Bitter News, 5-13-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom more interesting than the history of the bikini:

• Stop!  Or UT Law alum and malpractice attorney Carolyn Barnes will shoot!  Barnes, who has been practicing in Austin, TX more than 25 years, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing five rounds from a handgun at a Census worker who knocked on her door last weekend.  No stranger to being booked, she’s been to jail eight times in the last few years for charges ranging from contempt of court to making a terrorist threat.  “When I heard about it, and I heard what her occupation was, yeah, it really surprised me,” said a police sergeant commented.  Way to represent, Barnes.  [KXAN]

News continued below video.

Shawn Chapman Holley: Lifesaver attorney to the stars.  After working as Johnnie Cochran’s protégé during the O.J. Simpson trial, she now takes on solo tasks like saving Reggie Bush, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Snoop Dogg, the late Tupac Shakur (R.I.P.!) and Mike Tyson’s asses on a regular basis.  [BusinessWeek]

• Debt-free-life advocate Sarah Allen was on a quest to solicit donations so she could go to UNC Law School all expenses paid (we mentioned her on 5/3).  But she instead decided not to go to law school, shut her blog down and returned all donations she received thus far—all three of them.  Why?  Because of the negative media attention and mean blog comments she was reading about herself.  “One could argue that she should have ‘abandoned any plans to attend law school’ the moment she was unwilling to debt finance the high cost of legal education. But, I suppose ‘lawyers are meanies’ will do in a pinch.” [Above the Law]

• Lawyers do their part to make the big and small screens authentic:

—Former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan made an appearance on The Good Wife[Examiner]

—Oliver Stone took some advice from Eliot Spitzer for his new Wall Street movie.  [ABA Journal]

• All the dirty secrets about when and why a law student should transfer schools.  [Lawyerist]

• Gasp!  Clutch the pearls.  San Fran-based law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is no longer going to report their profits per partner.  [BusinessWeek]

• All the joys of the “devil’s trifecta” at a smaller firm that drove Mr. 162 away from the bottle have lured The Namby Pamby right in.  Cheers to the system!  [The Namby Pamby]

• “Of all the many public complaints about the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, the nuttiest is the charge that her faculty hires as dean of Harvard Law School suggest a less-than-robust commitment to diversity.” What’s that say you?  Yep, “not one black or Latino professor in the bunch.” But does not having hired a “a veritable rainbow of faculty members” mean anything?  [New York Daily News]

• The murder of lacrosse player Yeardley Love, which led the UVA president to ask the state governor to change state law so college officials would be notified if students are arrested, has people blaming anyone who knew the “erratic” suspect, George Huguely.  But will there be the death penalty?  [WSET]

• In “firm insider stealing happens all the time—why the hell is that??” news: A Chicago law firm office manager was charged with stealing nearly $1 million.  [Chicago Sun-Times]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom more interesting than the history of the bikini:

• Stop!  Or UT Law alum and malpractice attorney Carolyn Barnes will shoot!  Barnes, who has been practicing in Austin, TX more than 25 years, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing five rounds from a handgun at a Census worker who knocked on her door last weekend.  No stranger to being booked, she’s been to jail eight times in the last few years for charges ranging from contempt of court to making a terrorist threat.  “When I heard about it, and I heard what her occupation was, yeah, it really surprised me,” said a police sergeant commented.  Way to represent, Barnes.  [KXAN]

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