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  • Richard Morvillo RF

    Ask the Experts, Books, Boutique Law Firms, Music, Partner Issues, Small Law Firms, Technology

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Richard J. Morvillo from Morvillo LLP

    Richard J. Morvillo, co-founder of Morvillo LLP, answers ten questions for the ATL Interrogatories, sponsored by Lateral Link.

    / Dec 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM
  • attorney_shingle

    Books, Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    Foonberg Was First

    Once upon a time, starting a law firm meant reading Jay Foonberg’s classic, How to Start and Build A Law Practice. What does it mean today?

    3 Comments / / Dec 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM
  • gift

    Books, Law Professors, Law Schools

    A Generous Gift From Your Law School

    No, it’s not a tuition rebate….

    7 Comments / / Dec 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM
  • Mans eye looking through a blured keyhole

    Books, Politics, Privacy, Technology

    A Reasonable Expectation of Transparency: Dave Eggers’s The Circle

    What insights into law and liberty can be gleaned from Dave Eggers’s new book, The Circle?

    22 Comments / / Dec 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM
  • Falling on a banana skin

    Books, Guantanamo Bay, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Sports, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.02.13

    * A guy sued the Washington Metro for injuries incurred by slipping in a banana peel. Security camera footage unraveled his story when it revealed he wasn’t a Looney Tunes character. [Washington Post]

    * A sports law practice sprung up in Qatar in advance of the 2022 World Cup. Have fun in 2023, folks! [Forbes]

    * Courts are starting to employ link shortening for URLs. That should free up some space under the page limits. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The feds have a sophisticated spy system at Gitmo that may be used to eavesdrop on defense lawyers, which is a shock to pretty much nobody. [Vocativ]

    * Kash Hill joins the discussion on delivery drones. [Forbes]

    * Walking out on the law firm life is a bold move. This is pretty much how it goes down for everyone who does it. [Big Law Rebel]

    * Cops in Rochester arrested three black kids for waiting at their bus stop. [Gawker]

    * As we noted on Friday, the Jackie Chiles Law Society held a mock trial and convicted Harry Potter. “Who told you to put the Butter Beer Balm on!?” Video after the jump (note that the clip plays automatically, so don your headphones if necessary).

    4 Comments / / Dec 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM
  • holiday gifts support staff paralegals secretaries

    Advertising, Books, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Holidays and Seasons, Shameless Plugs, Shoes, Shopping, Shopping For Others, This Is an Ad

    The 2013 ATL Holiday Gift Guide

    No idea what to get for the fickle lawyer in your life? We’re here to help.

    / Nov 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM
  • 220px-Richard_G._Kopf_District_Judge-RF

    Books, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Kenji Yoshino, Quote of the Day, Richard Posner

    Underneath Their Robes, Indeed

    Would you “rat out” your daughter to obtain a federal judgeship?

    12 Comments / / Nov 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM
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    Books, Free Speech, Immigration, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Sports, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.19.13

    * The newest edition of the Supreme Court coloring book is out! Christmas has come early if your kid reads Babar and Curious George with originalist intent as racist, colonialist tracts. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The Young Conservatives group at the University of Texas has canceled its intended “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” contest amid a firestorm over discrimination vs. free speech. Now Cartman can go back to class. [NPR]

    * The Title IX Network is filing lawsuits against universities that allegedly mishandle sexual assault claims on campus. I mean, if the government isn’t going to do its job, someone has to step in. [Jezebel]

    * An individual has no expectation of privacy in an online dating profile. They should also have no expectation of a fulfilling relationship. [IT-Lex]

    * What is the duty of a sports franchise to protect spectators from flying hot dogs? Asking for a friend… [The Legal Blitz]

    * Real Simple Magazine’s December Book Club nominees are out and the list includes Helen Wan’s The Partner Track (affiliate link). The winner will be determined by online voting and closes Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:59 PM EST, so please go to this link and vote for The Partner Track! [Real Simple]

    * Popehat has a site store now. As of now they don’t sell branded mitres, which seems like a damn shame. [Popehat]

    * The Obama administration is supporting a ban on unlocking cellphones while publicly supporting unlocking. First they came for unlocking and I didn’t speak out because I didn’t need to unlock my phone. Then they came for Angry Birds and there was no one left to speak for me. [Slate]

    * Dean Frank H. Wu discusses the Jimmy Kimmel controversy. It’s not a funny piece, but neither is Jimmy Kimmel. [Huffington Post]

    0 Comments / / Nov 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • Jami McKeon RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Books, Partner Issues, Technology

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Jami Wintz McKeon from Morgan Lewis

    Jami Wintz McKeon, chair-elect of Morgan Lewis and head of the firm’s litigation practice, answers ten questions for the ATL Interrogatories, sponsored by Lateral Link.

    / Nov 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM
  • CVHS_Arab_Mascot

    Basketball, Books, Death Penalty, Election Law, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.08.13

    * If you thought the Redskins were offensive, I bring you the Coachella Valley High Arabs. Complete with video of their mascot! [Yahoo! Sports]

    * With states increasingly losing access to tried and true execution drugs, the wardens are now experimenting on their own. This sounds (a) incredibly cruel and unusual, and (b) likely to result in creating a supervillian. [Vocativ]

    * Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott fought hard for a voter ID law. And on Tuesday, he failed to meet the standards of the law he championed. Derp. [Opposing Views]

    * We frequently link to the fun poetic stylings of Poetic Justice. Now you can enter a contest to win a free copy of the book! [Poetic Justice]

    * In a horrific turn, a father called the cops to teach his son a lesson. Then the cops killed the son. [Gawker]

    * Fear Roatti the White Tiger, Esq. Fear him mightily. [Deadspin]

    * This is perhaps the weirdest law firm video ever. Video embedded after the jump… [Legal Cheek]

    2 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • got_cleavage_tshirt

    Books, Breasts, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.30.13

    * “I Love Boobies” case may go to the Supreme Court. [Jezebel]

    * Law firms are warning clients to beware of “Misclassification Creep” which is a “threat” to many businesses. Yeah, it’s a real shame that employees might start getting paid what they actually earn. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Recurring ATL subject, Caskers craft spirits retailer, has been sold to Anderson Press. [Pandodaily]

    * Meanwhile, another legally related business has raised a total of $850,000. Hopefully they can use some of that to make another hilarious commercial. [Techcrunch]

    * Here are 10 things every new lawyer should do right now. Shorter version: start puckering up. [The Careerist]

    * In horrible news, a missing Wayne State law student was found dead. [Detroit Free Press]

    * A former Biglaw, current Midlaw associate has written a book and created this trailer to promote it. What if a sex toy manufacturer became a patent troll? Video embed after the jump…

    3 Comments / / Oct 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM
  • luftspring RF

    Ask the Experts, Books, Canada, Partner Issues, Small Law Firms, Technology

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Gary Luftspring from Ricketts, Harris LLP

    Gary Luftspring of Ricketts, Harris answers 10 questions for the ATL Interrogatories, sponsored by Lateral Link.

    / Oct 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM
  • Cheating-Spouse

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Books, Career Alternatives, Disasters / Emergencies, Gay, Gay Marriage, House Judiciary Committee, Law Firm Mergers, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Patents, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Sex, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 10.30.13

    * Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has joined Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in being one of the only justices to perform a same-sex marriage. No divas here: the wedding ceremony was held at the high court because “[t]hat’s where she was.” [BuzzFeed]

    * “Proceed with caution.” David Kappos, the former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, isn’t too keen on the latest patent reform bill that’s currently before the House Judiciary Committee. If only the man still had a say. [National Law Journal]

    * Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have released a joint statement to ensure the public that the proposed merger is still on. Good news, everyone! The firm won’t be named McDentons. [Am Law Daily]

    * Ralph Lerner, formerly of Sidley Austin, has been slapped on the wrist suspended from practice in New York for one year’s time after improperly billing car service to clients to the tune of $50,000. [Am Law Daily]

    * It’s been a year since Superstorm Sandy, and lawyers are still counseling their clients on how to muddle through the mess. Volunteer some pro bono hours and help out those in need. [New York Law Journal]

    * After threatening to cut faculty positions, New England Law Dean John O’Brien is taking a 25 percent pay cut. He’ll only earn $650,000. Wow. I think we’re supposed to be impressed. [Boston Business Journal]

    * Career alternatives for attorneys: rescuer of nerd relics. Head to this Brooklyn book store (of course it’s in Brooklyn) if you’re desperately seeking long lost science fiction tales. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * We bet that folks in Australia would like to tell the the High Court to bugger off after overturning this ruling. Sexual injuries that occur during work-related trips don’t qualify for workers’ compensation. [Bloomberg]

    0 Comments / / Oct 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM
  • Jodi Arias

    Antitrust, Bar Exams, Biglaw, Books, Federal Judges, Job Searches, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Locke Lord, Morning Docket, Murder, Patton Boggs, Sports

    Morning Docket: 10.28.13

    * Hot on the heels of news about Pillsbury’s talks with Orrick, we’ve got the scoop on yet another possible law firm merger. Patton Boggs has the urge to merge, and Locke Lord seems pretty receptive. [Reuters]

    * Three people who were optimistic about law school graduated with three very different results. One has a job, one is unemployed, and one failed the bar. Sadly, this seems pretty standard. [National Law Journal]

    * Lat’s going to be on vacation this week (lucky him), but while he’s gone you can check out his review of a new novel set in a law firm, The Partner Track (affiliate link) by Helen Wan. Enjoy! [Wall Street Journal]

    * A judge denied the NCAA’s motion to dismiss Ed O’Bannon’s antitrust lawsuit, noting everyone could “suck her dicta” concerning the Supreme Court’s notion that players cannot be compensated. [ESPN]

    * Jodi Arias wants to fire Kirk Nurmi, her lead attorney, claiming in a 12-page handwritten motion that he has an “utter poverty of people skills.” Her words hurt as much as her stab wounds. :( [Arizona Republic]

    6 Comments / / Oct 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM
  • Jay Edelson RF

    Ask the Experts, Books, Boutique Law Firms, Partner Issues, Small Law Firms

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Jay Edelson from Edelson LLC

    Jay Edelson of Edelson LLC answers 10 questions for the ATL Interrogatories (sponsored by Lateral Link).

    / Oct 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM
  • Law school's epitaph?

    Abortion, Banking Law, Biglaw, Books, Education / Schools, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Williams & Connolly

    Morning Docket: 10.14.13

    Ed. note: In honor of Columbus Day (and Canadian Thanksgiving), Above the Law will be on a reduced publication schedule today. We will be back in full force tomorrow.

    * Justice stops for no one, not even a broken Congress. With the end of days approaching quickly for federal courts in terms of funding (or the lack thereof), many judges are lashing out and declaring all their employees essential. [National Law Journal]

    * Legal expenses can be especially “painful,” even for the biggest of banks, but sadist firms like Sullivan & Cromwell, Paul Weiss, and WilmerHale are really getting their rocks off on Jamie Dimon’s suffering. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * DLA Piper’s future’s so bright it’s got to wear shades — and appoint a new co-managing partner in New York City, its largest office. Congratulations to Richard Hans, you’ve co-made it! [New York Law Journal]

    * “It’s not just about me.” Jim Tanner, a Williams & Connolly partner who represents Jeremy Lin, is leaving the firm to start his own sports management business, and he’s taking people with him. [Bloomberg]

    * “I have no apologies to make about anything I did.” Steven Donziger of Chevron/Ecuador infamy will be defending himself in court this week in what’s being called a legal cage match. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “Touro is asking a judge to declare the school a diploma mill.” Irony alert: Touro wants Novus University Law School, a school supposedly conferring “worthless law degrees,” to be stopped. [New York Post]

    * If you think SCOTUS abused its discretion in the early abortion cases, you’re going to love this book (affiliate link), a “cautionary tale” about consequences of decisions like Roe v. Wade. [Wall Street Journal]

    22 Comments / / Oct 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM
  • iStock_000008976388XSmall-RF

    Books, Law Schools, Pictures

    Deciding To Go To Law School In One Epic Flowchart

    If you’ve been waiting for an infographic to explain why you shouldn’t go to law school, here you go!

    36 Comments / / Oct 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • Terry Conner RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Books, Partner Issues

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Terry Conner from Haynes and Boone

    The ATL Interrogatories with Terry Conner, managing partner of Haynes and Boone.

    / Oct 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

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