Whistleblower

  • Home is where the heart business is?

    Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners

    Do Solos And Smalls Have A Hometown Advantage?

    How much of an edge does a lawyer’s hometown — or college or law school town, for that matter — provide in starting a successful solo practice?

    8 Comments / / Jun 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM
  • Edward Snowden

    Federal Government, Politics, Privacy, Technology

    Did Edward Snowden Have Options?

    And how well did Snowden think through his options before acting?

    16 Comments / / May 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM
  • Robert Mueller

    Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, Contempt, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lateral Moves, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Television, Theater, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.24.14

    * Congratulations to WilmerHale on landing former FBI director Robert Mueller, and congratulations to Mueller on his move (a homecoming of sorts; he was once a partner at Hale & Dorr, the “Hale” in “WilmerHale”). [DealBook / New York Times]

    * A former television judge gets held in real-life contempt. [Memphis Commercial Appeal]

    * In the wake of the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal charges, Jean O’Grady poses an interesting question: should law firms have whistleblower programs? [Dewey B Strategic]

    * “Have a Better Legal Career by Being Less of a Lawyer.” [Medium]

    * This story of losing a client might contain lessons for lawyers. [BigLawRebel]

    * As we previously mentioned, the SCOTUS-themed play Arguendo is coming to D.C., and there’s a discount code for ATL readers: WMATL, good for 15% off on previews, Friday nights, Saturday matinees, and Sunday evenings. Enjoy! [Woolly Mammoth]

    * In case you missed our Attorney@Blog conference, our friends at wireLawyer were on hand to document the proceedings. Video after the jump….

    Thanks again to wireLawyer, for this great video and for hosting the post-conference cocktail party:

    6 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM
  • whistle police whistle

    Job Searches, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Qui Tam: A Study Of The Legal Profession In Verse

    Please welcome Above the Law’s new poet in residence, who will be sharing poems about the legal profession in our pages.

    4 Comments / / Feb 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM
  • Carnival_Triumph_Half_Moon_Cay

    Drinking, Election Law, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, Sexual Harassment, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.24.13

    * A Houston couple is suing Carnival Cruises for stranding them on that infamous Poop Ship. Except they were never on that ship. [Houston Chronicle]

    * Herman Cain has figured out the culprit behind the sexual harassment allegations that plagued his campaign. It was the Devil! Maybe O.J. should look into where the Devil was when Ron and Nicole were killed. [Talking Points Memo]

    * In the running for the worst company name ever: “Dis Is We Thing, Inc.” As always, Above the Law is brought to you by They It Is, LLC. [Rapaport Law Firm]

    * The mixologists behind “The OxyContin” cocktail have renamed it “The Cease and Desist” after the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin shot off its cease and desist letter. Because this cocktail was more damaging to their reputation than being one of the most used and abused drugs on the market. [Forbes]

    * People unfairly zero in on the personalities behind information leaks rather than the substance of the leaks themselves. I don’t know about that… I mean, The Fifth Estate bombed. [Politix]

    * The new Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game is coming to America. I gather you can yell “Objection!” at your Nintendo DS and it responds. Anyway, here’s the review. [GameSpot]

    * Down in Texas, Judge Sandra Watts got a taste of the new draconian totally fair voter ID requirements when election officials tried to block the 49-year veteran of the voting process from voting because her maiden name was on her ID. Thankfully for Judge Watts, she understood the law a little better than the poll workers. [ThinkProgress]

    * Mike Lickver, whose legally-inspired music videos have graced these pages a couple of times before, has a new video. It’s not legally-themed at all, but he’s a rapping lawyer, so we give him a pass for venturing out into other themes. Video after the jump…

    / Oct 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM
  • Edward Snowden

    Advertising, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Events, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Join ATL For Cocktails And A Look At Whistleblower Law

    Join ATL for drinks and gain an appreciation for the complex ethical issues lawyers face when advising and representing whistleblowers and alleged traitors.

    / Sep 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM
  • Edward Snowden

    Advertising, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Events, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Join ATL For A Networking Reception And Discussion Of Whistleblowers And The Law

    On September 18 at 7 p.m., ATL is hosting a free networking cocktail reception in New York. Join us!

    / Sep 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM
  • snowden

    Advertising, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Events, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Join ATL For A Networking Reception And Discussion Of Whistleblowers And The Law

    Join ATL for cocktails and gain an appreciation for the complex ethical issues that lawyers face when advising and representing whistleblowers.

    / Sep 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM
  • marni halasa RF

    Banking Law, Career Alternatives, Hotties, Job Searches, Pictures, Quote of the Day

    Things You Can Do With A Law Degree: Sexy Money Bunny

    Once again proving that the law deans were right: you can do ANYTHING with a law degree, even this!

    8 Comments / / Aug 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM
  • Marni Halasa

    Associate Advice, Banking Law, Biglaw, Email Scandals, Law School Deans, Law Schools, listserv, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Racism, Shira Scheindlin, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.29.13

    * Is Justice Ginsburg, our favorite judicial diva, foiling her own jurisprudential legacy by refusing to retire from the Supreme Court before another president takes office? [Daily Beast]

    * Year-over-year, there’s been a double-digit drop in demand for legal services, so now is a great time to start speculating about which firm will be the next to conduct layoffs. [Am Law Daily]

    * Don’t despair, the results of the Am Law Midlevel Survey are out, and associates are more satisfied than ever — except for the women. They’re “leaning out,” so to speak. [Am Law Daily]

    * New York City (d/b/a Mayor Michael Bloomberg) wants Judge Shira Scheindlin to stay her stop-and-frisk rulings pending appeal, because racial profiling is an effective crime fighting tool. [New York Law Journal]

    * If you want to know why law school is three years long instead of two, it’s because back in the day, the T14s of the world were convinced it’d “stop the proles from sullying the image of the bar.” [The Economist]

    * In an effort to keep law school deans’ listserv drama and email scandals to a minimum, the American Bar Association just doled out some rules to keep their ivory tower talk in check. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * “[I]f I die because of this, my life will have been worthwhile.” The HSBC whistleblower is willing to face death to talk about big banks’ alleged money laundering — and to see Marni Halasa. [Huffington Post]

    6 Comments / / Aug 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • There are other teams.

    Advertising, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Events, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    Whistleblowers And Traitors: Snowden, Manning, And The Rule Of Law

    Come join ATL for a fascinating discussion of the legal implications of the recent leaks of government data.

    / Aug 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM
  • Patrick Fitzgerald US Attorney Northern District of Illinois Chicago

    Biglaw, Conferences / Symposia, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues, Patrick Fitzgerald, White-Collar Crime

    Inside Straight: Pat Fitzgerald On Handling Prosecutors

    Advice for in-house lawyers on how to respond when prosecutors come a-knocking, from U.S. Attorney turned Skadden partner Patrick Fitzgerald. You’re welcome!

    6 Comments / / Mar 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM
  • Money-Black-Hole

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, In-House Counsel, King & Spalding, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Sentencing Law, Willkie Farr

    Morning Docket: 11.08.12

    * Now that Barack Obama has secured his seat as a two-term president, in-house counsel in the financial sector can kiss their dreams of Dodd-Frank being repealed goodbye. Here are some issues to think about in light of its new footing. [Corporate Counsel]

    * “We’re in the early innings of adjusting what value means.” And these days, it looks like “value” is synonymous with “making less money.” Given the results of this third quarter analysis, it’s quite clear that flat is still the new up for Biglaw. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Blow my whistle, baby? A DLA Piper partner filed a $4M suit against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on claims he was maliciously prosecuted as revenge for whistleblowing. [Daily Business Review]

    * After being arrested on domestic violence charges, it seems that Steven Guynn of King & Spalding has left the firm. He doesn’t need to sweat his unemployment, because his house is for sale for $3.3M. [Am Law Daily]

    * From Biglaw to Midlaw: Morrison Cohen, a midsize firm, managed to poach a partner from Willkie Farr. But how? Apparently this guy was no longer interested in billing “$900-plus” per hour. [New York Law Journal]

    * Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be present at Jared Lee Loughner’s sentencing hearing today, though it is unknown if she herself will speak. His expected sentence is life without parole. [ABC News]

    2 Comments / / Nov 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Corporate Money

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Crime, Crowell & Moring, Defamation, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Immigration, Law Firm Mergers, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Small Law Firms, Technology

    Morning Docket: 10.03.12

    * Yeah, about that huge bonus we were going to pay our ex-finance director — we realized how silly that was, so we’re not going to do that. Aww, don’t worry, Dewey & LeBoeuf, you’ll have plenty of other chances to look absurd. [Am Law Daily]

    * Not only is Samsung suing Apple for patent infringement, but the company is also trying to get a do over by getting Judge Lucy Koh to throw out the original billion-dollar verdict over jury foreman Velvin Hogan’s alleged misconduct. [Bloomberg]

    * “Small deals are easier to swallow, easier to integrate.” Regional firms like Carlton Fields and Adams and Reese are gobbling up smaller firms in what seems to be the latest trend in law firm merger mania activity. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Douglas Arntsen, the former Crowell & Moring associate who had to be extradited from Hong Kong after embezzling $10.7M from clients, pleaded guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence. [New York Law Journal]

    * It’s tough to come up with appropriate whistleblower jokes given the background here. We’ll play it straight: Mike McQueary filed a defamation suit against Penn State, and he’s seeking $4M in damages. [ABC News]

    * Jose Godinez-Samperio, an undocumented immigrant, is fighting for the ability to practice law in Florida, but the members of the state Supreme Court are literally trying to make it into a “federal case.” [Washington Post]

    8 Comments / / Oct 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM
  • The FDA's central office?

    FDA, Labor / Employment, Privacy, Technology

    The FDA Should Probably Leave Spying to, You Know, Real Spies

    Why has the FDA been spying on its own scientists?

    9 Comments / / Jul 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM
  • jury duty jury box

    Boutique Law Firms, Cardozo Law School, Lateral Moves, Litigators, Melvyn Weiss, Milberg Weiss, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Plaintiffs Firms, Small Law Firms

    A Portrait of a Plaintiffs’ Firm: Seeger Weiss

    What is it like to work at a successful and growing plaintiffs’ firm? We take a detour from Biglaw to check out Seeger Weiss….

    30 Comments / / Jun 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM
  • Village People

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Football, Gay Marriage, Law Professors, Law Schools, LLMs, Morning Docket, Music, Politics, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

    Morning Docket: 05.09.12

    * Dewey get the chance to reap revenge against all of the partners who defected? Only in bankruptcy clawback suits. Many are keeping an eye on the Coudert and Thelen Chapter 11 cases to see if they’ll have to pay up. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “People have bigger concerns on their mind than whether Elizabeth Warren is 1/32 Cherokee.” Well, Scott Brown isn’t most people. He wants all of her job records from her career as a law professor. [Washington Wire / Wall Street Journal]

    * “We are not anti-gay, we are pro-marriage.” I don’t think “pro-marriage” means what you think it means. Last night, North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. [CNN]

    * Mike McQueary is filing a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. Hate to say it, but that’s definitely not the first time Penn State’s seen a lawsuit over something being blown in the locker room. [Centre Daily Times]

    * Washington University in St. Louis Law is launching an online LL.M. program for foreign lawyers for the low, low price of $48K. The exchange rate surely can’t be good enough for that to be worth it. [New York Times]

    * Joran van der Sloot will likely be extradited to the United States from Peru this summer. His lawyer, Maximo Altez, isn’t a fan, because he thinks that we’ll charge his client with murder. America, f**k yeah! [ABC News]

    * Oh, of course a member of the Village People’s claim just had to be the test case for 35-year copyright transfer termination. Well, kudos to you, Mr. Motorcycle Cop. You’re a real “Macho Man.” [Bloomberg]

    10 Comments / / May 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

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