Ethics Refresher Section
- Above the Law jumped all over a law student in New York who sought to make a little money handing out legal advice. ATL later reported that its readers had e-mailed the student en masse and enlightened him (no doubt with their typical sensitivity) about the unauthorized practice of law, spurring a rapid change of heart.
- The D.C. Madam's lawyer earned himself a suspension in Florida. This week the D.C. Circuit noticed and suspended him there for three years. (Legal Times)
- The '80s corporate-raider classic Wall Street is getting a sequel, says Law Shucks. And whether you learn it from the return of Gordon Gekko or this former Thacher associate, consider yourself officially reminded: insider trading is a felony. (Corporate Legal Times)
- So many ethics rules to remember. But does this one need saying? Apparently it does. You can't accept sex in lieu of fees.(AP via WSJ law blog)
- For those who found poring over and debating the U.S. News law school rankings frivolous and juvenile, we present the grown-up version: The Am Law 100 2009 was released this week.
- Litination reports on the critical condition of the billable hour.
The Career Advice Never Really Changes
- Still in associate-land? Keep your head down and don't ask for anything, says the National Law Journal.
- Done with law, or want to be? Move to Sonoma and get $10,000 a month to eat, drink, blog, and tweet about wine for the Murphy-Goode Winery. You know, if you can convince them that your lawyering skills are in any way relevant.
Students: Please Continue To Panic
- You Know It's Bad When: even the alternative press has begun wondering where all the new law grads will go. (Boston Phoenix)
- Many Forbes readers are presumably BigLaw clients, so they will undoubtedly treat the demise of the cushy 2L summer gig as a feel-good kind of story.
- Pre-Ls: why? Why are you applying to law school in such numbers? Do you not read ATL? (ABA Journal)