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  • Associate Bonus Watch 2013

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Ho-Love, Hogan & Hartson, Lovells, Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Associate Bonus Watch: Hogan Lovells (New York)

    Partner bonuses at Hogan Lovells generated controversy earlier this year; can the same be said about associate bonuses?

    1 Comment / / Dec 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM
  • alan turing RF

    Crime, Gay, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    The Mistake Behind The Posthumous Pardon Of Alan Turing

    Alan Turing, and the thousands of men who suffered as he did, deserve better.

    26 Comments / / Dec 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM
  • Law school's epitaph?

    Art, Biglaw, Brown Rudnick, California, Celebrities, Crime, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 12.18.13

    * “No one calls me Justice Sotomayor and no one calls Justice Kagan Justice Ginsberg. It’s an exhilarating change.” Back in the day, people used to mistake the Notorious RBG for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. How rude. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Eversheds, the national U.K. law firm that sounds like it’s an outdoor storage emporium, has elected a new chairman. Congrats to Paul Smith, who specializes in environmental law, and will begin his four-year term on May 1. [Am Law Daily]

    * In his last year of service, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer will moonlight in Brown Rudnick’s Irvine office. Critics think this move “looks and smells bad.” If it’s brown, flush it down? [Bloomberg]

    * Down 11 percent from last year, this fall, law schools enrolled the fewest amount of students since 1975, when there were only 163 ABA-accredited schools. Too bad tuition’s still so high. [National Law Journal]

    * Aaron Hernandez is now facing a wrongful death suit filed by Odin Lloyd’s family. Without anything else to say about this sports-related legal news, here’s a picture of Elie Hernandezing. [Associated Press]

    * George Zimmerman is an artiste extraordinaire, and one of his paintings is currently for sale on eBay where the price has been bid up to $110,100. The guy’s almost as talented as George W. Bush. [CNN]

    4 Comments / / Dec 18, 2013 at 9:15 AM
  • Law rabbit RF

    Animal Law, Law Schools, Pets, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    When Living With Law Students Goes Real Wrong

    Law students fighting over rabbits like children.

    24 Comments / / Dec 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM
  • Spoiled_brat_selfish_parent_child_beg_thumb

    China, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Sentencing Law, Trademarks, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.11.13

    * Beware of “affluenza” — the condition where rich kids believe that their wealth shields them from consequences. One kid with affluenza was convicted of four counts of manslaughter and got… probation. Great way to teach him that there are consequences. I don’t doubt being a hyper-privileged douche contributed to his criminal behavior, but let’s see if the judge is equally lenient to the next kid in this courtroom who argues that poverty contributed to his crimes. [Gawker]

    * In America people complain about law reviews sharing outlines for free. In the U.K., they’re selling notes on eBay. If you’re buying notes off the Internet, perhaps law school isn’t your bag. [Legal Cheek]

    * Do Twitter mentions reflect the scholarly significance of a professor’s articles? No. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Here’s some terrifying stuff that lawyers want for Christmas. It’s not quite our gift guide. [The Spark File]

    * The word “spin” is apparently trademarked. This is the company that did it and enforces its trademark against gyms with uncertified spin classes. [Racked]

    * Law school applications are in free fall. Too bad all these people are going to miss out on that sweet $1 million law degree. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Mental health remains a seriously undiscussed problem in the legal industry. [Law and More]

    * TSA now confiscating prop guns off stuffed animals. [Lowering the Bar]

    * A Chinese law professor lost his job for writing an article advocating constitutional rule. If you think this is a harsh response, remember this government used to throw tanks at people over less. [Washington Post]

    * Speaking of China, next month the CBLA is hosting a panel discussion about the expanded use of the FCPA, specifically with regard to China. [CBLA]

    4 Comments / / Dec 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM
  • Ropes Gray LLP small logo

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Lateral Moves, Money, Partner Issues, Tax Law, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Associate Bonus And New Partner Watch: Ropes & Gray (Plus A Weil Partner Pick-Up)

    Are this firm’s bonuses higher than the market rate? Just a tad, for some.

    1 Comment / / Dec 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM
  • contract attorney LF document review document coding

    Allen & Overy, Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Magic Circle, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Biglaw Firm To Farm Out Real Work To Contract Attorneys — By Associate Request

    Don’t come complaining to us; after all, you apparently asked for it….

    20 Comments / / Nov 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM
  • teen pregnancy

    Allen & Overy, Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Disasters / Emergencies, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Jersey Shore, Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Magic Circle, Morning Docket, Patents, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 11.26.13

    * You’d think that when discussing major reforms to the patent system, the director of the USPTO would be there, but you’d be wrong. You’d also be wrong if you thought we had a director right now. [National Law Journal]

    * Welcome to the future of Biglaw: Allen & Overy has realized that it’s a waste of money to keep hiring in a weak market, so the firm is recruiting its alumni to serve as contract attorneys in times of higher legal demand. [Legal Week]

    * Dean Gregory Maggs, the interim leader of George Washington University Law, is being lauded for increasing first-year enrollment by 22 percent in a time of crisis. Excellent work, sir. You flood that job market. [GW Hatchet]

    * Just because you have a law degree doesn’t mean you’re “entitled to rise up and become partner.” Getting a job in the new normal involves having a good attitude and social graces. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Ladies, if you get pregnant after a fling with an Olympic medalist and move out of state, please know your “appropriation of the child while in utero [will be deemed] irresponsible, reprehensible.” [New York Times]

    * GTL stands for “Gym, Tan, Laundry,” but the owner of these Jersey Shore nightclubs thinks it stands for “Gym, Tan, Lawsuit” — thanks to losses uncovered by its insurer in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. [Newark Star-Ledger]

    4 Comments / / Nov 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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  • e71N9qA

    Art, Bankruptcy, Craigslist, Divorce Train Wrecks, Non-Sequiturs, Television, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.18.13

    * Man buys the house next to his ex-wife and installs a $7,000 bronze sculpture of a raised middle finger. Art that marries form and function. [The Daily Mail]

    * George Zimmerman’s been arrested again. Shocking. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Judge Victor Marrero orders MF Global to pay over $1 billion to customers. Serves those MFs right. [CNBC]

    * The Second Circuit has punted on the question of whether defunct firms in New York have an ownership right to fees earned by former partners who took work to new firms. [Am Law Daily]

    * Howard Morris, the former co-chief executive of SNR Denton, is joining MoFo as the head of the bankruptcy and restructuring group in London. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * NBC has a new show about a criminal court judge who is a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman. So basically a documentary about Justice O’Connor’s early years. [Deadline]

    * So Detroit might be the worst place to work. Even with that caveat, it’s hard to believe this ad seeking someone to do, “whatever other crazy type stuff this (bastard) lawyer of ours thinks up.” A screenshot is provided after the jump in case the ad comes down.… [Craigslist]

    1 Comment / / Nov 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • CVHS_Arab_Mascot

    Basketball, Books, Death Penalty, Election Law, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.08.13

    * If you thought the Redskins were offensive, I bring you the Coachella Valley High Arabs. Complete with video of their mascot! [Yahoo! Sports]

    * With states increasingly losing access to tried and true execution drugs, the wardens are now experimenting on their own. This sounds (a) incredibly cruel and unusual, and (b) likely to result in creating a supervillian. [Vocativ]

    * Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott fought hard for a voter ID law. And on Tuesday, he failed to meet the standards of the law he championed. Derp. [Opposing Views]

    * We frequently link to the fun poetic stylings of Poetic Justice. Now you can enter a contest to win a free copy of the book! [Poetic Justice]

    * In a horrific turn, a father called the cops to teach his son a lesson. Then the cops killed the son. [Gawker]

    * Fear Roatti the White Tiger, Esq. Fear him mightily. [Deadspin]

    * This is perhaps the weirdest law firm video ever. Video embedded after the jump… [Legal Cheek]

    2 Comments / / Nov 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • stack of money

    Abortion, Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Fashion, Federal Government, Gay, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Morning Docket: 11.05.13

    * The Supreme Court might have dismissed the Oklahoma abortion case as improvidently granted, but not to worry, because the high court may yet get the chance to abort a woman’s right to choose in this new case from Texas. [New York Times]

    * Wherein Justice Scalia seems highly concerned about toupees: yesterday, Supreme Court justices put their fashion sense to the test when trying to determine what ought to count as clothing under the Fair Labor Standards Act. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * The Senate is forging ahead with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, but the bill will likely fail in the House because discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is still cool with John Boehner. [CBS News]

    * Wherefore art thou, ladness? According to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, profits per partner at top firms in the U.K. are behind profits per partner in the U.S. America, f**k yeah! [Businessweek]

    * Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate in the NYC mayoral race, apparently has “deep ties” to Gibson Dunn, the firm behind Citizens United. Gather round, conspiracy theorists. [International Business Times]

    * An InfiLaw school is changing its name to Arizona Summit Law. How kind to tip law students off to the fact that even if they climb all the way to the top, there’s nowhere to go but down. [National Law Journal]

    3 Comments / / Nov 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • Did you say threesome, Dean?

    Allen & Overy, Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Document Review, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, LSAT, Magic Circle, Morning Docket, Sex, Sex Scandals, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 11.01.13

    * The Magic Circle isn’t very magical across the pond in New York City. Four out of five firms from the U.K. — Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Linklaters — have yet to pull rabbits out of their

    6 Comments / / Nov 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • 220px-George_Clooney_18_10_2011

    Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.29.13

    * First things first: remember to send us your legally themed Halloween costumes! [Above the Law]

    * George Clooney may be dating the “hottest female barrister in London.” [Legal Cheek]

    * This painting suggests there’s a senior partner who gets away with wearing sandals to work. [Lowering the Bar]

    * This is a really useful practice tip: how to cite URLs in briefs without having them look all messed up. [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * O.J. Simpson’s house sold at a foreclosure auction for a mere $655,000. This must be a disappointing deal for him — I’m sure he expected to make a killing. [Daily Business Review]

    * Blackacre blocks access to a public beach. But the owner of Blackacre uses the Mexican-American War as an excuse to ignore the easement. Apparently he wins. People are also entirely awful. [Valleywag]

    * I also hate when McDonald’s screws up my order, but it’s not worth getting the police involved. [Legal Juice]

    1 Comment / / Oct 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • resume RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Education / Schools, Legal Ethics, Partner Issues, Screw-Ups, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Don’t Lie On Your Résumé — Even If You’re A Partner

    Legal secretaries and other support staffers aren’t the only ones getting fired by Biglaw; partners who lie on their résumés get shown the door too.

    57 Comments / / Oct 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM
  • Remember Ecce Homo?

    Craigslist, Football, iPhone, Jury Duty, Law Schools, Lawrence Lessig, Non-Sequiturs, Pro Se Litigants, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.25.13

    * Apple gave the iPhone 5 fingerprint database to the NSA. This would be a gross invasion of privacy but Tim Cook masterminded this, so the NSA got the Ecce Homo of fingerprint image captures. [Hackers News Bulletin]

    * Charlie Sheen got dismissed from jury duty after only one day. #winning [TMZ]

    * Gordon from Sesame Street lost his palimony case. That’s because he was trying to duck out on the woman who mothered his “1… 2… 3… 4 kids! [thunderclap] Ah… ah… ah!” [Jezebel]

    * Remember the early days of Twitter? Legal Cheek went back and found some of the earliest Tweets from British legal luminaries. It’s just funnier when you imagine an English accent saying, “I appear to be on Twitter… why, I have no idea.” [Legal Cheek]

    * If you saw last week’s post on crazy people who claim that no court can try them because of maritime law, check out this epic opinion from Canada. Identifying those folks, like the maritime gang from last week, as Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument (“OPCA”) litigants, the opinion is 180 pages seeking “to uncover, expose, collate, and publish the tactics employed by the OPCA community.” [Alberta Courts]

    * Police crack down on a motorized bar stool. That’s fair, because if there’s one motor vehicle that you’re likely to fall off… [Lowering the Bar]

    * Professor Ilya Somin is touring the country and coming to a law school near you promoting his new book Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter (affiliate link). Small government does usually smart, as in “cause a sharp, stinging pain.” [The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * An HLS grad working for the World Bank was rescued from the Kenyan mall hostage crisis. We wish her the best. [Daily Mail]

    * Senator Elizabeth Warren and Professor Lawrence Lessig are going to be speaking at an event called “The Founders v. The Roberts Court: Corruption, Campaign Finance, and McCutcheon v. FEC” tomorrow at noon Eastern. The event will be livestreamed at the link. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Craigslist is suing Craigstruck, a company that specializes in delivering items ordered off of Craigslist. It’s how all those $5/hour attorneys get from place to place. Anyway, the owner of Craigstruck proposed to settle the legal dispute via football wager with Craigslist. If only all disputes could be settled this way. Video wager after the jump…

    6 Comments / / Sep 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • Decline

    Advertising, Biglaw, Intellectual Property, Lateral Moves, Litigators, Partner Issues, Patents, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    The State of the Lateral Lawyer Market

    How robust is the market for lateral lawyers right now?

    / Sep 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM
  • loose lips 3

    Biglaw, Drinking, Screw-Ups, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Videos, YouTube

    Should This Indiscreet Young Lawyer Get A Second Clifford Chance?

    A young lawyer’s ill-considered remarks could cause him to lose his job.

    33 Comments / / Sep 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM