Ed. note: Find the latest match-ups here.
GQ.com had a charming feature story this week: The Top 25 Douchiest Colleges. This is one of the few times that Kash’s alma mater – Duke (#2) – managed to beat Lat and Elie’s undergrad institution, Harvard (#4). Duke would have taken the top spot on the list but the GQ editors gave Brown that honor, saying:
Duke’s probably number one. But we’d rather not rank Duke number one at anything.
Since we didn’t have a Back-to-School feature planned, we’ve decided to riff off of this one. We’d like to invite you to help us determine the #1 Douchiest law school.
This will not be based solely on our editorial discretion. We’re taking the top 16 law schools from U.S. News & World Report and putting them into brackets, ATL March Madness style. We’ll let you vote on which is douchiest.
Check out the brackets and vote on the first eight match-ups after the jump.
Check out this article, wherein the New York Times tells you what you already knew. We’ve been covering these developments for weeks here at Above the Law.
To all the mainstream media reporters who complain about blogs repackaging their content without adequate attribution, we say: it looks recycling is a two-way street.
In fairness to the NYT, they’re writing for a general audience. Some of their readers might actually find it newsworthy that (1) legal employment is down during this recession, (2) people often have to go into debt to attend law school, and (3) some of these people are having a hard time finding jobs now.
Regular visitors to ATL will find the Times piece more boring than incorrect. But one paragraph was wildly off the mark.
Do you want to purchase a discount legal education, but you don’t know where to look? A new list from the National Jurist will point you in the right direction. Tax Prof Blog reproduces the list of which law schools give you the most bang for your buck. Here are the top 15:
How do you come up with a list that ranks N. Carolina Central the best at anything? Check out the methodology after the jump.
What could have been a tragic story looks to have been resolved in a peaceful manner.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports:
A former University of Louisville student and contract employee was apprehended by University of Louisville Police Friday morning after a law library staff member recognized that he was barred from campus.
According to police, Thomas H. Irwin entered the law library at about 8:30 a.m. with two handguns and ammunition. A library employee called U of L Police, who escorted Irwin from the premises without incident.
According to an email sent to the student body, the former University of Louisville student “had been declared persona non grata by the university in December 2008.”
Way to watch over your library like a hawk, not a cardinal, unknown super-staffer. We gotta get you into the TSA.
Statement from the university, after the jump.
UPDATE (3/12/11): Douglas Wacker was acquitted of the charges discussed below — please see the update at the end of this post.
One University of San Diego Law School student isn’t worrying about deferrals. He’s worrying about defense strategies. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
A 30-year-old Marine Corps captain will face a court-martial Feb. 8 on rape and other charges involving three University of San Diego students in April 2007, a judge ruled today.
At the time of the alleged crimes, Capt. Douglas S. Wacker was on unpaid leave from the military to pursue a law degree at the university and on a spring break trip to New Orleans with the three alleged victims.
So not a very fun spring break trip for those San Diego law students.
According to the Union-Tribune, the New Orleans D.A. and a USD administrative board both looked into the allegations and decided not to pursue them, even though, in the opinion of one USD student, Wacker’s a “creeper”:
This guy was a 3L last year and was on the moot court board. A lot of people thought he was a real creeper.
Wacker might well be a “creeper,” whatever that means, but whether he’s a rapist is yet to be determined. The University of San Diego won’t be giving him a degree until that’s sorted out though. The University’s message to students, AND an update (analysis from a lawyer and former Marine as to Wacker’s fate), after the jump.
Above the Law has learned that officials at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law are investigating the actions of the school’s 2008-2009 Student Bar Association President. As we understand it, the investigation remains internal and has not resulted in any law enforcement action; accordingly, we will not be printing the student’s name.
Word around campus is that the former SBA president is being investigated for allegedly misappropriating student funds. A tipster reports the details this way:
[The former SBA President] is now under investigation by the administration for embezzling thousands of dollars from the University. [He] reportedly used this money to fund trips around the country, including a spring break booze-fueled extravaganza — having told the administration that the funds would be used to attend a “conference.”
Our sources report that university investigators have already contacted and questioned members of the Moritz class of 2009 who know the former president. We also understand that his boyfriend, an undergraduate at OSU, has been questioned.
The allegedly embezzled money came from the Inter-Professional Council:
Throughout the year, IPC plans or co-plans a variety of social, professional outreach, and community services events, including professional skills workshops, multi-cultural dinners at area restaurants, and food drives for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
We believe that the total amount of money at issue is in the neighborhood of $3,600. As one student put it, the IPC “doesn’t do much for students anyway.”
The law school’s response and more details, after the jump.
We don’t know who Rick Pitino is — his Wikipedia entry suggests he’s a college basketball coach — or why he’s important. We don’t know anything about sports. Elie, come back from vacation; we need you!
What we do know, and what makes Rick Pitino relevant for these pages, is that he was supposed to speak at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University — until his appearance was canceled. The law school administration sent out this brief message:
Coach Pitino and Samford University have mutually agreed to cancel the luncheon scheduled for September 10, 2009 at the Harbert Center. If you have already made payment for this event, your check will be returned to you.
Many readers alerted us to this development (which is why we decided to write about it). One tipster told us:
Cumberland School of Law at Samford University was going to have Coach Pitino visit next month. Normally, this may not be a big deal, but Samford is a Baptist School. It could have been an interesting luncheon…
Many of you are probably asking yourselves that very question. Especially if you are deeply in debt and/or without legal employment.
We decided to go to law school because, well, we didn’t have anything better to do. Law school has been described, quite accurately, as “the great American default option.”
If you’re in the same boat, or if you went to law school for some other less-than-inspiring reason (e.g., a desire for a six-figure salary), you may have a hard time relating to the clip below. It’s a promo for the “My Inspiration” video contest sponsored by Access Group, the non-profit student loan company, asking contestants to make videos explaining what inspired them to go to law school:
As was the case with last year’s video contest, the prize is a $10,000 scholarship to law school for the maker of the best video. In addition, five $1,500 honorable mention scholarships will be awarded.
Alas, if you were hoping to enter the contest yourself, sorry; the ten finalists have been chosen. Feel free to check out the finalists here, then cast your vote here. Enjoy. Earlier: ‘What are your worries as a law student?’
So you spent a considerable amount of time courting, selling and maybe even doing some friendly stalking of that attractive lateral partner candidate with a sizable book. After he or she ignored your emails and didn’t return your calls, a few weeks go by and you read a press release in the legal media announcing the recent move to a competing firm.
Rats. Another one got away from you. You cringe when you consider how much time was spent in meetings that did not bear fruit. Your heart aches when recall how you were led to believe this was a marriage made in heaven.
You have been rejected.
The sting of rejection is painful, even for fancy law firms. But you need to find a way that you can turn this disappointment into a legitimate learning experience.
No, this isn’t a pre-party before we come back next fall for the real thing. This IS the real thing. Quinn Emanuel is pushing the envelope on recruiting. The party is now. This is when you meet the partners and associates face to face. This is when we begin the dance that could land you an offer for your second summer BEFORE school starts in the fall.
First: You come to the party. Second: If you like us, you send your resume after June 1, 2014. Third: If we like each other, you get an offer.
We’re not waiting for fall. We’re not doing the twenty minute thing. This party is the real thing!
We hope you’ll join us, and look forward to meeting you.
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past six years. You can reach them by email: [email protected].
Since late last year, things have been booming in Hong Kong / China in cap markets, especially Hong Kong IPOs. M&A deal flow has recently been getting a bit stronger as well. Although one can’t predict such things with any certainty, all signs are pointing to a banner entire 2014 for the top end US corporate and cap markets practices in Hong Kong / China. This is not really new news, as its been the feeling most in the market have had for a few months now and things continue to look good.
The head of our Asia practice, Evan Jowers, has been in Hong Kong for about 10 days a month (with trips every other month to both Shanghai and Bejing) for the past 7 months (Robert Kinney and Evan Jowers will be in Hong Kong again March 15 to 23), and spending most of his time there meeting with senior US hiring partners at just about all the major US and UK firms there, as well as prospective candidates at all associate levels and partner levels, and when in the US, Evan works Asia hours and is regularly on the phone with such persons, as our the other members of our Asia team. Our Yuliya Vinokurova is in Hong Kong every other month and Robert is there about 5 times a year as well. While we have a solid Asia team of recruiters, Evan Jowers will spend at least some time with all of our candidates for Asia position. We have had long standing relationships, and good friendships in some cases, with hiring partners and other senior US partners in Asia for 8 years now.
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