Bitter News, 11-6-09

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as rare as a monogamous sportscaster:

The Hollywood Reporter announced their “next gen” of Hollywood playas under 35—and three are entertainment attorneys.  Lest you think it’s all glitz and glam, one list-maker, 32-year-old Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown partner Tara Kole, was apparently so slammed she didn’t even have time to do her hair for her photo.  But she’s a former Scalia Supreme Court clerk who now represents actors and directors like Clint Eastwood, and you don’t.  The mop hair wins.  Booya!  [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Words of the day: Galleon; Ropes & Gray; insider trading; trust.  Well, not the last word because it apparently doesn’t really exist.  There’s so much coverage of the massive blowup (here, here and especially here), but the one thing that caught my attention more than anything was the fact that a wiretap costs $60K a month.  And you thought drugs were the cartel.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Yesterday we asked whether there is room for God in BigLaw, and we’ve toted out our list of worthless electives at top-10 law schools before.  But where does “Topics in Jewish Law” fall into the mix?  U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law is now offering the class taught by professor Ken Bamberger (a former Justice Souter clerk) in tandem with Rabbi David Kasher.  And instead of torts and contracts, “Torah, Talmud and Maimonides also are on the syllabus.” “Judaism is a particularly legalistic religion,” said Kasher, and where the U.S. legal system focuses on rights, the Jewish system is about obligations.  And I guess we just felt an obligation to mention it.  [JWeekly.com]

• After the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings were smashed with blunt-force trauma by being named the main reason legal education costs are soaring by the Government Accountability Office, U.S. News guru—and projected villain—Bob Morse finally offers a rebuttal.  Before turning into black vapor and zipping away.  Muahahaha.  [U.S. News & World Report]

• Also taking on its detractors is Southern New England School of Law.  In its attempt to be acquired by UMass and become the state’s first public law school, Dean Robert Ward is tired of the government Massholes and prominent area private law schools (Harvard—ever heard of it?) trying to slam the idea by dubbing it a “taxpayer bailout.” Basically, at the key party of Massachusetts’s law schools, no one wants to bang his wife—and he’s not happy about it.  [The Boston Globe]

• Being a lawyer in Minnesota is taxing.  Literally.  The state Supreme Court controversially raised the annual lawyer registration fee by $100 to mainly support the state’s public defense system.  But one Justice dissented that the court doesn’t have the power to “tax” attorneys and called it “bad judicial policy.” But you’ll still have to pay to play.  [Minnesota Lawyer Blog]

• Woman forced to wear diapers to work wins her case.  You don’t say.  Hm.  Time to install a bathroom at Bitter Lawyer.  [Philly.com]

• For Prince, to “Get Off” means “23 positions in a 1 night stand.” To attorney Tyler Flood, it means allowing the drunk to drive.  [Houston Press]

• This is what happens when judges go rogue: “A Pennsylvania county down two judges because of a pair of unrelated scandals is asking lawyers to preside over a glut of civil cases.” [AP via Philly.com]

• Halleluja, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is coming to Wii.  And if you seize while playing, don’t fret—there’s videogameseizures.com.  Suffering the “ill effects of video gaming” has never been so potentially profitable.  [Destructoid.com]

• Trademark debate in the hiz-ouse! Chrysler’s new logo is lookin’ pretty damn close to the Aston Martin logo.  And the new Bond film, Hoopties are Forever…Or Until the Extended Warranty Runs Out just went into active development.  In theaters August 2014.  Be there.  [MarkMaunder.com]

• Dear Prudence, please kick back, relax and enjoy some Beatles “psycho-acoustic simulation” courtesy of Section 114 of the Copyright Act.  At least before it goes to court August 20th[Ars Technica]

• Web sites are having the worst legal day ever.  Notwithstanding ATL’s blogospheric victory earlier this week.  First, a guy in New York raised $365,000 from investors to launch an online personal fitness forum, but instead he wined and dined himself—and paid off the $15K in restitution he had due from a 2000 grand larceny conviction.  And now a law firm is taking on a site that has sold more than 87,000 phony diplomas to unworthy students.  Which is about the time you might want to pull down that Yale forgery and slip it into a drawer.  [Detroit Free Press]

• Because it’s Friday—and because the World Series gave work to so many lawyers via attempted cop bribery and offers to barter in sex (not to mention the ca-ching for Dodger counsel), this It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode is too funny not to post.  Happy weekend.

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as rare as a monogamous sportscaster:

The Hollywood Reporter announced their “next gen” of Hollywood playas under 35—and three are entertainment attorneys.  Lest you think it’s all glitz and glam, one list-maker, 32-year-old Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown partner Tara Kole, was apparently so slammed she didn’t even have time to do her hair for her photo.  But, she’s a former Scalia Supreme Court clerk who now represents actors and directors like Clint Eastwood, and you don’t.  The mop hair wins.  Booya!  [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Words of the day: Galleon; Ropes & Gray; insider trading; trust.  Well, not the last word because it apparently doesn’t really exist.  There’s so much coverage of the massive blowup (here, here and especially here), but the one thing that caught my attention more than anything was the fact that a wiretap costs $60K a month.  And you thought drugs were the cartel.  [WSJ Law Blog]

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    November 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Tara Kole’s hair is super cute in that picture.  She could use a little makeup, but that messy thing is really big right now.  Too bad you lawyer types can’t keep up.

  2. ANOM10

    November 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Interesting and smart approach to the happenings in so called law.  Please keep it coming.

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