Recent Headlines from Above the Law
Jenny Mosier left a high-powered Justice Department job to take on a new and important mission.
* A protest over art? Well, the Florida courthouse mural does depict heroic KKK members, so that makes sense. [Slate]
* “[P]rotective impulses toward his female clients” get one lawyer suspended. [Legal Profession Blog]
* Did Maine’s governor just try to veto something that was already law? [Talking Points Memo]
* “I own a dog so I can understand how to be patient with associates.” More on the best of Partner Emeritus. [What About Paris?]
* Has America been duped by the greatest double agent in history? That’s one take on Eric Holder’s return to Covington & Burling (they even kept his office waiting for him). [Rolling Stone]
* The merger between Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs may have had a rocky first year, but the merged entity looks to get its lobbying game back on fleek. [Washington Post]
* It’s fairly unlikely Abigail Fisher has experienced discrimination a day in her life, but white privilege means this mediocre student will have yet another day in front of the Supreme Court. [For Harriet]
* One lawyer’s quest against the Commission on Presidential Debates and their implicit perpetuation of the two-party duopoly. [Law360]
* An issue near and dear in the hearts of many of our readers: how do you stay married to a lawyer? [Lawyerist]
* It’s time to start shutting down law schools, but this clearly isn’t something that the American Bar Association is ready to act on. After all, new schools keep popping up, and the ABA keeps accrediting them for reasons beyond understanding. [Bloomberg Business]
* At the end of a landmark Term at the Supreme Court, some presidential candidates are fanning the flames of voters’ fears. Linda Greenhouse asks, “[W]hat, exactly, are people supposed to be afraid of now? A same-sex married couple with affordable health insurance?” [New York Times]
* Eric Holder will return to Covington & Burling, the Biglaw firm from whence he came, and he’ll be there “until [he] decide[s] [he’s] not going to be a lawyer anymore.” This crazy guy says he’d even turn down a SCOTUS nom to continue working there. [Am Law Daily]
* Congrats to Skadden, the firm that ranked numero uno in worldwide deals according to Bloomberg’s quarterly M&A league tables. Davis Polk finished $93 billion behind that, but hopefully the bonuses will be just as sweet this winter. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]
* If you’re planning to enter law school at the end of the summer — especially if you’re a gunner in training — there’s no better way to spend your last months of freedom than to read one (or all of) these law prof-recommended books and papers. [Washington Post]
Cybercrime estimated losses are as much as $2 trillion so it is no surprise that most law firms who hold client data and intellectual property are reluctant “to publicly discuss cyberintrusions and the lack of data breach reporting requirements in general in the legal industry”…
Bonus news being announced this late can’t be good, right?
How much does law school pedigree correlate with other measures of law firm “success”?
How does expected talent (as measured by law school credentials) correlate with other indicators of “success” (as measured by profits per partner)?