* Where do gay men look first? [Huffington Post]
* Vigilante justice is alive and well in Texas, but this innocent passenger is not. [BBC]
* Walter Reed rent-a-cops get all belligerent with each other. [CNN]
* Hawaii’s gonna blow. [AP via Yahoo!]
* File another one in the “ridiculous reasons for Muslims to be upset” department. [BBC]
Ok, that’s not exactly right. Technically, he’s not ok with torture, he just defines torture in a manner that allows him to be ok with stuff that most of us would call torture. Would you expect anything less of a CIA lawyer?
John Rizzo, acting GC for the CIA and Bush’s nominee for the permanent job, is facing opposition in the Senate because of his
decision to sign off on the controversial 2002 “Bybee Memo” in which the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) defined torture as physical pain equivalent in “in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily functions, or even death.”
Days after a federal judge ruled that the family of Ron Goldman could pursue the copyright to O.J.’s
confession “fictional” account of how he would have murdered his wife Nicole Brown and Goldman entitled “If I Did It,” a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee is seeking to have TMZ.com held in contempt for posting the entire manuscript yesterday.
Related: “A Contemptuous Act?” [The Smoking Gun via Huffington Post]
TMZ’s Coverage of Their Own Allegedly Contumacious Conduct
Since we’re already directing you to TMZ, we’ll forego a direct link to the manuscript itself, lest we be held in contempt as well (shut up; we know what you’re thinking.)
- Clerkships, J. Michael Luttig, SCOTUS, SCOTUS Clerks Are Fair Game, Supreme Court, University of Chicago Law School
A few more updates from tipsters:
Edward C. Dawson, who clerked for Kennedy in OT 2003, is with Yetter & Warden, and according to our tipster is in the new Austin office.
Marc Allen, also a former Kennedy clerk, has reportedly gone in-house with Boeing, working for his old boss, Judge J. Michael Luttig.
Leondra Kruger, who clerked for Stevens in OT 2003, is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
The pattern of about half in private practice appears to be holding.
Ok, at first we didn’t care, but now we’re getting jacked around (along with everybody else in the contest) by Phila Lawyer! This aggression will not stand, man! Don’t hold Lat’s momentary absence against us; vote for ATL now as the funniest law blog.
Vote for the funniest law blog…..now [Legal Antics]
The New York Observer has their annual summer associate article out today. Aquagirl is heavily discussed, including a shoutout to ATL for coining the nickname. Also referenced, of course, is the $3,000 Skadden summers’ after-party. But then they had to go and get all touchy-feely with the bit about charity and how “chic” being green is. Yuck.
But my favorite is the last paragraph about the meat market that is the associate-summer associate dating game. I love this line:
“[A]ssociates don’t get out of the office much, so when the new summers arrive, it’s like the buffet at Denny’s.
This from a source:
Jenner has gone to $160,000 for first years in its Chicago, DC, and Dallas offices. The NY office will remain at $160,000. More senior classes will be determined and communicated individually. The raise was communicated this morning by individual memoranda and is effective August 1, 2007.
Earlier: Prior ATL Jenner & Block Coverage
Just because Lat isn’t here doesn’t mean we can’t continue talking about salaries. Today the Nationwide Pay Raise Watch goes to Sin City. The transformation of the Strip continues unabated, most notably with the Aladdin becoming Planet Hollywood and the demolition of Stardust in favor of Echelon. So how much of the house’s take is making it into the pockets of Vegas associates?
Our initial research puts Vegas in the $110,000 range. Is this accurate, and is it going up anytime soon? Let us know in the comments.
Hi, Billy Merck here once again, hosting through the end of the week so that Lat can take another brief vacation. No intro post this time; check here or here if you don’t know who we are. But enough of that, let’s get right to it.
The Wall Street Journal has this article about the extremely high demand from employees for and the equally strong reticence on the part of businesses, including of course large law firms, to give access to corporate email services on the soon to be released Apple iPhone. From the article:
While millions of consumers are eagerly anticipating Apple Inc.’s launch of its iPhone next week, Bill Caraher is bracing for the worst.
Mr. Caraher, technology director of von Briesen & Roper, a Milwaukee law firm, says he is being besieged by inquiries from employees wondering whether the office’s email system can be used with the device.
His answer, at least initially, has been no. The main problem is that the iPhone can’t send and receive email through the company’s corporate BlackBerry email servers. He says he is unwilling to look into workarounds, because they might compromise the company’s security. “It’s another hole in the system people can exploit,” he says.
Despite concerns about opening up email systems, Apple is apparently pushing to grab some crackberry market share:
All this may change later this month when Apple plans to unveil the iPhone. According to a person close to Apple, the company is expected to fight for this market, currently dominated by players like BlackBerry’s RIM, Palm Inc. and, increasingly, Nokia Corp. and Motorola. If Apple comes up with an acceptable strategy for integrating with business software systems, many companies might change their tunes.
At least one law firm is open to the idea:
Other businesses are taking a wait-and-see approach. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP of New York has been getting hit with a range of iPhone inquiries, according to spokeswoman Claudia Freeman. The law firm may try to support the device once it is launched, she says.
So we have three questions we’d like to throw out there to open up discussion:
1) Will law firms open up their email systems to the iPhone?
2) If they do, will the iPhone grab a substantial chunk of the crackberry market?
3) Will whether a firm integrates the iPhone into email services become a factor in the compensation wars?
* “Crackberry” is used in the context of this post to refer to any device similar in function to a Blackberry, and is not limited to the Blackberry.
Stella Q is on hiatus from Non-Sequiturs. So we’re going to be doing our own end-of-day linkwraps for the time being, unless one of you would like to help us out (in which case, please email us).
Also, we’re in the process of cleaning out our email inbox. Some of these links are old — things that we meant to write about ages ago, but never got around to. We’re sorry that if upsets some of you, but just deal.
* “A One L for the next generation,” per Jeremy Blachman. [Martha Kimes]
* As if guys wearing bluetooths were not annoying enough on their own. [Newsday]
* Well at least he’s not as bad as this guy. [New Orleans Times-Picayune]
* Which would you rather be: President of the United States, or a Biglaw partner? [Daily Business Review]
* More details about that recent benchslap of Wiley Rein. [The BLT]
* More headaches for that tricky Dickie Scruggs. [Mississippi Sun-Herald]
* More musical chairs within legal academia. [National Law Journal (subscription)]
* More about L’Affaire AutoAdmit. [NPR]
* Speaking of Yale Law School, this is not YLS’s finest hour. [New York Times; Hartford Courant]
* White men can’t jump. But they can get favorable treatment in tax evasion cases, if you believe Wesley Snipes. [TaxProf Blog]
Remember those Bingham McCutchen associates who took buyouts and left the firm? They’re royally p.o.’ed about this article, and they want to set The Record[er] straight about the circumstances surrounding their departures.
Check out their angry letter to The Recorder, plus additional information from an ATL tipster concerning how these buyouts were mishandled, after the jump.