Reader Polls

LEWW logo.jpgHere it is: the breathlessly anticipated SCOTUS Smackdown! To be precise, we should note that not all of our July couples featured a Supreme Court clerk. But Gelman-Bash (Scalia), Ingber-Metlitsky (Roberts), and Bernstein-Foster (Kennedy) are all Elect-able pairings. We can’t wait to see who gets to strut around One First Street with ATL’s coveted Couple of the Month crown!
Vote for your favorite (or least un-favorite) Justice, vote for the best picture, or vote against the Elect by picking DeLeonardo-Frey or Goldfein-Holden — just vote! Click on the link below for recaps on each couple.
When you’re ready to make your choice, here’s the poll:

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falafel Simpson Thacher Chow for Charity Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgWe’re late to the party on this one. Many of you have already emailed us this Slate piece, in which Daniel Gross goes to town on Simpson Thacher’s “Chow for Charity” program. Article title: “Fifteen Dollars Worth of Smug.”
We first read about Simpson’s program in this great New York Observer article:

[A]t Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, there’s a program called Chow for Charity: If summers and associates go out for a lunch that costs $15 or less per head, the firm donates the other $45 of each person’s lunch allowance to charities including Legal Aid, inMotion and Human Rights First.

For some, this is an appealing option: “It’s great for [the firms] to be able to say, ‘We realize these $60 meals are sort of stupid, so we give money to something good and everyone is happier,’” says an associate. Noblesse oblige never tasted so much like falafel!

The program is also discussed in the New York Times (fourth item) and the WSJ Law Blog.
What do you think of “Chow for Charity”? Take our poll, and opine in the comments, after the jump.

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Gardiner-U2.jpgThis should delight some of our commenters: With 36.7 percent of the vote, Avery Gardiner and Edwin U are the winners of our Couple of the Month contest for June!
It was a close race, but in the end Avery and Edwin held off a strong challenge by Serena Hoy and James Reilly.
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Congratulations to the happy couple!
Earlier: Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: Couple of the Month for June

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Oh, they say when you marry in June,
You’re a bride all your life.
And the bridegroom who marries in June
Gets a sweetheart for a wife.

- “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
Which of our four June brides and bridegrooms will soar into married life as Couple of the Month? As always, we’ve picked the weekly winners — now it’s ATL readers’ turn to award the big prize.
A recap of our nominated couples appears after the jump; here’s the poll if you’re ready to vote:

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seersucker suit.jpgThe results of our summer fashion polls are in (see our original posts here and here), and the message is loud and clear: ATL readers don’t like arms. You gave emphatic thumbs-down to spaghetti-strap tops for women and short-sleeved dress shirts for men.
The latter was the object of much mockery: “i feel like telling the guys who are wearing them to go back to the appliance store and sell some more ovens,” said one commenter.
More discussion and poll results, after the jump.

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Last week, Laurie Lin posted a set of delightful summer fashion polls. Check them out here (menswear) and here (womenswear).
We’ll close these polls sometime soon — maybe tomorrow or Wednesday. Please feel free to vote, if you haven’t done so already. Thanks!
Earlier: Summer Fashion Poll: The Ladies’ Turn
Summer Fashion Poll: Menswear

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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:


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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.


laptop pink girl woman Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgEarlier this month, we posted about the laptop policy of the New York Bar Exam. A lot of you weren’t fans:
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But this story, like the Oona O’Connell saga, also has a happy ending.
For those of you who care, details appear after the jump.

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100 dollar bill Abovethelaw Above the Law law firm salary legal blog legal tabloid Above the Law.JPGWe’re beginning to wonder whether this “NY to 190″ business is just a big practical joke. But even though no real information has emerged, and the co-chair of Simpson’s personnel committee told us his firm is “not currently considering an increase in associate salaries,” the rumors continue to swirl.

Here are two email messages we’ve received that are representative of many others:

“NYC big firm starting salary may be increasing to $190k in the coming weeks. My source was a recruiter whose friend at Sidley told him the news. Have you all heard anything or is this bs?”

“[A] friend of mine, who is a partner at a big Chicago firm, with a large presence in NYC, mentioned that pay raises are likely in NYC and that the firm has budgeted $190k as the starting first-year salary.”

Such gossip is not far removed from this commenter’s parody:

My dad’s step-mom’s estranged aunt is a janitor at Cravath, and she said she found a scribbled note on the floor of a partner’s office saying “damn, looks like we have to go to at least $175k soon; call wife re: can’t add second pool to home in Nantucket this summer.”

We wish we had more to tell you right now. We’ll continue to dig.

But at this point, your guess is as good as ours. So feel speculate to discuss in the comments. Vote in our reader polls, if you haven’t done so already.

Will any of this chatter make associate pay raises happen — or happen faster? Unlikely. But hey, there are worse ways to pass the time.

Earlier: Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: The Simpson Rumor
Nationwide Pay Raise Watch: Official Comment from Simpson
ATL Reader Poll: WWNYD?

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