Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • Donald Sterling

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.11.15

    * “[H]e’s just a litigious person. Unless he has something going on in the public eye, he can’t exist.” Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a suit against V. Stiviano and TMZ, accusing them of invading his privacy by sharing a recording of his racism. [New York Post]

    * A jury found that an ex-municipal court judge who was convicted of insurance fraud was lying when he claimed that he’d been attacked outside the courthouse by thugs wielding a toilet tank lid. We guess you could say that the jurors were able to flush out all of this guy’s crap. [ABA Journal]

    * Talk about a Hail Mary suit: Ted Wells of Paul Weiss and NFL locker-room bullying report fame is being sued for defamation by the former Miami Dolphins offensive-line coach who happened to be one of the casualties of his investigation. [Washington Post]

    * Deutsche Bank’s general counsel will step down from his position at the end of the year. Deutsche Bank joins JPMorgan and Bank of America as the third big bank to have announced a change in GC within the past month. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * If you’re considering applying to law school, here are five steps you can take to write a “great” personal statement. Surprisingly, one step isn’t mentioning your guaranteed employment at a family firm after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    24 Comments / / Aug 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • diversity 2 diverse minority law firm associates young lawyers

    Biglaw, Minority Issues, Rankings

    The Best Law Firms For Diversity (2016)

    Which firms fared well in three big surveys of diversity within Biglaw?

    6 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 1:33 PM
  • Tom_Brady_8-28-09_Patriots-vs-Redskins

    Football

    Hacks Desperately Try To Disprove Deflategate

    This is tin-foil hat territory *before* you consider that Roger Goodell would dump a body in the East River if it would eke out an extra $50 for an NFL owner.

    0 Comments / / Jun 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM
  • offer girl happy

    Job Searches, Lateral Moves

    Will Firm Culture Supersede Prestige?

    What role should firm culture play in your lateral move?

    / May 29, 2015 at 4:29 PM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 05.07.15

    * Are you tired of hearing about Tom Brady’s balls? No? Good. Here’s a great profile of the Paul Weiss litigator that authored the report on deflategate. [New York Times]

    * Good news for all the Pandora listeners out there. The Second Circuit affirmed Pandora’s access to the ASCAP music catalogue. [New York Law Journal]

    * As if the “Jena Six” haven’t been through enough, now one of its members is heading to law school. [American Lawyer]

    * Brewery scores big First Amendment victory. Let’s all celebrate with a nice cold bottle of “Raging Bitch” beer. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The federal government paid $45 million to Northrop Grumman Systems to settle claims it misappropriated trade secrets related to their satellite program. [National Law Journal]

    * The debate over the minimum wage rages on in Ninth Circuit case on the constitutionality of Los Angeles’ Living Wage law. [Law360]

    6 Comments / / May 7, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • bonus money tug of war partner vs associate

    Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    Which Biglaw Firm Makes Partners Write Essays To Prove Why They Should Be Paid?

    Partners, you better make sure you do your homework at this firm.

    22 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 12:01 PM
  • That's. So. Gay.

    Public Interest

    Sign On To Support Same-Sex Marriage In The Supreme Court

    You can sign on to a well-drafted amicus brief heading to the Supreme Court.

    30 Comments / / Feb 17, 2015 at 1:53 PM
  • airplane

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.10.15

    * “The reality is, the university has done a lot to be a part of the solution. This undoes a lot of that work.” Students and professors at St. Louis University School of Law are up in arms because Bob McCulloch, the prosecutor in the Ferguson case, is coming to speak at an event on police practices. [ABC News]

    * “Travel by coach will make it impossible for the attorneys to work and or sleep effectively upon our arrival.” Defense lawyers for three suspected terrorists motioned for a judge to give them business-class seats on a plane while federal prosecutors bum it back in coach. [New York Daily News]

    * SCOTUSblog has been denied a Supreme Court press pass, yet again. Lyle Denniston, the site’s main reporter, had to go to great lengths in an attempt to circumvent the high court’s new journalist credentialing process. [Associated Press]

    * “I would really think long and hard before defying a federal court order.” SCOTUS declined to issue a stay that would keep gay marriage at bay in Alabama, but some judges are still refusing to marry gay couples. Thanks Roy Moore. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Paul Weiss: lookin’ nice! In a look at some of the early numbers from the latest Am Law 100 rankings, the firm increased its gross revenue year over year by 10.9 percent, allowing Paul Weiss to finally break the billion-dollar mark in revenue. [Am Law Daily]

    34 Comments / / Feb 10, 2015 at 9:08 AM
  • Lindsay Lohan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.05.15

    * Lindsay Lohan and her mom are suing Fox News with claims the TV network defamed them by saying “Lindsay Lohan’s mom is doing cocaine with her.” Legal experts are of the opinion the Lohans must be doing lines if they think they’ll win. [U.S. News & World Report]

    * A prospective juror in the Colorado movie theater massacre case was released after telling a judge she brought her unvaccinated grandchild to court and ripping her hair out. Well, that’s one way to get out of jury duty. [Aurora Sentinel]

    * Justice Elena Kagan says that if she hadn’t left her Harvard Law deanship to become solicitor general, she “[doesn’t] think [she] would be doing law, quite honestly.” The Supreme jurist says that “[i]t shows you how weird life can be.” [Supreme Court Brief]

    * Lawyers in New York are worried that if the state adopts the Uniform Bar Exam, the “gold standard” of having passed the tougher version of the New York exam will be devalued. Aww, sorry about your butthurt. Get well soon. [New York Law Journal]

    * Fresh off an 18-month tour of racking up insider trading convictions as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Richard Tarlowe will join Paul Weiss to focus on white-collar criminal defense. Best of luck. [DealBook / New York Times]

    9 Comments / / Feb 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • A move that has people talking.

    Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Partner Issues

    Musical Chairs: Differing Views On A Prominent Partner’s Move

    Is this a big blow to Kirkland & Ellis, or is K&E glad to see her go?

    9 Comments / / Jan 28, 2015 at 5:43 PM