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 Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, Washingtonian magazine, and New York magazine. Prior to ATL, he launched Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges. Before entering the journalism world, he 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. He has received several awards for his work on ATL, including recognition as one of the American Lawyer’s Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years; one of the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels, a group of pioneers within the legal profession; and one of the Fastcase 50, "the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology." You can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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The 2007 Weblog AwardsWe aren’t the only people with server problems. Earlier today, when we posted our last-minute plea for votes, the Weblogs Award site was also having difficulties.
As a result, we didn’t get the boost that we were hoping for. Eugene Volokh’s plug — which was better timed, coming after resolution of the server problems — was far more effective.
So let’s try this once more, with feeling. Please click here, and vote for your favorite law blog (hopefully ATL).
The contest is entering its home stretch, with the polls closing tomorrow at 5 PM, so we won’t bother you about this much more. Thanks!
Best Law Blog [2007 Weblog Awards]

Maximilia Cordero small Jeffrey Epstein Dealbreaker Above the Law blog.JPG* Our DealBreaker colleagues receive email from William Unroch, the lawyer / ex-boyfriend of Maximilia (née Maximilian) Cordero, the transsexual model suing high-flying financier Jeffrey Epstein. Did you get all that? [DealBreaker]
* Congratulations to (soon-to-be-Chief) Judge Kozinski, who just won the Witkin Medal! [Blogonaut]
* Speaking of Judge Kozinski, here’s a counter-plea from perhaps his most famous former clerk. We may have to issue another bleg in response. [Volokh Conspiracy; 2007 Weblog Awards]
* “Uh, there’s no pot here, Beavis — just monkeys.” [What About Clients?]

associate bonus watch 2007 law firm Above the Law blog.jpgWow, it’s a miracle. We’ve been allowed to post something. And not twice.
The cryptic Cadwalader bonus memo, which doesn’t mention any numbers, appears after the jump.

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associate bonus watch 2007 law firm Above the Law blog.jpgWeil has announced special bonuses, to be paid at the end of this month, and year-end bonuses, which “will be paid at market to associates receiving an ‘Overall Strong’ rating and will be above market for associates receiving a ‘Distinguished’ rating in class years 2003 and above.”
Memo after the jump.

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associate bonus watch 2007 law firm Above the Law blog.jpgWhite & Case has announced special and year-end bonuses for its New York associates and counsel. They are at market levels, and will be paid to associates “who are performing at or above the level expected by the Firm.”
Memo after the jump.

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Emory Law School.jpgFinding a decent legal job is hard enough as it is. Having a career services office that’s in complete disarray doesn’t help. From a tipster:

Emory Law’s Career Services Office has imploded. The latest departure was the Dean of Career Services, Dean Laurie Hartman, last month. She left under mysterious circumstances….

Students are asking lots of questions. They organized a facebook group, asking for an explanation, or an explanation for “if you can’t tell us what is going on, can you tell us why you can’t tell us what is going on?” Many law students went to their university paper, the Emory Wheel.

More after the jump.

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The 2007 Weblog AwardsOkay, we get it. We’ve made our peace with the fact that ATL is going to come in second behind the Volokh Conspiracy in the 2007 Weblog Awards. The voting ends tomorrow, and at the current time, we’re behind by over 300 votes.
That’s fine. The VC has been around longer, so it has the claim of seniority. And as a group blog by law professors, it has multiple bloggers who can get all their friends — and their students — to vote. Coming in second behind the Conspiracy would be a badge of honor.
But it would be nice if we could make the margin of defeat a little smaller. While you wait for more bonus news, please click here, and vote for ATL. Thanks!
Best Law Blog [The 2007 Weblog Awards]
Earlier: Are You Stuck in the Office on Saturday?
What’s Your Favorite Law Blog?

Pakistan Flag.jpgSeveral of you have requested a post about recent events in Pakistan. So here you go.
Truth be told, what’s going on over there — namely, a wholesale assault on civil society and the rule of law — isn’t typical ATL fodder. It’s deadly serious stuff, so it doesn’t fall under the entertainment prong of ATL’s mission. And it has nothing to do with “NY to 190,” so it doesn’t qualify under this site’s greed promotion function.
But the Pakistani protests are not completely devoid of more lighthearted aspects. Jezebel offers this take:

Is it too obvious that our initial reaction to all those shots of lawyers in protest of military rule in Pakistan was, “Umm that’s sort of hot!” a thought that led immediately to the query, “But are they as hot as those monks protesting military rule in Burma a month back?” Of course it is! And would it be kind of TMZ of us to run a thoroughly meaningless poll wondering what you think about this pressing issue? Very much so!

You can vote in the poll over here.
And there’s more. From a reader:

The Pakistan Supreme Court has an official “50th Anniversary Theme Song” from last year, entitled “And Justice For All.” It even has a bonus video! It’s dreadfully earnest, and is rather ironic given the circumstances.

The new version will be called “And Justice For All — Unless the President Says Otherwise.”

You can check out the video here (wmv file). Even though the Pakistani Supreme Court’s website has already been updated — to show Abdul Hameed Dogar as the “new” chief justice, and to scrub all references to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the other ousted jurists — the video is still available. So enjoy it now, before it gets taken down.
Finally, in a gesture towards real journalism, we present the house arrest order against prominent Pakistani lawyer Asma Jahangir, as well as an email from her.
Check out these items, after the jump.

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She probably wouldn’t be very happy with her law firm. From the Minority Law Journal:

[N]owadays most associates don’t plan on spending their entire legal career at one law firm. But some associates are more likely to head for the exits than others. Nearly half of all white male midlevel associates say that they expect to be working at their current firm in five years, according to our Minority Experience Study. Just over 40 percent of minority male midlevels said the same. Of the minority female midlevels, though, fewer than a third planned to stay put.

Minority women seem to have more reason to want to leave big firms, according to our findings. [The study] showed women of color experiencing less satisfaction and more obstacles at large firms than their peers, including men of color.

You can read the full article — replete with numerous quotes from “diversity advisers, “diversity consultants” and “diversity officers” — over here.
Janice Rogers Brown Above the Law Wanda Sykes.JPGP.S. Yes, the Wanda Sykes reference is pretty random. We just think that she is hilarious, and we try to mention her at every opportunity. We also think she bears an uncanny resemblance to one of our favorite jurists, Judge Janice Rogers Brown (D.C. Cir.; see photo at right).
P.P.S. And have you seen — or rather, heard — Wanda Sykes in the new Applebee’s ads? The restaurant chain has hired her to serve as the voice for their new “spokesapple.” Genius.
Why Are Minority Female Associates Leaving Law Firms? [Minority Law Journal]

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? If you’ll be in New York tomorrow, attend this luncheon and panel discussion, sponsored by New York Law School’s Program in Law and Journalism:

Reporting the Law: A Year-End Review

November 8, 2007
12:15 p.m. Lunch — 12:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

Stiefel Reading Room, New York Law School
57 Worth Street
New York, New York

The panel, moderated by Lis Wiehl (Fox News), will consist of Lisa Bloom (Court TV), Mark Obbie (Carnegie Legal Reporting Program), Jeanine Pirro (former Westchester District Attorney), and yours truly. There’s no fee, but you do need to register, by sending an email to plj at nyls dot edu.
More details about the panel, including participant bios, after the jump.

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