September 2009

  • Politics, Sonnenschein

    Sonnenschein Claims Paterson Crony

    But for the state of Illinois, New York State would be receiving more national recognition for its state political situation. Even the President is embarrassed by the performance of New York Governor David Paterson. Perhaps Paterson’s chances of beating Andrew Cuomo, or Rudolph Giuliani, or the Naked Cowboy are depressed because of stories like these. […]

    39 Comments / / Sep 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM
  • Bar Exams

    Florida Bar Exam Results

    We trumpeted the terrible performance turned in by the state of Florida on the February bar exam. So it’s only fair that we give you sunshine staters a chance to talk about the July bar exam. The results were posted today. Bar results are out, all three major Florida college football teams are ranked in […]

    73 Comments / / Sep 21, 2009 at 1:56 PM
  • Allen & Overy, Layoffs, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Deidre Dare Proposes Prostitution as a Layoff Solution?

    Deidre Dare is one of our favorite laid-off lawyers. She was working in Russia for Allen & Overy, and decided to pen a salacious online novel about her expat adventures. The literary critics at A&O were not pleased with the novel, which featured lots of drinking, sex, drugs, donkeys, and dwarves. After she lost her […]

    67 Comments / / Sep 21, 2009 at 1:05 PM
  • Alston & Bird, Start Dates

    Deferral Extension Season: Alston & Bird Make Indefinite Deferral

    The contest of horror between the class of 2009 and the class of 2010 rages on. Based on Friday’s no offer thread, you’d think that the class of 2010 was surging ahead. We know 3L recruiting is depressed this year, so if you got no offered from your summer firm, your chances of snagging a […]

    150 Comments / / Sep 21, 2009 at 12:03 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Law Student of the Day: He Says He’s Not Dating Rihanna, And He’s Not Gay. Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.

    Friday afternoon, we brought you the story of a law student who was allegedly dating pop star Rihanna. The rumor was posted on the blog Bossip. But the student, Janero Marchand, vehemently denied the rumor on his twitter account. We posted some of Janero’s tweets in our story on Friday. Predictably, Above the Law commenters […]

    72 Comments / / Sep 21, 2009 at 11:02 AM
  • Law Shucks, Layoffs

    Last Week in Layoffs: 09.21.09

    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. A piece in Wednesday’s WSJ brought into stark relief the futility of using unemployment data for any sort of analysis, as we futilely do […]

    11 Comments / / Sep 21, 2009 at 10:10 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 09.21.09

    * The New York Attorney General isn’t the only one going after Bank of America’s lawyers at Cleary. Congressman Edolphus Towns says BofA’s merger discussions with Merrill Lynch are not covered by attorney-client privilege and that the bank must turn over its legal documents by noon today. [New York Times and Business Insider] * The […]

    10 Comments / / Sep 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM
  • Caption Contests, Lawyer of the Day, Pictures

    ATL Caption Contest: We Dig This

    When we run caption contests here at ATL, we prefer to withhold the back story on the photo. However, this photo, and the story behind it, has gone viral. We’ve gotten it many times in tips — Thanks, tipsters! — and even our non-lawyer friends have been sending it to us. We’re running a contest […]

    314 Comments / / Sep 19, 2009 at 8:42 AM
  • No Offers

    No Offer Open Thread: Who Is Still Waiting to Hear About Offers

    We’re heading into the weekend and the autumnal equinox is not far off. It got us to thinking, who is still waiting on news about their offers from the summer? We know that some firms have already indicated that they would be making late decisions, but it occurred to us that some summers are honestly […]

    / Sep 18, 2009 at 7:30 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.18.09

    * It’s Carolyn Elefant’s last day at Legal Blog Watch. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. [Legal Blog Watch] * Does America need more Congresspeople? Given the low approval ratings of Congress, this is probably the kind of thing that can only happen through the courts. Apparently, somebody is trying. [WSJ […]

    16 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 5:35 PM
  • Caption Contests

    ATL Caption Contest Winner: American Pie

    Last week, we offered you this photo of Vice President Joe Biden at Syracuse University School of Law and asked you to give us your funniest caption suggestions. We then asked you to vote among ten finalists, noting that one of the finalists was not our pick. Guess which finalist won. “Oh, no, I’m sorry […]

    22 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 5:08 PM
  • Holidays and Seasons, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx: Party Like It’s 5770

    Ed. note: Have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com. Dear ATL, What are your thoughts on whether I should take off for the Friday of Rosh Hashanah and/or the Monday of Yom Kippur? I probably wouldn’t go to synagogue (yes, I’m Jewish), but I’d like to just take the day off […]

    59 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 4:03 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Law Student of the Day: He Says He’s Not Dating Rihanna, But Everybody Thinks He Is

    From what we can tell, Janero Marchand was just your normal everyday law student. Well, a normal everyday law student who allegedly dated this woman. Hey, the man likes fine clothes and fine women; there’s nothing wrong with that. But the gossip blog Bossip blew up his world this morning, when it made Marchand front […]

    89 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day, Sex

    Lawsuit of the Day: Getting Off on Knock-off Virtual Sex Toys

    Second Life is a virtual world where people can create avatars and live “second lives” online. Started in 2003, it claims to be the largest such virtual community. The appeal seems to be that it’s just like real life — people “have jobs, purchase land, commit crimes, build homes and careers, make friends, fall in […]

    47 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 2:09 PM
  • Gay, Gay Marriage

    Not All BC Law Professors Believe in Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

    We’ve been waiting for this. We’ve been covering Boston College Law Professor Scott Fitzgibbon and his commercial against gay-marriage. That commercial is now being shown on national television (I caught it being discussed on Dylan Ratigan’s show this morning). I can’t imagine how proud the BC Law community is to have their law school prominently […]

    170 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 1:13 PM
  • Law Schools, UVA Law, Vicious Infighting

    UVA 3Ls Threaten to Eat Their Young

    I’ll admit, I did not participate in any kind of fake court moot court competitions during law school. It just wasn’t my thing. But for other students, moot court can be a really exciting way to pass the time while you are waiting for law school to stop charging you money. I totally respect that. […]

    339 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 11:10 AM
  • NALP

    Harvard Law School to the Rescue

    [Speaking in the voice of the late, great Don LaFontaine] In a world where 2Ls are terrified. In a time when Biglaw openly flouts NALP rules. There was one man who would not take it anymore. [Cue sweeping and inspiring theme song] That man was Harvard Law School’s Assistant Dean for Career Services, Mark Weber. […]

    85 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 9:40 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.18.09

    * Happy Rosh Hashanah. [ABC] * Mayer Brown and Reed Smith could be trying to kill the billable hour too. [Legal Week] * When it comes to executing prisoners, should we allow mulligans? [Cleveland Plain Dealer] * A Maryland police officer who t-boned a car and killed the driver could not be charged with vehicular […]

    20 Comments / / Sep 18, 2009 at 8:35 AM