June 2009

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 06.15.09

    * Like Drinker Biddle, Frost Brown Todd is instituting an apprenticeship program for its first year associates. They make less money and are billed out to clients at lower rates during their 1,000 hour apprenticeship. [Business Courier of Cincinnati] * Stereotypes and jury selection. [Baltimore Sun] * Jones Day’s Corinne Ball showed she’s the master […]

    9 Comments / / Jun 15, 2009 at 8:49 AM
  • Law Shucks, Layoffs

    This Week in Layoffs: 06.13.09

    [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.] That’s it? We’re looking for that one perfect week of no layoffs and we lose it to a Tennessee firm and two UK firms? […]

    56 Comments / / Jun 13, 2009 at 1:40 PM
  • Clerkships, Job Searches, Summer Associates

    Cravath Announcement Causes Immediate Reaction At Harvard Law School

    Don’t get too close to any Ivory Tower in your town today. The news that Cravath is leaving the class of 2010 out of work for a year has sent monocles flying as students at top law schools learn a powerful lesson about free market capitalism. Harvard Law School sent out a letter to all […]

    144 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 7:33 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.12.09

    * The Cravath deferrals could be exposing fundamental fissures in the Biglaw business model. So class of 2011, don’t think you’ve escaped. [Ideoblog] * Kash and I tweet about work. Luckily, there’s no rule governing ex parte communications between legal bloggers. Judges and lawyers on the other hand … [True/Slant] * Firm sponsored Law Clerks. […]

    29 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 5:31 PM
  • Stupid Lawyer Tricks

    Law Firm of the Day: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

    Dear sirs. We are a legal blog based in the New York City. One of our Nigerian investors has mysteriously passed away and left us a lot of money. We are trying to increase the number of advertisers on our site, and have a unique proposal for you. We will send you the money and […]

    51 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 4:26 PM
  • New York Times, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 6.7: Matched

    Another week, another NYT Vows column comparing the bride to a giant coniferous tree (“The bride stood stately and erect, echoing the Redwoods that surrounded them . . . “). Seriously, could they maybe assign Vows once a month to a real writer, just to make it a little less chirpy and insipid? What about […]

    / Jun 12, 2009 at 3:13 PM
  • Law School Deans

    Will Robert Post Be the Next Yale Law Dean?

    Harvard Law School just announced its new dean, Martha Minow. Minow replaces Elena Kagan, who left HLS to become Solicitor General. Meanwhile, HLS’s rival to the south, Yale Law School, has a vacant deanship of its own, also courtesy of the Obama Administration. After being nominated to serve as the Legal Adviser of the State […]

    46 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM
  • Biglaw, Cozen O'Connor, Job Searches

    Chicago Is Hiring? Lawyers?

    The National Law Journal reports that some firms are hiring lawyers — including associates — in Chicago. The ABA Journal summarizes the good news: Three law firms are moving into new offices in Chicago and seeking to fill the space with new lawyers. The firms getting new digs are Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; […]

    59 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 1:01 PM
  • Deferral Stipend, Start Dates, Summer Associates

    Cravath Offers Voluntary Deferral to Class of 2009 — and Delays Class of 2010 a Full Year

    The venerable firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore has entered the building, and it’s asking up to half of its incoming first-years to take a year off. Cravath is offering a voluntary deferral option to its incoming associates, according to multiple Above the Law sources (as well as Bloomberg News). If the incoming associates are […]

    371 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 11:17 AM
  • Salary Cuts

    Pillsbury Salary Cut Follow-Up

    On Tuesday, we reported that Pillsbury cut associate salaries based on the utilization rate of its associates. Am Law Daily reported this nugget: The extent of the cuts isn’t clear; the 716-lawyer firm said reports on Above the Law that the cuts ranged between 10 and 20 percent aren’t “entirely accurate,” which isn’t exactly an […]

    52 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.12.09

    * Skadden has a new client, Dick Tracy. [Am Law Daily] * And while we’re on the topic of celebrities that are calcifying in front of our eyes, Madonna won her appeal seeking to adopt a baby from Malawi. [Entertainment Weekly] * Don’t forget, at one minute past midnight Facebook will do something colossally stupid. […]

    29 Comments / / Jun 12, 2009 at 8:52 AM
  • Biglaw

    Man, Remember 2007? Wasn’t it Great?

    Some of you have probably seen this already. It went up on YouTube in 2007. But we came across this today, and it made us terribly nostalgic. And not just because Cyndi Lauper always had a better voice than Madonna. Remember when billing hours was cause for a somber ballad about the difficulties of being […]

    60 Comments / / Jun 11, 2009 at 6:19 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.11.09

    * Supreme Court Justices are more powerful. Very powerful. Castle Grayskull powerful. [Beacon Broadside] * If I ever end up in a North Korean Court, would someone please use the hard diplomacy we practiced with the Somalia Pirates instead of the “soft diplomacy” we’re seeing today? Thanks, in advance. [Miss Trials] * The benefits of […]

    12 Comments / / Jun 11, 2009 at 5:30 PM
  • Associate Advice, Gay, Job Searches, Layoffs

    Staying Competitive During an Economic Downturn

    Last night we tuned into a very interesting (albeit somewhat depressing) conference call, Staying Competitive During an Economic Downturn, sponsored by the National LGBT Bar Association. Three experts provided their thoughts on the current legal job market and advice for navigating it: Robert Depew. A Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s San Francisco office, […]

    65 Comments / / Jun 11, 2009 at 4:24 PM
  • Associate Advice, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx: Negotiating with Terrorists

    Ed. note: Have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com. Dear Above The Law, I am currently clerking and the term ends Sept. ’09, and I’ve applied to a bunch of firms for an associate job, but none have responded to my resume. I routinely field calls from whiny associates and partners […]

    80 Comments / / Jun 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM
  • Contract Attorneys, Salary Cuts

    Nationwide Salary Cut Watch: Fish & Richardson Scales Back Salaries

    Is it nationwide salary cut day and nobody told me? Earlier today, Bryan Cave cut associate salaries. Now, Fish & Richardson will be doing the same thing. We just don’t know when. At a firm wide video conference today, Fish & Richardson president Peter Devlin said that the firm would be cutting salaries in the […]

    152 Comments / / Jun 11, 2009 at 2:24 PM
  • Salary Cuts

    Nationwide Salary Cut Watch: Bryan Cave(s) to the Salary Cut Phenomenon

    At least the salary cutting craze is staying localized in the lower echelons of the Vault 100. But that probably doesn’t mean very much to associates at Bryan Cave. Today, the firm announced that it was cutting salaries. The cuts were announced via firm wide email from firm chairman, Don Lents: Annual compensation levels for […]

    104 Comments / / Jun 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM
  • Elena Kagan, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Martha Minow

    Martha Minow Named New Dean of Harvard Law School

    A replacement for Elena Kagan as dean of Harvard Law School has been named. It’s the well-liked law school professor Martha Minow. Harvard University President Drew Faust announced the news to HLS students, today: I am delighted to let you know that Martha Minow has agreed to serve as the next Dean of Harvard Law […]

    77 Comments / / Jun 11, 2009 at 12:08 PM