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Michael Vick middle finger Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgGuess we can’t get no respect from the mainstream media. Not even from Fox News, which carries a story that we brought you last month.
Meanwhile, in other Michael Vick developments, lawyers for the Falcons quarterback are working on getting him a plea deal. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Atlanta lawyer Dan Meachum, a member of Vick’s defense team, declined to comment Tuesday on any possible negotiations.

“I stand by Michael Vick,” Meachum said. “He’s a good kid in a bad situation. I’m a dog owner, a dog lover. I would not be involved in this case if I didn’t believe in him.”

And some of his best friends are black Labradors!
S.C. Inmate Hits Michael Vick With ‘$63 Billion’ Lawsuit [Fox News via Drudge Report]
Vick attorneys negotiating plea [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
(Much) Earlier: Lawsuit of the Day: Vick’s A Defendant In A Federal Civil Suit, Too

Marian Shelton Bronx Family Court Judge Marian Shelton Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgOkay, she looks like a cross between Chelsea Clinton and your fourth-grade English teacher. But make no mistake about it: Judge Marian Shelton is a true judicial diva, and not to be messed with.
From the New York Daily News:

Bronx Family Court Judge Marian Shelton allegedly yelled at a lawyer to “shut up,” tossed a woman from court for wearing “inappropriate” clothing, told a Caribbean man to “take those stupid things out of your hair” and said a lawyer had “mental health issues.”…

“Go to therapy, but don’t act out in my courtroom,” Shelton allegedly snapped at one law guardian in a 2005 case.

In another instance, she allegedly mocked the accent of lawyer Mariana Toledo-Hermina.

“How is Toledo-Hermina an attorney when you cannot understand what she is saying?” Shelton allegedly said.

But Judge Shelton has her defenders. Like her husband:

In May, anticipating the [disciplinary] charges, Shelton’s husband, wealthy former Proskauer Rose lawyer Saul Cohen, took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to bash the commission.

Full-page NYT ads aren’t cheap. But then again, neither is chivalry.
Bronx judge scorn to be wild? [New York Daily News via Gothamist]

* Vick counsel divided over plea. [CBS 46]
* Crooked NBA ref may also plead. [;]
* Rutgers player sues Imus for defamation. [MSNBC]
* While passenger sues Lohan in alleged angry car chase. [CNN]
* Interesting article on “De-Criminalizing Mental Illness” in courts, legislature, and streets. [Time]

William Zloch Judge William J Zloch Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgHere’s a story about a rather strange (and weak) recusal motion, from the Daily Business Review:

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney Loring Spolter is accusing U.S. District Judge William Zloch of bias in two employment discrimination cases, citing his deep religious beliefs, and wants the judge removed from the cases.

In a 110-page motion for recusal filed last month, Spolter cited Zloch’s hiring of several law clerks from Ave Maria Law School, a donation to the Roman Catholic school and his attendance at several junkets for judges sponsored by conservative organizations.

A 110-page recusal motion? Maybe Judge Zloch will recuse to avoid having to read it.
One local lawyer came to the judge’s defense:

Arthur Schofield, a West Palm Beach, Fla., attorney, said Zloch exhibited no bias when he ruled for his client — a stripper — last year. She was suing her employer, Platinum Showgirls, for listing her as an independent contractor and refusing to pay her an hourly wage. Zloch ruled she was entitled to hourly pay.

Well, that doesn’t prove much. The Bible teaches: “Render unto strippers the things which are strippers’.”
Federal Judge Accused of Religious Bias [Daily Business Review]

Hillary Clinton cleavage breasts Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpg* Scott Moss wants to know: What’s the weakest legal argument you’ve ever heard? [PrawfsBlawg]
* William Birdthistle wants to know: What financial and legal regimes are most conducive to the development of French-fry-selling Thai restaurants? [Conglomerate]
* NBS wants to know: Is Hillary Clinton channeling Eva Peron? Bonus observation: “Dolly Madison had a decent rack, and now there’s a whole line of cookies names after her.” [Nasty, Brutish & Short]
* The WSJ Law Blog wants to know: Why are there so many darn lawyers in Roseland, New Jersey? [WSJ Law Blog]

Roy Pearson Judge Roy L Pearson Abovethelaw Above the Law legal blog.jpgThe story of ALJ Roy Pearson and his $54 million pants isn’t over just yet. From the Washington Post:

[T]he small-business owners sued by D.C. Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson withdrew their demand that he pay nearly $83,000 for their legal bills, saying that enough money had been raised from supporters to cover the expenses and that they want to end the fighting.

The cleaners want Pearson, who could soon be out of a job, to do the same….

It would make for an ironic conclusion to the case: Pearson effectively benefiting from the generosity of some of the very people who vilified his suit and came to the aid of the Chungs.

No comment from Pearson on the latest news:

Pearson has not responded to requests for comment on developments in the case. Early last night, he could not reached by telephone, and he did not respond to a message sent to his personal e-mail address.

Any guesses on that “personal e-mail address”? Crazypants at hotmail dot com? Or is Judge Pearson cool enough to use Gmail?
Update: Thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Chung, but no thanks. Roy Pearson has filed his notice of appeal.
Dry Cleaners Cut Plaintiff Some Slack [Washington Post via How Appealing]
Pearson to Appeal Pants Verdict [Washington Post]

There’s an interesting article on the Freedom of Information Act in today’s Los Angeles Times. Here’s an excerpt, which powerfully illustrates the importance of FOIA to our democracy:

A list of Freedom of Information Act requests that have been completed by the archives staff includes one for a photo of Bill Clinton jogging with a “Yale Whiffenpoof Club insignia” on his clothing, another for various files on UFOs and flying saucers, and one for the full name of the pastry chef who made a birthday cake for Chelsea Clinton.

Monica Lewinsky Monica S Lewinsky Monica Lewinsky Monica Samille Lewinsky.JPGYou mean the one that Monica Lewinsky jumped out of?
(On a serious note, we do not mean to diminish the importance of FOIA — which has been described as “a journalist’s best friend, and a blogger’s, too.”)
Clinton’s first-lady records locked up [Los Angeles Times]
What Bloggers Can Learn From Journalists [Poynter Online]

Don Imus Donald Imus nappy headed ho Above the Law blog.jpgJust like a certain Cleary-visiting Glamour editor, Don Imus isn’t a fan of the “nappy hair” look for women. And his right to say so, on the radio airwaves, is contractually protected. From the Associated Press:

Don Imus has reached a settlement with CBS over his multimillion-dollar contract after his being fired from his morning talk show and is in negotiations with WABC radio to resume his broadcasting career there, CBS and a person familiar with the negotiations said today.

Mr. Imus and CBS Radio “have mutually agreed to settle claims that each had against the other regarding the Imus radio program on CBS,” that network and Martin Garbus, a lawyer for Mr. Imus, said in a joint statement today.

The settlement terms are undisclosed, but the rumor on Drudge is that Imus is getting $20 million. That buys a lot of Hohos.
Imus and CBS Reach Settlement of Threatened Suit [Associated Press]

We monitor our site traffic closely. We pay attention to reader comments and emails, but our traffic stats are what we care about the most.
Our tracking software allows us to see what brings readers to ATL. Earlier today, a web surfer accessed this site by running the following Google search (for which ATL is apparently the second search result):

i went to a massage parlor yesterday in san francisco but i paid too much money. Now I’m horny as ever and I want to find a women to do it for free. Can you please help me google?

Doubtful. Maybe try Craigslist?

X Men small X Summers X Summer Associates Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgWe don’t know whether our latest summer associate superhero is also the Clifford Chance Lolita. Whether or not they’re one and the same, it’s still a worthwhile story:
1. Superhero name: Vampire Girl
2. Special power(s): Sucks your blood, eats your heart out.
3. Summered: Clifford Chance, summer 2007.
4. Claim to fame: “At the now infamous Clifford Chance Corporate Reception on July 12, 2007, this summer got drunk and started biting / making out with random people. The next day, she sent out the email pasted below.”

From: [Redacted]
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 3:12 PM
To: #NYC: Summers
Subject: apologies

To anyone I bit last night. It was my birthday, I drank far too much, and I tend to be aggressive and bite people. If you were a victim, you can be assured that I am not rabid.

Summer Associate (not yet admitted to the bar)
Clifford Chance US LLP

Not rabid? Hopefully she’s not going into litigation.
5. What happened to her: Nothing; she has her offer.
The usual rules apply: please do NOT name this former SA, or speculate about her identity, in the comments.
If you have a summer associate story for us, please review our submission guidelines, and then email us. Thanks.
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of summer associates (scroll down)

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgMore Texas pay raise news. The latest: Gardere Wynne Sewell has raised starting salaries to $160,000, effective September 1. No word yet on more senior classes.
Memo after the jump.

double red triangle arrows Continue reading “Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: Gardere Wynne Sewell”

This farewell email was sent out last month by a librarian who left Patton Boggs, the prominent D.C. law firm.
It pretty much speaks for itself. We would just note that Patton Boggs, as one of the biggest lobbying shops in Washington, is chock-full of both lawyers and ex-politicians.

smiley face with bomb Above the Law blog.gifFrom: [redacted]
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 5:35 PM
To: *Everyone (DC); *Everyone 2445 M Street
Subject: Good-Bye Patton Boggs

After 8.5 years, today was my last day at Patton Boggs LLP.

Everyone knows what I think about the Law(yers) and politic(ian)s, so I won’t dwell onit [sic].

Farewell to everyone as I doubt we’ll meet again in this life or the next.

Good-bye Patton Boggs.

Our tipster reported her fear that the embittered ex-exployee might go postal: “I came to work the following day using the side entrance because, well, I didn’t want to take any chances….”

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