Billy Merck

Posts by Billy Merck

  • Law Schools

    Non-Top-Tier Law Graduate of the Day

    We received the following suggestion: You’ve been profiling a lot of these grads who go into Mega-Corporate Law- how about something different, like, say Government Service? Great idea! We even like your two candidates, so we’re going to give the award to one of them right now, and then there will be a co-winner this […]

    45 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 11:27 AM
  • Crime, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Headlines, Violence

    Shooting In Louisiana Law Office

    A standoff between police and a gunman holed up in an Alexandria, Louisiana law office ended this morning with the police shooting and killing the man. During the standoff he shot five people, two of which died. From the New York Times: Roy identified one of the dead as Joey Giordano, son of attorney Camille […]

    78 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 10:49 AM
  • Biglaw, Money

    Bingham To Raise Its Billable Hour Requirement?

    Not exactly. We’ve been receiving a multitude of tips indicating that that was exactly what Bingham intended to do. So we did some asking around, and here is Bingham’s official comment on the situation: Our hours policy reflects a balance between understanding that billable work is critical to Bingham’s success and that non-billable contributions to […]

    102 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 10:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.05.07

    * It just got harder to be a police officer in Canada. [Jurist] * Really? Cause we’ve got caps in Georgia too, and we still are short on doctors, especially in rural areas. Also, heath care costs have gone up. I’m just saying; maybe there are other factors. [New York Times] * Georgia planning executions […]

    17 Comments / / Oct 5, 2007 at 9:08 AM
  • Crime, Gay, Howard Bashman, Jack Thompson, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Pornography, SCOTUS, Sex, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.04.07

    * He likes ’em young. [WNBC] * WSJ Law Blog follows SCOTUS comedy. [WSJ Law Blog] * More Jack Thompson chicanery. [GamePolitics] * In keeping with the non-top-tier theme, here’s a Tier 4 that’s moving. [WRAL] * Sorry, Howard Bashman. [Yahoo!]

    16 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 5:00 PM
  • Alston & Bird, Biglaw, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Alston & Bird Gets Megapoached By DLA Piper

    Alston & Bird lost four partners from its Washington office to DLA Piper on Tuesday, according to this report from The Lawyer: Alston & Bird’s Washington office was rocked yesterday (Tuesday 2 October) by the exit of four partners to DLA Piper, including DC co-managing partner and chair of the firm’s executive committee, Frank Rusty […]

    107 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 4:25 PM
  • Clarence Thomas, Law Schools, Supreme Court Clerks

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

    We have another recipient of this week’s award, a graduate of Tier 3 Creighton: Name: Patrick Strawbridge Law School: Creighton University Current Position: Associate, Preti Flaherty Why He’s Our Winner: Will clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas in OT 2008. Our tipster had this to say about Strawbridge: Your next non-top-tier law grad story should be […]

    75 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 3:38 PM
  • Crime, Larry Craig, Politics, Sex Scandals

    Breaking But Not Surprising News: Judge Refuses To Let Craig Unplea

    CNN is reporting that the Minnesota judge presiding over Larry Craig’s case has refused to let him undo his guilty plea stemming from his “wide stance” episode in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. The judge said that the plea was “knowing, voluntary, and intelligent.” We question the intelligent part, but we know what he means. So […]

    12 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 1:55 PM
  • Insurance, State Judges, Weirdness

    Did A Texas Supreme Court Justice Burn Down His Own House?

    The home of Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina was destroyed by a fire on June 28. Officials investigating the fire are now saying that the fire appears to have been intentionally set: Investigators said they considered the fire as incendiary after ruling out all other accidental causes, such as an electrical short, that could […]

    18 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 12:00 PM
  • Law Schools

    Non-Top-Tier Law School Graduate of the Day: Philip J. Boeckman

    Here’s our latest Non-Top-Tier Law School Graduate of the Day, a graduate of Tier 2 Missouri. Name: Philip J. Boeckman Law School: University of Missouri-Columbia Current Position: Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore Why He’s Our Winner: Making it from a Tier 2 to become partner at Cravath. Boeckman is not known for a famous client […]

    71 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 11:15 AM
  • Biglaw, Lawyer Advertising, Litigators, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi

    Or Like Lawyers Who Blog For A Living

    Hi all, this is Billy Merck once again (for those regulars out there who already hate know me, check out the link anyway, ’cause the site’s been revamped), mostly filling in for today and tomorrow, though Lat is probably going to poke his head in a time or two. We’re going to be continuing Non-Top-Tier […]

    46 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 9:49 AM
  • ACLU, Michael Vick, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Pro Se Litigants, Torture, War on Terror

    Morning Docket: 10.04.07

    * Does a federal district court have to recruit pro bono counsel for a pro se litigant? [Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals via How Appealing] * DOJ cool with torture tough interrogation techniques. [New York Times] * Bush doesn’t care about poor kids. [AP via Athens Banner-Herald] * The ACLU doesn’t want to let Bush […]

    64 Comments / / Oct 4, 2007 at 9:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.03.07

    * We want Judge Kent impeached NOW. [Galveston County Daily News via How Appealing] * You just can’t get good help these days. [CNN] * Need to beef up your law library? [WSJ Law Blog] * This is just like “The Fan,” except it didn’t work, and the guy didn’t die. [Sports Illustrated] * Thomas […]

    7 Comments / / Oct 3, 2007 at 9:45 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 10.02.07

    * Justice Kennedy is so money and he doesn’t even know it. [NPR via How Appealing] * Jury indicates finding against Isiah Thomas in harassment suit; still deliberating on punitives. [New York Times] * Is it possible to have a “fetus-snatching case” that isn’t bizarre? [CNN] * Man pleads guilty-but-crazy in Vegas Strip sidewalk driving […]

    1 Comment / / Oct 2, 2007 at 10:00 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.01.07

    * First Monday, bitches! [New York Times via How Appealing] * To Catch A Predator On Facebook: apparently it’s not easy enough. [AP via Athens Banner-Herald] * Chicago cops are mean. [CNN] * The Teamsters figure out what Brown can do for them. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

    5 Comments / / Oct 1, 2007 at 9:45 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.21.07

    * A criminal action. [AP via How Appealing] * Another criminal action: as expected, Mel Weiss indicted. [DealBook] * 3 years of probationizzle. [BBC] * Can’t go to Yale? No worries if Yale’s your name and O.J.’s your client. [CNN] * Been duped into seeking asylum? Blame Canada. [New York Times] * Ten Commandents display […]

    4 Comments / / Sep 21, 2007 at 9:30 AM
  • Death Penalty, Melvyn Weiss, Milberg Weiss, Morning Docket, Plaintiffs Firms, White-Collar Crime

    Morning Docket: 09.20.07

    * Didn’t they just execute somebody with an electric chair? And this is what gets them in trouble with the Constitution? [Jurist] * Mel Weiss to be indicted. [New York Times] * Oh, Al Sharpton, you’re incorrigible. [CNN] * Judge withdraws jury instruction in Spector case; has he set up an easy appeal if there’s […]

    7 Comments / / Sep 20, 2007 at 10:15 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.19.07

    * O.J.’s really just pulling all of these stunts so that he can make it up to the Goldmans. [CNN] * Jury hung for the moment in Spector trial; judge might send them back in to consider manslaughter instead. [BBC] * To catch a predator-catcher. [Athens Banner-Herald] * She needs to undergo some tests for […]

    4 Comments / / Sep 19, 2007 at 9:00 AM