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  • 'Oopsie,' says a law dean.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.30.14

    * An African-American Cleary Gottlieb project attorney is suing, claiming that the firm discriminated against him when he was fired. He alleges that white lawyers kept their jobs, but he lost his because he was black. [Legal Times]

    * For law deans, hindsight is 180: This D.C.-area school “aggressively” raised tuition when everyone decided to go to law school to ride out the recession, and now its dean is admitting that doing so was a “mistake.” [Washington Post]

    * “I want to bring blind justice to the Michigan Supreme Court.” Come New Year’s Day, Richard Bernstein — who has been legally blind since birth — will do just that when he’s sworn in to serve on the state’s highest court. Congratulations! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It’s important to learn the skill of entrepreneurship as part of today’s legal education since you never know when you’ll be forced to open your own practice because you can’t get someone else to give you a job. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Associate bonuses aren’t the only charitable causes Biglaw firms are willing to throw money at in a given year. In fact, some firms dole out millions upon millions of dollars for the purpose of doing good and supporting their communities. [Am Law Daily]

    12 Comments / / Dec 30, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • 'What, this isn't enough for you?'

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Fenwick & West, Locke Lord, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: 5 Firms Foster Frustration

    Many Biglaw associates are happy with their bonuses — but not some associates at these firms.

    26 Comments / / Dec 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM
  • Business brain storming

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    Living In A World Of Purchased Endorsements

    The rise of social media means that purchased (or gently coerced) endorsements will become increasingly common over time, according to in-house columnist Mark Herrmann. Who will win the endorsements game?

    7 Comments / / Dec 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.29.14

    * As the year winds down to a close, we take a look back at the amazing time Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had. From her Hobby Lobby dissent to her subtle New Republic shade, the Notorious RBG’s 2014 was better than yours. [Bustle]

    * When you’ve allegedly been driving drunk after a holiday party and have gotten into an accident, one of the things you say to the police upon your arrest should not be, “Come on, I’m a judge” — especially if you are one. [New York Post]

    * After advising on 221 deals worth about $511 billion, Skadden Arps was the top dog in the M&A game in 2014. While taking a break from rolling around in money, the firm’s managing partner was heard thanking inversions. [MoneyBeat / Wall Street Journal]

    * Although we haven’t heard what’s going on with associate bonuses at this firm, Wiley Rein bought itself a bonus subsidiary. Last week, the firm finalized its purchase of lobbying and communications group McBee Strategic. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * While many law schools found their student enrollments getting smaller due to forces of nature in 2014, the University of Mississippi School of Law claims it decreased its class sizes intentionally. Oh, the places you’ll go! [Clarion Ledger]

    30 Comments / / Dec 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • Wealth

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan

    Associate Bonus Watch: More Market Matches

    More firms match the market — yay!

    10 Comments / / Dec 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM
  • Tired young businessman in office

    Biglaw

    7 Stress Management Tips For Busy Biglaw Attorneys

    Law can be a tremendously rewarding career, but also at times frustrating and incredibly stressful.

    / Dec 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM
  • diversity

    Asians, Biglaw, Minority Issues

    What Could Disrupt Diversity in Law? The Economy, Stupid.

    How will changes in the law school population affect diversity in the legal industry?

    48 Comments / / Dec 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM
  • new year party

    Biglaw

    A Look Back At A 1981 Biglaw Holiday Party

    Was your holiday party this chic?

    7 Comments / / Dec 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM
  • cooley blue

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.24.14

    * The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is planning to sell one of its academic buildings for an asking price of $8.15 million. Dear Lord, the school will lose some of its library square footage. NOOOOOOOOO! [Lansing State Journal]

    * Contrary to his client’s hit anthem, Pharrell’s lawyer isn’t happy. He says YouTube has been “blithely” ignoring his requests to take down music for which it lacks performance rights, and it may result in a $1B lawsuit. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Clifford Sloan, the State Department’s special envoy on Guantánamo Bay, appointed in 2013 to help shut down the detention center, is returning to the loving arms of Skadden’s partnership on January 1, 2015. Gitmo is still open. Oops. [Am Law Daily]

    * After 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration decided to lift its lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men. Now gay men just have to abstain from doing gay things for a year — like having sex with other men — to donate blood. Yay? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you’ve been wondering what the most ridiculous lawsuits of 2014 are, we’ve got you covered. These are the top 10 most absurd cases filed over the course of the past year. You may remember some of these from our coverage. [Faces of Lawsuit Abuse]

    11 Comments / / Dec 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • Above the Law fifth annual holiday card contest

    Contests, Holidays and Seasons

    ATL Holiday Card Contest: The Finalists!

    Which of these law firm holiday cards is the best of 2014?

    8 Comments / / Dec 23, 2014 at 4:59 PM
  • Keila Ravelo

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, White-Collar Crime

    Partner Allegedly Steals Millions From Biglaw Firms To Lead Luxurious Lifestyle

    If these allegations are true, perhaps partners aren’t being paid enough?

    84 Comments / / Dec 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM
  • 100 dollar bills in stacks bonus money benjamins

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Beyond Biglaw: Bonus Bonanza

    Should law firms pay associate bonuses in lockstep, or tie them to billable hours? The answer: it depends….

    6 Comments / / Dec 23, 2014 at 9:54 AM
  • christmas-coal

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.23.14

    * “Instead of ordering the Marshal to permit a desegregated Christmas party at the Court, the Court hosted no party at all.” Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote in his diary of the SCOTUS Christmas party that never was due to the high court’s unspoken racism. [Supreme Court Brief]

    * We know of at least one lawyer who may be receiving a lump of coal in her stocking. A former partner of two major New York City firms allegedly stole millions of dollars from them to live a life of luxury. We’ll have more on this later today. [Bergen Record]

    * Since “interest in law schools [is] dwindl[ing] nationally,” the easiest cost-cutting measure comes in the form of faculty buyouts at another school. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game, law professors. It’s a “necessary” evil these days. [The Advocate]

    * President Obama is going to nominate Sally Quillian Yates, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, for the position of deputy attorney general. If confirmed, there’ll be two women at the top of the DOJ. Yay! [Miami Herald]

    * Guess who just got promoted to partner at Boies Schiller & Flexner? It’s none other than Joshua Schiller, the son of the firm’s cofounder and managing partner. Aww. That’s the most precious thing ever. We just want to pinch his cheeks. [Am Law Daily]

    * Before you submit your law school applications, you should probably make sure that you’ve read and followed all of the instructions, because just in case you forgot, you’re applying to follow instructions for a living. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    40 Comments / / Dec 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM
  • 06.10.11 christmas stock

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Magic Circle, Money, Sheppard Mullin

    Associate Bonus Watch: 10 Leading Law Firms — Who’s Naughty And Who’s Nice?

    A round-up of bonus news from 10 leading law firms.

    7 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM
  • David Schwimmer

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.22.14

    * Florida Judge Cynthia Imperato was “devastated” after a jury found her guilty of DUI and reckless driving charges, but we imagine the judge may be more devastated by the fact that she’s a sitting judge who’s been sentenced to 20 days of house arrest. [Florida Sun Sentinel]

    * David Schwimmer, best known for his role as Ross on Friends, has been cast as lawyer Robert Kardashian in an O.J. Simpson true crime television miniseries. He surely knows it’ll take a lot of “unagi” to play the role just right. [Rolling Stone]

    * If you have to debt finance your J.D., you’re going to in for a rude awakening when you graduate and the loans start coming due. FYI, “lot[s] of graduates [are] buried in private student loan debt with not enough income to repay it.” [Forbes]

    * The parents of James Holmes, who’s better known as the alleged shooter in the Aurora movie theater massacre, have begged for him to be spared the death penalty ahead of his trial, but prosecutors say that in this case, “justice is death.” [Denver Post]

    * When it comes to Russia, “[a] lot of firms are thinking about pulling out.” That’s what she would’ve said if she were a managing partner. Biglaw firms that have been rocked by the ruble’s ruin are telling lawyers to leave before they’re laid off. [Am Law Daily]

    * Binder & Binder, the National Social Security Disability Advocates® whose late-night TV commercials you’ve grown to love, has filed for bankruptcy. The firm’s headcount will likely drop by more than half because of this. Yikes! [WSJ Law Blog]

    26 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Quinn Emanuel (2014)

    Quinn Emanuel associates express differing views about the firm’s bonuses this year.

    27 Comments / / Dec 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.19.14

    * Still looking for a great gift for your assistant? Corporette presents their annual secretary gift guide! [Corporette]

    * Marijuana law may be hot, but marijuana legalization may be in hot water: Oklahoma and Nebraska take their case to the Supreme Court that Colorado’s law is damaging them. [The Denver Post]

    * Associates are super excited about their shiny — but discretionary — bonuses. Note that base pay hasn’t taken a similar leap. Thanks for throwing a wet blanket on the season. [Law and More]

    * Who are the new lawyers in Congress? Mike Sacks profiles them. [National Law Journal]

    * The law firm trying to kill the internet is Jenner & Block. That’s unfair — the law firm employed by people trying to kill the internet is Jenner & Block. And they’re willing to write a whole letter and make a state Attorney General just sign it! That’s some pull. [The Verge]

    * At this special time of year, let’s remember who this season is all about: pagans. [What About Clients?]

    * U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley just resigned to settle an ethics probe. Not as a federal judge of course, but as a trustee to THE Ohio State University. The Ohio Ethics Commission raised issues with Judge Marbley serving as a trustee while simultaneously teaching as an adjunct at the law school. [Columbus Dispatch]

    * Brad and Da Boyz with a nice little ditty about copyright infringement and fair use. [YouTube]

    10 Comments / / Dec 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • shattered glass LF

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Kirkland & Ellis Returns To Shattering The Bonus Market Ceiling

    You don’t need to be drinking the Kirkland Kool-Aid to think that these bonuses are delicious. (But note the dissent from some non-share partners.)

    22 Comments / / Dec 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM