The Lawyer Letter: July 2016

The Lawyer Letter: July 2016

July 8, 2016

We welcome you to the inaugural issue of “Off the Clock,” The Ledlie Group’s take on news in the world of law. You can see many of our own experiences in said world on our site here.

Look, we know being a lawyer isn’t easy. The last six years are stark evidence of that. It can at times be a thankless job, one where the client doesn’t truly understand the work that gets put into each and every case. Through the years, The Ledlie Letter has, in its own way, reflected this trend. The following are several snippets from previous Ledlie Letters (as well as a few new ones) that show just how bizarre litigation can be. So kick back, put that discovery file down, and clock out.

 “I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.” – Steven Wright, comedian

Nothing to SOL (Snark Out Loud) about. Lawyers say text messaging has turned into the latest form of workplace abuse.  Several settlements have been secured as the result of late-night texting, some sexual in nature, from bosses and others.

Legal maneuver. Loyola Law School Los Angeles found its exceptionally difficult grading system produced average GPAs of 2.667 per student, lower than the state’s law school average of 3.0. Loyola students were suffering in the job hunt, so the administration simply adjusted all grades up by 0.333 points.

Trial by puppet. In Ohio, the corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County commissioner Jimmy Dimora was re-enacted nightly on TV by a puppeteer troupe after a judge forbade any cameras from entering the courtroom. No, we’re not making this up. You can watch here:

“A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.” –
Robert Frost

Van Wilder, Esq. A University of Arizona law student has posted a Craigslist ad in search of an “extern” for “one-on-one mentoring with a current UA law student.” The position includes doing the law student’s homework, fetching coffee, and sitting in on classes.

If they win, do they get on the Law Review? Speaking of legal studies, two former law students got kicked out of Texas Southern University after they got a D in contracts and failed to meet the 2.0 minimum. They sued.

Sunset for billable. “Any law firm leader today who thinks they can do 100 percent of work on billable hours forever into the future is not going to have a law firm for very long.” – Robert Lipstein, Partner, Crowell & Moring.

An Expensive Law Degree, and No Place to Use It
“I wouldn’t trade my law degree for anything. I would trade the debt.”

The latest in jailhouse lawsuits? An inmate in South Dakota, suing a hospital for wrongful circumcision at birth, says he would have acted earlier had he been aware of the condition.

“A good lawyer knows how to shut up when he’s won a case.” – Alan Dershowitz

If Cravath jumped off a bridge, would you? Well, kind of.
As the industry trendsetter, the behemoth New York firm of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore has once again made changes to its business structure. Sure to make many other similar Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News  firms follow suit, Cravath has now increased base, associate pay from $160,000 to $180,000. Most fresh law grads still face many struggles, however, with less than half landing jobs the first year out of school, and an average salary of $63,000 for those that do.
About the Ledlie Group
A former newsman and journalist for the AJC, Joe Ledlie, after heading two other leading Atlanta public relations firms, began The Ledlie Group in 1998. The firm immediately attracted the business of significant organizations and other professional service firms around the country.On Christmas day of last year Joe sadly passed away. He left behind a vast client list and network through which to continue his legacy.

In his place, Andy McGowan has stepped in to further that legacy. Mr. McGowan is a senior-level strategic public relations and marketing executive with more than 25 years’ experience across several high profile brands and industries. In 2015, he founded Watkins McGowan, LLC, a strategic communications practice.

Before founding Watkins McGowan, Mr. McGowan spent his career in leadership roles at companies including UPS, Qualcomm, Red Bull, and the National Hockey League.

The Ledlie Group continues to provide its crisis and communications counsel to law firms, higher education institutions, non-profits, healthcare organizations, and corporate entities in the United States and around the world. Through its partnership with Public Relations Global Network, the firm boasts a 50 plus firm network based in six continents.

Legal defense teams in the following states have benefitted from The Ledlie Group’s advice in state and federal matters over the last two years: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Idaho, Utah, New Hampshire, Missouri, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California.

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