Bitter News, 4-5-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom written by a guy with a job that would kill the average person:

• Let’s say you’re a pansexual, polyamorous, S&M type—you’re pretty unique, like it a lot of ways, dig sex and are proud of it.  Would those attention-grabbing details be just the perfect items to mention in your personal statement on your law school applications?  One person threw it out to thirteen top-ranked law schools, and after months of radio silence, Martin Quinones was accepted into UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.  [Washington City Paper]

• BREAKING WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW: Justice John Paul Stevens is likely retiring.  The 89-year-old is expected to announce by month’s end whether he will retire from the Supreme Court, a position he’s held for nearly 35 years.  And since everyone already sees Stevens as past tense with plenty of replacement lists already drafted, it’s not looking like he has much choice.  [CNN]

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• Speaking of older gentlemen nearing retirement, here’s a notice to deadbeat dads of all ages: Back child support has no statute of limitations.  Just ask the 81-year-old woman who is suing her 82-year-old baby daddy for $57,000 in unpaid support payments for a child conceived in 1950.  [ABA Journal]

• Baseball season got kicked off with the major league opener last night between the Red Sox and Yankees, and President Obama threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2010 baseball season at Nationals Park today, making it a 100-year Presidential tradition.  All sounds very fun and American.  Also very American is the exorbitant cost of going to a game.  “Over the last two decades, the average ticket price for a Chicago Cubs game has increased 265 percent.” And that’s not because Hitler hates the Cubs.  It because of the fact big companies, like law firms, write off tickets as entertainment expenses.  Duke Law professor Richard Schmalbeck explains it best.  [The New York Times | Above the Law]

• The LSAT is…hard?  Easy?  Bullshit?  You tell me, Google.  [LSAT Blog]

• It’s as if you don’t have to do the crime to do the time anymore.  A program overseen by the Washington State Bar Association helps people become attorneys by working in the legal profession at the same time they are tutored in the law by a senior attorney.  All you have to pay is $1,500 every year for four years to the state bar and have a bachelor’s degree and fulltime job with a sponsoring attorney.  And that’s just one of 10 states that allow law school to be optional.  [Seattle Times]

• You thought your law school was a TTT.  One third of Japanese law schools have been reported as below the standard.  “14 schools each had graduated no more than 10 students last year capable of passing the new bar exam.” [The Daily Yomiuri]

• A Kansas City courthouse was closed today due to a suspicious package near the building with a tag saying its contents were explosive.  But it turned out it was just filled with old phone books.  So it was basically an attack of antiquated items.  [Kansas City Star]

• Heath care reform isn’t making lawyers sick.  “Consultations and regulatory practice work tied to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could generate more than $4 million of business just for the largest local firms over the next eight years.” [Crain’s Detroit Business]

Tia Carrere—you know, the smokin’ “Cassandra Wong” from Wayne’s World—is soon to be single again.  She’s filing for divorce and serving as her own divorce attorney.  Is that stupid…or SCHWING!?  [Gather]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom written by a guy with a job that would kill the average person:

• Let’s say you’re a pansexual, polyamorous, S&M type—you’re pretty unique, like it a lot of ways, dig sex and are proud of it.  Would those attention-grabbing details be just the perfect items to mention in your personal statement on your law school applications?  One person threw it out to thirteen top-ranked law schools, and after months of radio silence, Amanda Hess was accepted into UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.  [Washington City Paper]

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1 Comment

  1. Anon

    April 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Actually, it wasn’t Amanda Hess, but “Sexist reader and sex activist Martin Quinones”. So actually a GUY admitted he was pansexual and got into law school.

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