Bitter News, 1-14-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that can’t wait to see Heidi Montag’s album beat Thriller:

• After a “pretty unsatisfying” interview with former Justice Department official and tenured Berkeley law professor John Yoo on The Daily Show Monday that didn’t go in host John Stewart’s favor, Stewart opened his show Tuesday by admitting that he screwed up with Yoo.  (Video below.) Yoo, who is most famous for writing the memos approving harsh interrogations like waterboarding, was appearing on the show to promote his new book, Crisis and Command.  But also this week, Berkeley Law’s listing for his new class, “Constitutional Design and the California Constitution,” was met with opposition.  Which forced school officials to remind about Dean Christopher Edley Jr.’s comment that “principles of academic freedom require that all of us affirm and respect his right to teach.”

[The New York Times]

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Intro – John Yoo Interview Reflections
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• The Haiti earthquake was (and will continue to be) devastating.  From a PR angle, Tiger Woods may try to save the day to save face.  From a legal angle, well-known civil rights attorney Walter Riley and his family are missing.  And the Omaba administration has temporarily suspended the deportation of illegal Haitian immigrants.  [The New York Times]

• While the Prop. 8 trial continues over whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in America, a spotlight has been put on law firms who embrace gay culture the best—in England.  Simmons & Simmons takes the top spot.  How about American firms?  See our poll question today on the homepage[The Am Law Daily]

• The internet has declared itself Team Coco.  But is Conan O’Brien talking his way out of millions?  His Tonight Show monologue last night could possibly be considered grounds to fire “for cause”—ending hope for any massive contract payout from NBC.  [The Business Insider]

• Yale Law is mature and it’s proud.  Older students who don’t head to law school until a few years after undergrad are the new “it” thing.  Fashion model Mark Fitzgerald explains how he couldn’t let his youthful good looks go to waste, so he put a JD off til 30.  [Yale Daily News]

• Sleep deprived?  Don’t expect to catch up and still be worth a damn.  [USA Today]

• Bitter Lawyer Rule #253: Whenever anyone brings up life as a lawyer in 2009, audibly sigh, roll your eyes and appear as exasperated as possible.  But what about the decade as a whole?  That block of time trendy people call the aughts.  Here’s quickly how it all broke down.  [PhilaLawyer]

• If the head of your law firm goes down in a blaze of Ponzi glory, you better believe the authorities are going to have a few things to ask you.  “The Florida Bar is investigating at least 35 former senior lawyers in the now-bankrupt Fort Lauderdale law firm headed by Scott Rothstein, who was disbarred before he was criminally charged last month with using the firm to run a $1.2 billion investment racket.” [Miami Herald]

• Ah, the joys and conveniences of Google Auto-Complete. “How do I get my [girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband] to ….” Not the hot-sex auto-completes we were hoping for.  It ain’t bliss out there, folks.  [Volokh]

• The goodwill of the Beijing games is pretty much over.  Consider this a warning: Law firms that try to sue China may be cyber attacked.  It’s just sort of their thing.  [CNET]

• Lawsuit-less Celebs:

—Not an illusion; rape investigation of David Copperfield disappeared without charges.  [The Wrap]

—NY court refused to reinstate former CBS anchorman Dan Rather’s $70-million lawsuit.  [LA Times]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that can’t wait to see Heidi Montag’s album beat Thriller:

• After a “pretty unsatisfying” interview with former Justice Department official and tenured Berkeley law professor John Yoo on The Daily Show Monday that didn’t go in host John Stewart’s favor, Stewart opened his show Tuesday by admitting that he screwed up with Yoo.  (Video below.) Yoo, who is most famous for writing the memos approving harsh interrogations like waterboarding, was appearing on the show to promote his new book, Crisis and Command.  But also this week, Berkeley Law’s listing for his new class, “Constitutional Design and the California Constitution,” was met with opposition.  Which forced school officials to remind about Dean Christopher Edley Jr.’s comment that “principles of academic freedom require that all of us affirm and respect his right to teach.”

[The New York Times]

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1 Comment

  1. SFLawyer

    January 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Love when John Stewart screws up

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