Bitter News, 4-6-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that now charge for overhead carry-on bags:

• During a scene in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1996 movie The Rainmaker, which was screened to 100 law students at Yale on Monday, the protagonist character (played by Matt Damon) says the practice of law wears down man’s ethics.  During the following Q&A with John Grisham, prolific legal fiction author of the book on which the movie is based, he revealed he didn’t like his 10 years of practicing law at all.  Art.  Life.  Two in the same.  [Yale Daily News]

• Why a D.C. Circuit gotta be hatin’ on net neutrality?  And what the hell does a ninja got to do with it?  [Above the Law]

• March was in like a lion…out like a lion?  The legal sector “suffered a setback by losing 500 jobs” last month.  Thank God flat is the new up[The Am Law Daily]

• On one hand you have April Fools Day.  On the other you have a possible ethics violation.  Lawyer Eric Turkewitz’s blog post (that we mentioned last Thursday) claiming to be the new White House law blogger was a big attention getter—and a joke.  It even punked The New York Times.  But was it “irresponsible?” He says no—and has the First Amendment to back him up.  [ABA Journal]

• Got a real life “Typo” situation here.  Big discovery!  Chevron’s a rock star!  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Thinking Teach for America might be good way to bide some time while you figure out if your law school material?  You’re not the only one.  Meet Ladi Ogunro.  He’s working the classroom while he decides if he wants to head to the courtroom.  Although, people are starting to catch to wannabe lawyer types who join the program.  “Critics also refer to the program as ‘Teach for a While,’ accusing recruits of seeking to pad their resumes with community service as they plot their next move to graduate school or more lucrative careers in business, law, or medicine.” How could you do that to our children?  [Boston.com]

• The only thing Tiger Woods has to fear is fear itself.  And attorney Gloria Allred.  “As he rises back into the public eye, she’s revving up her efforts to bring him down.” [ABC News]

• Lawyer Marc Bernstein admitted to stealing $2.2 million in settlement cash he won for 16 clients, using the excuse he was driven to do it by a blackmailer who threatened to have him disbarred for lying if he didn’t pay her $1 million.  So he decided to get disbarred this way—by stealing more than 220% of what she demanded.  [New York Daily News]

• SMU Law graduate Erlyndon Joseph Lo was arrested by the FBI for threatening to use “deadly force” to stop an abortion at a Dallas clinic.  Lo and behold, last month he filed a federal law suit against the United States Supreme Court seeking to outlaw abortions.  “And then, there’s Lo’s Web site. Pretty self explanatory.” (Video below.) [Dallas Morning News]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that now charge for overhead carry-on bags:

• During a scene in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1996 movie The Rainmaker, which was screened to 100 law students at Yale on Monday, the protagonist character (played by Matt Damon) says the practice of law wears down man’s ethics.  During the following Q&A with John Grisham, prolific legal fiction author of the book on which the movie is based, he revealed he didn’t like his 10 years of practicing law at all.  Art.  Life.  Two in the same.  [Yale Daily News]

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  1. Friend

    April 7, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Gloria adds a new definition to “lawyer”

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