• Canada View From Up North

    Biglaw, Canada, Rankings

    The View From Up North: The Seven Sisters vs. The Internationals

    Chambers and Partners has published its Canadian law firm rankings for 2015. How did your firm do?

    1 Comment / / Mar 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM
  • Judge Joe Brown

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.25.15

    * “You can do all you want! Four days. You don’t have the jurisdiction. Five days.” Judge Joe Brown lost his appeal over a contempt charge he earned last year after he allegedly “lost control” during a juvenile court hearing and yelled at the presiding judge. [WREG]

    * According to a recent study, law faculties are lacking in white Christians and white Republicans. The most underrepresented demographic of all is that of Republican women. By all accounts, it looks like that particular group needs to sue to to get full-time teaching positions. [National Law Journal]

    * Law firms are constantly being inundated with solicitations for rankings and awards, and while they often complain that there are too many, let’s face it: lawyers’ egos are huge, and there will never be enough prestige to sate them. [Business of Law / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins has turned into a circus, with two area law firms fighting each other tooth and nail, and witnesses on the stand questioning lawyers with the judge’s intermittent approval. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Paul Ceglia, the alleged Facebook huckster who claimed he owned half of the social media company, may have escaped justice by removing his ankle monitor and disappearing, but his family had to forfeit his $250,000 bail yesterday. Like? [Reuters]

    23 Comments / / Mar 25, 2015 at 9:08 AM
  • Cybersecurity Webinar Social Ad

    Cyberlaw, Privacy

    What Do Lawyers And Celebrities Have In Common?

    For large law firms and celebrities alike, cybersecurity compliance is now a business necessity.

    / Mar 24, 2015 at 4:44 PM
  • fly gadfly deerfly

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: Gadflys Wanted?

    There’s a rare breed of lawyer who is not afraid to look at how things are done and propose how to make things better, according to boutique-firm columnist Gaston Kroub.

    9 Comments / / Mar 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM
  • bankruptcy court

    Bankruptcy, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Duane Morris

    Bankruptcy Judge Benchslaps A Biglaw Firm — Hard

    This bankruptcy judge is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take this anymore.

    40 Comments / / Mar 23, 2015 at 1:05 PM
  • stat of the week image

    Biglaw, Tax Law

    Stats Of The Week: Biglaw Tax Lawyers Are Killing It

    Some recent survey findings on American perceptions of the tax system.

    7 Comments / / Mar 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM
  • A paralegal counting her cash on a break from binder making.

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Staff Bonus Watch: Open Thread (Kicked Off By Orrick And Vinson & Elkins)

    One firm is paying $500; another firm is paying $1,000 (or more). What’s your firm doing?

    13 Comments / / Mar 20, 2015 at 12:14 PM
  • Thanks, law school!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.20.15

    * Per a recent study, the class of 2010 is still screwed when it comes to securing work as attorneys. There are plenty of would-be lawyers working in “tennis instruction, office management, lingerie sales, and pest control.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Law schools may be admitting less qualified students, but when the bar exam results are bad, it’s obviously the bar exam’s fault. Is it even fair to make new lawyers have to pass a bar exam at all? We should have more on this bar exam backlash later today. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Following layoffs in two other firms’ litigation practices, McDermott Will & Emery is losing three of its top litigation partners. Two are expected to decamp to Paul Hastings, and one is abandoning ship for King & Spalding. Yikes! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Law school applications are on the verge of hitting a 15-year low. Don’t worry, cautions LSAC, because “the rate of decline [in applications] is slowing.” Check out the sad (yet amazing) picture in the article and see if it makes you feel better. [Bloomberg Business]

    * Undergrads at Villanova got a crash course in how to pay for law school this week, and were hopefully scared straight when they found out the majority of law students take out loans and “typically accumulate around $100,000-$200,000 in debt.” [The Villanovan]

    29 Comments / / Mar 20, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • bonus pile of money hundred dollar bills benjamins cash

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money, Sheppard Mullin

    Associate Bonus Watch: Which Firm Just Issued Supplemental Bonuses?

    Is bonus “season” becoming a year-round phenomenon? Check out how this firm just sweetened the pot.

    4 Comments / / Mar 19, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • judge finger wagging pointing

    Sponsored Content, Technology

    Don’t File That Brief! The One Thing You Must Check Before Submitting

    Much as the juiciest berries are impossible to find on a well-traveled path, finding the cases that set you apart from an average litigator requires intelligent searching off the worn trail.

    / Mar 19, 2015 at 4:16 PM
  • Bruce Stachenfeld

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, Small Law Firms

    Reinventing The Law Business: A Little Thing That Is Everything – Defining Your Job

    If you define your job properly, you will almost always have a great time at work, look forward to coming to work, and view your job as just a sweet thing and a labor of love.

    / Mar 19, 2015 at 11:12 AM
  • LexBlog image

    Biglaw, Blogging

    Law Firms: Stop Wasting Time Driving Traffic to Your Website

    Depending on what you’re selling, driving traffic to your website might not be a very good goal, as Cara McDonald of LexBlog explains.

    12 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 4:12 PM
  • mommy dear

    Biglaw, Kids, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Privacy Please

    Biglaw, why not just let us lock our doors and keep working? We can bill and breastfeed at the same time, if only you’ll let us.

    44 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 1:21 PM
  • dynamite

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.18.15

    * An Ohio attorney was charged with making bomb threats at two state courthouses, but only after he was indicted for allegedly making bomb threats at a third courthouse. Wow, it’s almost like this guy didn’t do his homework motions or something. [Northeast Ohio Media Group]

    * Loretta Lynch, our would-be replacement for Eric Holder as attorney general, still hasn’t been able to get confirmed, and the delay — which is being blamed on our Senate Majority Leader’s “inept leadership” — is now being referred to as “unconscionable.” Lovely. [CNN]

    * What’s happening at #ATLConverge today? Check out our Twitter feed! [Converge]

    * Earlier this week, Morgan Lewis combined with Singapore firm Stamford Law Corp. Effective April 1, ML&B will become one of the largest Biglaw firms in the world, rivaled only by the likes of Baker & McKenzie and Dacheng Dentons. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * More federal prosecutors are stepping down from their jobs and returning to their former Biglaw homes in private practice. Once you realize government work is a giant revolving door, soon enough, it’ll be your turn to leave. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * If you’re still making a decision about which law schools to apply to, you can use the U.S. News rankings to help yourself. In the alternative, you can use the ATL Top 50 rankings to see if you’ll be able to get a job after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    20 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Cutomer service USE

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: The 30/10 Rule

    Columnist Gaston Kroub shares a handy rule of thumb for evaluating whether your marketing efforts are promising and likely to result in new work for your firm.

    6 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM
  • yale law school

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.17.15

    * A ballsy decision dripping with prestige? It seems that a few too many students at Yale Law School requested access to their student admissions evaluation records under FERPA, so instead of handing them over, Yale deleted them. [New Republic]

    * Here’s some good news for women attorneys visiting clients in Massachusetts jails: you’ll no longer be forced to lift up your shirt and shake out your bra if your underwire makes the metal detector go off. Instead, you’ll get felt up a pat down. [Boston Globe]

    * According to early data culled for the Am Law 100 rankings, from revenue to profits per partner to revenue per lawyer, Winston & Strawn posted record financial results in 2014. Perhaps the days of no-offers and layoffs are long gone for this firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * Just because more people took the LSAT in February, it doesn’t mean that the law school crisis is over. It does, however, mean that law school administrators may soon be wishcasting the year-over-year growth of their first-year classes. [National Law Journal]

    * Rahul Gupta, the graduate student who used the tried and true “my girlfriend did it” defense during his trial for the fatal stabbing of a Georgetown Law student, was convicted on first-degree murder charges yesterday. He’ll be sentenced on April 16. [WJLA]

    24 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Business information


    Quinn Emanuel’s New Marketing Initiative: An Interview With John Quinn

    John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel explains — and defends — his firm’s new requirement of associates and counsel.

    45 Comments / / Mar 16, 2015 at 12:42 PM
  • Life is like a box of... poop?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.16.15

    * Last week in court, a murder suspect in Louisiana apparently pooped his pants during a case status hearing, wiped said poop all over his face, and muttered to himself that “life is like a box of chocolates.” Sorry about that crappy candy, dude. [New Orleans Advocate]

    * According to early Am Law 100 data, New York’s most elite and prestigious firms have once again broken away from the rest of the pack when it comes to both revenue and partner profits. Biglaw’s best may be back to models and bottles. [Am Law Daily]

    * Michelle Lee, the first woman to ever serve as director of the USPTO, was sworn in on stage at SXSW Interactive. Michelle Lee, who worked with the Girl Scouts to issue a patent patch (instead of more makeup and sewing patches), is pretty damn awesome. [Mashable]

    * The federal judiciary has plans to decrease the word limit of appellate briefs from 14,000 to 12,500, and lawyers are pissed. Lawyers from Brown Rudnick say it could result in more acronyms, confusing construction, and less “punctilious citation,” oh my! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Lee Smolen, the ex-Sidley Austin partner who faked $69,000 in travel expenses while at the firm (and possibly $379K more), has been suspended from practice for one year and will have to undergo psychiatric treatment. [Legal Profession Blog via ABA Journal]

    * Taking New York’s lead, California is considering requiring all would-be attorneys in the state to complete 50 hours of pro bono work within one year of being admitted. Leave it to people who don’t know what they’re doing yet to close the justice gap. [Los Angeles Times]

    29 Comments / / Mar 16, 2015 at 9:02 AM