David Lat

David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Prior to ATL, he launched Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges. Before entering the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. David's first book, Supreme Ambitions: A Novel, was published in 2014 to rave reviews. According to the New York Times, "for an elite niche -- consisting largely of federal judges and their clerks -- Supreme Ambitions has become the most buzzed-about novel of the year." You can connect with David on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, and you can reach him by email through tips@abovethelaw.com (for general ATL inquiries) or dlat@abovethelaw.com (for personal correspondence).

Posts by David Lat

  • Masturbation

    Cardozo Law Student Waxes On About Whacking Off

    Here’s an interesting story about Christopher Migliaccio, a Cardozo Law School student currently running for New York State Assembly — on a rather unorthodox platform. From the New York Daily News (which placed a hidden pun in their lede, which we made not-so-hidden in titling this post): It’s not often you hear a political candidate […]

    4 Comments / / Oct 3, 2006 at 3:17 PM
  • Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: 10.03.06

    Lateral Moves: * Commercial finance lawyer Marc Veilleux and finance lawyer Trevor Beadle, to Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, from Nixon Peabody and Dechert, respectively. * Energy lawyer Brian Bradshaw, to Fulbright & Jaworski (Houston), from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. * Private equity lawyer James Kelly, to Nixon Peabody, from O’Melveny & Myers. […]

    0 Comments / / Oct 3, 2006 at 2:51 PM
  • 9th Circuit, Courthouses, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Pictures

    The Pioneer Courthouse: A Photo Essay (Part 1)

    The festivities of the O’Scannlain law clerk reunion weekend, held in honor of Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain’s 20th anniversary on the Ninth Circuit bench, began on Friday night with a reception in Judge O’Scannlain’s chambers. They’re located on the third floor of the beautiful Pioneer Courthouse (see above), in downtown Portland, Oregon. The Pioneer Courthouse, a […]

    3 Comments / / Oct 3, 2006 at 1:59 PM
  • State Judges Are Clowns

    State Court Judges: Ho’s in Robes?

    Look, Your Honor, don’t get mad at us. We didn’t say it; one of your brethren did. From the WSJ Law Blog: Even sitting justices in Ohio question the current system [of expensive judicial elections]. “I never felt so much like a hooker down by the bus station in any race I’ve ever been in […]

    1 Comment / / Oct 3, 2006 at 12:46 PM
  • Breasts, Courthouses, Pictures

    Correction: Those Breasts Are Made of Wood, Dammit

    Saline? Silicone? Bronze? Or none of the above? In response to this post from yesterday, we received the following emaill: I think you’ve misrepresented the caryatids in the foyer of the Pioneer Courthouse — I believe they’re cedar rather than bronze. Frequently we just correct errors within the original post (so please refresh your browser […]

    0 Comments / / Oct 3, 2006 at 12:18 PM
  • Clarence Thomas, Clerkships, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Hotties, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    SCOTUS Clerk Hiring Watch: Justice Thomas Into OT 2009

    While we were in Portland, Oregon, for the law clerk reunion in celebration of Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain’s 20th anniversary on the bench, we took oodles and oodles of pictures. We shared two of them with you yesterday. We’ll be publishing more photographs from the reunion in the near future. Unfortunately, it’s taking us […]

    13 Comments / / Oct 3, 2006 at 11:16 AM
  • Biglaw, Legal Fee Voyeurism, Money, Nauseating Things

    Legal Fee Voyeurism: Seeking Submissions

    Last week, the New York Law Journal brought us news of this sizable transaction: Freescale Semiconductor Inc., the third-largest chipset maker in the nation, has been acquired by a consortium of private equity groups, led by The Blackstone Group and consisting of The Carlyle Group, Texas Pacific Group and Permira Funds. The Austin, Texas company […]

    1 Comment / / Oct 3, 2006 at 10:35 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Blogging, Morning Docket, Non-Sequiturs

    Help Wanted Explained

    We were originally going to these comments in the comments. But we found ourselves going on for a while, so we figured we might as well do a post on it — and have it count towards our daily postcount quota target. To Anonymous 1:05 PM: Doing your own blog and spending half an hour […]

    1 Comment / / Oct 3, 2006 at 10:06 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: Another Writing Opportunity

    Just as we’re looking for a writer for Morning Docket (thanks for your applications thus far), we’re looking for someone with a way with words — and an impeccable comic sensibility — to take over Non-Sequiturs. Non-Sequiturs is our end-of-the-day linkwrap passing along funny or interesting links, prefaced by brief and amusing commentary. Witty writing […]

    5 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 6:28 PM
  • Breasts, Courthouses, John Ascroft, Pictures

    Lady Justice: They’re Real, and They’re… Spectacular!

    This impressive bronze bust statue occupies the foyer of the Pioneer Courthouse, in Portland, Oregon: If John Ashcroft were still Attorney General, however, it might look more like this: Correction: It appears that we were wrong about those breasts being bronze. Please see here. Sorry about that!

    5 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 4:33 PM
  • Eyes of the Law

    The Eyes of the Law: Flying Justices?

    As gossip aficionados, we were excited to learn about this delicious website. From the NYT: Ever wonder what the cabin crews on planes think of the passengers they serve? If you want to find out, log onto www.airlinecrew.net, a Web site “connecting crew members worldwide,” where flight attendants (or FA’s) spout off… [I]t is the […]

    2 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 3:32 PM
  • James Colliton, Sex, Tax Law

    Tax Lawyers in Jail

    While some tax lawyers are tying the knot, others are getting tied up in knots — legal knots, of their own making. Does the name James Colliton ring a bell? Colliton (at right) is a former tax lawyer at the Death Star super-prestigious Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He’s also the guy who was indicted on […]

    0 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 2:40 PM
  • Miranda Perry Vic Fleischer

    Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Law Professors, Law Schools, Tax Law, Weddings

    Tax Professors in Love

    This just in, from TaxProf Blog: Tax Profs Miranda Perry and Vic Fleischer tied the knot Saturday at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, followed by a reception at the Kitchen [Upstairs], a Boulder wine bar. A photograph of the two good professors appears above. Fashion props to Professor Perry for the understated elegance of […]

    0 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 12:52 PM
  • Law Professors, Musical Chairs, William Eskridge

    Musical Chairs: Bill Eskridge to the Big Apple?

    Last week we wrote about rumors of several high-profile professors possibly leaving Yale Law School (or “THE Yale Law School,” as YLS deans like to say). We now hear that the names we mentioned — James Whitman, Alec Stone Sweet, Kenji Yoshino, Reva Siegel and Robert Post — aren’t the only ones thinking of departing. […]

    0 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 12:38 PM
  • 9th Circuit, Courthouses, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, Pictures, Ridiculousness

    ATL Caption Contest

    “We’ve voted to deny the petition for a writ of mandamus. NOW can we have our milk and cookies?” We had a delightful time this past weekend in Portland, Oregon, where we attended Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain’s law clerk reunion, in celebration of his 20th anniversary on the bench. We’ll be blogging about the […]

    15 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 12:13 PM
  • Admin, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: Help Wanted

    Senior associates at law firms have a lot of wisdom to share. For example, consider this bit of advice, which they demonstrate by example: Why do your own work when you can get other people to do it for you? (In-house counsel lawyers also know how to put this principle into practice.) Well, we’re going […]

    0 Comments / / Oct 2, 2006 at 11:05 AM
  • Week in Review

    ATL Week in Review: October 1, 2006

    * Howard K. Stern, attorney to Anna Nicole Smith, ‘fesses up to servicing his client — in more ways than one. * The HP leak investigation disaster gets worse and worse, with each passing bad hair day for Patricia Dunn. * This IS America, people — where the rich get richer. And put their $30 […]

    2 Comments / / Oct 1, 2006 at 7:07 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Diarmuid O'Scannlain

    Congratulations, Judge O’Scannlain!

    ATL sends its warmest congratulations to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain,* of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit! This month, Judge O’Scannlain celebrates twenty years on the federal bench. During two decades of distiinguished service, Judge O’Scannlain has established himself as a shining star in the federal judicial firmament.** We had the honor […]

    0 Comments / / Sep 29, 2006 at 3:10 AM