Reflections on My Experience as a 1992 Summer Associate in Sidley & Austin’s LA Office

I recently blogged about my 1993 summer associate class at Cooley Godward. I would love to do a similar roundup of my peers’ careers from my other summer associate experience at Sidley & Austin’s LA office in summer 1992, but…

The Story of Cooley Godward’s 1993 Summer Associate Class

I was one of 25 summer associates in Cooley Godward’s program in 1993. I recently rediscovered my summer associate “resume book”/”facebook” (we all looked SO YOUNG), and it made me wonder how their careers developed over the past three decades….

The eBay In-House Legal Department's Remarkable Legacy of General Counsels

The eBay In-House Legal Department’s Remarkable Legacy of General Counsels

Over its quarter-century history, eBay has had numerous industry-defining legal accomplishments, including: the VeRO program as a supplement to the DMCA’s 512(c) safe harbor; the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in MercExchange v. eBay, which dramatically clipped the legal tools available…

Employment Outcomes for Privacy Law Certificate Earners at Santa Clara Law (Cross-Post)

[initially published in the IAPP Privacy Advisor, Sept. 25, 2018] In 2014, the Santa Clara University School of Law adopted a first-in-the-nation Privacy Law Certificate for JD students. We have taken steps to make the certificate’s requirements particularly rigorous. Students must…

Santa Clara Law Alumni at Silicon Valley Companies

Santa Clara Law Alumni at Silicon Valley Companies

Our alumni magazine had a little feature about the number of Santa Clara Law alums at various Silicon Valley institutions. Unfortunately, the way they presented the data wasn’t intuitive to me, so I reorganized the data. Our school prides itself…

Why I No Longer Respond to Unsolicited Inquiries About Legal Matters

Several times a week, I get emails (and occasionally phone calls) from people inquiring about legal topics and asking me a question. If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve made such an inquiry to me. Often, due to my…

Are the Days of Independent Legal Blogging Over?

[UPDATE: Maybe the headline is throwing folks off, so let me reiterate my key question: has there been any noteworthy legal blog started since 2010 that isn’t attached to a big law firm? Also, if you read to the end,…

Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking an In-House Counsel Job

[This blog post holds my personal record for gestation of a blog post. The outline for this post traces back to a student talk I gave at Marquette University in 2004. I first started working on the post some time…

Disability Leave Foiled By Facebook Photos–Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health

Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health Physician Network, 2012 WL 5416616 (6th Cir. Nov. 7, 2012) Another entry in the ever-popular series of litigants foiled by social media evidence. Sara Jaszczyszyn (an even more impressive name than Balasubramani…is this her?) took FMLA…

Plaintiff’s Claims to Be “Bedridden” and “Vegetative” Rebutted by Facebook Evidence–Cajamarca v. Regal Entertainment

Cajamarca v. Regal Entertainment Group, 2012 WL 3782437 (E.D.N.Y. August 31, 2012) Yet another entry in the running series of litigants getting ensnared by contrary evidence on social media. The underlying case involved a “break room incident.” The plaintiff alleged…