March 2010

  • Courtship Connection

    ATL Courtship Connection: Kissing and Fizzling on a Rainy Night

    New York readers can attest to the nasty weather on Monday night. Unfortunately, I had scheduled two blind dates for ATL Courtship Connections that evening. Everyone was wet and not in the good way. Well, actually, there was some good wetness on one of the dates. One date ended with a make-out session in the […]

    55 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 5:51 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.26.10

    * Susan Finkelstein (pictured), the Philadelphia Phillies fan who offered love for World Series tickets, was convicted for attempted prostitution. [Legal Blog Watch] * If California legalizes pot, maybe all the voters will get high and support gay marriage. Free love. [True/Slant] * Can somebody please tell me who the hell Justin Beiber is? [THR […]

    15 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM
  • Fantasy SCOTUS

    FantasySCOTUS: Predictions for Bilski, American Needle, Stop the Beach, PCAOB, Black, and Graham

    The Supreme Court has yet to decide 56 cases for the October 2009 term. In this installment, we provide predictions for Bilski v. Kappos, American Needle Inc. v. NFL, Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Black v. United States, and Graham v. Florida. American Needle considers whether […]

    10 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 4:05 PM
  • Sex, Tax Law, Texas

    No Sin Taxes in the Champagne Room

    Many of the things I enjoy in life (smoking, drinking, kicking children who speak out of turn) are either illegal or subject to a sin tax. Luckily, most of the laws against my illegal vices are unenforceable if I commit infractions discretely. (“I don’t know what happened to little Jimmy. He must have fallen onto […]

    55 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 3:02 PM
  • Judge of the Day, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Judge of the Day: Shirley Strickland Saffold

    When weighing in on cases, it’s best for judges to limit their opinions to their Opinions. They’ve been warned before to be careful on Facebook and on blogs they author. But the case of Ohio judge, Shirley Strickland Saffold, shows they should exercise caution with anonymous online commentary as well. An online commenter named “lawmiss” […]

    33 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Here’s One Job Brooklyn Law Students Are Definitely Qualified For

    The Good Wife is one of the few legal dramas out there that is worth a damn. The writing is good, the situations are believable yet not so realistic as to be boring, and the acting is quality. The producers of the Good Wife brought their show to the campus of Brooklyn Law School this […]

    35 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM
  • Hotties

    Attractive People May or May Not Be Better Lawyers, But They Do Get Paid More

    Earlier this month, your Above the Law editors had a little debate about whether attractive people make better lawyers. Apparently a couple of economists asked a similar question a decade ago. Jeff Biddle and Daniel Hamermesh published a paper in the Journal of Labor Economics in 1998 titled Beauty, Productivity, and Discrimination: Lawyers’ Looks and […]

    42 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM
  • Uncategorized

    The PC Police Have Perfect Playground Jail

    For two days now the New York Times has been all over a playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant. People have been very offended by one piece of equipment: [A]n orange jungle gym adorned with the word “Jail,” a cell door and prison bars has, six years after its installation, set off outrage in the neighborhood and the […]

    46 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.26.10

    * The state of Maryland and Perdue Chicken are ganging up on the University of Maryland Law School. [Baltimore Sun] * UConn sued for age discrimination against a 13-year-old. [Associated Press] * We have a deal for Ground Zero reconstruction! [Daily News] * What is the proper venue for lawsuits against Toyota? I don’t know, […]

    12 Comments / / Mar 26, 2010 at 9:00 AM
  • March Madness, March Madness 2010

    ATL March Madness: Best City to Practice Law (Regional Finals). West and Midwest.

    ATL’s competition to crown the best city to practice law continues. In the regional finals in the east and south, D.C. is dominating New York, and Dallas is doing away with Atlanta. Now it’s time for us to turn our sights westward. This round’s bouts will determine which city in flyover country is the best […]

    47 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 6:53 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.10

    * Watching porn on a television in your car could be a crime in New York. So, to be clear, SUVs are for ego masturbation, not the other kind. [Legal Blog Watch] * When I think of the NCAA, I don’t think of slavery. Serfdom, yes. But slaves weren’t allowed to learn how to read. […]

    14 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM
  • Grade Reform, Law Schools

    New York Law School Student Plea for Pass/Fail Grading Results in Epic Fail

    Here’s a little rule I just made up: People who do poorly in legal writing at New York Law School should not file pro se complaints against their school. It’s a good rule for people who don’t want to embarrass themselves. I think I’ll call my brand-new maxim the “Timothy Keefe Rule.” The kid deserves […]

    70 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 4:34 PM
  • Job Searches

    UC – Irvine: Everybody Has a Job

    As we’ve previously reported, the inaugural class of students at UC – Irvine School of Law attends law school for free. Now, we’ve got more good news for students there: they all have jobs lined up for the summer. Every last one of them. The Recorder (subscription) reports: Not only does the entire inaugural class […]

    80 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM
  • Weirdness

    Mental Health Break: The Lawyers’ Coloring Book

    Loyal readers of our In-House Counseling column may have have missed their little dose of psychotherapy yesterday. Will Meyerhofer, aka The People’s Therapist, is regressing this week. He’ll be back next Wednesday. You’re stuck at work, but perhaps you’d like to do a little regression too? For your infantile pleasure, we bring you an oldie […]

    13 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 2:48 PM
  • Job Survey, Layoffs, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx: High Anxiety

    Ed. note: Have a question for next week? Send it in to Dear ATL, So I got Lathamed from my job last year.  It was tough but I eventually found a job that I like.  However, I live in constant fear of being Lathamed again.  I guess since it came out of nowhere last […]

    50 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 1:49 PM
  • Technology, Uncategorized

    The ABA Techshow: You Say You Want A Revolution? There’s an App for That

    “F@ck no!” As I stood sipping a drink at The Front Page in Dupont Circle during a happy hour for e-discovery professionals, that was the highly articulate response I received from a technology vendor rep on whether he was attending the ABA Techshow, which begins today. “That event is more for solos,” he said. “It’s […]

    12 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 12:44 PM
  • Advertising, Career Center, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Career Center: March Madness

    March is all about the numbers: associates at some firms are finally learning what their 2009 bonus amounts are, while associates at other firms are learning more about what their 2010 salary will be. Check out the ATL Career Center, powered by Lateral Link, for the latest information on what the numbers are at firms […]

    / Mar 25, 2010 at 12:02 PM
  • Food, Perks / Fringe Benefits

    Schulte Nixes Seamless Before 8:30

    Most Biglaw New York lawyers would die of malnutrition without SeamlessWeb. Malnutrition, people! Because nobody has time to run down 50 floors to grab a bite to eat after hours. Given the recession, charging 6:30 steak dinners to clients is no longer cool. But Schulte Roth & Zabel could be taking its anti-Seamless policy a […]

    64 Comments / / Mar 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM