August 2010

  • Crime, Politics

    Pie-Throwing Protester Arrested

    There was a time when Americans knew how to protest a war. Now is not that time. From the Detroit News: One protester, Ahlam Mohsen, a Michigan State University senior from Coldwater, was arrested and faces arraignment today on a felony charge of stalking, as well as misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct, Big […]

    29 Comments / / Aug 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM
  • Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, Skaddenfreude

    Skaddenfreude: A Look Inside the Life of a Kirkland & Ellis Contract Attorney

    We call it Skaddenfreude: taking pleasure in the misfortune of others who work at large law firms. Today’s tale of Skaddenfreude involves a contract attorney working a project in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis. Let’s kick it off with a picture….

    71 Comments / / Aug 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.17.10

    * Former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) celebrates the Justice Department’s decision to drop its six-year investigation of his dealings with ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. [Washington Post] * Speaking of money and politics, state judicial elections are being flooded with cash. [How Appealing] * Two Stanford Law students strike a blow against California’s three-strikes law. […]

    13 Comments / / Aug 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM
  • 9th Circuit, Gay, Gay Marriage, Lesbians, Weddings

    Breaking: Ninth Circuit Issues Stay Pending Appeal in Prop 8 Case, Schedules Oral Arguments for December

    The three-judge motions panel — consisting of Judges Edward Leavy, Michael Daly Hawkins, and Sidney Thomas — has issued a stay pending appeal in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case in which Judge Vaughn Walker (N.D. Cal.) struck down Proposition 8’s ban on gay marriage in California. More about the ruling and a link to the […]

    106 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 6:53 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Blogging, Media and Journalism, Privacy

    Departure Memo: Kashing Out

    As I mentioned on Friday, today is my last day as a daily contributor at Above the Law. I’m off to write about The Not-So Private Parts for Forbes. It’s been two and a half years since my first post for ATL. What have I learned about lawyers since? After the jump is a list […]

    39 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 6:22 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.16.10

    * When in Starbucks, do as the baristas do. [New York Magazine] * A warning to Biglaw ladies: don’t make more money than your husband or else he’ll cheat on you. Really, at all times women should just assume they’re married to a bonobo. [Gawker] * Columbia wants more space in Harlem. It claims the […]

    6 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 5:54 PM
  • Nauseating Things, Vermin / Rodents / Pests

    Bed Bug Emails From Brooklyn

    Over the weekend, we linked to the Gothamist story about the bed bug problem plaguing the Kings County D.A.’s office. The bed bug epidemic is sweeping New York. Yes, California, have your laughs. Just know that in New York we slough off bed begs; in California, the Earth itself will scratch you off into the […]

    25 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM
  • Bad Ideas, Biglaw, Parties

    Would You Want to Join the ‘Big Law Society’?

    A D.C.-based friend of Above the Law sent us an email Friday, with very simple instructions: LOL … please find out more about these d-bags: The link took us to an invitation to the launch party for the “Big Law Society.” It’s tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the BlackFinn American Saloon. While BlackFinn […]

    25 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 4:07 PM
  • Crime, Death Penalty, Deaths, Suicide

    Craigslist Killer’s Self-Imposed Death Sentence Leaves Some Unsatisfied

    Here’s an interesting issue for the pro-death penalty crowd: If killing violent offenders passes as justice, are they happy when a violent offender kills himself? That’s the question being bandied about the blogosphere in the wake of Philip Markoff’s apparent suicide. Markoff was in jail awaiting trial as the “Craigslist Killer.” He allegedly murdered Julissa […]

    55 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM
  • Biglaw, Billable Hours

    Drinker Biddle’s Latest Attack on the Billable Hour

    Have you ever heard of a “chief value officer”? Let’s assume your answer is “no,” because you don’t spend your free time reading synergistic white papers produced by McKinsey & Co. But that’s something the good people at Drinker Biddle would like to change. The Legal Intelligencer reports that Drinker Biddle is creating a new […]

    28 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 2:00 PM
  • Crime, Money, Murder, Prisons, Rape, Reader Polls

    How Should Years of Wrongful Imprisonment Be Valued?

    In Friday’s Non-Sequiturs, while linking to an interesting article about a man who served 27 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, I used an intentionally inflammatory blurb: Would Michael Green, exonerated of rape charges by DNA evidence, be worth $2.2 million today if he hadn’t gone to prison? Just asking. Judging […]

    98 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM
  • Biglaw, Summer Associates

    A Collection of Funny Summer Associate Stories from a Bygone Age

    Some people were disappointed in the summer associate tales this year. We had only one really salacious story this summer. (If there were others we missed, email us.) Thank you, Oenophile Olympian, for your addition to the summer associate rules of etiquette. Our schadenfreude-loving readers were terribly disappointed by the scarcity of scandal. Shame on […]

    23 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 11:23 AM
  • Blogging, Job Searches, Law Schools, Student Loans

    Scamblogs Get Some Mainstream Media Attention

    It’s been ten days since I last logged on to “the internet.” Ten days since I picked up a newspaper or let the dancing visions on MSNBC poison my mind. Ten days since I’ve tapped into the 140-character pulse of the world. While I’ve had my head in the sand, it appears that the mainstream […]

    54 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 10:11 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.16.10

    * Career alternatives for lawyers: Vintner. [New York Times] * When Rudy Lim was poached from DLA Piper to head Duane Morris’s Singapore office, he got a nice pay bump from $300K annually to nearly $700K. To help drive up his worth, though, he forged a pay slip at DLA. The fall-out? A fine, a […]

    7 Comments / / Aug 16, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  • Biglaw, Law Shucks

    This Week in Biglaw: 08.15.10

    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. For the lucky few who were able to secure jobs in the drastically reduced summer programs this […]

    3 Comments / / Aug 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Weekend Docket: 08.14.10

    * The third time proves the charm for prosecutors pursuing New Jersey right-wing blogger Hal Turner, who was convicted on Friday of threatening three illustrious Seventh Circuit judges. [AP via Chicago Tribune] * In other Chicago-related news, the actual jury in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial is still out — but the court of public opinion […]

    37 Comments / / Aug 14, 2010 at 5:26 PM
  • Rankings, Vault 100 Open Threads: 2011, Vault rankings

    Fall Recruiting Open Threads: Vault 41 – 60 (2011)

    We’re doing our annual march through the Vault prestige rankings, to give ATL readers the opportunity to have their say about perks and pitfalls at these firms. If your firm actually let you swap your Blackberry for your iPhone, brag here. Or if your firm has such a strong stench that it makes you nauseous, […]

    74 Comments / / Aug 13, 2010 at 5:39 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.13.10

    * Would Michael Green, exonerated of rape charges by DNA evidence, be worth $2.2 million today if he hadn’t gone to prison? Just asking. [New York Times] * More on the issue of standing in the Prop 8 case. [The BLT (Tony Mauro); Dorf on Law (Michael Dorf); SCOTUSblog (Lyle Denniston)] * Attention maritime law […]

    22 Comments / / Aug 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM