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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.20.15

    * Here’s a very important lesson for all of the lawyers reading this: thinking about work while you’re on the way to work doesn’t mean that you’re actually working. This novel argument failed miserably for a Biglaw partner trying to get out of a huge insurance claim. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Justice Scalia isn’t very fond of the media’s coverage of SCOTUS: “They don’t like conservatives on the court, or anywhere else for that matter. They do a lousy job. You can’t expect them to do a good job.” Wow, tell us how you really feel. [Arkansas Online]

    * “Enough! Enough! Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job.” After months of watching his pick for attorney general wait around thanks to political gridlock, President Obama has finally had it with this sh*t. [New York Times]

    * Good news, associates! If you leave your law firm job for a Supreme Court clerkship, you’ll likely still be able to receive that gigantic SCOTUS hiring bonus — to the tune of $300,000 plus! — if you return to the firm you left when it’s over. [National Law Journal]

    * “Hard questions have to be asked at law schools whose modest reputations and forgiving admission standards do not ensure their graduates gainful employment.” High LSAT scores are down, bar failure is up, and law schools still say it’s not their fault. [Bloomberg]

    71 Comments / / Apr 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    In-House Counsel, Money, Partner Issues, Sponsored Content

    Who Makes More: Partners Or General Counsels?

    Given your partner compensation, would you seriously consider a general counsel job? Maybe you should.

    / Apr 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM
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    Partner Issues, Small Law Firms

    Reinventing The Law Business: The Importance Of Failure

    Columnist Bruce Stachenfeld explains why failure is sometimes necessary, and should ultimately be praised, in the law firm environment. After all, the bin full of seemingly stupid ideas is where the brilliant ideas are hiding.

    / Apr 16, 2015 at 2:46 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.16.15

    * At least a dozen professors from UT Law have had their identities stolen, and they only found out about it after their tax returns were rejected. As it turns out, the data thief had already filed their returns for them. Law profs’ tax refund checks must be tasty. [American-Statesman]

    * If you’ve been wondering what kind of salary it’d take to woo away the dean of one of the top law schools in the nation to become your university’s president, wonder no more. The answer is $660K per year. Way to go, Dean Schill! Play on, playa. [Register-Guard]

    * If you thought the list of the legal profession’s luminaries was looking like a giant sausage party, then you should check out this new ranking of the “most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.” [National Law Journal]

    * Biglaw, bigger egos? Law firm managing partners aren’t feeling as confident as they once were about economic and legal industry growth, but they’re totally jazzed about their own firms’ potential for revenue growth and the demand for their services. [Am Law Daily]

    * Another law school makes big changes thanks to legal academia’s rocky road: Loyola Law in L.A. is planning a 25% enrollment cut and is taking $20 million from its university’s endowment to entice students to attend with fat scholarships. [Los Angeles Loyolan]

    27 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    Which Biglaw Firm Makes Partners Write Essays To Prove Why They Should Be Paid?

    Partners, you better make sure you do your homework at this firm.

    22 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 12:01 PM
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    Law Schools, Partner Issues, Sponsored Content

    On The Beaten Path? What Your Law School Ranking Says About Your Prospects For Making Partner

    While your law school may be a pretty good indicator of where you might end up, the rest is entirely up to you.

    / Apr 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.10.15

    * Moonlighting for Biglaw partners: golf caddy? This Alston & Bird partner spent the week caddying for Gunn Yang at the 2015 Masters Tournament. Oh, to watch a partner be subservient and lug someone else’s junk around all day. [Am Law Daily]

    * Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is suing each of her judicial colleagues over a constitutional amendment that could get her demoted from her seat of power. Maybe this judicial diva is a “total bitch” after all. [New York Times]

    * If you plan to run for president of this country and hope to discuss reform of the criminal justice system while you’re shaking hands and kissing babies on the campaign trail, you better be prepared to answer each and every one of these questions. [Washington Post]

    * “I want to see in an application that … Law School is a default option for you.” At least one elite law school “actively preference[s]” work experience after college. Get a job. It’ll probably be easier now than after you graduate from law school. [Harvard Crimson]

    * Aside from absurd tuition rates and deceptive employment statistics, here’s one more absolutely vital thing that members of the legal profession should consider tossing out during their spring cleaning sessions: the third year of law school. [Washington Post]

    44 Comments / / Apr 10, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Women's Issues

    Whining Lawyer Highlights The Disrespect For Maternity Leave

    That crybaby lawyer suing for benefits because a mean partner yelled at her overlooks an important point: her boss was totally right to yell at her.

    0 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 4:18 PM
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    Partner Issues, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Let’s Track Some Changes, Shall We?

    Mommy Dear, Esq. can write column after column talking about ways to help working mothers, but if the boss doesn’t want to help, there’s not much she can do.

    47 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 11:44 AM
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    Associate Advice, Money

    Quitting After A Partner Screams At You Won’t Get You More Money

    You can’t quit your job just because a partner embarrassed you and expect to be paid for it.

    17 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 11:03 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.07.15

    * Which Biglaw firm just raised its starting salary for associates? Will this be the beginning of a revolution? Don’t you wish your firm would follow this firm’s lead? We’ll have more on this exciting salary news later today. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * “With the decline of lawyers and law students, we were looking for new avenues to attract students.” William Mitchell Law may say its hybrid J.D. program was for its students’ benefit, but it was really only to put asses in seats — even digital ones. [CNBC]

    * It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday… when you’re a Biglaw partner trying to escape the terms of your contract by making a lateral move. Some firms are even holding capital contributions hostage to discourage partners from leaving. [Recorder via ABA Journal]

    * Potential penalties for Supreme Court protesters seem to be getting stiffer. Perhaps federal prosecutors are pissed about 99Rise’s persistence, because this time, members of the social justice group are facing jail time for “haranguing” our justices. [Legal Times]

    * According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida was the most productive federal trial court in the nation last year. When Flori-duh is kicking your ass, it’s time to reevalute your life. [WSJ Law Blog]

    9 Comments / / Apr 7, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Media and Journalism, Partner Issues

    What Do In-House Lawyers Read?

    If you’re trying to reach in-house readers, here are some tips to consider, courtesy of in-house columnist Mark Herrmann.

    16 Comments / / Apr 6, 2015 at 10:57 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.03.15

    * Even more law schools are doing away with their LSAT requirements. Let’s give a great big welcome to Drake Law and St. John’s Law, who are joining the likes of SUNY Buffalo Law and Iowa Law. Woohoo, welcome aboard the bandwagon, folks! [U.S. News & World Report]

    * Judge James W. Haley Jr. of the Virginia Court of Appeals held a drunk intruder at gunpoint while he waited for the police to arrive. This unwanted houseguest was only wearing one shoe as he wandered through the judge’s home. Oopsie! [Free Lance-Star]

    * Well, that was quick. Fried Frank has hired away James “Jamie” Wareham, DLA Piper’s $5 million man, about four years after he lateraled to the firm from Paul Hastings. April Fools’ Day was his last day at the firm… or was it? J/K, it was for real. [Am Law Daily]

    * J. Michael Farren, the ex-White House lawyer who was convicted of attempting to murder his wife and sentenced to 15 years in prison, is now facing the loss of his law license. This should really be the very least of his worries. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    * The U.S. Marshals Service has increased the reward for tips related to the shooting of U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg. Now you’ll get $50,000 if you’ve got information that’ll lead to arrests and convictions of the suspects who shot a federal jurist. [Detroit News]

    12 Comments / / Apr 3, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Attorney Misconduct, Crime

    Law Firm Partner Charged After Pretending To Be A Lawyer For A Decade

    Why bother wasting away in law school when you can just tell people you’re a lawyer?

    46 Comments / / Mar 31, 2015 at 12:02 PM
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    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    ‘Accommodation Practices’ At Law Firms Versus Career Paths In-House

    What is an “accommodation practice,” and what does being in one mean for your career prospects? In-house columnist Mark Herrmann explains.

    3 Comments / / Mar 30, 2015 at 11:46 AM
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    Job Searches, Lateral Moves

    Wrapping Up The Best First Quarter For Lateral Moves In NY History

    This quarter, the market was heating up, even if the weather wasn’t.

    4 Comments / / Mar 27, 2015 at 4:34 PM
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    Biglaw, Layoffs, Partner Issues, Staff Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Almost 50 Partners And Staff Let Go At A Leading Law Firm

    Which firm is dismissing 18 of its partners and counsel plus a slew of secretaries and staffers?

    22 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 8:48 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.26.15

    * If you thought Squire Patton Boggs would be able to meet its projection of $1 billion in combined revenue after its merger, you’d be wrong. If you thought the firm would be able to meet its projection of having more than 1,500 lawyers after its merger, you’d also be wrong. [National Law Journal]

    * Use this slideshow to compare how California law schools are doing in terms of job placement. Stanford was on top, and Golden Gate was dead last. Bonus: If you strip out school-funded jobs, the numbers look even worse. [Sacramento Business Journal]

    * Uh… oops? Keila Ravelo, the ex-Willkie Farr partner who was accused of stealing millions of dollars from two of her former firms, is now at the center of questions over settlements in credit-card cases she worked on. [New York Law Journal via ABA Journal]

    * “Please help us heal.” David Messerschmitt’s widow is begging for information about the DLA Piper associate’s death. The case is being actively investigated, and police believe the person of interest who was seen on surveillance footage is a woman. [Legal Times]

    * In case you missed it yesterday, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The first charge could result in up to five years in jail, while the second could result in a life sentence. Yikes! [WSJ Law Blog]

    29 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 9:01 AM