October 2010

  • Bar Exams

    Massachusetts Bar Results

    Lat’s away and I’m recovering from Halloween. But here’s a little news for our friends in New England. Approximately 1,800 people have informed us that the MA bar results are arriving in the mail this weekend. Most of you who took the MA bar should know if you’ve passed by now. Congratulations. If you didn’t […]

    47 Comments / / Oct 31, 2010 at 1:03 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.29.10

    * More on how home owner’s insurance policies and New York’s negligent supervision laws will dictate what happens to the bike riding four-year-old girl. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog] * You think I’m crazy for not being able to get by on $25oK? I’m doing better than Nic Cage. [Concurring Opinions] * Start creating […]

    22 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 6:00 PM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Gay, Legal Ethics

    It’s About Time: Disciplinary Action Sought Against Andrew Shirvell

    We’ve been keeping an eye on Andrew Shirvell, the Michigan attorney who has been conducting a personal crusade against Chris Armstrong, the University of Michigan student body president who happens to be gay. At the beginning of this month, we learned that Shirvell was taking a leave of absence from his day job in the […]

    62 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 5:09 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Tucker Max Gets Sued By Duke Law

    You know what scares me? There’s a version of my career where I end up as the bizzaro version of Tucker Max. The “fat, black, and married” version of Tucker Max. The “other guy” who used douchebag behavior to get through elite institutions, just like Tucker Max. It’s like, if I everything goes wrong for […]

    55 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM
  • Ohio State - Moritz College of Law

    Ohio State 2L Been Caught Stealing

    I’ve talked a lot about how law schools rip off law students, so I guess I can’t be surprised when a law student tries to turn the tables. Reports coming out of Ohio today tell us that a 2L at the Ohio State Moritz College of Law has allegedly been stealing and reselling library books; […]

    79 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM
  • Quote of the Day

    Quote of the Day: I also think they abused him… sexually.

    I’m being embezzled by this monstrous ring of accountants, estate planners and lawyers who are mercilessly slandering me and trying to kill my career and, I believe, murder me in order to gain control of my royalties. — Randy Quaid, elaborating on his earlier claim that he needs asylum in Canada to escape “Hollywood Star […]

    14 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM
  • Gender, Holidays and Seasons, Minority Issues

    Halloween Harassment

    I hate this holiday. I hated this holiday as a kid for personal safety reasons. As an adult, it’s pretty clear that Halloween has devolved into nothing more than an excuse for girls to dress up as sluts and guys to be racist. That’s what it is, the one day where everybody can get away […]

    45 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day, Old People

    4-year-old Speed Racer Gets Sued

    I already mentioned this in Morning Docket, but the issue deserves a full post. A little girl of 4-years-old barreled her bike into an old lady on a Manhattan sidewalk. The 87-year-old woman broke her hip, and subsequently died. Despite being just four-years-old at the time of the accident, State Supreme Court judge Paul Wooten […]

    95 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.29.10

    * Haliburton — already responsible for a cartoonish level of evil — knew the cement used in the BP Deepwater Horizon well was flawed. [American Lawyer] * Four-year-old girl can be sued for racing her bike — and killing an elderly woman. [ABA Journal] * FCC tells Verizon exactly how much they owe the government. […]

    20 Comments / / Oct 29, 2010 at 9:14 AM
  • Holidays and Seasons, Law Schools

    A Guide to Suing Santa Claus

    One unintended consequence of the terrible legal job market is that we’ve got law students running around with a lot of time on their hands. They’re not preparing for callback interviews, they’re not eagerly anticipating new legal challenges. Instead they’re sitting around, bored and terrified, and lashing out at whatever they can. Mostly, they lash […]

    38 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.28.10

    * For all of you fantasizing about hooking up with Christine O’Donnell, here’s how it would go down. [Gawker] * I’m not sure how you follow up a link which includes a story about Christine O’Donnell’s… carpet. But here’s a very funny pleading that went down this summer. [Lowering the Bar] * She-Hulk is #3 […]

    59 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 5:18 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Travel / Vacation

    Out of Office Memo

    To quote The Bard, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” So I’ll make this vacation memo witty. (Elie writes great vacation memos, but I don’t aspire to his standards.) I’m going on vacation, from today until Monday, November 8. And unlike my usual “vacations,” which involve constant checking of the Crackberry, this time I’m going […]

    16 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM
  • Judge of the Day

    When Judges Get Funny

    You think making pop culture references is something only bloggers do? Well think again. Because it seems judges on the Maryland Court of Appeals are getting into the game. A reader dug up a case from this summer involving whether or not the state met the burden of proof necessary to show that a pot […]

    21 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 4:19 PM
  • Document Review, Technology

    The Rundown: This Week in Legal Technology – 10.28.10

    This week, after boring myself to death listening to Lillian McEwen discuss Clarence Thomas’s “activities” on Larry King, I knocked back a couple cans of Four Loko to ease the pain and got right to work on this week’s Rundown. Lots of free stuff available after the jump, including a free e-book on legal productivity, […]

    4 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM
  • Technology

    Are You Using a MAC? Inquiring Minds Want to Know.

    Today is a big day here at Above the Law. It’s our first day in new offices. Above the Law is now coming to you live from 611 Broadway, Suite 907D, New York, NY 10012. That’s penthouse floor in the Crate and Barrel building on Broadway and Houston. It’s the kind of space that would […]

    73 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 2:42 PM
  • Advertising, Associate Advice, Career Center, In-House Counsel, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Career Center: Do You Want to Make Partner? Or Go In-House?

    Even in the economic heyday of a few years ago, making partner at a law firm was never a guaranteed outcome for every associate.  But at large law firms today, partnership prospects look worse than ever. Whether you want to pursue that elusive partnership goal or opt out to work in-house, one thing is certain: […]

    / Oct 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM
  • Uncategorized

    Columbia and NYU Students Getting So Hot They Wanna Take Their Clothes Off

    Something like this happens every year. Students at major New York law schools get too hot or too cold because the facilitates managers at their law schools turned on the heat too early or too late. And when law students are made to feel uncomfortable, they bitch. To us, to their friends, to their deans. […]

    56 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM
  • Small Law Firms

    Thoughts on How to Network as a Lawyer at a Small Firm

    Okay, so you’re not socially inept. I’d offer my congratulations, but being socially adept and willing to mingle is only part of the battle for a small firm attorney. It’s a necessary but not sufficient component of long-term success. (Remember all that necessary/sufficient crap from the LSAT? Yeah, me neither. It doesn’t matter.) What does […]

    37 Comments / / Oct 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM