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Supreme Court Clerks Reaching (er, Representing) the Stars
No one has done more to glamorize and create a celebrity mystique for Supreme Court law clerks than David Lat at Underneath Their Robes. But the allure of the Hotties of the Law simply doesn't compare to the Hotties of Hollywood. And as this article, Supreme Court Connection: High Court Clerks Tackle Entertainment Law ( Matthew Belloni -- Oct. 3, 2006), explains, Supreme Court clerks are trading in on their celebrity status in the small pond of the legal profession to represent big-time, Hollywood celebrities. Though generally, entertainment boutiques do not hire lawyers without experience, Supreme Court clerks have proven the exception to this rule. As Belloni reports:
As of yet, entertainment law is not a popular choice for Supreme Court clerks. Describes Steven Krone (another Supreme Court clerk who went to the entertainment industry):
As law firm life grows more arduous for new associates, even the $200,000 signing bonuses that Supreme Court clerks can command may not be all that appealing. After all, when you can bask in the bright lights of Hollywood, why would you be content to be one of hundreds of associates, burning the midnight oil?
Does Technology Make Our Lives Easier?
The JD Bliss Blog poses the question of whether mobile technology helps or hinders work-life balance:
JD Bliss sites a study out of the United Kingdom, where 73 percent of respondents said that they have seen an improvement in their work-life balance as a result of using mobile technologies. (But, as the post notes, the survey was commissioned by Damovo UK, which provides mobile communication technologies to businesses).
Meanwhile, another survey suggests the opposite result. According to this news release (October 2006):
As with everything else, portable technology can bring enormous benefits, if used properly. I'd hate to see a situation where lawsuits resulted in the elimination of the mobile technology from the workplace. More than any other tool, BlackBerrys, cell phones and the Internet have increased our flexibility and enabled lawyers to work away from the office. The solution is not to get rid of the technology but to prevent employers from abusing it.
Justice Scalia Continues His Precedent of Controversy
Last term, it was a crude gesture to reporters; now it's a comment that some say perpetuates stereotypes against Mexicans. With the Supreme Court just starting its new session, Justice Scalia is continuing his precedent of generating controversy. As CNN describes here:
But though Scalia's comments have drawn lots of attention, are they as offensive as they appear? In her Supreme Court dispatch of the term, Dahlia Lithwick says yes, writing that we have a double standard for Scalia:
From Hot Air's perspective, Scalia's remark equating tequila with Mexican alcohol is no different than equating sake with Japanese alcohol or vodka with Russian alcohol.
Trial Lawyers Collaborate on Web Site
If you think that trial lawyers constantly compete with each other for top cases, think again. The newly created Trial Lawyer Resource Center (TLRC) is a hot-off-the-presses blog that represents the collaborative efforts of 10 trial lawyers. Some of the collaborators, like David Swanner of South Carolina Trial Law Blog, John Day of Day on Torts, Mark Zamora of A Georgia Lawyer and Ron Miller of Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog may already be familiar names from the blogsphere. Here's how the TLRC blog describes its purpose:
But there's something even more radical about the TLRC besides collaboration and the wealth of information that it will provide to other lawyers at no cost. Traditionally, resources provided by the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA; soon to be known as the American Association for Justice) has limited certain membership benefits, such as listserve participation, to plaintiffs lawyers. But the lawyers at TLRC apparently have no compunction about sharing their secrets, not just with other plaintiffs lawyers but with the defense bar as well. My guess is that TLRC will find a major audience not just with plaintiffs lawyers but with their adversaries as well.
For more information on the new site, read Evan Schaeffer's interview with David Swanner at Legal Underground.