It’s Good Friday — the Friday before a big holiday weekend. And we all know what that means: a high-profile resignation, timed in an attempt to avoid the news cycle.
Today we bid a fond farewell to the fabulous Monica M. Goodling. As de to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Monica Goodling helped coordinate the controversial firings of eight United States attorneys. When called upon to testify about the matter before Congress, she invoked the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
Oh, Monica — you will be missed. Long after you disappear from the newspaper headlines, you will live on in our hearts. We will always carryatorch for you.
Like so many great blonde icons — Marilyn Monroe, Lady Diana Spencer, Anna Nicole Smith — you left us before your time. So it is fitting and proper that we quote from these lyrics, as we mark your passing from the halls of justice:
And it seems to me, you lived your life Like a candle in the wind Never knowing who to cling to When the rain set in And I would have liked to have known you But I was just a kid Your candle burned out long before Your legend ever did
For those of you who enjoyed poking fun at Harriet Miers during her ill-fated Supreme Court nomination, you won’t have her to kick around anymore.
(Yes, we know. When it comes to mockery of Harriet Miers, we have somewhat uncleanhands.)
We must step away from our computer now. As Howard Bashman might say, we are meeting a very cool and important law professor for lunch (but won’t name him or her). Hahaha.
We’ll resume our coverage of the Miers demise after we return. Miers Resigns As White House Counsel [Associated Press]
We’re reading Tony Mauro’s super-juicy article as fast as we can. Highlights and discussion will follow shortly.
Okay, we’re done. Here are some excerpts:
The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s Senate confirmation battles in 1971 and 1986 were more intense and political than previously known, according to a newly released FBI file that also offers dramatic new details about Rehnquist’s 1981 hospitalization and dependence on a painkiller….
In July 1986, when President Ronald Reagan nominated Rehnquist to be chief justice, the Justice Department asked the FBI to interview witnesses who were preparing to testify that Rehnquist had intimidated minority voters as a Republican Party official in Arizona in the early 1960s. According to a memo in the Rehnquist file, an unnamed FBI official cautioned that the department “should be sensitive to the possibility that Democrats could charge the Republicans of misusing the FBI and intimidating the Democrats’ witnesses.” But then-Assistant Attorney General John Bolton — who more recently served as ambassador to the United Nations — signed off on the request and said he would “accept responsibility should concerns be raised about the role of the FBI.” It is unclear whether the FBI ever interviewed the witnesses.
John Bolton? That guy is everywhere! Did he have the walrus moustache back then?
More discussion — including tales of Rehnquist’s “bizarre ideas and outrageous thoughts,” his paranoia that the CIA was out to get him, and his attempt to escape from a hospital while in pajamas — after the jump.
And at the peak of final exam studying, too! Our Greenwich Village correspondent reports:
I don’t know what it is, but it smells like the law library is in a dump. I gave up and left an hour ago. The whole basement of the library was EMPTY. But there were holdouts in the corners and the top floor in Vanderbilt.
We don’t know what the smell IS….
And from another NYU source:
People have been thanking me for confirming that they weren’t nuts. We’ve asked the librarians [about the mystery smell], but they have no answers.
That’s what CNN and the Associated Press are reporting. President Bush is holding a press conference at 1 p.m.
This is obviously big news. Is it law-related? Yes, insofar as the global “war on terror” has raised a whole host of thorny legal issues: treatment of terror detainees, appropriate interrogation methods under the Geneva Convention, etc. A new Secretary of Defense may approach these issues in a different way.
(Also, even though Secretary Rumsfeld is not a lawyer, back in 1982 he served as Presidential Envoy on the Law of the Sea Treaty. And as everyone knows, maritime law is the bomb.) GOP Says Rumsfeld Stepping Down [Associated Press] Donald H. Rumsfeld bio [U.S. Department of Defense]
[T]he legal papers, filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, [cite] “irreconcilable differences.” In her petition, Spears asks for both legal and physical custody of the couple’s two children, one-year old Sean Preston and two-month old Jayden James, with Federline getting reasonable visitation rights.
As for money, sources tell TMZ the couple, who married in Oct. 2004, has an iron-clad prenup. Not surprisingly, Spears is waiving her right to spousal support. She’s also asking the judge to make each party pay their own attorney’s fees….
Spears has hired powerhouse celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has repped a number of celebs, including Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland. We’re told Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe asked Wasser to rep both of them in their split, but Wasser declined for personal reasons.
The court rules that the State of New Jersey must provide for some way for gay couples to enter into legally-recognized unions.
* Committed same-sex couples “must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes.”
* The 4-3 ruling rests upon the New Jersey Constitution, not the U.S. Constitution. Translation: The buck stops here. Nyah nyah.
* Unlike the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, New Jersey’s high court did not mandate bestowing upon gay unions the magical “M” word, “Marriage.”
* Instead, what to label this legal relationship will be decided by the legislative process. So expect it to get called “civil union” (as in Vermont).
* The state legislature has 180 days to enact the legislation providing for same-sex unions.
You can access the opinions, as a PDF file, by clicking here. N.J. Court Backs Rights for Same-Sex Unions [New York Times] New Jersey Court Sends Gay Marriage to Legislature [Reuters] NJ Court Stops Short of Gay Marriage OK [Associated Press] Lewis v. Harris (PDF)
Instead, you should be reading about the small plane aircraft that just crashed into a residential high-rise building in New York City.
Actually, we take that back. You can read about the crash right here; we’re following the story on the cable news networks. Refresh your browser for our updates on this developing story. Update #1: At least two confirmed dead. Initial reports suggest that this incident is NOT terrorism related. Update #2: Drudge has changed his headline text from red back to black. According to DHS spokesman Russ Knock, “The initial indication is that there is a terrible accident.” Up in New York, home of our corporate Mother Ship, the NYPD is out in full force. Update #3: CNN is now reporting that the pilot of the four-passenger aircraft, which took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, put in a “mayday” call before the crash. The pilot cited a fuel problem. Update #4: A pitcher for the New York Yankees, Cory Lidle, may have been on board the aircraft in question. Lidle’s passport was found on the street after the crash. Update #5: At least four people were killed in the crash. Small Aircraft Hits Manhattan Building [Associated Press via Drudge] Small Aircraft Crashes into Manhattan High Rise [Reuters] Small Aircraft Hits Building in Manhattan [New York Times]
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past six years. You can reach them by email: [email protected].
Since late last year, things have been booming in Hong Kong / China in cap markets, especially Hong Kong IPOs. M&A deal flow has recently been getting a bit stronger as well. Although one can’t predict such things with any certainty, all signs are pointing to a banner entire 2014 for the top end US corporate and cap markets practices in Hong Kong / China. This is not really new news, as its been the feeling most in the market have had for a few months now and things continue to look good.
The head of our Asia practice, Evan Jowers, has been in Hong Kong for about 10 days a month (with trips every other month to both Shanghai and Bejing) for the past 7 months, and spending most of his time there meeting with senior US hiring partners at just about all the major US and UK firms there, as well as prospective candidates at all associate levels and partner levels, and when in the US, Evan works Asia hours and is regularly on the phone with such persons, as our the other members of our Asia team. Our Yuliya Vinokurova is in Hong Kong every other month and Robert is there about 5 times a year as well. While we have a solid Asia team of recruiters, Evan Jowers will spend at least some time with all of our candidates for Asia position. We have had long standing relationships, and good friendships in some cases, with hiring partners and other senior US partners in Asia for 8 years now.
The evolution of relationships between the genders continues. Currently, in law firms, there is an interesting conundrum; balancing the desire for a gender-blind workplace where “the best lawyer gets the work and advances” and the reality of navigating the complicated maze created by the fact that, in general, men and women do possess differences in their work styles. These variations impact who they work with, how they work, how they build professional connections and how organizations ultimately leverage, reward and recognize the talents of all.
Henry Ford sat on his workbench and sighed. A year earlier, he had personally built 13,000 Model Ts with his own hands. Fashioning lugnuts and tie rods by hand, Ford was loath to ask for help. Sure, there were things about the car that he didn’t quite understand. This explains the lack of reliable navigation systems in the Model T. But Ford persevered because he knew that unless he did everything, he could not reliably call these cars his own.
“Unless my own personal toil is responsible for it, it may as well be called a Hyundai,” Ford remarked at the time.
The preceding may sound unfamiliar because it is categorically untrue. And also monumentally stupid. Henry Ford didn’t build all those cars by hand. He had help and plenty of it. Almost exactly one hundred years ago, Henry Ford opened up the most technologically advanced assembly line the world had ever seen. Built on the premise that work can be chopped up into digestible pieces and completed by many men better than one, the line ushered in an age of unparalleled productivity.
Today, an attorney refers business because he can’t do everything the client asks of him.
There are three reasons why this is way dumber than a made-up Henry Ford story…