Legal Mean Streets

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I had just lateraled over to a major firm in a new city.  One day I receive a call from a partner asking me to come to his office, and to bring the “Acme” file.  When I get there, he says, “Walk with me.” I assume we’re on another Starbucks run “meeting.” Instead, we get to the curb, and he …

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Loose Ends, 9-18-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: O’Neal.  Isn’t that the patronymic Irish surname meaning “substance abuse?” Seeing as Tatum O’Neal’s arrest in June for buying crack didn’t scare anyone in the family straight, actor and role model Ryan O’Neal and his son Redmond (who’s mom is Farrah Fawcett) were arrested yesterday for drug possession.  As they say, the family that …

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Loose Ends, 9-17-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Given the country’s current financial situation, a record-breaking number of lawyers are signing up for bankruptcy CLE courses.  They’re like Lamaze classes to prepare for the birth of your bundle of economic disaster.  [MarketWatch] What happens when satire and real life run too closely together?  You get a fake news story about a conversation …

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“Raising the Bar” Goes for Two

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“Seriously, it is hard to take the show very seriously.” —The Washington Post “It ends up as pretty middle-of-the-road TV fare.” —Zap2It “Nothing in it argues that it needed to be made other than to give the people who made it something to do.” —Los Angeles Times And most importantly: “The legal and romantic plot turns feel obvious and conventional.” …

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Loose Ends, 9-16-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Lehman.  Lynch.  Law firms.  Freak out.  [Law.com, ABA Journal, AmLawDaily] “Lifetime achievement” is just a nice way of saying “pre-death obituaries.” [Law.com] And in “I swear it’s not about the money” news….. A couple’s dog died.  Now they’re suing for animal malpractice and fighting for pets to be considered more as human beings than …

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Mr. Procrastination

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I was asked by a significant partner with whom I actually enjoy working to help out on a multi-million dollar appeal.  Fabulous.  Actually supervising me on this project, however, would be the schlumpy Neanderthal partner we charitably call “Mr. Procrastination.” Not fabulous. Round one was post-trial motions, all-nighters.  Round two, the initial appellate brief, was when he waited until the …

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Loose Ends, 9-15-08

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Jeff Hawn of Colorado has been charged for allegedly shooting and killing 32 bison simply because they wandered onto his property.  And he wonders why he can’t get a pizza delivered to his house.  [CNN] The man who was unsuccessful with his $54-million “pants suit” against a dry cleaners that lost a pair of …

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