Bitter News, 5-21-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that have spent most the day playing Google Pac-Man:

• Are words like ”furburger,” ”schmeckle” and “blowjob” appropriate terms to be using in a sex-ed classroom?  A Brooklyn federal judge says they are.  He supported a teacher who sued after she was ironically thrown into the “rubber room” when parents complained that she was being too vulgar with their kids in class.  [New York Post]

• The LSAT: An accurate predictor of the quality of student someone will be OR just a showy display of wealth?  Money for study books and prep courses doesn’t grow on tress—it grows in rich people’s pockets.  Rich people who can afford to take all the time necessary to sit around studying for the test and working unpaid internships to pad the resume.  Graduate-level entrance exams are the new Rolex.  [Huffington Post]

• Very-much-former paralegal Bonnie Sweeten has been indicted of “swiping more than $700,000 while working as a paralegal at a Feasterville law firm.” Not only did she take out a six-figure loan in her boss’ name, she also “stole the civil settlements given two teenage sex-abuse victims – and then forged a New Jersey judge’s signature to try to get more.” I’d like to say that karma’s a bitch.  But I really just think Bonnie is.  [Philly.com]

When God closes a door, he opens a window.  For example: Now that the long-running show is canceled and lawyers and judges will no longer rise through the ranks of the Law & Order School of Drama, it’s okay—because God’s giving us Legally Speaking with Don Wolff, complete with live audience.  [Saint Louis University]

• Would a two-for-the-price-of-three offer from law schools weed out those not dedicated to the profession better?  Christine Hurt’s proposal is for law schools to offer 1L year completely free, allowing people to test the waters.  Then they can pay for three years of law school over the next two years if they choose to proceed.  Perhaps free samples should be limited to frozen yogurt and not law schools.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Since U.S. News publishes their methodology for calculating law school rankings, its pretty obvious to law school officials how to best game the system to rank as highly as possible.  But now the magazine going to start penalizing law schools if they try to manipulate data, officially making law schools pussy whipped.  [U.S. News & World Report]

• Friday Celebu-Law…Woohoo!…

—Is the death penalty possible for Lindsay Lohan with her legal woes?  Can it be?  Make it end!  [People]

—Live Legally Strong: Lance Armstrong’s lawyers accuse Landis of attempted blackmail.  [USA Today]

—Ignore previous weapons charges; Suge Knight is not the type to carry a gun, per his lawyer.  [CNN]

• Let’s clear up any inklings or rumors right here: Elena Kagan loves Cox.  [Huffington Post]

• Legal recruiting is making a come back.  And we read Matthew Richardson’s account about how he literally fucked over his recruiter, but now firms are trying to screw them a little too.  “At least a half-dozen law firms are pushing back against standard commission rates that pay recruiters a placement fee between 25 and 30 percent of the associate’s starting salary in major markets.” They think 12.5% sounds nicer.  [The Am Law Daily]

• Lawyer Gregory Reed did a book reading from the unpublished introduction of The Autobiography of Malcolm X in New York yesterday.  He bought the civil rights leader’s manuscript in 1992, and I guess was just getting around to taking a look at it.  (This story just seems peculiar, which is the only reason for mentioning it.) [Associated Press]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that have spent most the day playing Google Pac-Man:

• Are words like ”furburger,” ”schmeckle” and “blowjob” appropriate terms to be using in a sex-ed classroom?  A Brooklyn federal judge says they are.  He supported a teacher who was ironically thrown into the “rubber room” after parents complained that she was being too vulgar with their kids in class.  [New York Post]

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1 Comment

  1. SD

    May 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Enjoyed.

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