Bitter News, 2-9-09

Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: What happens when corporate America tries to blame one man for “Hope?” Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the Obama “Hope” posters was arrested for copyright infringement because he used an Associated Press photo as the basis for his work.  But due to “fair use,” many are calling the case…


Caption This! Feb. 7-13

What in the Bitter Lawyer is going on in this picture? Put your lawyerly wit to the test and post a comment with a hilarious caption about this courtroom.  And keep it clean.  (Ish.) The editors’ favorite entry will be announced next Saturday, February 14th. Editors’ Pick (Feb. 1-7): BL1Y: “Alma Federer delivers the verdict.”


Bitter News, 2-6-09

Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom, so stop writing your “25 Things” and pay attention: Sex it.  Charge it.  Expense it!  An ex-hedge fund manager-turned-madam of Wall Street’s most expensive escort service is pissed that she got busted, but the DA has no interest in any of her nearly 10,000 high-power clients—including a Cravath partner—who…


Bitter Factoids 3

Here are 15 more compelling facts from Bitter Lawyer.  We leave the opinions up to you. 1,528 Estimated number of attorney layoffs in 2009 according to’s Layoff Tracker. 66,196 Number of women enrolled in law school during the 2008 academic year, according to the ABA. $1.2 billion Estimated 2008 gross revenue of Greenberg, Traurig…


Bitter News, 2-5-09

Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom, so take a Tylenol already and relax: The maddening of Madoff is the order of the day as more and more is revealed about the reverberating effects (and possible prevention?) of his investing scandal… — Madoff’s vic list dropped it like it was a hot party guest list last…


Is Irvine the New Harvard?

America doesn’t need another law school. Period. But that isn’t stopping Erwin Chemerinsky (known to Bar/Bri students as the whiny ConLaw guru) from reinventing the JD in a bold attempt to rank the yet-to-launch University of California, Irvine Law School among the nation’s elite. If it works, Chemerinsky will be heralded as a genius for…


Bitter News, 2-4-09

Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: So shut your mouth already, Christian Bale.  And you too, Blago: The nation is realizing that an American record-breaking youth isn’t the perfect role model—no matter how much he’s adored as a super-human athlete.  Just don’t tell that to Tim Tebow.  Now South Carolina law enforcement is threatening that…


Snowed Under

A few weeks prior to Christmas, my girlfriend and I purchased airline tickets to travel across the country to be home for the holidays.  We were to leave the last weekend before Christmas.  On that Friday, a senior partner told me I needed to argue a motion on Monday.  I told him that I was…


Bitter News, 2-3-09

Quick headlines from the Bitter Newsroom: Good morning!  Did you get your free Denny’s Grand Slam yet, cheapskate?  The U.S. News & World Report Law School rankings are a punishing mistress.  According to a sociological review, the dominatrix-like rankings create a riding crop-and-leather situation “perfectly suited for generating anxiety, uncertainty, meticulous monitoring, and discipline.” [U.S.…