Sometimes the partners don’t like it if you gorge yourself on “their” candy. But yesterday was different. We hope you had a Happy Halloween!!! (And that you’re not too hungover from last night’s partying.)
How did your firm celebrate this spooky occasion? Seyfarth Shaw went all out:
Halloween treats were served in a mock coffin. The menu included blood-red cupcakes decorated with bleeding fangs and bats to be washed down with Jones soda in limited edition ghoulish flavors (Lemon Drop Dead, Strawberry Slime, and Gruesome Grape).
And you thought paying $145K was scary enough!
Please share amusing Halloween anecdotes — partners in crazy costumes, conference rooms converted into haunted houses, etc. — in the comments. Thanks.
P.S. For your reading pleasure, here’s a Halloween-themed link, from yesterday’s WSJ Law Blog: The Legal Implications of Throwing Eggs. Executive summary: think twice before TP’ing that partner’s mailbox. Update: The Department of Justice got into the Halloween spirit:
Despite the travails of the Department, our emergency response and preparedness staff are on the job. No, I’m not referring to providing assistance to wildfire-torn California. I’m talking about dressing your children in flame-retardant Halloween costumes and ensuring your home is well lit to ” to prevent injuries to little ghosts and goblins.” Our tax dollars at work! (See email sent out to DOJ employees below.)
Looking for a way to earn some brownie points? Wish your boss a happy National Boss Day!
Yes, that’s right. Today is National Boss Day. Here’s some history:
• Began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill., registered the holiday with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
• Ms. Haroski chose October 16, her father’s birthday, as the date for National Boss Day because she felt he was an exemplary boss.
• National Boss Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such a England, Australia and South Africa.
So secretaries, make sure the coffee you fetch today is piping hot. Associates, put your heart into that document review.
And answer the phone on the second ring when the assigning partner calls you at 6:30 PM. Since today is National Boss Day, it’s the least you can do. National Boss Day 2007 [Hallmark]
In case you haven’t noticed, we aren’t publishing today (even though many of you, except for the government workers among you, are probably at work). For more explanation, see this post, over at our big sibling site.
Happy Columbus Day! We’ll see you tomorrow. Happy Columbus Day! [DealBreaker]
It’s the Friday afternoon before Labor Day, and we’re ready to pack it in. We might put up another post or two — e.g., Legal Eagle Wedding Watch — but basically we are done for the day. (Our colleagues over at DealBreaker checked out hours ago.)
Before we sign off, we’d like to point out that yesterday was Above the Law’s first anniversary — or blogiversary, as some say. ATL launched one year ago, on August 30, 2006.
During the span of a year, ATL has grown in leaps and bounds. Traffic has been tremendous, far outstripping expectations. Even though ATL is in its infancy, it’s already one of the most widelyread legal blogs. The site has become quite well-known, garnering a number of media mentions.
We thank you, our readers, for making this success possible. Thanks for faithfully visiting ATL (and refreshing your browsers so frequently), for spreading the word about this website, and for sending us great tips and information.
Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the long weekend. You deserve it!
P.S. Are you on Facebook? If so, please join the ATL Facebook group. Yay! Earlier: Letter from the Editor: Welcome to Above the Law
* Cheating in B-school… Surely this would never happen in law school. But if one of the wrongly accused lacrosse players got a highly coveted, six-figure job, then surely these guys will pull through. [New York Times]
* Kids always suffer the most in a divorce. [The Oregonian]
* Inspired by that handy pageant trick, local politicians have also approved free pots of vaseline at schools and churches. [Concurring Opinions]
* In politics as in music, Sheryl Crow isn’t for everyone. But I still really like her first hit single, Leaving Las Vegas. [Mirror of Justice]
* Apparently, today is Law Day. But if a holiday or designated special day does not involve cake or presents, I just can’t get that excited. [Professor Bainbridge; WSJ Law Blog]
If you’ve been rooting for Aaron Charney in the Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell litigation, you have a duty to change your allegiances — at least for the rest of March.
Why? Because March, in case you didn’t know, is Law Firm Appreciation Month!!!
We didn’t realize this until we received this press release, from a public relations person at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey:
THE RITZ-CARLTON, MARINA DEL REY TIPS THE SCALES DURIING LAW FIRM APPRECIATION MONTH
MARINA DEL REY, Ca. – March 2007 – Indulge in a waterfront luxury hotel experience during Law Firm Appreciation Month at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. Let the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey relieve the pressures of legal professionals’ daily work agendas and demands with special amenities provided during the month of March. Simply relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in the comforts of the hotel’s recently remodeled accommodations, which offer all the personalized amenities you deserve and breathtaking views of the marina and city skyline that you crave.
The promotion includes a complimentary upgrade, subject to availability, and a shoeshine. Sounds nice enough, even if not mind-blowing.
But some are less than impressed. From one of our favorite hotel blogs, HotelChatter:
Sounds kinda like some half-assed appreciation to us, especially since that room upgrade happens only when its available. And while shoeshines work just fine for men, one female lawyer said she would be happier with a pedicure and a glass of wine.
We’re bestowing this honor upon Malik Cupid, and not just because today is Valentine’s Day. He actually did something to earn this award.
From the NJ Blog (emphasis in original):
Malik Cupid, an attorney, Democrat party activist and current aide to Governor Jon S. Corzine’s administration, was arraigned in Westchester County (New York) Supreme Court yesterday (which also happened to be his 31st birthday) after being charged with stealing $1,400 from his old girlfriend’s bank account and hacking into the former girlfriend’s account while she was serving on active duty with the Army in Iraq.
All told, the Westchester County district attorney’s office charged Cupid with four felonies, including grand larceny, identity theft and eavesdropping. He faces up to 16 years in state prison.
* Donald Trump gives on-the-record comments to a blawg (albeit an MSM-affiliated one). The man is a total media whore. But he’s the little brother of a certain fabulous Third Circuit judge, so we forgive him. [WSJ Law Blog]
(Check out the photos at right. We see a definite family resemblance. Which may or may not be a good thing.)
* Speaking of siblings, our big brother wonders: “Do we smell a Jeff Skilling comeback in the air?” And hits the nail on the head with respect to Malcolm Gladwell, too. [DealBreaker]
* The start of a new year is a perfect time for blogospheric navel-gazing reflections upon the future of law-related blogging. [Opinio Juris via Volokh Conspiracy]
* As well as New Year’s resolutions. [Nasty, Brutish & Short; Jeremy Blachman; Althouse]
* And raucous law blogger parties. Woo-hoo! [Concurring Opinions; PrawfsBlawg]
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The holiday season is upon us, and yet again, you have no idea what to get for the fickle lawyer in your life. We’re here to help. Even if your bonus check hasn’t arrived yet, any one of the gifts we’ve highlighted here could be a worthy substitute until your employer decides to make it rain.
We’ve got an eclectic selection for you to choose from, so settle in by that stack of documents yet to be reviewed and dig in…
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