March 2009

  • Andrew Cuomo, Antonin Scalia, Bernie Madoff, Morning Docket, Pornography, Sexual Harassment, Wal-Mart

    Morning Docket 3.24.09

    * United Airlines settled a suit filed by a former pilot, who resigned after repeatedly finding porn in hidden places in her cockpit, including underneath a cap on a safety device called a “stick shaker” (no pun intended). Click to see United’s ridiculous effort to dismiss. [The Seattle Times] * Attorney General Andrew Cuomo convinced […]

    42 Comments / / Mar 24, 2009 at 9:07 AM
  • Salary Freeze, Start Dates

    Mystery Meeting At Hunton & Williams

    We love to point out when our commenters point us in the right direction. Over the weekend, somebody placed this comment in the recent Law Shucks post: Hunton & Williams is planning big layoff in week ahead. The firm has been laying off PARTNERS in stealth moves during the past two months and a firm-wide […]

    108 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 6:07 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.23.09

    * I’m not sure what a female associate is supposed to wear to her first golf outing. But I know what the commenters are thinking and they are certainly wrong. [Corporette] * Brian Cuban does a brilliant job here comparing the various ways dating is like basketball. But he acts as if a brother is […]

    13 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 5:34 PM
  • Harold Koh

    Musical Chairs: Harold Koh Steps Down at Yale Law

    As we predicted last month, Harold Hongju Koh is stepping down from the deanship at Yale Law School. President Obama is nominating Dean Koh to serve as the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Dean Koh previously served in the State Department, as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, […]

    38 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 4:17 PM
  • Dissolution, WolfBlock

    Nationwide Dissolution Watch: WolfBlock

    There doesn’t appear to be a Wolf Block miracle in Philly today. The firm is dissolving. A press release was just issued by Bradford Hildebrandt, whom the ABA Journal reported this morning had been brought in by the firm to oversee a possible wind-down. The partners of WolfBlock LLP have voted to commence an orderly […]

    126 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 4:06 PM
  • Biglaw, Job Searches, NALP, Summer Associates

    NALP Glitch Gives Early Preview of 2009 Summer Program Numbers

    There’s a pretty interesting glitch happening right now over at NALP (here at ATL, we know something about “technical difficulties” — we’re working on ours). Even though the new numbers haven’t been made public yet, if you know what you’re doing you can get a sneak peak at the 2009 NALP numbers. We’re not going […]

    16 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 2:26 PM
  • Fabulosity, Law Professors, Law Schools, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: It’s Good To Be King A Law Professor

    In these dire times, academia is regarded as a refuge. Sure, endowments are down, some schools have imposed hiring freezes, and budgets are being trimmed here and there. But the academy, especially the legal academy, hasn’t seen anything like the carnage experienced by Biglaw. Take the ivory tower of Columbia Law School, which apparently remains […]

    29 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 1:27 PM
  • Letter from London, Magic Circle, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Letter from London: Why Do You Hate Us?

    Ed. note: The legal world is much bigger than New York, or Washington, or even the United States. Welcome to Letter from London, a weekly dispatch from the other side of the pond. Our U.K. correspondent, Isaac Smith, will expose ATL readers to the latest goings-on in the London legal world. You can reach Isaac […]

    71 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 12:14 PM
  • Partner Profits

    DLA Piper Pays Partners Less

    Last Monday, Dewey & LeBoeuf informed the world that some of its partners would be receiving less money. This past Friday, The Recorder reported that DLA Piper is also officially reducing partner compensation: DLA Piper informed all of its U.S. partners on Friday that it will reduce pay for most of them by 11.5 percent […]

    89 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM
  • Blawg Review, Blogging

    Blawg Review #204

    Here at Above the Law, we thrive on taking a vat of hydrochloric acid to the veneer of the legal profession and exposing the original craftsmanship underneath. Nothing is sacred. When given the opportunity to serve for Blawg Review — the “blog carnival for everyone interested in law” — I was excited to take Above […]

    24 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM
  • Bonuses, Dreier, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket 3.23.09

    * The vultures are circling around Dreier LLP’s Park Avenue office–an auctioneer’s website reads “everything must be sold,” but Dreier’s indictment last week says he must forfeit the firm’s assets–the prosecutors and bankruptcy trustee will have to fight it out. [The National Law Journal] * “U.K. regulatory lawyers advising clients on the financial crisis and […]

    48 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM
  • Dissolution, WolfBlock

    Dissolution Watch: Wolf Block Could Vote Today

    We hope you enjoyed last week, a “relatively quiet week” in layoffs. We’ll see if the relative calm holds as we get closer to the time for firms to make another payroll. Last night, the Legal Intelligencer broke the news that Wolf Block could be doing a lot more (subscription) than laying off employees this […]

    79 Comments / / Mar 23, 2009 at 8:05 AM
  • Layoffs

    This Week In Layoffs: 03.21.09

    [Ed. note: Above the Law has teamed up with Law Shucks. Law Shucks has done excellent work translating all of the layoff news into user-friendly charts and graphs: the Layoff Tracker.] For the first time this year, we had three consecutive business days without any major firms announcing layoffs. As in Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, […]

    162 Comments / / Mar 21, 2009 at 3:06 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day, Lawyer Advertising

    Is Somebody Preventing You From Being a Lawyer?

    Displaced 3Ls who haven’t been able to line up a job for the fall might want to give this woman a call: Are You A Lawyer? Probably Not. – watch more funny videos I wonder if she’s hiring junior associates? Have a nice weekend. Are you a Lawyer? Probably Not. [Funny or Die]

    68 Comments / / Mar 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.20.09

    * I’ll be hosting Blawg Review next week. It’s a lot of pressure, especially since my wife found my external hard drive and deleted all of my Victorian pornography. But, I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with something generally inflammatory and inappropriate. Do you know how I got these scars? [Blawg Review] * […]

    22 Comments / / Mar 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Troutman Sanders Voluntary Departure Program

    Earlier today, we told you that Troutman Sanders was having a firm wide meeting. The meetings are over and we are happy to report that there are no layoffs from Troutman. At least not yet. Of course, things aren’t exactly great over at Troutman. The meetings did convey some “very important” information to associates and […]

    71 Comments / / Mar 20, 2009 at 5:01 PM
  • Southern Justice, Texas

    Steel Cage Discipline: It Makes Sense In Texas

    This is a very common story about school sanctioned gladiatorial combat among high school boys. The Guardian reports: Some schools have counsellors to settle disputes between students. But South Oak Cliff high school in Dallas preferred another, more direct method: bare-knuckle fighting inside a steel cage. According to a 2008 report obtained by the Dallas […]

    54 Comments / / Mar 20, 2009 at 3:42 PM
  • Cardozo Law School, Goldman Sachs, Harvard, New York Times, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 3.15: The Brides of March

    It’s NCAA Tournament time, which means that if you get married this weekend or the next two, your guests will be cursing you as they surreptitiously refresh their BlackBerries. We therefore applaud this week’s brides, who planned their weddings for this past weekend, before the madness struck. They are — if we may say so […]

    / Mar 20, 2009 at 2:30 PM

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