The Bitter Five: 10-23-09

Welcome to the first episode of the new Bitter Lawyer series, The Bitter Five, where we break down the week’s top-five bitterest stories in the legal media.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009

Links to all the stories from this week’s The Bitter Five episode are listed below.

No. 5

Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell refused to marry an interracial couple because he’s concerned about the possible bi-racial offspring.  And that decision is really working out well for him.  [Huffington Post | YouTube]

No. 4

After an associate failed to check his Blackberry one evening, Quinn Emmanuel partner Bill Urquhart sent an email tirade to all of the firm’s attorneys, insisting that all associates must check their email at all times.  Even after hours—because the balance of the world depends on it.  [Above the Law]

No. 3

Morrison & Foerster announced this week that it is cutting first-year salaries to a paltry $145K.  I know, our heart broke for them too when we heard.  [Above the Law via ABA Journal]

No. 2

A gay prostitute testified this week that superior court judge Michael Hecht allegedly trolled Tacoma’s Antique Row, picked him up and paid the young man for sex. Hecht is charged with soliciting a prostitute and making a death threat—and for not knowing the definition of an antique.  [SeattlePI.com]

No. 1

Miss California USA officials are countersuing dethroned beauty queen Carrie Prejean, demanding she repay $5,200 they loaned her for breast implants to compete in the Miss USA pageant.  This has got “dangerous president” written all over it.  [CNN]

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Welcome to the first episode of the new Bitter Lawyer series, The Bitter Five, where we break down the week’s top-five bitterest stories in the legal media.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009

Links to all the stories from this week’s The Bitter Five episode are listed below. 

No. 5

Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell refused to marry an interracial couple because he’s concerned about the possible bi-racial offspring.  And that decision is really working out well for him.  [Huffington Post | YouTube]

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16 Comments

  1. BL1Y

    October 23, 2009 at 5:07 am

    I go to ATL for this stuff.  I come here for original content.  I’d much rather see Bitter Lawyer take on one of these topics in depth instead of giving a quick look at old news.

  2. Anon

    October 23, 2009 at 6:40 am

    this is original content, idiot!  love the video thing, guys.

  3. Leon

    October 23, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Press play, BL1Y.

  4. Jerome

    October 23, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Honestly, everyday I read this comments it sheds more light on why that firm axed BL1Y. Annoying and dense is no way to go through life, son.

  5. BL1Y

    October 23, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I guess I chose the wrong phrase.  What I meant is that I come to this site to get something new, not to get “This Week in ATL!”

  6. Big JIm

    October 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Like the new series.  Funny stuff.  Keep up the good work.  Loved the Obama photo punch line.

  7. Masshole JD

    October 23, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Does anyone care why you come to this site, BL1Y?

  8. Anon Female

    October 23, 2009 at 11:54 am

    true, this is original content. Bl1Y why why are you so annoying????

  9. Desi

    October 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    LIKE. nice.

  10. Cheryl

    October 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    The Soup for lawyers….interesting.

  11. Anonymous

    October 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    dig it.

  12. NewJD

    October 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    crackin up there are some funny lines.

  13. Lady lawyer

    October 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Always like some thing different.  Good stuff BL.

  14. Bravo

    October 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Fun, entertaining, informative, Good stuff!  Look forward to more.

  15. Craig

    October 24, 2009 at 3:48 am

    I’m into the new series.  The Obama line was hysterical.

  16. Anon

    October 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Great stuff.  Daily Show-esque.  Almost.

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