Ed. note: Welcome to the latest installment of “Notes from the Breadline,” a column by a laid-off lawyer in New York. Prior columns are collected here. You can reach Roxana St. Thomas by email (at email@example.com), follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook. Searching for a job is often described as a marathon. […]
The Yale Law School campus is buzzing with rumors that their popular dean, Harold Hongju Koh, could be leaving for a job in the Clinton State Department. The Yale Daily News reports that Koh could be appointed as legal adviser to the State Department: In that position, Koh — a former assistant secretary of state […]
What is the long train of e-discovery? It is powered by the relentless engines of technological advancement, surging societal and economic complexity, and the concepts of civil justice due process.
The e-discovery space seems surreal. It is a huge business for everyone but the consumers of legal services—namely, companies. For them it is just a massive, costly pain.
Back in July, when we covered the nuptials of celebrity professors / Obama advisers Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power, we wrote: “We look forward to seeing the heights to which they will ascend, together, in the administration of President Obama.” Well, now we know. Both have snagged important positions in the White House. As previously […]
Yes We Can…. Hire lots and lots of Supreme Court clerks? In prior posts (here and here), we reported on the impressive legal team that President Barack Obama has assembled to staff key positions in his administration. Like many of the Bush Administration lawyers they’re replacing, the Obama lawyers have impressive pedigrees: degrees from top […]
President Barack Obama has hit the ground running. Even before President Obama was done flubbing taking the oath of office, the revamped White House website was launched. You can check the WH website, including the new “Briefing Room” blog, for news of notable nominations and appointments. We’ll also follow personnel news here on Above the […]
* SCOTUS may hear the case of a Texas woman who claims that an extreme religious group forced her to “exorcise her demons”, disturbing her so much that she later attempted suicide. [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution] * On Wednesday, the federal court in Manhattan will start considering information that will infect the investor’s in Madoff’s Ponzi […]
Because TPW knows a thing or two about crisis and rescue plans. Seriously, though, it’s a good sign for the firm, even if it may not be a lucrative engagement — the Treasury press release reports that “total cost for the firm’s services is not expected to exceed approximately $500,000.” It raises the possibility that […]
ATL correspondent Laurie Lin, on the scene at the annual dinner of the Federalist Society, reports that Attorney General Michael Mukasey “literally collapsed mid-sentence at the podium,” while delivering a speech at the Society’s National Lawyers Convention. It is not clear what AG Mukasey suffered, but a stroke is possible. “Medical people are working on […]
Quickly locating responsive information is the single best way to reduce legal/e-discovery costs. A recent survey of nearly 150 in-house legal/IT professionals identified “locating responsive information” as the No. 1 e-discovery challenge.
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New lawyers to lead the nation are sending in their résumés. Already, UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley has received a choice position as part of Obama’s transition advisory board. (I wonder if he’s accepting resumes from his students?) Here’s an interesting choice for Edley and the rest of the transition team that […]
Today is the day that the U.S. Department of Justice emails applicants to set up interviews for the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Each division is sending out its own letter. If you didn’t receive one of these emails, well, then you probably didn’t attend the Nobody F**** With the Jesus School Of Law: Congratulations! You […]
We hear that the Justice Department’s special report on our favorite DOJ diva, Monica Goodling, will be coming out later today — in fact, later this morning. Perhaps within 15 minutes or so, give or take…. Stay tuned. We’ll update this space with more as it emerges. Update (10:08 AM): As we predicted, the report […]
When traveling abroad for the first time, it seems every American is struck by the brilliance of creating paper money with a correlation between the size of a bill and its value. “That must be nice for blind people,” we think. Well, the D.C. Circuit thinks the same way. In a 2-1 ruling (PDF) issued […]
Not everyone likes Attorney General Michael Mukasey. At Boston College Law School, students are protesting Dean John Garvey’s decision to invite Attorney General Mukasey to deliver the school’s 2008 Commencement address. See here (Facebook group: “Waterboarding IS Torture”), here, and here. Why are liberals so unhappy about Mukasey? We’d expect the AG to receive a […]
Veteran litigator Joseph Russoniello, recently nominated to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, previously served as senior counsel in the San Francisco office of Cooley Godward Kronish. If he’s confirmed, which is looking likely, one would expect him to take a big pay cut as he moves from private practice to […]
In the Senate chamber yesterday, crickets were chirping. From the New York Times: Who says the Senate cannot act quickly? It conducted a full day’s business in less than 30 seconds on Tuesday. Of course, there was no real business to conduct. But fearing that President Bush would again use a Congressional recess to install […]
The Senate Judiciary Committee just voted in favor of the nomination of Michael Mukasey to serve as attorney general. The tally was 11-8, with two Democrats — Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein — joining all the Republicans in supporting him. What had been looking like a nailbiter of a nomination should sail through the […]