Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • 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
  • Supreme Court Clerk Hallway original

    Bonuses, Books, Clerkships, Fabulosity, Federal Judges, Feeder Judges, Kellogg Huber, SCOTUS, Shameless Plugs, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Into 2016 We Go — Plus SCOTUS Clerk Bonus News

    Who are the latest Supreme Court clerks, and how high are signing bonuses going for outgoing SCOTUS clerks?

    6 Comments / / Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
  • Image via Getty

    2nd Circuit, 9/11, Bankruptcy, Basketball, Biglaw, Deaths, Gay Marriage, Howrey LLP, Lateral Moves, Law Professors, Marijuana, Money, Morning Docket, Religion, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 07.29.14

    * The Second Circuit ruled that the World Trade Center Cross may remain on display in the September 11 Memorial and Museum. Apologies, atheists, but it’s a “genuine historical artifact.” [New York Daily News]

    * Howrey going to get money back when judges keep tossing unfinished business claims like they’re yesterday’s trash? We’ll see if such claims will be laid to rest after a hearing later today. [Am Law Daily]

    * Paul Weiss had a good get this week, with Citigroup’s deputy general counsel leaving the bank to join the firm — which coincidentally has served as the bank’s outside counsel for two decades. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * North Carolina, a state that adopted a ban on same-sex marriage in 2012, said it will no longer defend its law in the wake of the Fourth Circuit’s ruling as to a similar ban in Virginia. Hooray! [Los Angeles Times]

    * If you missed it, a judge issued a preliminary ruling against Donald Sterling, meaning that the sale of the L.A. Clippers may proceed. Don’t worry, his attorney says this is just “one stage of a long war.” [CNN]

    * It seems that “weed-infused weddings” are a hot commodity in states where the drug has been legalized. Sorry, it may be better than an open bar, but it doesn’t seem like a very classy thing to do. [Boston.com]

    * Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School professor and praised legal analyst, RIP. [Burlington Free Press]

    2 Comments / / Jul 29, 2014 at 8:23 AM
  • River House 2

    Biglaw, Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Litigators, Partner Issues, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: A Powerful Paul Weiss Partner’s Penthouse — On Sale For $15 Million

    Which legendary lawyer once called this mansion in the sky his home?

    28 Comments / / Jul 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM
  • toilet

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, Courthouses, Disasters / Emergencies, Food, Free Speech, Morning Docket, S.D.N.Y., SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Morning Docket: 06.27.14

    * Funny that SCOTUS just struck down a law imposing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, yet it heavily enforces its own buffer zone. Some call it “supreme irony.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Despite the slacking demand for legal services — down by 8.8 percent in terms of billable hours — members of the Am Law 100 still managed to keep their heads above water. [Am Law Daily]

    * Lorin Reisner, chief of the criminal division of S.D.N.Y.’s USAO and Preet Bharara’s right-hand man on Wall Street convictions, is leaving for greener pastures at Paul Weiss. Congrats! [Reuters]

    * New York State’s highest court has rejected New York City’s ban on gigantic drinks that was previously proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Go on, have yourself a nice Quadruple Big Gulp. [Bloomberg]

    * When the long arm of the law flushes the toilet, it sometimes explodes, raining down jagged shards of justice. But on a more serious note, we’re happy no one was hurt at this courthouse. [Billings Gazette]

    3 Comments / / Jun 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • This is pretty archaic.

    Biglaw, Craigslist, Football, Gambling / Gaming, Gay, Gay Marriage, Lateral Moves, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Prisons, Technology, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.14.14

    * Being a mass murderer wouldn’t be any fun if you couldn’t play video games. Also, let’s Upworthy this: Elie tells a story about himself dancing naked… you won’t believe what happens next. [ATL Redline]

    * Ted Wells of Paul Weiss finally got off his duff and issued his report on the harassment situation in the Miami Dolphins locker room. [Deadspin]

    * ♫Rubber Duckie, you’re the one, you make state legislative sessions drafting complicated statutes allowing gambling on racing you so much fun!♫ [Lowering the Bar]

    * From the “dick moves” file, this guy put up a Craigslist ad pimping out his neighbor without her knowledge or consent. From the f**king idiot files, this guy had no idea how easy it would be for the authorities to track him down. [IT-Lex]

    * Is the aggressive lateral partner recruitment strategy bringing results? [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * There’s pretty much nothing OK with the new gay segregation law in Kansas. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * The Virginia decision legalizing gay marriage made one slight misstatement. “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal.” Really? Does it now? [Josh Blackman’s Blog; WSJ Law Blog]

    * Intelligence Squared held a debate last night between Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and the ACLU’s Ben Wizner against former prosecutor (not Weekend at Bernie’s star) Andrew McCarthy and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey on the question: Snowden Was Justified. The video is embedded after the jump…. [Intelligence Squared]

    0 Comments / / Feb 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM