November 2009

  • Conferences / Symposia, Federal Government, Federalist Society

    Breakdown of the Public-Private Distinction: Implications for the Administrative State

    Time to resume our lateblogging — or can we call it early-blogging, in light of the morning hour? — of the Federalist Society’s 2009 National Lawyers Convention. If you’re a conservative or libertarian lawyer (or law student), this is an event well worth attending every year. In addition to the lively and informative panel discussions […]

    15 Comments / / Nov 17, 2009 at 7:48 AM
  • Banking Law, Conferences / Symposia, Federalist Society, Securities and Exchange Commission, Wall Street

    Regulation of Financial Institutions

    We continue our lateblogging of the Federalist Society’s 2009 National Lawyers Convention. The conversations at the conference are always interesting. As far as we’re concerned, this has to be one of the most painless ways to rack up CLE credits. Here’s the next panel discussion that we attended: Regulation of Financial Institutions Hon. Paul S. […]

    23 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 11:46 PM
  • Conferences / Symposia, Federalist Society, Free Speech, Media and Journalism, Politics

    Free Speech: The Fairness Doctrine

    Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of attending the Federalist Society’s 2009 National Lawyers Convention, down in Washington, D.C. As in past years, conservative and libertarian legal luminaries were plentiful, and the panel discussions and other events were excellent. Some folks — e.g., Josh Blackman — were liveblogging the proceedings. We’re only writing up […]

    40 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 11:03 PM
  • Caption Contests

    ATL Caption Contest Winner: The Pile Up

    Over 3500 votes are in. Here is our winning caption: We are not currently conducting any 3L hiring, but we will keep your resume on file as our needs change. Despite a plethora of non-recession submissions, the economy’s dire straits continues to hold the greatest appeal for our caption contest voters. This is starting to […]

    35 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 6:19 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.16.09

    * Generation X = The Lost Generation? That really bites. [Law and More] * Meep. [The Legal Satyricon] * Outsourcing the marketing of attorneys could lead to ethical problems. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog] * Public opinion on some hot button legal issues. [The Volokh Conspiracy] * There are all sorts of ways unscrupulous […]

    19 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 5:11 PM
  • Cheapness, Job Searches, Wal-Mart, Weirdness

    The Wal-Mart of Law Firms Might Be Wal-Mart

    I don’t know anything about My Community Legal Network. Its website tells us this: Introduced in 2009, My Community Legal Network scoured through millions of legal and financial professionals looking for the most knowledgeable and sophisticated providers. Then we took the collective bargaining power that comes from millions of Americans and negotiated wholesale prices from […]

    127 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 4:12 PM
  • Billable Hours, Boutique Law Firms, Deaths, Litigators, My Job Is Murder

    My Job Is Murder: Of Fainting and Failing

    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. The author, a former appellate lawyer, wishes to emphasize that any resemblance […]

    93 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Eeek: SCOTUS Denies Cert in Redskins Case

    The Supreme Court decided it wants no part of the Redskins case, and Quinn remains victorious over Native American activists who want to change the team’s racially charged moniker. The WSJ Law blog reports: The Redskins on Monday got a bit of good news from the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined cert filed by Native […]

    101 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM
  • Judge of the Day, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Teacher of the Day: Judge Throws Book at 37-Year-Old Teacher/Statutory Rapist

    Portland, Tennessee high school math teach Sandy Binkley was convicted of statutory rape back in September. The 37-year-old woman had sex with a 17-year-old student in a locker room. Binkley argued that the 17-year-old student raped her. She gave an interview to Tennessee News Channel 5 before her trial: “There was one incident with one […]

    210 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM
  • Lawyer Advertising

    Adventures in Lawyer Advertising: 100% Lean

    A Biglaw traveler checked in with us from Minnesota airport: I almost spat out my Caribou Coffee when I saw this ad next to my gate. Apologies for the pic quality–a little blurry from combination of crappy phone pic and shaky hands from said latte. Here’s said ad: Which firm is breaking down its lawyers’ […]

    60 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM
  • Health Care / Medicine, Rudeness, Swine Flu

    Peter Kalis Wants K&L Gates Associates To Show Common Sense

    Many law firms have figured out that the best way to stop the spread of swine flu is to have their sick people stay home from work. Last week, we mentioned that Akerman Senterfitt had explicitly told its associates that staying home because of swine flu would not count against their vacation time. The stay […]

    177 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 11:08 AM
  • Banking Law, Cars, H. Rodgin Cohen, Mergers and Acquisitions, Money

    Breaking: Rodge Cohen Drives a Subaru!

    That’s the most shocking revelation in an interesting New York Times profile of H. Rodgin Cohen, the nation’s top banking M&A lawyer and chairman of the venerable Sullivan & Cromwell. From the NYT: After [Cohen and his wife Barbara] had paid their [restaurant] check, they went to fetch the car, and Mr. Cohen, a Boston […]

    155 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 9:57 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 11.16.09

    * The Wall Street Journal digs into the Scott Rothstein scandal. “The Rothstein story is also a quintessential tale of the Sunshine State, where wealthy retirees and other well-heeled investors have been known to chase outsize returns while ignoring myriad warning signs.” [Wall Street Journal (subscription) and WSJ Law Blog] * How do you defend […]

    21 Comments / / Nov 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM
  • Bonuses, Law Shucks, Layoffs

    This Week in Layoffs: 11.14.09

    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. This week, economists missed on the good side — initial jobless claims fell by more than expected. The 502,000 applicants are the fewest since January […]

    68 Comments / / Nov 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.09

    * What does it take to legally disturb a grizzly bear in San Francisco? [Lowering the Bar] * Apparently, some people thought I was defending the Columbia professor who punched out a woman. I was not. [True/Slant] * The benefits of being a Twitter snob. [Simple Justice] * Is there enough political balance at law […]

    81 Comments / / Nov 13, 2009 at 5:44 PM
  • Sex

    Should Lawyers Be Banned From Having Sex With Their Clients?

    Both California and Texas are thinking about officially deep-sixing sex between lawyers and their clients. The California State Bar Association is considering a change to the professional rules of conduct to “prohibit sex with clients unless they are spouses or the relations preceded the lawyer-client relationship,” according to The Recorder. The Texas Supreme Court is […]

    98 Comments / / Nov 13, 2009 at 4:40 PM
  • Announcements, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Maternity Leave

    LEWW was recently hospitalized for a series of events that resulted in the birth of an actual human being for which we are now responsible. We’ll be taking a brief hiatus from our Legal Eagle Wedding-Watching duties while we adjust to life with this screaming, pooping bundle of adorableness. The Lat/Mystal regime is far less […]

    / Nov 13, 2009 at 4:11 PM
  • Judge of the Day, Women's Issues

    Judge of the Day: Minnesota Judge Brings The Funny

    I like it when judges show a sense of humor. It gives me metaphysical joy when judges refuse to act like legal automatons, and it makes my job easier. Hennepin County District Judge Stephen Aldrich is a man who understands that court proceedings need not be devoid of the occasional one-liner: Three weeks ago in […]

    93 Comments / / Nov 13, 2009 at 3:08 PM