Bitter News, 2-15-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom “Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2009” to keep it real?  Great.  Because that’s exactly what the Roger V. Skalbeck at the Georgetown University – Law Center gave us.  The study is based on point values given in 14 different criteria, for a possible perfect score of 100.  (Example: A physical address listed on the home page nets 10 points, and pictures of smiling people net 5.) What does this study really tell us?  Does it matter?!  It’s at least another ranking to sink your over-competitive teeth into.  And one where Wayne State ranks over Harvard.  Go Warriors!

The Top Five Law School Home Pages:

1.  George Mason University School of Law (Score: 85)

2.  University of Virginia School of Law (Score: 80)

3.  Wayne State University Law School (Score: 78)

4.  University of Washington School of Law (Score: 77)

5.  Harvard Law School (Score: 75) – TIE

5.  Regent University School of Law (Score: 75) – TIE

On pins and needles for more?  See the sites that ranked 7-10, as well as scores for each of the 195 ABA-accredited law schools. [Social Science Research Network | Download Study]

• Speaking of home pages, about half of you revealed via our home page Daily Poll that you were left un-laid this Valentine’s Day—despite buzz-saw grooming.  So this might be a bad time for a heartwarming story of several law firm titans who have merged life and love.  That’s right: Am Law 100 power couples!  Twice the work.  Twice the neglect.  Twice the fun.  [The Am Law Daily]

• And with the Winter Olympics on full blast, it’s important to recognize that it takes a lot of lawyers to make these world games happen.  And generally they’re working on money-seeking ventures to secure lucrative endorsement deals for athlete clients.  What, were you expecting a global brotherhood of law?  Brother, please.  [The Am Law Daily]

• One Olympic lawyer who’s not trying to nail down sponsorships for the Flying Tomato Animal is Brian Burke, the general manager of the United States men’s hockey team and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Unfortunately, Burke has been delicately dealing with the recent death of his son while he faces the Vancouver limelight.  His 21-year-old son, Brendan, was killed in an auto accident February 5 and had planned on heading to law school like his dad. He was returning from a visit to Michigan State law school when the accident happened.  [The New York Times]

• The beautiful chameleon during all the recession bullsh!t and the massive BigLaw layoffs has really been small and boutique firms.  Size matters.  And with small firms, it’s all about the adaptable motion of the ocean.  [Los Angeles Times]

• Beautiful timing.  Just as the Ken Gormley book, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, which is “a labyrinthine account of the legal nightmare that beset Bill Clinton’s presidency and led to his impeachment trial,” is scheduled to be released tomorrow, the two title characters have been in headlines.  As President Clinton recovers from heart surgery, it was announced today that former Whitewater special prosecutor and current Pepperdine University Law School Dean Kenneth Starr has been named president of Baylor University.  [Baylor.edu]

• “Scotland’s justice secretary has agreed to hear an argument to overturn a murder conviction from more than 250 years ago.” I guess in these lean times, that’s the type of work Scottish lawyers are getting these days.  [UPI.com]

• Okay, so right now is a busy time for America.  Olympics, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Presidents Day, Fashion Week….wait, Mardi Gras?  Yep.  On the heels of a big Super Bowl win, New Orleans is in full Mardi Gras mode.  Which is why one local law firm is sucking up to the press for the eighth year by BBQ-ing ribs and cooking meals to give away to nearly 100 hundred First Responders on duty.  [KFDM.com]

• One California attorney has learned a major lesson from the economic setback: When clients don’t pay you, it sucks.  So, he combats being screwed on legal fees by either requiring an amount up front or referring potential clients to other lawyers they can screw instead.  Blame it on a judge shortage if you want, but here’s the best quote on lawyers who drum up business via advertising: “I don’t have a real high image of people who advertise. It bothers me that I advertise. It’s just like when I win a case where I know my client is guilty, I feel great as a lawyer but terrible as a member of society.” [MyDesert.com]

• The Chicago office of Jenner & Block made $3,000 by recycling their cell phones.  What recession?  [Chicago Tribune]

• So wait—hedonistic Hugh Hefner is…married?  Yep.  Has been since 1989.  But the divorce should be finalized next month.  On a bearskin rug.  [Orange County Divorce Lawyer Blog]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom “Top 10 Law School Home Pages of 2009” to keep it real?  Great.  Because that’s exactly what the Roger V. Skalbeck at the Georgetown University – Law Center gave us.  The study is based on point values given in 14 different criteria, for a possible perfect score of 100.  (Example: A physical address listed on the home page nets 10 points, and pictures of smiling people net 5.) What does this study really tell us?  Does it matter?!  It’s at least another ranking to sink your over-competitive teeth into.  And one where Wayne State ranks over Harvard.  Go Warriors!

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4 Comments

  1. Smurf

    February 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Your poll probably would have had different results if you asked about Valentine’s Day weekend rather than Valentine’s Day, which was Sunday.

  2. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Yes, I’m sure it’s that wording technicality that’s holding up the results. Either that or lawyer’s just don’t get laid. That sounds more likely.

  3. NYC Anom

    February 16, 2010 at 2:20 am

    New reader.  Great “Bitter News” enjoyed.

  4. Drew

    February 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Such a tragedy.  Looking at going to law school at MSU.  Such a tragedy.

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