• Start Dates, Summer Associates

    Proskauer Rose Defers Current Summers to 2011

    Proskauer Rose has joined the growing list of firms to defer current summer associates to 2011. But unlike other firms on that list, the Proskauer deferral pushes the 2010 class to “fall” 2011. Other firms have at least told their summer associates that they could start in January 2011. Proskauer has already deferred its incoming […]

    122 Comments / / Jul 31, 2009 at 1:41 PM
  • Lawyerly Lairs, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: The Runaway Groom Plants His Feet

    * Okay, I’ve accepted the fact that state officials in Alabama don’t have ready access to the Constitution. But thanks to advancements in technology, surely we can now print the thing on the back of a beer can so it magically appears when their beer achieves maximum freshness. Maybe we can print the Bill of […]

    39 Comments / / Jul 31, 2009 at 10:36 AM
  • Biglaw, Incisive Media

    2009 Associate Survey

    Yesterday, American Lawyer released the results of its annual survey of midlevel associates. Morale is about what you would expect from postal workers applying for a gun permit, not upwardly mobile white collar workers. But the results should surprise no one: Associate morale plummeted to the lowest level in five years (since we started asking […]

    74 Comments / / Jul 31, 2009 at 9:40 AM
  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.31.09

    * Arturo Gatti’s death has been ruled a suicide, and Brazilian authorities have freed his widow. [BBC] * David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for steroids in 2003. D’uh. But the media learned about the positive results from blabber mouth lawyers. Do court orders mean nothing these days? [New York Times] * Investigators are […]

    13 Comments / / Jul 31, 2009 at 8:27 AM
  • Bar Exams

    Bar Exam Open Thread: Breaking Free of the Bar

    If you just finished your state bar exam today, Above the Law is here for you. If you finished the bar yesterday, immediately went to a purveyor of alcohol, and are just waking up now with a midget stripper in your bed, welcome back. No matter how badly you think you did on your bar […]

    152 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 6:04 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.30.09

    * The Ticketmaster / Live Nation merger reminds me that Robin Williams is a poor replacement for Teddy Roosevelt. [Miss Trials] * Who voluntarily dismisses a complaint against Pfizer for $50,000? It’s a plaintiff’s goldmine if you can force a settlement. Silly non-lawyers. [Drug and Device Law] * European clients don’t like American civil litigation. […]

    11 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM
  • Animal Law

    Pet Lovers Take A Bite Out Of Family Court

    You’ve heard horror stories about messy divorces where people litigate over the family pet. Traditionally, pets are regarded as just another piece of property to be divided up among the former spouses. But that could be about to change. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: [A] second trial on the custody of the nearly six-year-old brown pooch […]

    30 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 4:20 PM
  • Salary Cuts

    Troutman Sanders: Pay Cut is NOT Retroactive

    Earlier this week, we reported that the Troutman Sanders pay cut applied to associates’ entire 2009 salary. We were wrong about that. A Troutman Sanders spokesperson explained to us that the pay cut will only apply to associate compensation from August 1, 2009 through the end of the year. Why the confusion? Let’s go back […]

    58 Comments / / Jul 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

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