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Ah, law school summers. Those long days on the beach and care-free nights, finding young love in the sand dunes. Actually, that's the start of "Grease," not a law school summer. When you're in law school, summer tends to mean one thing: work. And you should be focused on work in the summers! Summer clerkships, associate positions, and internships are the best chance for you to learn some actual lawyering skills.

But work isn't all you should be doing this summer. Here's a few more tasks to add to your calendar.

Lawyer Conference in Cuba Moved to Miami Over Political Fears

Despite warming relations between America and Cuba, the annual meeting of the Inter-American Bar Association has been relocated from Havana to Miami. An abundance of caution, apparently, is to blame.

If the conference had moved forward, it would have been the first time IABA had met in Cuba since the organization’s inaugural conference in Havana.

For Victims of the California Bar Exam, Is There a Silver Lining?

The pass rate numbers for the California bar exam are bad -- really bad. If you took it, there's basically a third of a chance you passed -- and that's if you were a randomly chosen individual. If you took the test and you were from an out of state, non-accredited law school? Why were you even sitting for this thing?

Still, we remain hopeful and have pushed an idea that this could be the beginning of the bottom. At least, we hope so.

You've graduated from law school. Now the real challenge begins: surviving the bar exam! For most new-J.D.s, this means hundreds of hours studying black letter law that you probably only touched on in your three years of law school.

The key to doing well on the bar exam is simple: study, and study effectively. To help you out, here are our top seven bar study tips, from the FindLaw archives.

A prominent Cleveland defense attorney was publicly admonished for his potty-mouth. Craig Weintraub, who is best known for representing Ariel Castro, the man who kidnapped and imprisoned three women for over a decade, was overheard calling Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan a series of unprintable names. That lead to a contempt proceeding, some schoolmarm scolding from federal district Judge John Adams, and Weintraub's public wrist slap.

Weintraub, of course, thought the whole thing was F-ing ridiculous and that everyone should stop being such little $@#!*s.

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: I Want YOU! For Gov't Lawyer!

Have you taken your shot at the private sector and now want to move over to government work? We can't blame you. For many young and middle-aged attorneys out there, the fight to be king of the private practice hill is just not all that it's cracked up to be.

But you've probably picked up a bit of experience along the way and that can help you ease your way out of your current rut. So for this week's top three cool jobs, brought to you as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we present to you some of the cooler government attorney jobs.

Donald Trump released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees yesterday. The list included none of the usual suspects like former Solicitor General Paul Clement. Indeed, Trump seems to have avoided almost all markers of "establishment" Supreme Court candidates. There is not a Harvard law grad in the bunch. What former SCOTUS clerks are included were more likely to clerk for Justice Thomas than the Chief Justice, or even Scalia. They're "Trumpy" of course, but they're not total outsiders. Then again, neither was Donald Trump.

One name stands out, though: Justice Don Willett, of the Supreme Court of Texas. Besides being on the highest court in the Lone Star State, Willett is a well-known member of the legal Twitterati and self-styled "Tweeter Laureate of Texas." From his @JusticeWillett handle, he's consistently mocked The Donald online. Here is some of his best work.

Being Vulnerable Is Part of the Job Search

"What, they rejected me?? How Dare they!"

If the above sentence is representative of your usual reaction whenever you receive a rejection letter from a prospective employer, we applaud your self-esteem. But most people aren't blessed with such a sense of self-importance. For most lawyers (indeed, people), looking for a job and waiting for the inevitable rejection can be a harrowing experience. But being vulnerable is all part of the process. Fortunately, just knowing that you're not alone can help a bit too.

If you like the law and you love literature, the American Bar Association wants to hear from you. The ABA and the University of Alabama School of Law announced the finalists for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction last week. The Harper Lee Prize (which the late author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" has given her stamp of approval) is given every year to the best legal fiction that "illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change."

There are three finalists, and now the ABA is asking lawyers who they think should get the gold. Let's take a look at these standouts.

Lawyer Brings Parking Ticket to Appellate Court and Wins

An Indiana lawyer who stayed in the game and brought a parking ticket all the way to Indiana's appeals court won on the issue of when a ticket is "paid". Score one for motorists everywhere.

It's nice to see that at least some within the population do not simply pay parking tickets lying down and are still contesting these things using the old ways rather than apps like Fixed.