Greg Beck writes in to let us know that the law firm that was recently challenged for claiming that it was a copyright violation to post its cease-and-desist letter also has some other interesting ideas about copyright, including banning people from looking at the firm’s source code.
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Robert Ambrogi surveys the dishonorable mentions in law firm recruiting pages:
There is no excuse for failing to design Web sites that are compatible with all major browsers. Sure, IE continues to command the bulk of the market. But why would a firm exclude users of other browsers, particularly when it is the more tech-savvy users who opt out of IE? This is the problem with the careers page on the Web site of Patton Boggs. It works fine in IE, but try to open the page in Firefox and it comes up as a screenful of black. Switch to Opera and you get the same. Did no one at Patton ever test this page in a browser other than IE?
Female law students entering the recruiting season now have another weapon for their interviewing arsenal: a list of the 50 U.S. firms deemed most woman friendly.
The inaugural 2007 Best Law Firms for Women list, a joint venture between Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, LLC, was the result of a national survey of approximately 200 law firms. According to survey co-creator Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president of Flex-Time Lawyers, the hundreds of questions helped narrow the results to firms that were exceptional in their woman-friendly policies and practices. (more. . .)
The National Law Journal
August 6, 2007
When Jeff Brauer left his job serving of counsel to a law firm in China, he spent five months sending e-mails and hired two attorneys to collect $150,000 in unpaid compensation he claims the firm still owed him.
When that didn’t work, he started his own blog. Within weeks, the managing partner of the firm “told me to take the blog down immediately. I realized that, actually, I should do precisely the opposite,” Brauer told The National Law Journal from China, where he has since started his own business consulting firm. “I was in the public eye, and that really made it sort of even more of a problem for them to … do anything to me.”
The publicized spat, while extreme, exemplifies a growing tension between law firms and their current or former lawyers, or employees, who post negative or confidential information about their employers online. In the past year, at least two other blogs, Skadden Insider and Above the Law, have raised eyebrows for publishing internal information at firms, such as confidential firings and sexual trysts with partners.
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The Law Blog has learned that law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge rescinded its job offer to Anthony Ciolli, the 3L at Penn Law who resigned as “Chief Education Director” of AutoAdmit last month. His resigned in the wake of a WaPo exposé on how the site in part served as a platform for attacks and defamatory remarks about female law students, among others (see our earlier post here).
Charles DeWitt (pictured, left), managing partner at Edwards Angell’s Boston office, where Ciolli was slated to be a litigation associate, told the Law Blog: “He worked for us last summer. He’s not going to work for us in the fall.”
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Destroyed Hard Drive Becomes Focus of Hearing in Sullivan & Cromwell Suit
By Anthony Lin
The legal battle between Sullivan & Cromwell and former associate Aaron B. Charney took a dramatic turn Thursday when it emerged in court that Charney had recently destroyed a personal hard drive to which he had e-mailed firm documents.
Charney, previously a fourth-year in Sullivan & Cromwell’s mergers and acquisitions group, filed a pro se suit against the firm last month alleging partners discriminated against him because he is gay. The firm, which has denied the allegations, last week both fired Charney and sued him for allegedly stealing documents and publicly disclosing confidential information about both the firm and its clients.
It is unclear what information was on the hard drive. Alterman said in court that Charney frequently sent documents from his work e-mail to his home computer in order to work on them. But Sullivan & Cromwell has alleged in its suit that Charney misappropriated some documents to which he had no rightful access, including some internal documents he allegedly leaked to The Wall Street Journal. Those documents, which discussed means by which the firm could raise associate morale, were the subject of a Jan. 24 article.
The destruction of the hard drive raises the possibility that Charney could be found to have willfully destroyed evidence. A ruling by Fried that the ex-associate spoliated evidence could have a devastating impact on his case. (more…)