Bitter News, 4-22-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom where you can win a free trip to Germany for fucking up:

• The “Lower Uppers”—AKA doctors, accountants, engineers and lawyers—are “living better than 99 percent of anyone who has ever walked the planet,” yet they’re/we’re still economically resentful.  Alert: The SEC/Goldman case may be the first signs of revolt by the lower-upper class.  “If people no smarter or better than you are making $10 million or $50 million or $100 million in a single year, while you’re working yourself ragged to scrape by on a million or two—or, God forbid, $300,000—then something must be wrong.” Let the battle begin.  [Washington Post]

• Birth this!  “The Arizona House approved a bill Wednesday that would require presidential candidates to show his or her birth certificate in order to be on the state’s ballot.” Obama 2012 may finally satisfy your curiosity if the AZ Senate agrees.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Is freedom of animated cartoon speech on the line?  Law prof and major blogger Ann Althouse feels for the “brilliant artists” and “political heroes” who are South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone as Comedy Central “cowers” to threats.  [Althouse]

• Lighten up the gut, lawyers.  Here are exercises for men to do in their uber-hip, fashion-forward, four-figure suits.  Go ahead, leave your tortoiseshell specs on while you flex.  [The New York Times]

• To help the Lower-Upper revolt, Lehamn Brothers fees have been good—very good—to BigLaw.  But isn’t it a bit of a “travesty?” Firms have partially “taken nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars out of a company that’s bankrupt, and nobody cares.” Let’s look… [BusinessWeek]

—Milbank Tweed got $47.7 million;

—Jones Day, Lehman’s special counsel for U.S. and Asian litigation, made $20.5 million;

—Quinn Emanuel, special counsel to the creditors’ committee, made $6 million;

—Jenner & Block, the firm headed by Lehman examiner Anton Valukas, got $48.4 million;

—Weil Gotshal collected $164.8 million for acting as the investment bank’s lead bankruptcy firm.

• Meet your potential future lawmakers: Profiles on Obama’s SCOTUS nominee shortlist:

—Diane Wood: The UT-trained, oboe-playing, quad-lingual wife of a neurologist.  [New York Times]

—Janet Napolitano: The mountain-climbing, peeps-loving ex-prosecutor.  [ABA Journal]

—Ann Claire Williams: The African-American former third-grade-teaching judge.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Gays in the Military Legal News:

“Gay softball”…redundant? San Francisco men file suit for being “not gay” for play.  [Legal Blog Watch]

—Gay man’s lawyer asks AG to allow divorce so one less gay marriage can exist in Texas.  [Dallas News]

• JUDGE: Is there anything else you would like to say before I pass sentence?

DEFENDANT: Yes, Kirk to Enterprise- Beam me up.

Submit your own “overheard” to win a $150 grand prize by June 15th.  [Overheard in Court]

• Sobering news for lawyers who live in Connecticut, work in Manhattan and love booze and boozing!  “That famous Bar Car on the Metro-North commuter train from Connecticut to Grand Central could be shut down, forever. … The Bar Car has been the centerpiece of speaker tales at Connecticut Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.” Just think of all the lost networking opportunities!  Also mentioned: “AA meetings in upscale communities like Greenwich” are great places to land vulnerable, rich husbands.  Drink up, single ladies.  [Law And More]

• Lawyers vs. the Volcano: The attorneys Euro-stranded due to Eyjafjallajokull.  [The Am Law Daily]

• How can you give Bitter Lawyer grief for using profane language?  Even Harvard-trained lawyer, class act and PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES Barack Obama laughs “like the devil” at the f-bomb.  At least that’s what Veep (and fellow lawyer) Biden says to make himself feel better when talking to Whoopi.  [CBS News]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom where you can win a free trip to Germany for fucking up:

• The “Lower Uppers”—AKA doctors, accountants, engineers and lawyers—are “living better than 99 percent of anyone who has ever walked the planet,” yet they’re/we’re still economically resentful.  Alert: The SEC/Goldman case may be the first signs of revolt by the lower-upper class.  “If people no smarter or better than you are making $10 million or $50 million or $100 million in a single year, while you’re working yourself ragged to scrape by on a million or two—or, God forbid, $300,000—then something must be wrong.” Let the battle begin.  [Washington Post]

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