After all the baseball analogies used during Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination hearings, I think it's time we called a moratorium on baseball-sounding language of any kind in relation to anything going on in the legal world.
But not until after this fun little bit from one legal blog.
According to a posting on the site, new associates at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP "are heading to the minors" of a new associate training ground - or "farm", as they're calling it - before going into the big league law firm.
Rather than proceeding straight into the hungry, gaping maw of a ginormous law firm after graduating from law school, green and somewhat-immature new associates will get sent to associate farms, where they will have the time to plump up and ripen with knowledge of the legal world for maximum nom-ability.
If you're thinking that this all sounds like something that would appear on a Sci-Fi channel show - oh, excuse me: Syfy - or like the plot for a new book by Margaret Atwood then you've just hit it out of the ballpark.
Yup. The post isn't real news, but satire from Litination, a satire site intended to blend real and fake legal news for entertainment purposes only.
But is there some truth to this fiction?
Is the current "Big Law" system broken? Are new law school graduates as unprepared for "real world" practice as the article says they are? Is it really all that bad to be transferred over to DLA Piper?
And is baseball really the best analogy for law and all things law related?
Chew on those questions for a little while.