The Honorable Robert E. Keeton, of the District of Massachusetts, passed away earlier this week. Judge Keeton was a Harvard Law School professor, a World War II hero, and an editor of the classic Prosser & Keeton on Torts. Update: As noted in the comments, Judge Keeton’s brother, Werdner Page Keeton, was the lead Keeton on the book.
Judge Keeton liked to tell funny stories during his weekly chambers meetings. From the Boston Globe:
He particularly enjoyed telling about the time his mother-in-law came to his house and made biscuits.
“She went into the cabinet and she took out what she thought was flour,” [judicial assistant Lily] Diblasi said. “She made biscuits and put them on the table with all the other fixings. The judge took a bite and said, ‘Mother, these biscuits are quite good but where did you find the flour to make them?’ It turned out to be wall paper paste. . . But he graciously ate it.”
* TB, or not TB? [CNN]
* Pardon still a possibility for Libby. [CNN]
* Prof. Berman discusses sentencing, commutation, and pardon (scroll down). [Sentencing Law and Policy]
* Developments in murder case of pregnant Canton woman against police officer. [CNN]
* California Supreme Court ends decades-old Raiders lawsuit. [SI]
* “Declawing & the law” by Lattman. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Jesse Jackson Jr. wants George W. Bush impeached for the Libby pardon; Wall Street Journal doesn’t think Bush went far enough. [CBS Chicago] [WSJ]
* Christopher Hitchens says the London car bomb attacks were targeted at women. [Slate]
* Federal judge dismisses suit brought by NYT for classified domestic spying documents. [USA Today]
* That anti-Semitic version of Mickey Mouse? Exterminated. [TIME]
We’re going to take a cue from ATL’s sister site and sign off for the day. It’s been a delight to fill in for David again. Happy Independence Day, everyone!
Yesterday we promised a summer fashion poll for the ladies.
Summertime attire is particularly hard for women, because we have to balance the hot temperatures outside with the often frigid indoor environments necessitated by the (entirely correct, we think) male aversion to short-sleeved dress shirts.
Here you go, girls:
Memo to all the recent law school grads studying for the bar exam: July Fourth means it’s crunch time. If you need extra motivation, just think how excruciating it would be to fail. Especially by only 1.134 points!
That’s what happened to Stephen Dunne, who narrowly failed the Massachusetts bar exam and is now suing the Board of Bar Examiners, claiming that one of the questions he missed violated his First Amendment rights because it required him to accept gay marriage. He’s also asking for a cool $9,750,000.
Lavi Soloway has the scoop:
Dunne claims his score of 268.866 on the November 2006 bar exam just missed the passing score of 270 points because he didn’t follow the proscribed format for an unlawful question about gay marriage. Dunne said the question required applicants to “affirmatively accept, support and promote homosexual marriage and homosexual parenting.” Dunne claims the defendants violated his First Amendment right to exercise his religion and violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. He also claims their actions impose illegal state regulations on interstate commerce.
We applaud Dunne’s creativity, but might we suggest that next time he just study a bit harder?
Surely you can pad your score enough that you could draw frowny faces all over the questions that violate your First Amendment rights and still pass!
One legal employer is pondering a hike in base pay from just over $165,000 to nearly $250,000: the United States courts! A bill, co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Graham, Hatch, McConnell, and Reid, would set judicial pay at the following levels:
District Court Judges: $247,800
Court of Appeals Judges: $262,700
Associate Justices of the Supreme Court: $304,500
Chief Justice of the United States: $318,200
The Washington Post is lukewarm on the plan:
This relatively lower pay doesn’t appear to be hurting the quality of the federal judgeship applicant pool. Federal judges also are not engaging in a mass exodus to the private sector; bench departures have indeed increased over the last few decades, as supporters of the pay raise say, but so have total judgeships by a nearly proportional rate. Higher pay would be unlikely to greatly increase the number of qualified applicants from the private sector. A lawyer who doesn’t want to exchange his earnings of $1 million per year in a corporate partnership for a prestigious and influential federal judgeship that pays $165,200 probably also won’t leave for one that pays $246,800.
Someone should ask J. Michael Luttig what salary would have kept him in the public sector. (We suspect the answer is “whatever an Associate Justice makes.”)
We were forwarded the following e-mail by a source. It concerns an interaction at a recruiting reception hosted by Greenberg Traurig for Columbia Law School students. One minority female student was so upset by the interaction that she wrote the firm the following day to complain about it and to inform them that she would not be interviewing at Greenberg.
What happened to this Columbia student? Read all about it, after the jump.
Note: Because the student appears to have forwarded her e-mail in such a way that it ended up on a University of Michigan listserv, we think we’re justified in including her name. We have, however, altered all e-mail addresses so they won’t be attacked by spam.
* Bush commutes Libby’s sentence! [CNN] [NY Times]
* Wrestler Benoit’s doctor charged with drug distribution. [MSNBC]
* Botched execution leads to lawsuit in Ohio. [CNN] [Toledo Blade]
* Prosecution loses request to prosecute Gitmo prisoner before Military Commission. [MSNBC]
* Anonymous Philadelphia food critic could be unmasked by way of deposition. [CNN]
I respect the jury’s verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.
My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting.
The Constitution gives the President the power of clemency to be used when he deems it to be warranted. It is my judgment that a commutation of the prison term in Mr. Libby’s case is an appropriate exercise of this power.
Is Lady Justice weeping, or doing the wave? Here’s an open thread for comment and debate.
* Judge Robert Bork (in seersucker and a cane) dishes on Richard Nixon and the trouble with modern martinis in an interview with Judge A. Raymond Randolph. [The Federalist Society]
* Evolution: not a cure for the uglies. [Newsweek]
* Married couples would now rather “share chores” than procreate. [AP]
* Starburst Fruit Chews: “Dangerously Chewy” for this Michigan woman. [FOX News]
The sultry July weather has us pondering the extreme measures people take to beat the heat. We thought we’d do a poll to find out where ATL readers stand on a few burning summer fashion questions.
What’s acceptable at your workplace (and in your closet)?
These questions are for the gentlmen; we’ll have some questions for the ladies tomorrow.
So you spent a considerable amount of time courting, selling and maybe even doing some friendly stalking of that attractive lateral partner candidate with a sizable book. After he or she ignored your emails and didn’t return your calls, a few weeks go by and you read a press release in the legal media announcing the recent move to a competing firm.
Rats. Another one got away from you. You cringe when you consider how much time was spent in meetings that did not bear fruit. Your heart aches when recall how you were led to believe this was a marriage made in heaven.
You have been rejected.
The sting of rejection is painful, even for fancy law firms. But you need to find a way that you can turn this disappointment into a legitimate learning experience.
No, this isn’t a pre-party before we come back next fall for the real thing. This IS the real thing. Quinn Emanuel is pushing the envelope on recruiting. The party is now. This is when you meet the partners and associates face to face. This is when we begin the dance that could land you an offer for your second summer BEFORE school starts in the fall.
First: You come to the party. Second: If you like us, you send your resume after June 1, 2014. Third: If we like each other, you get an offer.
We’re not waiting for fall. We’re not doing the twenty minute thing. This party is the real thing!
We hope you’ll join us, and look forward to meeting you.
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past six years. You can reach them by email: [email protected].
Since late last year, things have been booming in Hong Kong / China in cap markets, especially Hong Kong IPOs. M&A deal flow has recently been getting a bit stronger as well. Although one can’t predict such things with any certainty, all signs are pointing to a banner entire 2014 for the top end US corporate and cap markets practices in Hong Kong / China. This is not really new news, as its been the feeling most in the market have had for a few months now and things continue to look good.
The head of our Asia practice, Evan Jowers, has been in Hong Kong for about 10 days a month (with trips every other month to both Shanghai and Bejing) for the past 7 months (Robert Kinney and Evan Jowers will be in Hong Kong again March 15 to 23), and spending most of his time there meeting with senior US hiring partners at just about all the major US and UK firms there, as well as prospective candidates at all associate levels and partner levels, and when in the US, Evan works Asia hours and is regularly on the phone with such persons, as our the other members of our Asia team. Our Yuliya Vinokurova is in Hong Kong every other month and Robert is there about 5 times a year as well. While we have a solid Asia team of recruiters, Evan Jowers will spend at least some time with all of our candidates for Asia position. We have had long standing relationships, and good friendships in some cases, with hiring partners and other senior US partners in Asia for 8 years now.
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