musical chairs above the law legal blog above the law legal tabloid above the law legal gossip site.GIFToday is the observation of Veterans’ Day (which falls on Saturday). Many of you are enjoying a well-deserved day off. And so is, which assiduously covers job hopping in the legal profession.
So it’s a pretty quiet day. But we still have a few things to write about:
Government to Private Sector (or vice versa):
* In the weeks ahead, expect some turnover in the coveted staff positions at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now that the Democrats will be in the majority, working for them on Judiciary just became much more appealing. It may attract high-powered, left-leaning lawyers who are spinning their wheels in private practice, but eager to get back into government — and to burnish their credentials for top jobs in a Hillary Clinton administration.
And, correspondingly, working for Republicans on the Committee has become less appealing. If you hear of any moves, on either side of the aisle, please let us know.
Calling in the Cavalry:
* Cablevision has more legal problems than you can throw a digital converter box at (wow that’s tortured). So its adding two distinguished lawyers — Grover Brown, former Delaware Supreme Court and Chancery Court judge, and Zachary Carter, former U.S. Attorney for the E.D.N.Y. — to its board. Brown and Carter will make up a “special litigation committee.”
Internal Promotions:
* Elliott Portnoy has no complaints: he will soon assume the chairmanship of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (aka “Scott Turow’s law firm”).
(Sorry, Elliott, we couldn’t resist. We know you’ve been putting up with that joke from every English teacher you’ve ever had.)
Elliot Portnoy: The Chairman-Elect of Scott Turow’s Law Firm [WSJ Law Blog]
Cablevision: Offering Internet, Digital Cable, and Legal Work [WSJ Law Blog]

* German citizen files state action to block sale of Picasso painting after federal action was dismissed earlier this week. [CNN]
* Talk about court tv: Cablevision is involved in a little bit of litigation. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Prosecutors file 12 murder counts in Reno Halloween hotel fire. [Reno Gazette-Journal]
* Must not have been a very good fence. [MSNBC]
* Barot (almost like Borat, except not funny and a terrorist) gets life for bomb plots.[MSNBC]

anna nicole smith and j howard marshall.jpg* Judge Manuel Real (C.D. Cal.) defends himself against impeachment charges before the Senate. The accusation that he made rulings “to benefit an attractive female” is one that the 82-year-old jurist “find[s] repugnant, particularly at my age.” [Los Angeles Times]
(But who says old guys can’t be horndogs? See, e.g., J. Howard Marshall, the late husband of victorious SCOTUS litigant Anna Nicole Smith.)
* Senatrix Dianne Feinstein — who has a really nice house, by the way — storms out of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, vowing to filibuster the Ninth Circuit nomination of Idaho judge Randy Smith. DiFi wants the seat to go to a Californian. We love a little SJC drama!!! [Associated Press via How Appealing]
* Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters were sentenced to up to 18 months in jail, for refusing to disclose their confidential sources with knowledge of steroid use by star baseball players. ATL tipsters, listen up: We’ll go to jail to protect your anonymity too. It would be great publicity for us! [Los Angeles Times]
* Fifth Circuit Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., will assume senior status next year, creating a Fifth Circuit vacancy. [Confirm Them via How Appealing]
* Apparently Cablevision awarded stocks options to a dead guy. Oops. Columbia Law prof John Coffee: “Trying to incentivize a corpse suggests they were not complying with the spirit of shareholder-approved stock-option plans.” [WSJ Law Blog]