April 2010

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 04.21.10

    * Former Biglaw partners under an (ash) cloud: Andrew Rimmington, formerly of Dorsey & Whitney, and Michael McFall, formerly of McDermott Will & Emery, are standing trial in London for alleged insider trading. [Minneapolis Star Tribune] * Not a Hollywood ending: Michael Douglas’s son is heading to prison for five years. [Gawker] * Obama is […]

    9 Comments / / Apr 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM
  • Technology

    Apple v. Gizmodo in the Leak of the Supersecret iPhone

    If you’re one of the six million people who have read this post about Apple’s next iPhone, you may already be familiar with the outline of this story. According to Gizmodo, an Apple engineer allegedly left his prototype iPhone on a bar stool in Redwood City. A random stranger picked it up, realized it was […]

    38 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.20.10

    * When will the White House put forward its Supreme Court nominee? Expect an announcement between May 1 and 15. [Newsweek] * Elsewhere in nomination news, Michelle Malkin assesses Professor Goodwin Liu’s performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. [Michelle Malkin] * Worst oral argument ever? [The Legal Satyricon] * An explanation of the […]

    25 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 6:37 PM
  • Clarence Thomas, Clerkships, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Meet Justice Thomas’s Clerks

    Justice Clarence Thomas — who tends to hire clerks from a wide range of law schools, including some schools far outside the so-called “T14″ — has had to defend himself against (unfounded) allegations that his clerks are “TTT” (an epithet so ridiculous it always makes us laugh). At the same time, because he’s the justice […]

    52 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 4:35 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Lawyerly Lairs: A Finnegan Associate’s Televised House Hunt

    Last week, we mentioned that D.C. lawyer Chris Chan was going to be featured on My First Place, on HGTV. The episode aired last Thursday — and, for those of you who missed it, it will re-air on Tuesday, May 11. Here’s a brief blurb, from HGTV, about the episode: For Chris Chan, buying a […]

    37 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 3:12 PM
  • 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: Kinney Recruiting Lateral Link Lexis Nexis – Discovery Solutions Lexis Nexis – Law Firm Marketing Products Lexis Nexis – Martindale Lexis Nexis – RLS Specialized Law Lexis Nexis – Search Advantage & Hosted Litigation Sunshine Suites Thomson Reuters – USCL University of […]

    / Apr 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM
  • Feminism, Gender, Partner Issues, Women's Issues, You Go Girl

    Female Partners Are on the Rise

    Last fall, we gave props to Sullivan & Cromwell for making a high number of women partners — four out of five, or 80 percent. If you consider only U.S.-based partners, S&C had a new partner class that was 100 percent female. (Tax partner Eric Wang is based in London.) As it turns out, Sullivan […]

    52 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM
  • In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Layoffs

    In-House Counseling: Get a Job

    Ed. note: This post is written by Will Meyerhofer, a Biglaw attorney turned psychotherapist, whom we profiled. A former Sullivan & Cromwell associate, he holds degrees from Harvard, NYU Law, and The Hunter College School of Social Work. He blogs at The People’s Therapist. I’ve written a fair amount about lawyers at the office in […]

    42 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM
  • Animal Law, Perverts, Pets, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    SCOTUS Scuttles Ban on Animal Cruelty Videos

    Speaking of the Supreme Court, which Kash visited yesterday, the justices just struck down a 1999 law aimed at banning depictions of animal cruelty — especially so-called “crush videos,” in which women kill animals by stepping on them with fabulous footwear. The vote was 8-1. The opinion was by Chief Justice Roberts; Justice Alito dissented. […]

    51 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM
  • Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Text-ual Analysis at the Supreme Court

    Yesterday, I paid a visit to the Supreme Court to sit in on oral argument for City of Ontario v. Quon. The case is about a California SWAT officer who alleged that his privacy and constitutional rights were violated when his superiors reviewed the messages he sent out on his work-issued pager. A good number […]

    45 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM
  • Eliot Spitzer, Harvard, Prostitution

    An Update on Eliot Spitzer

    So what is Eliot Spitzer, former attorney general (and governor) of this great state of New York, up to these days? Spitzer is not the type to be idle for long. After all, he’s famed for his stamina. Could he possibly run for office again? As it turns out, it seems that the man formerly […]

    23 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM
  • Gregory Craig, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 04.20.10

    * Discovery in the Pennsylvania spycam case turns up thousands of screen shots and web cam photos of Lower Merion youngsters. [Threat Level/Wired] * Goldman Sachs taps former White House counsel Greg Craig — now at Skadden — for its SEC defense team. [Politico] * Bryan Cave’s James M. Cole may be tapped to serve […]

    8 Comments / / Apr 20, 2010 at 9:04 AM
  • Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Suicide

    NYU Law and Cornell on Suicide Watch?

    How big of a problem is suicide on law school campuses? Recently, a suicide tragedy affected the UNC Law community. In December, a student at Michigan Law took his own life. And there have been sad and high-profile suicides in Biglaw too. It’s impossible to assess the precise role the recession may have played in […]

    118 Comments / / Apr 19, 2010 at 6:23 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.19.10

    * How do you persuade Justice Scalia? [ABA Now] * Here’s a podcast that includes me going absolutely apes**t about Hollywood misconceptions of lawyers. Usually these rants are lost in the din of an open bar. Michelle King, executive producer of The Good Wife, and Michael Asimow, a law professor at UCLA, add more reasonable […]

    8 Comments / / Apr 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM
  • Barack Obama, Boalt Hall, John Roberts, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

    Televise this chief justice and this president on stage at the Kennedy Center for three hours talking about the role of government and the future of our polity. This historic clash of intellectual titans would be the most powerful civics lesson since the Federalist Papers, and we could sure use it. — Berkeley Law Dean […]

    48 Comments / / Apr 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM
  • Killing Lockstep

    What Does ‘Merit’ Mean at WilmerHale?

    Back in December, WilmerHale announced that it was moving away from lockstep associate compensation. The plan will be phased in through 2012, but at the time of the announcement, WilmerHale gave precious little information about how the firm would determine which associates were meritorious and deserving of advancement. At the time, I wrote: Many lawyers […]

    46 Comments / / Apr 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM
  • Asians, Racism, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, Weirdness, Williams Mullen

    Williams Mullen Gets Out of a Pickle of a Lawsuit

    Or make that a cucumber of one. Remember this allegation, from the lawsuit filed by former case manager Hanh Nguyen Allgood against the prominent Richmond law firm of Williams Mullen? When the [office elevator] doors closed, [partner] Robert Eicher pretended to be sad and depressed. He asked Allgood for a hug. When she complied, he […]

    28 Comments / / Apr 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM
  • Biglaw, Paralegals, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Shopping, Shopping For Others

    Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

    Administrative Professionals Week is upon us — ignore it at your peril. While senior partners might be able to pass the week off with a slap on the bum for a job well done, the associates among you would be wise to throw some cash at those who make your office run. The official day […]

    73 Comments / / Apr 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM