Bitter Factoids 5

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Many people use statistics the way drunk people uses a light post—more for support than illumination. Here are 17 facts to drop into a conversation this weekend.


Percentage by which enrollment in bankruptcy CLE courses has grown in the past six months according

$5 million

Minimum guaranteed annual paycheck for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker lawyer Luc Despins, who came on board last year to beef up the firm’s high-profile bankruptcy practice, according to The WSJ Law Blog.


Average salary for IT Support Managers in Big Firms according to Sue Magazine for women in litigation.


Median expected salary for a typical litigation manager, according to CNN Salary Wizard.


Number of law firms included in the Project for Attorney Retention’s annual survey on gender in the legal profession that failed to promote a single female to partner.


Nationwide median number of schools legal employers visit, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

$7 million

Approximate amount paid out to 35 retiring partners at Heller Ehrman before the firm filed for bankruptcy late last year, according to a Statement of Financial Affairs filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California.


Number of results for the Google query “law school gunner.”


Number of lawyers who graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law who are employed at Morrison & Foerster according to


Number of lawyers who graduated from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law employed at Morrison & Foerster according to


Price of the “Sorry, I only date lawyers” t-shirt available on


Yale Law School’s threshold for instituting a pay freeze. The new policy limits salary increases to faculty and staff earning below $75,000, according to The ABA Journal.


Percent increase of new boutique and solo law firms opened in 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Charlotte Business Journal.


Number of Catholic Justices currently serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the site Religious Affiliation of the U.S. Supreme Court.

$1.2 billion

Estimated total cost in fees for bankers, accountants and lawyers, should General Motors file for bankruptcy according to


Amount awarded in grants for public interest law programs by the state bar of California according to the California Bar Journal.


Estimated number of law schools with official Twitter feeds according to Social Media Law Student.

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  • Anonymous

    Twitter is a waste of time.

  • Reality Check

    BL1Y is a gunner.

  • Anon Female

    I think I need one of those sorry, I only date lawyer tshirts! just kidding!! after BL1Y, I think I only want to date non-lawyers.

  • BL1Y

    Oh my God, Anon Female!  That’s so funny!  Do you write your own material?

  • Anon Female

    Yes thank you I do.

  • Pacific Reporter

    Ha! I know one of those Golden Gate grads. Golden Gate is popular for its part-time program. None of the tier-1 schools in the Bay Area have part-time programs, so people who work full-time are stuck going to toilet schools like Golden Gate and Univ. of San Francisco.

  • Bill Dugan

    Look, who cares where the California women go to law school as long as they’re stacked?  I think getting better looking females into law school is ultimately good for the profession.

  • BL1Y

    Bill Dugan = Fail Troll

  • Kirill
    $5 million to this guy?
    I think you’re doing it wrong!

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Why must you comment so much, Dugan?

  • Bill Dugan

    I comment because I am smart, like the BL1Y, whose comments I don’t always agree with, though I will defend his right to say them.

  • Val

    Good to know.