Bitter News, 11-11-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as precise and accurate as a Google flu map:

• Chicago attorney Corri Fetman is in a hot girl-on-corporation two-way with Playboy…again…and this time the magazine wants to be on top.  Background: First known for posting her lawyerly breasts on a downtown billboard encouraging divorce, Fetman posed nude in Playboy in February 2008 (NSFW images here) and subsequently wrote a lawyerly sex column for the Playboy website called “The Lawyer of Love.” But earlier this year, she filed a $4.5 million “gender violence” suit against the publication, alleging her column was canceled after refusing a former exec’s sexual advances. (This is so steamy!) Now Playboy is trying to dominate Fetman by filing a lawsuit claiming she tried to steal the phrase “Lawyer of Love”—even though the name of her current blog for ChicagoNow.com is “Love Lawyer.” How will this all shake out?  Hopefully in a really beautiful, classy way with great articles.  Or up and down in slow motion.  [Chicago Tribune]

• Did students from Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions pay a murder trial witness who later used the money for cocaine?  That’s the latest issue in a legal battle between Cook County prosecutors and Northwestern journalism students.  And it’s not being helped at all by university attorney Richard O’Brien (not the Rocky Horror Picture Show actor, the Sidley Austin lawyer) who was “chastised” by Judge Diane Gordon Cannon for the “dripping sarcasm” in papers he filed.  She reminded him that the court is not “a sandbox.” Which sounds…sarcastic.  No?  [Chicago Sun-Times]

• That pesky topic affecting celebrities and their lawyers, like Mark Geragos: Privacy in the digital age.  It has been revealed in court that a site called celebrityaddressaerial.com, which offers aerial views of celeb real estate, was a key tool in a recent alleged “bling ring” of robberies of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and other famous people’s homes.  “Attorney Neville Johnson, who specializes in privacy law, said the site and others like it amount to ‘a how-to handbook for stalkers and burglars.’” Which means this site is great since it has lots of pictures.  Burglars hate reading books.  [Los Angeles Times]

• How does a spicy, saucy Latina let it all hang out once she’s a SCOTUS justice?  Through the tips of her fingers. In the new cover story of the December/January issue of Latina Magazine titled “Woman of the Decade,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor subtly flirts with self-expression on the cover wearing her judicial robe and fire-engine-red fingernail polish.  (Despite White House influence on how to acceptably dress, she’s a rebel.) Sotomayor confesses to almost withdrawing her name from consideration because of loss of privacy and the effect it would have on her family and relationships, like her most recent one with “a friend with no strings attached.” And just like that, you’re left wanting more.  [ABA Journal | Latina Magazine]

• In sad SCOTUS news, the AP reports that attorney “John J. O’Connor III, the husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has died.” [Politico]

• The epidemic of new graduates not finding lawyer jobs will soon have an economic impact on law schools, right?  The warning has been issued.  Yet, in a current job market so grim that even Harvard Law created a “fellowship program for students who have exhausted other job options,” law school applications continue to hit record levels.  (The University of Iowa College of Law, of all places, is witnessing a 53% application spike.) Since you can lead a horse to law school but not make them decide against going, we might as well try to help.  So don’t start your personal statement with a trite quote and read these five mistakes people make when writing their essays.  [Psychology Today]

• Shepard Fairey “HOPE”-ed he could change legal teams.  And yes he could.  Despite a request to deny the switch, the street artist behind the famous Obama posters “will be permitted to switch attorneys in his copyright fight against The Associated Press.” AP on AP.  [Associated Press]

• Obama promised justice, but opposition will met via Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s legal rep: Retired Col. John P. Galligan.  He said he will be fighting to “ensure that the defendant receives a fair trial.” Though not sure how that will be possible.  [Wall Street Journal]

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• Putting the Big Bird in BigLaw.  Sesame Street turned 40 this week, and behind every great childhood experience is a great lawyer or two.  An interview with two of Snuffleupagus’s attorneys. [The Am Law Daily]

• Does Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post have a goal to “destroy Barack Obama”?  An ex-employee’s lawsuit alleges so.  [Chattahbox.com]

• In a deft legal move, Shaquille O’Neal’s wife has filed for separation in California, as a new resident, instead of Florida where she originally filed.  Think Cali’s generous community-property divorce law has anything to do with it?  Way to flex that prenup, Va’shaundya.  [People.com]

• In big Texas, Texas Tech School of Law pulled in a big first-time pass rate on the 2009 state bar exam of 94.5 percent—the best in the Lone Star.  Wonder if football coach Mike Leach has been doing some tutoring on the side.  [The Daily Toreador]

• “If you ask Ben Fisher why he’s attending law school, he’ll tell you it’s ‘because my high school friend, Laurie, bet me a dollar I wouldn’t.’” Well, Fisher, you probably should have bet her $100K—or whatever the hell it costs to go to Oregon Law—because being Mr. Go With the Flow might cost you in this Boalt Hall-eat-Duck job market.  [The Daily Emerald]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as precise and accurate as a Google flu map:

• Chicago attorney Corri Fetman is in a hot girl-on-corporation two-way with Playboy…again…and this time the magazine wants to be on top.  Background: First known for posting her lawyerly breasts on a downtown billboard encouraging divorce, Fetman posed nude in Playboy in February 2008 (NSFW images here) and subsequently wrote a lawyerly sex column for the Playboy website called “The Lawyer of Love.” But earlier this year, she filed a $4.5 million “gender violence” suit against the publication, alleging her column was canceled after refusing a former exec’s sexual advances. (This is so steamy!) Now Playboy is trying to dominate Fetman by filing a lawsuit claiming she tried to steal the phrase “Lawyer of Love”—even though the name of her current blog for ChicagoNow.com is “Love Lawyer.” How will this all shake out?  Hopefully in a really beautiful, classy way with great articles.  Or up and down in slow motion.  [Chicago Tribune]

• Did students from Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions pay a murder trial witness who later used the money for cocaine?  That’s the latest issue in a legal battle between Cook County prosecutors and Northwestern journalism students.  And it’s not being helped at all by university attorney Richard O’Brien (not the Rocky Horror Picture Show actor, the Sidley Austin lawyer) who was “chastised” by Judge Diane Gordon Cannon for the “dripping sarcasm” in papers he filed.  She reminded him that the court is not “a sandbox.” Which sounds…sarcastic.  No?  [Chicago Sun-Times]

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1 Comment

  1. Lady lawyer

    November 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Love red nail polish!  Love Lawyer adds some spice to the profession during low econ times.  She is making lemonade.

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