Bitter News, 5-14-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as reckless as sorority girls trashing a slavery museum:

• TV legal dramas just ain’t what they used to be—and you’ll realize that come fall.  As the big networks begin their fall lineup announcements so advertisers will throw money at them, it’s a theme of “out with the old and in with the semi-new” in the popular genre of law-based shows:

Law & Order was officially canceled just before its 21st season.  [Associated Press]

—But don’t worry because the hip, ulta-original Law & Order: Los Angeles was picked up.  [Deadline]

—Old Ironsides of firm dramas, David E. Kelley, will get to air Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law[Deadline]

—Loved Jimmy Smits in LA Law?  Maybe you like him as a SCOTUS Justice in Outlaw[Variety]

• Though he admitted in a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday that he has not even read the law yet, “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has said that Arizona’s tough new immigration law could drive a wedge between police and immigrant communities.” And those communities are pretty large—as evidenced by this summation of legal and illegal immigrants.  [Washington Post]

• Those people in the U.K. are so cheeky.  Scotland’s top lawyer is encouraging her peers to work for free because it could be “highly rewarding.” That’s funny how the words “could be” were used, no?  Again, so cheeky.  [BBC]

• Confessions of a law school wife: “I was terrified of how law school would change my husband as a person, how it would change us as a couple…There is no lack of negativity about relationships in law school.” And that’s just the tip of the misery-of-loving-a-0L iceberg.  [Lawyerist]

• SMU School of Law is now paying law firms to hire their graduates?  But why?  “Toyota wouldn’t pay me to test drive a Camry.” [Above the Law]

• Speaking of Toyota—it seems what the plaintiffs really need are more lawyers.  [The Am Law Daily]

• Elena Kagan is making her Capital Hill rounds to pave the way for a smooth confirmation process, which will hopefully be “a tough and spirited grilling in the Senate Judiciary Committee” since she’s so lame and boring.  [Wall Street Journal]

• Hello, mainland.  This is Hawaii speaking.  All of your requests for President Obama’s birth certificate are really raining on our luau.  So we signed a new “birther” bill to limit the number of requests for Obama’s birth certificate, which will allow “state agencies a limited exemption from Freedom of Information requirements.” Mahalo.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Slick move: “The White House is asking Congress to approve $10 million for potential litigation costs arising from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” [Associated Press]

We’ve heard defense attorney Alan Dershowitz chat us up before about what’s right.  But what’s he got to say about being wrong?  And if liking this article about him discussing being wrong is wrong, do you want to be right?  [Slate]

• If lawyer Marc Toberoff is Superman, then Warner Bros is Lex Luther?  Toberoff is the studio’s arch-nemesis in their ongoing Superman copyright litigation.  He mentions that he’s been called the “legal Man of Steel” and a “superhero to rights holders” in his firm bio.  But Warners just threw some kryptonite his way in the form of a lawsuit filed in federal court to get rid of him entirely.  [Deadline]

• Lawyer/author Scott Turow lists his top five favorite novels about the law published before 1980, starting with Billy Budd.  Specificity is the spice of life.  [The Daily Beast]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom as reckless as sorority girls trashing a slavery museum:

• TV legal dramas just ain’t what they used to be—and you’ll realize that come fall.  As the big networks begin their fall lineup announcements so advertisers will throw money at them, it’s a theme of “out with the old and in with the semi-new” in the popular genre of law-based shows:

Law & Order was officially canceled just before its 21st season.  [Associated Press]

—But don’t worry because the hip, ulta-original Law & Order: Los Angeles was picked up.  [Deadline]

—Old Ironsides of firm dramas, David E. Kelley, will get to air Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law[Deadline]

—Loved Jimmy Smits in LA Law?  Maybe you like him as a SCOTUS Justice in Outlaw[Variety]

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