Bitter News, 4-13-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are vote-ably the best place to meet women:

• There’s a mad oversupply of lawyers who are hubristic and feel worthy of $160K of annual quan that isn’t going around like it used to.  And a new Kaplan survey exposes that prospective law students aren’t getting any wiser about analyzing market trends.  Their decisions to enroll in law school are an egregious display of “amazing statistical ignorance.” Law schools are holding a “contest of ideas” to improve the value a legal education, but let’s get real already.  How’s the solo career sounding about now?  [Above the Law | The American Lawyer]

• Poetic justice finds a law blog to dance on.  How freaking ironic that the day we publish an article titled “New Media Sucks” we get nominated for a Webby.  We honestly didn’t see it coming.  And we’re joined by an interesting mix of competition who are all great, but remarkably different.  (A law firm “founded on Christian values” and the nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm, to name two.) If you care to—and obviously we’re conflicted about whether or not we even want you to—you can vote for Bitter Lawyer in the Law category here.  And if you don’t want to, then more power to you.  [Webbys]

• We’ve beat the racial, gender, sexual and religious diversity issues to a pulp with regard to which Supreme Court nominee will replace Justice Stephens.  But how about getting some law school diversity already?  What, is that funny to you?  Without Stephens, every justice either attended Harvard or Yale Law.  Who’s going to fill the only non-Ivy seat?  A black, pansexual, Hindu hermaphrodite who graduated from Case Western Law would be nice.  [Cincinnati.com]

• Reminder of a basic legal principle: “Only verifiable statements of fact can be libelous.” As Marc Randazza says, “Too bad that so many other judges are too stupid to understand.” [The Legal Satyricon]

• Institutions entrusted with shaping the character of young boys ain’t doin’ so well lately.  Just as the Vatican tries to shake their “obstructing civil justice” reputation by publishing procedures that urge bishops to report abuse cases as required by law, a ruling found the Boy Scouts of America to have a “perverted” perception of its own. “An Oregon jury found the Boy Scouts of America and the local scout chapter negligent today in a landmark case that accused the iconic organization of covering up alleged sexual abuse of several of its boy scouts for years.” [ABC News]

• More sexual abuse news.  Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Philip Culhane was sexually abused by the football coach at his Brooklyn preparatory school when he was in fifth grade.  And needing to resolve the issue, “he became one of six name plaintiffs who, along with three John Does, have sued Poly Prep in federal court in Brooklyn for allegedly covering up decades of sex abuse by the coach, Philip Foglietta, who died in 1998.” Sorry to put that disgusted look on your face, but we hope Culhane works it out. 

[The Am Law Daily]

• Less abuse, more sex!  “That Drunk Female Lawyer: 32, female, Manhattan, bisexual, in a relationship.” What more do you need to know?  Well, you’d like to know a few more things, I assume.  So here’s a week in the life of the aforementioned….which results in “five consecutive nights of drinking, six acts of masturbation; two acts of oral sex; two acts of intercourse; one makeout with dancers in front of co-workers.” [New York Magazine]

• The idea of what sex must be like with the young Wisconsin district attorney bravely crusading against sex education and his ilk is chilling.  [Gawker]

• We’ve interviewed America’s most risqué divorce lawyer and profiled nasty divorces, but a new whooper is on the scene.  Trying to put Dodgers owner Frank and Jamie McCourt “most expensive California divorce” title to shame, casino maestro Steve Wynn may be a “new world-record holder for history’s most expensive—and perhaps most civil—divorce.” It just may have beat Rupert Murdoch’s payout of $1.7 billion to his ex-wife in 1998.  [AOL News]

• Oh, dear, more CelebuLaw:

—Conan targets lawyers in his “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour.  [THR, Esq.]

—O.J. Simpson got a break in court today in his 33-year conviction.  [TMZ]

—Steven Seagal’s “sex toy” assistant sues him.  [NY Daily News with herpes outbreak lip pic]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are vote-ably the best place to meet women:

• There’s a mad oversupply of lawyers who are hubristic and feel worthy of $160K of annual quan that isn’t going around like it used to.  And a new Kaplan survey exposes that prospective law students aren’t getting any wiser about analyzing market trends.  Their decisions to enroll in law school are an egregious display of “amazing statistical ignorance.” Law schools are holding a “contest of ideas” to improve the value a legal education, but let’s get real already.  How’s the solo career sounding about now?  [Above the Law | The American Lawyer]

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1 Comment

  1. DHD

    April 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Why does Webby want so much info to vote?  My daughter told me to vote.

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