Bitter News, 3-24-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as flirty as Hillary Clinton with the Pakistani Foreign Minister:

• Law schools, law schools, law schools.  We’ve had enough of beating that dead horse.  So let’s admire business schools, shall we?  Here’s a new list of the world’s best.  Don’t listen to all the other loser rankings.  This one is the best.  Like Harvard.  (Woops.  Spoiled it there, didn’t I?) [Business Insider]

• Okay, you know we really couldn’t leave the law school dead horse alone. A new study finds that graduates from top-10 law schools were MORE likely to get laid off than grads from lower-ranked schools.  Get your “sense of entitlement” outta here, Yalies.  TTTs wanna work!  …Sez the study. 

[BLT: The Blog of the Legal Times]

• Manhattan lawyer Louis “Big Lou” Posner pleaded guilty to running a prostitution ring “out of a Midtown jiggle joint.” A service that even he himself admittedly enjoyed.  He was barred from working in, going to or being associated with any strip club or lap dance performance for five years.  Punishment enough.  [New York Daily News]

• President Obama keeps heralding that new health care will make small businesses winners.  But Keith Ashmus, a partner at Cleveland law firm Frantz Ward LLP, thinks that those with more than 50 employees—like his firm—aren’t going to be sitting pretty.  Meanwhile, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli isn’t happy either.  He filed a lawsuit.  Not because of the Supremacy Clause, stupid.  Because he says the health-care law is plain ol’ unconstitutional.  Duh.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• What do we want?  BL1Y on The Apprentice.  When do we want it?  Next season.  Go!  [Above the Law]

• Men.  Men B harassin.  Even B harassin other men.  No, not sexually necessarily.  But that doesn’t matter.  Since the start of the recession, sexual harassment claims from men have been surging.  Some guys call it horsing around or blowing off steam.  Others call it a compulsory lashing out as a result of deep-seeded, insurmountable self-hate.  [Wall Street Journal via ABA Journal]

Who the hell needs Peeps to have fun with the law?  Tweet “something pithy” about your favorite SCOTUS case in 131 characters or less with the hashtag #cbftech so Dan Schwartz can illustrate “how technology is changing the practice of law” at a UConn Law School program.  Hmm, it sort of reminds us of another law school attempt to illustrate a point.  Let’s home this one doesn’t convey as well.  [Connecticut Law Blog via Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites]

• Law school deans are getting involved in trying to get “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealed.  Mainly because they argue the policy restricts diversity efforts and career options for public servants.  Fair enough.  Maybe while they’re at it they should also ask BigLaw partners what the hell’s going on with their “values of tolerance and respect.” They don’t even have a legal ban, and they’re still missing the mark[The National Law Journal]

• Remember the days when Congress had nothing better to do than have baseball players testify about using steroids?  Not over yet, folks.  Jose Canseco, “the most prominent professional baseball player who stepped forward to defend [Roger] Clemens before a Congressional committee two years ago, filing an affidavit that said he had no knowledge of Clemens’s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs,” has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury that’s investigating whether Clemens perjured himself.  [The New York Times]

• A Mississippi school canceled prom after lesbian student Constance McMillen asked to bring a girl and wear a tux.  That night, the school officials then probably turned on American Idol and laughed at that delightful judge Ellen.  Then a federal judge ruled that the high school violated McMillen’s constitutional rights.  Then worlds collided[Guardian]

• Gay marriage brings men together.  “Legal powerhouses” Ted Olson and David Boies talk about how they teamed up to fight against Proposition 8 and how they’re likely taking their fight all the way to the Supreme Court.  [Campbell Brown Blog CNN]

• Still due: McGuireWoods’ $12 million in legal fees for fighting to get 300,000 BARBRI class members $125.  Tick tock.  [The Am Law Daily]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as flirty as Hillary Clinton with the Pakistani Foreign Minister:

• Law schools, law schools, law schools.  We’ve had enough of beating that dead horse.  So let’s admire business schools, shall we?  Here’s a new list of the world’s best.  Don’t listen to all the other loser rankings.  This one is the best.  Like Harvard.  (Woops.  Spoiled it there, didn’t I?) [Business Insider]

• Okay, you know we really couldn’t leave the law school dead horse alone. A new study finds that graduates from top-10 law schools were MORE likely to get laid off than grads from lower-ranked schools.  Get your “sense of entitlement” outta here, Yalies.  TTTs wanna work!  …Sez the study. 

[BLT: The Blog of the Legal Times]

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