Bitter News, 2-25-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as conflicting and sad and exciting as the end of Hummer:

Suicide scandal aside, Alec Baldwin inexplicably sat down for a “Conversation with Alex Baldwin” with Fordham Law School Wednesday night and dished on his upcoming Oscar gig, nuclear power and family law (which he published a book about).  And all this makes total sense, you see.  Before becoming an actor, Baldwin considered going to law school, but he ultimately bypassed it because it was right after the Vietnam War, which was “the single most competitive year for incoming college students.” When event moderator Thane Rosenbaum asked him if had he become a lawyer whether his brothers would have followed him into that profession, Baldwin joked: “God no. I would be representing them.”

[Fordham University]

• UK Law firm Eversheds has been ranked the top law firm brand in 2010, according to his year’s Superbrands survey.  It still only ranked 214, so don’t get to thinking that law firms are the new Microsoft or nuthin.  [LegalWeek.com]

• The February bar exam is ending today—for just about every state.  And Business Insider brings you this most-amazing bar-related tweet:

• That said about the Texas hot mess, here’s a comparison between the New York, California and Louisiana (really?) bar exams that’s broken down by general impressions, facilities and people by a chick who has taken all three.  [When BigLaw Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello]

Ex-Bitter mentioned a Harvard lawyer dicking around today, but this is a whole different kind.  Bitter Lawyer interviewee, major legal analyst and SCOTUS author Jeffrey Toobin has been making splashy headlines this week because he’s possibly “the Tiger Woods of Legal Journalism.” In addition to his alleged love child with “with Casey Greenfield, the daughter of political pundit Jeff Greenfield and an associate at Gibson Dunn,” the New York Daily News ran an account of Toobin’s purported kinky sexual advances (like propositions for anal sex) towards none other than Judith Regan.  [Above the Law]

• Feel the churn!  “A staggering 2,775 law firm partners left or joined the largest firms in the country” in 2009.  [Philadelphia Business Journal]

• Bernie Madoff’s former operations chief, Daniel Bonventre, became the sixth person charged for helping run a $750 million Ponzi scheme.  Meanwhile, Bernie’s daughter-in-law is trying to change her and her two kids’ last names to Morgan.  Guess that’s how they’re choosing to celebrate Bernie’s one-year anniversary (March 12th) of pleading guilty.  [CNN Money]

• There are three reasons why lawyers are miserable.  (Yep, only three!!) And law firms might find it productive to learn more about the misery-causing effects of general pessimistic attitudes, the stakes of a zero-sum game and lawyers’ lack of autonomy or decision-making ability.  Then again, why would they care?  Aren’t six-figure salaries supposed to be their Prozac?  [Law And More]

• The luge stops here, morally speaking.  The International Olympic Committee officially said that the organization accepts “moral responsibility” for the luge track that killed 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, but it does not accept legal responsibility “in juridical terms.” [Wall Street Journal]

• Charlie Sheen’s new trend-setting “prehab” is probably going to cost him a lot more than just treatment.  “A bunch of legal specialists” weigh in on his studio contract’s morality clause and other possible legal issues that might screw up his day job.  [THR, Esq.]

• California lawmakers have taken time out from working on the state’s budget mess to “tidy something else almost as unmanageable: our language.” The Assembly approved a resolution, which would make the first week of March a “Cuss Free Week.” Senate approval is pending.  Hopefully they’ll hurry they fuck up.  And when can we get a “Lame Phrase Free Week” up in here?  You should go to jail for saying “jeggings.” [San Jose Mercury News]

• So, it’s a fact that dogs hate the theme song to Law & Order.  “This qualifies as a widespread societal problem.” [Brand X]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as conflicting and sad and exciting as the end of Hummer:

Suicide scandal aside, Alec Baldwin inexplicably sat down for a “Conversation with Alex Baldwin” with Fordham Law School Wednesday night and dished on his upcoming Oscar gig, nuclear power and family law (which he published a book about).  And all this makes total sense, you see.  Before becoming an actor, Baldwin considered going to law school, but he ultimately bypassed it because it was right after the Vietnam War, which was “the single most competitive year for incoming college students.” When event moderator Thane Rosenbaum asked him if had he become a lawyer whether his brothers would have followed him into that profession, Baldwin joked: “God no. I would be representing them.”

[Fordham University]

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