Oops, we forgot to post our write-up of the final panel of Friday’s conference at New York Law School.
Afternoon Panel (2:15-3:30): Beyond the Bluebook: The Future of Writing About the Law
“In a world increasingly dominated by blogs and online publications, does traditional legal scholarship have a future? Will legal scholars abandon the traditional law review to write for a popular audience, and if so, why? What will this brave new world look like?”
Panelists and Moderator:
* Bernard Hibbitts, Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Editor in Chief of Jurist.
* Rosa Brooks, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and op-ed columnist, Los Angeles Times.
* Jack Balkin, Professor, Yale Law School and Founder and Director of the Information Society Project.
* Lawrence B. Solum, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law and author of Legal Theory Blog.
* Rodger Citron (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Law, Touro Law Center.
For those of you who are interested — which, we realize, is probably a small, wonky group — a brief discussion appears after the jump.
Oops, we forgot to post our write-up of the final panel of Friday’s conference at New York Law School.
Is there anything to do in lovely Charlottesville, Virginia, other than hump like bunnies? A recent study suggests the answer to this question is “no.”
Over at the University of Virginia Law School, student bodies are gettin’ busy. The Virginia Law Weekly, UVA’s student newspaper, recently administered a sex survey. It was taken by approximately half of the law school — an impressive response rate. The survey revealed the following:
[A]lmost 64% of law students are currently involved in a sexual relationship, and most of us (52%) are having sex at least once a week. But even though a full 70% of students report that they are either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their sex lives, apparently that’s not enough. Fifty-nine percent of respondents told us that they want to have sex more often.
Please, kids — let’s not get greedy. After all, you’re in LAW SCHOOL. And you need to leave yourselves SOME time to hit the books, so you can land that coveted Wilkinson clerkship.
Additional highlights from the survey, from TJ’s Double Play:
* Who are the nine dudes and two girls who are awesome? And by awesome, we mean slept with more than 30 people.
* About 30 percent of both law school men and women have cheated on a partner. Finally, gender-equity. Plus, since we’re going to be lawyers, screwing people is what we do best.
* Sixty-five percent of law students do not think oral sex is sex. In that case, We would love to not have sex with you.
* The average law school guy has had six partners and the average girl has had five, well beyond the national average of about three. Again, screwing people is what we do best.
* 1Ls make up fifty percent of the law school’s virgins. Explanation: $3100 a week at your summer job will work wonders for your sex life.
* Thirty percent have had anal sex, which just goes to show that the butt is the new oral. See, The Bottom Line.
For more titillating tidbits, read the full post at TJ’s Double Play, the Virginia Law Weekly article, or the underlying raw data.
UVA Sex Survey [TJ's Double Play]
2007 Sex Survey Results Show Busy, Insatiable Student Body [Virginia Law Weekly]
UVA Law Sex Survey Raw Data [Survey Monkey]
The associate pay raise story seems pretty played out at this point. We’ve certainly grown tired of covering it.
But in case it still interests you, here are two links (the second is old; we found it while cleaning out our inbox):
1. Atlanta-Based Firm Raises Salaries Twice in Two Weeks [Fulton County Daily Report]
“Troutman Sanders has matched the $130,000 starting salary for associates that earlier this month became the new top rate at several big Atlanta firms, said the firm’s managing partner, Robert W. Webb Jr.”
2. McKenna Long joins latest round of pay raises [Fulton County Daily Report]
“McKenna Long & Aldridge has joined the latest round of associate pay increases. The firm has raised starting salary in Atlanta to $130,000, effective Feb. 1, said William Clifford, a spokesperson for the firm. The firm has 55 associates in Atlanta.”
The firm also raised pay in its Denver office from $115,000 to $130,000 and raised pay in its California and Washington offices from $135,000 to $145,000. Bonuses will remain the same, said Clifford.
And here’s an open thread, in which you can say whatever still needs to be said with respect to associate compensation.
C’mon, folks — let’s debate appropriate base salaries for senior versus junior associates, once more with feeling!
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of associate base salaries (scroll down)
We sure do love pro se litigants. Like the guy who filed this notice of appeal. Or the loon who filed this lawsuit against Arm & Hammer. And, of course, there’s Aaron Charney (although he now has counsel).
Today we introduce you to Michael Melnitzky, who served as the principal art conservator at Sotheby’s for almost three decades. From the NYT:
[W]hen his wife filed for divorce in 1994, Mr. Melnitzky became something else: a litigator. A prolific one. And although he has no law degree and only himself as a client, he has never been busier.
Through a series of self-fashioned lawsuits and appeals, issues that might have been settled with his divorce have gone on for 13 years, 3 years longer than his marriage.
He has sued virtually everyone involved: one of his former lawyers, his wife’s lawyer, three banks, five judges and a psychiatrist appointed by the court to evaluate his mental health. In unrelated cases, he has sued a neighbor, a thrift shop, the city and his former employer. And he has almost always lost.
Unlike so many pro se litigants, Melnitzky is neither incarcerated nor impecunious. But in terms of his psychology, he fits the pro se profile:
At a recent hearing, an opposing lawyer called him a “serial litigator” who was turning the legal system into a “hobby” at the expense of the people he sued.
Mr. Melnitzky takes exception to such characterizations, as he does to the mention of obsession.
“It’s not an obsession; it’s a cause,” he said. “Would you call the fight against Nazis an obsession?”
Melnitzky is a Holocaust survivor. But despite that fact, we respectfully question whether it’s appropriate to compare the worldwide struggle against Fascism and genocide to litigation over a watch collection (even a very nice one — it includes timepieces by Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin).
The Marriage Lasted 10 Years. The Lawsuits? 13 Years, and Counting. [New York Times]
What do you think of this cartoon, by cartoonist Jim Herrick, which appeared in last month’s Kentucky Bar Association magazine — and is now the subject of significant controversy?
We chuckled over the cartoon (although we didn’t quite guffaw). We don’t find it offensive in the least, and we think it was perfectly fine for the Kentucky Bar Assocation to run it.
But considering that we find almost nothing offensive, we may not be the best people to ask. What are your thoughts?
Trial lawyers find nothing funny in cartoon [Louisville Courier-Journal]
- Anna Nicole Smith, Antitrust, Crime, Media and Journalism, Morning Docket, Oral Sex / Blow Jobs, Parties
* Are we really gonna let this guy spend 10 years in jail for a BJ? [New York Times via How Appealing]
* Bizarre Anna Nicole Smith saga continues to be so. [CNN]
* Portland lottery winners fight for their right to party. [CNN]
* XM gets Sirius about making profits; will the merger be allowed by regulators? [Washington Post]
* Parker Posey’s character in “The House of Yes” would appreciate this. [AP via Yahoo!]
- Aaron Charney, Arthur Leonard, Biglaw, Gay, Labor / Employment, Media and Journalism, Sullivan & Cromwell
Here are the latest news articles about the litigation between gay M&A lawyer Aaron Charney and his former employer, Sullivan & Cromwell:
1. Sullivan Associate Is a Right Charney [TheLawyer.com]
Scroll down to the second item. It includes a shout-out to ATL — and quotation of an anonymous ATL commenter. Might you be the person they’ve quoted?
(Also, can someone explain the article title to us?)
Update: Thanks for all of the enlightening responses.
2. Two Cases Cast Light On Charney [Gay City News]
An interesting, highly substantive article from Professor Arthur S. Leonard (whom we had the pleasure of meeting at the recent NYLS conference on writing about the law). Professor Leonard discusses two recent state appellate court decisions that were both decided in favor of the plaintiffs. Money quote:
Aaron Charney’s allegations against Sullivan & Cromwell describe similar sorts of incidents, although it seems from his complaint that the number and severity of incidents are somewhat less than [the plaintiffs in the two other cases] alleged against their employers.
On the other hand, Charney is suing under New York City’s human rights ordinance, amended in 2005 to make clear that courts interpreting the city law are not bound by rulings from other jurisdictions, and are expected to give a liberal reading to the law’s protections, especially regarding claims of retaliation.
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Brokeback Lawfirm (scroll down)
As a legal blog, we’re all about due process and notice.
Hence this post. You are hereby notified that the nominations period for our law librarian hotties contest will close tomorrow, Tuesday, February 20, at 5 PM (24 hours from now).
To find out how to nominate a librarian hottie — include yourself, since self-nominations are welcome — click here. Thanks!
Earlier: Above the Law Hotties: Law Librarians!
Happy Presidents’ Day, everyone!
* Huge corporations can have crappy lawyers, too. [Times Select (pass-through link) via How Appealing]
* A warning for Sullivan & Cromwell: “[A]**holes breed like rabbits. Their poison quickly infects others; even worse, if you let them make hiring decisions, they will start cloning themselves.” [Law.com]
* But not every S&C partner is an a**hole. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Benjamin Wittes dissents from Jan Crawford Greenburg re: President Bush’s influence on the Supreme Court. [The New Republic (subscription)]
* Controversy over the Thursday Night Massacre (of U.S. Attorneys) continues to reverberate throughout Washington. [Washington Post]
The title of our recent photo post should have been “Tier TWO Law Students Are Hotter.” According to several commenters, the pictured students are from St. John’s Law School, rather than New York Law School. Since we didn’t chat with these students about their law school — we erroneously assumed the conference attendees were all from NYLS — we will take these commenters’ word for it.
For the record, St. John’s is a tier two law school. It’s ranked #80 by U.S. News — again, for whatever those rankings are worth. You can debate that in the comments if you like.
Here was the other comment that caught our eye:
As one of the people actually pictured above, I want to let everyone know that Lat took our pictures under false pretenses. We specifically asked him if he was from NYLS and if he was taking our pictures for publicity purposes–and he said that he was. What a liar. I’m glad that the bloggers here are so honest and reliable.
We have multiple responses:
(a) We have no way of verifying whether this commenter is in fact one of the pictured students. But we can tell you that we NEVER represented ourselves as (i) from NYLS or (ii) a publicity photographer.
Subject us to a lie detector test; ask the videographer if he kept his recording equipment running after the end of the panel, and grab his footage; seek whatever verification you can. We did NOT claim to be publicity photographers from NYLS. If this commenter is in fact one of the pictured students, he or she misheard us.
(b) Considering the equipment we were using — a small, crappy, non-professional camera — one would have to be a MORON to mistake us for a publicity photographer. There was a REAL publicity photographer at the various events — a woman with a large, fancy camera — who made herself conspicuous throughout the day. The flash on her camera annoyed John Osborn at the luncheon talk.
(c) Another reason no one would confuse us for a publicity photographer is that we were typing vigorously on a laptop, rather than taking photographs, during all of the panels. The ACTUAL publicity photographer, mentioned above, was running around the room with her top-of-the-line camera, crouching and clicking, crouching and clicking. Which is what publicity photographers do.
(d) No publicity photographer would chit chat and hobnob with conference attendees as much as we were doing. It would be gross dereliction of photographic duty.
(e) Assuming arguendo these allegations are true — which they are NOT — it would be irrelevant.
Here’s why. Let’s say we HAD been a publicity photographer from NYLS. Where would these pictures have ended up? In the photographer’s private wank collection?
No. The photos would have wound up ON THE INTERNET. A publicity photographer who keeps his pictures in a drawer, instead of making them publicly available, would be a pretty poor publicity photographer.
So if this commenter is in fact one of the pictured students, we have an apology to offer:
We’re sorry you misheard us. And we’re sorry you’re an unobservant moron.
That’s all. We will not say anything further about this “controversy.” Thank you.
* Beer and baseball, not as intertwined as you’d think. [Sports Law Blog]
* Boring as it may be, is class really the place for a boner? [Feminist Law Professors]
* They should have gone with the special brownies instead. [Austin Daily Herald]
* The only place this should be happening is Hollywood. Actually, disregard that comment–this item is that disturbing. [The Oregonian]
* What kinds of rights have you been expecting from $200 NY-LA flights? [Yahoo! News]
Take heart, Loyola 2L. New York Law School, which is distinct from NYU Law School, is a Tier 3 school, according to U.S. News & World Reports (for whatever the rankings are worth).
But the law students we saw at today’s conference at New York Law School were way cuter, on the whole, than our law school classmates.
(Please do not construe these comments as sexist. Our praise extends to the guys as well as the gals. One of the men looks like Aaron Charney!)
The proof is in the pictures:
Two more photos appear after the jump.