September 17, 2010

At Age 103, A Judge Has One Caveat: No Lengthly Cases

Judge Wesley E. Brown, is a spry, active 103 year old Federal District Court judge in Kansas. He still hears a full complement of criminal cases, but warns lawyers preparing for lengthly court cases that "he may not live to see cases to completion...." adding "At this age I'm not even buying green bananas."

For more, see the September 16 New York times article: At 103, a Judge Has One Caveat, No Lengthly Trials by A. G. Sulzberger

For more information about Judge Brown go to Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court. This source includes both biographical information and a videw, made when Judge Brown was just 22 years old!

March 8, 2010

Once Every Hundred Years?

In an earlier posting on November 5 , 2009 we reported that on November 3, 1909 the criminal court building in Manhattan (bounded by Centre, Lafayette, Franklin, and White Streets) was declared unsafe for human occupancy and everyone in the building at the time was ordered to leave immediately. When the last man was out a squad of thirty policemen took charge of the building, roping it off on all sides and remaining on guard outside the building to forbid anyone to enter or even pass through any of the flanking streets".

On March 2, 2010 for very different reasons the present criminal court building in Manhattan was evacuated due to smoke and water damage caused by an electrical fire in the basement.. When the last people were out, policemen, firemen and court officers took charge of the building and for a time did not permit anyone to enter the building except for business related to coping with the emergency situation..

As noted earlier there were many differences in the two events. By most accounts the old criminal courts building was in very poor condition by 1909. The present Criminal Courts buiilding is perfectly safe and in good condition with lingering smoke and other residual damage from the fire causing the building to remain closed until March 8.

We do not know how the courts, the office of district attorney, and other departments functioned during the evacuation of 1909; but by all accounts work continued quite efficiently during the present evacuation with many working in adjacent buildings and some using computers to work from their homes.

Let's hope we don't have another evacuation during the next one hundred years.

February 19, 2010

ABA Journal Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending February 19, 2010.

Family Law
Law Student Charged with Contempt for Exposing Daughter to Christianity
Feb 17, 2010, 06:46 am CST

Will Deferred Associates Idea Backfire for Law Firms?
Feb 16, 2010, 09:33 am CST

Law Practice Management
Firm Hit Over Partner's Hiring Question: How Can We Identify New Mom's Commitment?
Feb 16, 2010, 09:05 am CST

'Scary' Jurors Spur Switch to Bench Trial, Highlighting Growing Problem
Feb 16, 2010, 05:29 am CST

Solos/Small Firms
BigLaw Lawyers Jump to Small Firms, Law's Fastest Growing Sector
Feb 16, 2010, 06:00 am CST

Plus: 2 Partners of Well-Known Firm Downsize, Now Answer Own Phones at Own Shop
Attorney Fees
McGuireWoods Denied Fee in $49M BAR/BRI Settlement; Conflict Cited
Feb 18, 2010, 07:50 am CST

Tired of Law Practice? You Can Still Work at a Law Firm
Feb 17, 2010, 09:25 am CST

U.S. Supreme Court
Scalia Opines on Right to Secede in Letter to Screenwriter
Feb 17, 2010, 08:06 am CST

Law Professors
Law Prof Backs First Amendment Over Ban of R-Word
Feb 18, 2010, 05:30 am CST

Labor & Employment
EEOC Hit with $4.5M Legal Fee Award in Losing 'Pattern & Practice' Case, Plans Appeal
Feb 17, 2010, 04:56 pm CST

February 8, 2010

ABA Journal Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending February 5, 2010:

Banking Law
Lawyer Sues Sallie Mae Over 'Unrelenting' Student Loan Robocalls
Feb 3, 2010, 06:53 am CST

Legal Marketing & Consulting
Thomson Reuters Buys Super Lawyers
Feb 2, 2010, 02:42 pm CST

Howrey Lays Off 29 Associates and 65 Staffers
Feb 3, 2010, 07:47 am CST

Midyear Meeting 2010
ABA Commission Proposes Independent Court to Help Fix 'Broken Immigration System'
Feb 2, 2010, 09:07 am CST

Plus: Recession Hurting Legal Profession's Diversity Efforts, Report Says
Criminal Justice
South Carolina Lawyer Is Shot and Killed Outside His Office
Feb 4, 2010, 06:29 am CST

Jones Day: NALP Plan for Delayed Job Offers Is Radical and Anticompetitive
Feb 1, 2010, 12:07 pm CST

U.S. Supreme Court
Catcalls and Muttering Keep Justice Thomas Away from State of the Union
Feb 3, 2010, 07:22 am CST

Another Attorney Leaves the Law to Drive a Cupcake Truck
Feb 1, 2010, 08:00 pm CST

Plus: Want to Leave the Law? Ex-Lawyer Explains the Upside
Legal Ethics
Judge Rapped Over Order to Pay Class Action Attorney in Store Coupons
Feb 2, 2010, 06:43 pm CST

Work/Life Balance
How Lawyers Can Help Depressed Colleagues
Feb 3, 2010, 05:30 am CST

January 29, 2010

ABA Journal Newsletter

Top 10 Stories for Week Ending January 29, 2010.

Law Firms
EEOC Sues Kelley Drye Over Firm's De-Equitization Policy for Older Partners
Jan 28, 2010, 02:44 pm CST

U.S. Supreme Court
Alito Mouths an Objection During Obama's Speech
Jan 28, 2010, 06:25 am CST

Vinny of 'Jersey Shore' Says Law School Is Fallback Plan
Jan 27, 2010, 07:46 am CST

Legal Technology
Emoticons a Sign You Should Step Away from the Keyboard, Firm Chair Says
Jan 26, 2010, 09:15 am CST

Appellate Law Clerk Is Out of a Job After Ghostwriting Claim
Jan 28, 2010, 07:41 am CST

Law Schools
Cornell Law School Officials Expected More Applications, But Not a 52% Spike
Jan 26, 2010, 06:41 am CST

Criminal Justice
DWI Defendant Goes to Jail After Posting 'Drunk in Florida' Facebook Photo
Jan 28, 2010, 07:12 am CST

Legal Ethics
A Subdued Scott Rothstein Pleads Guilty in $1.2B Ponzi Scheme
Jan 27, 2010, 09:58 am CST

Criminal Justice
Judge Can't Figure Out Why Lawyers Thought DWI Scheme Was a Good Idea
Jan 26, 2010, 01:56 pm CST

Law Schools
Another Law School Offers to Wipe Out Entire Loans of Public Sector Grads
Jan 26, 2010, 01:27 pm CST

January 26, 2010

ABA Weekly Newsletter January 15, 2010

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending January 15, 2010

DLA ‘Working Lawyer’ Explains Why He and 8 Others Moved to Jackson Lewis
Jan 14, 2010, 09:39 am CST

Legal Ethics
Unhappy Secretary’s Report Spurs Ethics Trouble for NJ Litigator
Jan 13, 2010, 11:42 am CST

Business of Law
Jones Day Practice Head Joins Winston; Other Lawyers Likely to Follow
Jan 13, 2010, 04:13 pm CST

Legal Ethics
Posner Blasts ‘Out of Control’ Class-Action Lawyer in Fee Fight
Jan 14, 2010, 08:20 am CST

Law Practice Management
New Milbank Partner Quits After Former Firm Alleges ‘Personal Misconduct’Jan 11, 2010, 03:04 pm CST

Elder Law
Invisible’ Woman, 78, Jailed 2 Weeks By ‘System of So-Called Justice’Jan 12, 2010, 04:34 pm CST

U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court Word of the Day: Orthogonal
Jan 12, 2010, 08:28 am CST

Natural Disasters
ABA Prez Calls for Haiti Donations After ‘Heartbreaking’ Quake; BigLaw Gives Big MoneyJan 14, 2010, 02:24 pm CST

Jon Stewart: Terrorists May Talk if Forced to Watch His Yoo Interview
Jan 12, 2010, 06:43 am CST

Boat Commute & Luck Led to Lawyer’s 2nd Gig as Author of Legal Thrillers

January 15, 2010

Manhattan DA Robert M. Morgenthau Retires at 90

David Badertscher*

A giant of New York politics and law enforcement recently retired from public office– Robert Morgenthau. Scion to a powerful family, Robert Morgenthau’s grandfather served as United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and his father was Secretary of the Treasury under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While his famous name and lineage may have helped to open doors, Robert Morgenthau was determined to find a profession where he could navigate his own path in life.

After honorable combat service in the navy during World War 2, where his ship was torpedoed, Robert Morgenthau proceeded to law school and rose to partner in a major law firm. However, Robert Morgenthau largely dedicated his professional career, and indeed his life, to public service. He served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for an eight year period from 1961 -1969. But he will surely best be remembered for his longstanding and legendary tenure as New York County District Attorney that spanned a thirty-five year period from 1974 - 2009. In this latter capacity, he resuscitated the office which was ravaged by budget problems and made it, what many law enforcement officials consider, the finest district attorney’s office in the nation and possibly the best overall law enforcement office in the nation.

Robert Morgenthau certainly accomplished much in his professional life. Many noteworthy prosecutions and convictions were won by his office, and staff members consisted of many notable figures ranging from John F. Kennedy, Jr to Linda Fairstein to Eliot Spitzer to Andrew Cuomo. Indeed, many rose to higher positions in government and the private sector. Most people would consider it amazing to continue effectively working until the age of ninety as Robert Morgenthau did. Nonetheless it is even more amazing that Robert Morgenthau does not plan to retire but intends to open an office to remain active in retirement. This is truly a model we should all hope to be able to emulate.

Those interested in learning more about his life and accomplishments can find much information on the web and elsewhere. One of possible statring point for an overview is: Real Life "Law and Order" DA Robert Morgenthau Retirees at 90.

On a personal note, I did not know Robert Morgenthau well. However, many years ago, Justice Murphy, then Presiding Justice of the New York Appellate Division, First Department, introduced us at a social function, and we chatted briefly. Working in the same building where the New York Supreme Court (Criminal Term), New York County Criminal Court, and New York County District Attorney Office share space at 100 Centre Street, I would occasionally see Robert Morgenthau on an elevator. He always made time to say hello, trade small talk, and ask how business was even though he was involved in steering a large office with many high level prosecutions and complex organizational issues. This repeated kindness over the years to an acquaintance met in passing demonstrates another dimension of Robert Morgenthau that is not well known by the public. However, I saw it many times over the years we worked in the same building. No longer will we sometimes share the same elevator. The torch has been passed to a new district attorney: Cyrus Vance. Yet, I certainly wish Mr. Morgenthau all the best in his future endeavors and, indeed, his working retirement.
* Principal Law Librarian, New York Supreme Court Criminal Term Library, New York County. He would also like to thank Theodore Pollack, Senior Law Librarian, New York County Public Access Law Library for his assistance.

January 8, 2010

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending January 8, 2010.

BigLaw Laid Off More than 12,000 People in 2009, the Worst Year Ever
Jan 4, 2010, 06:55 am CST

Law Students
Almost 1/3 of Law Students Expect to Graduate with $120K Debt
Jan 6, 2010, 08:23 am CST

Law Practice Management
Two Chief Justices Have One Word of Advice for Solos: Unbundling
Jan 4, 2010, 10:56 am CST

ABA Prez Laments Young Lawyers 'Squashed by Debt,' Presses Deferment Idea
Jan 4, 2010, 07:33 am CST

Law Practice Management
Law School Rank and Class Year Take Back Seat to Practical Skills in 2010
Jan 7, 2010, 10:01 am CST

Business of Law
BigLaw Partners May Be Worth Top Pay, But What About Associates?
Jan 5, 2010, 05:55 pm CST

Consumer Law
Angry About 27.99% Credit Card Rate, Lawyer Refuses to Pay, Threatens Suit
Jan 6, 2010, 11:44 am CST

Criminal Justice
Las Vegas Courthouse Shooter Had Served Time for Killing His Brother
Jan 6, 2010, 07:14 am CST

Business of Law
Growing Midsize Firm Pays Big Bucks, Targets 'Core Industries'
Jan 7, 2010, 12:00 am CST

U.S. Supreme Court
Scalia Worried About Supreme Court Filled with Experienced Judges
Jan 5, 2010, 07:08 am CST

January 8, 2010

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending December 23, 2009

Lawyer Pay
First-Year Associates Bear the Brunt of Lower Bonuses; Some See Cuts of 71%
Dec 21, 2009, 08:09 am CST

Labor & Employment Law
Ex-Fried Frank Associate Says Female Partner Harassed Her
Dec 21, 2009, 07:00 pm CST

Legal Recruiter's Job Secret: Fitting In Helps You Get and Keep a Job
Dec 21, 2009, 06:50 am CST

Legal Ethics
A Judge's Advice to New Lawyers: Don't Be a Jerk
Dec 22, 2009, 09:49 am CST

Hundreds of Lawyers Rally to Protest Ariz. Sheriff's Battle Against Judiciary
Dec 22, 2009, 07:51 am CST

Constitutional Law
Convicted for Being Naked in Own Home, Man Complains of 'Living in a Fishbowl'
Dec 18, 2009, 07:21 pm CST

Entertainment & Sports Law
Story of Tiger Woods' Parking Lot Liaison Reportedly Killed with Law Firm's Help
Dec 18, 2009, 01:55 pm CST


Setting Stage for 'Lawyer's Dream' Divorce, Tiger Woods' Wife Retains Attorney Sorrell Trope
Tort Law
Hedge Fund Sues Dechert, Claims $125M Loss in Dreier Ponzi Scheme
Dec 21, 2009, 07:36 pm CST

Law Professors
Law Prof Writes 'Explosive' New Book on Whitewater, Lewinsky Probes
Dec 21, 2009, 10:36 am CST

Legal Ethics
Judge Gets 30 Days for 'Stupidity' of Seeking Relationship with Defendant
Dec 21, 2009, 04:58 pm CST


January 8, 2010

ABA Journal Law Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending December 18, 2009:

Trademark Law
The North Face Sues The South Butt for Trademark Infringement
Dec 15, 2009, 06:46 am CST

Cravath's $80K Deferral Offer Not Enticing Enough for Some Yale Law Grads
Dec 15, 2009, 07:40 am CST

Judge Orders Lawyers to Stop Using Capitalization 'With Abandon'
Dec 14, 2009, 09:31 am CST

Law in Popular Culture
Unable to Find Legal Job, Blogger Posts Bah Humbug Tale on YouTube
Dec 14, 2009, 01:43 pm CST

Criminal Justice
Police Theorize Howrey Associate Was Willing Participant in Murder-Suicide
Dec 17, 2009, 09:18 am CST

Legal Ethics
Oops. Accidental Posting of Exam a 'Teachable Moment,' Law Prof Says
Dec 14, 2009, 06:51 pm CST

Insurance Law
Billionaire Stanford & His Lawyers Held in Contempt Over Legal Fees Suit
Dec 16, 2009, 04:51 pm CST

Solos/Small Firms
New Solos Get Cheap Rents and Good Deals, But Will Clients Come?
Dec 15, 2009, 10:04 am CST

Awkward or Not, Go to the Holiday Party, Recruiter Advises Laid-Off Associates
Dec 16, 2009, 05:24 pm CST

Constitutional Law
Paper: War Over $340M Court Tower Threatens Rule of Law in Ariz. County
Dec 16, 2009, 06:51 pm CST

December 14, 2009

Law and Literature Symposium at the University of Cincinnati Law School

February 29, 2008

A number of people who have distinguihed themselves in the legal profession have also been quite successful as poets. Wallace Stevens comes to mind. That brings me to the poetry of Professor Lawrence Joseph, Reverend Joseph P. Tinnelly, C.M. Professor of Law, which was the subject of the 2008 Law and Literature Symposium, "Some Sort of Chronicler I Am: Narration and the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph," on February 29, 2008, at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The Symposium was put together by the University of Cincinnati Law Review. Professor Joseph was joined in the Symposium by a group of distinguished legal and literary scholars who used Professor Joseph's poetry as a starting point to explore the nature of narration in poetry and its relationship to the language of law, and other forms of narration and language. The Symposium has been published in 77 Cincinnati Law Review. Number 3 Spring 2009. To help illustrate the depth and range of topics covered in the Symposium, here is al list of papers and their contributors included in the 77 Cincinnati Law Review symposium issue:

Narrating Justice ..... Joseph P. Tomain

Embedded Chronicles: Lawrence Joseph's Poetry of Urgency..... Lee Upton

Several Kinds of Chronicler, He's Been: The Books and Selves of Lawrence Joseph...Eric Murphy Selinger.

"Why Not Say What Happens": Modernism, Traumatic Memory, and Lawrence Joseph's Into It....John Lowney.

"Telling the Time": Narrative and Lyric: in the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph... Lisa M. Steinman.

Lawrence Joseph's Detroit: "The Shifting Story"......Frank D. Rashid

I to Eye: Self and Society in the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph....Thomas Depietro.

Lawrence Joseph and Law nd Literature.....David A. Skeel, Jr.

Notations of Poetry and Narration...Lawrence Joseph.

According to a posting on a St. Johns Law School website, Professor Joseph graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1975, after receiving Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees in English Literature from the University of Michigan and the University of Cambridge. After law school, he served as judicial law clerk for Justice G. Mennen Williams of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was then a member of the School of Law faculty at the University of Detroit. Professor Joseph joined the St. John's School of Law faculty in 1987, after practicing law with the firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York City. In addition to his scholarship and his legal writings in the areas of labor and employment law, tort and compensation law, legal theory and interpretation, and law and literature, Professor Joseph has published five books of poetry, most recently Into It, and a book of prose, Lawyerland, as well as essays. articles, and reviews which have appeared in leading magazines, newspapers, and journals. His legal and literary writings have received widespread, international critical acclaim and attention, including a symposium, "The Lawyerland Essays," which appeared in Volume 101, No. 7, the Columbia Law Review (November 2001).

October 27, 2009

ABA Journal Newsletter for Week Ending October 23, 2009

Ten Top Stories of the Week

Law Practice Management
Check E-Mail Hourly, Quinn Partner Says, Unless in Court, in Tunnel or Asleep
Oct 19, 2009, 11:24 am CDT

Contract Attorneys
Lawyer’s Lament: Pressure to Review 80 Docs an Hour, for $23 an Hour
Oct 21, 2009, 08:52 am CDT

Placement Office Scrambles at Law School Where 65% of Grads Had No Jobs
Oct 22, 2009, 08:30 am CDT

Legal Innovation
This Week on
Charles Nesson: Post-It-All Prof
Andrew Grech: Taking Stock
Tim Stanley: Big Giver
Mike Roster: The Cost of Value
Law Practice Management
Law Firm to Pay $1.5M to Settle Claims That Ex-Associate Dropped Cases
Oct 19, 2009, 05:22 pm CDT

Trials & Litigation
Suit Alleges Madoff Culture of Drugs and ‘Sexual Deviance’Oct 21, 2009, 06:46 am CDT

Dad’s Dumpster Dive Led to $1.8M Win in Phone Records ‘Pretexting’ Case
Oct 19, 2009, 07:26 pm CDT

The New Untouchables: Lawyers Who Can Imagine a Better Way
Oct 21, 2009, 08:21 am CDT

Attorney Fees
Williams & Connolly Sues Client for $2M, Claims Plan to Harass and Settle
Oct 20, 2009, 07:09 am CDT

Internet Law
Two Yale Law Grads Settle Suit Against Once-Anonymous Online Critics
Oct 22, 2009, 07:23 am CDT

October 9, 2009

American Bar Association Justice Center Director and Chief Counsel Hired

The ABA Justice Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Peter M. Koelling as the ABA Justice Center Director and Chief Counsel. Please click here for more detailed information.

October 9, 2009

ABA Journal Weekly Newslettetter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending October 9, 2009.

Law Practice Management
Some BigLaw Leaders Still Ponder: How Low Can Associate Salaries Go?
Oct 6, 2009, 12:07 pm CDT

Law Firms
Nixon Peabody Hiring Partner: Student Recruitment Model Is 'Antiquated'
Oct 5, 2009, 10:58 am CDT

Tom Cruise Makes Surprise Visit to Harvard Entertainment Law Class
Oct 6, 2009, 03:15 pm CDT

Law Firms
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells in Merger Talks
Oct 8, 2009, 10:43 am CDT

Legal Innovation
On This Week:

Erica Moeser: A Bar for All
Ralph Baxter: The Re-Engineer
Jeffrey Carr: Business Unusual
Free Legal Rebels Webinar: Why Twitter Matters to Lawyers

U.S. Supreme Court
Sotomayor Speaks 'Early and Often' in Oral Arguments
Oct 6, 2009, 07:04 am CDT

Ex-NBA Playing Lawyer Is 'Gun Shy' of Big Firms After Short Dreier Stint
Oct 7, 2009, 11:48 am CDT

Why Law Firm Interviewers Are Asking 'Tell Me About a Time' Questions
Oct 7, 2009, 09:47 am CDT

Lawyer Loses Unemployment Cash Because of $1.30 in Daily Blog Income
Oct 8, 2009, 07:11 am CDT

U.S. Supreme Court
A 'Visibly Angry' Justice Scalia Ponders 'Some Conglomerate of a Cross'
Oct 8, 2009, 08:41 am CDT

October 2, 2009

ABA Journal Newsletter for Week Ending October 2, 2009

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending October 2 2009.

In-House Counsel
Citigroup GC Has No Sympathy for Law Firms Seeking Premium Fees
Sep 28, 2009, 08:52 am CDT

Law Firms
Summer Associates Report Fear, Anxiety and Lots of Food
Sep 29, 2009, 10:16 am CDT

U.S. Supreme Court
Scalia Worries Gifted Litigators Should Be Doing Something More Productive
Oct 1, 2009, 08:28 am CDT

Law Practice Innovation

Legal Rebels This Week
Charles J. Hynes: Jail Breaker
Suzanne E. Turner: Global Pro Bono
Rex Gradeless: Follow the Tweeter
Q&A With Rex Gradeless on Why Social Media Matters for Lawyers
Mike Dillon: Open Blog Policy

Law Firms
Suits for Unpaid Legal Fees in Top 10 for Stupidity, Lawyer Says
Sep 30, 2009, 07:06 am CDT

Tort Law
Big Law Firms Face Legal Malpractice Suits Over Unraveling Ponzi Schemes
Sep 29, 2009, 07:33 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Bad Behavior as Airline Passenger Grounds Attorney from Law Practice
Sep 28, 2009, 05:05 pm CDT

Law Practice Management
Chadbourne Indefinitely Defers About 12 Incoming Associates, Will Pay $60K
Sep 28, 2009, 03:53 pm CDT

Former Paul Weiss Lawyer is Busy Giving Away Much of His $2.7B
Sep 30, 2009, 04:41 pm CDT

Sentencing/Post Conviction
Stanford Law Grad Gets Home Detention for Unpaid Taxes on Escort Earnings
Sep 29, 2009, 08:35 am CDT

September 4, 2009

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending September 4, 2009.

Study: US Government Will Need to Go on Hiring Binge, Legal Jobs Included
Sep 3, 2009, 06:31 am CDT

U.S. Supreme Court
Stevens Hires Only One Law Clerk, Spurring Retirement Speculation
Sep 2, 2009, 06:29 am CDT

New OCI Reality: Law Students Less Cocky, 40 Fewer Firms Recruit at Illinois
Sep 1, 2009, 09:07 am CDT

Legal Innovation
Legal Rebels Roundup: Reich, Henderson, Bruce & Tour Route Announced
Sep 3, 2009, 09:23 am CDT

Labor & Employment
Mom Loses Case Over Unauthorized 10 a.m. Breast-Pumping Bathroom Break
Aug 31, 2009, 06:42 pm CDT

Legal Ethics
Fla. Bar Board to Surf Social Websites for Adverse Applicant Info
Aug 31, 2009, 04:09 pm CDT

Law Firms
Sonnenschein Announces Layoffs of Up to 36 Lawyers
Sep 2, 2009, 03:23 pm CDT

Legal Ethics
Ex-Toyota Lawyer Alleges Destruction of Evidence in Rollover Suits
Aug 31, 2009, 08:43 am CDT

Trials & Litigation
Probable Cause Hearing Goes from Bad to Worse for Duct-Taped Defendant
Sep 1, 2009, 06:18 pm CDT

Women in the Law
Female Lawyers with Masculine Names May Have a Better Shot at Judgeships
Sep 3, 2009, 08:45 am CDT

July 14, 2009

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Ten top stories.

July 10, 2009.

Editor's Note: Check back at starting Monday for live coverage of the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings. The Journal's U.S. Supreme Court expert Richard Brust will post highlights from the Senate committee Q&A.

Law Schools
Are Law Schools Like GM? Why Profs Should Mull End of 'Salad Days'
Jul 7, 2009, 08:50 am CDT

Women in the Law
Too Many Women Lawyers are Like Oz's Dorothy, Partner Says
Jul 8, 2009, 09:10 am CDT

Labor & Employment Law
LinkedIn Reviews Can Come Back to Haunt Employers, Lawyers Say
Jul 7, 2009, 03:27 pm CDT

Are Law Firms Beginning a Summer Doldrums for Layoffs?
Jul 7, 2009, 07:11 am CDT

Supreme Court Nominations
Coming Soon to Sotomayor Hearings
Jul 9, 2009, 11:40 am CDT

Law Firms
US News Law Firm Rankings: Coming in 2010
Jul 7, 2009, 01:26 pm CDT

Conservative 4th Circuit Chief Judge Retires Due to Illness
Jul 9, 2009, 07:34 am CDT

DLA Piper Lays Off 21 Associates, 100 Staffers
Jul 8, 2009, 01:13 pm CDT

Law Schools
Law Profs on Clout-Influenced Admissions: Everybody Does It
Jul 6, 2009, 08:12 am CDT

Personal Lives
D.C. Lawyer Gets New Kidney in Historic Domino Transplant
Jul 9, 2009, 09:41 am CDT

June 18, 2009

Lawyers In Your Living Room! On Television

Michael Asimow, Editor

A new publication from the American Bar Association

"Playing a hard-driven, unscrupulous defense attorney-turned-prosecutor in Shark was a real eye-opener for me as an actor and, more importantly, as a citizen."

-- James Woods
From the Foreword, Lawyers in Your Living Room

From Perry Mason and The Defenders in the 1960s to L.A. Law in the 80s, The Practice and Ally McBeal in the 90s, to Boston Legal, Shark and Law & Order today, the television industry has generated an endless stream of dramatic series involving law and lawyers. The way lawyers are perceived has depended on how they are portrayed on television series and in the media. A new guide, Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television examines television series from the past and present, domestic and foreign, that are devoted to the law.

Written in an entertaining and relatable style, you'll enjoy the forewords by Sam Waterston (Law & Order) and James Woods (Shark), who share their experiences playing "real-life" lawyers and how their roles have shaped the way lawyers are perceived by the general public. Lawyers in Your Living Room! begins with an introduction and history of law on television. It then discusses the process of writing for television -- from courtroom to writer's room and how lawyers have played an important role in furnishing technical advice for TV. The book also discusses the media effects from television shows and legal ethics on TV.

Included are chapters on daytime television judge shows, including Judge Judy, and non-legal shows with important lawyer characters like The Simpsons, Seinfeld, or West Wing. The most popular television series, past and present, are also discussed, as well as popular shows abroad. All fans of legal television -- a group that includes almost everybody -- will enjoy this discussion of how TV shapes the views of lawyers and the law.

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June 5, 2009

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories of the Week ending June 5, 2009:

Law Practice Management
MoFo's NYC Office Tells Troops: Be Here By 9:30 a.m., Jumping Jacks Optional
Jun 2, 2009, 02:53 pm CDT

Law Schools
Sweeping Accreditation Review May Prompt 'Sea Change' in Law School Evals
Jun 3, 2009, 09:57 am CDT

Law Practice Management
'No Layoffs' at WilmerHale, But Firm Asks Some Lawyers to Find New Jobs
Jun 2, 2009, 07:29 pm CDT

Law Firms
Eight Mayer Brown Associates Take $100K-Plus Pay Cut to Work In-house
Jun 2, 2009, 07:17 am CDT

Law Schools
Law Dean's E-Mail Shows Distaste for Clout-Heavy Admissions Decisions
Jun 1, 2009, 08:48 am CDT

'All Business' GM Bankruptcy Judge Snaps at Joking Lawyer
Jun 2, 2009, 08:09 am CDT

Legal Ethics
Judge Reprimanded for Friending Lawyer and Googling Litigant
Jun 1, 2009, 07:20 am CDT

Law Practice Management
Curtis Mallet-Prevost Memo to Troops: No Chest Hair or Club Wear
Jun 1, 2009, 10:50 am CDT

U.S. Supreme Court
'Dude, That's Weird': Chance Meeting with Justice Becomes Graduation Coup
Jun 3, 2009, 10:19 am CDT

Work/Life Balance
New Sedgwick Policy: 4-Week Vacation Allowed, If Hours Target & Deadlines are Met
Jun 4, 2009, 02:28 pm CDT

May 22, 2009

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories of the Week ending May 22, 2009:

Trials & Litigation
‘Reply All’ Was a Mistake, Peeved Partner Tells Quinn Emanuel Associate
May 19, 2009, 03:53 pm CDT

How a Jones Day Associate Dealt with an ‘Ornery Senior Partner’
May 19, 2009, 06:56 am CDT

Lawyer Pay
Meganumbers’ Pay for Lawyers Is On the Wane, Recruiter Says
May 18, 2009, 08:49 am CDT

Personal Lives
Two Lawyers and a Paralegal Among Esquire’s Best-Dressed Real Men
May 20, 2009, 07:16 am CDT

Women in the Law
Male Judges Advise Women Lawyers to Lose the Distracting ‘Ally McBeal’ Look
May 21, 2009, 08:46 am CDT

Law Practice Management
Billable Hour Hullabaloo is ‘Overblown,’ Drinker Partner Says
May 21, 2009, 02:30 pm CDT

Legal Ethics
NY PI Lawyer Accused of Stealing $650K from Clients’ Cheap Settlements
May 20, 2009, 07:30 am CDT

Law Practice Management
Law Firms Go to Business School
May 20, 2009, 09:51 am CDT

Criminal Justice
‘Extremely Bored’ Juror Walks Out, May Find Jail Time Mind-Numbing, Too
May 20, 2009, 02:56 pm CDT

Sweeping Sonnenschein Pay Plan Eliminates Lockstep, Offers ‘Flexibility’
May 21, 2009, 04:23 pm CDT

Question of the Week for May 22
What Boundaries Have You Set for Your Own Facebook or Twitter Use?