Bitter News, 4-27-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that want some Sumner Redstone dollars of their own:

• Everyone’s on the bandwagon of the soon-to-be accountant, encouraging him to follow his dreams of law school in Ex-Bitter’s most recent advice column, but “the rising cost of law school is becoming a sore subject as the number of high-paying jobs shrink.” Is JD tuition a “bad value” and the next big bubble?  [Chicago Tribune]

• Note: “journalists suspected of criminal activity do not benefit from the legal shields.” Eugene Volokh and his team tend to agree.  Then you have those sticky, well-established California laws on theft.  So good luck battling Apple in your iPhone 4G case, Gawker Media.  [CNET]

• We can try to talk about today’s Goldman Sachs Senate hearing intelligently, but why bother?  It was all well-advised long pauses and rambling answers anyway.  Instead, this might be a good opportunity to remind you that “Al Gore is a giant douchebag” and distract you with a walrus sucking his own penis.  Enjoy.  [The Wall Street Journal]

• The news isn’t very kind to SEC lawyers recently.  After they got hit with that whole lawyers-watching-tons-and-tons-of-PORN-at-work debacle, we also read that 15-year SEC lawyer Phillip W. Offill Jr. was sentenced to eight years in prison for doing bad things, and former SEC lawyer Spencer Barasch is under investigation with the State Bar of Texas.  [Dallas Morning News]

• Speaking of state bars, the New York February 2010 bar exam results are out.  And Elizabeth Wurtzel passed.  Woohoo!  Our exclusive interview with her dusted up an issue over whether she is/should be calling herself a lawyer, but she’s in the clear now.  Or, as she put it to the haters, “I don’t want to ruin anyone’s day but…I passed the bar exam.” [Above the Law]

• If you liked Matthew McConaughey fighting slavery in Amistad and defending Samuel L. Jackson in Grisham’s A Time to Kill, then you’ll love him as lawyer Mickey Haller in the film adaptation of the Michael Connelly thriller The Lincoln Lawyer.  Production begins in July about the lowlife-representing, deeply haunted, DA-screwing Los Angeles criminal defense attorney.  [Collider.com]

• You’re not helping things for Elena Kagan, Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig.  [Salon]

• Scott Rothstein’s law firm is a total legal soap opera—complete with lots of Ponzi and even a MURDER.  [Miami New Times]

• The wide world of international lawyer news is scandalous:

—Sweden’s Princess Madeleine cancels wedding to [cheating?] lawyer Jonas Bergstrom.  [SMH.com.au]

—Lawyer says France/Real Madrid footballer knows an underage hooker, but didn’t bang her.  [ESPN]

—Philippines justice secretary cheated in law school.  [Gulfnews.com]

• Please stop laughing at lawyer jokes…because jury duty is so awesome??  A reporter says, “Stop and think. Lawyers don’t think they’re funny, and nobody else thinks they’re jokes. The next time you need legal aid or advice, do you call a lawyer or a comedian?” Nancy Grace doesn’t think they’re very funny either.  [ABA Journal]

• WilmerHale is all about making headlines today:

—They’re creating a “B.S. Center” by making a new business services center in Ohio.  [BusinessWeek]

—A WilmerHale litigation partner is the first gay nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals.  [ABA Journal]

• How the hell do lawyers get away with this stuff?  And why are they so damn wimpy?  A CEO’s journey.  [The New York Times]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that want some Sumner Redstone dollars of their own:

• Everyone’s on the bandwagon of the soon-to-be accountant, encouraging him to follow his dreams of law school in Ex-Bitter’s most recent advice column, but “the rising cost of law school is becoming a sore subject as the number of high-paying jobs shrink.” Is JD tuition a “bad value” and the next big bubble?  [Chicago Tribune]

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