November 2009

  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Debevoise Matches

    Is announcing associate bonuses on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a trend in the making? Will we get a few more announcements this afternoon, to match those by Davis Polk and now Debevoise & Plimpton? Debevoise has had a relatively busy year, from what we understand. But is there life after Siemens? Being conservative with bonuses […]

    64 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 3:47 PM
  • Lawyerly Lairs, Real Estate

    Paul Weiss Staying Put on Sixth Avenue

    You know who is in a strong position right now? Companies that are renting a large amount of office space in Manhattan. The real estate market is terrible, and landlords are offering sweetheart deals to keep tenants in the building. Paul Weiss was apparently looking for an office upgrade, but the owners of 1285 6th […]

    34 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 2:20 PM
  • Crime, Kids, Lawyer Advertising, Sex, Weirdness

    Adventures in Lawyer Advertising: Texas Firm’s Kiddie Porn Practice Group

    While writing a post for True/Slant about child porn enthusiasts who used a private social network to trade their kiddie pics, we stumbled across the website of Lindeman, Alvarado, & Frye. The Texas criminal defense firm has a kiddie porn practice group. We think the photo accompanying the description of the group is a little […]

    109 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 1:23 PM
  • Boutique Law Firms, Litigators, My Job Is Murder

    My Job Is Murder: Of Prodigals and Prodigies

    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. […]

    81 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 12:23 PM
  • Admin, Advertising, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Thanks to This Week’s Advertisers

    A quick word of thanks to this week’s advertisers on Above the Law: The Atlantic Harvard Business School Kinney Recruiting Lateral Link LexisNexis The Red Cross The Tikvah Center at NYU School of Law University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School of Management If you’re interested in advertising on Above the Law or any other site […]

    / Nov 25, 2009 at 11:44 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Davis Polk & Wardwell Matches

    Well, here’s an early Thanksgiving present from the partnership at Davis Polk & Wardwell to their associates. Bonus news. DPW will be putting the same meal on the table as Cravath: We are pleased to announce that associates in good standing will receive a bonus payment as outlined below. Bonuses will be paid on December […]

    92 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 10:28 AM
  • Clerkships

    Are Clerks Welcome Back at Cahill?

    If you are a Biglaw associate and are lucky enough to score a federal clerkship, congratulations. It is a nice feather in your cap. But in this job market, are you wise to actually accept your clerkship offer? As many of you know, clerks have to formally resign from their firms while clerking. In the […]

    123 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 10:14 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.25.09

    * The United Homeless Organization is a sham, according to NYAG Andrew Cuomo. [New York Times] * People keep stealing Judge Lance Ito’s nameplate. [ABA Journal] * Some kids utilized Facebook to incite violence against gingers. [CNN] *Can somebody explain to me how South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford still has a job? [New York Times] […]

    84 Comments / / Nov 25, 2009 at 9:10 AM
  • Law Schools

    Missing Law Students at Michigan and FIU

    A distressing new trend appears to be sweeping America’s law schools. From the sun-kissed beaches of Miami to the frozen turf of the Big House, law students have been reported missing. With law school exams just around the corner, learning of the disappearance of a classmate or friend only exacerbates law student stress. In early […]

    78 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 5:56 PM
  • Antonin Scalia, Lateral Moves, Non-Sequiturs, Paul Bergrin

    Non-Sequiturs 11.24.09

    * Washingtonian Magazine’s December issue is devoted to lawyers. The magazine enlisted Kash and Lat to write the cover story: “Why Lawyers Make So Much Money.” Staff writer Marisa Kashino, formerly of the National Law Journal, names D.C.’s 30 top lawyers and writes about what it takes to make partner these days. Check it out […]

    35 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 5:12 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: It’s The Kind of Thing We’d Expect from Jonathan Swift

    It’s almost Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful time to reflect on all of your blessings — and maybe spare a coin for those less fortunate. Or, if you are a lawyer — you could sue those less fortunate; especially if the unwashed masses are hurting your business. Tex Parte Blog has this lovely holiday tale: […]

    85 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 4:06 PM
  • LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw

    Google Does Evil to LexisNexis and Westlaw?

    Last week Google engineer Anurag Acharya sent a shot across the bow of the multi-million dollar legal publishing business. “Starting today,” he wrote on the Google blog, people will be able to use Google Scholar to “find and read full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts.” And in […]

    69 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 3:10 PM
  • Judge of the Day, Video games

    Judge of the Day: Call of Duty Calls Judge to Miss Duty

    How many people out there are mainlining Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2? I’m not. Apparently, I need to practice for my upcoming Soul Calibur demolition of ATL commenters. But I’ll probably pick COD2 for the holiday season. A British judge didn’t have my sense of patience: Now, as the story has it, a county […]

    71 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM
  • Inappropriate Venue

    Inappropriate Venue: Sweet Revenge

    Ed. Note: Former ATL intern Karen Sosa is back with this new weekly feature: Inappropriate Venue. She’ll be looking at how her three years of law school keeps popping up where it doesn’t belong. Things being what they are in the world, I, like many of you, have lots of spare time to ponder what […]

    89 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM
  • Advertising, Job Searches

    Part-Time Job Offer Will Have People Polishing Résumés

    We’ve done a couple reports on the crazy, inane job offers being floated to laid-off associates. The economy is so bad that some people think they can get ex-Biglaw associates to babysit their kids or work for free. But this job listing is a different kind of crazy. It’s a legal job, albeit part-time. And […]

    59 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 11:54 AM
  • Advertising, Career Center, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Career Center: Advice for Midlevel Associates (Part 1)

    Welcome to the latest article in the Ask The Experts series, brought to you by the ATL Career Center, powered by Lateral Link. This week’s experts include Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella, Mike Woronoff of Proskauer Rose, and Vivian Yang, General Counsel at Citysearch, who served as panelists on the Career Center’s Professional Development […]

    / Nov 24, 2009 at 11:11 AM
  • Advertising, Litigators, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Vicious Infighting

    Truth in Advertising? See You in Court

    The performance of litigation as a Biglaw business line during the Great Recession has been widely viewed as disappointing. But at least one type of litigation seems to be picking up. From the New York Times: A diamond is forever? Prove it. Companies that were once content to fight in grocery-store aisles and on television […]

    30 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.24.09

    * You, sir, are a douche. But that’s just an opinion, and not a statement of provable fact. [New York Law Journal] * Baker & Hostetler may make more than $37 million for the Madoff unwinding. [New York Post] *Gitmo detainees with ties to 9/11 will plead not guilty in a justification defense, arguing that […]

    21 Comments / / Nov 24, 2009 at 9:18 AM