Managing partners fear him. Big Law associates love him (and have made a pastime of supplying him with juicy firm gossip). He’s David Lat, the writer and editor of popular legal blog Above the Law. For more than two years, Lat has covered the legal scene from D.C., but he’s moving to New York in just a few days. In the following email exchange with the BLT, Lat offers details about his upcoming departure, and about the fate of Above the Law:
BLT: When and why are you moving back to New York?
Lat: I'm moving back to New York next week. The main reason for my move is a job change. The company I work for, Breaking Media, is promoting me to oversee all of their sites AboveTheLaw.com, Dealbreaker.com, and Fashionista.com and to help them develop and launch new ones.
This gig will require me to brush my teeth, put on clothes, and schlep into an office each morning just like I did before I left the practice of law for blogging, some two and a half years ago. Hence the move back to New York, where the company has its offices (in SoHo).
BLT: Will it affect the content of ATL at all?
Lat: Quite possibly. I will still write for the site, and so will our existing contributors. But we are looking to hire a new full-time editor/writer, who will take over day-to-day responsibility for ATL from me, and whose vision will largely determine the direction of the site.
BLT: Will ATL focus less on D.C. firms and more on the New York legal scene?
Lat: The focus of the site will depend a great deal on the new editor. But I have enjoyed my two and a half years in D.C., think it's a great city in which to practice and write about the law, and hope to still do a lot of Washington coverage not just of firms, but of the DOJ and the courts as well.