Greedy Links: Torture Memos, and How Can I Become a Justice?
This week in Greedy Links: you are legally in the clear to provide legal opinions to your clients, just maybe a hint of a recovery for the legal profession, and a couple of novel places to look for a new job.
This Week's Ethics Lesson:
- The Washington Post reports that Jay Bybee and John Yoo will not face criminal sanctions for their "torture memos," and that, given state bars' lack of subpoena power, they aren't likely to face professional sanctions either. In other words, it is in fact ethical to perform legal research and then supply your client with confidential memoranda summarizing that research. Everyone can go back to work now.
The State of the Profession:
And everywhere you look, there's a story about the slow capitulation to the need to reduce BigLaw salaries.
The State of Your Career:
Finally, you may have heard, from FindLaw's Courtside or bascially any
media outlet that you might have paid attention to at any point this
week, that the federal government is looking for a new judge.
- So you're thinking, I could do that job. What's it going to take to
get me nominated? (Other than getting Vice President Biden to review
your resume; we suggest something that will stand out in the pile, like
fluorescent pink resume paper.) For some hints, watch Skadden partner
and former appointee-vetter Cliff Sloan try to get Stephen Colbert to
accept that Colbert has no shot.