* Texas legislature blocks mandatory HPV vaccine that fights cervical cancer. [MSNBC]
* Indian court issues warrant for Richard Gere due to public kiss. [CNN]
* Secretary Rice may assert executive privilege to avoid House subpoena. [MSNBC]
* Review of new Justice Thomas biography. [Newsweek]
* ALJ seeking $65 million in damages from his dry cleaners. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Texas legislature blocks mandatory HPV vaccine that fights cervical cancer. [MSNBC]
Multiple sources have just confirmed to ATL that Paul Weiss has matched the $50,000 clerkship bonus paid by Sullivan & Cromwell and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
The head of recruiting called people with outstanding offers today to make the announcement.
From a source:
PLEASE post this news so that it will continue to put pressure on the other NY-based firms. The more publicity ATL gives this, the more buzz there is in the market. It’s a beautiful thing for us lowly law clerks.
Congratulations to Paul Weiss for joining this very select group. We predict that $35k is soon going to start looking pretty paltry in certain quarters.
* It could have been the principle of the matter. Or maybe just the drugs. [AL.com]
* Hugh Grant’s “assault” looks more like a pas de deux, but in any case, this is way more boring than another Divine Brown. [Daily Mail]
* And here I thought that “bible quiz” was just code for blow-job. [Middletown Journal]
* Australia, ultimately settled by British prisoners, seems to have forgotten its origins. [Fox News]
This was forwarded to us by a tipster:
April 25, 2007
To: Boalt Community
From: Dean Christopher Edley, Jr.
It has been a week since the distressing events involving a Boalt student’s threat —a hoax — against the community at Hastings College of the Law. I am writing to let you know that all our actions following the incident have been taken with the intention of securing the safety and well-being of our community and that at Hastings, while respecting the procedural rights of the student.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2007, the Law School filed a complaint with the U.C. Berkeley Judicial Affairs Office against the law student who claimed responsibility for posting the threat on a website. We, the administrative leadership of Boalt, believe that the student’s action is clearly in violation of a number of regulations detailed in the Student Code of Conduct. The case will be adjudicated by Judicial Affairs according to campus regulations. Those regulations prohibit us from disclosing the name of the student against whom we are proceeding.
Based on the facts as we understand them today, we have recommended expulsion. This is based not only on the intrinsic wrongfulness of the act itself, but also the disruption, turmoil and emotional toll on the Hastings community and, to a more limited extent, the Boalt community as well. I have received ample evidence of this through a great many emails, some of them painful to read.
This incident has once again confirmed for me the strength and qualities of the Boalt community. Even in this challenging circumstance, you have engaged in thoughtful and productive discussions. We should all take some pride in this, imperfect though we are.
Christopher Edley, Jr.
Professor of Law and Dean
Does the punishment fit the crime here? Judging by some of the comments to this thread, some readers think expulsion would be an overreaction. Pre-Virginia Tech, what kind of behavior would get you expelled from law school?
Two quick things:
According to the DOJ vacancies website, Shanetta Y. Cutlar, Chief of the Special Litigation Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and a two-time ATL Diva of the Day, is seeking new grist for her mill. Don’t apply for a position in her office without reading ATL’s hard-hitting coverage of this tempestuous taskmaster!
In other news, assistant U.S. attorney Thomas “Tad” DiBiase has stepped down. Readers will recall that DiBiase is “the ‘Kevin Bacon’ of high-powered D.C. legal circles,” so his resignation is making some waves. According to today’s Legal Times:
The reasons for the departure of Thomas “Tad” DiBiase, a deputy chief of the homicide division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, are still unclear. The U.S. Attorney’s Office would not talk much about it, but there is plenty of speculation and contradictory accounts among police, prosecutors and defense attorneys – some of it circulating on the Internet.
You can, of course, review some of that salacious speculation in ATL’s prior coverage of the DiBiase situation. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.
Once again, the wedding pages were chock-full of lawyers last weekend. Without further ado (because LEWW has other things to post today), here are your candidates for Couple of the Week:
Continue reading about these couples, after the jump.
Give a girl a Supreme Court beat and a best-selling book, and she gets her sassy on!
The fantabulous Jan Crawford Greenburg has taken on Geoff Stone, the former dean of the University of Chicago’s law school, in a tart blog post. Stone (along with Rosie O’Donnell) had declared himself troubled by the fact that the five Supremes in the majority in last week’s partial-birth abortion decision also happened to be the Court’s five Catholics.
That’s not how they taught First Amendment law when I was at the University of Chicago. Nor did they tell us to jump to baseless conclusions without any evidence—such as suggesting religion drove those justices. Or that different religious views influenced the protestant and Jewish justices to vote against the law.
Why not speculate that the five justices in the majority happen to like baseball–and therefore are more inclined to appreciate rules? That’s no less relevant or “telling,” as Stone put it, than their religious views.
A current student of Stone’s alleges that Stone referred to Justice Brennan in class as “the only thinking Catholic I ever knew.” Can anyone confirm that?
If “attorney-client networking” conjures up images of bars and baseball games, prepare to give those expectations the boot. The shoe is on the other foot at Bryan Cave:
For the 53 shoppers who attended a “shoe event” sponsored by law firm Bryan Cave LLP on a recent Tuesday evening — all of them female lawyers and their female corporate clients or friends — getting to know one another while browsing designer shoes was a refreshing change from being the lone woman at a client dinner or sports event.
“The shoes were an icebreaker for starting conversations,” says Elizabeth DaSilva, managing director, Global Trust Services, Americas at Bank of New York. She mulled a pair of high-heeled evening pumps but quickly turned her attention to the other shoppers. “It was the first opportunity I’d had to talk to lawyers my firm uses about something other than an immediate work assignment,” adds Ms. DaSilva.
It’d be easy to mock this kind of thing, and we’re not above that. (Firms, embrace the girly! The Pillsbury Winthrop Bake-Off! The Stroock Stitch ‘n’ Bitch! Quilting with Quinn Emanuel!)
But in all seriousness, we’re totally in favor of some girl-on-girl bonding action.
In a perfect world, all of us would enjoy the same androgynous pastimes, but the reality is that men and women often gravitate toward different activities (see, for example, this article positing that 90 percent of golfers are male because the game is “the modern version of Pleistocene hunting on the savanna”). There’s nothing wrong with firms recognizing that business development needn’t always involve liquor and/or ritualized combat.
* Miss America takes a bite out of crime. [AP]
* Developments in bribery case in wake of Duke Cunningham conviction. [AP via Yahoo]
* Can lawyers secretly record conversations with clients? [ABA]
* Phil Spector trial gets going. [Newsweek]
* Former GC of Apple responds to options-dating allegations by SEC. [WSJ Law Blog]
* The Army has reassured candidates that their recruiter plays only with his own privates. [NJ.com]
* But how would we identify
anal, self-important gunners aspiring clerks and academics? [Legal History Blog]
* Shrinkwrapping an employee is NOT okay. [LoHud]
* Pedi-cabbies, it’s time to stage your version of Critical Mass. [Village Voice]
* Dickhead(s) in a box. [Law.com]
Opening statements began today in the Phil Spector murder trial. Spector was making some god-awful faces, either because he’s nervous about being on trial for murder or because he’s still getting used to what he’s now done to his hair.
This on the prosecutor’s opening statements, from AFP via Yahoo! News:
In opening statements of what is the highest-profile celebrity trial in Los Angeles since the 1995 OJ Simpson case, prosecutors painted a portrait of Spector as a man with a “rich history of violence” towards women.
“The evidence is going to paint a very, very clear picture of a man, Phil Spector, who turns sinister and deadly in certain circumstances,” prosecutor Alan Jackson told the hearing at a packed Los Angeles Superior Court.
“It is going to paint a picture of a man who put a loaded pistol inside Lana Clarkson’s mouth and shot her to death.”
The prosecution referred to several prior incidents of violence toward women by Spector, evidence of which the prosecution had earlier succeeded at getting admitted over the objection of the defense.
Spector’s defense team is led by Gotti-defender Bruce Cutler. The defense opening statements have yet to begin. When they do, they are expected to lay out a defense based on Lara Clarkson having committed suicide. But like a commenter said earlier: women use pills, not guns.
Former Santa Clara law professor Murdaugh Stuart Madden, Jr. is facing federal child pornography charges. The San Jose Mercury News reports:
A former visiting Santa Clara University Law School instructor faces felony child pornography charges, federal prosecutors said today.
Murdaugh Stuart Madden Jr., could face 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if he is convicted on charges filed by the United States Attorney’s office today.
Prosecutors charge that Madden kept child pornography on Dell laptop computers he used for his work at Santa Clara and Pace University in New York.
Officials at Santa Clara refused to comment on the case, other than to say that Madden was an instructor for eight months – September 2005 through April 2006.
It is unclear how many images prosecutors allege Madden kept or how he obtained them.
According to court records, prosecutors believe that Madden received at least some of the illicit images during his time at Santa Clara.