ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter September 12, 2008

Lawyer Pay Being a Lawyer and Male Makes You a Top Earner, Census Report Shows
Sep 10, 2008, 06:57 am CDT
“The highest earners in 2007 were men in legal occupations, who earned a median salary in 2007 of $105,233, according to a Census Bureau report. The online report (PDF) issued in August shows women in legal occupations, which includes paralegal as well as lawyer positions, didn’t fare as well.”

Women in the Law
Yale Law Women List Top 10 Family-Friendly Law Firms
Sep 8, 2008, 06:21 pm CDT
“Last year, Quarles & Brady was No. 1. But this year, the Chicago-based law firm didn’t even make it on a list of the nation’s 10 most family-friendly law firms compiled by Yale Law Women. It wasn’t alone in being left out, however: Only three law firms–Arnold & Porter”.

Litigation Too Costly, E-Discovery a ‘Morass,’ Trial Lawyers Say
Sep 9, 2008, 10:00 am CDT
“The civil justice system in the United States is so bogged down in a “morass” of e-discovery that it is often too expensive for litigants to take their cases to trial, according to a survey of trial lawyers. Now the next step is to fix this increasingly dysfunctional system,”…

Death Penalty Prosecutor and Judge in Capital Case Admitted Affair, Lawyers Say
Sep 10, 2008, 05:56 am CDT
“A judge who oversaw the death penalty trial of Charles Dean Hood and the prosecutor in the case have admitted an affair, lawyers told the governor of Texas in a letter. The now-retired judge, Verla Sue Holland, and the onetime prosecutor, Thomas O’Connell, “admitted under oath that they had”

Criminal Justice William Lerach in Prison Lockdown for Alleged Football Tickets Offer
Sep 9, 2008, 06:04 am CDT
“Former lawyer William Lerach, serving time for paying kickbacks to lead plaintiffs in securities class actions, is now accused of offering another kind of incentive, this time to a prison guard: his San Diego Chargers season tickets. Lerach has been moved to administrative segregation where he is locked up for”…

Intellectual Property Law
Jones Day Sues Over Website Posting Attorney Home Purchase Info Sep 11, 2008, 12:08 pm CDT
“Jones Day has sued a website that highlights lawyers–even posting their photos and linking to firm biographies–and other professionals who buy and sell their homes in Chicago, Las Vegas, St. Louis and South Florida. After two Jones Day associates were featured on the BlockShopper site, the Cleveland-based BigLaw firm sued,”

Law Firms King & Spalding Goes on an 18-Month ‘Expansion Spree’
Sep 9, 2008, 12:55 pm CDT
“King & Spalding, a law firm known for its ties to Atlanta, is on “an expansion spree” that is tied to targeted practice areas, the American Lawyer reports in a profile. The law firm has opened eight new locations since 2007–in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates;..”. .

Labor & Employment
Owner, Managers of Iowa Meat Plant Face 9,311 Child Labor Charges Sep 9, 2008, 02:15 pm CDT
“More than 9,000 misdemeanor child labor charges were filed today by the Iowa attorney general’s office against the owner and managers of a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville that was the site of a huge immigration raid earlier this year. The 9,311 violations involve 32 workers at Agriprocessors who… ”

Banking Law U.S. Takeover of Mortgage Giants Followed Failed Talks at Davis Polk
Sep 8, 2008, 06:02 am CDT
“The announcement this weekend of a U.S. takeover of the nation’s two mortgage giants followed failed talks with potential Freddie Mac investors at the headquarters of Goldman Sachs and law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell. Freddie Mac chief executive Richard Syron made the last-ditch pitch to investors three weeks… ”

Attorney Fees Legal Fees a ‘Breathtaking’ $93M-Plus in Bratz Battle Sep 10, 2008, 07:17 am CDT
“Two toy companies battling for rights to the Bratz dolls-with-attitude have racked up legal fees of at least $93 million in the case. MGA Entertainment has spent $63 million in fees since 2004 defending a lawsuit by Mattel Inc. that contended the doll’s designer conceived of the idea before leaping.”

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