Bitter News, 11-23-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as definitive as “best of” music & movie lists of the noughties:

• Believe it or not, there’s a “goating community” and a “goat circuit” in America.  And right now they are divided.  Michele L. Anderson “might have made history when she filed what she believes is the first libel and defamation lawsuit brought on behalf of a herd of goats.” A herd of emotionally distressed Nigerian dwarf goats demand to be heard.  And Anderson is their goat whisperer.  [Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly]

• Trying to make good out of the Madoff debacle doesn’t come for free.  The law firm behind Bernie’s bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard, Baker & Hostetler LLP, just submitted a bill seeking $21.28 million in fees.  [Reuters]

• Are we well on our way towards legalizing marijuana?  And do we have “Cheech and Chong: Get It Legal!” to thank?  Maybe the reason Maine’s elections turned out the way they did was because Obama has tried pot but has never tried gay.  [Washington Post]

• Two things we love together: Bitter and Law Student.  Even if the connection is a stretch—but it’s a feel-good story.  A Cooley Law School student studying at the Bitter End Coffee House in Grand Rapids got involved when a robber with a gun tried to steal all the patrons’ laptops.  Unwilling to let go of his computer, he physically took on the guy, grabbed the gun, ran him off and went back to studying how to defend guys like him in the future.  [mlive.com]

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• Hmm, went to law school knowing you never really wanted to ever practice like this guy?  Wanna do your own thing instead?  Really?  Jim Randel has been walking the non-lawyer line since graduating law school.  And funny how entrepreneurialism reeks of the same stink as BigLaw: “Little or no sleep.” “Embarrassment and humiliation.” “An overwhelming sense of helplessness.” “Banker envy.” But, hey, there’s still that “1 in a 1,000,000 chance you’ll fly like Google.” [Huffington Post]

• The eyes have it.  A $4 billion suit filed against Miley Cyrus for her “slanty eyes” photo was dismissed.  [StarPulse.com]

• This debate over the 9/11 trail taking place in New York isn’t getting any more agreeable.  Will it showcase the American justice system, be the next OJ trial or result in a major propaganda platform?  “The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy.” And do we get a six-for-the-price-of-five rate if we throw Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in with them?  [Associated Press]

• Two strippers from Big Daddy Lou’s Hot Lap Dance Club are going on trial today.  They both admit to shaking it, but they don’t admit to breaking it…the law that is.  But are they really illegal Trojan users—or just a Trojan horse for the police to get to Big Daddy Lou?  [New York Post]

• Gay parental rights are all over the map in many ways.  Vermont made history by being the first to award child rights to a non-biological lesbian mother who’s former partner (and baby mamma) ran off to Virginia denouncing her gayness and hiring a Christian law firm to dissolve her visitation rights.  Meanwhile, an “audible gasp” was let out in a Florida courtroom when Department of Children and Families lawyers, in accordance to state anti-gay adoption laws, asked an appeals court to reverse the adoption of two foster boys to a gay male couple and put them back up for adoption. [Rutland Herald | Palm Beach Post]

• July 2009 California bar exam results dropped like they were hot over the weekend.  The test isn’t pretty, but proudly on the pass list was paralyzed law school graduate Sara Granda who almost didn’t get to sit for the bar because she tried to pay with a check.  Remember checks?  Congrats to all who passed.  [News 10]

• If you’re an unemployed lawyer, is it a better strategy to take a job you’re overqualified for, maybe by searching for a ShitLaw job, or should you stay away from the legal industry and make cash elsewhere til the smoke clears?  Ding your salary history or walk dogs?  The win/win of career suicide!  [CNN Money]

• “Texas lawyers are committed professionals who pursue their vocation with candor, civility, courtesy and compassion.” They even have the creed to prove it.  So suck it.  [Houston Chronicle]

• It hasn’t been an awesome year for most of us, but this makes you at least want to give thanks for free speech.  A Chinese court convicted a man to three years for speaking out on his website and criticizing the government’s response to the 2008 earthquake that rocked the country.  [AP via Philly.com]

• Erin Andrews’ interstate stalker pled not guilty today to videotaping her in her hotel room through a peephole.  He taped her three times in three different hotel rooms apparently.  Sort of like the Twilight series for horny, abject sports fans.  [TMZ.com]

• If your ad campaign isn’t working out so great, sue your competitors over theirs.  Trying to win market share?  Better be able to show the proof in the (delicious, wonderful, there’s-nothing-else-like-it Jell-O) pudding.  [The New York Times]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as definitive as “best of” music & movie lists of the noughties:

• Believe it or not, there’s a “goating community” and a “goat circuit” in America.  And right now they are divided.  Michele L. Anderson “might have made history when she filed what she believes is the first libel and defamation lawsuit brought on behalf of a herd of goats.” A herd of emotionally distressed Nigerian dwarf goats demand to be heard.  And Anderson is their goat whisperer.  [Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly]

• Trying to make good out of the Madoff debacle doesn’t come for free.  The law firm behind Bernie’s bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard, Baker & Hostetler LLP, just submitted a bill seeking $21.28 million in fees.  [Reuters]

• Are we well on our way towards legalizing marijuana?  And do we have “Cheech and Chong: Get It Legal!” to thank?  Maybe the reason Maine’s elections turned out the way they did was because Obama has tried pot but has never tried gay.  [Washington Post]

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