Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

The supreme court of Maryland (termed the “Court of Appeals”) apparently wears outfits almost as silly as those proudly worn by the Justices of the Canadian Supreme Court.


Thx (for the mirth) to the nattily-attired Maryland Court of Appeals

The Texas litigation boutique of Susman Godfrey–long in/famous for its unrelenting billable requirements and equally jaw-dropping bonuses–issued this press release yesterday, announcing that its New York & LA offices would match the newly minted $160k starting salary which is now fairly standard at most of the BigLaws in both cities.


In typical SG fashion, the press release was restrained and understated.


Susman Godfrey announced today a salary increase for their associates in Los Angeles and New York. The compensation package for first year associates joining their Los Angeles and New York offices is $160,000, plus benefits. Already among the best paid associates nation-wide, the compensation package for first year associates in their Houston, Dallas, and Seattle offices is $140,000, plus benefits ….

Susman Godfrey also pays year end merit bonuses to associates who have been with the firm for at least one year. Last year, associate bonuses topped out at $120,000. In 2005, some associates received a walloping $150,000 in year-end perks. More commonly, our merit bonuses have accounted for 20% to 60% of an associate’s annual compensation and are far in excess of bonuses paid by our competitors. Thus, associates’ year-end merit bonuses tend to range from an additional $30,000 to $80,000 on top of the base salary.

Thx to AbovetheLaw

The Chief Justice of the United States recently gave a great speech in Dallas at an event hosted by the UT Law School.


Thx to the UT Law School

Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder, Vernon Wells, took an unusual approach to a heckler … he autographed a baseball with a special, touching message that read:

Dear Mr. Dork,
Here is your ball! Can you please tell me what gas station you work at, so when you are pumping my gas, I can yell at you!!! Now sit down, shut up and enjoy the game.
– Your favorite centerfielder


Thx to the Toronto Sun and Deadspin