Bitter News, 4-16-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as diverse as an Amish choir singing next to topless sunbathers:

• BigLaw with old-world charm!  “DLA Piper is raising US associate pay by 10% in a move that will return salaries to pre-downturn levels.” Christmas came in April when the firm announced mid-year pay increases this week.  $160K for first years is back like the McRib.  [Legal Week]

• If you check out Facebook the whole time during law school classes then good!  Thanks for cushioning the grade curve.  [Althouse]

• Apparently this whole SEC / Goldman Sachs / civil case thing is kind of a big deal.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Another way that living the dream can come bite you in the ass: Fresno County Judge James Oppliger was picked for jury duty, but he’s under fire for potential juror misconduct after sending an email to fellow judges saying he was “livin’ the dream” on the other side of the bench.  [ABC30.com]

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• ADAs are DOA.  Due to major budget cuts, 10 seasoned veteran lawyers in the Manhattan District Attorney office have been laid off.  [Cityroom @ NYT]

• Missouri, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!  After dropping from a ranking of 65 down to ranking of 93 in this week’s new U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, the University of Missouri School of Law’s dean called an emergency meeting to “calm dozens of frustrated law students.” And what goes down must go up, so in addition, the law school’s tuition goes up 5% next year.  [Columbia Missourian]

• Controversial & un-sexually passionate, here are some important new court rulings:

—Judge deemed National Day of Prayer unconstitutional—much like National Day of Blasphemy.  [AC]

—Oregon Supreme Court ruled a worker could be fired for legal marijuana use.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Old reputations are hard to break—especially if there seems to be any truth to it.  Kenneth Heller, dubbed the most obnoxious lawyer by the Village Voice (Heller was disbarred in 2004 for screaming at and threatening judges), has been charged, along with six other defendants, for collectively hiding $100 million from the IRS.  [The Am Law Daily]

• CNN elder Larry King has been married eight—count ‘um eight—times, and now that he’s headed for his eighth divorce, his lawyer reveals the talk show host doesn’t have a prenup.  Who said blonds were dumb?  [Boston.com]

• Gerald Ung, the Temple law student caught on surveillance cameras shooting a Villanova student (who, btw, is the son of Fox Rothschild bankruptcy partner Edward DiDonato), has been ordered to stand trial.  [My Fox Philly]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as diverse as an Amish choir singing next to topless sunbathers:

• BigLaw with old-world charm!  “DLA Piper is raising US associate pay by 10% in a move that will return salaries to pre-downturn levels.” Christmas came in April when the firm announced mid-year pay increases this week.  $160K for first years is back like the McRib.  [Legal Week]

• If you check out Facebook the whole time during law school classes then good!  Thanks for cushioning the grade curve.  [Althouse]

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