Joan Jett’s line from her famous song is apropos this week: “I don’t give a damn ‘bout my bad reputation.” Now, this attitude towards your reputation may have been all well and good pre the 24/7 media and social media cycle. Yet, in today’s world, what you do and post on the Internet is part of a permanent digital dossier. I caution any lawyer using social media to take pause and think before you post…
- 10 Apr 2014 at 3:30 PM
- Boutique Law Firms, Privacy, Small Law Firms, Social Media, Social Networking Websites
- 24 Mar 2014 at 7:31 PM
- Biglaw, Crime, Romance and Dating, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Violence
One of the biggest Biglaw stories of 2014 so far has been the lawsuit filed by Angela Kovalesky against her ex-boyfriend, New York lawyer Samir Tabar. The beautiful blond Kovalesky alleged that Tabar physically abused her, threatened her with a knife, and stalked her — by dropping a dog tracker into her purse, among other things.
These allegations didn’t sit well with Tabar’s employer, Schulte Roth & Zabel. Not long after the filing of Kovalesky’s salacious suit, SRZ terminated Tabar’s employment. His impeccable pedigree — Oxford, Columbia Law, and Skadden Arps, plus some time in finance — couldn’t save him from the ax.
But what if turned out that the allegations were fabrications? What if it turned out that Kovalesky, not Tabar, was the actual abuser? What if it turned out that Kovalesky was, well, a psycho ex-girlfriend — about as sane as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction?
This is, in a nutshell, what Tabar alleges, in his answer and counterclaims in Kovalesky v. Tabar. And it’s what his new gorgeous girlfriend — actually, his fiancée — also asserts, in her own lawsuit against Angela Kovalesky….
Tags: Angela Kovalesky, Balestriere Fariello & Abrams LLP, Biglaw, Crime, Defamation, Disc jockeys, DJs, Domestic Violence, Hauck v. Kovalesky, James Ingoglia, James M. Ingoglia, John Balestriere, John G. Balestriere, Kovalesky v. Tabar, New York State Supreme Court, New York Supreme Court, Raiser & Kenniff P.C., Romance and Dating, Sam Tabar, Samir Tabar, Scarlett Etienne, Scarlett Hauck, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Slander, Social Media, social networking, Social Networking Websites, Violence
- 24 Mar 2014 at 3:45 PM
- English Grammar and Usage, Facebook, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Social Media, Social Networking Websites
I’m about to be a bit of a hypocrite. I’m going to laugh at someone for making a typo, even though I make typos all the time and basically need to hire a live-in copy editor.
But it’s okay. Under the Cooley corollary, you can laugh at everything that comes out of Thomas M. Cooley Law School without being forced to examine your own motives….
- 21 Mar 2014 at 4:59 PM
- Jury Duty, Law Professors, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Rudeness, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Women's Issues
* Justice Ginsburg was a hottie back in the day (as well as a cheerleader, aka a “Twirler”). [Josh Blackman's Blog]
* “When a Juror Calls You a Motherf*cker” (or, how not to get out of jury duty). [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]
* Speaking of CLS faculty members with multimillion-dollar townhouses, congratulations to Sarah Cleveland on her nomination to serve as an independent expert on the Human Rights Committee. [Columbia Law School]
* Social media isn’t a panacea, but it can be important and useful, and lawyers should use it responsibly — so check out these new Social Media Ethics Guidelines for Attorneys. [New York State Bar Association]
Tags: Amanda Hess, Cease And Desist, Cease and desist letters, cheerleader, cheerleaders, Cheerleading, Columbia Law School, Cronuts, Ed Morrison, Edward Morrison, Edward R. Morrison, jury, Jury Duty, Law Professors, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Little Bigs Bakery, Non-Sequiturs, Profanity, Rudeness, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sarah Cleveland, Sarah H. Cleveland, Social Media, Social Media Law, Social Media Policy, Social Networking Websites, We heart Ruth Bader, Women's Issues
N.I.N.J.A – No Income, No Job, or Assets
Often used in connection with loans, it also applies to so-called social media “experts.”
There has been a ridiculous rise of people claiming to be some sort of expert or professional or guru in social media in the past few years. How many? Try this on for size.
So in the three years, the number of social media experts multiplied by 11 times. Either there has been legitimate, explosive growth in the need for social media marketers, or perhaps (just maybe) people are promoting BS and blabber. These people are hoping, desperately, that someone will buy into their BS for long enough to pay them for it.
Unfortunately, lawyers are often some of the people who buy into it. You would think lawyers would know better — logical reasoning, analytical thinking, problem solving, etc. Nope. Lawyers seem to fall prey to these people as often, if not more so, as every other business….
- 19 Mar 2014 at 5:30 PM
- Animal Law, Antonin Scalia, Bernie Madoff, Breasts, International Law, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Twittering
* I include this line not to highlight the horribleness of zoos, but because I’m doing NS today and this contains a fun anecdote about walrus masturbation. [Cracked]
* Meanwhile, on Redline, I’m like, doing stuff. [ATL: Redline]
* “I really want to go to law school to study international law and be a part of solving problems like what’s going on in Crimea right now.” — Dumb idiot who will wish he read Above the Law before he went to law school. [Radio Free Europe]
* Student gets punished for sending a tweet from home. Should it really matter where you are sitting when you hit the button on the tweet calling your principal a “pussy ass bitch”? [It-Lex]
* I think the jurors on the Bernie Madoff co-conspirator case might be running a Ponzi scheme. [Dealbreaker]
* Everyone is overwhelmed, apparently. [Going Concern]
* Scalia apparently comes up with his s**t while dozing off to sleep. So, literally now, Scalia’s dreams are the stuff of my nightmares. [Military.com]
- 18 Mar 2014 at 4:45 PM
- Blogging, Conferences / Symposia, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Events, Parties, Shameless Plugs, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Twittering
As you’ve likely heard, last Friday ATL hosted its inaugural Attorney@Blog conference at the Yale Club in New York. The conference comprised a series of lively, informative, and occasionally profane panel discussions on topics near to our heart: free speech, hate speech, the state of legal journalism, and technical trends. By all accounts, a good time was had by both the panelists and attendees, and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year.
As befitting a social media-themed conference, the day was heavily tweeted, with our hashtag (#AttyAtBlog) managing to trend for hours. Read on for a round-up of the day’s top tweets.
Tags: Advertising, ATL events, Attorney@Blog, Blogging, Conferences / Symposia, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Events, Free Speech, Gender, Hellerman Baretz, Karen Sloan, Kevin O'Keefe, Law Schools, Marino Legal, National Law Journal, Parties, Pictures, Racism, Sexism, Shameless Plugs, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Something someone tweeted at us, Technology, The Careerist, Trolls, Tweets, Twitter, Twittering, Vivia Chen, Women's Issues, Yale Club
- 05 Mar 2014 at 4:11 PM
- Boutique Law Firms, Conferences / Symposia, Small Law Firms, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology
It would stand to reason that by virtue of graduating law school and passing a state’s bar, you would be able to start a law firm. You might print business cards, get some office space, tell your friends, and the clients would just start coming in.
It would certainly be nice if it worked that way, but it does not. Cultivating clients and client relationships is important, and the time needed to make this happen is a full-time gig in and of itself. While on a panel this past weekend at the Catapult Conference in San Francisco, several solo and small firm attorneys chimed in on what it takes to get clients when you are just starting out…
- 04 Mar 2014 at 4:29 PM
- Crime, Drugs, Kids, Pornography, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, Violence
I am on record as an optimist when it comes to the internet. The free flow of information on the web, including but not limited to websites like Above the Law, helps people make better decisions about their lives and careers (and also entertains, a value that shouldn’t be ignored).
At the same time, as we’ve discussed before, the web has its dark side….
Tags: Anonymity, Bitcoin, Bitcoins, Child pornography, Contraband, Crime, Drugs, Human Trafficking, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), Kids, Money Laundering, Online anonymity, Pornography, Privacy, Sex trafficking, Social Media, social networking, social networking sites, Social Networking Websites, Steve Rubley, Technology, Thomson Reuters, Violence
Remember when all you had to worry about was your daughter posting naked selfies of herself on Facebook? Now, things are worse.
In what has to be a new low for the Millennial generation, a daughter’s Facebook boasting has cost her family $80,000, and likely ruined the European vacation she was bragging about….
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: email@example.com.
It’s that time of year again when JDs are starting to apply for 2L summer jobs and 2L summers are deciding which practice area to focus on.
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For some years now Kinney’s Asia head, Evan Jowers, has been formally advising Harvard Law students with such questions, as the Asia expert in Harvard Law’s “Ask The Experts Market Program” each summer and fall, with podcasts and scheduled phone calls. This has been an enjoyable and productive experience for all involved.
The choices a JD makes during their IL and 2L summers and 2L falls can have an enormous affect on their future marketability in Asia, should they be interested in such a move.Keep reading »
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