Bitter Factoids 15

Poet Rabindranath Tagore once said, “Facts are many, but the truth is one.” We give you the “many.” And your guess at the one “truth” is as good as ours.

$168,000

Yearly salary of Alabama’s Attorney General Troy King, the highest of any state attorney general salary in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times

$200,000

Yearly salary of the highest paid Alabama Supreme Court associate justice who earned more than his counterparts in every state except California, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

46

Alabama’s national rank in median household income, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

$186,600

Yearly salary of United States Attorney General Eric Holder, according to CBS News.

$2,100,000

Eric Holder’s salary the year before becoming the United States attorney general when he was a partner of Washington law firm Covington & Burling, according to CBS News.

$100,000

Amount of money Toronto police allege a woman bilked veteran criminal defense lawyer Noel Daley out of by posing as a witch, according to The Globe and Mail.  “She allegedly convinced Daley that she came from a long line of witches and was the embodiment of the spirit of his deceased sister, who had come back to help him in his business.”

7.1

Percentage the demand for legal services dropped over the first two quarters of 2009, according to Bloomberg.

$372

National average firmwide billing rate for 2009, according to the National Law Journal.

$457

Average hourly billing rate for partners nationwide in 2009, according to the National Law Journal.

4

Number of law firms that reported partner billing rates higher than $1,000/hour, according to the National Law Journal.  Those firms: “Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney at $1,020, Foley & Lardner at $1,035, Jenner & Block at $1,000 and Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell at $1,045.”

21

Percentage of law students who “regret attending law school,” according to a survey commissioned by LexisNexis via Legal Blog Watch.

35

Percentage of law students who do not “feel adequately prepared to succeed in the new marketplace,” according to a survey commissioned by LexisNexis via Legal Blog Watch.

65

Percentage of law students who feel that “law schools don’t teach the practical skills needed in today’s economy,” according to a survey commissioned by LexisNexis via Legal Blog Watch.

73

Number of BigLaw blogs that are either “dead” or “dying” in 2009 according to 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.

5

Number of times John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole for the Beatles member’s murder 29 years ago this week, according to Gothamist

$39,000,000

Payout amount star attorney Fiona Shackleton limited Heather Mills to receiving in her 2008 divorce from the Beatles’ front man Paul McCartney, a marriage he recently called his “biggest mistake,” according to the New York Daily News.

100

Age of the fugitive disentitlement doctrine, a law that denies hearings to fugitives unless they return, which may thwart Roman Polanski’s lawyers latest attempt to get an appeals court to dismiss a sexual misconduct charge against the director, according to the Associated Press.

2

Number of years that is the maximum sentence director Roman Polanski could face in the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl, according to PopEater.

3,223

Number of condominiums sold in Las Vegas over the last year, one of which was sold to “legendary litigator” David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner for $386,900, according to BlockShopper via The Am Law Daily.

$125,000,000

Gambling debt of Terrance Watanabe in what is believed to be the biggest losing streak in Las Vegas history.  Watanabe faces criminal action for nonpayment and has been charged with four felony counts.  Meanwhile, his lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, “filed a civil suit in Clark County District Court last month claiming the casino was partly responsible for fueling his stunning streak by providing him free drinks and painkillers and allowing him to gamble when he was clearly intoxicated,” according to ABC News.

68

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12 Comments

  1. Alma Federer

    December 11, 2009 at 3:53 am

    44—Number of men who have tried to get me to date them this year.

  2. Anonymous

    December 11, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Wow, Alma.  You must never sleep.  You always comment first in the middle of the night.  You’re awesome.  Must be fun being you.

  3. Alma Federer

    December 11, 2009 at 4:43 am

    You are a douche, Anononymous. Can’t you see that this websight is on the West Coast, and it is 3 hours behind?  Are you on the West Coast up at 4:00 in the morning responding to my post?  It’s clear you have nothing better to do.  I am on the East Coast, where it is 3 hours later, and I do have an OK life which would be better if I ever find the RIGHT guy, who certainly not a douche who insults me.  Well, am off to work.  Maybe I will meet Mr. Right on the A line.

  4. Sack lunch

    December 11, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Roman Polanski did not “have sex with” a 13 year old girl – he raped or sexually assaulted her.  Saying he had sex with her implies a consensual act.

  5. BL1Y

    December 11, 2009 at 7:02 am

    1: Number of interviews I’ve gotten since being laid off.  300+: Number of other people applying.  20: Number of other people receiving an interview for the position.  $65,000: Annual salary for the position.

  6. EngineerdLawyer

    December 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

    3 – No. of times I’ve had sex in the last 4 months. Sad. I know.
    7.5% – The pay increase I received this year. Sad. Again.

  7. Chick Litigator

    December 11, 2009 at 9:35 am

    0 – the number of people who give a rat’s ass how many people have tried date Alma.

  8. Juris Depravis

    December 11, 2009 at 9:44 am

    5: Number of consecutive minutes Chick Litigator’s and BL1Y’s comments made me laugh immediately upon reading.

  9. BL1Y

    December 11, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Juris: That’s the same amount of time I spent laughing when I heard the salary (wasn’t listed in the posting), …but also the amount of time I spent crying when I realized how many people from top 10 schools were willing to take that job.

  10. Juris Depravis

    December 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    BL1Y: You laughed; you cried; it was worse than Cats.  Hang in there, bruthah.

  11. Alan

    December 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I’m definitely part of the 21 percent who regret going to law school.  This is a hot mess.

  12. Guano Dubango

    December 12, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I do not regret the legal education. I have been able to meet many people through the law, and have also been able to connect with more than a few female water buffalo with legal background.  I now am looking for one that is able to bear me children.

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