Lawyers Advocate an Oscar for ‘Michael Clayton’ — That George Clooney Makes Them Look So Good!

• Lawyers everywhere are crossing their fingers for a Michael Clayton Oscar win. “In 80 years, only 10 legal movies or actors playing members of the legal community have taken home gold,” a columnist sighs. Awwwwww. Wait a second. We didn’t do the math, but isn’t that more than like, every other profession? How many people playing bloggers have won Oscars, for instance? Slickster lawyers. Always trying to trick us with their fancy talk. []
• Could John Edwards be our next attorney general? [The American]
• The Sean Bell “50-shot” case is set to go to trial on Monday. [NYT]

• It appears as if harassing Rupert Murdoch could be one way to get a job at the Wall Street Journal. [Alley Insider]
• The New Republic has the low-down on how the New York Times’ McCain bombshell made it into print. [TNR]
Variety, Publisher’s Weekly, and other trade publications are on the chopping block. [NYT]

• In times like these, should banker brethren band together? [NYT]
• Heading to the cashier’s cage, billionaire financier Carl Icahn flips four Nevada casinos to New York-based Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund. [CNN]
• Another one bites the dust: Lehman Brothers is set to cut 200 investment baking jobs. [DealBook/Reuters]