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  • A federal appellate judge trying to listen to iTunes.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.01.15

    * “Sixty-year-old lawyers are out of touch with technology and today’s legal market.” ::nod:: [Chicago Lawyer Magazine]

    * Lawyer suspended with no possibility of reinstatement for at least 120 days after skipping the country during a client’s trial. And lying about it. She’s actually ended up in our pages before. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Today, President Obama started smacking around for-profit schools, a group of people that, on a scale of 1 to ISIS rank about a 9. [Politico]

    * The economics of a solo practice are collapsing. Maybe lawyers should just change their mindset. Shhhh. That would really fuss with ATL’s editorial plan. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Everyone’s talking about what was done to reach the marriage equality decision. What about what wasn’t done to get here? [Slate]

    * More exposition of the famous 12 Rules of Client Service, and a chance to give credit where credit is due. Today, “Rule 4: Deliver work that changes the way clients think about lawyers.” Or convincing them that you may be a human parasite, but you’re their human parasite. [What About Clients?]

    13 Comments / / Jul 1, 2015 at 5:07 PM
  • Rear view shot of a businesswoman with her fingers crossed behind her back in studio

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Legal Ethics

    Biglaw Partner And Associate Destroyed Evidence, Suborned Perjury

    What Biglaw firm is in hot water for ordering the destruction of dox?

    49 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 3:02 PM
  • big money small money

    Biglaw, Money

    Biglaw Firm Only Wants Big $$$ Clients

    Which Biglaw firm wants attorneys to “reduce the burden” of small clients… within 30 days?

    25 Comments / / May 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM
  • 06.10.11 christmas stock

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Magic Circle, Money, Sheppard Mullin

    Associate Bonus Watch: 10 Leading Law Firms — Who’s Naughty And Who’s Nice?

    A round-up of bonus news from 10 leading law firms.

    7 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM
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    Bad Ideas, Biglaw, Partner Issues, Videos

    Biglaw Chairperson Entirely Unexcited About New Job

    Check out a Biglaw manager giving the worst line readings since Attack of the Clones….

    21 Comments / / Oct 8, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • FYI Jami and Therese: On Wednesdays, we wear pink!

    5th Circuit, Abortion, Biglaw, Gay Marriage, Job Searches, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 10.03.14

    * SCOTUS justices added 11 cases to this term’s docket yesterday following their megaconference earlier this week. Alas, no same-sex marriage cases have been added yet. [New York Times]

    * The Fifth Circuit allowed Texas to enforce its new abortion clinic restrictions. The only thing that will stop its “devastating impact on abortion access” is SCOTUS intervention. [MSNBC]

    * Two more women just joined the ranks of the highest tier of Biglaw firm leadership. Congrats to Jami Wintz McKeon of Morgan Lewis and Therese Pritchard of Bryan Cave. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Gibson Dunn poached a prominent partner from U.K. firm Ashurst following his fall from grace as its leader last year. He’s thrilled to work for “one of the strongest U.S. firms around.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The Thomas Jefferson School of Law may be “California’s worst-performing law school,” but it certainly performs well in terms of providing entertainment for those who are big fans of schadenfreude. [City Journal]

    * Many schools pay their grads to count them as employed — but not UNC Law. Its career services office is aware that “jobs don’t grow on trees,” but hey, at least they’re trying to be transparent. [Daily Tar Heel]

    4 Comments / / Oct 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM
  • SomaliCartman

    Biglaw, Fashion, Health Care / Medicine, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Patents, Privacy, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.18.13

    * The DOJ is looking to retry an accused Somali pirate. They’re totally on top of piracy as long as it doesn’t take place here. [The Blog of the Legal Times]

    * Yesterday we posted our holiday tipping thread, heavily citing Corporette’s Kat Griffin. Now she’s posted her own guide and we’re linking to it. It’s like Inception up in here. [Corporette]

    * Why fashion gets knocked off: delving into the world of design patents and trade dress. [Fashionista]

    * Comparing the modern NSA to the intelligence-gathering techniques employed during the American Revolution. Interesting stuff, but a total cover-up job. Where’s the discussion of Ben Franklin’s “electric kite drones,” eh? You must think we’re pretty naïve, Logan Beirne. [Fox News]

    * Incredibly sad, but also incredibly fascinating: if a child is rendered brain dead by a possible medical mistake, should the state honor the wishes of the family to keep the kid on life support even though every day on life support makes an investigation into the cause of death harder? [CNN]

    * Loyola University Chicago introduces a new curriculum to give students an opportunity to get real-world experience with a judge or practicing lawyer before graduating. A law school focusing on training lawyers to be lawyers? This isn’t all that surprising when you look back at Dean Yellen’s previous work. [Loyola University Chicago]

    * Congratulations to Therese Pritchard on her election as the first female chair of Bryan Cave. We’re big fans… until you fail to leak your bonus memo to us first. The ball’s in your court now Pritchard. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The venerable Green Bag is parting ways with GMU Law. Thankfully, it has already found a new home. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Former White House attorney John Michael Farren who we reported on a lot in the past about beating his wife nearly to death… was found liable for beating his wife nearly to death. So that happened. [News Times]

    2 Comments / / Dec 18, 2013 at 5:11 PM
  • crazy phone caller LF

    Crime

    ‘I’m Going to Kill You’ Not the Best Strategy for Getting Your Job Back

    This laid-off associate may be headed back to work — on a chain gang.

    28 Comments / / Jul 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM
  • phone cord

    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
  • don lents bryan cave

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Books, Movies, Partner Issues

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Don Lents of Bryan Cave

    Don Lents, chair of Bryan Cave, shares his insights and experiences about the legal profession and careers in law, as well as about his firm and himself.

    / Apr 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM