Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is now officially a DC power player: he has retained Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly to shop his autobiography. Barnett, whom we featured in the cover story of 2007 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, has successfully placed a number of political books on the best-seller lists, including offerings from Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy and Tony Blair. Barnett's legendary for geting huge advances for his clients -- he got Clinton around $10 million -- so expect Brown to end up with seven figures.
We are thrilled with the acquisition of Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. The transaction is the ultimate validation of Super Lawyers as the leading lawyer rating system in the country. Both lawyers and consumers will benefit: With Thomson's extraordinary resources and capabilities, the attorneys named to Super Lawyers will be able to greatly expand their reach to new client and referral sources. And consumers will now have even better access to Super Lawyers knowing the integrity of the rating process will be preserved in keeping with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
WorldNetDaily reports that First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus (New York Metro Super Lawyers 2006-09) who has represented the likes of Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela and Andrei Sakharov, New York has agreed to defend the co-author of"Muslim Mafia" and his son in a lawsuit brought by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Above the Law reports that Dean Van Zandt of Northwestern Law School believes we should have taken class size into account when ranking law schools. Our rankings are based on a simple count of lawyers selected to 2009 Super Lawyers. The Dean ran his own numbers using a weighted average method based on enrollment in 1999. Using this approach, Northwestern rises from our ranking of 18th to 8th in the nation.
As I mentioned in my last post, Dean David Van Zandt of the Northwestern University School of Law came up with his own ranking of law schools based on the number of graduates named to Super Lawyers adjusted to reflect class size (using 1999 enrollment figures).
Today Super Lawyers announces the release of our first annual ranking of U.S. law schools. The 2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings is unique in that it ranks law schools based on the number of graduates who are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers across the country. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to Super Lawyers lists (click here to see our selection process).
Next week, Super Lawyers will release its first ranking of law schools across America.
It's official. The New Jersey Supreme Court has adopted amendments to ethics rules that allow lawyers to mention their inclusion in Super Lawyers and other ratings. The revised rules go into effect immediately. This closes the final chapter of the three-and-a-half year saga arising out of Opinion 39.
Dscriber.com reports that storm chaser and reality-TV wife swapper Richard Heene has hired Denver attorney David Lane (Colorado Super Lawyers 2006-09). Lane gained national attention when he represented embattled former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill.
Attorney Nick Hentoff's recent blog posting starts out by applauding Super Lawyers for sticking up for lawyers' First Amendment rights (Thank you, Nick).