Bitter News, 1-12-10

“Infomania” from the Bitter Newsroom that can lower your IQ by twice as much as smoking pot:

• Conan officially apologized for his obnoxious hair—and publicly stated that he won’t agree to follow Jay Leno in NBC’s new late night wars that began after the network canceled Leno’s primetime show and moved him to 11:35 PM.  That will keep some well-paid lawyers quite busy, but there’s also the issue of those five hours in NBC’s weekly schedule at 10:00 PM that need to be programmed.  So, in a pinch, they’re going with the tried and true: Lawyer dramas.  In development already is an LA version of Law & Order, a new legal drama from Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley, and an hour-long version of the hit Bitter Lawyer web series Living the Dream.  Well, maybe not the last one exactly.  But Howard Ellin, Skadden’s global transactions co-chair and brother to Entourage creator Doug Ellin, loves our series.  So why not give us a shot with an actual budget, NBC?  [The National Law Journal]

• Also in TV: Yesterday, we mentioned that Vinny, from MTV’s hit show Jersey Shore, took the LSAT and may be heading to law school.  But fellow cast mate “Snooki” bid herself out of an opportunity to go to NYU Law—as a midget party spectacle (not an actual student).  [Above the Law]

• The idea of Snooki at NYU Law may be pure comedy, but NYU Law grad Cherry Chevapravatdumrong b-lined out to Hollywood and a writer on Fox’s animated sitcom Family Guy[Chicago Tribune]

• No one loves a white-collar brouhaha quite like a law firm.  Every time a huge corporate front comes crashing down, a law firm gets its multi-million-dollar wings.  Defending against big money, big corruption and big business has become enormously profitable.  [Philadelphia Inquirer]

• A woman in Maryland defended herself against the Internal Revenue Service and the agency’s lawyers—and she won.  Not only that, her ruling could help “tens of thousands of students deduct the cost of an M.B.A. degree on their taxes.” Could one small step for B-schoolers be one for law schoolers too?  [Yahoo! Finance]

• Here’s the juice: Home run legend Mark McGwire’s lawyer is saying his former client made the right decision to withhold information about his steroid use to Congress and come clean now.  But, unfortunately, Roger Clemens probably doesn’t have that option.  Lawyers for Clemen’s trainer and main accuser are split on the ramifications of Rog coming clean.  [The Am Law Daily | NY Daily News]

• Pete Carroll may have darted off for grayer, rainier pastures in Seattle by taking over the Seahawks, but he still has some legal business in Los Angeles to tidy up.  The former USC coach was subpoenaed on Monday, “compelling him to appear for a deposition in connection with a civil lawsuit against USC and former assistant football coach Dave Watson.” [Los Angeles Times]

• Hello, law firm hiring person.  You’re offering me a job?  Wow.  And you’ll pay me an undetermined salary?  Awesome.  When would I start?  You can’t say??  Perfect.  I accept!  [Texas Lawyer]

• Litigators and business development executives, like CMOs, are analogous.  And an unemployed litigator and an unemployed marketing executive are likewise analogous.  Discuss.  [Legal Minds TV]

• Victims of Scott Rothstein, the Florida lawyer charged in a $1.2 billion Ponzi-like fraud, may be getting paid back.  But it will be in the form of American Express rewards points.  Apparently the disbarred Rothstein racked up more than 20 million.  [ABC News]

• After a “pretty unsatisfying” interview with former Justice Department official and tenured Berkeley law professor John Yoo on The Daily Show, host John Stewart joked that terrorists should be forced to watch it.  Yoo wrote the memos approving harsh interrogations.  [ABA Journal]

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“Infomania” from the Bitter Newsroom that can lower your IQ by twice as much as smoking pot:

• Conan officially apologized for his obnoxious hair—and publicly stated that he won’t agree to follow Jay Leno in NBC’s new late night wars that began after the network canceled Leno’s primetime show and moved him to 11:35 PM.  That will keep some well-paid lawyers quite busy, but there’s also the issue of those five hours in NBC’s weekly schedule at 10:00 PM that need to be programmed.  So, in a pinch, they’re going with the tried and true: Lawyer dramas.  In development already is an LA version of Law & Order, a new legal drama from Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley, and an hour-long version of the hit Bitter Lawyer web series Living the Dream.  Well, maybe not the last one exactly.  But Howard Ellin, Skadden’s global transactions co-chair and brother to Entourage creator Doug Ellin, loves our series.  So why not give us a shot with an actual budget, NBC?  [The National Law Journal]

• No one loves a white-collar brouhaha quite like a law firm.  Every time a huge corporate front comes crashing down, a law firm gets its multi-million-dollar wings.  Defending against big money, big corruption and big business has become enormously profitable.  [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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2 Comments

  1. Tex

    January 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    John S is 1/4 as funny as he thinks he is.  His humor is going to bite him in the ass one day.

  2. Anon

    January 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    He didn’t like the interviewer because he was trying to pursue a political agenda with a person who performed a legal analysis. The professor didn’t bite and so he was “unsatisfied”—idiot.

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