August 2009

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.17.09

    * When people call social media a “fad” it reminds me of what my parents used to say about Nintendo. [Law Librarian Blog] * A minute-by-minute diary of the day the layoffs came. [California Lawyer] * A defense lawyer claimed that “pain” was not an injury. Evidently the lawyer thought that the empty, hollow feeling […]

    18 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 5:25 PM
  • Animal Law

    Pet Killers, Beware of Orrick

    If Michael Vick can learn to love animals, “be they a dog, or a cat, or … a reptile,” then surely the American courts can’t be far behind. A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the story of a New Jersey appellate panel which declined to view the family pet as mere property in […]

    47 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 4:33 PM
  • Swine Flu

    Still Kicking Around: Swine Flu
    (Or: If you’re visiting Chicago, take a face mask.)

    Friday was the last day for companies on the government dole to submit their pay plans to Kenneth Feinberg, our nation’s new Pay Czar. The new compensation commissar is as powerful as a mid-winter blizzard on the Eurasian Steppe. According to The Obama administration’s “pay czar” is embarking on a review of proposed compensation […]

    31 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 2:46 PM
  • Bernie Madoff, Wall Street, White-Collar Crime

    Bad News for the Brothers Madoff?

    Or maybe good news? It seems they’ll get to enjoy Labor Day weekend before any trouble hits. Read more and discuss over at Dealbreaker. Federal Prosecutors May Let Andy And Mark Madoff Enjoy Labor Day Weekend [Dealbreaker]

    / Aug 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM
  • Outsourcing, Partner Profits

    Baker McKenzie Profits Per Partner Tumble. More Outsourcing in the Future?

    Baker & McKenzie, which held the #2 spot in terms of revenue for 2008, has taken a dip in 2009. The firm’s fiscal year ended on June 30, and AmLaw Daily reports that global revenue fell by 3% for the firm. As noted in Morning Docket, profits per partner took a bigger hit, plummeting 17%, […]

    76 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 1:31 PM
  • Akin Gump, Blind Item, Layoffs

    Blind Item Follow-Up: A Revised List of Suspects

    We’ve provided extensive coverage of a recent Biglaw blind item, concerning an unidentified law firm in Manhattan planning multiple rounds of layoffs for later this year. If you’re tired of this little parlor game, then stop reading here. But if you enjoy rampant speculation, surf over to Law Shucks, which has crunched the numbers again […]

    30 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 12:40 PM
  • Vault rankings

    Pregaming the Vault Rankings: Incorrect Rankings Appear on Vault Website

    The new Vault law firm rankings, for 2010, are set to be released later this week. But earlier today, readers sent us this link, which takes you to a page on the Vault website with incomplete prestige rankings for a little over 60 law firms. We reached out to Brian Dalton, managing editor of Vault, […]

    116 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM
  • Labor / Employment, Lawyer of the Day

    One-Armed Law Student is £8,000 Sexier

    A U.K. law student won her lawsuit against Abercrombie and Fitch. The clothing behemoth had relegated her to the stockroom because her uni-armed look didn’t fit in with the company’s dress code. The BBC reports: Riam Dean, 22, who has a prosthetic arm, claimed she was “diminished” for not fitting the “look policy” at the […]

    51 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 10:29 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 08.17.09

    * Retired judges in Iowa are helping the state cope with its budget woes. [Chicago Tribune] * Programmers from Princeton, Harvard and the Internet Archive have created a Firefox plug-in for hacking Pacer. In the words of Wired, “it’s still just a stop-gap measure until the federal courts figure out that in the age of […]

    13 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 9:37 AM
  • Admin, Travel / Vacation

    Hello My Internet Friends

    Hello, Above the Law community. I’m back from hiatus. I’m away for a whole week and what happens, law firms stop laying people off. Coincidence? Dear God I hope so. I didn’t follow any legal or non-legal news during my absence, so I’ll be counting on you guys to bring me up to speed. But […]

    64 Comments / / Aug 17, 2009 at 9:00 AM
  • Exercise, Federal Judges, Rudeness, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Good thing the Supreme Court has its own gym!

    When Justice Sonia Sotomayor needs to work off all the rice, beans and pork she’s consumed, she hits the gym. Alas, it appears that Her Honor’s Equinox gym membership was canceled, after she apparently refused to show identification when trying to enter the premises. We’re with Justice Sotomayor on this: she’s a frickin’ federal judge, […]

    43 Comments / / Aug 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM
  • Admin, Advertising, Announcements, Fabulosity, Parties, This Is an Ad

    An ATL Event: Rooftop Gathering with Applied Discovery

    If you’ll be in New York on Monday, August 24, you might be interested in this event, brought to you by Above the Law and our friends at Applied Discovery: SPACE IS LIMITED. To request an invitation, please email Please include your name, employer, and job title in your response. If we can accommodate […]

    / Aug 16, 2009 at 9:00 AM
  • Law Shucks, Layoffs

    This Week In Layoffs: 08.15.09

    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. Hallelujah! We’ve come so close recently, but we can finally call it. For the first time this year, we have gone an entire week […]

    71 Comments / / Aug 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.14.09

    * Courtesy of Marin, news you can use: Top Five Ergonomic Problems at Large Law Firms. [Technolawyer] * Will the next White House beer summit bring together Justice Scalia and Judge Reinhardt? [Litination] * The 19-year-old law student, Kate McLaughlin, doesn’t need your crappy advice, thank you very much. [WSJ Law Blog] * Breaking up […]

    45 Comments / / Aug 14, 2009 at 7:00 PM
  • Health Care / Medicine, Politics

    Musical Chairs: Dick Armey Out at DLA Piper

    A Friday afternoon in August — the perfect time for a resignation. As first reported by Politico: Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) is resigning from DLA Piper law firm amid a wave of negative attention his grassroots organization, Freedom Works, has drawn for helping to organize protesters at health care town hall meetings […]

    60 Comments / / Aug 14, 2009 at 5:38 PM
  • Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Rudeness

    Additional Perspectives on Fordham Law v. Reed Smith

    From two distinguished commentators: lawyer and law firm consultant Bruce MacEwen, of Adam Smith Esq., and Professor Daniel Filler, over at the Faculty Lounge. Above the Law reader sentiment generally supported Fordham Law School and Dean William Michael Treanor. Interestingly enough, both MacEwen and Filler side with Reed Smith. MacEwen confesses to being mystified by […]

    65 Comments / / Aug 14, 2009 at 4:55 PM
  • Caption Contests

    ATL Caption Contest Winner: Shame on You

    On Monday, we brought you this photo, then asked you to suggest captions for it. Over 4000 votes were cast, and one caption won by the narrowest of margins… “Firms run a risk of bad publicity when they lay off both labor lawyers and the print shop staff at the same time.” The runner-up, and […]

    43 Comments / / Aug 14, 2009 at 4:07 PM