June 2009

  • Job Searches, Summer Associates

    Advice For Summers From Georgetown

    Many summers can already see the writing on the wall. It’s going to be a no-offer party this fall. Law school career service professionals are trying to prepare their students for the inevitable. The career services offices at Georgetown University Law Center sent around a very thoughtful letter, on Friday. Summer associates should take heed. […]

    75 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM
  • Law School Deans

    Robert Post Named New Dean of Yale Law School

    We told you so — over a week ago. This past weekend, at the ACS National Convention, we received further confirmation from Yale Law School sources. So today’s announcement of Professor Robert Post as the new dean of YLS comes as no surprise. The official announcement from Yale president Richard Levin, plus one student’s take […]

    35 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM
  • Deferral Stipend, Start Dates

    Deferred Associates Cause Ethical Dilemma and the Booting of Clerks in Massachusetts

    Last week, the Massachusetts Trial Court got approval for a unique solution to address its budget shortfall, reported Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: The Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee on Judicial Ethics has approved a proposal by Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan that would allow deferred law-firm associates to work for the Trial Court […]

    75 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 10:57 AM
  • Law Shucks, Layoffs

    This Week In Layoffs: 06.22.09

    [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.] Let’s all move to Nebraska! In a week in which unemployment was up in 48 out of 50 states (plus DC), Nebraska’s unemployment dropped […]

    34 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM
  • Morning Docket, UVA Law

    Morning Docket 06.22.09

    * One bra size does not fit all. There are so many different reasons why one might get a severe rash from a Victoria’s Secret bra that the 17 suits filed in various states cannot be consolidated into one. [On Point News] * More on Law Student of the Day: Leo Wolpert. The UVA Law […]

    12 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 9:00 AM
  • Rankings, U.S. News

    Top. Universities. In the World.

    We know how much everybody loves rankings. By now, everybody has had time to digest the new law school pecking order — even George Washington Law School students. But true prestige whoring begins much earlier than law school. U.S. News has just released (hat tip: Tax Prof Blog) a list of the top 400 colleges […]

    154 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 6:11 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Larry Wilder

    Our Lawyer of the Day is appropriately named. From the sound of this story, this Indiana lawyer could probably hold down the name Larry Wildest. The photo to the right is not a stock photo. That’s Wilder on Wednesday morning after a raucous night on the town. From the Courier-Journal: Conrad Embry, 80, the neighbor […]

    52 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 4:58 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.19.09

    * Tyra Banks’s stalker is going to have to take an “anti-stalking” course. I didn’t know they had to teach masturbation nowadays. [Popsquire] * Going from Biglaw to small law can be tough, especially when you don’t actually know how to do anything. [Litination] * Could somebody who works at a law firm please flip […]

    13 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 4:32 PM
  • Salary Cuts, Snell & Wilmer

    Nationwide Salary Cut Watch: Snell & Wilmer Cuts Salaries

    Earlier this week, we reported that salary cuts have spread to the Pacific Northwest. Now it appears that the salary cutting craze has migrated to the Southwest. Surely, our territories in Guam will be next. The Phoenix based firm Snell & Wilmer has cut associate salaries by 10%. Above the Law received this statement from […]

    38 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 4:15 PM
  • 2nd Circuit, New York Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Clerks, UVA Law, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 6.14: Chemistry Lesson

    We’ll bottom-line this week’s contest, folks: The SCOTUS clerk wins. Yep, after a long absence, LEWW’s favorite credential makes a welcome appearance in the NYT weddings section, and we’ve got the details for you. But first, congratulations to Sabrina Charles and Jamie Dycus, who readers overwhelmingly voted Legal Eagle Couple of the Month for May, […]

    / Jun 19, 2009 at 3:17 PM
  • Law School Deans, Law Schools

    DePaul College of Law Dean Ousted

    The dean of the DePaul University College of Law, Glen Weissenberger, has been removed. But this doesn’t sound like your ordinary law school administration shuffle. Dean Weissenberger alleged that there was a significant mistake in the documents DePaul sumbitted to the ABA for its accreditation review, and now he is gone. The university provost told […]

    95 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 2:20 PM
  • Kiwi Camara

    $80,000 Per Song Could ‘Backfire,’ Says K.A.D. Camara

    As we mentioned this morning, K.A.D. (Kiwi) Camara was on the wrong side of the news cycle yesterday. A federal jury ruled that his client, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, violated copyrights on 24 songs she downloaded, and hit her with a whopping $1.92 million judgment — which works out to $80,000 per downloaded song. Camara has achieved […]

    115 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 1:03 PM
  • Solo Practitioners

    Start Up LLP: Creating Your Own Law Firm

    Starting your own law firm: it isn’t for everyone. Some of you may recall that Roxana, of Notes from the Breadline, viewed herself as ill-suited to solo practice. But many other lawyers do want to strike out on their own. And some attorneys, faced with the difficult legal job market, decide that they have no […]

    1,068 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 12:02 PM
  • Judge of the Day

    Judge of the Day: What’s more [cowardly] than [vandalizing] another man’s automobile?

    A Texas judge has been indicted for keying his neighbor’s Range Rover. The Houston Chronicle reports the possible penalties for criminal mischief in Texas: Woody Ray Densen, 69, could face 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted. He could also be disciplined by the […]

    80 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 10:10 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.19.09

    * Don’t cheap your Dad on Father’s Day. [Bloomberg] * Allen Stanford has been arrested and indicted. [Los Angeles Times] * The RIAA won big in its file sharing suit. Very big. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune via WSJ Law Blog] * Never ask questions you don’t already know the answer to. Especially on T.V. Especially when a […]

    11 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 8:57 AM
  • Career Alternatives, Job Searches

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: A Panel Discussion

    The other night, a commenter with insomnia wrote: Is there someone living in Flint, Michigan who will exchange their $18,000 house for my worthless JD? I will even take over the payments from your inflated mortgage. My piece of paper does not even provide shelter for my skinny ass. In exchange you could be a […]

    80 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 1:46 AM
  • Partner Issues

    Partner De-Equitization At Paul Hastings

    Earlier this week, we reported on staff layoffs at Paul Hastings. Since Lehman collapsed, Paul Hastings has been through few rounds of attorney layoffs as well. But Paul Hastings partners haven’t exactly been sitting back and counting cash. Especially younger partners. Above the Law has been able to confirm that a number of partners have […]

    174 Comments / / Jun 18, 2009 at 6:29 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.18.09

    * Lat and Kash put on their black turtlenecks and went to the theater. They’ve written a review for Monetizing Emma. [Dealbreaker] * What’s more scary than law firms outsourcing legal work offshore? How about clients going directly to Indian law firms, obviating the U.S. and U.K. altogether? [Legally India] * Can fashion knock off […]

    27 Comments / / Jun 18, 2009 at 5:27 PM