April 2009

  • David Souter, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Breaking: Justice Souter Retiring

    According to NPR, Justice David Souter is planning to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of the current Term. Souter is expected to remain on the bench until a successor has been chosen and confirmed, which may or may not be accomplished before the court reconvenes in October. Arlen Specter’s switch from […]

    240 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 10:32 PM
  • Salary Freeze

    Nationwide Pay Freeze Watch: Skadden Freezes Counsel Salaries

    There is late breaking news from Skadden tonight. Apparently the firm has decided to freeze salaries on its counsels. Here is the memo Skadden counsel received: TO: Counsel RE: Compensation Given the current economic conditions and the level of activity within the firm, we have decided that we will not be increasing salaries for counsel […]

    108 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 5:58 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.30.09

    * Are we sure that the Mayans don’t have any kind of legal doomsday prophecy for 2009? [Law and More] * Best and worst rejection letters. Oh the Schadenfreude. [Legal Writing Prof Blog] * First Facebook, then California A.G. as a brief stopover to global power? It could happen. [Law Dork 2.0] * Some people […]

    15 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Crusader Calls Sears’s Bluff

    We’ve all seen commercials where a company promises to meet a competitor’s lowest price on an item. But a Long Island lawyer decided to put one of these guarantees to the test: In its advertising, Sears vows to match competitors’ prices, but one Long Island lawyer has been walking a long road of disillusionment after […]

    47 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 4:27 PM
  • Jury Duty

    One Man’s Response to Jury Duty

    Personally, I love jury duty. I’ve never been picked to actually sit on one, but I still hope to have the opportunity one day. It’s a great opportunity to participate in your community. I know I hold the minority opinion on this. Most people find jury duty annoying, some find it outright insulting. But few […]

    124 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM
  • Advertising, Craigslist, Law Schools

    Five. Five Dollar. Five Dollar Ad-Viiiiiice

    Today, Craigslist brings us the latest example of a (soon-to-be) lawyer trying to make it work in this difficult economy. Here’s the ad: I am an experienced law student willing to answer your legal questions. The fee is $5 per question. To take advantage of this offer email your question to [Redacted]. You will then […]

    169 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM
  • Texas

    UT-Law: Tuition Could be on the Rise, But Don’t Blame UT

    It appears that the out-of-state tuition at the University of Texas School of Law could be on the rise. The school’s website lists that the proposed non-resident tuition for the 2009 – 2010 academic year is $43,858. That is over a 10% increase from last year. Is UT riding the wave of this year’s strong […]

    70 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 1:18 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: The Real Women of Penthouse

    A human resources professional at FriendFinder Networks (which publishes Penthouse) has brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employers. What were the odds? Gawker explains: [Natalie] Cedeno claims the atmosphere at the company changed substantially after Penthouse Media Group acquired Various Inc., the operator of Adult FriendFinder and other websites, in 2007 and changed […]

    62 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 12:12 PM
  • Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Layoffs, Suicide

    Breaking: A Sad Day at Kilpatrick Stockton

    We’re not entirely sure of all the details, but there appears to be a very sad situation developing at Kilpatrick Stockton in D.C. today. Everybody in Kilpatrick’s building received this email this morning: Good morning, Please remain in our space until further notice. Metropolitan Police Department are currently responding to an unconscious male with a […]

    / Apr 30, 2009 at 10:44 AM
  • Credit Crisis, Layoffs, Partner Profits

    More Layoffs Expected in 2009

    Dan DiPietro, client head of the Law Firm Group of the Citi Private Bank, doesn’t think we’ve seen the end of lawyer layoffs. In the American Lawyer, he writes: Among our 175-firm sample, head count for fiscal 2008 was up 4.5 percent from fiscal 2007. I showed the flash report of our sample to a […]

    74 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 10:20 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 04.30.09

    * Jones Day‘s Corinne Ball is having a busy week. She’s the lead bankruptcy attorney for Chrysler. “It requires a certain charisma,” said Robert Profusek, head of Jones Day mergers and acquisitions practice. “When everyone is jockeying to have their point of view expressed, who do people stop and listen to? She’s a very charismatic […]

    39 Comments / / Apr 30, 2009 at 8:18 AM
  • Dubious Defenses, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Lunacy, Swine Flu

    Some Notes on Swine Flu

    There is little chance that the American experiment would have survived a serious outbreak of the bubonic plague. The Athenians fought a war while stricken with the plague. Granted, it didn’t go so well, but that’s not the point. But a couple of kids get a new strain of spring flu (which is at least […]

    86 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 7:00 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.09

    * Shareholder suits + TARP = taxpayer bailout for the plaintiff’s bar. Sweet. And if you live in a brick house the pitchforks and torches will have no effect. [Dealbook] * Did Larry Lessig send YouTube a takedown notice just so YouTube would retain him to defend against the notice? [Boing Boing] * Advice from […]

    11 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 6:05 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Columbia Law Glitch

    Did you apply to Columbia Law School last year for the class of 2011? Did you not get in or decide to go somewhere else? If so, don’t worry, Columbia is reconsidering applications. Here’s an email that a number of 1Ls who are not at Columbia are receiving today: Dear [Applicant]: Thank you for your […]

    76 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 5:25 PM
  • Law Schools

    Boston College, Loyola – Chicago: Try to Soften the Deferral Blow

    More schools are jumping in to try to help their own deferred graduates. Boston College Law School has come up with a “hodgepodge” of initiatives, according to EagleOnline: * Law School Fellows Program: “as many as twelve positions” will be available, paid at “a modest hourly rate” in places like the Legal Assistance Bureau and […]

    52 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 4:30 PM
  • Layoffs, Staff Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Kilpatrick Stockton and K&L Gates Make Cuts

    Last month, K&L Gates fired 115 people: 36 associates and 79 staffers. But since then, K&L Gates has made a number of smaller staff cuts in a number of its offices, including Pittsburgh and Chicago. The firm refused to comment on its latest reductions. But our sources report that around 20 staffers have been let […]

    88 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 3:33 PM
  • Antonin Scalia, Law Schools, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Update: Fordham’s Dossier on Justice Scalia

    For those of you just tuning in, we have a little bit of a back and forth going on between Fordham Law School and One First Street. Last week, we wrote about What Fordham Knows About Justice Scalia. Professor Joel Reidenberg, an information privacy law professor at Fordham, had his class compile a 15-page dossier […]

    86 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 2:15 PM
  • Biglaw, Incisive Media, Partner Profits, Rankings

    The AmLaw 100

    It’s time for another list! The AmLaw 100 is out and we finally get to see some financial numbers from the nation’s top law firms. The 2007 numbers have been totally obsolete since Lehman collapsed, so we’ve been waiting a long time for these numbers. In terms of gross revenue, there is not much of […]

    156 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM