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Brutal Benchslap Tags DOJ Prosecutors As ‘Pretentious’ And ‘Inept’

Cranky judge rips federal prosecutors for "ineptitude" in his courtroom. Read more »
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  • In-House Counsel

    In-House Counseling: Alone in a Crowd

    Ed. note: This post is written by Will Meyerhofer, a Biglaw attorney turned psychotherapist, whom we profiled. A former Sullivan & Cromwell associate, he holds degrees from Harvard, NYU Law, and The Hunter College School of Social Work. He blogs at The People’s Therapist. Last week I did a first session with a typical client […]

    79 Comments / / Mar 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM
  • Associate Salaries

    Katten: Why Can’t You Set 2010 Salaries Already?

    Ed. note: This post is written by Will Meyerhofer, a Biglaw attorney turned psychotherapist, whom we profiled. A former Sullivan & Cromwell associate, he holds degrees from Harvard, NYU Law, and The Hunter College School of Social Work. He blogs at The People’s Therapist. Last week I did a first session with a typical client […]

    21 Comments / / Mar 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.03.10

    * SCOTUS grapples with guns, hearing argument in McDonald v. Chicago. [Washington Post] * Meanwhile, three Seventh Circuit judges put themselves on the receiving end of lawyers’ questions, by taking the witness stand in the Hal Turner trial in Brooklyn. [How Appealing (linkwrap)] * Chief Justice John Roberts declines to stop gay marriage from coming […]

    8 Comments / / Mar 3, 2010 at 8:57 AM
  • Old People

    Mandatory Retirement Age for Partners: An ATL Debate

    The older generation of Biglaw partners is starting to see retirement staring them in the face. At firms that have a mandatory retirement age, getting old means getting out — forced out. This phenomenon is affecting some big-name attorneys. Word on the street (and in our comments) is that Bob Bennett left for Hogan & […]

    95 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM
  • Naomi Campbell

    Naomi Campbell: A Wanted Woman

    And this time not by designers for runway shows — by the NYPD. Read more (and comment) over at our sister site, Fashionista (link below). WANTED: Naomi Campbell [Fashionista]

    / Mar 2, 2010 at 6:34 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.02.10

    * Send your résumés to Bracewell & Giuliani. They have an opening for Master of Everything. [3 Geeks and a Law Blog] * K&L Gates helps an aide to David Paterson. I wonder how long until Paterson himself is seeking legal representation? [Business Insider] * The Second Amendment could be coming to a state near […]

    18 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 5:35 PM
  • Admin, Media and Journalism, Shameless Plugs, Social Networking Websites

    We’re a Bunch of Tweeps

    @OurReaders — we’re on Twitter. You can follow Above the Law at atlblog. There’s been no sign of the “fail whale” at Twitter in recent weeks, but here at ATL, we’re sure you’ve noticed our technical difficulties. We will use our Twitter feed to communicate with you when our site is down. But it’s not […]

    10 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM
  • Law School Deans

    Former Maryland Law Dean Will Return (Some) ‘Questionable’ Compensation

    There’s an update in the continuing controversy over compensation paid to Karen Rothenberg, former dean of the University of Maryland School of Law. From the Baltimore Sun: The former dean of the University of Maryland School of Law has offered to repay $60,000 in compensation questioned by a state audit and is “deeply sorry over […]

    11 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 3:21 PM
  • SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Law Student of the Day: Mike Sacks

    Georgetown 3L Mike Sacks had a mission this semester. He wanted to be first in line for every major argument at the Supreme Court. He’s been documenting his adventures on his blog First One @ One First. This is made easier for him because he has no morning classes and lives on Capitol Hill, a […]

    37 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 2:20 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Biglaw, Bonuses, Killing Lockstep, Money

    Inside the Bingham McCutchen Bonus

    When you step into the killing lockstep zone, your bonus disappears into a black box. A while back, we reported that Bingham McCutchen adopted a lockstep-merit hybrid approach to associate compensation. Base salary would still be lockstep, but the bonus would be merit-based. When we reported on the Bingham bonus, we noted that the firm […]

    30 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 1:36 PM
  • Job Searches

    Poor Little Harvard Law 3L

    Ed. note: This post is written by Will Meyerhofer, a Biglaw attorney turned psychotherapist, whom we profiled. A former Sullivan & Cromwell associate, he holds degrees from Harvard, NYU Law, and The Hunter College School of Social Work. He blogs at The People’s Therapist. Last week I did a first session with a typical client […]

    100 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 12:14 PM
  • Ridiculousness

    Legal Recruiter of the Day: A Name to Suit the Times

    South Carolina-based Nexsen Pruet is currently recruiting summer associates. In better economic times, we would not find its legal recruiter’s name very noteworthy. But given the way the summer associate experience has changed — from a summer of pampered luxury to a running of the gauntlet for an offer — it caught our eye and […]

    29 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM
  • Akin Gump, Biglaw, Email Scandals, Pranks

    Departing with Flair

    Have you had the privilege of voluntarily leaving your Biglaw job? I have, and let me tell you, the last day is a special kind of awesome. You kind of walk around, taking a survey of things you no longer have to deal with. Many of your friends and colleagues look at you with envy […]

    44 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM
  • Hogan & Hartson, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 03.02.10

    * One secret to happiness is to make your bed each morning, says Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project and one of The Elect. (She got Lat to reveal his secrets last year.) [New York Times] * Hogan & Hartson’s 38-lawyer Warsaw office is defecting to K&L Gates. [Blog of the Legal Times] * […]

    7 Comments / / Mar 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM