Last night, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the 40th anniversary celebration of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). Forty years is a remarkable milestone, so everyone was in a celebratory spirit. Here’s my account of the evening, which also honored several leaders within the Asian-American community….
- 26 Mar 2014 at 4:16 PM
- Asians, Fabulosity, In-House Counsel, Law Professors, Parties, Pro Bono, Public Interest, Television
Tags: Aasif Mandvi, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Asians, Daily Show, Fabulosity, In-House Counsel, John Chou, John G. Chou, K&L Gates, Law Professors, Margaret Fung, Mari J. Matsuda, Mari Matsuda, Parties, Pro Bono, Public Interest, Television, Text Messages, Texting, The Daily Show, Tommy Shi, Wilson Chu
- 25 Mar 2014 at 5:19 PM
- Ann Althouse, Health Care / Medicine, Movies, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials, Women's Issues, YouTube
* Finally, a very Jezebel assessment: “Supreme Court Prepares to F**k Up This Birth Control Thing.” [Jezebel]
* “JUDGE TO PORN TROLLS: IP Addresses Aren’t People.” [Instapundit]
* YouTube videos and text messages surface in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. [IT-Lex]
* “Her” was an excellent movie — and it might contain lessons for lawyers and the legal profession, as John Hellerman argues. [Hellerman Baretz]
Tags: Ann Althouse, Conestoga Wood Specialties, Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, Contraception, Contraception Controversy, Contraceptives, future of Biglaw, Health Care, Health Care / Medicine, health care reform, Hellerman Baretz, Hobby Lobby, Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, John Hellerman, Movies, Murder, Nelson Tebbe, Non-Sequiturs, Obamacare, Oscar Pistorius, Porn, Pornography, Religion, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), SCOTUS, South Africa, Supreme Court, Technology, Text Messages, Texting, Trials, Women's Issues, YouTube
When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it’s for official use. It’s not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress. That is not why we provide you an FBI BlackBerry.
(After taking a look at this report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation ought to consider changing its name to Frat Bros International. Let’s check it out.)
- 07 Dec 2012 at 11:17 AM
- Abortion, Attorney Misconduct, Bad Ideas, Divorce Train Wrecks, Judge of the Day, Pregnancy / Paternity, Rank Stupidity, Sex, Sex Scandals, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns
Judge of the Day: A State Judge’s Alleged Affair and Baby Mama Drama Exposed — Via Incriminating TextsBy Staci Zaretsky
Remember Judge Wade McCree? How could you not! He’s the Michigan jurist who received our Judge of the Day honors back in April for sending nearly-nude photos of himself to one of his female bailiffs via sext message. When confronted with the issue, McCree told a Fox Detroit reporter he had “no shame in [his] game.” When confronted by the Michigan Supreme Court, McCree was issued a censure for bringing shame to the judiciary, if not himself.
Now, you’d think that the good judge would clean up his act after a brush with the law, but of course, you’d be wrong. We wonder if he’s got any shame in his game now that his alleged affair with a litigant has been exposed for all the world to see.
And you really won’t believe where this woman claims they got it on, repeatedly….
Tags: Abortion, Affairs, Attorney Misconduct, Bad Ideas, Divorce Train Wrecks, Geniene La'Shay Mott, Judge of the Day, Judge Wade H. McCree, Judge Wade Harper McCree, Judge Wade McCree, Judicial Misconduct, Pregnancy / Paternity, Rank Stupidity, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexting, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Text Messages, Texting, Wade H. McCree, Wade Harper McCree, Wade McCree
- 14 Nov 2012 at 9:07 AM
- Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Copyright, Disasters / Emergencies, Food, Intellectual Property, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Trademarks
* “[T]here is only so far you can go when representing clients.” David Tamman, the ex-Nixon Peabody partner who was “thrown under the bus” by the firm, was found guilty of helping a client cover up a $20M Ponzi scheme. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]
* You surely must remember former UT Law dean Larry Sager and his controversial $500K forgivable loan. Well, as it turns out, the school is now condemning the practice as inappropriate, and calling for its permanent suspension. [Texas Tribune]
* Someone finally sued a power company over its horrendous response to Hurricane Sandy. The Long Island Power Authority should’ve seen this lawsuit coming, but was woefully unprepared. Figures. [Bloomberg]
* I can haz copyright infringement? Internet memes are all the rage — we even had our own contest — but you may find yourself wading into dangerous intellectual property waters with improper use. [Corporate Counsel]
* Papa John’s is facing a $250M class-action lawsuit for spamming its customers with text messages advertising deals. With share prices dropping, it must suck to be Peyton Manning right now. [CNNMoney]
Tags: Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Class Actions, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, David Tamman, Disasters / Emergencies, Food, Hurricane Sandy, Intellectual Property, Internet Memes, Kenneth Mollins, Larry Sager, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Lawrence Sager, Legal Ethics, Long Island Power Authority, Memes, Morning Docket, NewPoint Securities, Nixon Peabody, Papa John's, Ponzi Scheme, Sandy, Sandy Aftermath, Superstorm Sandy, Text Messages, Trademark Infringement, Trademarks, University of Texas Law School, University of Texas School of Law, UT Law
In the late 90’s, lawyers taking credit cards was not the norm.
Stores took credit cards. Restaurants took credit cards. Lawyers took checks and wire transfers, and yes, cash in rubber bands. It was typical lawyer arrogance and ego – taking credit cards turned the lawyer in to a merchant, and paying a portion of the fee (because if you check your state ethics rules and opinions you may find you cannot charge the client for the percentage you pay the credit card company… oops) for the convenience of the client being able to “charge it” was seen as unattractive.
I didn’t take credit cards at first, a couple years later I started, and now I take them under certain conditions. One, I don’t advertise that I take credit cards. No signs on my door, no indication on invoices. If the client asks, the answer is yes, but like many places, there is a minimum amount (and no, it’s not $20). For volume-type lawyers who charge small fees, credit cards are a great way to sign up clients and maintain a good cash flow. For those with bigger fees and smaller practices, it’s a last resort for that client that you believe may have an issue paying, or who just can’t come up with the retainer unless it’s charged on a credit card.
Visa and Mastercard rates are lower than AMEX, but in the end, you’re looking at getting about 96% of the fee once the percentage and transaction fees are paid. If you can’t survive on that, I can’t help you.
What about house calls?
As we know from our Courtship Connection service, the dating scene is pretty rough for lawyers in New York City — but it’s even worse if you’ve chosen a non-lawyer as your date. Laypeople just don’t understand what it’s like to be a member of the legal profession.
While you were living your carefree existence, the average young lawyer is likely six figures in debt after having gone to school for three years. He’s overwhelmingly stressed out, and he works hard for the money. Like Kenneth Kratz, he is “the prize.”
That being said, you can only imagine how pissed a single lawyer would become after he’s been given the brush-off after a first date via text message….
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 six years. You can reach them by email: [email protected].
Since late last year, things have been booming in Hong Kong / China in cap markets, especially Hong Kong IPOs. M&A deal flow has recently been getting a bit stronger as well. Although one can’t predict such things with any certainty, all signs are pointing to a banner entire 2014 for the top end US corporate and cap markets practices in Hong Kong / China. This is not really new news, as its been the feeling most in the market have had for a few months now and things continue to look good.
The head of our Asia practice, Evan Jowers, has been in Hong Kong for about 10 days a month (with trips every other month to both Shanghai and Bejing) for the past 7 months (Robert Kinney and Evan Jowers will be in Hong Kong again March 15 to 23), and spending most of his time there meeting with senior US hiring partners at just about all the major US and UK firms there, as well as prospective candidates at all associate levels and partner levels, and when in the US, Evan works Asia hours and is regularly on the phone with such persons, as our the other members of our Asia team. Our Yuliya Vinokurova is in Hong Kong every other month and Robert is there about 5 times a year as well. While we have a solid Asia team of recruiters, Evan Jowers will spend at least some time with all of our candidates for Asia position. We have had long standing relationships, and good friendships in some cases, with hiring partners and other senior US partners in Asia for 8 years now.Keep reading »
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