Labor / Employment

  • Across-the-Desk-RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Labor / Employment

    From Across the Desk: Category Killers

    Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith, Esq. continues his taxonomy of law firms with the “category killers.”

    5 Comments / / Jul 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM
  • sy-map

    Book Deals, Books, Defamation, General Counsel, Health Care / Medicine, In-House Counsel, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.15.13

    * The role of lawyers in America’s Syrian policy. Everyone always tries to throw the lawyers under the bus. [Lawfare]

    * Pippa Middleton has some lawyers trying to crack down on a parody Twitter account. Thankfully, the law exists to protect wealthy socialites from being mocked. [IT-Lex]

    * GCs are not happy with the rates charged by outside counsel. I, for one, am shocked that GCs don’t like paying upwards of $1000/hour for “further work.” [Consero]

    * Honestly, we should have seen this coming: a Zimmerman juror already signed a book deal. This is the juror who assumed black people had rioted over the shooting and called Trayvon a “boy of color,” so you can tell the prosecution was doing a bang-up job with its jury selection procedures. [AlterNet]

    * Conservatives rejoice after several unions complain about Obamacare. Oh, the irony! Except the unions’ complaint is not that Obamacare is bad, but that it doesn’t go far enough in providing incentives to non-profit insurance plans and penalizing companies that are cutting back on hours to avoid the law. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The Top 50 Legal Innovators, Techies, Visionaries, and Leaders. And we at ATL were snubbed again. [FastCase via TaxProf Blog]

    * After the jump, a short video about . I understand that people are miffed that the most recent film version of Superman takes a laissez-faire view of saving lives, but Superman’s always been a dick…

    3 Comments / / Jul 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • 220px-Janet_Napolitano_official_portrait

    Abortion, Contracts, iPhone, Labor / Employment, Lindsay Lohan, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.12.13

    * Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is leaving the cabinet to head the University of California system. That’s a natural transition because UC already treats its students like threats to national security. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Texas banning tampons from the Texas Capitol building in advance of abortion vote. Guns are still fine though. In the words of the inimitable Spencer Hall, “But what about a gun that FIRES tampons, Texas?” [Huffington Post]

    * A lot of folks are anticipating Noel Canning, but if Harry Reid invokes the so-called “nuclear option” (fifth item), does that render the whole case moot? [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Three years for stealing an iPhone from a child. I guess it’s like taking Candy (Crush) from a baby. [Law and More]

    * If you stop to think about it, someone should totally have sued the camp from The Parent Trap (affiliate link). If for no other reason than the likelihood Lohan was dealing to all the other campers. [Crushable]

    * An iOS app for creating semi-bespoke contracts. That’s cool, but I’ll stick to Temple Run, thanks. [Associate’s Mind]

    1 Comment / / Jul 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM
  • paula deen RF

    Labor / Employment, Minority Issues, Racism, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, White People

    Paula Deen’s New Argument Seems To Be That White People Are Immune To Racism

    Don’t look now, but Paula Deen is asking a fundamental question about the legal definition of racism…

    89 Comments / / Jul 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM
  • So I says to Mabel, I says, "how do I avoid the Rule Against Perpetuities?"

    Department of Justice, Election Law, John Roberts, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, UVA Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.28.13

    * Half-Law office, Half-Barbershop. That makes sense, I’ve seen some haircuts that should be crimes. We hear they even have a $5 haircut special called “The Misdemeanor.” [New Britain Herald]

    * The editors of Ramblings on Appeal give their takes on Shelby County. Rarely has truer legal analysis been offered than characterizing Roberts’s decision as, “Oh and I have five people on my side, you only have four, so take that.” [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * UVA law professor Chris Sprigman has co-authored an op-ed calling out the NSA. Oh, that guy’s phone is getting tapped. [New York Times]

    * The Expert Institute continues to draw from popular culture to coach expert testimony. This time it’s Game of Thrones. It’s a handy set of lessons, but “Never Trust a Frey” deserved mention. [The Expert Institute]

    * The Justice Department is bringing on unpaid attorneys because slave labor is awesome and unpaid internships are never elitist and discriminatory. [Pro Publica]

    * On that note, Bar President calls for an end to unpaid 3L internships. Video after the jump…

    5 Comments / / Jun 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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  • The front of the Supreme Court building: 'Equal Justice Under Law.' (Click to enlarge.)

    Affirmative Action, Anthony Kennedy, David Boies, Jeffrey Toobin, John Paul Stevens, Labor / Employment, Minority Issues, Nina Totenberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Olson, Texas

    The Wait For Fisher Is Over, And It Was Not Worth The Wait

    In case you missed the earlier coverage, here’s an eyewitness report on what took place at the Supreme Court today, from Above the Law’s SCOTUS correspondent, Matt Kaiser.

    4 Comments / / Jun 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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  • Lauren Giddings

    Biglaw, Books, Clarence Thomas, Deaths, Google / Search Engines, Immigration, Labor / Employment, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Pro Bono, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 06.19.13

    * You think you know Justice Clarence Thomas, but you have no idea. Here are several myths about the silent Supreme Court star that he was capable of busting in just this term alone. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * According to the CBO, the immigration reform bill being considered in the Senate would allow eight million immigrants to gain legal status and lower the deficit by billions. But alas, dey still terk er jerbs! [NPR]

    * Google is doing its best to try not to be evil by asking the FISA court to ease up on gag orders preventing the internet giant from telling the world about what it’s required to give to the government. [Washington Post]

    * Florida firm Becker & Poliakoff will withhold 20% of equity partners’ pay, a move that made some lawyers cry. The firm is apparently planning to save the cash for a rainy day. [Daily Business Review]

    * Paul Mannina, an attorney with the Labor Department charged with sexually assaulting a coworker, was found in his cell with his throat slashed. Police are investigating the death. [Washington Post]

    * FYI, your aspirational pro bono hours — or complete and utter lack thereof — will now be public record in New York, and you must report them on your biannual registration forms. [New York Law Journal]

    * Coming soon to a law school near you: really old books from the 13th century that’ll probably turn into dust if you dare try to read them. You can find this nerdgasm over at Yale Law. [National Law Journal]

    * The family of Lauren Giddings, the slain Mercer Law graduate, has filed a $5 million wrongful death suit in federal court against accused killer Stephen McDaniel in the hopes of finding her remains. [Telegraph]

    5 Comments / / Jun 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • 220px-James_Abram_Garfield,_photo_portrait_seated

    Elena Kagan, Fashion, Labor / Employment, Mergers and Acquisitions, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Securities and Exchange Commission, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.13.13

    * How often are you sitting around wondering about all the legal ins-and-outs of the assassination of James Garfield? Wonder no more. [The Legal Geeks]

    * A love poem with citations to the U.C.C. You know, if you never plan on getting laid again. [Law Poetry]

    * Justice Kagan dials 867-5309. [Slate]

    * Underage models in New York are now covered by child labor laws. In related news, American Apparel stops making any ads whatsoever. [Fashionista]

    * When a bank nixes your merger, just go ahead and do it another way and bury the bank’s opinion. There’s not much the SEC can do about it anyway. [Dealbreaker]

    * Pepper Hamilton’s Nina Gussack is making it rain. [The Careerist]

    * Eric Posner has no beef with the NSA. [Constitutional Daily]

    * States: The New (Patent) Troll Slayers [Slate]

    1 Comment / / Jun 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM
  • BP Interns preparing to take over operations at Deepwater Horizon, April 19, 2010.

    Harold Baer, Labor / Employment, S.D.N.Y.

    Uh-Oh! Federal Judge Says We Might Have to Start Paying Interns

    Two big rulings strike a blow for the rights of interns.

    19 Comments / / Jun 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM
  • 220px-Mrs_Doubtfire

    Affirmative Action, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.07.13

    * Crafty trial tactics out of C-Town. A Cuyahoga County prosecutor was fired after he admitted to posing as a woman in a Facebook chat with an accused killer’s alibi witnesses in an attempt to persuade them to change their testimony. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

    * If you post on Facebook asking your employer to fire you, you can’t get mad when they, you know, fire you. [IT-Lex]

    * Yeah. Where the hell is Fisher? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * It’s a week late, but congratulations to whatever genius is behind UChiLawGo on graduating. [UChiLawGo]

    * Once again, you can’t pay your bill with pennies just to get revenge. [Legal Juice]

    * Some tips on turning your basketcaseness into eustress, which apparently means “good stress.” [Associate’s Mind]

    * New York eyes raising the retirement age for judges to 80. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Jun 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM
  • Forget horse heads -- this is what you wake up to if you try to unionize at Burger King.

    Animal Law, Barack Obama, Blank Rome, Craigslist, Fast Food, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.30.13

    * Burger King sells burgers by celebrating that they are built with fictional union labor while actively interfering with workers forming real unions. This would be too much hypocrisy for some, but Burger King gets to have it its way. [Buzzfeed]

    * I cannot top the subject line from the tipster: “Obama calls the nation to arms on trade secret theft, but the nation is at the mall.” [Orrick]

    * A review of Logan Beirne’s new book Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency (affiliate link). I wonder what George Washington would say if the Senate blocked his judicial nominees? [Washington Times]

    * Step One: Collect cash from government for doing business in downtown Manhattan. Step Two: “Close” the firm and move all the partners and cases to Blank Rome. Step Three: Refuse to pay back the money. [Thompson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Why does everyone want to go to law school? I figured it was just to compete in the ATL Law Revue competition. [The League of Ordinary Gentlemen]

    * Be nicer to the sea cows! [Lowering the Bar]

    * This Craigslist job posting under “Legal/Paralegal Jobs” in San Diego: Accidental listing or sadly prophetic commentary on the legal job market? Just in case someone removes the listing, I’ll post a screenshot after the jump…

    6 Comments / / May 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  • empty pockets broke RF

    American Bar Association / ABA, Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Money, Pro Bono, Quote of the Day

    By All Means, Allow Law Students and Grads to Work for Free

    Should private law firms be able to use unpaid interns to staff their pro bono cases? The ABA thinks so.

    19 Comments / / May 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM
  • Tips jar RF

    Food, Labor / Employment, Money

    This Tipping Automatically, It’s For The Birds

    Watching Starbucks employees fight for tips is like watching homeless people fight over a sandwich….

    41 Comments / / May 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM
  • Juan Monteverde small Faruqi Faruqi

    Boutique Law Firms, Labor / Employment, Litigators, Plaintiffs Firms, Sex, Sex Scandals, Small Law Firms

    The Delaware Court Of Chancery Seems Annoyed With Juan Monteverde

    If you’re a defendant in a salacious sexual harassment lawsuit, should you disclose that when seeking pro hac vice admission?

    7 Comments / / May 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM
  • cbs

    Biglaw, D.C. Circuit, Election Law, Environment / Environmental Law, Eric Holder, John Roberts, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.24.13

    Ed. note: Above the Law will not be publishing on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

    * Manhattan Justice Paul Wooten has ordered CBS to produce all emails between it and the Brooklyn DA’s office concerning “Brooklyn D.A.” and ordered a hearing this afternoon. CBS attorneys are irritated. Now they know how everyone feels when they have to watch Two and a Half Men. [WiseLaw NY]

    * Lois Lerner, the embattled IRS supervisor at the heart of the recent scandal, invoked the Fifth Amendment in her congressional hearing, but in a way that may open the door to contempt. Ironically, maintaining innocence while invoking the Fifth opens one up to “heightened scrutiny.” As noted in Morning Docket, she’s been put on administrative leave. [Simple Justice]

    * T.J. Duane of Lateral Link was named one of the 17 Stanford business students who is going to change the world. Duane is working on technology to “provid[e] solo and boutique attorneys the benefits without the drawbacks of big law.” That’s much better than my proposal to provide solo and boutique attorneys the drawbacks without the benefits of big law, which is just a device that passive-aggressively second-guesses every decision a lawyer makes. [Business Insider]

    * The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has asked the Supreme Court to uphold the D.C. Circuit’s decision holding Obama’s NLRB recess appointments unconstitutional because the appointments caused “major confusion for both employers and employees alike.” They’ve got a point. Not having a quorum on the NLRB because the Senate refuses to confirm anyone and plays parliamentary games does provide certainty… the certainty that the NLRB cannot function and its a free-for-all against workers. [Free Enterprise]

    * Law school applications are down, but not as drastically as expected. [Faculty Lounge]

    * In any event, law schools are facing an economic reckoning dubbed “Peak Law School.” [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * A new CBO report analyzes the impact of a carbon tax, in case you’re preparing to start papering cap-and-trade deals. [Breaking Energy]

    * Do potential clients really care about social media? I “Like” this story. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Courtesy of the ABA Journal, you can check out the swag Chief Justice Roberts and Eric Holder got from foreign nations in 2010 after the jump…

    3 Comments / / May 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM
  • goodbye farewell Ill miss you

    Biglaw, Labor / Employment, Litigators, Partner Issues, Weirdness

    A Partner’s Bizarre Departure Memo

    This is quite the bridge-burning departure memo. Can you believe it was sent by a prominent employment lawyer?

    15 Comments / / May 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM