* It’s the Breaking Media holiday party tonight. Here’s some advice on how to network at your firm holiday party. I’m going to do the same thing I always do: drink until somebody stops paying for it, and then rely on friends to put me in a cab. [Young Lawyers Blog]
* Remember Catholic Witch hunter Rebekah Nett? Now she’s got the Catholic League on her ass. Yep, Super Christ, Bat Priest, Wonder Nun, and Father Flash (is he wearing anything under his robes), are all out to defend Catholics everywhere. [St. Paul Pioneer Press]
* When a hostile deal is not at all hostile, just really, really bitchy. [Dealbreaker]
* Most likely, it was reason and logic that got you into this law school mess in the first place. [She Negotiates / Forbes]
* I’m enjoying these updates from a person who is holding on a little too tightly during law school finals. [Life in the Law School Lane]
* Talk about a slippery slope. This guy acts like allowing video at First Street will lead to freestyle rap battles for oral argument. As if lawyers would freestyle that! I’m thinking we’d get some nice, studio-recorded rap stylings. [Huffington Post]
* The real science behind Obama’s Plan B block involves electoral math. [Huffington Post]
* Here’s how it works: if you take Donald Trump seriously, then nobody ever has to take you seriously. [TPM]
* Is taking down the government easier than taking law school finals? [McSweeney's]
* If you are a card-carrying member of the ACLU, do you keep your mouth shut when you go in-house? [Underdog]
* A lawyer claims he was fired for not meeting an “unrealistic” requirement to bill 3,000 hours. Dude, I’ve seen people bill 3,000 hours ethically. What’s unreal is how you see can each hour etched on their faces. [ABA Journal]
* This is way more Gloria Allred than I can usually take in one sitting. [New York Times]
* Given the disappointing bonuses, it seems worth pointing out that New York City has a greater disparity between haves and have-nots than Brazil. “I know, right, WTF?” says the angry associate. [LBO-News]
* It’s the law, through Harry Potter, which is fun! I hope there’s a part about how Dobby, the slave elf, eventually sued the Malfoys for false imprisonment and took Draco’s entire goddamn trust fund. [Sui Generis]
* Jerry Sandusky was re-arrested. This dude needs to be put in the Hannibal Lecter cell. Can’t you hear this guy saying, “A pizza boy tried to deliver to my house once. I S’ed his D after luring him with jellybeans and a Good & Plenty.” [Deadspin]
* Has the Leveson Inquiry into News of the World been “hijacked” by celebrities? Aren’t they the only ones that matter? [Lady of Law]
* The RIAA is about as neutral as a spider regarding something it’s caught in its web. [Simple Justice]
* Should being a world-renowned liar get you barred from practicing on character and fitness grounds? [Reuters]
* When going to the dentist feels like going to the spa, you might be spending too much time in the law school library. [Life in the Law School Lane]
* Obama’s pivots on tax cuts show why he’s the Republican frontrunner for the 2012 nomination. [Going Concern]
* Bryan Cave picks up a firm in Denver. Evidently Tim Tebow makes everything in that city more valuable. [Am Law Daily]
* And Arnold Porter is merging with Howard Rice. I’ll allow one “Rice at the A&P” joke over the next few seconds before I declare them all incredibly lame. [The Recorder]
* MPRE scores are out. Congratulations to those of you who were ethical enough to correctly answer questions on a multiple choice test. Better luck next time if you need to take it again. [MPRE Services]
* People who go to Harvard can be mean when they’re trying to be funny. This is not news to anybody who reads this blog. [Just Enrichment]
* The cops still haven’t gotten the memo that policing hippy-dippy white people is bad news for public relations. [Faculty Lounge]
* Sometimes, even if you go to law school for all the wrong reasons, you can still be a winner. And by “a winner,” I mean “saddled with debilitating debt for the rest of your life.” As long as you’re happy in the end, though, right? [Carlotaworldwide Creativity Yenta]
* Sexpionage: it exists. It also means that you’re not as good-looking as you think you are, and all of those beautiful women who seem so into you have some ulterior motives. [Legal Blog Watch]
* An interview with “Getting to Yes” author Willam Ury. Suggestion for next book title: “Getting to… Ugh, I Don’t Even Care Anymore, Just Pay Me.” [What About Clients?]
Ed. note: The Asia Chronicles column is authored by Kinney Recruiting. Kinney has made more placements of U.S. associates, counsels and partners in Asia than any other recruiting firm in each of the past seven years. You can reach them by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Things have changed recently in Korea – a few of our US and UK client firms are looking, very selectively, for a lateral US associate hire. Until just recently, there was not much hiring like this going on in Korea, since US and UK firms started opening offices there. We have already placed two US associates in Korea in the past month at top firms. Most of the hiring partners we work with in Korea do not actively work with other recruiters.
If you are a Korean fluent US associate in London, New York or another major US market, 2nd to 6th year, at a top 20 firm, with cap markets or M&A focus (or mix), or project finance background, and you are interested in lateraling to Korea to a top US or UK firm, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our head of Asia, Evan Jowers, was just in Korea recently, and Evan and Robert Kinney will be in Korea in a few weeks. We are in the process of helping several firms open new offices in Korea (a number of which are interviewing our partner level candidates) and also helping existing offices there fill openings.
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