ATL Idol

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    ATL Idol: Frolic & Detour’s Farewell

    [Ed. note: This is the farewell post of FROLIC & DETOUR, who was recently eliminated from ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that picked ATL’s new editor. It is marked with F&D’s avatar (at right).] I’ve speculated about whether Sophist and I know each other. Well, we do. We wrote the HLS Parody together. Now […]

    52 Comments / / Aug 19, 2008 at 5:33 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, ATL Idol

    And Now The Hard Part
    (Or: Meet ATL’s incoming editor.)

    My name is ELIE YING MYSTAL, f/k/a SOPHIST, and it looks like I will be taking over day-to-day editorial responsibilities here at Above the Law. I would like to thank everybody who read anything that I’ve written over the past three weeks. I’ve always found writing to be a deeply personal experience and so I […]

    134 Comments / / Aug 19, 2008 at 1:34 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, ATL Idol, Blog Wars, Blogging

    ATL Idol: Congratulations to Your New Editor!

    Apologies for the delay. We had to wait for Vizu to certify the poll results as anomaly-free, which they just did. Congratulations to the winner of our ATL Idol “reality blogging” competition, who will become Above the Law’s new editor-in-chief: SOPHIST!!! With almost 1900 votes cast, SOPHIST (avatar at right) prevailed over your other finalist, […]

    102 Comments / / Aug 18, 2008 at 5:30 PM
  • ATL Idol

    ATL Idol: Time to Vote! (Final Round)

    The three weeks of guest blogging by the talented contestants of ATL Idol have all come down to this: a final showdown between SOPHIST and FROLIC AND DETOUR. The winner will become the next editor of Above the Law. In case you’re curious, the ATL Idol contest has been awesome for ATL. July, the month […]

    105 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 12:55 PM
  • Ann Althouse, ATL Idol, Blogging, Contests, Dahlia Lithwick, Thomas Goldstein

    ATL Idol: The Judges Speak (Week 3)

    ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition in which you will select the next editor of Above the Law, is nearing its end. The original six contestants have been winnowed down to two finalists: FROLIC AND DETOUR and SOPHIST. We’ll open the polls later today. But first, let’s hear from your celebrity judges: Ann Althouse, Robert […]

    91 Comments / / Aug 15, 2008 at 10:54 AM
  • ATL Idol, Attorney Misconduct, Bar Exams, Legal Ethics

    Follow-up: Character and Fitness…and Character

    Update / Clarification: Some commenters have complained about a formatting problem in an earlier version of this post. If you encountered this formatting problem, it’s time for you to enter the 21st century, ditch Internet Explorer, and adopt a better browser, like Firefox (download it here). Or get a Mac. But just for the record, […]

    170 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM
  • ATL Idol, Law Schools

    Back to School: What is the Most Worthless Class You Could Have Avoided?

    On Tuesday, I profiled worthless classes that most everybody had to take. Today, the readers weigh in on classes that allow law schools to bilk you for additional years full of totally useless information. Many commenters also suggested which lessons law students should really be focusing on, if they want to succeed in Biglaw. With […]

    107 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 12:44 PM
  • ATL Idol

    WilmerHale to $1500 / Hour?

    We know that attorneys at top firms like WilmerHale can charge stunning rates — up to $750 an hour for litigation chair Howard Shapiro. But if you ask them, that’s a bargain. Wilmer moved for an award of attorneys’ fees after winning a $90 million verdict in a False Claims Act case. The usual lodestar […]

    102 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 11:40 AM
  • ATL Idol, Biglaw, Feminism, Gender

    A Woman’s Place Is… At Cravath

    This week, Working Mother magazine, in association with Flex-Time Lawyers, released its second annual Best Law Firms for Women rankings. Some of the firms on this year’s list are notorious sweatshops, more likely to help women freeze their eggs than they are to aid either sex in raising a family. I contacted Deborah Epstein Henry […]

    105 Comments / / Aug 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM
  • 9th Circuit, ATL Idol, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    ATL Idol: Week 3, Head-to-Head Round

    We’re down to your last two ATL Idols: FROLIC AND DETOUR and SOPHIST. It’s time for them to face off in the third and final head-to-head round of ATL Idol, the reality-TV-style talent search for Above the Law’s new editor. You know the drill, but if you’re just tuning in, here’s how this round will […]

    153 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 3:32 PM
  • ATL Idol

    ATL Idol: Alex’s Farewell

    [Ed. note: This is the farewell post of ALEX, who was recently eliminated from ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Alex’s avatar (at right).] Farewell, all. And thank you for everything — the support and the criticism. This is a bitter-sweet moment. I was excited […]

    56 Comments / / Aug 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM
  • ATL Idol, Attorney Misconduct, Bar Exams, Legal Ethics

    Character & Fitness: Scooter Libby Passed, So I Think You’re In The Clear

    [Ed. note: This post is by FROLIC & DETOUR, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Frolic & Detour’s avatar (at right).] It’s puzzling that lawyers have a reputation as a bunch of thieving shysters. After all, we have to prove […]

    180 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM
  • ATL Idol, Job Searches, Law Schools

    Back to School: What Is The Most Worthless Class You Had to Take?

    [Ed. note: This post is by SOPHIST, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Sophist’s avatar (at right).] With classes starting soon, another crop of 1Ls will be starting on a journey that has only one sure outcome: the accumulation of […]

    180 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 1:01 PM
  • ATL Idol

    Louisiana Bans Fighting Cocks; Crowing Cocks Still Legal

    [Ed. note: This post is by SOPHIST, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Sophist’s avatar (at right).] Next week, Louisiana will become the last state in the union to officially ban cockfighting. The business was already on the decline in […]

    62 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 11:24 AM
  • ATL Idol, Bad Ideas, Police, Pornography

    Legal Ploy of the Day: Why Didn’t He Try This at a Gynecologist?

    [Ed. note: This post is by FROLIC & DETOUR, one of the finalists in ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Frolic & Detour’s avatar (at right).] A man claiming to be a police detective entered a Longmont, Colo. adult store and demanded to see the […]

    53 Comments / / Aug 12, 2008 at 10:39 AM
  • ATL Idol, Blogging, Contests, Videos

    ATL Idol: Marin’s Farewell

    [Ed. note: This is the farewell post of MARIN, who was recently eliminated from ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” competition that will determine ATL’s next editor. It is marked with Marin’s avatar (at right).] Marinheads: Bad news. Our plot to take over ATL and transform it into a site about celebrities and my Jewish dog […]

    91 Comments / / Aug 11, 2008 at 2:16 PM
  • ATL Idol

    ATL Idol: The Top Two

    Thanks to everyone who voted in Round 2 of ATL Idol, the “reality blogging” contest that will determine the next editor of Above the Law. The polls closed at noon. Once again, voter turnout was excellent, with over 2,200 votes cast (an increase from the 1,800 ballots cast in Round 1). The results were interesting. […]

    34 Comments / / Aug 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM
  • ATL Idol, Blogging, Contests, Reader Polls

    ATL Idol: Time to Vote! (Week 2)

    See below. You know what to do. Voting for round 2 will end on MONDAY, AUGUST 11, at noon (Eastern time). The two contestants with the fewest votes will be eliminated, and the remaining two will duke it out in the final round. GOOD LUCK!!! Online Surveys & Market Research Earlier: Prior ATL Idol coverage (scroll down)

    122 Comments / / Aug 8, 2008 at 1:30 PM

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