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Dewey Have A Meme Contest For You!

If you’re looking for the latest news on the imploding law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, check out Morning Docket. There are links about the ongoing criminal probe, an updated WARN Act notice, the firm’s claim that it is not “officially closed,” and a possible involuntary bankruptcy.

It might make sense for certain creditors to push the firm into bankruptcy, since under the status quo — i.e., the firm effectively liquidating itself outside of court — it’s not clear that similarly situated creditors are being treated equally. At the very least, there’s a lack of transparency, as bankruptcy lawyer Annette Jarvis of Dorsey & Whitney pointed out to Thomson Reuters. Jarvis represents one group of creditors that might be getting the short end of the stick: 51 retired partners from predecessor firm LeBoeuf Lamb, whose pensions could be in jeopardy.

As we’ve done in the past, let’s try to find some light amid the darkness. As one victim of the Dewey debacle told us, “Sometimes after you’re done crying about something, the best medicine is laughter.”

We agree. So, Dewey have a meme contest for you? Of course we do!

Keep reading for some sample Dewey memes, as well as the contest rules….

Speaking of contests, we have a winner in the contest for the best inscription on Geoffrey Raymond’s annotated portrait of Steven Davis, former chairman of Dewey. We decided to defer to the artist, and this was Geoff Raymond’s favorite:

‘If you don’t like this painting, you can get off the bus now and we’ll find a hundred people just like you who do.’ –Steve DiCarmine.

It’s a reference, of course, to former executive director Stephen DiCarmine’s now infamous “get off the bus” speech, where he urged those who disagreed with the Davis-DiCarmine regime to hit the high road. The comment was made by “Ex-DL” and added to this post. Ex-DL, please email us, subject line: “Dewey Caption Contest Winner,” to collect your prize — a Steven Davis print, signed by the arist.

(If you’re interested in ordering your own copy of the print, in an edition of 100, Raymond sent us this info: “A number of prints have sold. $250 plus shipping and are signed in an edition of 100, and measure roughly 23″x33”. Giclee prints on archival photo paper, for best rendition of the annotations. Order at”)

Now, on to our next contest. Inspired by the success of our Lawyer Meme Contest, we’ve decided to launch a “Dewey & LeBoeuf Meme Contest.” Exercise your creativity — former D&L folks, this could be cathartic — and share your Dewey Meme with the Above the Law readership.

We’ll get the ball rolling with three Dewey memes created by our resident meme-maker here at ATL, Staci Zaretsky:

Want to make your own Dewey meme and enter our contest? Simply go to QuickMeme, pick out the meme that you like the most, and follow the directions in the Captionater. Note that we have added a special image to QuickMeme that was created and sent to us by a former Dewey staffer, showing the famously tan Steve DiCarmine as The Annoying Orange:

You can use this graphic if you like, or you can use one of the many other images available for meme-making on QuickMeme. But, like all of our contests, we’ve got some rules:

  • Your meme must be publicly available online somewhere. Email us the link at, with the subject line “Dewey Meme Contest Submission.”
  • Send us your submission by MONDAY, MAY 22, at 11:59 PM (Eastern time).

Once we receive all of the entries, the editors here at Above the Law will make a list of our favorites, then post the finalists for our readers’ viewing pleasure. You will choose the funniest meme, and the winner(s) will receive an ATL t-shirt for their efforts.

We look forward to reading your entries. Thanks!

Make a Meme [Quick Meme]
Hobbled Dewey & LeBoeuf loses last top manager [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]
Partners May Be Gone, Internal Probe May Be Dead, But DA’s Dewey Inquiry Goes On
[Am Law Daily (reg. req.)]
Dewey & LeBoeuf Law Firm Boosts Non-Union Layoffs to 533 [Bloomberg]

Earlier: ATL’s ‘Lawyer Meme’ Contest: The Winner
ATL’s ‘Lawyer Meme’ Contest: The Finalists
Seeking Submissions for ATL’s ‘Lawyer Meme’ Contest
Dewey Have Cause for Rejoicing? Some Strange and Humorous Reactions to a Law Firm’s Fall

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