Bitter News, 3-15-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as cuddly as Mr. Blobby on these ides of March:

• In a New Yorker interview by Jeffrey Toobin, SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens talks about his looming retirement.  The 89-year old catcher will step down with the next few years, “paving the way for another President Obama appointment.” [WSJ Law Blog]

• Law school is a trade school.  Like ITT Tech.  What value does going to one represent to students?  “Too little attention is paid to the opportunity costs entailed in three years of law school.” So, in addition to your mortgage-sized debt, you need to consider the “comprehensive cost of law school” from foregone income to the extra pounds around the waist.  [The Legal Satyricon]

• While a lawyer rebuts doubts about his client’s runaway Prius, law firms are sticking down their accelerators and angling to take advantage of plaintiffs with possible cases against Toyota.  And heavyweights like Mark Lanier (who loves to work on behalf of the downtrodden), are vying to be voted “most popular.” [Law.com]

• Where are the gays at?  We’ve discussed in-office flirting, coming out to co-workers and gay mirages, but where do these “out” gay associates who make up less than 2% of BigLaw exist?  [Business Insider]

• The City of New York agreed to a $575 million settlement agreement in a mass-tort situation with 9/11 cleanup workers.  And the lawyers are being called out for being the biggest profiteers.  More than a third of the amount will go to the plaintiffs’ counsel.  And $200 million has already been paid to the city’s lawyers.  “Nine years after the terrorist attacks, the victims stand to get less than half of what they’ve ‘won.’” [New York Post]

• Welcome to Virginia Thomas’s tea party.  Would you like a scone and a freshly brewed, piping-hot cup of “preserve liberty”?  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife “has launched a tea-party-linked group that could test the traditional notions of political impartiality for the court.” [Los Angeles Times]

• Justice Stephens will soon be gone.  Justice Thomas told law students that he doesn’t attend the State of the Union because it is “so partisan.” And Chief Justice Roberts is going tit for tat with Obama and the White House in what’s being called “the Next Big Brawl.” Were new seeing terms like “crybaby” fly around, and no one’s backing down.  It’s on.  [USA Today | Opinionator NYT]

• Lehman.  Linklaters.  Litigation.  [The Lawyer]

• A look at Larry S. Loigman.  Or “Jersey’s Jewish lawyer who loves to sue.” [Ashbury Park Press]

• Cable network USA has decided that drama no longer makes good television.  Why try and be compelling by creating a legal drama where the characters live in a “world of a constant conflict. With traditional lawyers, it’s always one wins, one loses.” Boo.  We hate watching conflict and people winning.  (That’s why shows like Real Housewives and American Idol are so hugely unpopular.) What we need is a show about a mediator—AKA “the anti-lawyer.” Which is why USA will soon be bringing us Facing Kate.  Because what really grips audiences are win/win situations.  [Screen Rant]

• Smell ya later.  “City employees [in Detroit] will be urged not to wear perfume, cologne or aftershave as a result of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.” [Associated Press]

• In tone with what Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton would do for their 25th birthdays, the law firm of Lipson, Neilson, Cole Seltzer & Garin is turning 25 and celebrating by renting out Le Deux and calling TMZ offering 25 small businesses or entrepreneurs a half-day of free legal work to help them survive the current economy.  Giving back is hot.  [WWJ Newsradio 950]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as cuddly as Mr. Blobby on these ides of March:

• In a New Yorker interview by Jeffrey Toobin, SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens talks about his looming retirement.  The 89-year old catcher will step down with the next few years, “paving the way for another President Obama appointment.” [WSJ Law Blog]

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2 Comments

  1. Leave Justice Thomas alone now...

    March 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    So wives are supposed to be like victorian children? Seen but not heard? Is this the Pat Nixon mode of being a wife back in style?  Did Hilary not say she wasn’t going to stay home and bake cookies?  And BTW, no one ever questioned the “impartiality” of Chief Judge Rienhardt of the Ninth Circuit court of appeals and his wife…head of the Southern California ACLU…did they?

  2. Anonymous

    March 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Love that fire, baby.  Keep it up.

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