In happier times. Well, not happier for Bruce Willis.
* When you let anyone with half a brain into law school and key the bar exam at a level where most people can pass it, you’re going to end up with lawyers like these. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]
* On Southwest, bags fly free, but you are going to pay for your own damn drink. [Contracts Prof Blog]
* Five legitimate ways to tell you are losing your sexual harassment suit. These are all PC ideas, so it doesn’t include all the usual reasons: you’re ugly, you’re a known alcoholic or drug addict, you’re actually terrible at your job. [LexisNexis]
* Here’s why, every now and again, it’s important to read (or even re-read) books, instead of just going on how they are referenced. [Simple Justice]
* I always thought that jargon was the lawyer’s way of saying “this is why my bill is so outrageous.” [An Associate's Mind]
* Prop 8 proponents have standing. So, I guess the Ninth Circuit will now be looking at the merits of bigotry? [MetroWeekly]
* Five ways to get your clients to pay you faster. How did “breaking kneecaps” not make the list? [Open Forum]
* Ethics for cops. Not that I agree with her, but if my police force is reading Ayn Rand I’d be happy. Reading for cops > more shooting practice for cops. [Blue for Justice]
* As opposed to figuring out whether or not IMDB should have posted her age, I think this pissed off actress should be speaking out against the double standard that says women age like vinegar while men age like wine — wine that needs a special pill to pop its cork as it gets older. [Not So Private Parts / Forbes]
* We’re still trying to figure out which works of art the Nazis stole from whom and what is to be done about it. Every now and again, it’s important to step back and remember there are the Nazis, and then there’s everyone else. [ArtNews]
* If he keeps this up, Kunta Kinte is going to have to shove the Reading Rainbow right up Herman Cain’s ass to remind him of the hundreds of years leaders fought and died so that black people were allowed to read. [Hufffington Post]
* Before you waste your tears crying over how much your fantasy team sucks, you should probably check and see whether it’s even legal to play. [Legal Blitz]
* Chase is giving away over $3M in grants for small charities, so why not take a second and vote for our friends over at Ms. JD? [Chase Community Giving]
* Using free beer to lure criminals into an arrest trap should be a violation of your right against self-incrimination. They should at least be able to drink it before the cuffs go on. [Legal Blog Watch]
* A fifth grade girl attacks her teacher for taking her candy, and the mother doesn’t think the child should have been arrested. We agree. I think they should have arrested the mother who’s had years to correct this behavior. [Huffington Post]
* Should they have catering in law school libraries? Great, because the last thing fat-ass law students need is help avoiding the walk to a vending machine or a dining hall. [Life in the Law School Lane]
* The first burning legal question of the day should inspire Biglaw bros to plan a trip to Australia in the very near future. [Legal Blog Watch]
* This isn’t called an inability to take bad news well, but I’m pretty sure it’s called being high on meth. [Legal Juice]
* An app that provides instant criminal background checks on people? And it’s only for Pennsylvania records? Use it on a creepy loverboy (or a creepy boy-lover, as the case may be). [Associate's Mind]
* In Soviet Russia, the booth polls you. [Copyranter]
* But there will be a lot of lawyering to do before Jerry Sandusky is brought to justice or clears his name. [Litigation & Trial]
* Process servers: another job that computers will make extinct. [Lexis Nexis]
* In Flori-duh, they think mens rea is optional. [Overlawyered]
* Women who work jobs where they are likely to be sexually harassed earn more money. If you don’t think about it too deeply, it means slapping a female colleague on the backside while calling her “sugar tits” is actually helping the ladies earn what they deserve. [Washington Post]
* … I say that because I’m not talented enough to engage in “invisible” sexism. [Simple Justice]
* I bet if a Tiger Mother did this, some would praise her aggressive parenting techniques. [Huffington Post]
Julie Taymor will probably make her lawyer give opening statements while suspended from a trapeze high above the courtroom.
* Julie Taymor, former director of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, is suing the producers of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, for infringing on her creative work. As with so many things in that production, I don’t think this is supposed to be part of the show. [The Hollywood Reporter]
* In this podcast, I give some advice on what to do with your summer, depending on your class year. Remember 1Ls, the summer Club Med jobs fill up fast. [Law School Interactive]
* I didn’t get to weigh in on the Herman Cain thing yesterday, but instead of blaming the alleged victim, I think the Cain campaign should blame the alleged victim’s lawyer. If regular Americans knew what kind of lawyer Gloria Allred was, Cain would be winning in the court of public opinion already. [Huffington Post]
* I always tried to make my memos to file funny. There’s comedy gold in a file at Debevoise should a future archaeologist ever dig it up. [What About Clients?]
* More women on the faculty lead to more women on the law review. Of course, more women on the law review increases the chances of law review inbreeding, which could one day lead to a race of excellent grammarians who nonetheless burn when confronted with sunlight or skin care products. [Ms. JD]
* Every law student should be on Twitter? Maybe. Things would certainly move faster if every lawyer could make an argument in 140 characters. [Girls Guide to Law School]
* You see how people are reacting to Penn State right now? That’s how people should have been reacting to the POPE for YEARS. Now when are the civil lawsuits gonna start? [SB Nation]
The legal industry is being disrupted at every level by technological advances. While legal tech entrepreneurs and innovators are racing to create a more efficient and productive future, there is widespread indifference on the part of attorneys toward these emerging technologies.
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.
We at Kinney Asia have made a number of FCPA / White Collar US associate placements in Hong Kong / China thus far in 2014. Most of such placements have been commercial litigation associates from major US markets, fluent in Mandarin, switching to FCPA / White Collar litigation. Some have already had FCPA experience, but those are difficult candidates for firms to find (this will change in coming years as US firms are now promoting FCPA / White Collar to their 2L summers who are fluent in Mandarin and have an interest in transferring to China at some point).
Legal Week quoted Kinney’s Head of Asia, Evan Jowers, extensively in the following relevant article here.
There is a new trend in the market, though, where mid-level transactional US associates, fluent in spoken Mandarin and written Chinese, are interviewing for and in some cases landing junior FCPA / White Collar spots in Hong Kong / China at very top tier US firms.
When the LexisNexis Cloud Technology Survey results were reported earlier this year, it showed that attorneys were starting to peer less skeptically into the future, and slowly but surely leaning more toward all the benefits the law cloud has to offer.
Because let’s face it, plenty of attorneys are perhaps a bit too comfortable with their “system” of practice management, which may or may not include neon highlighters, sticky notes, dog-eared file folders, and a word processing program that was last updated when the term “raise the roof” was still de rigueur.