Bitter News, 3-29-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as “still kickin” as 92-year-old attorney W. Jerome Offutt:

• It’s like 10 years worth of People’s Most Beautiful People issues wrapped up into one master, lawyer-specific list—except with less beautiful people and more lawyers!  Who have lots of swing and power.  Basically, it’s a list of the decade’s 40 most influential lawyers broken down by practice area.  You dig?

[The National Law Journal]

• God does sometimes give with both hands.  In addition to the list of individual lawyers burning up the scene, we also have a top-10 list of global M&A firms.  Who’s number one?  Can I get a “Woop! Woop!” for Weil, Gotshal & Manges?  They’re cashing in with $90.8 billion in deals so far this year.  [Reuters]

• Rounding out the perfect list trifecta: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) released 2010 Lawsuit Climate Survey, which ranks the states with the best and worst legal climates for business.” Worst goes first: Louisiana (49th), and West Virginia (50th).  Put the best to the test: Delaware (1st), North Dakota (2nd).  [Law Librarian Blog]

• Last week we mentioned how Donald Trump’s never-say-die show The Apprentice is looking for laid-off lawyers to fill up their new season.  But now there’s a report that some law firms are looking for legal talent Apprentice-style. The Candidate Challenge 2012 even has the tagline “Play your trump card.” South African firm Werkmans is looking for the best law students who are in their “penultimate year of studying” to compete for the firm’s 2012 intake of candidate attorneys.  [Times LIVE]

News continued below video.

• Don’t stop til Yoo get enough.  A lot has been written this year about the unrepentant John Yoo.  He was recently cleared for his involvement with the infamous torture memos as a Bush administration lawyer, he sparred with (and won against) John Stewart, and he’s a lightening rod as a Boalt Hall School of Law professor at the “the People’s Republic of Berkeley.” A profile of his last few months and his life now… [Los Angeles Times]

• Whose late to the party?  Um, Massachusetts School of Law at Andover students who think they’re going to graduate and ride the bankruptcy wave.  Also, I’ve heard this little company called Google is supposed to do some big things.  Maybe buy some stock in it.  [Boston.com]

• Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.  Because it might explode and kill you.  Florida lawyer Gary Dorst found a grenade hanging from the front door of his law office Sunday night.  Listen to Dorst’s 9-1-1 call here.  [Central Florida News 13]

• How not to de-stress: Road rage on fellow motorists’ faces. “Michael Diaz Jr., founder and managing partner of international law firm Diaz Reus & Targ, faces arraignment next month for allegedly attacking a driver and his girlfriend in a road-rage incident.” Though, in his possible defense, the girlfriend’s name is Nancie Grace.  [Daily Business Review]

• Work too “boring” for BigLaw attorneys?  “Cry me a mutha f(*#&(*in Godd@@*&% river!” sez the Jobless Juris Doctor.  [The Jobless Juris Doctor]

• If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad as much as we are, then you’re pumped for season three and last night’s return of “Better Call Saul!” Goodman,” the “oily” lawyer with a heart of gold.  [Cincinnati.com]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as “still kickin” as 92-year-old attorney W. Jerome Offutt:

• It’s like 10 years worth of People’s Most Beautiful People issues wrapped up into one master, lawyer-specific list—except with less beautiful people and more lawyers!  Who have lots of swing and power.  Basically, it’s a list of the decade’s 40 most influential lawyers broken down by practice area.  You dig?

[The National Law Journal]

• God does sometimes give with both hands.  In addition to the list of individual lawyers burning up the scene, we also have a top-10 list of global M&A firms.  Who’s number one?  Can I get a “Woop! Woop!” for Weil, Gotshal & Manges?  They’re cashing in with $90.8 billion in deals so far this year.  [Reuters]

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