Bitter News, 7-1-09

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Headlines from the Bitter Newsroom that are as fat as Mississippi—not with a “ph”:

• Vote 4 Alec Baldwin!  For Ohio governor!  Yeah—I said it.  And who knows, it may happen in 2012 thanks to an Ohio law firm.  Baldwin told Playboy Magazine that a group of Ohio lawyers to have begun a plot to move him to the Buckeye state and help him run for chief exec. “A law firm in a liberal Democratic bastion in Ohio state politics sent me a binder with a cover letter that read: ‘Mr. Baldwin, here’s who we represent, the kinds of cases we handle, our credentials in Ohio state politics. We want you to move to Ohio and run for Governor. We will launch your career,’” Baldwin said.  In Playboy.  The launching pad of all great politicians.  And just like most interviews with possible heads of state, the interview first discusses his “Schweddy Balls.” So, so awesome. [NBC Los Angeles]

• Before Alec Baldwin moves on from Saturday Night Live guest fame to the political arena, he can learn from former SNL cast member Al Franken.  Democrat Franken’s anything-but-frank Senate race has finally ended…with him on top.  He was decided the winner by the Minnesota Supreme Court after eight months of the election being too close to call.  And he’s good enough, smart enough, and doggonit, he’s cool enough? Seriously?  The Senate needs a “genuinely funny comedian” right now?  Hope you’re taking notes, Alec.  [NPR]

• What’s so great about a “jury of your peers?” They don’t really know what the hell is going on.  Isn’t it probably best to just let the judge decide?  Well, as long as they’re basing the decision on law from their own country.  How about that?  [Times Online]

Residency follows medical school like apprenticeship follows law school?  Seems like it makes perfect sense.  Why did no one think of this sooner?  [Veritas Prep Blog]

• Madoff’s 150 big ones got him worse than Al Capone.  But a member of shock jock Howard Stern’s crew also got a little negative attention from Judge Denny Chin.  She violated federal court rules by recording the sentencing hearing, and Chin ordered her deleted.  [The Smoking Gun]

• The legal industry is sweeping with change, but clients feel like law firms can’t be bothered with tailoring their work to meet the demands both they and the economy are pressing. A survey of CLOs revealed that law firms aren’t exactly embracing the tides of change.  “Either many law firms just don’t understand that clients today expect greater value and predictability in staffing and pricing legal work, or firms are failing to adequately communicate their understanding and willingness to make real change. In either case, it’s a big problem.” Blogger Maxwell Kennerly thinks businesses should blame themselves and simply quit using BigLaw if it’s so bad.  Sassy!  As Babs De Angelis would say: “No one is in control of your happiness but you.” But as a Successories poster in the mall would say: “Collaborate—Meeting people halfway is the most successful trip.  We don’t work for each other.  We work with each other.” And just like that you can feel all warm about corporate attorneys again. For $84.99.  [The Am Law Daily]

• Canada: 140 years of being Canadian.  To Canadian legal bloggers everywhere….  [Blawg Review]

• Ono you didn’t!  Yoko has her ownership of intimate Lennon videotape footage confirmed by a judge in her copyright battle against a company that was trying to release it as a film.  [The Boston Globe]

• WilmerHale’s big IP guy William Lee saw his drug client Humira get humiliated in a big way.  The drug manufacturer was ordered by a jury to pay a record-setting $1.67 billion to competitor Johnson & Johnson.  It seems any emotions about the award should have been used in Lee’s closing statements.  [The Recorder]

• The whole “lawyers paid to not work” thing has finally hit the mainstream.  And nothing says “layperson understanding” like local news.  Let Houston’s KHOU explain in this video.  []

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  • Sam

    Interesting.  Thanks!

  • Anon

    I love the idea of an apprenticeship. Personally, I fear being thrown into the mix, not having a clue what I’m doing. I like to be competent. I like to not look like a moron. And 100k is still a lot more money than most people make. So I, for one, am all for this idea. Frankly, I would do it at 70k. That’s just me. There are a lot of guys out there who seem to have something to prove by making 130k out of school. I guess I place value in knowing what I’m doing.