January 2011

  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.31.11

    * While Cravath reignites competition over associate bonuses, Howrey associates are starting to wonder if ATL is running any kind of Nationwide Severance Watch. [Washingtonian] * Is the Cravath bonus big enough that we could call it the “Live Charlie Sheen’s life for a day” bonus? [Radar Online] * Hillary Clinton completed the “full Ginsburg” […]

    17 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 9:03 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2010, Biglaw, Bonuses, Fabulosity, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Cravath Enters the Bonus Wars — and Beats S&C!

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  • Anthony Kennedy, Constitutional Law, Federal Judges, Health Care / Medicine, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Florida Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

    Well this should be fun. Florida federal judge Roger Vinson has struck down the heart of Obama’s health care reform plan, finding that the individual mandate part of the bill is unconstitutional and therefore the whole thing is unconstitutional. As Ashby Jones points out on the WSJ Law Blog, that makes the score 2 – […]

    151 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM
  • Advertising, Announcements, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Shameless Plugs, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, This Is an Ad

    Congratulations to the Winner of LexisNexis’s Small Law Firm Marketing Makeover!

    Above the Law’s coverage of small law firms is about to ramp up. We will soon be announcing our two new writers on the small firm beat. (If you responded to our open call for new columnists, we thank you for your interest. We received a slew of excellent applications, which made the selection process […]

    / Jan 31, 2011 at 3:11 PM
  • 2nd Circuit, Federal Judges, Judge of the Day, Kids, Pornography, Sentencing Law

    Judge of the Day: Sentence Based on Judge’s Genetic Theories Overturned

    Do you think there is a child porn “gene”? It’s an interesting scientific question (although I don’t really care, because I don’t believe in genetic determinism). I’m sure that one day science will give us some kind of answer. But it is not this day. At this point we don’t know if there are any […]

    35 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Job Searches, Quote of the Day, Shameless Plugs

    Fun Fact of the Day: Everything’s Coming Up Roses

    Job openings in the legal industry are up by 97 percent (December 2010 over December 2009). — A Sign of Hope for More Hiring, New York Times (Speaking of jobs, Above the Law has a new jobs board. If you’re looking for a new job, check out all the listings over here. If you’re an […]

    22 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM
  • Asians, China, Old People

    ‘Tiger Mothers’ Hoping to Sue the Children Who Grow Up to Hate Them

    Chinese New Year is this week (February 3rd). May the year of the rabbit bring you health and good fortune. Holiday preparations are well underway, and hopefully people will take the time to reconnect with family and friends. And if you don’t visit your parents, they might sue you. A new proposal from the Chinese […]

    33 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM
  • Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    Inside Straight: Human Resources and the Law

    Ed. note: This is the latest installment of Inside Straight, Above the Law’s new column for in-house counsel, written by Mark Herrmann. It’s odd to be one of the legal world’s shoulders to cry on. This began when I went in-house a little more than a year ago. I started getting calls from lawyer-friends asking […]

    39 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.31.11

    * Lawyers, just as an FYI, downgrading from a Porsche to a Beamer won’t make you look poor. [New Jersey Law Journal] * Representing Porsche and then punching another lawyer in the head? That’s another story. [Times-Tribune] * Repeal this, bitch. The Ninth Circuit has politely flipped the DOJ the bird over its request to […]

    11 Comments / / Jan 31, 2011 at 8:57 AM
  • Conferences / Symposia, Social Networking Websites, Staff Attorneys / Discovery Attorneys, Technology, Willkie Farr

    The LegalTech Pregame Show

    Ed. note: Gabe Acevedo will be covering LegalTech for Above the Law this year. If you are interested in communicating with someone from ATL about LegalTech coverage, please contact Gabe at gabe@gabesguide.com. Thanks. The pregame show for LegalTech New York 2011 has been in full swing the last few weeks. Vendors and their PR reps […]

    15 Comments / / Jan 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs, Sean Combs, Sonia Sotomayor, Williams Mullen

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.28.11

    * Professor Carlton Larson has a great new paper exploring possible constitutional limitations on state laws regulating baby names. Could parental rights to name a child “Dumb Motherf**ker,” “Preserved Fish,” or “Latrina” be protected by the First Amendment? [SSRN via Legal Blog Watch] * Speaking of the Wise Latrina, Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a fan […]

    41 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM
  • Biglaw, Bonuses, Money, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx: Should You Ask for Lateral Signing Bonuses?

    Ed. note: Have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com. Dear ATL, I’m an associate at a mid-sized law firm, and I recently received an offer from a much larger and more prestigious firm. I’ve decided to accept. My question is: should I ask for a signing bonus, and if so, how […]

    72 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 4:43 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2010, Associate Salaries, Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus (and Salary) Watch: Wilson Sonsini

    In our coverage last month of top law firm partners to work for, Wilson Sonsini did well. See here and here. (Speaking of Wilson Sonsini partners, the firm recently announced nine new ones — including Rick Frenkel, of “Troll Tracker” fame. Congratulations!) Not only does WSGR have some great partners to work for, but they […]

    28 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM
  • Fast Food, FDA, Food, Lawsuit of the Day, Nauseating Things

    Taco Bell Launches Meaty Offensive Over Its Beef

    Earlier this week, we told you about a class action lawsuit filed against Taco Bell over its taco fillings. The lawsuit alleges that Taco Bell inaccurately claims to be selling “seasoned beef” when in fact it is selling “taco meat filling.” We didn’t think Taco Bell would take these allegations lying down. The WSJ Law […]

    62 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2010, Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Morgan Lewis & Bockius

    This week brought annual reviews and individual bonus news for associates at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Today (Friday) is payday, so everyone at MLB should know their bonus by now (or fairly soon). Back in November, firm chairman Francis M. Milone stated that 2010 bonuses would be “substantially larger” than last year. So that set […]

    25 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM
  • Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, Job Searches, Law Schools, Outsourcing, Student Loans

    Law Graduates: Welcome to Your ‘Barely Legal’ Future

    I know lots of guys fantasize about boinking “barely legal” teenage girls. Not me, I like women: fully formed, adult women. There’s just something unseemly about older men salivating over girls who could have been in high school a year ago. Call me crazy, but it’s just more interesting as an adult to be intimate […]

    112 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.28.11

    * Rahm’s back. And now you’re all in big BIG trouble. [Chicago Tribune] * It was a resounding victory for Rahm Emanuel, but two justices didn’t think the majority needed to benchslap so hard. [Chicago Sun-Times] * No more jokes about Allen Stanford. Still, that picture reminds me of a Geto Boys album cover. [TPMMuckraker] […]

    20 Comments / / Jan 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM
  • Biglaw, Howrey LLP, Law Firm Mergers

    Howrey Going to Make This Merger Happen?
    (Plus two interesting internal emails.)

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