability […]

    32 Comments / / Feb 16, 2009 at 2:32 PM
  • Holidays and Seasons, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 02.16.09

    Happy Presidents’ Day! Or Washington and Lincoln Day. Or George Washington Day for Virginians. Or Washington and Jefferson Day if you’re in Alabama. Whatever you call it, we hope you have it off; we do. In honor of the executive branch, ATL will be on a reduced publication schedule today. * Adam Cohen asks, “Is […]

    40 Comments / / Feb 16, 2009 at 9:15 AM
  • Uncategorized

    K&L Gates Battens Down the Hatches: Salary Freezes, Delayed Start Dates (But good news: no layoffs. For now.)

    Earlier today, associates at K&L Gates attended a town hall meeting with Peter Kalis, chairman and global managing partner. Kalis provided an overview of where the firm stands and announced steps that will be taken to deal with the recession (in addition to skimping on toilet paper). Several sources sent us reports of the proceedings. […]

    305 Comments / / Feb 13, 2009 at 6:54 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Gambling / Gaming, Travel / Vacation

    Vacation Memo

    TO: ATL Readers, Commenters, Tipsters CC: The General Public, The Grammar Police, NYPD, LVPD FROM: Elie Mystal SUBJECT: Whereabouts and Other Sundries I will be out of the office from right about now until Monday, February 23rd. I have not been fired (so far as I am aware). My performance is not under review. I’m […]

    61 Comments / / Feb 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM
  • AutoAdmit / Xoxohth, Free Speech, Media and Journalism, Rudeness

    What ever happened to that Yale gals / AK47 / AutoAdmit thing?

    Back in 2007, two female Yale Law School students filed a lawsuit over allegedly defamatory and threatening comments written about them on AutoAdmit.com. The stuff written went way beyond lobsters and buttcheeks, and the women said the resulting Google hits on their names did serious damage to their job prospects. The case was near and […]

    87 Comments / / Feb 13, 2009 at 3:12 PM
  • Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Dealing with the Downturn: Simpson Thacher’s Public Service Program

    How should law firms respond to the recession? As reflected in the dramatic events of yesterday, which will go down in Biglaw history as the Valentine’s Day Massacre of 2009, lawyer layoffs are a common route. But there are other options. We recently wrote about how unemployed (or underemployed) lawyers can do pro bono work […]

    115 Comments / / Feb 13, 2009 at 2:26 PM
  • Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Stealth Layoffs at Kelley Drye?

    There was one more firm we’ve heard a lot about recently, but the firm would not respond to ATL’s multiple requests for comment. In the past week or so, we’ve received a number of credible tips about layoffs at Kelley Drye. Because the firm will not comment, we don’t know the overall numbers. But multiple […]

    32 Comments / / Feb 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM