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From Proskauer to Popsquire

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Hollywood Or Bust: Why a Proskauer Alum Took a Flying Leap There’s something revolting about watching a “legal expert” boil down the sum of your professional knowledge into a catchy sound bite. Even a hopeless 1L can handle the issue spotting required for television punditry. Which is exactly what you tell your friends when they mention a guy like Russell …

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Loose Ends, 1-8-09

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Chicago lawyer Ari Madoff, Bernard Madoff’s grandson, wants you as a client.  Wanna give him your business?  No, it’s cool.  Madoff is “the most trusted name in securities law.” And Ari’s grandpa is the other Bernie—the one who’s in a nursing home in Canada.  He legitimately has no relation to the stock-swindling, jewel-mailing NY …

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Loose Ends, 1-7-09

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: The presiding partner at Cravath, Evan Chesler, is calling for the end of the billable hour because it works to your disadvantage to win cases quickly while drawn-out complicated matters are rewarded.  [Am Law Daily] 2009 has thus far been a pretty good year for Roland Burris’ attorneys.  They just filed their third motion …

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I’m Jealous of My Roommate

Ex-Bitter Columns, Lawyer 34 Comments

ADVICE FROM AN EX-BITTER [Ed. Note: For today’s “The Best of the Bitter: 2009,” we’re revisiting the three most popular advice pieces by Ex-Bitter from the last year.  “I’m Jealous of My Roommate” was the surprising winner, followed by “I’m Deciding Between a JD and an MBA” and “I’m a Miracle Paralegal.”] I’m a 3L at a top-20 law school.  …

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Loose Ends, 1-6-09

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: It’s like a really awkward game of musical chairs when the final two who are standing go beyond the fun of the game and start roughing each other up for the final seat.  All while having a gritted smile on their faces so as to not alert the other players how insane it’s getting.  …

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What’s your current job and title? I’m the president and founder of Chicago Chocolate Tours. What is a typical day like for you? A typical day for me is chocolate-filled, of course! Entrepreneurship is about making something visible that would have remained invisible. Chicago Chocolate Tours is growing and booming, and most of my focus right now is to let …

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Loose Ends, 1-5-09

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: U.S. Senate Majority Leader (and old trial lawyer) Harry Reid weighs in about the constitutional power to ban Roland Burris, Blagojevich’s pick to fill Obama’s vacant Senate seat.  Burris is a “tainted appointment,” but he says there’s room to negotiate.  Because it’s always about negotiating the taint.  [Reuters] It’s not advised to play it …

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Loose Ends, 1-3-09

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Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Give Heather Locklear some prescription drugs, and she gets all wet and reckless on ya. [New York Daily News] Who’s that Havard Law School dean on the US Supreme Court short list?  It’s you, Elena Kagan!  Woop woop.  [Boston.com] Update 1/4: [Boston.com] Detroit criminal defense lawyer James Howarth realizes the inevitable dilemma of death …

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