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  • Damn Dewey dollars...

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.16.15

    Ed. note: Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, we will be on a reduced publication schedule today. We will still be publishing, but less frequently than usual. We will be back in full force tomorrow.

    * The news is in, and it seems that Davis Polk’s financial numbers were at record highs. The firm’s revenue beat the $1 billion mark for the first time ever, and its PPP rose to $3.29 million. No wonder its 2014 bonuses were so awesome! [Am Law Daily]

    * Yes, we know that William Mitchell Law and Hamline Law are merging to survive as a result of a quickly disappearing applicant pool. We’d really love to know how many other law schools are considering this as an alternative to closing their doors. [Star Tribune]

    * How are Nebraska and Oklahoma, which neighbor Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized, handling the situation? Not well. Their AGs want SCOTUS to rule the weed law in the state where you can get Rocky Mountain High is unconstitutional. [PBS NewsHour]

    * Thanks to a recent ABA rule change, schools are beginning to admit students without LSAT scores. One of those schools is Iowa Law (ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News), but those students need to have done really well on other standardized tests. [Daily Iowan]

    * “How have I done as a judge today?” “Not bad, but you could do better.” Judge John Hurley had a run-in with an 80-year-old criminal defendant who wouldn’t stop calling him sweetheart. Flip to the next page to see the entertaining video. [NBC 6 South Florida]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mEQp33kr2O8#t=0

    32 Comments / / Feb 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM
  • Money Bag

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Will Cadwalader Match Davis Polk?

    It’s been a couple of months now. You’d think Cadwalader would make a move.

    4 Comments / / Feb 13, 2015 at 3:42 PM
  • lateral hiring report jpg

    Biglaw, Sponsored Content

    2014 Lateral Hiring Report: Seller’s Market For Associates

    This week we are issuing the second part of a special report on trends in the 2014 lateral hiring market.

    / Feb 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM
  • Amanda Knox

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.13.15

    * Amanda Knox, everyone’s favorite convicted/acquitted/convicted murderess, just got engaged to a musician she’s known since middle school. Aww, that’s cute and nice, but what we’d really like to know is where she’s registered for cutlery. [People]

    * Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote was postponed because per Chairman Chuck Grassley, she apparently submitted dissatisfying answers to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s post-hearing questions. Some says that she’s being held to a double standard… likely because she is being held to a double standard. [National Law Journal]

    * Yesterday afternoon, Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered that probate judges in Alabama issue same-sex marriage licenses. Sorry Chief Justice Roy Moore, but you better get ready, because the tide of gay marriage is gonna roll. ROLL TIDE ROLL! [National Law Journal]

    * Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she’s not going to give up on women’s rights cases at the Supreme Court, despite the fact that she’s got male colleagues who “don’t fully appreciate the arbitrary barriers that have been put in women’s way.” [Bloomberg]

    * According to the latest report from Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group, Biglaw firms, “across the board,” are doing better than they were last year, but the biggest Biglaw firms are doing the best, of course. We’ll have more on this later today. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A Texas lawmaker has proposed a bill that would appoint legal representation to a fetus if its mother is brain dead. “You’ll hear what the family wants, and you’ll also give the pre-born child a chance to have a voice in court at that same time.” [Dallas Morning News]

    * New York Law School is launching a two-year law degree program, and students will only have to pay two-thirds of the $147,720 that they normally would have had to. For the record, not all two-year degree programs are cheaper. [Crain’s New York Business]

    43 Comments / / Feb 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM
  • sexual harassment

    Romance and Dating

    This Proves That Lawyers Love To Bang Their Coworkers

    Lawyers don’t even TRY to avoid office romances.

    50 Comments / / Feb 12, 2015 at 1:15 PM
  • Gary J. Ross RF

    Biglaw, Small Law Firms

    Unchain Thyself

    When you imagine the ideal attorney version of you, what do you see? Free your mind. The only thing holding you back is you.

    15 Comments / / Feb 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM
  • Telephone box with Big Ben

    Biglaw, Litigation Finance, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Is London A Sunnier Clime For Litigation Finance?

    Litigation finance is gaining acceptance in the U.S., but in the more innovative U.K. market, the practice is “booming.”

    / Feb 11, 2015 at 5:35 PM
  • Police crime scene

    Biglaw, Crime

    Biglaw Associate Stabbed To Death In D.C. Hotel Room

    Horrific news, as associate identified as victim in brutal stabbing.

    / Feb 11, 2015 at 2:11 PM
  • That's. So. Gay.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.11.15

    * Today’s inspirational human being: An ordained minister in Alabama was arrested after offering to perform a same-sex marriage inside a probate judge’s office. She says she’ll do it again, even though she knows she’ll likely be rearrested for doing so. [USA Today]

    * Meanwhile, Judge Callie V.S. Granade will hear arguments on whether she must order Alabama judges to issue marriage license to gay couples. Granade is the one who ruled the state’s ban was unconstitutional in the first place. [New York Times]

    * Per Major Lindsey & Africa’s 2014 Partner Compensation Survey, women partners have finally beaten men when it comes to law firm compensation. Wait, no, that’s not true, it’s just an “anomaly,” and “[t]hese women might be outliers.” [The Careerist]

    * Blank Rome’s ex-chairman donated $5M to Villanova Law to establish an ethics and compliance center. You’re a few years too late, pal. The school could’ve used an ethics and compliance center to avert its admissions scandal. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * “The legal profession can benefit from more diversity. Should those students only attend low-ranked law schools? Absolutely not.” As we mentioned previously, law school diversity has improved, but only at the bottom. [National Law Journal]

    24 Comments / / Feb 11, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Arm holding megaphone speaking money

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Akin Gump

    The perfect bonus announcement: positive and straightforward, pleasing to associates but not disruptive to the market.

    10 Comments / / Feb 10, 2015 at 2:06 PM
  • young lawyer junior associate

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: 3 Essential Junior Associate Qualities

    Junior associates, do you exhibit these valuable traits?

    20 Comments / / Feb 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM
  • airplane

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.10.15

    * “The reality is, the university has done a lot to be a part of the solution. This undoes a lot of that work.” Students and professors at St. Louis University School of Law are up in arms because Bob McCulloch, the prosecutor in the Ferguson case, is coming to speak at an event on police practices. [ABC News]

    * “Travel by coach will make it impossible for the attorneys to work and or sleep effectively upon our arrival.” Defense lawyers for three suspected terrorists motioned for a judge to give them business-class seats on a plane while federal prosecutors bum it back in coach. [New York Daily News]

    * SCOTUSblog has been denied a Supreme Court press pass, yet again. Lyle Denniston, the site’s main reporter, had to go to great lengths in an attempt to circumvent the high court’s new journalist credentialing process. [Associated Press]

    * “I would really think long and hard before defying a federal court order.” SCOTUS declined to issue a stay that would keep gay marriage at bay in Alabama, but some judges are still refusing to marry gay couples. Thanks Roy Moore. [Los Angeles Times]

    * Paul Weiss: lookin’ nice! In a look at some of the early numbers from the latest Am Law 100 rankings, the firm increased its gross revenue year over year by 10.9 percent, allowing Paul Weiss to finally break the billion-dollar mark in revenue. [Am Law Daily]

    34 Comments / / Feb 10, 2015 at 9:08 AM
  • Defeated businessman

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    The Imminent Capitulation Of Many Big Firms

    Is this the year that some Biglaw firms will admit they can’t keep up with the rest? Thoughts from in-house columnist Mark Herrmann.

    31 Comments / / Feb 9, 2015 at 11:01 AM
  • Adriana Ferreyr

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.09.15

    * People keep asking Justice Ginsburg how many women she thinks will be “enough” for the SCOTUS bench, and she keeps giving us the same amazing answer. Flip the page to find out what the Notorious R.B.G. thinks. [Mother Jones]

    * Law school deans gone wild! From sex scandals to rankings rumpuses, here’s a look at the crazy and sometimes criminal activities that law school administrators and faculty members have been accused of over the years. [National Law Journal]

    * “That’s it. Case dismissed. Your behavior is contemptuous.” Adriana Ferreyr, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of George Soros who filed a $50 million lawsuit over a $2 million apartment, allegedly went “berserk” in court… yet again. [Dealbreaker]

    * The job market would like to wish the legal profession a very unhappy New Year. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector lost 1,400 jobs in January, with overall jobs down by 4,500 since last year. [Am Law Daily]

    * “I felt like my head was just mush inside, and I thought, ‘I’m dying.'” Mary Margaret Farren, the former Skadden attorney who survived her ex-husband’s brutal attack on her life, recounts the flashlight bludgeoning that nearly killed her. [ABC News]

    * Is there no relief in sight for law schools? Moody’s says: “This continued decrease in student demand is consistent with our belief that the legal industry is experiencing a fundamental shift rather than a cyclical trend.” [Indianapolis Business Journal]

    (Flip to the next page to see how many women Justice Ginsburg thinks SCOTUS needs.)

    http://youtu.be/vJs1H5tQlDc

    62 Comments / / Feb 9, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • associate bonus watch 2014

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: O’Melveny & Myers, Winston & Strawn, And More About Morrison & Foerster

    A fresh bonus announcement, a change of heart, and a hope for enhanced payouts.

    5 Comments / / Feb 6, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • lateral hiring report jpg

    Biglaw, Sponsored Content

    2014 Lateral Hiring Report: Law Firm Partners

    This week we are issuing the first part of a special report on trends in the 2014 lateral hiring market.

    / Feb 6, 2015 at 2:13 PM
  • Katy Perry

    Celebrities, Copyright, Intellectual Property

    Katy Perry’s Biglaw Firm Sends Out ‘Left Shark’ Cease & Desist Letter

    You don’t want to make Katy Perry your enemy, because her lawyers will come at you like a dark horse. Check out the UPDATE: we’ve got the response to the C&D letter.

    67 Comments / / Feb 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM
  • Racism

    Biglaw, Minority Issues, Racism

    Implicit Bias: The Silent Killer Of Diversity In The Legal Profession

    Unconscious racial bias is a major problem within the legal profession. What can lawyers and law firms do about it?

    51 Comments / / Feb 6, 2015 at 11:02 AM