We're #1!

I always love to brag (blrag?) about my colleagues' successes, and this one is pretty cool: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, with which I've been a part-time academic affiliate for about a year and a half, has been rated #1 for appellate and Supreme Court work by

Excellent, and from what I've seen of my colleagues' work, extremely well deserved.

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Tracy Johnson (www):
How does your blog rate in comparison?
6.13.2007 5:31pm
Steve P. (mail):
I believe his blog rates as #1 in legal commentary with a libertarian political bent.
6.13.2007 5:45pm
George Lyon (mail):
Does this mean you have been working to reverse their pro bono support of gun control lawsuits?
6.13.2007 5:47pm
Does the firm have a special 2L summer program for appeals work, or is it something you have to angle (or luck) your way into over the summer?
6.13.2007 5:50pm
Horatio (mail):
Bradley - It's not a special program. The summer program is pretty ad hoc.
6.13.2007 5:59pm
MS (mail):
And not a moment too soon. I was just trying to decide whether to hire Andrew Frey, Ted Olsen, or Carter Phillips to do some work for me.
6.13.2007 6:07pm
No special program that I've heard of, I think they hire summers just like other firms. If you want to work with the appellate group though, probably your best bet is to:

1) Get a summer associate job at an office where many of the appellate lawyers work (probably DC or Chicago)

2) Make sure you talk to them, get to know them, maybe even do some work for them if they have any available

3) Get a clerkship.

You know, same as if you wanted to work with any other group, except I'm guessing a clerkship probably matters most for the appellate group.
6.13.2007 6:44pm
Bob W (mail):
How much more competitive are these practices to get into than the other practices? If I'm not Law Review at Harvard, do I have any shot?
6.13.2007 8:38pm
It was years ago when I summered there, but the number one factor for that practice group was and probably still is a prestigious clerkship. Minumum one year on a US Court of Appeals, and even that would not assure it -- their strong preference was for former SCOTUS clerks.
6.13.2007 8:54pm
NLG -- and as there are 5 people who summered at Mayer headed to SCOTUS clerkships this fall, they probably can afford to have that strong preference.
6.13.2007 11:58pm
Drive By Comments:
Legal500 also lists Loeb &Loeb as the #1 IP litigation firm in the country.

I don't think so.
6.14.2007 1:51am
Maybe Professor Volokh (and anyone else with insight) could post some advice for those of us law students (I'm a rising 2L) potentially interested in pursuing appellate work for a career? From what I've heard, it seems that many firms with prominent appellate groups often lure people in with the prospect of working with the appellate group, but then since everyone is trying to get in that group the end result is that associates' interaction with the group is minimal. Any advice on going through OCI and trying to avoid this? Does anyone know how many and/or which firms actually have a structured appellate group, versus appellate work just being one of the things that the litigation department does? Thanks much.
6.14.2007 4:08am
Former Law Review Editor:
Appellate work isn't very interesting, for the most part, and really isn't all that different than what you'll be doing when drafting motions to dismiss or motions for summary judgment.

Just do litigation.

(I say this having done private appellate work for a major firm).
6.14.2007 4:13am
Tyrone Slothrop (mail) (www):

No one can argue with the top firms on that list, but as you go farther down the list their choices are downright bizarre.
6.14.2007 12:23pm
B. Holder (mail):
>> blrag?

Haven't I seen that word on a LOLCats poster?
6.14.2007 8:33pm