Bitter News, 2-1-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom asking if a deaf person goes to court, is it still called a hearing?:

• The backlash against the NFL for trying to claim ownership of the New Orleans Saints’ battle cry “Who Dat?” during Super Bowl week was to be expected.  Who greedy? Dat be the NFL.  But they appear to be backing down.  [NOLA.com]

• The newest law firm interview heard around the world.  “A leading [London] law firm was forced to mount an investigation after a partner questioned the commitment of a female interviewee who had recently had a child.” Evershed’s litigation partner Stuart Dutson sent an internal emailed to colleagues asking, “This lady has recently had a child. Are there any guidelines on how we can ask questions properly designed to identify her commitment, hours she is prepared to do, how she will balance work and a child?” Following that, he’s now the new scapegoat who is taking the fall as the face of sexual discrimination in English law firms, a country whose five biggest firms only employ 323 female partners out of 2,215.  [Mail Online]

• A Queens teacher deemed “too dangerous to be near kids,” collects his salary year after year while never stepping foot in a classroom and working on his law practice.  Sign me up.  [New York Post]

• Megyn Kelly, the female TV legal analyst Bitter Lawyer rated the hottest, is moving up in the world.  Just as we predicted.  Fox News is giving the 39-year-old lawyer her own show and pruning her to be the next (and remarkably hotter) Greta Van Susteren.  [Business Insider]

• Welcome to the new law firm lateral party.  BigLaw lawyers are hoping sideways in record numbers.  But don’t forget: It’s still a buyers market.  [The Am Law Daily]

• After three denials, a U.S. district court finally ruled in favor of a visually-impaired law school graduate, allowing her to sit for the bar this month—even though the software necessary for her to take exam “compromised the secrecy of the examination questions.” Guess who no one feels bad for in this situation: The National Conference of Bar Examiners.  [The Daily Californian]

• Can life exist without Google?  A big part of Asia is about to find out the hard way.  A Chinese labor lawyer talks about China’s “Great Firewall” of internet censorship.  [New Tang Dynasty Television]

• The Per Capita Productivity of Articles in Top Journals, 1993-2009 list is out!  Woop.  Woop.  You can finally sit still.  BTW, the list proves that T3 law schools can have “scholarly seriousness and ambition.” So put that in your pipe and smoke it.  [Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports]

• What happens east must happen west.  While Massachusetts dukes out the idea of absorbing a local law school to create the state’s first public law institution, the same thing is going down in Cali.  UC San Diego wants a law school—so they’re thinking of gobbling up California Western School of Law.  [San Diego Business Journal]

• Struggling actors, starve no more.  There’s a casting call for FAMU Law’s American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition.  If you can play the role of a white-collar criminal who likes to bamboozle T3 law students, then your star is born.  [Orlando Sentinel]

• Kick back and end the day with Mr. Law School.  (Though watching him makes me remarkably tense.) This week 1L Sam E. Goldberg reminds you to date within the law school pool, but fuck outside your section.  And he finds The Deep End to be a real legal learning experience.  Yeah, that new legal show that no actual lawyer has said a good word about[YouTube]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom asking if a deaf person goes to court, is it still called a hearing?:

• The backlash against the NFL for trying to claim ownership of the New Orleans Saints’ battle cry “Who Dat?” during Super Bowl week was to be expected.  Who greedy? Dat be the NFL.  But they appear to be backing down.  [NOLA.com]

• The newest law firm interview heard around the world.  “A leading [London] law firm was forced to mount an investigation after a partner questioned the commitment of a female interviewee who had recently had a child.” Evershed’s litigation partner Stuart Dutson sent an internal emailed to colleagues asking, “This lady has recently had a child. Are there any guidelines on how we can ask questions properly designed to identify her commitment, hours she is prepared to do, how she will balance work and a child?” Following that, he’s now the new scapegoat who is taking the fall as the face of sexual discrimination in English law firms, a country whose five biggest firms only employ 323 female partners out of 2,215.  [Mail Online]

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