Bitter News, 4-29-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are as “Bullet holes!  ORV!” as a Goonies quiz:

• Extra, extra!  Read all about it.  (And weep when you see some of these partner compensation numbers—even though they’re down from last year ☹.) Stealing the law school rankings’ spotlight is the new Am Law 100.  Wachtel walks away tops in a lot of categories this year, but Baker & McKenzie finally ousted Skadden in gross revenue.  Drama!  Consume at your leisure.  [American Lawyer]

• Let’s wrap this year’s 100 into lessons learned.  “It could have been worse.” [The Am Law Daily]

• Our readers are in a dead heat over today’s Bitter Poll question (below) about whether New York is losing its footing as the “legal capital.” But this might tip the scales: Of this year’s newly announced Am Law 100 firms, “the 23 New York firms, which are located at the epicenter of the financial crisis, outperformed the rest of their competitors on the list.” [New York Law Journal]

• A Harvard 3L’s email about race and intelligence that has set the internet world ablaze with racist accusations over the last 24 hours has grown into a unstoppable fireball.  Let’s just say she opened an email with: “I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent.” The student in question who, a few days ago, had the world on a string (Ivy educated, Harvard Law Review, federal clerkship awaiting after graduation) sort of eff-ed herself by landing in the forefront of an always-sticky race debate.  It has thrown her into hiding, elicited statements from Harvard’s Dean and the Black Law Student Association, found some cautious defenders, and landed her a big ‘ol public out-ing on Gawker.  And there’s already satire?  Oi.  [Above the Law]

• While the legal world scratches its head wondering why so few women are equity partners, here’s a list of CEO chicks who run the show and make bank doing it—but still not as much as their male counterparts, natch.  [The Legal Intelligencer | Forbes.com]

• Here’s something 100% law related: Xanax is America’s top med.  So pop with pride; you’re in good company.  Remember Valium?  So 80s.  Nowadays, the top-25 list of psychiatric prescriptions reads like a list of every TV commercial you just fast-forwarded through in the last 24 hours.  [Gawker]

• With the shock and awe of Sandra Bullock’s moving reveal that she’s now a single “Oscar Mom” still setting in, she also eked out an aftershock that she filed for divorce from husband Jesse James.  But who’s representing America’s most sympathetic sweetheart?  Meet New Orleans-based criminal attorney named Walter Becker.  Odd choice?  Youbetcha—especially since she filed in Texas[CultureMap]

• Who should be the next Supreme Court Justice?  Just answer!  It’s a simple yes-or-no question. 

[The New York Times]

• “Two Louisiana shrimpers have filed a lawsuit accusing the operators of the rig behind a Gulf of Mexico oil spill of negligence, seeking at least five million dollars in damages plus undetermined punitive damages.” Neither is reported to be Bubba Gump.  [The Gazette]

• Just when we thought all the Hitler Downfall parodies were disappearing due to copyright infringement, one about gunners still stands.  May Fair Use Title 17, U.S.C., Section 107 protect them all.  Even the one about Hitler reacting to Hitler parodies being taken down by YouTube.  Happy Thursday.  [NPR]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are as “Bullet holes!  ORV!” as a Goonies quiz:

• Extra, extra!  Read all about it.  (And weep when you see some of these partner compensation numbers—even though they’re down from last year ☹.) Stealing the law school rankings’ spotlight is the new Am Law 100.  Wachtel walks away tops in a lot of categories this year, but Baker & McKenzie finally ousted Skadden in gross revenue.  Drama!  Consume at your leisure.  [American Lawyer]

• Let’s wrap this year’s 100 into lessons learned.  “It could have been worse.” [The Am Law Daily]

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