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Nationwide Layoff Watch: Biglaw Firm Will Shutter Atlanta Office

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  • Lawsuit of the Day

    Lawsuit of the Day: Mike Leach v. Texas Tech University

    We don’t know anything about college football, but apparently many of you do — and are eager to talk about the firing earlier today of coach Mike Leach, by Texas Tech University. There are a number of legal angles here. First, the disputes between Leach and Texas Tech have already resulted in litigation. Earlier this […]

    142 Comments / / Dec 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM
  • Contests, Reader Polls

    ATL Lawyer of the Year: Nominations, Please

    We don’t know anything about college football, but apparently many of you do — and are eager to talk about the firing earlier today of coach Mike Leach, by Texas Tech University. There are a number of legal angles here. First, the disputes between Leach and Texas Tech have already resulted in litigation. Earlier this […]

    / Dec 30, 2009 at 1:34 PM
  • Akin Gump, Allen & Overy, Contests, Crowell & Moring, Holidays and Seasons, Reader Polls

    ATL Contest: Holiday Card Coolness

    Before Christmas, we highlighted one law firm holiday card that we particularly enjoyed (from Haynes and Boone). We also invited readers to email us with other holiday cards we might enjoy. We stated that, if we received sufficient submissions, we might even hold a contest. Lo and behold, we did receive enough entrants. So we […]

    51 Comments / / Dec 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.30.09

    * Ninth Circuit to police: Don’t tase him, bros. [How Appealing (linkwrap)] * The AIG email trail could provide evidence for criminal and civil actions related to the company. [Washington Post] * The Christmas day bomber incident renews the debate over full-body scans and how to strike the proper balance between security and privacy. [New […]

    19 Comments / / Dec 30, 2009 at 9:03 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.29.09

    * Indianapolis city councilman demands satisfaction from the Colts. Or, as the story is playing out in New York, J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets! [Indianapolis Star] * Fugitive taunts cops on Facebook. I like law, I like order, but I like “awesome” even more. [Gawker] * The Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston custody battle will be waged […]

    16 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM
  • Admin, Announcements, Blogging, Ridiculousness, Shameless Plugs

    Above The Law’s Top Ten Most Popular Stories of 2009

    We thought about trying to curate a list of the most important legal stories of 2009. But then the National Law Journal upped the ante with the Biggest Stories of the Decade. Rather than telling you what was most important, we’re enlisting Google Analytics to tell you what was most popular at Above The Law […]

    71 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 3:11 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Billable Hours, Bonuses, Kramer Levin, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Kramer Levin

    Last week, Kramer Levin announced its bonuses. The firm is paying bonuses on the Cravath scale, to associates “in good standing.” So it looks on the surface like a market match. But the memo contains the following language worth noting: As has been our practice, eligibility to receive the Year-End Bonus will be based on […]

    28 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  • Job Searches

    Open Thread: Who is Hiring Laterals?

    Every time a firm cuts pay or does something that associates perceive as crappy, people hop on Above the Law and claim that they will be leaving said firm at the earliest opportunity. Then other, meaner commenters hop on and say: “Leave? You can’t leave. Nobody is hiring. Mwahahahahahaha.” After reading those comments, presumably the […]

    115 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 12.29.09

    * AIG’s general counsel cashes out. [Marketwatch] * Scathing report issued in the death of 37-year-old lawyer, Sergei L. Magnitsky, in a Moscow prison cell. [New York Times] * Judge Charles Bernstein wants to stay on the bench and is claiming that forced retirement is unconstitutional. [Daily Record and Baltimore Sun] * Job watch in […]

    16 Comments / / Dec 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.28.09

    * Admit it, as soon as you heard about the thwarted Christmas Day terrorism you thought: “Christ, what stupid thing is TSA going to make me do next time?” I’m supposed to go to L.A. in ten days. I figure I’ll just show up at the airport naked carrying a vial of Propofol so that […]

    52 Comments / / Dec 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM
  • Ridiculousness

    The Five Best Motions of the Year

    We’re not in the business of filing pleadings at Above the Law, but there were five motions in 2009 that were outrageous enough to justify posting here. We’re not sure how the judges felt about these, but we were moved: 5. Motion to Compel State’s Attorney to Drop His Accent: Being a New Yorker in […]

    32 Comments / / Dec 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 12.28.09

    * Airport security rules being reexamined after the Northwest 253 scare. [New York Times] * Advice from lawyers who graduated during the 1990s recession: “Don’t panic.” [ABA Journal] * This may be more embarrassing than ordering an appletini. [New York Post] * We hope 2010 brings closure for Dahlia Lithwick’s novel, which she hoped to […]

    23 Comments / / Dec 28, 2009 at 8:58 AM
  • Admin, Announcements, Holidays and Seasons

    Happy Holidays from Above the Law

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Internetz, Not many creatures were clicking, not even Biglaw cadets; The BlackBerrys were silenced and set aside with care, Because RIM crashed again and no emails were there. Corporate lawyers were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of billable hours danced in their heads… […]

    123 Comments / / Dec 24, 2009 at 3:30 PM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2009, Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Mayer Brown (NY) Matches

    We haven’t received the official memo, but sources report that Mayer Brown (New York) has matched the Cravath scale for 2009 bonuses. A tipster simply reports: Mayer Brown New York announced cravath bonuses today That’s good news for the New Yorkers at the firm. But for our tipster, wow, way to yawn about free money. […]

    43 Comments / / Dec 24, 2009 at 11:30 AM
  • Admin, Advertising, Announcements, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Thanks to This Week’s Advertisers

    A quick word of thanks to this week’s advertisers on Above the Law: Ally Bank Cypress Recruiting Kinney Recruiting Lateral Link LexisNexis Probono Manager The Red Cross The Atlantic West LegalEdcenter If you’re interested in advertising on Above the Law or any other site in the Breaking Media network, download our media kits, or email […]

    / Dec 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM
  • Law Schools

    Another Law Professor Screws Up Exam Time

    I know most law professors don’t like giving or grading exams. They’re busy people with many commitments that don’t have anything to do with preparing the next generation of lawyers. But given the legal economy, given how important law school grades are right now, how can professors justify putting almost no effort into the examination […]

    57 Comments / / Dec 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket 12.24.09

    * Next year, Santa will need to make sure his elves have health care. [Politico] * Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor gets serious about bringing an end to judicial elections. [New York Times] * Arnold Schwarzenegger wants cert for Christmas. [True/Slant] * Los Angeles judge protects porn stars’ right to bareback. [Associated Press] […]

    23 Comments / / Dec 24, 2009 at 8:52 AM