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    Biglaw, Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: An Associate’s $3.6 Million Apartment

    Partners, you can keep your lousy spring bonuses. This associate doesn’t need your money; he just bought a $3.6 million apartment….

    44 Comments / / Sep 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM
  • show-me-your-papers-300x297

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Election 2012, Immigration, Insurance, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Masturbation, Morning Docket, Perverts, Politics

    Morning Docket: 09.19.12

    * Steven Davis, D&L’s former chairman, really wants to make sure he’ll be able to use the firm’s insurance policy to defend himself, or else he’ll “suffer undue hardship.” Sorry, but after all the undue hardship you caused, nobody feels bad for you. [Am Law Daily]

    * As it turns out, the Mitt “47 Percent” Romney recording may have been illegally taped, but Florida authorities aren’t investigating — a victim hasn’t come forward to complain. What, no “off the cuff” remarks this time, Mitt? [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal]

    * Even if you get disbarred, you can still go on to work for a Biglaw firm. In other news, apparently you can last about a month at Lewis Brisbois while using a stolen identity before you get fired. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

    * Arizona’s governor was really excited that the injunction against SB 1070′s “show me your papers” provision was lifted by Judge Susan Bolton. She won’t be as excited when all of the lawsuits start rolling in. [Bloomberg]

    * It’s probably bad if your dean resigns before the school opens. J. Michael Johnson, the ex-dean of Louisiana College School of Law, left to take a “great job offer” (i.e., not a law school deanship). [Shreveport Times]

    * Good news, ladies! A serial subway “grinder” in NYC avoided jail time after ejaculating on three women in separate incidents, and now city pols are trying to make it harder for perverts to get off. [New York Daily News]

    9 Comments / / Sep 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM
  • Freedom tower

    9/11, Admin, Announcements

    Remembering 9/11: A Message From NYAG Eric Schneiderman

    A message from NYAG Eric Schneiderman on 9/11…

    5 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM
  • livery car

    Biglaw, Cars, Technology

    Is Uber Against The Law?

    Is Uber legal? Or is it so awesome that you don’t really care if it is?

    89 Comments / / Sep 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM
  • Salvatore Strazzullo small Sal-Strazzullo-Milana-Dravnel-original-300x199

    Boutique Law Firms, Drinking, Law Schools, Parties, Small Law Firms

    Law School Success Stories: He Loves the Nightlife

    Here’s the inspiring story of a young lawyer who turned his interest in nightlife into a successful niche practice.

    19 Comments / / Aug 21, 2012 at 10:14 AM
  • DipSqueeze_WaffleFries

    Abortion, Biglaw, Books, Career Alternatives, Copyright, Food, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Rape, Real Estate

    Morning Docket: 08.21.12

    * That’s one hell of a “rainy day fund.” Greenberg Traurig is asking for $24M over the next two years, and has no plans to do it again in the near future. [Daily Business Review]

    * Lots of law firms have been listening to that Petula Clark song about how great things are downtown, because that’s where their offices are headed. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Republicans are begging Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin to quit, but he’s vowed to stay the course. “[A]bortion is never an option,” not even for his campaign. [New York Times]

    * Dipping and squeezing is serious business in the condiment world, and that’s why there’s a patent lawsuit over this innovative ketchup packet. [Huffington Post]

    * Career alternatives for attorneys: sci-fi salvaging savior? This entertainment lawyer is taking out-of-print fantasy novels and turning them into e-books. Sometimes being a nerd is pretty cool. [New York Daily News]

    3 Comments / / Aug 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM
  • Cravath-Swaine-Moore-small-logo

    Biglaw, Food, Lawyerly Lairs, Rankings, White & Case

    ‘Cravatheteria’ Rebounds — And Other Firm Cafeterias Clean Up Their Acts As Well

    Cravath’s cafeteria rebounds from a poor showing earlier in the year. And three other firm cafes also improve their scores.

    17 Comments / / Aug 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM
  • lindsay-lohan

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Celebrities, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Law Schools, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Pro Bono, Rap, Small Law Firms, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 08.16.12

    * Dewey have some false expectations of success for this partner settlement agreement? Only one in four affected partners have signed on the dotted line, but advisers think the plan will win bankruptcy court approval. [Am Law Daily]

    * “There comes a point where the prospects of substantially increasing your income just outweigh everything else.” Even on his $168K salary, this appellate judge wasn’t rich in New York City, so he quit his job. [New York Law Journal]

    * The middle class needs lawyers, and unemployed law school graduates need jobs. The solution for both problems seems pretty obvious, but starting a firm still costs money, no matter how “prudent” you are. [National Law Journal]

    * “This is a time when law schools are trying to look carefully at their expenses and not add to them.” New York’s new pro bono initiative may come at a cost for law schools, too. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Much to Great Britain’s dismay, Ecuador has announced that it will grant political asylum to Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame. Sucks for Ecuador, because Assange is known to not flush the toilet. [New York Times]

    * A smooth criminal gets a break: Michael Jackson’s father dropped a wrongful death suit against Dr. Conrad Murray. It probably would’ve been helpful if his attorneys could actually practice in California. [Washington Post]

    * Did Lindsay Lohan’s lawyers plagiarize documents from internet websites in their defamation filings against Pitbull? You can deny it all you want, but his lawyer is out for blood and sanctions. [New York Daily News]

    10 Comments / / Aug 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM
  • I can now perform 'mawwages.'

    Family Law, Gay Marriage, Weddings

    Above the Law Can Now Legally Perform Weddings: Now Tell Me How Marriage Is A Sacred Institution

    How sacred is the institution of marriage if Above the Law can now perform them?

    72 Comments / / Aug 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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    Admin, Advertising, Announcements, Drinking, Food, Shameless Plugs

    Sign Up for the ATL Newsletter, and Get a Chance to Win ‘Meat & Moonshine’

    Sign up for the Above the Law Newsletter and be entered to win tickets to an awesome barbecue and drinking event.

    / Aug 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM
  • sotomayor1

    Antonin Scalia, Baseball, Pictures, Quote of the Day, SCOTUS, Sonia Sotomayor, Sports, Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: Finally, Something Sotomayor and Scalia Can Agree Upon

    The Wise Latina and Justice Scalia both love the Yankees. Well, it’s a start….

    18 Comments / / Aug 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM
  • Hill Country

    Admin, Advertising, Announcements, Drinking, Food, Shameless Plugs

    Sign Up For The ATL Newsletter, Get A Chance To Win ‘Meat & Moonshine’

    Sign up for the Above the Law Newsletter and be entered to win tickets to an awesome barbecue and drinking event.

    / Aug 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM
  • footloose

    American Bar Association / ABA, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gay Marriage, Health Care / Medicine, Insurance, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Police, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Unemployment

    Morning Docket: 07.09.12

    * Vicious infighting, “arm twisting,” and discord at the Supreme Court? It almost sounds like the justices are in a sorority. According to this report, there hasn’t been so much bitterness and tension at the high court in almost 70 years. [CBS News]

    * The Supreme Court might have issued a ruling on the Affordable Care Act, but the battle is far from over. With a repeal vote coming this week in the House, critics are now on the offensive about interpretations of insurance subsidy provisions. [New York Times]

    * Dewey have a bankruptcy filing potpourri for you! With countless objections from the U.S. Trustee and many D&L motions on tap, advisers for the failed firm may be in for a long, bumpy ride at this afternoon’s hearing before Judge Martin Glenn. [Am Law Daily (sub. req.)]

    * Noting that legislators hadn’t violated the New York Open Meetings Law, an appellate court overturned a trial court decision and refused to push the Empire State’s gay marriage law back into the closet. [Bloomberg]

    * Lincoln Memorial’s Duncan School of Law has again been denied ABA accreditation. Seeing as the ABA would likely accredit a shoe, maybe the administration should throw in the towel. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

    * If you’re having trouble getting a job as a scientist, you might want to consider going to law school instead. Many schools have near-perfect employment rates nine months after graduation. /trolling [Washington Post]

    * Footloose in NYC: a middle-aged couple was arrested for dancing on a subway platform, and now they’re suing. We shudder to think what would would have happened if the pair was drinking soda. [New York Post]

    7 Comments / / Jul 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • 180 East 79th Street New York 2

    Books, Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Old People, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: Retired Skadden Partner ‘Downsizes’ to $3 Million Penthouse

    A retired Skadden partner “downsized” to a $3 million penthouse. It’s a tough life, but somebody’s got to live it.

    29 Comments / / Jun 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM
  • Dewey LeBoeuf logo large

    7th Circuit, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Bloomberg, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Food, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Tax Law, Videos, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.14.12

    * Some law schools are thinking about reducing class sizes, but others are not. Said one dean, “People want to go to our school, and why should we say no?” [The Faculty Lounge]

    * The fun coming out of the Seventh Circuit just doesn’t stop. Do you know what an “interrobang” is? [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Speaking of the “What What (In the Butt)” opinion, here’s some analysis from Professor Ann Althouse. [Althouse]

    * Yeah, we know, we’re not supposed to give tax advice. So think of this as housing advice: if you earn $1 million or more, avoid living in a blue state. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Free Winona Eggs Benedict! A New York City Council bill seeks to remove “unnecessary obstacles” to getting Sunday brunch. [City Room / New York Times]

    * An Australian journalist’s thoughts on how to reform the Anglo-American legal system. [The Atlantic]

    * Hmm…. should I look into buying the domain name david.lat? [Legal Blog Watch]

    * How Dewey go through $43 million in six weeks? Is this like Brewster’s Millions or something? Discussion in this video….

    4 Comments / / Jun 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM
  • free rent

    Football, Insider Trading, Jed Rakoff, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Paul Clement, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 06.11.12

    * Have you ever wondered why Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t spoken during oral arguments before SCOTUS in more than six years? It’s probably because he hates them so much that he thinks we should “do away” with them entirely. [Charlotte Observer]

    * Former Solicitor General Paul Clement, he of unparalleled oral advocacy skills, claims that there’s “no magic formula for time management” — but having a superior legal mind certainly helps the situation when preparing for argument. [Appellate Daily]

    * It’s “highly likely” that Rajat Gupta will won’t take the witness stand to testify in his own defense at his insider-trading trial. Query what Benula Bensam would have written to Judge Rakoff about that. [Los Angeles Times]

    * If you’re thinking of hopping on the “blame the ABA” bandwagon in defense of your employment statistics, think again. A federal judge rejected Cooley Law’s argument on that front last week. [National Law Journal]

    * Meanwhile, Cooley “isn’t interested in reducing the size of its entering class on the basis of the perceived benefit to society,” but at least ten other schools will be reducing class sizes. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * A judge denied Jerry Sandusky’s motion to dismiss the charges against him. The former football coach clearly needed 1-800-REALITY check if he seriously thought that his request was going to be granted. [CNN]

    * If you’re planning on living rent-free in New York City for almost a decade, make sure you’re doing it in a building that isn’t up to code. You’ll never be evicted thanks to this Court of Appeals ruling. [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Jun 11, 2012 at 9:06 AM
  • unemployed-law-grad

    10th Circuit, Free Speech, Google / Search Engines, Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Richard Posner, SCOTUS, Southern New England School of Law/Umass, Supreme Court, Technology, Unemployment, Wall Street

    Morning Docket: 06.08.12

    * Only 44% of Americans approve of how the Supreme Court is doing its job, but that’s probably because the other 56% wouldn’t know what the Supreme Court was unless the justices were contestants on a reality show. [New York Times]

    * Having nothing to do with the outcome of this Tenth Circuit appeal, apparently a juror in the underlying case had no idea when the First Amendment was adopted. As Bush II would say, is our children learning? [U.S. Tenth Circuit / FindLaw]

    * Who’s going to win the “Super Bowl” of Android patent trials? Nobody. Judge Richard Posner has issued a “tentative” order which noted that both sides of the Apple/Google case ought to be dismissed. [Reuters]

    * You should’ve “known better”: in case we didn’t make it abundantly clear when we spoke about NALP’s data for the class of 2011, the job market for new law grads is being classified as “brutal.” [National Law Journal]

    * U. Chicago Law revolutionized the field of law and economics, but much to their school’s, everyone else copied them. Now they’re thinking up new ways to do the same things. Gunners gotta gun. [Businessweek]

    * Say hello to Mary Lu Bilek, the woman who’s been appointed as the new dean of UMass Law. Hopefully she’s not keen on using school credit cards for personal spending like the last dean. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Occupy Wall Street protesters can’t sue NYC, its mayor, or its police commissioner, but they can sue the police. And with that news, “F**k tha Police” was sung in drum circles across the tri-state area. [Bloomberg]

    1 Comment / / Jun 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Law School Success Stories 2 small

    Biglaw, Job Searches, Law Schools, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Small Law Firms, Student Loans

    Law School Success Stories: High Risk, High Reward

    When it comes to law school, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Sometimes you need to take a risk in order to reap the rewards.

    71 Comments / / Jun 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM