Friday, August 31, 2012

Boaltie at the RNC

As someone posted late last year, Ricky Gill (Boalt 2012) is running for Congress for Califronia's 9th Congressional District (which I think covers most of San Joaquin County, some of eastern Contra Costa County, and some of southern Sacramento County).  A couple days ago, he gave a speech at the RNC.  He is just outside my Congressional District, but I'm sure there are a few Boalties out there that are registered in his district.  Here is a link to his speech.

It is pretty brief (just under two minutes), and doesn't say anything terribly earth-shattering.  It is nice, for me at least, to see young people running for office - he just made the constitutional cut-off for Congress at 25 years old.  My time at Boalt didn't overlap with his at all, but I'm sure some of you trolls out there know him and have your own thoughts.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

POTUS Talks Law School Student Debt... Not Really

As some of you fine interweb trolls (like myself) know, our supreme commander shined light on the dark corners of the internet today by doing an AMA (ask me anything) thread on the always educational  One of the questions posed (to which he provided a response) was regarding student debt and, in particular, law school debt.  Here is the question and answer:

I am recent law school graduate. Despite graduating from a top school, I find myself unemployed with a large student loan debt burden. While I'm sure my immediate prospects will improve in time, it's difficult to be optimistic about the future knowing that my ability to live a productive life -- to have a fulfilling career, to buy a house, to someday raise a family -- is hampered by my debt and the bleak economic outlook for young people. I know that I'm not alone in feeling this way. Many of us are demoralized. Your 2008 campaign was successful in large part due to the efforts of younger demographics. We worked for you, we campaigned for you, and we turned out in record numbers to vote for you. What can I say to encourage those in similar situations as I am to show up again in November? What hope can you offer us for your second term?
I understand how tough it is out there for recent grads. You're right - your long term prospects are great, but that doesn't help in the short term. Obviously some of the steps we have taken already help young people at the start of their careers. Because of the health care bill, you can stay on your parent's plan until you're twenty six. Because of our student loan bill, we are lowering the debt burdens that young people have to carry. But the key for your future, and all our futures, is an economy that is growing and creating solid middle class jobs - and that's why the choice in this election is so important. The other party has two ideas for growth - more taxs cuts for the wealthy (paid for by raising tax burdens on the middle class and gutting investments like education) and getting rid of regulations we've put in place to control the excesses on wall street and help consumers. These ideas have been tried, they didnt work, and will make the economy worse. I want to keep promoting advanced manufacturing that will bring jobs back to America, promote all-American energy sources (including wind and solar), keep investing in education and make college more affordable, rebuild our infrastructure, invest in science, and reduce our deficit in a balanced way with prudent spending cuts and higher taxes on folks making more than $250,000/year. I don't promise that this will solve all our immediate economic challenges, but my plans will lay the foundation for long term growth for your generation, and for generations to follow. So don't be discouraged - we didn't get into this fix overnight, and we won't get out overnight, but we are making progress and with your help will make more.

Now, my disdain for most things liberal aside, this feels an awful lot like a non-answer.  Maybe because it is a non-answer.  In any event, I think I have seen people mention student debt once or twice on this blog, so, well, you folks can feel free to have at it again.

Also, for those interested, here is the link to the AMA Reddit thread.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

OCImPics -- Olympics with More Roids

Again?  Has it really been a year?  No of course it hasn't been a year, it's been 11 months.  But apparently schools setting up On-Campus Interviews are on the lunar calendar or something.  Might as well wish everyone a Happy Yom Kippur while I'm at it.   All that aside, this year promises to be special.  It's an Olympics year and to be quite honest, I'd love to see Bob Costas cover the competitive, fearless, and agonizing spirit of OCIP.  Who doesn't want to see a montage of Bobby hitting the gym to practice his handshake grip?  Or Janey having a break down while shopping for a conservative, yet sassy business suit, only to build herself back up just in the nick of time to stick the hotel room greetings.  Will THIS be the year someone finally attempts a three-piece suit?  Who will dominate the VAULT?  Pesky questions that I'm sure NBC will answer over the next few weeks. 

With my ranting out of the way, this is your OCIP thread, but we do have some guidelines and best practices.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, here is a short explanation (you should also probably consult 2010's thread and follow the links in that post to educate yourself). In essence, this thread is to inform those who want to be informed of such things when firms send out offers and/or rejections following OCIP.  OCIP is a stressful process and it brings out the best and often the worst in people. If you feel OCIP is a notch below the library during exam times then you might want to skip this thread.


1. We will take comments posted below regarding offers/rejections and incorporate them into the body of this post. The process is tedious and generally not fun. There's a lot you can do to expedite things along.



4. Post the offers/rejections in the following format:
Firm name, Office, +/- to indicate offer/rejection respectively. For example:

Orrick, SF +.
The location abbreviations are as follows:
Atl -- Atlanta; Bos -- Boston; Chi -- Chicago; Dal -- Dallas; DC -- DC; EBay -- East Bay locations (Oakland, Walnut Creek, etc.); LA -- LA area offices (includes Century City); Mia = Miami and South Florida; Minn -- Minnesota; NY -- New York/New Jersey; OC -- Orange County area offices; Por -- Portland; Sac -- Sacramento; SD -- San Diego; SF -- San Francisco; SV -- Silicon Valley offices (includes Palo Alto, San Jose, Menlo Park, and all other South Bay locations).
5. This is now the eighth OCIP that N&B has had this thread. Without failure, each previous thread contained comments that were ummm worthy of staying up. So, while we will delete comments that are only posting +/-, more substantive comments will stay up. At the same time, it's probably wise not to identify yourself to your prospective employers. So don't write anything silly that's going to reveal who you are.

Best of luck to all of you, but for the love all that is holy and good, please follow Rules 2 and 3.


Altshuler Berzon +
Allen Matkins, LA +.
Arnold & Porter, SF +/-.
Baker & Hostetler, NY -.
Baker & McKenzie, SV +.
Baker Botts, SV +.
Bingham McCutchen, LA +, SF +.
Boies Schiller, OAK +.
Brownstein Hyatt, DEN -.
Bryan Cave, LA +/-, OC +.
Cadwalader, NY -.
Cleary, DC -, NY +, SV +
Cooley, SD +, SF +/-, SV +/-.
Covington, DC +, SF +/-.
Cravath +/-.
Crowell & Moring, DC -, SF +/-.
Curtis-Mallet Prevost, NY +.
Davis Polk, NY +, SV +/-.
Downey Brand, SAC +/-.
Drinker Biddle, SF +/-.
Edelson McGuire, CHI +.
Farella Braun, SF +/-.
Fenwick West, SF +/-, SV -.
Foley Lardner, DC -, LA +/-, SD -.
Gibson Dunn, LA +/-, SF +/-.
Goodwin Procter, BOS -, LA +/-, SF +, SV -.
Greenberg Traurig, SF +.
Gunderson Dettmer, SV -.
Haynes Boone, OC +/-.
Hogan Lovells, LA +, SF +.
Holland & Knight, SF +.
Hooper Lundy, SF +.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed, NY -.
Irell, LA +.
Jeffer Mangels, LA +.
Jenner & Block, CHI +, LA +.
Jones Day, DC -, LA +/-, NY -, SD -, SF +/-.
K&L Gates, SEA +.
Kasowitz, SV +/-.
Keker & Van Nest, +/-.
King & Spalding, DC +.
Kirkland Ellis, LA +, SF +.
Latham, LA +, OC -, SD +/-, SF +/-.
Lowenstein, SV +/-.
McDermott, Will & Emery, SV -.
Manatt, LA +/-.
Morgan Lewis, LA -, SF +.
Morrison Foerster, LA +, SD -, SF +/-.
O'Melveny, CC +/-, LA +/-, OC +, SF +/-, SV -.
Orrick, SF +/-, SV -.
Paul Hastings, LA -, NY +, SF +/-.
Paul Weiss, NY +.
Perkins Coie, SEA +, SF -, SV +.
Pillsbury, SF +.
Proskauer Rose, LA +.
Reed Smith, SF -, SV -.
Ropes & Gray, SF +.
Rutan & Tucker, +/-.
Sedgwick, SF -.
Schiff Hardin, CHI -, SF -.
Shearman & Sterling, NY +.
Sheppard Mullin, LA +, SD +, SF +.
Sidley Austin, CHI +, LA +/-, SF +.
Simpson Thatcher, DC -, LA -, NY +/-, SV +/-.
Skadden, LA +, NY +, SV +/-.
Sullivan & Cromwell, NY +, SV +.
Wachtell, +.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, NY -, SV +.
White & Case, LA +.
WilmerHale, DC +/-, LA -, NY +, SV +/-.
Wilson Sonsini, SF -, SV +/-.
Winston & Strawn, SF +/-.