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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Scalia ... out of touch

Justice Scalia demonstrated how out of touch he is with the current marketplace when he recently lectured law students to do what he did coming up:

On Monday, speaking to an audience of University of Chicago Law School students, Scalia returned to the theme. He told the students to think about practicing law in a way that “enables you to maintain a human existence… time for your family, your church or synagogue, community… boy scouts, little league,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Scalia also noted that he began his own law practice in Cleveland, Ohio (Jones, Day). “You should look for a place like that. I’m sure they’re still out there. Maybe you have to go to Cleveland.” 

I don't think it's too out of school to note that Jones Day, like its peers, probably has a billing requirement for associates near 1,950 hours - even in Cleveland. 



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He didn't say go to Jones Day. He said maybe Cleveland. More specifically, he said to go to a place that was like JD in Cleveland when he started. I trust you are familiar with JD's billable hours requirements of that period and no doubt based your post on that knowledge?

Where he is out of touch is in referring to Gibson Dunn as laid back (not in the portion of the talk excerpted in the post). Laid back compared to Wachtell, maybe. Otherwise - not so accurate.

Posted by: JSTR | Feb 14, 2012 9:52:14 AM

In my experience, plenty of associates bill 1950+ and still have time for family and community.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 14, 2012 4:12:01 PM

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