Reader Polls

Brensike-Primus2.jpgCongratulations to Professors Eve Brensike and Richard Primus, who pummeled the competition and waltzed off into the moonlight with the title of Above the Law’s Legal Eagle Couple of the Month for May. These liberal lovebirds have bleeding hearts — because Evan “McDeany” Caminker pierced them with Cupid’s arrow!
LEWW salutes Professors Brensike and Primus, their delectable Dean, and the entire University of Michigan Law School. ATL readers, go donate to a worthy cause on their behalf! Or just buy them a salad spinner!
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Earlier: Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: May 2007 Couple of the Month

100 dollar bill Abovethelaw Above the Law law firm salary legal blog legal tabloid Above the Law.JPGHere is a completely unsubstantiated rumor, which we’ll pass along anyway (’cause that’s what we do around here):

I cannot confirm this, but a friend of mine at Simpson Thacher claims that NYC firms are going to $190K soon.

Apparently, one of his friends from [law school] was on an interview and requested credit for her clerkship experience, whereupon the hiring partner said he was 90% sure that his firm was increasing first year salaries to $190K.

Wish I could provide more information.

We don’t know if New York law firms will raise associate starting salaries all the way to $190,000. But in light of the recent move to the $160K scale by most top firms in California, Washington, and Chicago, we wouldn’t be surprised to see New York City — with its hardworking associates, high-paying clients, and off-the-charts cost-of-living — increase base salaries again before the year is up.
(Another option: maybe they’ll just pay extra-large bonuses this year.)
Perhaps New York firms will raise starting salaries to $175,000 or $180,000, rather than all the way to $190,000. And they probably won’t move until the fall recruiting season, since there’s not much of an incentive to take action right now.
But that’s just our opinion. What do you think?
Take our two reader polls, which appear after the jump.

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Andrew Speaker Andrew H Speaker Andrew Harley Speaker Above the Law blog.jpgYesterday’s Lawyer of the Day here at ATL, Andrew Speaker, is a 31-year-old personal injury lawyer from Atlanta. He is currently infected with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. He got married and honeymooned in Europe, then returned home — initially flying into Canada, from which he drove back to the United States — to have his TB treated.
His critics argue that Andy Speaker, in traveling despite being urged not to by the CDC, endangered his fellow passengers, exposing them to a potentially fatal illness. His defenders point out that he is not symptomatic — and that many of us might have done the same thing in his shoes.
Anyway, enough commentary. You’ve all read a great deal about this story already. Time for a pair of (unscientific and imprecise) reader polls:

Time to take a little Friday afternoon break and vote for ATL’s Legal Eagle Couple of the Month for May 2007!
Last month’s contest was extremely close; we have a feeling this one won’t be, but time will tell. We’ve certainly got plenty of diversity this time: Jews, WASPs, Jersey folk, and law professors!
If you’re ready to vote, here’s the poll. If not, click on the “Continue reading” link below, to study up on our candidate couples.

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scales of justice ABA Journal UC Hastings women lawyers Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgIf so, then please take this survey.
Please note that the survey is for WOMEN LAWYERS ONLY (sorry, boys). It’s being conducted by the ABA Journal and the Center for WorkLife Law, at U.C. Hastings. The goal of the study is to find out how women lawyers treat each other in the workplace.
(We could offer a few editorial thoughts of our own on that subject. But we should probably refrain, so as not to skew the survey results — or get ourselves in trouble….)
To take the survey, please click here. And please feel free to forward the survey link to your female lawyer friends. The survey will be kept open through the end of June.
Women Lawyers Working Together [Survey Monkey]

It was close, but in the end, Team Robinson-Moriarty narrowly edged out Team Galvan-Bronin and Team Patel-Larson for the title of ATL Couple of the Month for April 2007.
This might be the first time two commoners have beat out two Rhodes Scholars for anything — congratulations, Anne and Kevin!
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And to the commenter who speculated that Moriarty might be “campaigning” for the title, we can only quote from this assessment of Moriarty’s powers:

He has a brain of the first order. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them. He does little himself. He only plans. But his agents are numerous and splendidly organized.

Thanks to all who voted, agents or not!
Earlier: Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: April 2007 Couple of the Month

Legal Eagle Wedding Watch NYT wedding announcements Above the Law.jpgIt’s hard to believe it was just a month ago that LEWW moved into our little cubicle at ATL headquarters, a bit nervous about whether we’d survive in the cutthroat blogging world. Here we are at the beginning of May, and LEWW is already flouting the dress code, stealing food from the fridge, and posting our first poll. That’s right — it’s time for the ATL readership to vote on its Legal Eagle Couple of the Month, for April 2007!
If you need to refresh your memory about these couples, you can click on the “Continue reading” link below, to review our original write-ups.
But if you’re ready to vote, here’s the poll:

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Don Imus Donald Imus nappy headed ho Above the Law blog.jpgThis appears to be the legal theory to be advanced by controversial former radio host Don Imus, through his “ferocious” litigator, the renowned Martin Garbus. Reports Fortune:

Imus has hired one of the nation’s premiere First Amendment attorneys, and the two sides are gearing up for a legal showdown that could turn on how language in his contract that encouraged the radio host to be irreverent and engage in character attacks is interpreted….

The language, according to this source, was part of a five-year contract that went into effect in 2006 and that paid Imus close to $10 million a year. It stipulates that Imus be given a warning before being fired for doing what he made a career out of – making off-color jokes. The source described it as a “dog-has-one-bite clause.” A lawsuit could be filed within a month, this person predicted.

We’re curious: What do ATL readers think about the Imus firing?

(The Pew Research Center also conducted a poll to gauge public attitudes towards Don Imus’s firing. It will be interesting to see how their poll results compare to the ATL poll results.)
Hoho Hostess Hohos Chocolate Cake Above the Law Blog.gifP.S. We love Wikipedia. Check out their entry for HoHos:

HoHos are cylindrical, frosted, cream-filled cakes that are made by the Hostess company and are distributed in the United States and Egypt. The Interstate Bakeries Corporation owns the Hostess company. HoHos are similar to Yodels, which are made by Drake’s (also a brand of Interstate Bakeries Corporation), and Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls.

Imus won’t go quietly [Fortune]
Poll: Most Americans say Imus’ punishment appropriate [Associated Press]
Earlier: Don Imus Hires “Ferocious” Litigator

Alberto Gonzales 4 Attorney General Alberto R Gonzales Above the Law blog.gifToday is Friday, the favorite day of the week for high-profile government officials to announce their departures. E.g., Sandra Day O’Connor; Monica Goodling; Cully Stimson.
Might Alberto Gonzales resign as Attorney General today? We doubt it. Coming on the heels of yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony, where AGAG took a real beating, it would look too reactive. It would be much more likely for some other DOJ official — e.g., Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty — to step down late this afternoon.
But a Gonzales departure is probably more likely now than ever. Over at Slate, the needle on the “Gonzo-Meter” — which measures the chance of an Alberto Gonzales departure — has moved farther to the right. The Slate folks explain:

We are bumping the meter up to 95. It may take the attorney general a few days to recognize that he did not exactly pull off a rout. But if the president was indeed waiting for his boy to turn this thing around today, the president must have been sorely disappointed. If anything, Gonzales probably lost support today. And if he persuaded even a single soul of his great competence, we’ll eat our meter.

Time for an ATL reader poll:

Gonzo-Meter: Al, You’re Not Helping [Slate]

We’re always interested in public opinion about the litigation between Aaron Charney and his former employer, Sullivan & Cromwell. We currently have this poll running:

But not many of you have voted — and we have a suspicion as to why.
So here’s a new and improved version, which we hope will generate higher voter turnout:

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