December 2009

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.31.09

    * Professor David Bernstein asks: Could a law school lose its ABA accreditation if its faculty members are insufficiently supportive of racial preferences diversity? [Volokh Conspiracy via Instapundit] * Professor Michael McCann asks: Was Coach Mike Leach wrongfully terminated by Texas Tech? [Sports Law Blog] * Justice Scalia has a bee in his bonnet (or […]

    44 Comments / / Dec 31, 2009 at 3:00 PM
  • Blogging, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, Solo Practitioners

    Is Success as a Solo Practitioner a Pipe Dream?

    We have linked in the past to Big Debt, Small Law. Like Third Tier Reality, which we linked to yesterday, Big Debt focuses on exposing what the writer sees as the fraud of American legal education and the legal profession more generally. The bloggers behind these and similar sites — deeply bitter and angry, but […]

    138 Comments / / Dec 31, 2009 at 12:35 PM
  • Gay, Lesbians, Sexual Harassment

    Julie Kamps Files $50 Million Lawsuit Against Fried Frank for Making Her Life Hell (But Never Making Her Partner)

    Julie Kamps graduated from Harvard Law School in 1998 and moved to New York to work for Fried Frank. She spent 10 years as a litigation associate at the firm and was let go in January 2009. Anyone who spends ten years at a firm without making partner might be tempted to sue. In Kamps’s […]

    172 Comments / / Dec 31, 2009 at 10:35 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.31.09

    * Robert Morgenthau, the 90-year-old legal legend, concludes 35 years of service as district attorney of Manhattan. [CNN] * A gestational mother is held to be the legal mother of twin girls, even though she contracted to carry them for her brother and his husband and is not genetically related to the twins. [New York […]

    17 Comments / / Dec 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.30.09

    * Guru gets smacked down for filing a downward facing dog of a lawsuit. Potential defamation plaintiffs, take note. [Bad Lawyer] * We aren’t the only ones who make grammatical errors; even President Obama does. [Althouse] * Loyola 2L, 2.0? “Do not attend [law school] unless: (1) you get into a top 8 law school; […]

    60 Comments / / Dec 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: Mike Leach v. Texas Tech University

    We don’t know anything about college football, but apparently many of you do — and are eager to talk about the firing earlier today of coach Mike Leach, by Texas Tech University. There are a number of legal angles here. First, the disputes between Leach and Texas Tech have already resulted in litigation. Earlier this […]

    142 Comments / / Dec 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM
  • Contests, Reader Polls

    ATL Lawyer of the Year: Nominations, Please

    The year 2009 is almost over, but not just yet — which is a good thing. This means we still have time to solicit your nominations for Above the Law’s LAWYER OF THE YEAR. In 2008, you crowned then-President Elect Barack Obama your Lawyer of the Year. After being named ATL’s Lawyer of the Year, […]

    / Dec 30, 2009 at 1:34 PM
  • Akin Gump, Allen & Overy, Contests, Crowell & Moring, Holidays and Seasons, Reader Polls

    ATL Contest: Holiday Card Coolness

    Before Christmas, we highlighted one law firm holiday card that we particularly enjoyed (from Haynes and Boone). We also invited readers to email us with other holiday cards we might enjoy. We stated that, if we received sufficient submissions, we might even hold a contest. Lo and behold, we did receive enough entrants. So we […]

    51 Comments / / Dec 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.30.09

    * Ninth Circuit to police: Don’t tase him, bros. [How Appealing (linkwrap)] * The AIG email trail could provide evidence for criminal and civil actions related to the company. [Washington Post] * The Christmas day bomber incident renews the debate over full-body scans and how to strike the proper balance between security and privacy. [New […]

    19 Comments / / Dec 30, 2009 at 9:03 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.29.09

    * Indianapolis city councilman demands satisfaction from the Colts. Or, as the story is playing out in New York, J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets! [Indianapolis Star] * Fugitive taunts cops on Facebook. I like law, I like order, but I like “awesome” even more. [Gawker] * The Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston custody battle will be waged […]

    16 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Blogging, Ridiculousness, Shameless Plugs

    Above The Law’s Top Ten Most Popular Stories of 2009

    We thought about trying to curate a list of the most important legal stories of 2009. But then the National Law Journal upped the ante with the Biggest Stories of the Decade. Rather than telling you what was most important, we’re enlisting Google Analytics to tell you what was most popular at Above The Law […]

    71 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 3:11 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Billable Hours, Bonuses, Kramer Levin, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Kramer Levin

    Last week, Kramer Levin announced its bonuses. The firm is paying bonuses on the Cravath scale, to associates “in good standing.” So it looks on the surface like a market match. But the memo contains the following language worth noting: As has been our practice, eligibility to receive the Year-End Bonus will be based on […]

    28 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  • Job Searches

    Open Thread: Who is Hiring Laterals?

    Every time a firm cuts pay or does something that associates perceive as crappy, people hop on Above the Law and claim that they will be leaving said firm at the earliest opportunity. Then other, meaner commenters hop on and say: “Leave? You can’t leave. Nobody is hiring. Mwahahahahahaha.” After reading those comments, presumably the […]

    115 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 12.29.09

    * AIG’s general counsel cashes out. [Marketwatch] * Scathing report issued in the death of 37-year-old lawyer, Sergei L. Magnitsky, in a Moscow prison cell. [New York Times] * Judge Charles Bernstein wants to stay on the bench and is claiming that forced retirement is unconstitutional. [Daily Record and Baltimore Sun] * Job watch in […]

    16 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.28.09

    * Admit it, as soon as you heard about the thwarted Christmas Day terrorism you thought: “Christ, what stupid thing is TSA going to make me do next time?” I’m supposed to go to L.A. in ten days. I figure I’ll just show up at the airport naked carrying a vial of Propofol so that […]

    52 Comments / / Dec 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM
  • Associate Salaries, Biglaw, Bonuses, Killing Lockstep

    Open Thread: In Defense of Pure Lockstep

    Over the course of 2009, we covered attempts from a number of firms to replace lockstep associate compensation with a “merit based” compensation system. We have seen firm after firm (and consultant after consultant) claim that clients really care about how law firms pay their associates. And who can disagree with a term like “merit?” […]

    150 Comments / / Dec 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  • Ridiculousness

    The Five Best Motions of the Year

    We’re not in the business of filing pleadings at Above the Law, but there were five motions in 2009 that were outrageous enough to justify posting here. We’re not sure how the judges felt about these, but we were moved: 5. Motion to Compel State’s Attorney to Drop His Accent: Being a New Yorker in […]

    32 Comments / / Dec 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 12.28.09

    * Airport security rules being reexamined after the Northwest 253 scare. [New York Times] * Advice from lawyers who graduated during the 1990s recession: “Don’t panic.” [ABA Journal] * This may be more embarrassing than ordering an appletini. [New York Post] * We hope 2010 brings closure for Dahlia Lithwick’s novel, which she hoped to […]

    23 Comments / / Dec 28, 2009 at 8:58 AM