Staci Zaretsky

Staci Zaretsky became an editor for Above the Law in June 2011. Before becoming an editor, she pseudonymously wrote the site's Morning Docket column. Staci graduated from Lehigh University and Western New England University School of Law, where her writing was published in the Western New England Law Review. Before deciding to pursue writing as a full-time career, Staci worked at a small law firm. Her writing has appeared in other legal publications, such as Judgepedia, Lawyerist, and Ms. JD. She has been featured on various television and radio programs, like CNBC's Power Lunch, CBS Radio News, BBC Radio, CLTV Chicago, HuffPost Live, TF1 TV France, Chicago Public Radio, Civil Discourse Now, KGNU Denver, and iHeartMedia Denver.

Posts by Staci Zaretsky

  • Aren't summer associates so cute?

    Biglaw, Summer Associates

    Major Biglaw Firm Thinks It Can Get Away With Charging Clients For Summer Associate Work

    Did the firm seriously think anyone would be willing to pay for that?

    38 Comments / / Jul 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM
  • money pocketed by man in suit

    Crime, Law Schools, Money

    Law School’s Chief Financial Officer Arrested For Grand Theft

    This is an active criminal investigation, and the CFO has been charged with a felony.

    19 Comments / / Jul 8, 2015 at 10:59 AM
  • Woo, summer associates, yeah!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.08.15

    * FYI, it may be a “nine-week job interview—for both sides,” but summer associates hardly have room to complain when they’re being wined, dined, and paid up to $3,000 per week to work at the Biglaw firms where they landed jobs. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Hot take alert: Per our favorite (and sometimes controversial) blogging jurist, Richard Kopf of the District of Nebraska, “Senator Ted Cruz is not fit to be President” because he wants to allow voters to boot SCOTUS justices. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Maria Mitousis, the divorce lawyer who was seriously injured after a bomb allegedly mailed to her by a client’s ex-husband exploded in her office, says she’ll be back to work ASAP. Her hand got blown off and she still wants to bill. What’s your excuse? [CBC News]

    * Former Galveston County (Texas) Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was recently arrested and charged with two counts of online harassment after he allegedly created sex ads featuring his exes. He sounds like a real winner, y’all. [Crimesider / CBS News]

    * This prospective law student got a 173 on the LSAT and wants to know whether it would be advisable to retake the exam. Are you actually kidding me with this? You’ll get in almost anywhere with a 173 and a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    10 Comments / / Jul 8, 2015 at 8:54 AM
  • partner car

    Caption Contests

    Caption Contest: This Lawyer’s Ride Is In Desperate Need Of Some Pimping

    Not all lawyers are wealthy, and not all lawyers can afford the more luxurious things in life, like fancy new cars.

    65 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 12:37 PM
  • concept of bankruptcy


    Big Firm Files For Bankruptcy After $20 Million Goes Missing

    Yet another once successful firm is seeking refuge in bankruptcy as it gasps its final breaths.

    34 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 11:45 AM
  • Some change for future of legal education.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.07.15

    * Vikram Amar, the incoming dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, says that he demanded a pay cut before taking the job to help make legal education more affordable for students. The piddling amount of money he’ll be sacrificing will absolutely infuriate you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * When law firms break up and partners attack, it can sometimes be pretty entertaining (and a little sad, all at the same time). In this case, former partners have accused each other of being mentally unstable and going online shopping for hours instead of practicing law. [Daily Business Review]

    * In case you don’t remember the law school lawsuits about deceptive employment stats, some of them are still alive and kicking. One of the last surviving suits against Widener Law was recently denied class certification. [New Jersey Law Journal via ABA Journal]

    * Per Altman Weil MergerLine, 2015 is on pace to be a record year for law firm mergers. Statements like this have been made since the recession, but this time, it’s the highest number of mergers recorded in the company’s history. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

    * According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector lost 800 jobs in June. That’s not exactly a comforting thought for those of you who are studying for the bar exam and don’t have a job lined up yet. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    28 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • Justice Eric Holder? (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, SCOTUS

    Supreme Court Justice Eric Holder?

    The former AG says he’d diss anyone who’d try to appoint him.

    33 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 12:41 PM
  • Maria Mitousis

    Crime, Divorce Train Wrecks, Violence

    Lawyer Seriously Injured After Bomb Explodes At Firm

    Be careful out there, lawyers; we bet you didn’t know your job could be so dangerous.

    23 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 11:25 AM
  • Coming to a law school near you?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.06.15

    * It’s time to start shutting down law schools, but this clearly isn’t something that the American Bar Association is ready to act on. After all, new schools keep popping up, and the ABA keeps accrediting them for reasons beyond understanding. [Bloomberg Business]

    * At the end of a landmark Term at the Supreme Court, some presidential candidates are fanning the flames of voters’ fears. Linda Greenhouse asks, “[W]hat, exactly, are people supposed to be afraid of now? A same-sex married couple with affordable health insurance?” [New York Times]

    * Eric Holder will return to Covington & Burling, the Biglaw firm from whence he came, and he’ll be there “until [he] decide[s] [he’s] not going to be a lawyer anymore.” This crazy guy says he’d even turn down a SCOTUS nom to continue working there. [Am Law Daily]

    * Congrats to Skadden, the firm that ranked numero uno in worldwide deals according to Bloomberg’s quarterly M&A league tables. Davis Polk finished $93 billion behind that, but hopefully the bonuses will be just as sweet this winter. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * If you’re planning to enter law school at the end of the summer — especially if you’re a gunner in training — there’s no better way to spend your last months of freedom than to read one (or all of) these law prof-recommended books and papers. [Washington Post]

    7 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • money falling from sky bonus salary student loans paid off

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Biglaw Summer Bonuses!

    Which firm could possibly be so generous?

    16 Comments / / Jul 2, 2015 at 10:57 AM
  • Ben and Jen in less litigious times. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.01.15

    * Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced — even she couldn’t stand the thought of him being Batman. Celebrity divorces don’t come cheap, and you know what that must mean: high-powered lawyers and even higher rates for their billable hours! [CNN]

    * “[H]ow young would you go…I’d do 5[,] [b]ut 0-12 is hot.” Well, that’s absolutely disgusting. Matthew Gigot, an attorney who does doc review in the D.C. area, was charged in a child pornography case for sexual performance using a minor. [FOX 5 DC]

    * The main line of defense as of late in the Dewey trial for the former head honchos of this failed firm is that everyone sends out embarrassing — and potentially incriminating — emails from time to time. We know all abput that here at Above the Law. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.” If you’re hoping to land a job at any federal agency any time in the near future, then you better quit your toking as soon as possible, even if it’s legal in your state. [New York Times]

    * Here’s some sad news for women who are interested in taking home their apparently delicious and nutritious placentas to feast upon after their children are born in hospitals: it’s only completely legal in three states — Hawaii, Oregon, and Texas. [The Stir]

    27 Comments / / Jul 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Police crime scene

    Depositions, Murder

    A Deadly Deposition: Attorney Murdered At His Firm

    The lawyer’s assailant has been charged with murder.

    / Jun 30, 2015 at 10:50 AM
  • Sorry, summers, but this is going away soon.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.30.15

    * Which Biglaw firm is going to be changing up the way that it recruits new attorneys? That would be Quinn Emanuel. It’s planning to majorly scale back on summer associates and do something completely different. We’ll have more on this news later today. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * An undergrad who once had high hopes for law school decided to ditch his legal aspirations in favor of stand-up comedy. His mom is mad since it’s a “path that has no specific stability.” She obviously hasn’t read up on law school job stats lately. [Indy Channel]

    * Justice Kennedy should consider trading in his robes for a superhero’s cape, because he just swooped in to the rescue, again. With a 5-4 vote, SCOTUS stayed the Fifth Circuit’s decision regarding the closure of the majority of abortion clinics in Texas. [NPR]

    * Damn you, Dewey leaders! Per recent testimony in the criminal trial of the failed firm’s former top brass, but for news of the criminal probe spreading like wildfire throughout the profession, D&L could’ve merged with any number of firms to save itself. [Am Law Daily]

    * Some pretty major firms think they have better things to spend their Biglaw bucks on than donations to legal aid organizations. Only five firms were willing to publicly disclose more than $1 million in donations. [DealBook / New York Times via American Lawyer]

    10 Comments / / Jun 30, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Antonin Scalia, Music

    Rock Band Sings Justice Scalia’s Dissents

    It sounds like the band must have consulted the nearest hippie when writing this song.

    0 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 12:30 PM
  • Eggs Benedict on toasted muffins with ham and sauce

    Antonin Scalia, Food

    This Is What Happens When The Douchiest Supreme Court Justice Goes To Brunch

    Was any jiggery-pokery pudding or pure applesauce served during this brunch?

    43 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 11:16 AM
  • Lawyers can juggle too!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.29.15

    * The Dissent World: This is what happens when justices start being real… and stop being polite. Conservative SCOTUS justices weren’t interested in playing nice last week in their dissents. Just how much “personal dissension” is there among their ranks? [POLITICO]

    * “I knew I was a workaholic and law wasn’t for me, but the circus is.” A law school graduate who only goes by Paz is now working as a world-class juggler. Law school career services officers would really like to know if this is considered a J.D. Advantage position. [Grand Forks Herald]

    * A new nickname is being bandied about for John Roberts: “Umpire in Chief.” During his confirmation hearings, he said judges should be more like baseball officiants, and you could say that last week, all he was doing was calling balls and strikes. [New York Times]

    * SCOTUS may have issued a landmark ruling on gay marriage, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over as far as gay rights are concerned. Protip: Next time you make a historic decision, let lawyers know what level of scrutiny is being applied. [National Law Journal]

    * Some think what SCOTUS did with gay marriage was “simply putting its imprimatur on a practice that was already legal in more than two-thirds of the states.” People wonder whether the highest court will do the same with marijuana legalization. [24/7 Wall St.]

    16 Comments / / Jun 29, 2015 at 8:52 AM
  • Staci and Chris Wedding

    Gay Marriage, Weddings

    How Gay Marriage Has Changed My Traditional Marriage

    When Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced the decision in Obergefell this morning, I, like many Americans, cried.

    49 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 2:59 PM
  • James Crowley, alleged child porn collector

    Attorney Misconduct, Kids, Pornography

    Lawyer Allegedly Kept Kiddie Porn Treasure Trove In His Home

    This attorney is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

    23 Comments / / Jun 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM