Bitter News, 4-1-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as long as Steve Phillips’ redemption timeline:

• It’s April Fool’s Day.  And while we usually find related pranks to be a little lame (we’re stink-eyeing you, Google/Topeka), there was one today that was so detailed, elaborate and law related that we couldn’t help but mention it.  In a manifesto published on his New York Personal Injury Law Blog site today, Eric Turkewitz explains in great length how he would be “closing down this blog in the next few weeks to start up a new one at the White House as their official law blogger.” He goes through the vetting process, how he had to meet with President Obama and how there was a list of esteemed law professors he beat out to be handed the highly controversial position.  But then our old boy Ashby Jones put a stop to the nonsense, just as we trust him to do.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• A little digging has been dug on lawyer/philanthropist Kenneth Schneider, who we mentioned in our top story yesterday.  Schneider was charged with two counts of sex tourism for engaging in an eight-year sexual relationship with a 12-year-old, male ballet dancer he met in Russia.  And Law Shucks found some really interesting stuff.  To put it lightly, it turns out he’s an “unbelievable blowhard.” In more ways than one, it seems.  [Law Shucks]

• The tides of change are upon us.  Associate pay models are being reconsidered.  “BIG firms are in a crucible of change. Some don’t realize it yet. But the fat will be wrought from the system.” Where will you be when the Red Sea parts?  [The New York Times]

• Sometimes you can’t fit a square peg (lawyers) in a round hole (love), but that doesn’t mean people are going to stop trying.  Not only is Above the Law working needlessly hard trying to pair up single attorneys, so is the new Avvo Singles, as an expansion to their lawyer ratings site.  Good luck, lovelorn lawyers.  I guess.  [Legal Blog Watch]

• The aforementioned headline considered, sometimes love ends in a bad way, which interestingly can also be a good thing for lawyers.  D.C. divorce lawyers are psyched by all the same-sex married couples surging into the District.  Because it can only mean one thing: New clients galore.  When wedding bells turn into man-on-man/woman-on-woman alimony, custody and property battles, business will boom.  [Washington Examiner]

• Believe it or not, no matter how many warnings or financial barriers, law schools are still receiving an increase in applications over last year.  Well, in New York anyway.  [BizJournals.com]

• Get this: Having a lawyer is a rare luxury in rural Georgia.  [AJC.com]

• “Mayor Bloomberg issued a help-wanted call Monday in hopes of recruiting 300 lawyers to provide free assistance to homeowners facing mortgage foreclosures. He said that with ‘a small commitment’ from some of the 90,000 lawyers practicing in the city ‘we can make sure every family in need has a better chance of staying in their home.’” What the hell you waiting on?  A better offer?  [New York Daily News]

• Nick Conley may be Living the Dream in our new Season 2 episode posted today, but John Paulson and the other top-24 hedge fund managers of 2009 are really living the dream.  They collectively pulled in about $25 BILLION in twelve months.  We salute your ability to make lowly, six-figure-earning lawyers cry, gentlemen.  Congratulations.  [Business Insider]

• The We-Were-So-Supposed-To-Be-Famous Winklevoss Twins have won close to $65 million after claiming to have helped invent Facebook—but they want more.  Maybe their continued greed has something to do with most of that being gobbled up in Quinn Emanuel attorney fees[Valleywag]

• If there’s a solid, believable answer to this question, please lay it on us: Why would a law student brief a case when they can just “Wiki” it?  Just look at these law students having a smiley, racially diverse, semi-sexually attractive conversation over it.  [3 Geeks and a Law Blog]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as long as Steve Phillips’ redemption timeline:

• It’s April Fool’s Day.  And while we usually find related pranks to be a little lame (we’re stink-eyeing you, Google/Topeka), there was one today that was so detailed, elaborate and law related that we couldn’t help but mention it.  In a manifesto published on his New York Personal Injury Law Blog site today, Eric Turkewitz explains in great length how he would be “closing down this blog in the next few weeks to start up a new one at the White House as their official law blogger.” He goes through the vetting process, how he had to meet with President Obama and how there was a list of esteemed law professors he beat out to be handed the highly controversial position.  But then our old boy Ashby Jones put a stop to the nonsense, just as we trust him to do.  [WSJ Law Blog]

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