• 'And then I said I didn't know they were prostitutes.'

    Bankruptcy, Facebook, Health Care / Medicine, Howrey LLP, Milberg Weiss, Morning Docket, Prostitution, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, U.S. News

    Morning Docket: 03.27.12

    * Was the Obamacare case brought prematurely? Did the Supreme Court’s judicial intervention come too soon? Yesterday’s arguments before SCOTUS can be summed up in four simple words: “That’s what she said.” [New York Times]

    * Howrey going to get out of this one? The defunct firm’s bankruptcy trustee, Allan Diamond, is trying to decide whether he’ll be bringing adversary claims against the dissolution committee and its members. [Am Law Daily]

    * U.S. News is doing what the American Bar Association refuses to do: make law schools its b*tch. Listen up, administrators, because your next “reporting error” could cost you your ranking. [National Law Journal]

    * Armed with a treasure trove of new evidence, Facebook has moved to dismiss Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit. What does his lawyer from Milberg have to say? A hacker planted all of the evidence, duh. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Apparently Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s got hos in different area codes. He’s been keeping his pimp hand strong — so strong, that he’s been charged with aggravated procurement of prostitutes. [Bloomberg]

    * Broke your nose trying to walk through a glass wall at the Apple store and now you’re suing for $1M? That’s an app for that! It’s called common sense, and for a limited time only, it’s being offered free of charge. [Forbes]

    8 Comments / / Mar 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Document Review, Howrey LLP, Technology

    Howrey’s Old Client Files Are Neither Gone Nor Forgotten

    The Howrey estate is embroiled in the painstaking process of destroying old files or returning them to former clients. There is still a long, long way to go. In today’s Washington Post, we get to see a vivid illustration of the problems involved in putting to rest a massive law firm that bridged the paper and electronic eras. It is also a good cautionary tale for other firms: these documents will not just go away, even if your firm bites the dust…

    11 Comments / / Feb 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM
  • Biglaw, Ho-Love, Hogan & Hartson, Howrey LLP, Partner Issues, Quote of the Day, Thelen Reid & Priest, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Quote of the Day: Lawyer, Poet, Salesman

    He was clearly the salesman-in-chief, and he did a darn good job at it. I remember being told that despite the fact that the economy was essentially collapsing around everyone’s heads, 2008 was going to come in well over budget with record revenues and profits. — Andrew Ness, former managing partner of the D.C. office […]

    7 Comments / / Dec 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM
  • Airplanes / Aviation, Attorney Misconduct, Bankruptcy, Bernie Madoff, Howrey LLP, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Rod Blagojevich, Suicide

    Morning Docket: 10.27.11

    * Like many of the victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, he and his wife contemplated suicide, too. But come on, why bother? Was career suicide just not good enough? [New York Times] * For Sale: One Illinois law license at discount price! Hasn’t been used in 15 years — almost like new. Slightly tarnished. […]

    22 Comments / / Oct 27, 2011 at 9:08 AM
  • Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dissolution, Howrey LLP, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues

    Musical Chairs: Robert Ruyak, Ex-Chairman of Howrey, Finds a New Home

    One of the most colorful characters in the saga of Howrey LLP, the once-thriving law firm that dissolved this past March, was Robert Ruyak, former chairman of the firm. Alas, many at Howrey found Ruyak’s leadership to be less than inspiring, but yesterday brought news that Ruyak has found a new professional home. Where’s he going?

    12 Comments / / Sep 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM
  • Health Care / Medicine, Howrey LLP, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.15.11

    * Howrey’s pre-Labor Day, everything must go, furniture sale. Don’t miss it. [Am Law Daily] * CBS settles the case with two women suing Dr. Phil for unleashing a naked dinner guest on them for his show. I’m not sure if this is a case of two really uptight women or one really ugly dude, […]

    6 Comments / / Aug 15, 2011 at 6:27 PM
  • Abortion, Crime, Death Penalty, Howrey LLP, In-House Counsel, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.01.11

    * A federal judge in Kansas has given Planned Parenthood’s Abortionplex a new lease on life. [WSJ Law Blog] * What? A former Supreme Court clerk who got passed over for a job at a law school? Nicholas Spaeth, who’s also the former state attorney general for North Dakota, is suing the Michigan State University […]

    6 Comments / / Aug 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM
  • Airplanes / Aviation, Bankruptcy, Fast Food, Food, Hair, Howrey LLP, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.29.11

    * I’m flying this weekend for the first time in over a year (it couldn’t be avoided). I’ll need to brush up on what rights I still retain during air travel. As long as I acknowledge TSA’s droit du seigneur to my wife, I’m allowed to carry an unopened water bottle on board, right? [Legal […]

    35 Comments / / Jul 29, 2011 at 5:18 PM
  • Biglaw, Howrey LLP, Law Firm Names, Small Law Firms

    Small Firms, Big Lawyers: Small Firms with Big Names

    Lawyers at small law firms need to think carefully about what to name their firms. Here are some considerations to keep in mind, from small-firm columnist Jay Shepherd.

    31 Comments / / Jul 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM
  • Boutique Law Firms, Law Firm Names, Lawyer Advertising, Small Law Firms

    Size Matters: What’s In A Name?

    Before this column launched, I spent several moments stewing over possible pseudonyms. After all, branding is everything. So, I wanted to come up with a name that said to my audience that I was a small-firm expert and a super-cool chick. Naturally, I picked the name that is synonymous with post-menopausal Jewish bubbies. Perhaps I […]

    31 Comments / / May 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM
  • Biglaw, Citigroup, Dissolution, Howrey LLP, Weirdness

    Dead Firm Billing: Howrey Going to Keep Doing Business?

    Although it officially passed away back in March, when its partners voted for dissolution, the law firm of Howrey LLP continues to twitch in its grave — or maybe even step out of its grave and walk around a bit, like a zombie from a horror flick. Howrey continues to have a presence on Twitter, […]

    11 Comments / / May 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM
  • Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, Fenwick & West, Howrey LLP, Killing Lockstep, NALP, National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

    NALP 2011: Performance-Based Compensation Systems

    The official title of the NALP conference panel that I attended on merit-based compensation contained a playful shout-out to Sarah Palin: “How Is That Performance-Based Compensation System Working for Ya?” The panel was originally supposed to have featured a representative of the now-defunct Howrey law firm. So the snarky answer to the question presented might […]

    17 Comments / / Apr 29, 2011 at 9:31 PM
  • Howrey LLP, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.05.11

    * Harvard Law School exams used to be easier. Think about that the next time you hear about grade inflation. [The Volokh Conspiracy] * Speaking of things getting harder, this seems like proof that the Bluebook exists to propagate sales of the Bluebook. [Josh Blackman’s Blog] * And yet the Bluebook hasn’t been updated to […]

    16 Comments / / Apr 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM
  • Biglaw, Citigroup, Dissolution, Howrey LLP, Layoffs, Staff Layoffs

    Howrey Going to Go On Without Bank Funding?
    Firm shutting down today, after Citi pulls plug.

    * What kind of a tour bus does Willie Nelson have? A cannabus. The singer won’t have to make a pit stop to sing in court on his maryjane charges. [New York Daily News] * How is there a human trafficking problem in Michigan? Are they all Canadians? No one cares if Canadians aren’t getting […]

    26 Comments / / Mar 31, 2011 at 9:02 AM
  • Gay, Howrey LLP, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Wal-Mart

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.29.11

    * I hate crappy customer service as much as the next guy; I just hope UCLA law students from “third world s**tholes” aren’t offended. [Professor Bainbridge] * Forgive my ignorance, but I don’t see why the right has a problem with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. They know you don’t catch “the gay” from working with […]

    10 Comments / / Mar 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM