May 2010

  • Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Law Shucks, Summer Associates

    This Week in Biglaw: 05.31.10

    Ed. note: Law Shucks focuses on life in, and after, BigLaw, including by tracking layoffs, bonuses, and laterals. Above the Law is pleased to bring you this weekly column, which analyzes news at the world’s top law firms. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for business, if not for astronomers, and with that comes […]

    2 Comments / / May 31, 2010 at 4:29 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Memorial Day Docket

    Ed. note: ATL is on holiday today, in recognition of Memorial Day. We’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. * Peter Erlinder, a professor at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., is on the wrong side of the law in Rwanda for promoting “genocidal ideology.” [Star Tribune; Pioneer Press; Katz […]

    31 Comments / / May 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM
  • Caption Contests

    ATL Caption Contest: Legal Lexus Nexus

    We’re closing up shop on the early side today. We hope some of our readers also get an early start on the Memorial Day weekend. But if you’re stuck at the office, perhaps you can come up with some clever captions for this photo sent to us by a reader from Massachusetts: Same rules as […]

    180 Comments / / May 28, 2010 at 2:42 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.28.10

    * Whatcha gonna do when the Hulkster lays a lawsuit on you. [ABA Journal] * The death of the one word exam. [New York Times] * New York needs to tamp down its anti-bullying law or I’m going to start locking legislators in the janitor’s closet. [Forbes] * Being a lawyer for the detainees sounds […]

    8 Comments / / May 28, 2010 at 1:44 PM
  • California, Law Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Is California Ready to Get Into the Student Debt Fight?

    Howard B. Miller, President of the State Bar of California, penned a provocative letter for the California Bar Journal. In it, Miller suggests that the California bar has a duty to help stem the tide of law students graduating with a crushing amount of educational debt: Do we in the profession have an obligation to […]

    73 Comments / / May 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM
  • Conferences / Symposia, Old People

    Generation Wars!!!!

    The modern workplace plays host to three generations: the baby boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. A panel at the InsideCounsel SuperConference this week called the youngest of the bunch, Gen-Why?. The italics are likely meant to indicate a whiny tone, because this bunch, born from 1981 to 2001, are supposedly entitled and snotty. E.g., […]

    61 Comments / / May 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM
  • Bankruptcy, Job Searches

    A Mass. Lawyer You Don’t Want to Work For and a Law Student You Don’t Want to Hire

    UPDATE (May 30): Law student responds via YouTube, and shows off his very impressive office. A law student in Massachusetts is looking for a job. He found a listing on Craigslist to work as a paralegal for a bankruptcy attorney. He applied, got an interview, and got an offer (kind of). But then he got […]

    205 Comments / / May 28, 2010 at 10:21 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.28.10

    * The war on terror… of attorney fees: The plaintiffs firms in the World Trade Center litigation are squabbling. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog] * Arkansas mother who hacked her son’s Facebook account was found guilty of misdemeanor harassment. [Los Angeles Times] * Will gays and lesbians in the military have something extra to […]

    5 Comments / / May 28, 2010 at 9:20 AM
  • Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Youth Be Served

    We’re more aggressive than we used to be. This is not your grandfather’s Cravath. – James Woolery, a 41-year-old Cravath partner.

    9 Comments / / May 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.27.10

    * Facebook reverses itself on privacy. [True/Slant] * Pants Judge is back in the news. [WSJ Law Blog] * Stanford Law grad turns himself into a writer. [ABA Journal] * Harvard commencement was today. I’m missing my ten year college reunion and an opportunity to see Meryl Streep with some private citizen named Souter. [Box […]

    14 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 5:40 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Lawyer of the Day

    A Diabolical Defense Strategy

    An attorney representing a man in a Virginia Circuit Court came up with a creative defense strategy for one of his clients. Attorney George Freeman was representing a man who had pleaded guilty to fraud. Due to nine prior convictions, Rodney Newsome was facing serious jail time. But Freeman got him off with no sentence […]

    12 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 4:55 PM
  • Uncategorized

    UCLA Law: Surprisingly Chipper About Grade Delay

    The law school perspective on grading is wrong. At many law schools, professors look at grades as the least important part of their job. Sadly, it’s actually the most important part of their job. Grades are the only thing law students can’t get from an outline. Grades are VASTLY more important to a student’s earning […]

    90 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM
  • Job Searches, Law Schools

    Georgetown Law Lamentation on NPR

    The mainstream media is on to the fact that life kind of sucks for the law school class of 2010. The Wall Street Journal brought your troubles to the attention of the general public earlier this month, and we encouraged you to send the article to your family and friends to explain how screwed you […]

    58 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 2:40 PM
  • Job Searches

    $10 an Hour for a J.D.

    We’ve done a lot of posts about terrible jobs. Here’s another one. We don’t know which law school is pushing this job, but we know that the National Environmental Policy Act Campaign is looking for the cheapest legal services it can find. A tipster was so very sad about his situation, he emailed us: As […]

    94 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 1:22 PM
  • John Yoo, Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: Brevity Is the Soul of Wit?

    Choosing not to study a treatise on presidential administrative policies containing 527 footnotes is an understandable act of self-preservation. – John Yoo

    8 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 1:06 PM
  • Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Summer Associates

    What You Can Wear At Weil

    It’s hot. It’s sticky. It’s summer time. That means it’s time for law firm HR departments to send out their annual summer fashion memos. Otherwise, associates might start showing up to work in bikinis and speedos. Because after a long winter spent hibernating under fluorescent lights, packing on the cold-month pounds, that’s exactly what law […]

    105 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM
  • Southern New England School of Law/Umass

    Fools Rush In … To UMass Law

    We’ve done so many posts about UMass acquiring the Southern Poverty Law Center New England School of Law that I actually thought people were paying attention. I was wrong. The ABA Journal reports: More than 400 students have applied at the new law school at Dartmouth, There’s more to that sentence but I had to […]

    40 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM
  • In-House Counsel

    So You Wanna Be a General Counsel?

    The last day of the InsideCounsel SuperConference started with a Supreme Court star, hot cars, drugs and, um, insurance. On Wednesday morning, superstar litigator Ted Olson interviewed three of the nation’s premier general counsel: David G. Leitch of Ford Motor Company, Deborah Platt Majoras of Procter & Gamble, and Michele Coleman Mayes of Allstate Insurance. […]

    20 Comments / / May 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM

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