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  • lateral partner

    Biglaw, Partner Issues

    Major Partnership Overhaul In The Works At Biglaw Firm

    A major law firm considers eliminating its non-equity partner class.

    31 Comments / / Aug 10, 2015 at 11:53 AM
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    Biglaw, Rankings

    Top Litigation Firms By Pedigree: Is Prestige Fate?

    How much does law school pedigree correlate with other measures of law firm “success”?

    4 Comments / / Feb 18, 2015 at 5:31 PM
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    Biglaw, Rankings

    Translating Talent Into ‘Success': Another Look At Law School Pedigree

    How does expected talent (as measured by law school credentials) correlate with other indicators of “success” (as measured by profits per partner)?

    5 Comments / / Feb 3, 2015 at 10:03 AM
  • Insider trading tastes delicious!

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Books, Crime, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Securities Law

    Morning Docket: 09.22.14

    * Politics and Biglaw just don’t mix: House Republicans hired Quinn Emanuel to handle their suit against President Barack Obama after Baker Hostetler withdrew from the representation due to “political pressure” the firm was facing. [Politico]

    * The paper and napkin-eating “Middleman” in the post-it note insider trading ring pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges. This might make it difficult for his cohorts to substantiate their not-guilty pleas. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “This is a tale with no shortage of knaves or villains.” If you’re interested in learning about Chevron’s legal wranglings in Ecuador and with plaintiffs attorney Steven Donziger, there are a bunch of interesting new readings for you to peruse. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Crisis in legal education be damned! They may have bad timing, but these law schools are focusing on building bigger and better facilities for students they’re unable to put in their seats. [National Law Journal]

    * Ohio law schools have taken a bruising in terms of decreased enrollment, but the University of Toledo has faced the worst of it. With a 25.9% reduction in 1Ls, tuition cuts can only do so much. [Toledo Blade]

    1 Comment / / Sep 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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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
  • Baker Hostetler

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Politics, Quote of the Day, Television

    Biglaw Firm Mercilessly Mocked By The Tonight Show

    Here’s a fake Biglaw commercial that’s sure to make you laugh.

    10 Comments / / Sep 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM
  • Tears of a prosecutor.

    Non-Sequiturs, Sonia Sotomayor, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.14.14

    * When people tell you that you can do anything with a law degree, they’re wrong. Sounds like… everything Elie writes. [Slate]

    * Student debt is dragging down the economy. Is today “every news outlet catches up with Elie Day”? [New York Times]

    * Everyone’s talking about the law student turned prostitute. What about the law professor who was a gigolo? [The Nota Bene]

    * Baker Hostetler lawyer leaving the law to start a gym. With any luck he’ll have a championship dodgeball team in no time. [Crain’s Cleveland Business]

    * Just a reminder, there isn’t a “telling a university everything you’ve done for an oral history” privilege. [BBC]

    * An argument for Republicans to get serious about loosening the reins on technological innovation like the Republican Party of old. But that might require saying no to some billionaire donor, so that’s off the table. [The American Conservative]

    * Professor Will Baude pointed us to a fun new law professor blog from Professor Richard Re, soon to be of UCLA Law, with an even more fun title. Here he compares Justice Sotomayor’s dissent in Schuette to Quidditch. [Re’s Judicata]

    * A new show about law school. It’s supposedly about criminal law, but the trailer looks more like a professional responsibility fact pattern. [YouTube]

    0 Comments / / May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM
  • Angry Lawyer

    Biglaw, Depositions, New York Times, Videos

    Watch This Biglaw Partner Come Close To Losing His Mind During A Deposition

    From a frustrated Biglaw partner: “If you feel stupid, it’s not because I’m making you feel that way.”

    20 Comments / / Apr 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM
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  • Cherished lunch box of Justice Holmes.

    Basketball, Football, Morning Docket, Sports, State Attorneys General, Supreme Court, Videos, YouTube

    Morning Docket 12.03.13

    * Harvard Law’s Langdell Library hosts a bevy of legal treasures. Including the personal lunchbox of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. [The Harvard Crimson]

    * Per a new survey, watching the Kardashians makes one twice as likely to want an aggressive lawyer. When I have to watch the Kardashians I become an aggressive lawyer. [Avvo]

    * The Supreme Court spent Cyber Monday denying review to two cases challenging the imposition of sales taxes on Internet purchases. [The Blog of the Legal Times]

    * New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman cracked down on fake Yelp reviewers. Apparently, reviewers who gave a pet groomer 4 stars are a bigger priority than the reviewers who gave subprime-backed securities AAA ratings. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Not exactly breaking news, but Philly has caught on that law firms are merging because the market is so terrible with a new piece on the merger craze. Specifically, they’re looking at the planned merger of BakerHostetler and Philly’s own Woodcock Washburn L.L.P. we mentioned last week. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Lakers guard Steve Nash’s ex-wife is battling him for child custody. She’s hired a Phoenix law firm whose most famous attorney is jacked up NFL ref Ed Hochuli. For now Hochuli isn’t working on the case directly. For now. [TMZ Sports]

    * Congratulations to Kobre & Kim on being named Law Firm of the Year by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. [Newsday]

    * Who says Civil Procedure isn’t sexy? Some UNLV Law students take to YouTube to bring (Civ Pro) SexyBack. [You Tube]

    0 Comments / / Dec 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM