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Total number of male registered members on, which bills itself as the “first full-service social networking site designed with lawyers in mind and the non-lawyers who want to meet them.”


Total number of female registered members on


Number of years retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter has put a restriction on public access to his papers, “barring anyone—researchers, historians, friends, journalists—from viewing the material,” according to The Legal Times.


Distance in yards a judge ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to keep from Rihanna, according to The New York Times.


Distance in yards a judge ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to keep from Rihanna when attending “industry events,” according to The New York Times.


Percentage of corporate legal bills that are audited by a third-party before being paid, according to a quote in a article attributed to Michael Rynowecer, president of legal-industry research firm BTI Consulting Group.


Percentage drop in spending by Fortune 1000 companies in the first three months of 2009 on outside legal services, according to


Number of followers “Rex Gradeless,” Saint Louis University School of Law student and founder of the blog Social Media Law Student has on Twitter, which is said to be the most of any legal Twitter user.


Average number of followers per Twitter user, according to


Number of women lawyers in the country of Italy, according to The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe. With a female population of 30,699,543, approximately one in every 315 women is a lawyer.


Number of women lawyers in the United Kingdom, according to The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe.  With a female population of 30,488,622, approximately one in every 430 women is a lawyer.


Number of women lawyers in the country of Liechtenstein, according to The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe. With a female population of 17,450, approximately one in every 1,250 women is a lawyer.


Student-faculty ratio at the new University of California at Riverside Law School, according to The Los Angeles Times.


Approximate number of members of the American Bar Association.


Estimated percentage of member dues the ABA uses for lobbying efforts.


Number of days a small, lucky number of law students will have to consider an offer from Skadden, Arps, according to a Bloomberg story.


Number of years a Wake Forest University law school graduate was missing his class ring after leaving it in an airport bathroom before being reunited with it this week, according to NBC Chicago.

$10-$50 million

Rough estimate of assets and liabilities for Masry & Vititoe. Best known as the real-life “Erin Brockovich” firm, Masry & Vititoe has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to The Ventura County Star.


Base salary for attorney Ed Masry (played by Albert Finney in the movie Erin Brockovich) at the time of his death in 2005, according to The Ventura County Star.


Approximated amount grossed worldwide by the film Erin Brockovich, according to


Ranking of the movie Erin Brockovich, according to the ABA Journal’s list of “The 25 Greatest Legal Movies.”

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  • Guano Dubango

    300,000:  Number of Female Lawyers in the USA; compare:  3:  Number of BEAUTIFUL female lawyers in New York City.  Will someone please recruit some BEAUTIES to become lawyers in New York City?  Thank you!

  • BL1Y

    Why would you want more female lawyers?  A woman making 5 figures will be happy with a lawyer making 6, but once they become lawyers making 6 figures, they’ll only look for men making 7, which rules out most male lawyers.  Not to mention the affect working in a stressful, unrewarding industry packed with people with personality disorders will have on her.  And of course there’s the seamlessweb ass.

  • Guano Dubango

    That is why I only ask for BEAUTIES, who will, presumably, not have the seamless web ass, which I also presume is something like a fat ass?  If the woman is truly a BEAUTY, she will have to have a nice ass, as well as a nice body, and a nice face.  The failure to have any of the foregoing will result in automatic disqualification by the New York Bar Association.  I do not think we will be able to increase the number of female bar members in any appreciable manner, but I figured I’d do what I can for the males of New York City through this idea.

  • BL1Y

    Now we know Guano doesn’t work at a law firm, or else he would have witnessed seamlessweb ass in action.

  • Anony

    Who knew there was a law

  • Doug

    I’m on Two dates. Two disasters.

  • Anonymous

    bl1y, you should try lawdate and report back to us.

  • BL1Y

    I’d rather (and will likely) date my hand.

  • Anonymous

    did Masry get a cut of the movie money?

  • Dannie

    Doug, you need to tell us more about your experiences. total disasters?

  • Doug

    Put it this way: They were both uglier than you’ve imagined Alma to be. YIKES!

  • Dannie

    man, bummer. sounds awful.

  • Doug

    Took a long, long shower after each. Felt so dirty just being in the same place as them.

  • BL1Y

    Doug: Did they not have pictures online?

  • Doug

    Pictures, yes. Were they accurate, no.

  • Lady lawyer

    Doug, what would the ladies say about you?

  • BL1Y

    Doug: Outdated or “the angles?” Either way, you should feel completely justified in just walking away from the date from the beginning if the woman has lied about her appearance.

  • Alma Federer

    You men are pigs.  Do you really think you are all that?  You probably make Drew Carey look like George Clooney.  In other words, we are tired hearing about how ugly the women are.  You men are even BIGGER losers!