July 2009

  • Goldman Sachs, Perverts

    Lawyer of the Day: Todd Genger

    What is it about high-powered lawyers and underage girls? Remember James Colliton, the ex-Cravath tax lawyer who had his way with two teenage girls — after paying their mother for the privilege? It seems Colliton may have company. Todd Genger — a (somewhat cute) 33-year-old lawyer at Goldman Sachs, and a father of three — […]

    / Jul 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM
  • Real Estate, Screw-Ups, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

    A Very Expensive Typo? Stroock Isn’t Sweating It

    Earlier this week, we wrote about a serious drafting mistake by Stroock & Stroock & Lavan — maybe a typo, maybe not — that could cost Stroock’s client millions. Could Stroock look to its malpractice insurer for help? Maybe not, according to the New York Post: The gaffe exposes Stroock to the real possibility of […]

    64 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM
  • Kwame Kilpatrick, Venable

    Kwame Kilpatrick Text Scandal Redux: This Time With A Venable Partner

    So it appears that Detroit’s ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was carrying on other text-based affairs. His exchange of over 14,000 steamy, adulterous texts with his chief of staff made headlines last year. Now, it’s been revealed that he exchanged some inappropriate SMSes with another woman: Sheryl Robinson Wood At the time, Wood was at Kroll, a […]

    48 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 11:43 AM
  • ACLU, Li-ann Thio

    Let’s Talk Even More About Dr. Li-ann Thio

    The rumor mill is churning over at Kirkland & Ellis this week. While we’re unable to confirm that the firm is poised to grind down associates, we are hearing from sources worried that layoffs are coming. The first warning sign came last week, when we learned that Kirkland had decided to move up annual performance […]

    205 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.30.09

    * Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, the No. 3 official in the Obama Justice Department, signed off on a decision to drop a voter intimidation complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party. [Washington Times] * Can’t we all just get along — with the help of beer? Today at a White House picnic, […]

    47 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 8:32 AM
  • Bar Exams

    Bar Exam Day 2 Open Thread

    Today’s big bar exam news is that the ancient and decrepit Jacob Javits Convention Center sprung a leak. A tipster reports the news from Manhattan: In the middle of the afternoon session, the ceiling started to leak and it appeared that it required a few students to relocate. It was somewhat noisy and created a […]

    336 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 6:01 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs 07.29.09

    * Don’t walk into a Bronx courtroom looking like you live in the Bronx. [Gothamist] * Paul Weiss doesn’t limp into Delaware, Paul Weiss runs into Delaware with the force of a mack truck. [WSJ Law Blog] * Anna Wintour appears to be unfamiliar with the Sherman Act. [Fashionista; New York Observer] * Is trying […]

    14 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 5:06 PM
  • Job Searches, Layoffs, Libraries / Librarians, Notes from the Breadline

    Notes from the Breadline: In This Age of Fiberglass I’m Searching for a Gem

    Ed. note: Welcome to the latest installment of “Notes from the Breadline,” a 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), follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook. Ah, the library. When was the last time you thought […]

    76 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 4:16 PM
  • Dissolution, Heller Ehrman

    Former Heller Ehrman Building Forfeit to Lenders

    Since it has been so long since Heller Ehrman collapsed, it’s easy to forget that the firm’s dissolution continues to affect so many. Today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the owners of the building that housed Heller will now have to forfeit that property: The owners of a premier San Francisco office tower plan […]

    47 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 3:34 PM
  • Job Searches

    Fall Recruiting Open Thread: The OCI — Drop it like it’s hot?

    Many a law student has forwarded along an e-mail from his or her law school career services office announcing that this or that law firm has dropped out of on campus interviewing schedules (a.k.a. OCI). Here’s a recent sample from Columbia announcing that Sullivan & Cromwell will not be interviewing 3Ls: From: COLUMBIA CAREER SERVICES […]

    128 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 2:29 PM
  • Crime, Deaths, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    Tragedy At Southwestern School of Law

    It’s a pretty sad time at Southwestern School of Law. The National Law Journal reports: The recent murder of a 17-year-old girl who was abducted near the Los Angeles campus of Southwestern University School of Law has sent shockwaves through the law school. The victim’s mother, Deborah Drooz, a partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, […]

    67 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 1:50 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Michigan Law Graduate Complains to ABA About ‘Wolverine Scholars Program’

    Last September, the University of Michigan Law School announced its Wolverine Scholars Program. The program allows the law school to admit University of Michigan college students who have a 3.8 GPA — so long as those students don’t take the LSAT. We were critical of the program. We wrote: Look Michigan, if you are going […]

    136 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM
  • Harvard, Police, Racism

    Gatesgate: Lucia Whalen Speaks

    At a press conference today, Lucia Whalen spoke out about her 9-1-1 call and her role in the Gatesgate fiasco. She said that she supports the Cambridge police and respects Professor Gates. She’s happy that the police released the actual tapes of her call to the police. She also clarified that she only spoke to […]

    134 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 12:25 PM
  • Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law

    Massachusetts’s Anachronistic Alimony Regime

    Boston Magazine has a great article about alimony in Massachusetts. By the time you’re done reading it, you’ll be willing to stay in a dead-end marriage rather than getting divorced in Massachusetts: When an alimony case comes up before a judge, the focus is almost exclusively on the wealthier ex-spouse’s ability to shell out, and […]

    57 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Blogging, Law Schools, UVA Law

    Above the Law Policy on Law Student Anonymity

    This is really of interest only to hard-core ATL groupies. But if you’d like to know our policy on preserving the anonymity of law students who do embarrassing things — and why we identified the alleged Law Student Spitter by name yesterday, even though we generally keep names out of summer associate stories — then […]

    / Jul 29, 2009 at 11:01 AM
  • Holland & Knight, Salary Cuts

    Nationwide Salary Cut Watch: Holland & Knight

    Last week, we brought you some salary cut news from the Sunshine State. Today we bring you more such news. Holland & Knight, a large national law firm with a significant presence in Florida (the state it started in), announced pay cuts yesterday for associates, senior counsel, and senior professionals. The salary cut will be […]

    87 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 07.29.09

    * Goldman Sachs has been taking a beating in the press recently thanks in large part to Matt Taibbi calling it “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity” in Rolling Stone. And now, one of its lawyers has been charged with trying to get a 15-year-old to beat it. [New York Daily […]

    64 Comments / / Jul 29, 2009 at 9:00 AM