Some company called Solvaire Technologies is looking for someone to review title reports and log it into a database, which sounds like it might be a little more interesting than scrolling through documents and clicking "relevant" every so often. It is downtown, pays $27 per hour and is supposed to last several months. Check it out by clicking on the link above.
- Justice Joan Orie Melvin wrapped up her defense without taking the stand – and the judge didn’t let her admit evidence of her workload. Also, looks like the corruption trial didn’t keep her out of church today. [Post-Gazette]
- State troopers are still using the Breathalizer on suspected drunks even though those tests are in legal jeopardy. [WTAE]
- Two more ex-staffers testified against Justice Orie Melvin’s today, each saying they had been asked to set aside judicial work to campaign for the Justice during paid time for the judiciary; neither of them testified that they witnessed the Justice herself doing anything wrong. [Post-Gazette]
- So, Pennsylvania might start collecting DNA from people arrested — not convicted, mind you — for felonies and saving it in some Minority Report type database. Is that constitutional? Discuss. [Keystone Report]
- Also, we’re joining the federal lawsuit against S&P for inflating the ratings of crappy mortgage back securities. [WHTM]
- Mike Wojcik, former county solicitor, is running for the Superior Court. [Trib]
- A little free legal advice: Don’t count on marital privilege to bar text messages to your ex husband if you’re accused of beating up his little kid. Or, like, ever if things didn’t end well between you. [Legal Intelligencer]
- Alcoa is hiring a junior environmental attorney. [Indeed]
- Reed Smith is hiring an e-discovery attorney, which I think is a fancy way of saying permanent document review. [Monster]
Here’s the whole description from Craigslist:
Titles Attorney (Oil & Gas) (Pittsburgh, PA)
Titles Attorney (Oil & Gas)
A TOP downtown Pittsburgh law firm has an immediate need for a skilled titles attorney. Ideal candidates will have prior experience in the oil & gas filed, assisting with title matters, gained through a law firm, energy company or corporate legal department. An active state Bar membership is required and strong computer skills will be necessary. This long term project will begin as soon as a qualified candidate is identified and will be held within the firm’s offices in downtown Pittsburgh (Monday — Friday, 40-hrs/week, during regular business hours).
To apply for this opportunity, please forward your resume, listing your experience, as a Microsoft Word attachment to David Gaborek at email@example.com. To receive further information, please visit http://www.choicecounsel.com
- On her second day of testimony at Justice Orie Melvin’s corruption trial, Jamie Pavlot described smuggling incriminating files out of the office under her coat — even after she started meeting with the district attorney about corruption charges against the Orie sisters. [Post-Gazette] Melvin’s attorneys dispute the authenticity of the documents in question. [York Dispatch]
- It stands to reason that Melvin’s suspension means more split decisions by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. [Legal Intelligencer]
- Reed Smith gives up on finding a firm to merge with in Houston, opens its own branch office, tosses hat up in the air, will make it after all. [Post-Gazette] Meanwhile, Eckert Seamans hired attorneys in Boston and White Plains, NY. It also opened a Newark, NJ office. [Post-Gazette]
- Small firm looking for a contract attorney to work about 20 hour per week on worker’s compensation and employment cases. [Craigslist]
- Alcoa is hiring a summer law clerk. [via Indeed]
- Dude, does anyone know what’s up in Coder’s Corner? It seems like it has been forever since anyone posted document review jobs in the Burgh.
- Hey, this looks kind of fun: ACBA’s Asian Attorneys Committee is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration — including Chinese food! — on February 12. [ACBA]
OK, Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s corruption trial has taken a turn for the super weird. Remember Jamie Pavlot? She was ex-Senator Jane Orie’s chief of staff and a surprise witness at Jane Orie’s corruption trial last year. In that trial, Pavlot testified about a conference call with the Orie sisters Jane Orie and Joan Orie Melvin, in which the sisters told her to get rid of evidence regarding the Justice’s election.
But Pavlot also testified that this incident had slipped her mind when she initially talked with investigators, that she never reported it to anyone, and — like something out of Perry Mason — she remembered this damning incident only after the Sen. Orie’s trial had started.
Here’s where it gets weird. The Legal Intelligencer now reports that Justice Melvin’s attorneys had gotten the court to reveal the identity of a plaintiff suing someone for giving her [the anonymous lady, not the Justice] a sexually transmitted disease. Well, it turns out that the Jane Doe plaintiff is none other than Jamie Pavlot, who coincidentally just testified in the Justice’s corruption trial.
So what is the strategy here? Is the plan to discredit Pavlot as a witness by arguing that she is a loose woman? Maybe the plan is to paint her as a vexatious litigant (not a bad plan).
Meanwhile, Pavlot was on the stand today. Pavlot testified that Jane Orie told her “You need to follow that as though I were telling you myself,” whenever state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin or the judge’s aide Janine Orie needed her help for campaign work.
Pavlot also testified about the conference call that she suddenly remembered in the middle of Jane Orie’s trial. “Anything political of mine I want you to pull out of those boxes,” Pavlot said Melvin told her.
Pavlot will be back on the stand tomorrow, when presumably she will be cross-examined about her romantic life.
Above the Law is reporting that Dickinson’s dean, after failing a couple of attempts to restructure the law school and in light of declining enrollment and general ennui around the name "Penn State," is leaving to head up a Chinese law school. Read all about it here.
Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s jury was selected today. The Post-Gazette reports: “The jurors include a 29-year-old billing clerk, a bank employee and two mothers of younger children.” (So they’re all 29? Or we only care about the ages of billing clerks? The children are younger than whom – their mothers? Moving on.)
In other news, both the erstwhile Justice and her sister Janine Orie seem to have new hairstyles. Janine has eschewed her perky 1950s flip in favor of soft curls. Hot rollers may be involved. The Justice also has softened her look, and it might also be lighter. Highlights? Somebody needs to go to jail (is she in jail yet?) and check on Jane.