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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Adriana Dominguez 2 Brooklyn Law School Playboy Above the Law blog.JPGPrompted by various comments, here are two more polls on Adriana Dominguez, the Brooklyn Law School student turned stripper:

If you’re seeking a more substantive analysis of this morning’s hearing in Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell, check out this post by Lavi Soloway.
A Law Unto Itself ? Aaron Charney v Sullivan & Cromwell Returns to Court [Soloway]

Everyone seems to have an opinion on Adriana Dominguez, the Brooklyn Law School student who made a video for Playboy TV. We’d like to get a more systematic handle on people’s views:

Yesterday afternoon, we attended the Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court finals, at Columbia Law School. We interviewed the four finalists prior to the arguments.
Here’s our interview with Eric Chesin and Geoffrey Reed:

And here’s our interview with David Gringer and Patrick Somers:

After impressive arguments, and deliberation by the distinguished panel — Justice Samuel A. Alito, Judge Susan P. Graber, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Judge Sonia Sotomayor — the best oralist prize went to Eric Chesin. Congratulations, Eric!

We’re back from today’s hearing in Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell. In terms of entertainment value, it was a bit of a disappointment.
It was a pretty straightforward proceeding. No salacious accusations of destroyed hard drives; no mystery lawyers popping out of the audience to join in the fun; no mention of attorney disciplinary proceedings. Just arguments from counsel, with a lot of mumbled questions from Justice Bernard Fried (who really needs to speak into his microphone — or turn it on, maybe).
There were no rulings from the bench on any of the motions. Justice Fried took everything under advisement — and promised a ruling on at least one of the motions “shortly.” (We may have a more detailed report later; but really, there wasn’t much to write home about.)
For us, the most exciting part of today’s proceedings was getting to meet plaintiff Aaron Charney, in the flesh. We approached him during a break and introduced ourselves. He shook our hand, but didn’t say more (and seemed nervous). His voice was high, thin, a bit fey.
As for his appearance, we thought he wasn’t as cute as he is in photos. We also thought he looked older than we expected. But we chatted with two fellow spectators during a break, and they voiced the opposite views. They thought he looked more attractive in person, and younger in person than in photographs.
Here’s a picture we took of Aaron Charney exiting the courthouse:
Aaron Charney 60 Centre Street Above the Law blog.JPG
Unfortunately, he has his eyes closed (as we did at several points during the soporific proceedings). But you can see his crisp grey suit, baby blue shirt, and red necktie (Ferragamo is our guess). Perhaps he assembled this elegant ensemble at a Charney’s Shop?
Earlier: Brokeback Lawfirm: How Long Will This Spectacle Go On?

We’re closing the polls tomorrow, Friday the 13th (yikes), at 3 PM (Eastern time). To cast your ballot, click here.
Earlier: ATL March Madness: A New Final Four

It’s a wet and windy day here in New York City. We’re heading downtown to cover the big hearing today in Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell, which starts at 9:30.
We’re probably going to arrive late, but better late than never. We’ll be back online later today.

To Morningside Heights and Columbia Law School. We’re attending their judicial celebrity-fest of a Moot Court final, and then we’re giving a talk, sponsored by the CLS Federalist Society. Here are the details for our appearance:

Wednesay, April 11, 6:00 PM
Columbia Law School
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102
435 West 116th St. (at Amsterdam Avenue)

So we will once again be offline for a while. But please feel free to entertain yourselves in the comments (which we will read when we get back). Thanks.

Aaron Charney 2 headshot Aaron B Charney Aaron Brett CharneyIn response to our earlier request for information about how plaintiff Aaron Charney is supporting himself while his discrimination and retaliation case against Sullivan & Cromwell goes forward, we received a VERY interesting tip:

“I don’t have specific knowledge but I lived on Charney’s freshman dorm floor at Georgetown (he left after only one semester, transferring to a community college in Syracuse and then Syracuse University and later Brown).”

“His parents own Charney’s, a men’s clothing store in Manlius, NY, which I presume is quite successful. He received generous monthly checks from his parents and other relatives and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re at least partially supporting him again now.”

Great stuff. Our reactions:
1. Why did Aaron Charney leave Georgetown after just one semester? Very, very weird. Did he have some kind of “issues” while he was there?
2. Charney was at a community college for a while? ICK.
3. A correction to our tipster’s report. Aaron Charney’s family doesn’t own just one successful men’s clothing store, but a small chain of such stores — as previously mentioned in Bob Kolker’s profile. So we aren’t surprised to hear that Charney comes from a well-off background.
4. Has anyone purchased clothing at a Charney’s shop? What brands or labels do they carry? What is the shopping experience like? Is it the Barney’s or Louis Boston of Syracuse?
Charney’s Shop [Syracuse - Citysearch]

Adriana Dominguez 2 Brooklyn Law School Playboy Above the Law blog.JPGSpeaking of the New York tabloids, they’re having a field day — as well they should — with the story of Adriana Dominguez, the Brooklyn Law School student cum Playboy TV stripper (blogged about here and here).
Here’s the latest article, from the New York Daily News, about this legally blonde, Ivy League-educated exhibitionist. An excerpt:

Adriana Dominguez, who’s in her final year at Brooklyn Law School, blabbed about her sexy exploits all around campus, said former flame Sean Kalish.

“She told everyone in school, ‘This is what I did, watch this,’” said Kalish, 25, a fellow third-year student at the school.

Please, Sean, don’t be so modest. Weren’t you part of the video too? As noted here, Mr. Kalish grabs Ms. Dominguez’s ass in the video — and spanks it.

“It was definitely not my wisest moment,” he said at his Manhattan apartment building. “I already have a job lined up. I’m hoping my employer doesn’t find out. I’m quite embarrassed by all this. I wish it didn’t happen.”

Does anyone know where Kalish has a job offer from? Unless he’s working at, say, the public defender’s office in Salina, Kansas, we suspect they will find out about his budding television career.
She wasn’t camera-shy: Ex says Brooklyn law student blabbed all over campus about Playboy video [New York Daily News]

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