Billy Merck


Posts by Billy Merck

  • Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Skaddenfreude

    AGG Draws a Line in the Sand

    The Atlanta firm Arnall Golden Gregory is refusing to match the recent round of raises to $145,000 for first year associates by Alson & Bird and several other competitor firms. They put a lot of thought into the decision: AGG matched the February increase on March 1. Ever since, Kitchens said, he and his partners […]

    79 Comments / / Nov 2, 2007 at 10:42 AM
  • Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Skaddenfreude

    AGG Draws a Line in the Sand

    The Atlanta firm Arnall Golden Gregory is refusing to match the recent round of raises to $145,000 for first year associates by Alson & Bird and several other competitor firms. They put a lot of thought into the decision: AGG matched the February increase on March 1. Ever since, Kitchens said, he and his partners […]

    75 Comments / / Nov 2, 2007 at 10:42 AM
  • Elizabeth Halverson, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Large and Still Not In Charge

    Hello and good morning everyone. This is Billy Merck once again (yes, yes, “we hate you” and so forth; get it all out on the first post), filling in for Lat today. Don’t worry, we’re still going to be on the lookout for associate bonus announcements, so send them in if they happen and we’ll […]

    94 Comments / / Nov 2, 2007 at 10:09 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.02.07

    * Yeah, but SCOTUS will stay the executions. [AP via How Appealing] * Tuna : Chicken of the Sea :: ______ : Law of the Sea? [Jurist] * Drug sentencing still separate, now a litte more equal. [ New York Times] * Here we go again with the veto and the whole bit. [New York […]

    28 Comments / / Nov 2, 2007 at 8:50 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.01.07

    * Jury thinks that idiots from Kansas church doth protest too much at funeral; $10.9 million for father of killed Marine. [Baltimore Sun via How Appealing] * Justice department fails in prosecution of its (former) own. [New York Times] * Senate Judiciary to vote on Mukasey next Tuesday. [ Jurist] * Execution back to Cali […]

    30 Comments / / Nov 1, 2007 at 9:00 AM
  • Death Penalty, Deaths, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics

    Morning Docket: 10.31.07

    * Family to sue NYC over staph death. [CNN] * Nader sues DNC for trying to win 2004 Presidential election conspiring against him in 2004. [AP via Breitbart] * Should law school be more like business school? [WSJ Law Blog] * Georgia to $336,000 in child support! [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * Yep, de facto moratorium. [New […]

    8 Comments / / Oct 31, 2007 at 9:55 AM
  • Crime, Death Penalty, Michael Mukasey, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Torture, White-Collar Crime, William Lerach

    Morning Docket: 10.30.07

    * The war on punitive damages continues. [USA Today via How Appealing] * Suspect from Burning Man burning to burn something else. [Reno Gazette-Journal] * Senators want clarification from Mukasey on waterboarding. [Jurist] * Lerach pleads guilty. [Los Angeles Times] * Do we have a de facto moratorium on executions pending this term’s SCOTUS lethal […]

    3 Comments / / Oct 30, 2007 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.29.07

    * Genarlow is school shopping. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution via How Appealing] * She judges you when you use poor grammar; she has that in common with a lot of ATL readers. [WSJ Law Blog] * Defendants in China now actually get to meet with their defense lawyers; better than Gitmo. [Jurist] * Lawyer, Senator, President, woman. […]

    4 Comments / / Oct 29, 2007 at 9:15 AM
  • Contests, Reader Polls, Weddings

    Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: September’s Couple of the Month

    The voting was closer than we expected it to be, but the result was no surprise: Deecy Gray and her new hubby, Judge Douglas Ginsburg (that distinguished chap on the right), beat out two sets of Stanford whippersnappers to win ATL’s Couple of the Month honors for September. The full vote tally appears after the […]

    12 Comments / / Oct 24, 2007 at 9:00 AM
  • Books, Clarence Thomas, Death Penalty, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.18.07

    * Clarence Darrow? How cliche. Anywho, this guy is now a New Mexico Supreme Court justice. [Albuquerque Journal (free trial pass required) and New Mexico Business Weekly, via How Appealing] * Step 1: Stop killing monks. [Jurist] * Death for the death penalty? [New York Times] * Latham lawyer DQ’ed in KPMG trial. [WSJ Law […]

    3 Comments / / Oct 19, 2007 at 9:20 AM
  • Death Penalty, Michael Mukasey, Michael Vick, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.18.07

    * So how did Michael Mukasey do yesterday? Here’s a collection of some coverage. [How Appealing (linkwrap)] * He totally should have mailed it to himself before faxing it to the Ravens. Also, not a joke, just a fact: the caption is over half of this 37-page opinion. [U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth […]

    11 Comments / / Oct 18, 2007 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.17.07

    * Our right to play fantasy sports (or more accurately, companies’ rights to use players names in offering fantasy leagues) trumps the players’ rights of publicity; so sayeth the Eighth Circuit. [Bloomberg via How Appealing] * No more porn on Facebook. [AP via Reno Gazette-Journal] * Georgia’s not waiting on SCOTUS; set to execute inmate […]

    9 Comments / / Oct 17, 2007 at 9:10 AM
  • Crime, Law Professors, Melvyn Weiss, Michael Vick, Milberg Weiss, Morning Docket, O.J. Simpson, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 10.16.07

    * O.J. freshly squeezed by a second co-defendant. [AP via Athens Banner-Herald] * Law professors get appointed to do everything. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * Nevada holds off on an execution, waiting on SCOTUS. [Reno Gazette-Journal] * Weiss pleads not guilty. [Jurist] * iPoison. [PC World]

    2 Comments / / Oct 16, 2007 at 8:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.15.07

    * Three-ring circus set up for Gitmo trials. [Los Angeles Times via How Appealing] * Meanwhile, others at Gitmo may get new hearings. [New York Times] * More ruminations on Genarlow Wilson; the Georgia Supreme Court is expected to rule soon. [Atlanta Journal-Constituion] * House threatening to offend Turkishness. [New York Times] * GlaxoSmithKline v. […]

    5 Comments / / Oct 15, 2007 at 10:20 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.05.07

    * Where’s tort reform when you need it? [KMBC-TV] * Duke players sue. [New York Times] * Record companies 1, Illegal downloaders 0 (and by 1 we mean $220,000) [Jurist] * Saudis embrace the idea of judicial activism the rule of law. [BBC] * Hey PETA: Leave Michael Vick alone! [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * Prosecutors don’t […]

    54 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 4:40 PM
  • Bill Clinton, Law Schools

    Co-Non-Top-Tier Law Graduate of the Day

    Ok, here’s the final non-top-tier law graduate of the day: Name: Leon Panetta Law School: Santa Clara University Current Position: Co-Director of The Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute of Public Policy, and frequent talking head Why He’s Our Winner: Former Congressman and White House Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton And this winner reminds us […]

    28 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 3:45 PM
  • Celebrities, Music

    What’s My Mutha F****n’ Name?

    Calvin Broadus, a/k/a Snoop Dogg. Because the caption of the case lacked that all-important a/k/a, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Helen I. Bendix didn’t realize with whom she was dealing: A judge hearing a lawsuit brought by Snoop Dogg against his former record label said Thursday she didn’t realize it involved the famous rapper because […]

    23 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 2:24 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day, Michael Vick, Sports

    Lawsuit of the Day: Atlanta Falcons v. Michael Vick

    Ok, so strictly speaking it’s not a lawsuit. It’s an arbitration hearing before a special master pursuant to the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Falcons are seeking to recoup $22 million already paid to Vick in signing bonuses. The Falcons claim that, since Vick knew at the time that he signed the contract and received […]

    20 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 12:43 PM