This is a continuation of our earlier post evaluating the fashions on display last week, at the New York Supreme Court hearing in the litigation between gay lawyer Aaron Charney and his former employer, Sullivan & Cromwell.
We gave out the big awards — e.g., Best-Dressed Lawyer — yesterday. But there are still a few style prizes that have not yet been announced.
Discussion and photographs, after the jump.
Two quick pieces of news. First, multiple sources at Baker Botts in New York confirm that “Baker Botts NY has gone to market — retroactive to January 1.”
Second, we have some information about Munger, Tolles & Olson — the super-prestigious L.A. firm with a knack for scooping up SCOTUS clerks. We reprint the info after the jump.
In response to yesterday’s post about Aaron Charney’s fabulous new apartment, two comments were made that caught our eye:
“Looks like Charney is going to default both on his complaint and his mortgage. Plus there’s no way he gets $820k for his condo in this market when he has to sell it. I’d say poor kid, but he brought it on himself.”
“Maybe Charney can sell the movie rights to his story or something now, since a multimillion dollar settlement ain’t happening. Alas, that movie has already been done (‘Philadelphia’). Oh well, there’s always Playgirl magazine, I’m sure they’d be happy to have him pose.”
This got us thinking: What should Aaron Charney do next?
Time for an ATL reader poll:
We’ve left an “Other” option in case any of you have suggestions for Aaron Charney’s future. Please place them in the comments. Depending upon the vote tallies, we may then hold a run-off, between the most popular of the existing options and/or the best new options that you suggest. Thanks!
Update: We dislike the idea of dignifying this with a response, but we assure you: We are NOT Loyola 2L.
Check out this very interesting interview, conducted by LX.TV, with celebrity divorce lawyer Raoul Felder (who was, interestingly enough, an assistant U.S. attorney before he ventured into matrimonial law).
Some questions that Felder answers in the course of the interview:
1. What time does he start work?
(Digression: We’re fascinated by the work habits and schedules of highly successful people. We’re becoming firmly convincted that true superstars can get by on relatively little sleep. See, e.g., Richard Posner.)
2. Who fights nastier in a divorce: men or women?
3. What are the three rules of signing a prenuptial agreement?
4. How do you define a “schmuck”?
As we’ve discussed in these pages, certain concerns have been raised with respect to the diva-licious Shanetta Y. Cutlar’s management of the Special Litigation Section, in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. But figuring out how to deal with the Shanetta Cutlar situation is a bit tricky.
We recently learned of one possible solution:
Check out this DOJ posting, seeking a Director of the Professional Development Office in the Civil Rights Division.
When Albert Moskowitz was [eased] out as chief of the Criminal Section [of the Civil Rights Division] last year, he was put in this position. After a few weeks, he left for the Criminal Division.
I wonder if Shanetta Cutlar has been advised to apply for this opening.
This “Director of Professional Development” gig sounds quite cushy — a veritable sinecure at the DOJ. It carries with it a six-figure salary and job responsibilites that are vague and touchy-feely. It sounds like the perfect place to stick a senior official that you want to remove from her current position, but in a discreet, non-controversial, face-saving manner (i.e., without firing her or asking her to tender her resignation).
Our curiosity was piqued, so we did some follow-up. Discussion continues, after the jump.
Time for a quick plug for our law librarian hotties contest, which is currently underway. From an informed reader:
Apropos of your contest (and Valentine’s Day): Are you aware that February is Library Lovers’ Month?
No, not until this email — so thanks for the factoid! It makes our hot law librarian contest even more compelling.
We’ve received a number of great nominations already, including multiple submissions on behalf of three nominees who are looking like frontrunners. We’ll continue to accept nominations at least through the upcoming holiday weekend.
Remember, the contest is open to ALL law librarians, not just law school librarians — per this correction / clarification. And yes, if you’re a hot law librarian, feel free to nominate yourself.
To find out how to nominate a librarian hottie, click here for the submission guidelines. Thanks!
Earlier: Above the Law Hotties: Law Librarians!
- Aaron Charney, Antitrust, Biglaw, Gay, Media and Journalism, Microsoft, Peter Lattman, Sullivan & Cromwell, Wall Street Journal, WSJ Law Blog
But it was much more fun to speculate that he was pulling a Judith Miller, hiding out because of his role in Brokeback Lawfirm.
As it turns out, there’s pretty much no doubt that Aaron Charney leaked the Goldman Sachs / Sullivan & Cromwell reviews to Peter Lattman and the Wall Street Journal (as if there was much doubt before). The newly available S&C motion to dismiss states, on page 8, that at the February 1 TRO hearing before Justice Charles Ramos, “Charney admitted that he had the stolen documents described in the Wall Street Journal.” Unless someone else stole the documents, and Charney just happened to stumble upon them and pick them up, his confession to possessing the stolen documents is tantamount to an admission that he stole the documents.
As for Peter Lattman and his story about the Microsoft antitrust case in Iowa — which is now “DOA,” as Lattman puts it, since the parties have settled — we do feel bad for Lattman.
The poor guy spent a week in “snowy, subzero Des Moines.” And he’s not even running for president.
Microsoft Settles Iowa Antitrust Class-Action [WSJ Law Blog]
Earlier: And Lindsay Lohan Really Was Suffering From ‘Exhaustion’
Brokeback Lawfirm: The S&C Motion to Dismiss
This is not huge news; but since some of you were asking after it in the comments, here you go.
From a helpful tipster:
Here’s confirmation of the JD-Dallas raise. Sorry it didn’t come sooner. As you can see, JD-Dallas went to $150K, which interestingly enough is now ahead of JD-Chicago.
The link is actually helpful in more ways than one, since it includes base salary information for entering associates in numerous Jones Day offices. The firm is admirably transparent when it comes to associate compensation.
Please feel free to use this post as the morning open thread for salary discussions.
Jones Day – Careers – Compensation [Jones Day]
- Anna Nicole Smith, Anthony Kennedy, Federal Judges, Football, Malpractice, Money, Morning Docket, Sports, Weddings
* Lawyer was grand jury leak in BALCO case. [MSNBC]
* Justice Kennedy: Pay the judges! [Law.com]
* Notre Dame’s Coach Weis testifies in gastric bypass malpractice case. Tom Brady may testify. [CBS Sportsline]
* Judge allows burial of Anna Nicole Smith. [MSNBC]
* Should you marry a lawyer? [WSJ Law Blog]
- Aaron Charney, Alexandra Korry, Anna Schneider-Mayerson, Biglaw, David Braff, Eric Krautheimer, Gay, H. Rodgin Cohen, Media and Journalism, New York Observer, Pictures, Sullivan & Cromwell
A picture is worth a thousand words:
We previously praised Anna Schneider-Mayerson’s great reporting. But we must also give props to the graphics team at the Observer, whose handiwork is shown above. Nice work, guys!
Random observation: David Braff and Eric Krautheimer look much younger in this photo montage than in their S&C headshots. Heck, Krautheimer looks halfway cute. But the expression on his face says, “I’m a nasty, sadistic SOB.”
Associate Gets Crushed Beneath White Shoe [New York Observer]
We just woke up from a nice little nap, to see that we’ve been given a delightful gift from the WSJ Law Blog: a copy of Sullivan & Cromwell’s motion to dismiss. To access it, click here (PDF).
Please post your thoughts on it in this open thread. We haven’t had a chance to read it yet. But one of you advises us by email:
Dude! You’re “one commentator”! (page 7 of complaint). But they wouldn’t give you the satisfaction of citing the name of the web site!!!
No name-check. Oh well. Are the Paul Hastings and S&C lawyers too embarrassed to admit that they read this fine website?
(But hey, we’re just lowly bloggers — we’ll take what we can get.)
P.S. Here’s the language in question:
Charney’s propensity toward wholesale disclosure was succinctly summarized by one commentator, who on February 2, 2007 stated as follows “Plaintiff Aaron Charney…. is usually an INSTANT emailer…. In the past he has been very cordial and chatty with us.”
Things have been pretty quiet on the associate salary front. Not much in the way of news today.
Some of you Texans are getting impatient. Here’s a new open comment thread, which you can use as a forum for your compensation complaints and queries.