October 2009

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.27.09

    * Is it legal to kick out Redskins fans at the Redskins game for voicing their considerable displeasure with the Redskins? I guess it depends on if the fans have hired Quinn Emanuel. [D.C. Sports Blog] * Even though the GAO tied the high cost of law school to competition in the U.S. News rankings, […]

    36 Comments / / Oct 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM
  • Celebrities, Crime, Fashion, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton

    High School Girls Must Be Stopped!

    Here’s a quick update on the “celebrity justice” beat. There has been a rash of break-ins in Los Angeles, targeting the homes of various stars. Is there a vigilante group of Robin Hoods lashing out at ostentatious displays of wealth during the recession? Not quite. Our sister site Fashionista reports: While this is not surprising […]

    / Oct 27, 2009 at 4:42 PM
  • Crime, Deaths, Food, Lawsuit of the Day, Murder

    Lawsuit of the Day: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

    The dispute between Tremayne Durham and Rob Chambers started so innocently. Durham wanted to sell ice cream. Chambers makes ice cream trucks. Durham asked Chambers to make him an ice cream truck. Yay. Who wants a Bomb Pop? But Durham changed his mind. He asked Chambers to refund him the $18,000 he paid to Chambers […]

    36 Comments / / Oct 27, 2009 at 2:34 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.26.09

    * You never know when your Halloween costume will come back to haunt you. [Siouxsie Law] * Anti-blasphemy laws make Jesus cry. [Overlawyered] * Hey, we’re in the middle of a recession. If you really want to avoid legal pitfalls, hire a lawyer. Please. [Double XX] * Note to traffic cops: driving while not being […]

    28 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 5:02 PM
  • Crime, Herman Thomas, Sex, State Judges, Trials

    The Spanking Judge Gets Off

    Remember Judge Herman Thomas? He’s the former Alabama state court judge who was accused of spanking male prisoners, trading favorable treatment for sexual favors, and improperly interfering on behalf of a cousin in legal trouble. Judge Thomas challenged the charges at trial, and this afternoon the jury returned its verdict. From the Mobile Press-Register: Herman […]

    40 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 4:15 PM
  • Cheapness, Law Schools, Perks / Fringe Benefits

    NYU Law: How Much Do Your Paper Cups Cost?

    The competition between NYU Law and Columbia Law is always fierce — even when it is a race to the penny-pinching bottom. Two weeks ago, we told you that Columbia is now charging students for plastic forks (though chopsticks remain free). Not to be outdone, a disgruntled NYU Law tipster reports: So I’m in my […]

    79 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 3:32 PM
  • Deferral Stipend, Pro Bono

    University of Miami Law School Puts Some Money into Public Service

    Plenty of law schools talk about producing attorneys who are able to serve their community. But a new program at the University of Miami School of Law actually puts a little bit of money behind the commitment to public service. Time magazine featured the school’s new Foreclosure Defense Fellowship this weekend (gavel bang: ABA Journal). […]

    52 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 2:26 PM
  • Antonin Scalia, Eyes of the Law, Music, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Theater

    The Eyes of the Law: Justices Scalia and Ginsburg at the Opera

    Despite their ideological differences, Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg bond over their shared love for the opera. Both judicial luminaries attended Saturday’s opening night performance of Ariadne auf Naxos, at the Washington National Opera. If you’re into Article III celebrity sightings, the D.C. opera house is where it’s at. Not only did the […]

    33 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 1:44 PM
  • BARBRI, Cheapness, Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

    MPRE Review on The Cheap

    An ATL reader sent us this photo from the University of Buffalo, writing: What my barbri tuition got me for my mpre review class. This tv is for approximately 60 people. The budgets are tight at law schools these days, but it seems like they could at least spring for a projector or a proper […]

    59 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM
  • Banking Law, Federal Government, Mergers and Acquisitions, Wall Street

    Is Wachtell in Trouble For Being Good Lawyers?

    The general public really doesn’t understand what top-flight counsel does for their corporate clients. If they did, the pitchforks and torches crowd would be as angry at Wall Street lawyers as they are at Wall Street bankers. Friday’s “revelation” about the advice given to Bank of America by Wachtell Lipton illustrates the point. Am Law […]

    82 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 12:12 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009

    Open Thread: Let’s Talk Bonuses

    It’s the last week of October. You know what that means? It means it is time to start rampant speculation about this year’s bonuses! Last year at this time, we wrote: Whenever the bonuses are announced, most people we are talking to agree that the overall numbers will be somewhat down from last year. A […]

    119 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM
  • Law Shucks, Layoffs

    This Week in Layoffs: 10.26.09

    Ed. note: Above the Law has teamed up with Law Shucks, which has done excellent work translating all of the layoff news into user-friendly charts and graphs: the Layoff Tracker. We took the week off last week, but you didn’t miss much. In fact, we had another run of almost two weeks without a layoff, […]

    30 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 10:03 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 10.26.09

    * Has Justice Sotomayor put Clarence Thomas over the edge? While speaking at the University of Alabama, Justice Thomas said he wishes that the other justices would STFU during oral arguments. He also complained that there are too many Ivy Leaguers on the SCOTUS bench. [Associated Press] * One of the beneficiaries at the top […]

    33 Comments / / Oct 26, 2009 at 9:23 AM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Lawyer of the Day, Legal Ethics, Prostitution, Sex, Small Law Firms

    Lawyer of the Day Last Week: Seeking a Sexy Secretary

    Yesterday, UC Hastings College of Law told its students about next year’s prospective tuition. Due to the graphic nature of the content below, viewer discretion is advised. Please remember that Hastings is a public law school: Let’s put those horrifying figures in appropriate context, Stanford Law School’s tuition for this academic year is $42,420. Stanford […]

    345 Comments / / Oct 23, 2009 at 6:02 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.23.09

    * Does R.E.M. have a copyright infringement claim against the government if their music was used to torture Guantanamo detainees? What if R.E.M. was simply used to give the interrogators a blueprint on how to torture somebody? That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight, losing my religion. [The Volokh Conspiracy] * Gibson […]

    33 Comments / / Oct 23, 2009 at 5:24 PM
  • Biglaw, Deferral Stipend, Job Searches

    Should Public Interest Deferrals Be A Permanent Part of the Biglaw Experience?

    As many of you know, public interest organizations around the country benefited from the recession’s effects on Biglaw. There are many talented graduates of top law schools working in public interest — and being paid by the firms who have no work for them. It’s a pretty sweet deal for cash-strapped public interest organizations. Some […]

    55 Comments / / Oct 23, 2009 at 4:33 PM
  • New York Times, Sonnenschein, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 10.18: Jean-John

    Congratulations to Caroline Nyenke and LaRue Robinson, selected by ATL readers as our August Couple of the Month in a close race. Things were a bit more lopsided in our September Couple of the Month poll, as SCOTUS clerks and lovebirds Karen Dunn and Brian Netter took the crown with 40 percent of the vote. […]

    / Oct 23, 2009 at 3:39 PM