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    Department of Justice, Eric Holder, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 09.18.14

    * In light of today’s vote on Scottish independence, here’s an article on the opportunities for the legal industry if Scotland breaks free. [Business For Scotland]

    * What are the biggest pet peeves of corporate counsel. Surprise, surprise, billing “surprises” makes the list. [ALM]

    * Attorney General Holder is offering bigger payouts to Wall Street whistleblowers. Start saving your emails low-level finance folks! [Legal Times]

    * Later today, Baker Hostetler’s John Moscow will try to convince Judge Griesa that he shouldn’t be disqualified for breaching the confidentiality of a prior client. [Law Blog / Wall Street Journal]

    * As if Bingham didn’t have enough trouble, Akin Gump swept in and poached a gaggle of lawyers in Europe. [Law360]

    * Skadden is really good at inversions. Elie would like to thank them for their work undermining American society. [The Am Law Daily]

    * Yale Law is teaching students basic financial literacy. While some are hailing this program, my question is: how are kids getting to 20-something without learning this stuff already? [Yale Daily News]

    3 Comments / / Sep 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • Are the pastures greener over at Freshfields?

  • Condoms

    Biglaw, Job Searches, Non-Sequiturs, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.23.14

    * 8 reasons that lawyers are like condoms. Not included: on the inside, they’re just dicks. [Legal Cheek]

    * A bunch of reporters that no one reads anymore take out their frustrations on SCOTUSblog for having the audacity to be good at its job. [ABA Journal]

    * Presented without commentary — a dean is not pleased with us. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Jobs for law grads may be scarce, but WSJ wants you to know that Biglaw specifically is hiring again. So for a few of you, you’re set until you try to lateral. [Gawker]

    * Deluding yourself is a valuable career strategy. [Law and More]

    * Guy is suing an airline because he went to Grenada when he wanted to go to Granada. This gave me a great excuse to rematch the classic Newhart episode, Oh, THAT Morrocco. [Daily Mail]

    * A woman who tried to save some ducklings now faces life in prison. The moral of the story, as always, is screw animals. [USA Today]

    * The real winner in the protracted courtship of Patton Boggs was Akin Gump. [Washingtonian]

    * Teaching the law has suffered because of the influx of stupid “Law and…” courses. [TaxProf Blog]

    * But Oklahoma knows how to fix the problems with law school — give you an iPad! Video below… [YouTube]

    10 Comments / / Jun 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • sexual harassment

    Attorney Misconduct, Barack Obama, Biglaw, Celebrities, Confirmations, Federal Judges, Gay, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Prisons, Sexual Harassment, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 06.18.14

    * In a “historic day for our judiciary,” the Senate confirmed the first openly gay black male judge, and the 112th female federal judge appointed by Obama — more than any other president. Congrats! [AP]

    * “It looks like science fiction, but it’s real.” That’s probably what the good folks at Amazon are going to say after they take a look at Akin Gump’s bill for its drone delivery lobbying efforts. [Legal Times]

    * A 90-year-old judge removed himself from Michael Jordan’s big-money case against a grocery store chain, but dropped the gavel on the basketball star’s lawyers before leaving the bench. [Chicago Tribune]

    * This Ohio attorney was suspended after he sent some pretty dirty text messages to a 3L who was working in his office. He just wanted assistance on his pro boner representation. [National Law Journal]

    * Give this man some money: Jonathan Fleming, the New York man who was wrongly imprisoned for almost 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit, has filed a $162 million lawsuit against the city. [Reuters]

    9 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • Love_guru

    Biglaw, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.29.14

    * A court in India has been asked to decide if a Hindu guru is dead or in a really, really deep meditation. In related news, Mike Myers is arguing to studios that The Love Guru was just “deeply meditating” at the box office. [The Telegraph]

    * Patton Boggs, or Squire Patton Boggs more accurately, is losing its health care policy group to Akin Gump. Remember when Patton Boggs had lobbyists? [Legal Times]

    * Take the “doctor” out of Juris Doctor and make law an Associate’s Degree. Sound crazy? Well, there are some good points in this quasi-satirical look. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * A crocodile was injured by an overweight accountant. That is all. [TaxProf Blog]

    * We’ve written before about the ongoing effort in Dallas to overturn wrongful convictions, but now that model is starting to pick up steam and reach other cities. [Christian Science Monitor]

    * Aspiring writers: don’t miss the AAWW Publishing Conference, taking place in New York on Sunday, June 8 (discount code for ATL readers: “aawwfriends”). [Asian American Writers Workshop]

    1 Comment / / May 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Rachel Canning

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Partner Issues, Prostitution, Racism, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Williams & Connolly

    Morning Docket: 03.20.14

    * If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever decides to step down from the Supreme Court (don’t worry, fans, she won’t), perhaps one of these relatively good-looking, relatively young lawyers will be able to step in. [Daily Comment / New Yorker]

    * Dewey know who the seven secret tipsters are in the case against D&L? Nope, their pleas are sealed, and it’s “not the typical process.” In fact, it’s “highly unusual.” Guess we’ll find out eventually. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * An ex-paralegal with a J.D. from Hofstra is suing Greenberg Traurig with claims of racial bias, saying she wasn’t promoted to an attorney position. Well, she did attend a contender for “Worst Law School in America.” [Am Law Daily]

    * In a rare move, it seems that a partner was poached from Williams & Connolly. Jon Fetterolf will now be working at Zuckerman Spaeder, where he’ll be the firm’s first certified sports agent. [Legal Times]

    * Reema Bajaj, everyone’s favorite neighborhood prostitute with a penchant for peddling punani for paper products, was suspended by the Illinois Supreme Court for a three-year period. Boo. [ABA Journal]

    * Because only the coolest law students do legal research on their phones these days, here are 11 apps to download. Curiously missing from this list is the ATL app. You can get it here. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * “The case is over. It’s time to move on.” Rachel Canning, the New Jersey schoolgirl who sued her parents for child support, has agreed to drop her case — and yes, it was all about her boyfriend. [New York Post]

    * Robert Strauss, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld name partner, RIP. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2013

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Bonuses, Money, Partner Issues

    Associate Bonus And New Partner Watch: Akin Gump

    Why are folks so happy about the bonuses at Akin Gump?

    2 Comments / / Feb 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM
  • zombie-lawyer

    Animal Law, Attorney Misconduct, Baseball, Biglaw, California, Contracts, Death Penalty, Disasters / Emergencies, DUI / DWI, Kids, Lateral Moves, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.05.14

    * Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, has left Akin Gump’s dugout. He hopes to hit it out of the park and slide into his new home at Jackson Lewis. Please, no more baseball references. :( [Am Law Daily]

    * Thanks to Virginia, the electric chair may be making a comeback when drugs for lethal injection aren’t available. OMG, that’s so freakin’ lame. Bring back the breaking wheel or death by disembowelment. [Gawker]

    * A lawyer won’t have to pay an ex-law student $1M after making a hyperbolic challenge in a TV interview. Better luck reading the Leonard v. Pepsico case next time, pal. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Protip: when you’ve been suspended for your “contemptuous attitude,” bragging that one of the judges who disciplined you thinks you’re “probably the best DUI lawyer” isn’t smart. [Santa Barbara Independent]

    * If you watch The Walking Dead, you’ve probably wondered if all of the killing was legal — because you’re a lawyer, and you can’t enjoy anything anymore. Here’s your answer, from a UC Hastings Law prof. [GQ]

    * If you’d like your chickens to live a life of luxury before you eat them and their eggs, then you’re going to love this law in California. If not, you can move to Missouri. See Elie squawk about it here. [ATL Redline]

    * Ian Whittle, a recent George Mason Law grad, took a break from watching the saddest Super Bowl ever to save a little girl from drowning in a pond. Check out the news coverage, after the jump. [CBS 6 WTVR]

    0 Comments / / Feb 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM
  • Above the Law fifth annual holiday card contest

  • Above the Law fifth annual holiday card contest

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Contests, Fabulosity, Fenwick & West, Holidays and Seasons, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Small Law Firms

    ATL Holiday Card Contest: The Finalists!

    Which of these law firm holiday cards is the best of 2013? Cast your vote!

    8 Comments / / Dec 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM