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  • 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
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.16.14

    * “If you can’t disagree on the law without taking it personally, find another day job. You shouldn’t be an appellate judge.” You’ve really got to admit that sometimes, Justice Scalia has an absolutely wonderful way of putting things. [Associated Press]

    * David Boies sent everyone and their mother and their dog a letter asking them to destroy all docs leaked from the Sony hack, lest they face legal consequences, but there’s just one problem with that pesky First Amendment. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * The law students who requested exam delays due to unfair grand jury decisions claim they’re not “coddled Millennials” — no, they’re members of the new regime of lawyers who are willing to ask, “If not us, then who?” [National Law Journal]

    * Please keep in mind that these students are likely the same ones who may be missing out about learning the intricacies of rape law because they want their professors to “protect them from causing or experiencing discomfort.” [New Yorker]

    * Well, this is an interesting round of musical chairs: Vice Media just poached James H. Schwab, the chairman of the media and entertainment practice group at Paul Weiss, to join the company as co-president. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Undergrad students at Boston University are trotting out the latest edition of the school’s pre-law review. Feast your eyes upon the genius of future gunners, or don’t, because it’ll help them learn early that no one actually reads law reviews. [BU Today]

    20 Comments / / Dec 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • Treasury. Large bundle of US dollars

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Paul Weiss Pays Up

    You’ll never guess what Paul Weiss just did….

    0 Comments / / Dec 11, 2014 at 5:34 PM
  • iStock_000030388954_Large

    Biglaw, Bonuses

    Associate Bonus Watch: Yet Another Firm Matches Simpson

    Biglaw firms are falling all over themselves to hand out money today.

    27 Comments / / Nov 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM
  • iStock_000030388954_Large

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: A Major Firm Matches Simpson

    Simpson Thacher’s generous bonus scale gets followed by another top law firm.

    19 Comments / / Nov 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM
  • NYCvsLondon

    Biglaw, Magic Circle, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    The Magic Circle vs. New York’s Elite

    A comparison of the recent financial performance of the top U.K. and New York law firms.

    2 Comments / / Sep 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM