Bitter Factoids 12

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Aldous Huxley once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Well, here are some facts that we couldn’t ignore.


Bill Los Angeles taxpayers had to foot for Michael Jackson’s funeral service. Newly elected city attorney Carmen Trutanich has begun an investigation as to how exactly a debt-saddled Los Angeles got stuck with the tab, according to The Los Angeles Times.


Number of lawyers present at a hearing that gave entertainment lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain temporary control of Jackson’s estate based on the singer’s 2002 will, according to The Los Angeles Times.


Total number of daily legal cartoons David Mills has posted (excluding three Caption Content postings) between July 10, 2009 and December 15, 2008 to his site

10,000 to 15,000

Speaking fee in U.S. dollars for “legendary defence [sic] attorney” F. Lee Bailey, according to


Speaking fee in U.S. dollars for CNBC’s Mad Money host, American Lawyer magazine launcher and 1984 Harvard Law graduate Jim Cramer, according to

50,000 to 75,000

Speaking fee in U.S. dollars for “Bueller? Bueller?” actor and 1970 Yale Law School valedictorian Ben Stein, according to


Total number of lawyers at Bingham McCutchen when that firm merges with McKee Nelson’s 120 lawyers on Aug. 1, according to The Boston Globe.


Total number of laid-off lawyers as of July 5, according to the Layoff Tracker at Law Shucks.


Amount the University of Illinois law school received for allegedly admitting politically connected, but otherwise unqualified, applicants, according to The Chicago Tribune.


Current U.S. News & World Report ranking for the University of Illinois law school.


Top hourly rate for lawyers working on a half-dozen lawsuits filed in connection to a battle for control of the New York state senate. The top-earning lawyer is Richard Emery, according to a report in The Buffalo News.


Number of blogs available on the new low-priced $299 six-inch Amazon Kindle under the law category, according to


Number of titles that include the word “Law” available in the Kindle Store for the Amazon Kindle, which include a number of continuing education law books


Number of witnesses expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor, according to The New York Times.


Number of law firms The U.S. News & World Report plans to evaluate in its inaugural editions of law firm rankings, according to The Denver Business Journal—despite concerns such as Brian Leiter’s, which argue there are already “multiple, established ranking sources (American Lawyer and Vault primarily), and it’s less clear who the target audience will be.”


Maximum salary for a “contract specialist” employed by the federal government, according to


Number of pages Judge Stephen G. Larson of the United States District Court in Los Angeles needed to determine that Warner Bros. had paid fair market value to DC Comics for the rights to Superman, according to The New York Times

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  • WTF Guy

    50k for Cramer? That SOB cost me more than that with his lousy stock tips.

  • B. S.

    Good stuff to know on a TGIF.

  • BL1Y

    You got your stock tips from an angry clown?  WTF Guy indeed.

  • WTF Guy

    Where do you get your stock tips? A bitter clown? E.F. Hutton is no mass.

  • Anon

    It’s good to be Jim Cramer.  Didn’t know he started American Lawyer.  Just bought a Bitter Lawyer hat.  Word!

  • SmartInvestor

    You deserve to lose money for taking advice from a retarded clown like Jim Cramer.

  • WTF Guy

    Where do you put your money, Smart Investor?

  • BL1Y

    WTF Guy: Invest in oil.  The world isn’t going to change any time soon.

  • MBA

    I love it, a bunch of lawyers pretending to be investors…

  • Dantheman

    why would the city of LA need to fund the MJ memorial?

  • Guano

    BL1Y doesn’t know he must register under the ‘40 Act as an Investment Advisor.  I guess they don’t teach that to dudes like him, who are interested mainly in being a know-it-all.

  • BL1Y

    Guano: Actually, I know I don’t because even if what I posted was technically a violation of some act (see me, not being a know-it-all), no one would care enough to prosecute someone over such basic investment advice given anonymously on a barely popular website.  I know shit about the law, but I know no federal agency gives two shits about what I say here.