Bitter Factoids 13

Republican political consultant Frank Luntz once said, “If you’re a good numbers person, you’re a bad language person.” We’ve given you the numbers, so you can give us the language.

$66 billion

The estimated cost the threat of lawsuits and the practice of “defensive medicine” has on the U.S. healthcare system in a single year, according to a Forbes article, which blamed obesity, age, and lawyers for rising healthcare costs.

178,920

Approximate number of daily visitors to ExGFPics.com, according to a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims that her former boyfriend illegally posted nude pictures of her on the site, according to WBBM.

13

Number of lawyers (and significant campaign contributors) President Obama has recently nominated to become United States ambassadors.  Attorneys will serve as his voice in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Japan, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the United Kingdom.

1,300,000

Number of individual and business bankruptcy filings for the year ending June 30—a 35% increase over the previous year, according to the Blog of the Legal Times.

42

Number of students age 16 or younger enrolled in the University of California and Cal State systems, such as Northwestern Law School-bound 19-year-old Kate McLaughlin, accourding to the OC Register.

2

Total number of reviews on Amazon.com for Finding Susie, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s children’s book.

$60 million

Amount California lawyer, and former Anna Nicole Smith confidant, Howard K. Stern is seeking in damages from author Rita Cosby. Stern claims Cosby libeled him when she called him a “pimp,” according to The Associated Press.

70

Number of professors at Texas Tech University who have signed a petition protesting the appointment of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to a teaching position at the university, according to The New York Times.

0

Number of official offers former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has received from private firms since leaving office. Gonzales says, there’s “no question” that his reputation has been “damaged” since serving as U.S. Attorney General, according to The New York Times.

$92,000

Amount a lawyer from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is seeking to recover from his former firm, Darby & Darby. According to The Legal Times, the plaintiff claims that he invested that amount in working capital over his time with Darby & Darby.

$.99

Cost of the Law School 100 iPhone app, which provides details about the top-100 law programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to Examiner.com.

$935,624

Amount former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has raised for a possible run for California Attorney General. Delgadillo will continue to raise money and explore his candidacy despite the fact that he is now employed as a lawyer at Goodwin Procter, according to The Los Angeles Times.

2,000

Approximate number of flight hours logged by former U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien as a naval aviator prior to his 1993 decision to become a lawyer. O’Brien recently accepted a partnership with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, according to the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.

54

Number of months a former law firm bookkeeper will serve in prison for embezzling $94,000 from her employer, according to local TV news station WZTV.

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14 Comments

  1. Guano Dubango

    August 14, 2009 at 3:31 am

    0:  Number of Attractive Women Lawyers I have found so far to marry me; bear me 3 children, work as lawyer to earn money and then move back to the hill country in Ghana.  I have not yet found an eligible woman.  I am still looking.  If you are very pretty, of child bearing age, and can earn money as a lawyer before moving back to Ghana with me, please contact me c/o this website.

  2. BL1Y

    August 14, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Guano: You’re from Ghana but work in the US as a lawyer?  How is that possible?  I though American law firms usually only hire people with degrees from American law schools.  Please explain.

  3. KateLaw

    August 14, 2009 at 4:50 am

    I was wondering the same thing….

  4. Guano Dubango

    August 14, 2009 at 5:23 am

    I have degree in law from Accra University, and an LLM from Georgetown University.  I have ability to practice law under directt supervision of USA lawyer.  I want to stay in USA and will do so if I can meet and marry attractive female lawyer who will agree to bear my children and eventueally return to Ghana with me, where I have large family and cattle.  I have much potential and am looking for the same in a woman.

  5. BL1Y

    August 14, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Anyone else think today’s poll is just asking: “Are you a man or a woman?”

  6. Anonymous

    August 14, 2009 at 6:44 am

    pretty sure guano is an imposter.

  7. Lawyer Bob

    August 14, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I wouldn’t read too much into the subtext of a poll.

  8. BL1Y

    August 14, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Bob: I didn’t think there was a subtext, I’m just thinking what woman on this site would marry an unemployed actor, and what man wouldn’t take the incredibly hottie, regardless of money?

  9. Lawyer Bob

    August 14, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Yeah, I wouldn’t read so much into a poll question.

  10. Bookie

    August 14, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I’m a man!

  11. Anonymous

    August 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I know Dubango.  He is for real==a bit of a twerp, but real.

  12. Bill Dugan

    August 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

    BL1Y, your reading comprehension is suspect.  The poll said “date” not “marry”.  While I, as a man, would certainly “date” a hot female actress, whether or not employed, it is quite another thing to have to marry her.  I’d rather just go for the ride, while she was hot, but in all likelhood, she’d be high maintenance, and if I married her, chances are I’d grow tired of her, particularly after I’d had her many times and she started showing her age.  I think the best women are between 22 and 34.  Once they pass 34, they get more whiny and they start showing their age.  You gotta turn them in for new models by then, because they become clunkers.

  13. BL1Y

    August 14, 2009 at 11:53 am

    If you’re dating a kinda-cute Harvard Law professor under the age of 34, she’s cheating on her dean husband that got her the job as a condition of him going to work there.

  14. Anonymous

    August 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Dugan’s right.  Once a woman is 35 or more, she wants to be married and have a nice house and kids, and is no longer interested in having fun.  If you don’t give it to them, they get surly.

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