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1. A Job Opening: Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
The Connecticut law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell, which successfully filled its last job opening through advertising on ATL, is looking for another junior litigator. For details, see the job posting.
2. The Asia Chronicles: The Importance of Pressing the Flesh
Robert Kinney, of Kinney Recruiting, stresses the importance of finding someone with their boots on the ground — someone who travels frequently to the Far East, with the personal contacts to show for it — when selecting a recruiter for an Asia job search.
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Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgOur new Career Center, brought to you by ATL and Lateral Link, continues to gain momentum. Traffic to the center has been growing steadily since its launch last month.
Recently we shared with you the top ten most-viewed profiles. We update that list after the jump. As you’ll see, there hasn’t been much movement in the top 10 since last week. Quinn Emanuel retains the top spot — perhaps not surprisingly, in light of recent events. Check out how Google searches for “Quinn Emanuel” have spiked in the past week.
Today we’d like to highlight a different feature of the Career Center: Firm Comparisons. Accessing it requires registration, but registering is free and easy. You can then compare law firms on various metrics, including compensation, the associate experience, billable hours, vacation policy, and partnership prospects.
Let’s use partnership prospects as an example. Here is how the top nine firms, ranked by how often their profiles are viewed, stack up:

Quinn:
# 57% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 42% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Skadden:
# 64% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 21% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 14% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
O’Melveny:
# 50% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 50% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Cravath:
# 66% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
# 33% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
Kirkland & Ellis
# 40% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 40% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 18% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
Jones Day
# 66% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 33% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Sullivan & Cromwell:
# 88% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 11% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
Cleary Gottlieb:
# 50% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 33% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try
# 16% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
Akin Gump:
# 45% It is a longshot no matter how hard you work
# 45% It is an achievable goal if you work for it
# 09% There is virtually no chance, don’t even try

There wasn’t enough data for the missing member of the top ten — our former firm, Wachtell Lipton. But with a one-to-one partner to associate ratio, WLRK partnership prospects are pretty decent (by Biglaw standards).
An updated list of the most popular firm profiles, after the jump.

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Which firms offer the best chance of making partner?

Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgA few weeks ago, we launched a new Career Center, brought to you by ATL and Lateral Link. Since then, the law firm profiles in the Center have been viewed tens of thousands of times.
We thought it would be interesting to share with you the top ten most-viewed profiles. Here they are (click on the firm name to see the profile):

1. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges

2. O’Melveny & Myers

3. Cravath, Swaine & Moore

4. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

5. Sullivan & Cromwell

6. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

7. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

8. Jones Day

9. Kirkland & Ellis

10. Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton

Looking for a firm not listed above — perhaps the firm you work for, or aspire to work for? Just visit the Career Center homepage, then use the dropdown menu to find the profile you’re looking for. Happy surfing!
Earlier: Welcome to the ATL Career Center!
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sponsorship word from sponsors.jpgEach week, Above the Law’s sponsors generate content for your edification and entertainment. You can find their posts in Sponsored Content, which runs along the right-hand side of the ATL main page. Here are the latest offerings:
1. Bull Market Growth in Bear Market Times? That’s McKool Smith. And They’re Hiring!
Finally, some good news. McKool Smith, which has been successfully expanding its New York office, is looking for top-flight commercial litigation, white collar, and IP associates. To learn more, check out the job posting.
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3. The Asia Chronicles: Anatomy of an Asia Placement
What opportunities are available in Asia for associates right now? And how do you go about landing such a gig? Evan Jowers of Kinney Recruiting offers information and insights.
Thanks to our sponsors for their contributions and their support. To learn about advertising opportunities on ATL, click here.

When you go to the main website for Texas law firm Korn, Bowdich & Diaz, it looks rather bland. But once you click through the welcome screen, things get interesting, such as this Star Wars-esque flash intro. Click to watch the “KB&D Wars” or here’s a still shot:

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According to their home page, the self-proclaimed “alliance of rebel attorneys” warring against “Corporate Arroganz” are inspired by the Bible, a 14th Century samurai, and a forgotten boxing great:

Korn, Bowdich & Diaz* provides clients allegiance, learning, skill and industry. The Firm’s mission draws on many philosophies.

“Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” – Proverbs 20:18

“By no means does the outcome of battle depend upon numbers, but upon the united hearts of those who fight it.” – Kusunoki Masashige

“I’ll moider da bum.” – Domenick Anthony “Two Ton” Tony Galento

Appropriately, the lawyers have cartoon sketches of themselves on their bio page. May the force be with them.

Allison Margolin, whom we have written about before, is an HLS grad who practices law in Los Angeles. According to her website, she “handles all criminal cases from murder to medical marijuana.” But the latter would appear to be her passion, judging from how she wishes to be reached:

  • You can call her at 1-888-DOPE-LAW.
  • You can check out her website at www.LAsDopestAttorney.com. If you visit it, you will be greeted by the banner, “Have No Fear. LA’s Dopest Attorney is Here.”
  • You can e-mail her at ask@lasdopestattorney.com.
    When we were in L.A. in March, we spotted her ad in L.A. City Beat (a newspaper that has since folded). A tipster did us the favor of scanning it and sending it our way:
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    Her branding skills are dope, yo.
    We don’t know if Margolin was on law review during her days at Harvard Law School, but we do know she recently penned a legal editorial for stoners. Check out her argument against the prosecution of medipot growers in CelebStoner.
    U.S. Must Stop Prosecuting Medipot Growers [Celebstoner]
    Earlier: Allison Margolin: ‘Lawyer Hot’

  • 5 dollar legal advice.jpgYesterday, we posted about a non-lawyer, Bert J. Van der Werff, who was offering answers to legal questions for five dollars.

    With a rapidity that would make the American Bar Association proud, commenters seized upon this hapless student’s ethical violation, and put the fear of God into him. Van der Werff reports that he received numerous emails from Above the Law readers, explaining that him that he was putting his entire career at risk.

    And you know the commenters weren’t kind either. From Partner Emeritus:

    My first question to this peon would be what is the New York criminal statute that makes it a crime to give legal advice without a law license?

    And there was this:

    It doesn’t matter if you hold yourself out as a lawyer. Providing legal advice for money constitutes the unauthorized practice of law, assuming you aren’t a licensed attorney at the time. By the way, I’ll answer any and all questions, legal or otherwise, for $1B each.

    And this:

    I hope he isn’t using his free student lexis and westlaw access. It is a violation of the terms he agreed to when he accepted his ids.

    They will both come and charge him for useage and that will cost him more than what he is charging per search

    And much, much more.

    After the jump, Mr. Van der Werff posts an apology.

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    5 dollar legal advice.jpgToday, Craigslist brings us the latest example of a (soon-to-be) lawyer trying to make it work in this difficult economy. Here’s the ad:

    I am an experienced law student willing to answer your legal questions. The fee is $5 per question. To take advantage of this offer email your question to [Redacted]. You will then get a response with your answer. Must pay through PAYPAL ACCOUNT. ALL EMAILs must include the following information:

    NAME
    ADDRESS
    TELEPHONE NUMBER
    CITY/STATE
    YOUR QUESTION

    Now, it’s been a while since I took the MPRE, and I was all kinds of hung-over when I passed it. But isn’t there some kind of — I don’t know, rule — about giving legal advice when you are not a lawyer?

    Seriously though, he doesn’t “hold himself out to be a lawyer,” so maybe that helps?

    Either way, Bert J. van der Werff is just a guy trying to make some money during rough times. We speak with the student after the jump.

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    Each week, Above the Law’s sponsors generate content for your edification and entertainment. You can find their posts in Sponsored Content, which runs along the right-hand side of the ATL main page.

    Here are the latest offerings:

    1. Ask the Experts: Straight Talk on Bankruptcy Hiring

    How hard is it to break into bankruptcy? Lateral Link’s Justin Flowers offers some pointers.

    2. A Job Opening!

    Yes, there are jobs out there. Silver Golub & Teitell, a Connecticut litigation boutique, is looking for a junior associate. For more details, check out the job posting.

    3. The Asia Chronicles: Partner Chances in Asia: You Got Any?

    Robert Kinney, of Kinney Recruiting, discusses what it takes to make partner in Asia.

    Thanks to our sponsors for their contributions and their support. To learn about advertising opportunities on ATL, click here.

    We’ve seen a lot of interesting law firm websites in our time, but the MySpace page for the “Law Office of Mark Meisinger” is in a class of its own [hat tip to The Young Texas Lawyer]. The Law Office is “single,” and interested in “Networking, Dating, Serious Relationships, Friends.” Appropriately, the current mood for the Dallas-based Law Office is “adventurous:”

    my space law office mark meisinger above the law.jpg

    According to the “About Me” section, “representing those who mess with Texas” means taking on clients charged with DWIs, drug possession, probation violations, and traffic offenses. Other important bits about “The Law Office of Mark Meisinger:” it used to be a juvenile delinquent, it was a member of Phi Delta Theta, it has worked “with all kinds of different government agencies, and it “interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District Of Nebraska and prosecuted several federal cases.”

    When we first came across it, we doubted that the MySpace page would effectively attract prospective clients, but Meisinger is quoted in a post on Criminal Defense Lawyer saying that it does:

    “The people I’m going after [as clients] are on MySpace,” says Meisinger, who graduated from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb., in 2004, and office shares at Gioffreddi & Associates in Dallas. “A whole bunch of people who party, who drink, whatever, those are the people on there who want to be my [MySpace] friend… I have gotten cases off there [MySpace]; there’s no doubt. One month, I got four DWIs off of there. It’s way more than the phone book’s doing for me.”

    So… the screw-ups on MySpace are the clientele he’s targeting. Nice. He also friends hotties, judging from the posts on his wall:

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    T-shirts(!) and more, after the jump.

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