Bitter News, 5-17-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that whiffed on match point against Nadal yesterday:

• Who’s that staring at me?  Peeping-tom lawyers!  Yep, two in one day:

— 1.  Atlanta law firm partner James Tenney was arrested for allegedly putting camera under a female employee’s desk, and now he faces unlawful surveillance charges.  In his defense, however, his firm bio does clearly list “photography” as one of his hobbies.  [AJC.com]

— 2.  Daniel Eisman, the now-former law clerk for U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgessin in Anchorage was fired after being “accused of shooting video of his co-workers using the bathroom and undressing at his home and a family cabin.” A fellow law clerk was babysitting at his house when she found pictures of herself and others using the bathroom on his computer.  Unfortunately, there was no camera in place to confirm if she pissed herself right then and there.  [Anchorage Daily News]

• And here’s the flop, turn and shove down the legal river: “Disbarred Dennis attorney John ‘Jack’ Roberts Jr., 59, was back in court again last Friday, but it was he who was in the dock, this time accused of losing $650,000 of his client’s money whilst playing online poker.” [OnlinePoker.net]

• “[P]hysically unattractive criminal defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted and hit with longer sentences than physically attractive defendants.” As they should be.  Ugly is a crime unto itself.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Guess what two lawyers aren’t ugly—if you’re into pearl earrings and gingers.  Did you guess Tenley Laserson and Geoffrey Chepiga, who are pictured below?  (Well, they look good in The New York Times, at least.  Their firm profiles aren’t quite as flattering.) These two leave us really freaking confused.  A lawyer/lawyer power couple who seem to have it all?  Something has to be wrong with this composite of marital and on-paper bliss, right??  What are those side-by-side smiles really a beard for?  It’s gotta be something dark.  [The New York Times]



Tenley: Associate at Davis Polk, Princeton/Harvard Law, masters from Cambridge.

Tenley’s Mom: President of Moody’s, “the credit rating agency in New York.”

Tenley’s Dad: Retired managing director of the former Chemical Bank.

Geoffrey: Associate at Paul Weiss, Yale/Yale Law, masters from Cambridge.

Geoffrey’s Mom: Allen & Overy partner.

Geoffrey’s Dad: Simpson Thacher partner, former Legal Aid Society president, current director of Volunteers of Legal Services and produced Broadway playwright.

Bitter Lawyer: Conflicted, annoyed, envious, disgusted, pitiful, masters from Cambridge.

• Take a backseat, newly married Mary & Robert Parrinelli.  You’re lawyer-parent pedigrees and law degree from Hofstra ain’t cutting it today.  [The New York Times]

• Man tries to ‘solicit’ date with heartbreaker/lawbreaker(?) Elena Kagan via Craigslist.  [Above the Law]

• Ahh, dammit!  Rima Fakih, a 24-year-old Lebanese immigrant from Michigan, had her plans to attend law school in the fall ruined when she won the Miss USA pageant on Sunday.  [The Lede @ NYT]

• Red alert: Latham & Watkins’ Wikipedia page has been locked up and says “This page is currently protected from editing until May 17, 2010 or until disputes have been resolved” after an editing skirmish over all references to recent layoff being removed.  And they’re not the first[BL1Y.com]

• In lieu of Liu, “only 10 of 875 active federal judges are Asian-American.  There is only one Asian judge out of 175 on the nation’s powerful appeals courts.” All hope is riding on Goodwin.  [Associated Press]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that whiffed on match point against Nadal yesterday:

• Who’s that staring at me?  Peeping-tom lawyers!  Yep, two in one day:

1.  Atlanta law firm partner James Tenney was arrested for allegedly putting camera under a female employee’s desk, and now he faces unlawful surveillance charges.  In his defense, however, his firm bio does clearly list “photography” as one of his hobbies.  [AJC.com]

2.  Daniel Eisman, the now-former law clerk for U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgessin in Anchorage was fired after being “accused of shooting video of his co-workers using the bathroom and undressing at his home and a family cabin.” A fellow law clerk was babysitting at his house when she found pictures of herself and others using the bathroom on his computer.  Unfortunately, there was no camera in place to confirm if she pissed herself right then and there.  [Anchorage Daily News]

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