• Education / Schools, Money, Student Loans

    Student Loan Bailout: You Only Have to be Broke for Ten Years

    A new federal program promises student loan forgiveness for people who qualify after they’ve dutifully paid their debts for ten years. The program will also cap monthly loan payments depending on income. The act, passed in 2007, is set to become effective on July 1st. The National Law Journal reports the awesome news: Some members […]

    179 Comments / / Jun 23, 2009 at 12:55 PM
  • Layoffs, Notes from the Breadline

    Notes from the Breadline: Our Endless Numbered Days

    A new federal program promises student loan forgiveness for people who qualify after they’ve dutifully paid their debts for ten years. The program will also cap monthly loan payments depending on income. The act, passed in 2007, is set to become effective on July 1st. The National Law Journal reports the awesome news: Some members […]

    131 Comments / / Jun 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM
  • Lexis-Nexis

    LexisNexis Privacy Breach

    Did a number of you LexisNexis users receive this disturbing notice in the mail from LexisNexis? Seisint (not to be confused with Skynet) is a data-mining company that LexisNexis bought for $775 million, back in 2004. The company created “the Matrix” which gave state and federal governments the ability to analyze records after 9/11. Back […]

    21 Comments / / Jun 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Money, Wall Street

    A Free ATL Event: Market Volatility & Your Finances
    (Or: Dude, Where’s my 401(k)?)

    You’d be surprised by how often we receive requests for financial advice around here (even though that’s really more the province of Dealbreaker). E.g., should I refinance my law school loans? How much should I be saving for retirement? I’ve just been laid off; what should I do with my 401(k)? These questions lie beyond […]

    / Jun 23, 2009 at 10:03 AM
  • Morning Docket, SCOTUS

    Morning Docket 06.23.09

    * Florida lawyer Frederick Schaffer smells money in his lawsuit against cold medicine Zicam. Or doesn’t smell it rather, claiming that the medicine made him lose that sense. [Boston Herald] * Nevada Supreme Court Justice Kris Pickering keeps order in the court, but causes chaos in a UPS parking lot. [Las Vegas Review-Journal] * It’s […]

    22 Comments / / Jun 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM
  • Contests, Music

    ATL Field Trip: The Battle of the Law Firm Bands (Part 1)

    Lining up outside The Black Cat for the Battle of the Law Firm Bands. The evening was sold out — 1,000 tickets in all. We just got back from Washington, DC, where we spent a few days attending the 2009 convention of the American Constitution Society (ACS). We may have a post or two about […]

    37 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 6:20 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.22.09

    * The Kindle is a business expense now. Excellent. Now even more people can get their hands on the best thing ever. [Legal Blog Watch] * Appellate Court Judge Warren D. Wolfson, has been named interim dean at DePaul College of Law. Either Judge Wolfson hasn’t been following along with the fiasco at DePaul, or […]

    20 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 5:15 PM
  • Howrey LLP, Killing Lockstep, Salary Cuts

    Howrey First Years to $100K

    Welcome to the future. Like Drinker Biddle did in May, Howrey is changing the nature of the first and second year associate experience. The firm is moving to more of an apprenticeship model. New Howrey associates will receive an emphasis on training and take a significant reduction in salary. The memo from Howrey explains some […]

    185 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 3:26 PM
  • John Roberts, SCOTUS

    The Roberts Court Saves Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

    Don’t you love it when the Supreme Court of the United States makes a concerted effort to avoid constitutional issues? Today, Chief Justice John Roberts got seven other justices together in a truly remarkable display of ignoring an elephant in the room. The WSJ Law Blog reports: It’s in the waning days of June that […]

    27 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 3:10 PM
  • Law Shucks, Layoffs

    This Week In Layoffs: 06.22.09

    [Ed. note: Above the Law has teamed up with Law Shucks. Law Shucks has done excellent work translating all of the layoff news into user-friendly charts and graphs: the Layoff Tracker.] Let’s all move to Nebraska! In a week in which unemployment was up in 48 out of 50 states (plus DC), Nebraska’s unemployment dropped […]

    34 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM
  • Morning Docket, UVA Law

    Morning Docket 06.22.09

    * One bra size does not fit all. There are so many different reasons why one might get a severe rash from a Victoria’s Secret bra that the 17 suits filed in various states cannot be consolidated into one. [On Point News] * More on Law Student of the Day: Leo Wolpert. The UVA Law […]

    12 Comments / / Jun 22, 2009 at 9:00 AM
  • Rankings, U.S. News

    Top. Universities. In the World.

    We know how much everybody loves rankings. By now, everybody has had time to digest the new law school pecking order — even George Washington Law School students. But true prestige whoring begins much earlier than law school. U.S. News has just released (hat tip: Tax Prof Blog) a list of the top 400 colleges […]

    154 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 6:11 PM
  • Lawyer of the Day

    Lawyer of the Day: Larry Wilder

    Our Lawyer of the Day is appropriately named. From the sound of this story, this Indiana lawyer could probably hold down the name Larry Wildest. The photo to the right is not a stock photo. That’s Wilder on Wednesday morning after a raucous night on the town. From the Courier-Journal: Conrad Embry, 80, the neighbor […]

    52 Comments / / Jun 19, 2009 at 4:58 PM