In-House Counsel

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    Advertising, Events, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Houston Readers: Learn What It Takes To Be A Successful Attorney

    Come join ATL for an evening of cocktails and conversation about what it takes to succeed as an in-house attorney.

    / Jul 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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    Biglaw, Drinking, Drugs, In-House Counsel, Parties

    They’re All Wasted…

    Taking stock of the role alcohol plays in the legal profession.

    45 Comments / / Jul 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM
  • Houston-skyline

    Advertising, Events, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Houston Readers: What Does It Take to be a Successful Attorney?

    Come join ATL for an evening of cocktails and conversation about what it takes to succeed as an in-house attorney.

    / Jul 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM
  • british flag

    English Grammar and Usage, In-House Counsel, Travel / Vacation, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    The United States v. The United Kingdom

    In which areas does the United Kingdom beat the United States? In-house columnist Mark Herrmann identifies a few.

    27 Comments / / Jul 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM
  • cooley law logo

    Arent Fox, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Education / Schools, Family Law, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, Student Loans

    Morning Docket: 07.22.13

    * Though she be but little, she is fierce! Under Mary Jo White’s guidance, the Securities and Exchange Committee is now cracking down on financial fraud with a vengeance. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * When a Biglaw firm’s chairman skeptically says, “Uh, OK, I mean, maybe,” with regard to a future increased demand for legal work, you know things are bad. We’ll have more on this later today. [New Republic]

    * With Detroit’s downfall, vultures are swooping in left and right to snag clients. Firms retained thus far include Weil Gosthal, Arent Fox, Kirkland & Ellis, Winston & Strawn, and Sidley Austin. [Reuters]

    * “I’m not a 100% sure this is legal.” Two law professors have come up with a revolutionary way for law students to finance legal education that sounds like it just might work. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Normally when Biglaw firms and legal departments go to court over contested litigation, something’s gone wrong, but this summer, they’re trying to do some good in the world. [National Law Journal]

    * Soon, it’ll be known as Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, but even with a new name, you’re still going to be Cooley, and there’s no recovery from that. [Lansing State Journal]

    * In Greenwich, Connecticut, the fact that people buy homes where they want their kids to go to school isn’t a “complicated concept.” The schools’ racial diversity, on the other hand, is. [New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Jul 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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    Amy Schulman, Bonuses, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Money, Rankings

    Who Are America’s Best-Paid General Counsel? (2013 Rankings)

    Last year was very good for GCs. Who are the nation’s highest-earning in-house lawyers? Check out these new rankings.

    10 Comments / / Jul 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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    In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Lateral Moves

    When the Heat Becomes Unbearable, Make Lemonade

    Don’t let the heat get to you. Stay cool and lateral.

    20 Comments / / Jul 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM
  • 2014-U.S.-News-Law-Rankings

    Bankruptcy, Deaths, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, LSAT, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Trials

    Morning Docket: 07.19.13

    * Under the leadership of emergency manager Kevyn Orr, Detroit is now the biggest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy in history. Unfortunately, not even the strict Jones Day dress code could save them. [Am Law Daily]

    * As one of our columnists David Mowry told us weeks ago, New York wants to close the justice gap by looking to the state’s best untapped resources for pro bono work: in-house counsel. [New York Law Journal]

    * It turns out the “new employer survey” to be used by U.S. News is really just the old employer survey that’s been used in the rankings since 1990. How incredibly anticlimactic. [Morse Code / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Law schools are officially ready to scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to filling their classes. Some are now accepting first-time June LSAT scores for fall admission. [National Law Journal]

    * Our managing editor, David Lat, comes to the defense of fictional representations of the law, but seeing as he’s writing a fictional legal novel, we think he’s kind of biased. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * Mobsters really don’t like rats, and it looks like someone who was planning to testify against Whitey Bulger may have been whacked after having been dropped from the prosecution’s witness list. [CNN]

    12 Comments / / Jul 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • Lana Landis: You'd giver her all of your money, too.

    4th Circuit, Bar Exams, Biglaw, Deaths, Divorce Train Wrecks, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Martin Lipton, Money, Morning Docket, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.18.13

    * It’s Alito time, bitch! If you were wondering about any of the cases in which the justice recused himself last year, his latest financial disclosure report is quite telling. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Yet another appellate court has ruled that Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional. Alright, we get it, just wait for the Supreme Court to rule. [TPM LiveWire]

    * Hey baby, nice package: With stock awards soaring, general counsel at some of the world’s largest companies had a great year in 2012 in terms of compensation. [Corporate Counsel]

    * NYU Law professors want Martin Lipton of Wachtell Lipton to swallow a poison pill and step down from the school’s board of trustees over his ties to the University’s unpopular president. [Am Law Daily]

    * Now that they’ve stopped acting like the doll they were arguing about in court, MGA has put aside its differences with Orrick to amicably settle a fee dispute in the Bratz case. [National Law Journal]

    * Who needs to go on a post-bar vacation when you can take a vacation while you’re studying for the bar? This is apparently a trend right now among recent law school graduates. Lucky! [New York Times]

    * A man puts assets into his pin-up wife’s name on advice of counsel, she files for divorce, and the firm allegedly takes her as a client. This obviously happened in Florida. [Daily Business Review (sub. req.)]

    * David Schubert, the deputy DA who prosecuted Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars, RIP. [Las Vegas Sun]

    4 Comments / / Jul 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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    Book Deals, Books, Defamation, General Counsel, Health Care / Medicine, In-House Counsel, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.13

    * The role of lawyers in America’s Syrian policy. Everyone always tries to throw the lawyers under the bus. [Lawfare]

    * Pippa Middleton has some lawyers trying to crack down on a parody Twitter account. Thankfully, the law exists to protect wealthy socialites from being mocked. [IT-Lex]

    * GCs are not happy with the rates charged by outside counsel. I, for one, am shocked that GCs don’t like paying upwards of $1000/hour for “further work.” [Consero]

    * Honestly, we should have seen this coming: a Zimmerman juror already signed a book deal. This is the juror who assumed black people had rioted over the shooting and called Trayvon a “boy of color,” so you can tell the prosecution was doing a bang-up job with its jury selection procedures. [AlterNet]

    * Conservatives rejoice after several unions complain about Obamacare. Oh, the irony! Except the unions’ complaint is not that Obamacare is bad, but that it doesn’t go far enough in providing incentives to non-profit insurance plans and penalizing companies that are cutting back on hours to avoid the law. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The Top 50 Legal Innovators, Techies, Visionaries, and Leaders. And we at ATL were snubbed again. [FastCase via TaxProf Blog]

    * After the jump, a short video about . I understand that people are miffed that the most recent film version of Superman takes a laissez-faire view of saving lives, but Superman’s always been a dick…

    3 Comments / / Jul 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • rejected stamp RF

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    Nothing You Can Say Can Cause Me To Retain You

    What forms of business development might actually work? Some thoughts from in-house columnist Mark Herrmann.

    28 Comments / / Jul 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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    In-House Counsel

    Hard Lessons Learned

    The summer is a good time to reflect on the crazy stories that make up a career in law.

    28 Comments / / Jul 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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    3rd Circuit, 7th Circuit, Biglaw, Blackberry-Crackberry, Cellphones, Gay Marriage, Guns / Firearms, In-House Counsel, Insider Trading, iPhone, Law Professors, Law Schools, LSAT, Morning Docket, Sentencing Law, Trials

    Morning Docket: 07.10.13

    * “Can you imagine if a law firm had a breach? We wouldn’t work with them again.” In-house counsel are pissed that outside counsel CHECK THEY EMAILS on cellphones. [Am Law Daily]

    * Matt Kluger’s 12-year insider trading sentence was upheld by the Third Circuit. All of the Biglaw firms he’s worked at, most recently Wilson Sonsini, must be so proud. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Shots fired: a tax law professor decimates Seton Hall in prose over its decision to possibly kick untenured junior professors to the curb due to budget considerations. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Do yourselves a favor, and don’t worry about how to “demystify the LSAT experimental section” during the test — unless you want a crappy score. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Pass the ammunition? After facing a court-mandated deadline from the Seventh Circuit, Illinois is now the last state in the country to have legalized the concealed carrying of firearms. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Now that SCOTUS has punted on the question of gay marriage, other plaintiffs are stepping forward to sue for the right to wed. Next up, a challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on equality. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * James “Whitey” Bulger let f-bombs fly across the courtroom during his trial yesterday when his former partner took the stand to testify against the mob boss. Once a Masshole, always a Masshole. [CNN]

    18 Comments / / Jul 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • elephants

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Money, Partner Issues

    On Elephantine Mating And Alternative Fees

    What’s the similarity between discussions about alternative fee agreements and elephantine mating? In-house columnist Mark Herrmann explains.

    15 Comments / / Jul 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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    In-House Counsel

    Grabbing the Canoe: Or, Reflections on Crisis Management

    Some thoughts on crisis management for attorneys, from in-house columnist David Mowry.

    9 Comments / / Jul 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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    Biglaw, Crime, In-House Counsel, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Samuel Alito, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.02.13

    * Bad boy! After last week’s dramatic bench performance by Justice Samuel Alito, the Alliance For Justice, a liberal watchdog group, is petitioning the Supreme Court to adopt and adhere to a code of conduct. [National Law Journal]

    * There’s been a changing of the guard at the Supreme Court, where Scott Harris will be stepping into the role of Clerk of Court in September. Here’s hoping he can fill William Suter’s shoes. [Supreme Court of the United States]

    * If you’re in-house and searching for the best outside counsel, you may be best served by going to one of these Biglaw firms. But which were the “absolute best”? Take a guess. [Corporate Counsel]

    * “Let’s record this as a threat…” If you say so. Wherein a former Bryan Cave attorney gets federally indicted for threatening to murder a colleague still employed at the firm. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * And just like that, the tide keeps on rolling. With the departure of Kenneth Randall, Alabama Law has appointed Professor William Brewbaker as acting dean until an interim dean is chosen. [AL.com]

    9 Comments / / Jul 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • crystal ball regular

    Accounting / Accountants, Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Litigators, Money

    What Outside Counsel Don’t Understand

    Making predictions is part of an in-house lawyer’s job. Why do so many outside lawyers refuse to help?

    16 Comments / / Jul 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM