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  • Tim Gunn Make It Work

    Biglaw, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gender, In-House Counsel, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Sports, Tax Law, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 09.10.13

    * Even at the top of the in-house food chain, women lawyers are still paid less than their male counterparts. But hey, at least they’re not being forced to cry poverty like their in-house staff attorney brethren. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Neil Barofsky, the former King of TARP in the United States, is making the move to Jenner & Block, specifically because as opposed to all other firms, “Jenner took the side of really getting to the truth of the matter.” [Reuters]

    * Luxury fashion is fun: four Biglaw firms, including Cleary Gottlieb, Cravath, Torys, and Proskauer Rose, all took Tim Gunn’s mantra to heart to make it work for the $6 billion sale of Neiman Marcus. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * If you want to try some lawyer, we hear that they taste great when poached this time of year. Speaking of which, Troutman Sanders just reeled in three attorneys from Hunton & Williams. [Richmond BizSense]

    * Law schools in the Dakotas are renovating their buildings in the hope of enrolling more students. Luckily, South Dakota has that sweet indentured servitude plan. [Prairie Business; National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * If you’re thinking of applying to law school, here’s a plan of attack for the month of September. That’s right, friends, you can start gunning right now! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Are you ready for some tax law?! The NFL and other professional sports leagues might lose their nonprofit status if new tax reform legislation makes it through the House and the Senate. [Businessweek]

    1 Comment / / Sep 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM
  • working mother

    Biglaw, Gender, Rankings, Women's Issues

    The 50 Best Law Firms For Women (2013)

    When it comes to welcoming women, not all law firms are created equal. Which firms made the cut?

    30 Comments / / Aug 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM
  • old man clubbing RF

    Drinking, Gender, Old People, Parties, Ridiculousness

    Old Fart Anti-Feminist Lawyer, Formerly Of Cravath, Loses Dubious Bottle Service Discrimination Suit

    Should men have to pay exorbitant cover fees to get into clubs? This lawyer doesn’t think so.

    41 Comments / / Aug 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM
  • diversity

    Biglaw, Feminism, Gay, Gender, Minority Issues, Racism, Rankings, Vault rankings, Women's Issues

    The Best Law Firms for Diversity (2014)

    Which firms demonstrate a true commitment to diversity? Check out the latest rankings from Vault and from Am Law.

    10 Comments / / Aug 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM
  • royal onesie

    Gender, Kids, Pregnancy / Paternity, Sexism, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    The Royal Baby Could Make Legal History

    Could this baby banish centuries of sexism to the annals of history when it comes to succession to the crown?

    17 Comments / / Jul 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM
  • To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_poster

    Gender, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.16.13

    * The Zimmerman verdict allows us to sit back and reflect on how bad Atticus Finch really was at his job. [Criminal Defense Blog]

    * In case you’d forgotten about the shenanigans at Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, here’s your update: a former employee has been charged for promising students more scholarships than the school had. Rick Pitino needs to show the law school how to work within scholarship limits. [Courier-Journal]

    * State licensing boards are trying to put the kibosh on advice columnists. Next thing you know, they’ll be trying to shut down Dr. Demento. [Lexington Herald-Leader]

    * Fun with patents: Monkey Dog Saddle! [Lowering the Bar]

    * Transgendered workers are successfully challenging workplace discrimination using the Civil Rights Act. These sound like cases Justice Alito will get right on overturning. [Buzzfeed]

    * McDonald’s is trying to show how it provides its employees a living wage. It just requires working a second job for a total of between 62-74 hours. No biggie. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    2 Comments / / Jul 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM
  • young dental assistant smiling and standing close to the chair

    Gender, Hotties, Quote of the Day, Sexism

    Iowa Supreme Court Revisits the ‘Law of Irresistible Attraction’

    Maybe you can’t fire someone just for being “too hot.”

    7 Comments / / Jul 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM
  • 200px-Aaron_Hernandez_cropped

    Antonin Scalia, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Non-Sequiturs, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Sexism, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.26.13

    * Former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez arrested. In other news, that Patriots offense was killing people last year. [NBC News]

    * Elie appeared on HuffPo Live to explain how today’s rulings changed his marriage. [Huffington Post Live]

    * For all the role-playing game nerds out there, a guide to the SCOTUS alignments. I’m not sold that Scalia isn’t “Lawful Good” and Alito “Chaotic Good,” but the point remains. [It’s a Great Life If You Don’t Weaken]

    * Aaron Zelinsky has a solution for the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the VRA formula — force every jurisdiction to adhere to Section 5 preclearance. That would make way too much sense. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Iowa’s Supreme Sausage Fest to reconsider “irresistible attraction” ruling, which you may remember from stories like this or this. [On Brief: Iowa’s Appellate Blog]

    * Ilya Somin on the strange bedfellows emerging on questions of standing. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Congratulations to Saccharomyces cerevisia, the newly minted Official State Microbe of Oregon. The bacteria is also known as “brewer’s yeast,” so it makes a lot of sense when Portland has the most breweries per capita in the country. [Lowering the Bar]

    * This judge makes important observations about rodent control. Or at least some clerk slipped footnote 5 in because Caddyshack deserves more legal citation. Unfortunately it does not conclude with, “By Order of this Court, We’re All Gonna Get Laid.” Opinion below…

    2 Comments / / Jun 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM
  • Businesswomen on White

    Biglaw, Gender, Money, Partner Issues, Rankings, Women's Issues

    Which Firms Offer Women the Most Power and Highest Pay?

    In a profession ruled by men, these Biglaw firms have taken steps to level the playing field for women.

    11 Comments / / Jun 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM
  • business attire woman LF

    Fashion, Fashion Victims Unit, Gender, State Judges, Women's Issues

    Ladies, Just Because It’s Summertime Doesn’t Mean You Can Show Skin in Court

    When temperatures soar, so do women’s hemlines. When cold fronts drop, women’s necklines do too. But be wary of following these trends if you’re an attorney…

    51 Comments / / Jun 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM
  • Mad-men-title-card

    Biglaw, Federal Judges, Football, Gender, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Tax Law, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.07.13

    * Oh, and by the way, it’s not just Verizon that the NSA is spying on. It’s every major phone and internet provider, too. They must see an amazing amount of foreign pornography on video chat. [Guardian]

    * The IRS is under siege over its conservative targeting scandal, and now a training video parodying Mad Men has surfaced with a focus on “customer service.” How incredibly ironic. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Francine Griesing, the woman who sued Greenberg Traurig for $200M over the firm’s so-called “boys’ club” (and later quietly settled), has tips for women who want to succeed in the law. [Am Law Daily]

    * This ruling has to do with collecting fees following a law school clinic victory, but the key takeaway is that law students’ “time and effort still has monetary value.” Hear that, ABA? [National Law Journal]

    * Rutgers Law-Camden is trying to recover from “an existential threat” after its class size unexpectedly dropped by more than 50 percent. But… that’s a good thing these days. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

    * A judge dismissed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s lawsuit against the NCAA for “fail[ing] to advance the ball.” How kind of her to entertain us with some football references. [Legal Intelligencer]

    5 Comments / / Jun 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Amanda Bynes

    Biglaw, California, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, D.C. Circuit, Deaths, Education / Schools, Eric Holder, Federalist Society, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Litigatrix, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, Religion, SCOTUS, Shoes, Supreme Court, White House Counsel

    Morning Docket: 05.28.13

    * Let’s get ready to rumble! Some of the Supreme Court’s most controversial opinions yet are expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks — and maybe even today. Stay tuned for news. [CNN]

    * Let’s see what happens when Obama nominates three judges at once to the D.C. Circuit. How many of them will be confirmed as quickly as Sri Srinivasan? Probably not many. [New York Times]

    * White House counsel and leading litigatrix Kathryn Ruemmler is best known for her fabulous shoes, but this week, she’s taking some flak for her involvement in the IRS scandal. [New York Times]

    * “I don’t know whether the Lord Himself could get confirmed at this point.” It looks like poor Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t have very many people left to turn to thanks to executive and congressional inaction. [Bloomberg]

    * When it comes to recent diversity efforts in Biglaw there’s an ebb, but not really a flow, and it’s all being blamed on the recession. Also, “diversity fatigue” is apparently a thing now. [New York Times]

    * The $200 million gender discrimination suit filed against Greenberg Traurig over the firm’s alleged “old boys club” has been settled for an undisclosed amount. You go girl! [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * According to Judge Murray Snow, Arizona’s most beloved sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has been violating the constitutional rights of all of the Latinos whom he supposedly “hadn’t” been racially profiling. [Reuters]

    * My, how things change: David Blankenhorn, a man who once testified as an expert witness in support of Proposition 8 at trial, has come forward to condemn anti-marriage equality laws. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Stewart Schwab, the dean of Cornell Law School, will step down in June 2014. Perhaps the next dean will crack down on the number of cam girls pleasuring themselves in the law library. [Cornell Chronicle]

    * Law schools tend to be “bastions of liberalism,” which makes it hard for students to find intellectual diversity. It’s a good thing we’ve got the Federalist Society to balance things out. [Washington Times]

    * People who think Washington needs another law school propose one for students “who can’t afford to … go into debt … to get their legal degree.” This won’t sit well with the legal academy. [News Tribune]

    * With Lindsay Lohan stuck in rehab, Amanda Bynes decided it was her turn to go wild. The retired actress says she’s suing the NYPD for unlawful arrest and sexual harassment. [New York Daily News]

    * Alton Lemon, the Supreme Court plaintiff behind the eponymous Lemon test, RIP. [New York Times]

    8 Comments / / May 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM
  • A fireable offense in the UK?

    Biglaw, Disasters / Emergencies, Federal Judges, Gender, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Murder, Pregnancy / Paternity, Tax Law, Technology, Trials, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 05.21.13

    * Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oklahoma. [CNN]

    * The IRS and the Treasury Department better watch out, because it seems that the “next logical step” for the tea party victims of heightened scrutiny leads right up the courthouse stairs. [ABC News]

    * #Whatshouldwecallme after advising on the $1.1 billion Yahoo/Tumblr deal? Kind of a big deal. The Biglaw firms doing the underlying legal work are Simpson Thatcher and Gunderson Dettmer. [Am Law Daily]

    * The Mirena MDL judge thinks female attorneys should be on the all-male executive committee. If this is “strategic gender placement,” the strategy is to look bad publicly. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The Travers Smith trainee who was fired for getting pregnant is due in court this June to find out what type of compensation she’ll receive for being discriminated against by the firm. You go girl! [Daily Mail]

    * Wherein the parents of a 0L who’s got doubts about her employment prospects are counseled that she can “work not just in law.” ::facepalm:: [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * There’s trouble in paradise: lawyers in the Jodi Arias case unsuccessfully attempted to get a mistrial and withdraw from representation — for the second time — during its punishment phase. [Fox News]

    2 Comments / / May 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg RF Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Federal Judges, Feminism, Gender, Music, Quote of the Day, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    Justice Ginsburg: A ‘Great Diva,’ or Milli Vanilli?

    Why you might not want to go out for karaoke with Justice Ginsburg.

    4 Comments / / May 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM
  • Christine Beshar Cravath Swaine Moore

    Biglaw, Bloomberg, Feminism, Gender, General Counsel, Kids, Partner Issues, Trusts and Estates, Videos, Women's Issues, YouTube

    Mother-at-Law: Cravath’s First Woman Partner

    A working mother’s journey from switchboard operator to law librarian to Cravath partner.

    5 Comments / / May 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM
  • cleavage lawyer RF

    Breasts, Gender, Ridiculousness, Sexism, Women's Issues

    Cleavage as a ‘Career Enhancer’ for Female Attorneys

    Should you flaunt your cleavage to succeed in a business setting?

    37 Comments / / May 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM
  • sexy dental assistant R

    Gender, Hotties, Quote of the Day, Sexism, Television, Videos

    The ‘Law of Irresistible Attraction': Now With More Cleavage!

    Apparently this is what happens when you lose your job and your lawsuit in Iowa.

    4 Comments / / Apr 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM
  • baby-lawyer LF

    Biglaw, Gender, Kids, Pregnancy / Paternity, Rankings, Women's Issues

    The Top Ten Family-Friendly Law Firms (2013)

    The Yale Law Women are out with their annual list of the top ten family-friendly firms. Which firms made the cut?

    26 Comments / / Apr 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM