November 2009

  • Bill Clinton, Law Professors, Law Schools

    All You Ever Wanted To Know About Law School Exams

    Ed. note: This is a guest post by Anonymous Law Professor (“ALP”), who may be writing occasionally for these pages. Given how stressed-out law students are right now — as reflected in, among other things, their exam-time tweets — we asked ALP to offer some advice on the dreaded law school exam, from the professorial […]

    137 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 6:15 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.30.09

    * Kash wants Tiger to talk. Now! She’ll show Tiger the business end of a Gillette razor if Tiger doesn’t start coming clean. Me? I think we need to take a closer look at Tiger’s 9-1-1 calling neighbor. [True/Slant] * Martindale-Hubbell is still alive and kicking. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog] * Lat on […]

    29 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM
  • Faegre & Benson, Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Faegre & Benson Gobbled Up Some Associates for Thanksgiving

    I really didn’t think any firm would lay people off last week. I figured the coming turkey holocaust would spare the jobs of any associates Biglaw wanted to devour. I was wrong. A tipster reports: There was another round of layoffs at Faegre & Benson last week. The partners decided to send six to ten […]

    55 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM
  • Caption Contests

    A Holiday-Themed Caption Contest (or Contests)

    Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to shift into holiday season mode. Let’s do that with a caption contest. Here’s the photo: This time the rules are a little different. We’re going to have not one but two contests. The first contest will be a traditional ATL caption contest — put your suggested […]

    / Nov 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM
  • Boutique Law Firms, My Job Is Murder

    My Job Is Murder: Of Beetles and Batrachotoxin

    Ed. note: Welcome to ATL’s first foray into serial fiction. “My Job Is Murder,” a mystery set in a D.C. appellate boutique, will appear one chapter at a time, M-W-F, over the next few weeks. Prior installments appear here; please read them first. Susanna Dokupil can be reached by email at or on Facebook. […]

    78 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM
  • Biglaw, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    New Partner Watch: No Partnership for You!

    A lot of people have been emailing Above the Law asking about their partnership prospects. Senior associates who have survived layoffs are evidently concerned about whether they will have an opportunity to transition from employees to owners. Our tipsters report their anecdotal sense that fewer partners are being made this year, at least compared to […]

    64 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM
  • Civil Rights

    Tales from Gitmo: The Guantanamo Lawyers

    President Obama recently announced that Guantanamo Bay will not be closing in January – reneging on a promise he had made to close the detention center within a year of his taking office. This did not come as a surprise to the many lawyers who have provided counsel to the detainees in Cuba. At a […]

    67 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM
  • Law Shucks, Layoffs

    Thanksgiving Week in Layoffs: 11.30.09

    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. Even though we’re going to see unemployment continue at the highest level since 1983, there are some promising trends. November payrolls are expected to fall […]

    17 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 11:15 AM
  • Celebrities, Defamation, Gloria Allred, Golf, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports, Violence

    Some Legal Angles on the Tiger Woods Story

    We mentioned L’Affaire Tiger Woods in Morning Docket (first three links), but since it was the big story of the long holiday weekend, we thought we’d revisit it in more detail. This story has a number of interesting legal angles. The most thorough coverage appears over at TMZ. Check out these posts, which thrown together […]

    83 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Milbank Hops on the Bandwagon

    The bonus machine keeps on rolling. Milbank Tweed announced its 2009 associate bonus schedule just before Thanksgiving. The firm will be matching Cravath. It’s interesting that Milbank decided to match the bonus market, considering the firm has already greatly reduced the size of its summer program. In July, we reported that Milbank canceled its 2010 […]

    50 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 9:44 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.30.09

    * Welcome back from the holiday weekend. Hope your Thanksgiving was better than that of Tiger Woods. [TMZ] * Some background on Tiger Woods’s lawyer, Mark Nejame, “the Johnnie Cochran of Central Florida.” [Business Insider] * Meanwhile, Rachel Uchitel — the alleged mistress of Tiger Woods — has hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. [People] * […]

    22 Comments / / Nov 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM
  • Bar Exams, Money, Student Loans

    Update: Debt Still Disqualifying for New York Bar Applicant

    * The job market is difficult for law school graduates? You don’t say. [ABC News] * A former UBS banker, on his way to prison for 40 months for helping rich folks evade taxes, might end up with a billion-dollar whistleblower reward when he comes out. [New York Times] * Hundreds if not thousands of […]

    64 Comments / / Nov 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM
  • Defamation, Football, Intellectual Property, Native Americans, Sports, Trademarks

    The Washington Redskins Controversy: An Interview with Amanda Blackhorse

    For most of us, today is Thanksgiving! For a small segment of the population, today is the 2009 National Day of Mourning. The United American Indians of New England describe the day as: An annual tradition since 1970, Day of Mourning is a solemn, spiritual and highly political day. Many of us fast from sundown […]

    131 Comments / / Nov 26, 2009 at 2:36 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.26.09

    * All charges have been dropped against prominent Miami defense lawyer Ben Kuehne (pictured), but questions remain regarding the government’s commitment to the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. [Daily Business Review] * The ABA supports Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try KSM and the other accused 9/11 co-conspirators in federal court. [ABA Journal] * […]

    11 Comments / / Nov 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Food, Holidays and Seasons

    Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends at ATL

    Greetings, Above the Law readers. Please accept our wishes for a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We hope you aren’t spending much time in front of the computer today (or tomorrow, which is effectively a holiday too). But if you are — for some depressing reason, like work — feel free to bemoan your fate in the […]

    67 Comments / / Nov 26, 2009 at 9:37 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.25.09

    * This lawsuit is pretty awesome: flip the bird to a cop, collect $50,000 (okay, $10,000 after attorneys’ fees; but still, pretty awesome). [Gawker] * Speaking of the bird, here’s one presidential pardon that won’t be controversial. [Washington Whispers via Wonkette] * We didn’t get that this was satire until we looked at the comments. […]

    84 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 6:34 PM
  • Bail, Celebrities, Crime, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Rape

    Watch Out, Swiss Misses: Roman Polanski Wins Bail

    Women of Switzerland, lock up your daughters. Roman Polanski has been granted bail, after a court approved his bail offer of $4.5 million. (For now, he’s still in jail; his release date has not been set.) Once released, Polanski will be under house arrest. So, good parents of Switzerland, maybe there’s no need to lock […]

    44 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 5:11 PM