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-- The U.S. News law school rankings will be published next week, on April 23, unless they're leaked early (like last year). Last week, law professor and prolific blawger Brian Leiter wrote an open letter to law bloggers asking them not to publish the overall rankings because they're "meaningless, often perniciously so." [via The Shark]

-- MSNBC.com gives the backstory on one of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's recently jettisoned staff attorneys. On Jan. 15, 48-year-old Frank Scudere got on a US Airways flight bound for North Carolina and ended up treading water in the Hudson River instead. On Jan. 16, Skadden called Scudere into its New York office to tell him he was on a list of lawyers to be cut that day, but because of the plane crash he wouldn't be let go right away (they waited until March). A few days later, his 77-year-old father died. Bad news is only supposed to come in threes, right? [via The Am Law Daily]

-- The "street view" tool on Google Maps is endlessly fascinating. Specially outfitted Google cars like this one (note the donut tire in front) cruise the streets taking photos in every direction, creating an entirely new kind of 3-D map. Along the way, they've managed to catch some potentially criminal behavior. [via The Blotter]

-- The saga of California money manager Danny Pang continues. Yesterday we discussed The Wall Street Journal's intriguing stories on Pang, who has been accused of several shady business dealings, including setting up a Ponzi scheme. Pang had his lawyer at Fulbright & Jaworski draft a letter offering his former business partner $500,000 to stop the WSJ from publishing its story, to no effect. Now federal civil and criminal officials are looking into the allegations, while the board of Pang's company, PEMGroup, has brought on Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. [via Columbia Journalism Review]

-- Morgan, Lewis & Bockius chairman Francis Milone tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that some clients are demanding the firm not use first-year associates on their matters. Does anybody want young lawyers these days? [via ABA Journal]

Posted by Laurel Newby on April 17, 2009 at 02:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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