Bitter News, 10-20-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as drawn to porno as a Berlin Wall-era East German woman:

• After a solid year of being avoided by prosecutors for soliciting male prostitutes, Superior Court Judge Michael Hecht faced witness testimony in his trial for charges of patronizing a prostitute (in his office) and felony harassment.  But Hecht swears that he just loves old junk, not boy toys.  “The judge and his attorney have stated there are good reasons why Hecht was driving around Antique Row—he was an antique lover. But Joseph Pfeiffer testified the reason Hecht drove around was to have sex.” The old antiquing defense.  [The News Tribune]

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• Just like Bitter Temp Guy reached psychotic breaking points, it takes a little more than $23/hour to get doc reviewers to work at breakneck paces.  One BigLaw sweatshop sent an email out threatening: “Please pick up the pace. They are expecting you to do about 80 docs an hour and all of you are less than half that. Changes will be made soon if this does not change asap.” And emailing crap like that just means people are going to be less productive since they’ll be busy blogging about what a douchebag you are.  [Temporary Attorney via Legal Blog Watch]


• New BigLaw starting pay outside NY?  $145K.  And you’ll like it.  [Above the Law via ABA Journal]


• A federal judge is allowing former Illinois former Governor Rod Blagojevich to appear on Donald Trump’s new season of The Celebrity Apprentice while he awaits his criminal trial next June for, among other things, trying to sell President Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.  However, there’s fair concern that allowing Rod on the reality show will bias his jury pool.  Bias them about his judgment to go on a show most Americans assumed was canceled years ago.  [Chicago Tribune]


Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. is on the rise.  Forbes ranked it no. 66 in 2009’s list of “America’s 200 Best Small Companies,” up 64 spots from no. 130 in 2008.  It’s probably the only thing that compares itself to a medical HMO plan that is successful.  [Reuters]


• Who has time to study when you go to Yale Law?  U.S. News’s no. 1 law school ranked dead last in Princeton Review’s 2010 rankings of the average number of hours law students report studying each day.  Bulldogs hit the books an average of only 1.5 hours a day.  Which is stark compared to no. 1 Villanova’s 7.5 hours-per-day study ranking—a school that ranks no. 61 overall.  [Tax Prof Blog]


Law Students Gone Politic-in’:

• Just like Cravath’s “Me Talk Texas” Jim Woolery, law student Ryan Quarles is trying to use southern-charm-meets-east-coast-sophistication to his advantage.  The 26-year-old University of Kentucky 3L announced this weekend his plans to run in 2010 for a state House seat.  [Kentucky Kernel]

• Also entering the political fray: Joel Pollak, the Harvard Law student who called Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) “on the carpet for his failure to take responsibility for the country’s financial meltdown.” (Video here.) [Fox News]


• Imagine a firm without partners or associates.  Sound Zen?  There’s now a firm comprised of only former in-house general counsels.  [The Am Law Daily]


• Yesterday, we asked if Bruce Wasserstein was the deal king lawyer.  Here’s a column from Mark Green who expands on Wasserstein life, having known him since “1967 in our first year at Harvard Law School.” [Bloomberg]


• Does stare decisis, a principle we look to for legal consistency, actually hurt the justice system and contribute to laziness or game-playing in our courts?  “[J]udges cherry-pick from existing precedents that really are not the same situation.  [T]his misuse of precedents has often played a part in how the courts have so twisted our Constitution.” Compared to “interspecies breeding of precedents,” it’s like trying to mate hooters with a hooter—not pretty.  [Pajamas Media]


• Being expelled from law school sure sounds embarrassing.  Hopefully that’s why a former Florida A&M University College of Law student is trying to fight it.  [The National Law Journal]


• “A Los Angeles judge has turned down a request for an injunction against the release of Chris Rock’s film, Good Hair.” A filmmaker claims that Rock stole the idea from her own work, My Nappy Roots.  Apparently the judge couldn’t weave together enough similarities to allow an injunction.  [MovieFone]

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1 Comment

  1. Denver

    October 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Enjoyed!  Good Stuff!

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