Bitter News, 4-21-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom amply warning you that “Ask a Lawyer Day” is May 1:

• Yesterday was 4/20, wasn’t it, Beavis?  Don’t play dumb with me.  It’s basically the day pot smokers puff en masses…to protest against drug laws.  Sure.  We’ll say that.  So thousands of cannabis lovers gathered in Denver yesterday at 4:20 PM (because it’s clever) to smoke marijuana under a lawyer’s promise of protection.  Marijuana rights honcho lawyer Robert J. Corry “promised to provide legal defense to anyone receiving a ticket from police after lighting up.” [dscriber.com]

• All that’s gold isn’t crimson: Securities regulation has tongues a’waggin at Harvard Law as professors discuss the Goldman Sachs/SEC of it all.  Meanwhile, a Yalie is really the one in charge.  Sullivan & Cromwell’s Richard Klapper—AKA Goldman’s lead defender and Bulldog alumn—just had his low profile dialed up a notch.  [Reuters]

• When it comes to equal pay, who’s worse off: Women JDs or women MBAs?  Trick question?  Maybe?  [The Am Law Daily]

• On President Obama’s shortlist of potential SCOTUS candidates there’s a footnote: Look outside the box.  So how does a black female judge who is a former third-grade teacher fit that edict?  A woman just like that now has the President’s eye.  Blah, blah, blah—and nominee will be decided in May.  [Voice of America]

• Look at this fucking hipster! With as annoying and self-amused as they are, isn’t it great to know that hipsters at least hate law school[Stuff Hipsters Hate]

• One option as to how lawyers can avoid committing malpractice by inadvertently releasing private client information: Don’t sell old office electronics like photocopiers.  And especially old laptops.  Rather, “just yank out the hard drive, smash it to smithereens, and then blowtorch the hell out of the actual hard disk.” Problem solved.  [The Legal Satyricon]

• There’s a rule of professional conduct that prohibits a lawyer from giving anything of value to a person for recommending the lawyer’s services.  Something that might fall under than umbrella is a nearly $70,000 referral bonus.  Good to know.  Don’t pull a Ronald Mason.  Good talk.  [Corporate Counsel]

• The gospel according to the Wall Street Journal: 2009 sucked for most lawyers, but it was actually pretty great for plaintiff’ firms.  And how can you possibly not make money when you follow these five easy steps.  Happy referral sourcing!  [WSJ Law Blog]

• The hits keep on coming for Toyota.  With all the class action going around, one driver may morbidly benefit and be set free.  A man serving an eight-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide is looking to his lawyer for new hope, saying “a new inspection of his car found a possible fault in the car’s cruise control that may have jammed the throttle into an open position.” [ABC News]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom amply warning you that “Ask a Lawyer Day” is May 1:

• Yesterday was 4/20, wasn’t it, Beavis?  Don’t play dumb with me.  It’s basically the day pot smokers puff en masses…to protest against drug laws.  Sure.  We’ll say that.  So thousands of cannabis lovers gathered in Denver yesterday at 4:20 PM (because it’s clever) to smoke marijuana under a lawyer’s promise of protection.  Marijuana rights honcho lawyer Robert J. Corry “promised to provide legal defense to anyone receiving a ticket from police after lighting up.” [dscriber.com]

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