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  • Divorce Fight

    Biglaw, Divorce Train Wrecks, Quote of the Day

    When Biglaw Attorneys Get Divorced, The Results Aren’t Pretty

    A divorce battle between two Biglaw associates gets ugly — very ugly.

    44 Comments / / Sep 30, 2015 at 4:23 PM
  • Dan Abrams (ABC News)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.01.15

    * ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams is suing his neighbors over his lawyerly lair — and one of the defendants is a Biglaw partner at a top firm. Expect more on this later. [New York Post]

    * Speaking of Biglaw, a familiar tale of financial performance: gross revenue at Am Law 100 firms grew by 4 percent in the first half of 2015, but driven by rate increases rather than demand growth. [American Lawyer]

    * If you want the Supreme Court to hear your case, try to steer your cert petition clear of the “long conference,” known as the place “where petitions go to die.” [New York Times]

    * Speaking of SCOTUS, the Court won’t come to the rescue of the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — time to issue those licenses or quit, Kim Davis. [How Appealing]

    * But the justices did come to the (temporary) rescue of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, allowing him to remain free until SCOTUS acts on his petition for certiorari. [SCOTUSblog via How Appealing]

    * Are criticisms of the S.E.C.’s administrative-law procedures correct? Here’s a study from Professor David Zaring. [New York Times]

    * The Show-Me State leads when it comes to showing defendants to their deaths: Missouri has displaced Texas as the “epicenter of the American death penalty.” [The Marshall Project]

    * Speaking of capital punishment, I predicted that these particular Ninth Circuit judges wouldn’t be too sympathetic to this challenge to the death penalty — and based on yesterday’s oral argument, it seems I was right. [How Appealing]

    33 Comments / / Sep 1, 2015 at 9:07 AM
  • Creative abstract winning, business competition and leadership, award ceremony and success and achievement concept: pedestal with first, second and third place with gold, silver and bronze numbers isolated on white background with reflection effect

    Biglaw, Fenwick & West, Munger Tolles & Olson, Rankings, Vault rankings

    2016 Vault Law Firm Rankings: Self-Perpetuating Prestige

    There’s surprisingly little change in this year’s list, but it’s still always interesting to see who’s rising and who’s falling.

    6 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 5:55 PM
  • Facebook on a screen

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 04.28.15

    * Oh Texas. Judge gets in trouble for posting about an ongoing trial on Facebook, violating HER OWN RULE about posting about an ongoing trial on Facebook. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Head of the Georgia state judicial ethics committee resigns after billing questions arise. [Daily Report]

    * Ach nein! Orrick closes two German offices. [Am Law]

    * Yup, if you graduated law school (even from a great school like Columbia) in 2010, you are well and truly screwed. [NY Times]

    * Get ready for the gay marriage oral arguments with a fascinating history of codified homophobia in public service. [WaPo]

    * Irony alert: Judge’s son got a DUI when he was driving recklessly in front of — yup, you guessed it — the courthouse. [Times Free Press]

    * NY State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman comes out in favor of decriminalization of seven “broken windows” offenses that account for ~42% of NYPD summonses. [NY Daily News]

    * RIP Harvey Miller, 82, Weil Gotshal bankruptcy partner passed away after a fight with ALS. [NYLJ]

    14 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Work/life balance? LOL

    Biglaw, Email Scandals

    Biglaw Firm Makes Big Joke Out Of Work/Life Balance

    Does this firm really care about its associates’ quality of life? Nope.

    93 Comments / / Apr 1, 2015 at 2:03 PM
  • debt shackles

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.22.15

    * Dentons is on the verge of finalizing a mega-merger that would make the combined firm the largest in the world, beating out even Biglaw behemoth Baker & McKenzie. Which law firm is Dentons wooing this time? [Wall Street Journal]

    * “We say law school is expensive, but it’s not expensive for everybody.” People who do poorly on the LSAT finance their classmates’ schooling, and thanks to this chart, now we know what the cost of a low LSAT score really is. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

    * Senate hearings for Loretta Lynch are scheduled to begin next week, but thus far, she’s only received eight letters in support of her nomination for AG. Eric Holder, who is apparently far cooler than she is, received tons of ’em. Aww. [National Law Journal]

    * The next edition of the Am Law 100 will soon be released, but until then, Am Law is sating our desire for rankings with little tidbits of interesting information. This just in: Apparently Weil Gotshal posted a major, double-digit increase in PPP. [Am Law Daily]

    * Nixon Peabody has had the urge to merge for quite some time, and now the firm has finally found a willing partner. If everything works out, the firm will gobble up Ungaretti & Harris, and everyone will be a winner! [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * “There is a large overhang of unemployed law graduates looking for jobs. Whether employers will hire them over 2015 grads is hard to predict.” Which is the lesser of two evils: dumber law grads or law grads with huge résumé gaps? [CBS News]

    19 Comments / / Jan 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM
  • Save money on glasses eyewear

    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
  • money pocketed by man in suit

    Biglaw, Money, Partner Issues

    Who Is Biglaw’s $8 Million Man?

    How much does it cost to woo a successful partner away from a prestigious and profitable firm?

    31 Comments / / Dec 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM
  • lawyer cash grab

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: 3 More Firms Match Simpson

    Which Biglaw firms have joined Simpson Thacher in handing out hefty bonus bucks this time?

    5 Comments / / Nov 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM
  • Tracy Morgan

    Biglaw, Celebrities, Law Schools, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Morning Docket, Real Estate

    Morning Docket: 10.01.14

    * Weil Gotshal is tired of winnowing its workers, so this time around, the firm is relinquishing some of its real estate. The firm will have the same address as usual, but its space will be smaller — 20 percent smaller. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It’s not just leaders of Biglaw firms who are looking to downsize. Leaders of midsize firms are trying to do the same thing, but with their management responsibilities instead of their people. Charming. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

    * Lawyers are typically stereotyped by the uninformed as being some of the richest people in America. As luck would have it, some lawyers are the richest people in America. Which ones? We’ll have more on this later. [Am Law Daily]

    * “If I could redo a year ago, I would still go. Just because I know that [law school] still opens doors.” We’ve got a correction: Silly 2L, Columbia Law — not law school in general — still opens doors. [USA Today]

    * Tracy Morgan has spoken out for the first time since his tragic accident this summer, but only after Wal-Mart blamed him for getting hurt in the first place. It’s a rollback on pure class. [New York Daily News]

    17 Comments / / Oct 1, 2014 at 9:06 AM