Recent Headlines from Above the Law

  • merger law firm merger

  • Amanda Bynes

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Celebrities, Drugs, DUI / DWI, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.30.14

    * “[T]he ‘superstar’ model of Supreme Court advocacy marketing is prevailing”: recent Supreme Court litigation has been dominated by Biglaw and boutiques, and five of them handled about half of last term’s cases. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It’s not a “done deal” yet, but Albany Law School is in serious talks with the University at Albany to form an affiliation by the end of the year. There’s been no word on whether Albany Law would remain a stand-alone school under the yet-to-be inked arrangement. [Albany Business Review]

    * The dismissal of lawsuits concerning allegedly deceptive employment statistics at several Chicago-area law schools was affirmed by an Illinois appeals court. ::insert sad trombone here:: [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re still thinking about applying to law school for some reason, you might find these tips on what not to write in a personal statement to be useful. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Amanda Bynes, one of our favorite fading starlets who was already on probation, was arrested this weekend on a DUI charge after stopping her car in the middle of an intersection. [Los Angeles Times]

    2 Comments / / Sep 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM
  • law-firm-rankings-image-300x222

    ATL Career Center Survey, Biglaw, Reader Polls

    ATL Law Firm Reputation Survey: Who Are The Early Front-Runners?

    Which firms are some of the most coveted Biglaw employers in major markets?

    / / Jul 15, 2014 at 4:15 PM
  • Cheating-Spouse

    Biglaw, Defamation, Job Searches, Money, Morning Docket, NALP, National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Television, Trials

    Morning Docket: 06.20.14

    * This Biglaw firm is getting into the imaginary money business by bidding on $18M of Bitcoins seized in the Silk Road raid. Maybe they’ll accept this new “currency” as payment. [Am Law Daily]

    * Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wants his trial moved to New York or D.C. for an unbiased jury. Moving it to cities where terrorist attacks have occurred is a great idea! [Bloomberg]

    * Here’s a perfect headline for a lovely Friday when we imagine people will be able to get in some quality day drinking: “Market Struggles to Absorb Record Law School Class of ’13.” [National Law Journal]

    * Part of George Zimmerman’s defamation lawsuit against NBC was dismissed because his attorneys waited too long to ask the network for a retraction. Time to paint a picture about it, Georgie. [Fox News]

    * Can you sue the dude who banged your wife for ruining your marriage? It sucks for cuckolded husbands, but you can’t in most states, including West Virginia, where family trees grow in a circle. [WSJ Law Blog]

    3 Comments / / Jun 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • Dr. Dre

    Biglaw, Deaths, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Munger Tolles & Olson, Securities and Exchange Commission, Technology, Texas

    Morning Docket: 05.30.14

    * As you may have heard, Apple is buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion. Apple is being represented by Weil, but don’t worry, no one forgot about Dre — he’s got Munger Tolles and Skadden Arps on his side. [Am Law Daily]

    * Haynes and Boone will have a new managing partner as of January 1, 2015, and to make sure he fulfills the good old Texas stereotype of things being bigger, he wants to grow the hell out of the firm’s Houston office. [Dallas Business Journal]

    * Stephanie Avakian, a WilmerHale partner in the New York office, was tapped by the Securities and Exchange Commission to become its deputy director of enforcement. Yay! [DealBook / New York Times]

    * “We can’t turn law schools into graduate school for the study of law,” says a law prof who thinks legal education is straying from being professional education. Aww, write a paper about it. [Harvard Crimson]

    * A Los Angeles couple has been accused in the hit-and-run death of Judge Dean Pregerson’s son. The judge isn’t “looking for blood,” but some jail time would probably help. [L.A. Now / Los Angeles Times]

    0 Comments / / May 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM
  • White House photo by David Lat

    Biglaw, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Health Care / Medicine, Judicial Nominations, Lateral Moves, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, White House Counsel

    Musical Chairs: Some Notable D.C. Partner Moves

    A top government lawyer returns to private practice, a top Biglaw partner returns to government, and a firm holds some departing partners prisoner.

    2 Comments / / May 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM
  • Apple logo 2

  • 220px-Johnny_Cash_Promotional_Photo

    Crime, Football, Health Care / Medicine, Non-Sequiturs, Racism, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.16.14

    * Who is the “Man In Black?” If you said, “Johnny Cash” you’d have been wrong in this instance. But right in life. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Oh screw these guys. Hospital fires a radiation therapist who helped the mother of a cancer patient get in touch with the kid’s favorite football team. [Courthouse News Service]

    * The latest on Net Neutrality. [LXBN]

    * More news in the struggle to end unpaid internships — plaintiffs suing Warner Bros. have been granted the right to invite more people to a class action party. [Inside Counsel]

    * There’s a quirk of the criminal justice system unfairly hurting African-Americans. I’m sorry, I thought that was all the criminal justice system. [PolicyMic]

    * We’ve been wondering where Ed Siskel would land after leaving the Office of White House Counsel. Well, now we know. Congratulations WilmerHale. [Main Justice]

    0 Comments / / May 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • sad woman lawyer

    Biglaw, Deaths, Gender, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 05.05.14

    * When it comes to billing rates, starting at the junior level, female law firm partners are still lagging behind their male counterparts by an average of 10 percent less. Boo. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Just in time for the graduation of one of the largest law school classes in history, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the legal sector is shedding jobs. That sucks. Sorry Class of 2014. [Am Law Daily]

    * Law school deans are dropping like flies. Since last week, at least three have announced their intention to leave their positions. We know of one more that we may discuss later. [National Law Journal]

    * If you want to work as an attorney, your odds are better if you go to a Top 50 law school. Seventy-five percent of Top 50 grads are working as lawyers, compared to 50% of all others. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * The verdict is in on the latest Apple v. Samsung patent case, and Apple is probably pretty miffed it was awarded only $120M this time, since lawyers for the company requested billions in damages. [Reuters]

    * Laura LaPlante, a 3L who was set to graduate from U. Chicago Law on June 16, RIP. [Chicago Tribune]

    5 Comments / / May 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM
  • Robert Mueller

    Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, Contempt, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Television, Theater, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.24.14

    * Congratulations to WilmerHale on landing former FBI director Robert Mueller, and congratulations to Mueller on his move (a homecoming of sorts; he was once a partner at Hale & Dorr, the “Hale” in “WilmerHale”). [DealBook / New York Times]

    * A former television judge gets held in real-life contempt. [Memphis Commercial Appeal]

    * In the wake of the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal charges, Jean O’Grady poses an interesting question: should law firms have whistleblower programs? [Dewey B Strategic]

    * “Have a Better Legal Career by Being Less of a Lawyer.” [Medium]

    * This story of losing a client might contain lessons for lawyers. [BigLawRebel]

    * As we previously mentioned, the SCOTUS-themed play Arguendo is coming to D.C., and there’s a discount code for ATL readers: WMATL, good for 15% off on previews, Friday nights, Saturday matinees, and Sunday evenings. Enjoy! [Woolly Mammoth]

    * In case you missed our Attorney@Blog conference, our friends at wireLawyer were on hand to document the proceedings. Video after the jump….

    Thanks again to wireLawyer, for this great video and for hosting the post-conference cocktail party:

    6 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM