Bitter News, 5-20-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom yesterday, Jerry O’Connell is the lead in the new CBS fall drama The Defenders, co-starring with Jim Belushi as “two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys.” But how’s ol’ Jer going to balance shooting with his real-life law school enrollment?  Nothing like a 2L hiatus.  [Associated Press]

• SCOTUS: The Crimson Bulldogs.  [BBC]

• The NALP employment number for the graduating class of 2009 are out.  Are you sitting down?  Because here’s the kicker: They’re not that bad…at first glance, at least.  “The overall employment rate for those bushy-tailed ‘09 graduates was 88.3 percent as of mid-February, which is down from a 91.9 percent employment rate at the same stage after graduation for the class of 2007.” When you dig a little deeper though is when you get depressed.  Overall, 25% of those jobs are temporary, 10% of them are part-time and almost one-quarter of 2009 graduates are looking for different jobs.  Future’s so bright, you gotta wear a monocle to find a decent gig.  [The Am Law Daily]

• The above numbers don’t lie—a decent, well-paid fulltime law job is hard to come by for the class of 2009.  So what’s an ambitious girl to do to get a leg up on her career?  Apply to have her own talk show, of course.  Oprah is searching for the next TV star and the grand prize is your own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  Recent University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Law alum Kristi Bogle posted her audition video (with the strangest letterbox format I’ve ever seen) promising a talk show that will “make you laugh, make you think and occasionally make you cry.” Kind of like the legal profession.  If you want to support your own kind, throw her a vote.  [OWN TV]

• Sandra Day O’Connor takes Chicago!  Not only did she throw the first pitch and chat in the booth at a Cubs home game this week, she made a young attorney crap himself when he realized the retired justice was serving on the judging panel of his first argument before the appeals court.  [Chicago Tribune]

• Talkin’ ‘bout my g-g-generation at your g-g-graduation?  Here’s a big-ass list of 2010 law school commencement speakers.  [TaxProf Blog]

• But commencement talk feels like old news already.  Graduation is so over.  Feels like ages ago.  And who has time to reminisce when bar review courses like BarBri are heating up—as evidenced by Twitter (and the below tweet).  Lots of bar-passing wannabes are taking to the classroom this week to gear up for the biggest exam of their lives.  But BarBri isn’t the only kid on the block for that sort of thing anymore.  Which company is best?  And is the old, traditional, classroom method still more effective than an iPhone app?  The debate to end all debates.  [Above the Law]

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• It was said: “In a perverse way, law is more of a meritocracy than many other professions.” So, if you didn’t make law review or go to a T1 school, that’s one thing, but if you’re also unappetizing to look at, that’s a double whammy and will not get you anywhere.  That’s “the beauty bias” of being a lawyer.  Maybe just hope to get by with some killer shoes??  [The National Law Journal]

• Come on Barbie, let’s go party…in my electric “tricked-out pink” car…til I actually get pulled over for drunk driving and convicted for DUI.  Cheers.  [Legal Blog Watch]

• Would you have this kind of mettle and dedication to get a law degree?  Overcoming crippling rheumatoid arthritis, enduring a 100-mile commute and raising foster children, including three whom you adopted, all while trudging your way through Texas Wesleyan School of Law?  Yeah, me neither.  Hats off to Geri Sachse.  [The Dallas Morning News]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom yesterday, Jerry O’Connell is the lead in the new CBS fall drama The Defenders, co-starring with Jim Belushi as “two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys.” But how’s ol’ Jer going to balance shooting with his real-life law school enrollment?  Nothing like a 2L hiatus.  [Associated Press]

• SCOTUS: The Crimson Bulldogs.  [BBC]

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1 Comment

  1. Law Shucks

    May 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Goddammit, why did you link to that picture of Kelly McGillis?  Top Gun will never be the same.

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