Bitter News, 5-5-10

Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that just conceded defeat to “Joe the Plumber”:

• There’s now one more newly minted lawyer in the country—but don’t worry: You don’t have to compete with him for a job.  “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court admitted George Boyer Vashon to the bar Tuesday.” He was denied a law license back in 1847 because he was black.  The symbolic admittance still needs to be ratified by the Bar, but how could they say no, really?  [UPI.com]

• The old are wise.  And the old people who got into BigLaw in the 50’s were a hell of a lot wiser than law school graduates today.  Well, similar to the previous story, it was really only wise if you were a white male lawyer, but… Mayer Brown attorney Robert Helman compares the law firm world in the 50’s to today, which illustrates how much better work/life balance was back then in BigLaw—again, as long as you weren’t black, female or Jewish.  [WSJ Law Blog]

• Lawyer David Zevin has a courtroom brainchild.  The Brooklyn attorney wants to use the results from an fMRI brain scan in a trial as “the next generation of lie detectors.” It would be a first in legal history.  But an “honest” debate ensues over whether their reliable.  [NBC New York]

• Who’s using who here?  In the employment cycle at major law firms, does BigLaw shun the associate, or does the associate shun the firm first?  The former: BigLaw hiring partners aren’t the least bit interested in considering laid-off associates for jobs—no matter how qualified.  (Stigma!) The latter: As turnover rates in the legal profession grow, “many young attorneys are using large firms as classrooms to gain experience and judgment that will be valued in future jobs, notably as in-house counsel.” (Booya!)

[ABA Journal | The Legal Intelligencer]

• Speaking of being shunned, law schools are shunning the blind?  The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) filed complaints with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, requesting investigations of nine prominent law schools for violating the civil rights of blind and “other print-disabled” law school applicants.  [PR Newswire]

• Copyright law is pretty interesting, but it’s even more interesting when it’s about PORN!  “The Internet is a copyright-infringement machine.” And some of us might use the Internet to access adult entertainment.  So that leaves us with all these copyright infringements that the porn industry is suffering.  What to do?  [Freakonomics @ NYT]

• On Tuesday, Obama met with Judge Diane Wood and gave her “the full monty”—whatever that means—in consideration for Justice Stevens’ newly vacated SCOTUS seat.  Seems that it’s down to four major contenders, but there are 10 reasons why the President should/would/could get Wood. 

[Above the Law]

One L author Scott Turow brings back “moody, introspective” prosecutor Rusty Sabich in his new book Innocent, a sequel to Presumed Innocent.  Don’t like his books?  Maybe you’ll like Turow’s work as a partner at Sonnenschein.  Don’t like that?  Maybe you’ll enjoy his Fox TV show based on his third book.  Don’t like that?  Maybe you’ll like his band, The Rock Bottom Remainders, which he’s a member of along with fellow authors Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Matt Groening, and Amy Tan.  Don’t like that?  Go eff yourself.  You’re too damn hard to please.  [The Am Law Daily]

• Maybe a NOLA-based criminal-defense team isn’t such a great representation idea when you’ve filed for divorce in Texas and lived with your husband primarily in California.  Sandra Bullock is trying to add family attorney Joseph Kibre, who’s worked with Clint Eastwood, to her legal roster of lawyers permitted to work on her case.  [TMZ]

• Nine “weasel words” to never say at work.  Surprisingly, “assface” isn’t one.  [Yahoo!]

• “In a decisive and vulgar 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court once again upheld the constitution’s First Amendment this week, calling the freedom of expression among the most ‘inalienable and important rights that a motherfucker can have.’” [The Onion]

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that just conceded defeat to “Joe the Plumber”:

• There’s now one more newly minted lawyer in the country—but don’t worry: You don’t have to compete with him for a job.  “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court admitted George Boyer Vashon to the bar Tuesday.” He was denied a law license back in 1847 because he was black.  The symbolic admittance still needs to be ratified by the Bar, but how could they say no, really?  [UPI.com]

• The old are wise.  And the old people who got into BigLaw in the 50’s where a hell of a lot wiser than law school graduates today.  Well, similar to the previous story, it was really only wise if you were a white male lawyer, but… Mayer Brown attorney Robert Helman compares the law firm world in the 50’s to today, which illustrates how much better work/life balance was back then in BigLaw—as long as you weren’t black, female or Jewish.  [WSJ Law Blog]

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