• Dewey & LeBoeuf, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 04.17.09

    * Starwood Hotels sued Hilton Hotels yesterday, accusing its rival of using “stolen confidential Starwood documents” to develop a new chain of lux hotels. Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal reports that Hilton’s in-house legal team unknowingly came across the boxes of stolen documents while preparing for a different case. Since the documents were unrelated to […]

    48 Comments / / Apr 17, 2009 at 8:39 AM
  • Contests, Law Revue, Law Revue Video Contest, Law Schools, Videos

    Above The Law’s Inaugural Law Revue Contest 2009
    The Finalists

    * Starwood Hotels sued Hilton Hotels yesterday, accusing its rival of using “stolen confidential Starwood documents” to develop a new chain of lux hotels. Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal reports that Hilton’s in-house legal team unknowingly came across the boxes of stolen documents while preparing for a different case. Since the documents were unrelated to […]

    193 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 6:00 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.16.09

    * Texas Governor Rick Perry didn’t really suggest seceding from the Union. Sorry if you got your hopes up, but I think we’re stuck with Texas. [CNN] * Really, if you lived your life in accordance with the teachings of Yoda, you’d probably end up as a pretty successful person (so long as you are […]

    50 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 5:16 PM
  • Uncategorized

    HLS Grade Reform: The Official Memo

    Way back in September, Harvard Law School announced that the school would be dropping the letter grading system in favor of a hybrid pass/fail system. Then the market crisis bled into the legal industry, Dean Elena Kagan fled to Washington, and grade reform became less of an immediate concern. But acting Dean, Howell Jackson, and […]

    61 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 4:22 PM
  • Law Schools, Rankings

    A Yale Law School Degree: Not Worth What It Used To Be?

    About a decade ago, Harvard Law School hired — and paid a lot of money to — McKinsey & Co., the celebrated consulting firm, to offer suggestions on how to improve HLS. The hope was that, armed with McKinsey’s wisdom, Harvard would overtake Yale Law School in the influential U.S. News and World Report law […]

    85 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM
  • Akin Gump, Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs: Another Partner Leaves Akin Gump

    Akin Gump is dealing with another partner defection. AmLaw Daily is reporting that a big time litigator is leaving Akin Gump for Quinn Emanuel: Andrew Rossman, former cohead of litigation at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, kept bumping into lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges on various cases, and came away impressed […]

    101 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 2:45 PM
  • Uncategorized

    UCLA: The Latest Law School To Help Deferred Students

    Just yesterday, we were able to report on Northwestern University School of Law taking the initiative to help deferred 3Ls. Today we’ve learned that UCLA is also stepping up to the plate. UCLA School of Law announced its Transition to Practice LL.M. Program today. It will allow 3Ls to take an extra year of classes […]

    166 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 1:44 PM
  • Associate Advice, pls hndle thx

    Pls Hndle Thx: Not Fade Away

    Ed. note: Have a question for next week? Send it in to advice@abovethelaw.com. ATL – Last summer as 1L I tried out one of those quaint “secondary-markets” that I felt I’d be better suited for down the line. I really loved my work last summer in the boonies, but I’m not spending anytime this summer […]

    49 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 12:19 PM
  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: God Bless the Yankees, And Nobody Else

    As we mentioned this morning, just because the Yankees are opening a billion dollar ballpark today doesn’t mean that people can’t bitch about the Yankees. A 30-year-old Red Sox fan from Queens is suing because he was kicked out of old Yankee Stadium for his failure to observe the sabbath seventh. The New York Post […]

    85 Comments / / Apr 16, 2009 at 11:22 AM
  • In-House Counsel, Layoffs, Wells Fargo

    In-House Counsel Layoff Watch: Wells Fargo Could Be Making Cuts

    An underreported aspect to all of the mass layoffs affecting the legal industry is the plight of in-house counsel. The day after Lehman folded, we wondered if the collapse meant the closing of a popular Biglaw exit option. We all know that banks and other financial services institutions are laying off tons of employees. In-house […]

    62 Comments / / Apr 15, 2009 at 3:15 PM
  • Biglaw

    Northwestern Law Gets ‘Proactive’

    Earlier today, we mentioned that Northwestern University School of Law has stepped up to help law students harmed by the terrible economy. We now have the full memo that details all the steps the school is taking to actually help students with the misfortune of graduating during the worst legal economy in recent memory. The […]

    62 Comments / / Apr 15, 2009 at 1:48 PM
  • Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Clerks

    Is Justice Thomas ‘A Little Tired’ of His Job?
    (He has hired his clerks. Who are they?)

    In today’s Morning Docket, we linked to an interesting article, by Adam Liptak of the New York Times, concerning a recent public appearance by Justice Clarence Thomas before a group of high school essay contest winners. The WSJ Law Blog collects a number of fun tidbits — such as Justice Thomas’s declaration that “the dishwasher […]

    10 Comments / / Apr 14, 2009 at 10:45 AM
  • Dreier

    Marc Dreier: An Update

    Quite some time has passed since our last discussion of Marc Dreier, the once highflying, now disgraced Manhattan litigator. We’d like to belatedly draw your attention to three items. First, an article from the New York Post: Disgraced attorney Marc Dreier could be on the hook for $1.5 million to the white-shoe lawyers who took […]

    21 Comments / / Apr 14, 2009 at 10:06 AM