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  • Ben Wilson needs to buy some Pats gear.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.02.15

    * Fun fact: Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s uncle is the managing principal of of Beverage & Diamond’s D.C. office. Thanks to a gentlemen’s bet, because Wilson’s team lost the Super Bowl, his uncle will have to wear a Gronk or Tom Brady jersey. Ouch. [Legal Times]

    * One of the homeless dogs who played in Animal Planet’s 11th annual Puppy Bowl was adopted by Bob Bernstein, a former partner at Kaye Scholer. The adorable Great Pyrenees-mix now leads a life of privilege, as any Biglaw pet should. [New York Post]

    * We know all about the former law school dean who was recently arrested on some pretty salacious charges. We’ll have more on this later today. [Dallas Morning News]

    * The interim dean of religiously affiliated Liberty Law thinks challenges to the school’s heteronormative honor code are a “concern for the future” — especially since a Canadian Christian law school is under fire for a similar code. [Deseret News]

    * It’s not just law schools in the United States that are feeling the pinch of a fewer applicants amid a pathetic legal job market. Japan’s legal education system is also struggling, and some law schools may merge in order to survive. [Japan Times]

    * Prosecutors say formal charges won’t be filed in George Zimmerman’s latest aggravated assault case because his current girlfriend recanted her claims, just like his ex did. His lawyer was wrong — his client does have luck with the ladies. [CNN]

    35 Comments / / Feb 2, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: A Potpourri Of Payment Scales

    Bonus reports from several different law firms — mostly good news.

    10 Comments / / Dec 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM
  • Gilberto Valle: Your new law school classmate?

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Books, Crime, Football, Kids, Law Schools, Libraries / Librarians, Money, Morning Docket, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Morning Docket: 10.23.14

    * Everyone knows Bingham McCutchen is considering a merger with Morgan Lewis, but not many know bankruptcy may be an option. It’s a remote option, but still an option. [Boston Globe]

    * When Kaye Scholer moved offices, it left behind most of its library. “It tells you everything you need to know about law firm libraries”: they’re not necessary. [New York Times]

    * Everyone loves the Sixth Amendment: Thanks to money from Koch Industries, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers will offer better indigent defense training. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The judge in Adrian Peterson’s case won’t be replaced, despite the fact that he called the lawyers involved in the case “media whores.” Meh, Peterson’s attorney says he’s been called worse. [Bloomberg]

    * Gilberto Valle, better known as the “Cannibal Cop,” really wants to go to law school. He’s apparently scored quite well on LSAT practice tests. Do law school ladies look delicious or what? [New York Post]

    9 Comments / / Oct 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • women lawyers trio

    Biglaw, Choate Hall & Stewart, Crowell & Moring, Rankings, Summer Associates

    Ranking Summer Associate Programs: You Were Optimistic About Offers (And Getting Paid More)

    Which firm came out on top, and how much more are summer associates being paid?

    2 Comments / / Sep 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM
  • Woo, Biglaw! I got an offer, bro!

    Biglaw, Contests, Fabulosity, Parties, Summer Associates

    Best Summer Associate Event Contest (2014): The Finalists

    What was the best Biglaw summer associate event of 2014?

    4 Comments / / Aug 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM
  • Yelp-Reviews

    Biglaw, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Sexual Harassment, Sports, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 03.21.14

    * Lawyers from top New York City firms like Skadden, Proskauer, Stikeman, Weil Gotshal, Kaye Scholer, and Bailey Duquette took to the ice to compete for the Lawyers’ Cup. The team with Canadian imports won, obviously. [Forbes]

    * Andre Bouchard was nominated to replace Judge Leo Strine as Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. We can only hope he’ll be as outspoken as his predecessor. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * UNC Law has been receiving fewer applications, and perhaps that’s the reason why its acceptance rates have gone up, up, up — from 36 percent to 45 percent — in the last year alone. Yikes. [Daily Tar Heel]

    * A woman alleges her Uber driver “fondled [her] legs, groin area and breasts” as she tried to give him directions. That extra customer service is what makes it cost more during peak times. [Chicago Tribune]

    * A watch repairman was so pissed about this Yelp review he sicced his lawyer on the man who handed out the two-star report. Of course his lawyer’s one-paragraph demand letter barely makes sense. [Gawker]

    0 Comments / / Mar 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM
  • $$ roll

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Books, Partner Profits

    2013 Biglaw Bonuses: An ATL Infographic

    2013 Biglaw Bonuses: An ATL Infographic comparing first-year bonuses and law firm profits per partner.

    6 Comments / / Jan 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM
  • Kaye Scholer LLP small logo

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Kaye Scholer Rewards Big Billers With Extra Cash

    If you’re employed at a firm like this one and you worked your ass off in 2013, you must be jumping for joy right now. How high did the bonuses climb?

    10 Comments / / Dec 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM
  • Kathryn Ruemmler

    Advertising, Biglaw, Guns / Firearms, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Racism

    Morning Docket: 12.05.13

    * President Obama’s top lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler is staying on the job longer than planned. That cushy Biglaw partnership can wait a while longer. [Reuters]

    * The ABA Journal talks to Joel Hamner about the continuing stain of the online advertisement mentioning his firm that he says he never ordered, paid for, or authorized. [ABA Journal]

    * Ohio judge’s wife charged with poisoning him with antifreeze. When will she learn to make a decent Thanksgiving dinner? [ABC News]

    * Robe Rules Rag Not Racist! [New York Observer]

    * Woman shoots her husband outside a law firm in Tennessee. She already faced charges in Mississippi for a different shooting. You’d think someone might have taken her gun away before this, but she must be critical to that “well regulated militia.” [WKRN]

    * Kaye Scholer lost the co-managing partner of its California offices. They’ve been hemorrhaging partners out there — trouble in paradise. [ABA Journal]

    * D.C. Judge Natalia Combs Greene gets ripped for “inappropriate comments.” She should have some choice words in response. [The Blog of the Legal Times]

    4 Comments / / Dec 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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    Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Partner Issues

    Biglaw Firm Wants Half a Million To Give You Their Two Cents

    This firm wants big bucks to tell you that they agree with your more expensive lawyers. Efficiency!

    7 Comments / / Nov 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM