Billy Merck

Posts by Billy Merck

  • Books

    PrawfsBlawg Trashes Chambermaid

    James Gimmelman at PrawfsBlawg is none too impressed with Saira Rao’s roman a clef Chambermaid. From his review: The book is an abomination, one of the worst novels I have ever read, both artistically and morally. The affected style, which runs the gamut from “cutesy” to “bench memo,” would be forgivable if the substance weren’t […]

    49 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 11:48 AM
  • Biglaw, Bonuses, Clerkships, Money, Skaddenfreude

    Clerkship Bonus Watch: Debevoise Joins the $70K Club

    Good news for clerks with offers from Debevoise & Plimpton: the bonus is no longer flat. Debevoise is joining the $70K Club for two-year clerks. The announcement email appears after the jump.

    77 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 11:06 AM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    National Pay Raise Watch: Portland

    To wrap up the week, we stay in the West and move up the coast to Portland, Oregon. Portland is the nation’s 23rd largest city, and probably the greenest one. We hear the quality of life is pretty good, but what about the money? This comes from a February New York Times article: Holland & […]

    75 Comments / / Jun 22, 2007 at 10:37 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 6.21.07

    * Extra slanty. [The Onion] * Have you seen this lake? [CNN] * Crazy murder trial in Nevada. [Reno Gazette-Journal] * Shuttle landing postponed; will be made up as part of doubleheader later in the year. [New York Times]

    13 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 4:40 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    National Pay Raise Watch: Perkins Coie to $160k in California

    Perkins Coie is raising to market in California, with a catch. To get the raise, associates must 1) be “on pace” of 1900 hours; and 2) have “no outstanding timesheet penalties.” The memo’s after the jump.

    59 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 3:53 PM
  • Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps

    A Classic Kozinski Benchslap

    In his dissent today from a order denying rehearing en banc in the case of United States v. Ziegler, Kozinski basically calls the rest of the panel morons, or at least hack magicians. The best part is this paragraph: By plucking consent out of its judicial top hat, when neither party has argued it and […]

    20 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 3:36 PM
  • Eyes of the Law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Eyes of the Law: Ginsburg’s Little Kicks

    This one’s a vicarious “Eyes of the Law” through a source in New York. According to the source: “Since we’re getting close to the end of the Supreme Court’s Term, people might be wondering: Are we going to see any retirements this year? Will Justice John Paul Stevens finally pack it in? Or what about […]

    11 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 2:34 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Former Senator Looking for Love

    Dean Barkley, fomer U.S. Senator from Minnesota (Nov. 2002-Jan. 2003) as a member of the then Minnesota Reform Party (he was appointed by Gov. Jesse Ventura after the death of Paul Wellstone in a plane crash), is apparently looking for love online. Here is his profile from Girls, don’t worry about getting hurt, because […]

    22 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 2:09 PM
  • Benchslaps, SCOTUS

    More Squabbling from the Tellabs Opinion

    We missed this separate benchscuffle from the Tellabs opinion in our haste to look at all three earlier, but Scalia and Stevens, the lone dissenter, went at it as well. Stevens told Scalia that he was “clearly wrong”, and Scalia responded with “it’s you who is ‘mistaken’”. Steven then said “nun uh”, and Scalia said, […]

    1 Comment / / Jun 21, 2007 at 1:06 PM
  • Antonin Scalia, Benchslaps, SCOTUS

    Scalia Gets Snarky Over Scienter Standard

    At issue in the SCOTUS’s decision today in Tellabs, Inc. v. Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd.[SCOTUSblogvia How Appealing] was the definition of the term “strong inference”, and therefore what the standard is for determining whether a plaintiff has met the pleading requirements as to scienter in a securities fraud case. Some mildly saucy benchslaps insued. […]

    43 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 12:40 PM
  • Biglaw, Money, Skaddenfreude

    National Pay Raise Watch: California

    From Vegas we take a short drive through the desert into the beautiful state of California. Since Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley are regularly covered on ATL, this open thread will be for the rest of California: San Diego, Sacramento, or any other not-regularly-covered market in the Golden State that you care to […]

    77 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 10:47 AM
  • Bad Ideas, Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Fast Food, Practice Pointers, Rudeness

    HappyMealGate Wrap-up: You Want Florida CLE With That?

    We have a ruling in the HappyMealGate case (prior coverage here, here, and here of Wiliam P. Smith, the McDermott Will & Emery partner who told Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff that she was “a few French Fries short of a Happy Meal”). And it’s surprisingly lenient. Judge Isicoff basically gave Smith a stern talking to: […]

    30 Comments / / Jun 21, 2007 at 9:58 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 6.20.07

    * Where do gay men look first? [Huffington Post] * Vigilante justice is alive and well in Texas, but this innocent passenger is not. [BBC] * Walter Reed rent-a-cops get all belligerent with each other. [CNN] * Hawaii’s gonna blow. [AP via Yahoo!] * File another one in the “ridiculous reasons for Muslims to be […]

    26 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 4:47 PM
  • CIA

    Career CIA Guy Is OK With Torture; Who Knew?

    Ok, that’s not exactly right. Technically, he’s not ok with torture, he just defines torture in a manner that allows him to be ok with stuff that most of us would call torture. Would you expect anything less of a CIA lawyer? John Rizzo, acting GC for the CIA and Bush’s nominee for the permanent […]

    36 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 3:54 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: If I Posted It

    Days after a federal judge ruled that the family of Ron Goldman could pursue the copyright to O.J.’s confession “fictional” account of how he would have murdered his wife Nicole Brown and Goldman entitled “If I Did It,” a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee is seeking to have held in contempt for posting the entire manuscript […]

    7 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 3:12 PM
  • Clerkships, J. Michael Luttig, SCOTUS, SCOTUS Clerks Are Fair Game, Supreme Court

    Update on Supreme Court Clerks: Where Are They Now?

    A few more updates from tipsters: Edward C. Dawson, who clerked for Kennedy in OT 2003, is with Yetter & Warden, and according to our tipster is in the new Austin office. Marc Allen, also a former Kennedy clerk, has reportedly gone in-house with Boeing, working for his old boss, Judge J. Michael Luttig. Leondra […]

    13 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 2:50 PM
  • Blog Wars, Blogging, Contests, Shameless Plugs

    Another Plug for ATL in the Funniest Law Blog Poll

    Ok, at first we didn’t care, but now we’re getting jacked around (along with everybody else in the contest) by Phila Lawyer! This aggression will not stand, man! Don’t hold Lat’s momentary absence against us; vote for ATL now as the funniest law blog. Vote for the funniest law blog… [Legal Antics]

    18 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 1:45 PM
  • Aquagirl, Biglaw, Media and Journalism, New York Observer, Summer Associates

    Wherein the New York Observer Does Once a Year What ATL Does Everyday

    The New York Observer has their annual summer associate article out today. Aquagirl is heavily discussed, including a shoutout to ATL for coining the nickname. Also referenced, of course, is the $3,000 Skadden summers’ after-party. But then they had to go and get all touchy-feely with the bit about charity and how “chic” being green […]

    34 Comments / / Jun 20, 2007 at 1:08 PM