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  1. Lawyer Famous for Racism Says Racism Not the ‘Real Me’It’s clearly just a matter of mistaken identity.
  2. Report: Trump’s Personal Lawyers Don’t Have Security ClearanceThat could be a problem if Trump ever sits down for an interview with Robert Mueller.
  3. Trump Attorney: Cohen Will Snitch Because ‘Prison Has a Racial Overtone’One of the president’s legal advisers suggests that Michael Cohen will turn on Trump because he’s afraid of being raped by a nonwhite man in prison.
  4. Trump’s Travel Ban Will Ignite a Sustained Legal FightJudicial rulings blocking immediate implementation of the travel ban will not affect its full scope or determine its ultimate legality.
  5. crimes and misdemeanors
    Brooklyn Man Posing As Lawyer in Federal Court Wasn’t Terrible at It“He did not appear, necessarily, to be a good lawyer; he didn’t appear to be a nonlawyer.”
  6. oh new jersey
    Bridgegate Has Cost the Christie Campaign $314,000 So FarOr more than it has in the bank.
  7. scandal-stained wretches
    Stephen Glass Too Much of a Liar to Be a Lawyer The California Supreme Court has denied the disgraced journalist a law license.
  8. bridgegate
    Chris Christie Lawyers Up, Giuliani StyleRandy Mastro to the rescue.
  9. sad things
    Brooklyn Attorney Drops Dead After Difficult Court HearingA heart attack on his way out of court.
  10. crimes and misdemeanors
    James Holmes’s Lawyers Admit He Did ItThey’re still pleading the insanity defense.
  11. Want a Job in Law? Learn to Defend Accused Terrorists“New York is home of the terror bar.”
  12. for the love of the game
    Defunct Law Firm’s Softball Team Refuses to DieOut of jobs but still carrying bats.
  13. law
    New York to Require Some Pro Bono Work From New LawyersPassing the bar will require 50 hours of unpaid service.
  14. trayvon martin
    George Zimmerman’s Lawyers Quit Because They Can’t Get a Hold of HimThey haven’t heard from him since Sunday.
  15. gaffes
    Zimmerman’s Lawyer Cites ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’Unfortunate word-choice alert.
  16. New Technology May Spell Doom for New LawyersEntry-level drudgery was nice while it lasted.
  17. scandal-stained wretches
    News Corp. Lawyer Didn’t Stick AroundIt sounds like a tough job, anyway.
  18. white men with money
    Andrew Cuomo and Steve Rattner’s Lawyer Had a Really Tense Phone Call Last SummerPeople suspect it’s the reason why the former bailout czar hasn’t reached a deal with the AG.
  19. florida and the things that go on there
    The Estate That Foreclosure Fees BuiltFlorida has the third-highest residential foreclosure rate in the United States, and no one has benefited from that more than lawyer David Stern.
  20. blind items
    Which ‘White Shoe’ Lawyers Are Experiencing Itching and Burning in Their Briefs?Blind item!
  21. humor in the courtroom
    Feds Get Off a Couple of Good Ones in Painting-Fraud Case“Doyle’s alleged efforts turned out to be an inartful fraud.”
  22. bons mots
    Justice Scalia Doesn’t Care If His Clerks Got a Good Education“They may not teach very well, but you can’t make a sow’s ear out of a silk purse.”
  23. mysteries
    Billionaire Real-Estate Mogul Is Blabbering Fool, Lawyer ClaimsHas Tamir Sapir been smiling and nodding his way through major real-estate deals for over ten years?
  24. crossing over
    New York Law Groups Not Thrilled About Arizona ConferenceIt’s an odd place for a discussion on pro bono representation for immigrants.
  25. barely legal
    Elizabeth Wurtzel Passed the BarSecond time is a charm!
  26. bons mots
    Law Firms Hire Pretty Female Employees Because They Feel It Will ‘Reflect Well on Their Firm’Of course that’s why.
  27. lawyers
    Robert Morgenthau Joins Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & KatzHe’ll be working with immigrants.
  28. ballsy crime
    Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Marc DreierA half-eaten raspberry-peach pie, seven pairs of shoes, and a sign reading “Welcome to the Dreier Residence” go on sale today at the Bloomberg building.
  29. the greatest depression
    Lehman Brothers Annoys Us Even From the Great BeyondPeople are making lots of money off of liquidating the fallen investment firm.
  30. the greatest depression
    The Great Decoupling“People don’t stick together in bad times, it’s human nature.”
  31. we’re just jealous
    The Most Annoying Thing About This Woman Who Is Getting Paid $80,000 to Take a Year Off Is That It’s Not UsBasically, we hate her.
  32. in the magazine
    Marc Dreier Gets His DueThe insane story of the lawyer who bilked hedge funds out of millions.
  33. the greatest depression
    For Hundreds of Lawyers, It’s Going to Be a Long WeekendThey’ll have President’s Day off … and then every day thereafter.
  34. ink-stained bitches
    Philadelphia ‘Daily News’ Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Daily BeastThe Philly paper was not flattered by the Daily Beast’s logo imitation.
  35. in other news
    Dina Matos to Receive No Alimony From Jim McGreeveyAfter an incredibly acrimonious divorce, neither party comes out the winner.
  36. in other news
    Unsurprising Development of the Day No. 2 — Patricia Duff Blames Ex Ron Perelman for Daughter’s ComplaintsShe accuses the billionaire Revlon chairman of spoiling his daughter to make her like him.
  37. in other news
    Lawyers Trot Out ‘Uncle Leo Defense’ for Thieving Saks Saleswoman“She’s old! She’s confused! She didn’t know what she was doing would net her a million dollars!”
  38. in other news
    Women’s-Rights Lawyer REALLY Wants Women on TopManhattan lawyer Jack Tuckner, who fights for women’s rights in the workplace, will now fight for the right to wear a studded dog collar in his own office.
  39. company town
    Crane Collapse Causes Building DelaysAlso, the real Mr. Big thought watching the ‘Sex and the City’ movie was “eerie,” and Wachovia chief G. Kennedy Thompson is out the door. And more, in our daily industry roundup.
  40. company town
    Jonathan Franzen’s Latest (Unsurprising) Target Is Michiko Kakutani’Vanity Fair’ fights back over the Miley Cyrus pictures, Stuyvesant Town has a square dance, and more, in our daily industry roundup.
  41. in other news
    So Why Hasn’t Spitzer Resigned Yet?Yesterday we received word from multiple reliable sources that Spitzer was planning on getting the whole thing over with last night. We weren’t sure, but it sounded like there was to be an evening press conference, during which Spitzer officially resigned and David Paterson was sworn in as governor. But that never came to pass. Now Spitzer has wiped his schedule clean of public events and is hunkered down with advisers. Meanwhile, much of the mainstream media and many political rivals are calling for his head. As the New York Times pointed out, “any politician would have a full-time job just dealing with such revelations.” It seems impossible that Spitzer would be able to continue on as governor (in about 24 hours state Republicans will start impeachment proceedings against him), and yet he hasn’t resigned. What gives? Some theories: • In preparation for a day in which he may have to face prosecution over his role in the Emperor’s Club prostitution debacle, stepping down from the governorship would be a great trump card. He could use it as a big sacrifice in any deal, saving himself from other punishments like fines, disbarment, or jail time. [National Review] • He could be destroying documents or evidence, suggests DealBreaker. Though it sounds far-fetched, a private security expert tells them that the reason executives under investigation at big companies are immediately escorted out of the building is so that they can’t do that. “They should have the FBI there right now to prevent Spitzer from deleting his hard-drives,” their source argues. [DealBreaker]
  42. company town
    Lawyers Advocate an Oscar for ‘Michael Clayton’ — That George Clooney Makes Them Look So Good!LEGAL • 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. [Law.com] • 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]
  43. company town
    Jane Fonda’s Vocab Malfunction Might Affect FCC’s Ruling on Janet Jackson’s NipplesLAW • Jane Fonda’s vocabulary malfunction on NBC’s Today show last week might influence the legal battle between CBS and the FCC over Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in her 2004 Super Bowl halftime appearance. [Legal Intelligencer] • New York City criminal-defense lawyer Jeffrey Schwartz receives support for representing the accused murderer of a 7-year-old girl. [NYT] • Are television shows the reason lawyers get a bad rap? [Law.com]
  44. video look book
    Barrister Wannabe Loves Spending Our Worthless Dollars British litigator-in-training Shivi Ramontar loves living in New York these days. “Everything’s kind of half-price!” she exclaims, chagrined only a little by taking advantage of today’s flaccid dollar (she must be paid in pounds). Ramontar shares her purchases and confesses her favorite city to Amy Larocca in this week’s Video Look Book. Shivi Ramontar [Video Look Book]
  45. intel
    ‘The Bachelor’ Casting for New York LawyersAn alert reader sent us along his very own invitation to be on The Bachelor. ‘“Apparently they are randomly spamming New York lawyers,” says our spy, who works at a top-ten firm. Casting directors are looking for someone “who is successful, good-looking, has an out-going personality, is ready to settle down, is around 6 ft tall and, usually, is between 27 to 36 years of age.” Guess you’re shit outta luck, shorties! “We’ve never had an attorney be ‘The Bachelor’ so we are definitely looking to go that route,” the e-mail admits. The producers seem to know a little bit about the law profession — specifically, that good catches are harder to find than you’d think. So they’re casting their net wide and offering $5,000 reward to anyone who finds an attorney who could make the show. But though they know a bit about lawyers, it’s clearly not enough. Here’s the last line of the e-mail: “Please DO NOT forward to the press. We try to make this part of the process as private as possible.” Silly casting agents! Don’t you know that 50 percent of all law firms’ billable hours are spent forwarding private e-mails?
  46. in other news
    Subway Hero’s Story: More Lawsuits! There’s a new chapter in the Subway Superman saga, and it takes what used to be a straight-ahead narrative (one good deed and a few just rewards) into a progressively sadder territory. When Robert Kolker’s New York profile last left Wesley Autrey, two weeks ago, he was getting ready to sue his lawyer, Diane Kleiman; Kleiman and her partner had allegedly tricked Autrey into signing a contract giving her 50 percent of his life-story earnings. Now Kleiman is doing what lawyers often do when they’re being sued: countersuing.
  47. the morning line
    Subway Worker Killed • An MTA worked died yesterday after being hit by the G train at Hoyt-Schermerhorn, the second such incident in one week. His colleague is at Bellevue in stable condition. Worst train in the city. [MetroNY] • The NYPD is using so-called “scarecrows” — unmanned cop cars — to spook drivers into obeying the speed limit on Belt Parkway, L.I.E., and elsewhere. A spokesman was quick to note that the practice is not related to the department’s short staffing. [NYDN] • The Upper West Side’s Claremont Riding Academy, one of the oldest stables in the country, shut its doors Sunday. There were tears, from mothers more so than from daughters. [NYT] • When we read the headline “New York City Bar Urges Bush Administration to Abandon Restrictions,” we were briefly awed by our drinking establishments’ political sway. But it was merely our lawyers lobbying the White House to stop placing blame at Guantánamo on, well, lawyers. [WHDH-TV] • Joe Torre’s brother Frank, 75, is getting a kidney transplant tomorrow; he had a new heart put in eleven years ago. One of his daughters will be the donor. [NYP]
  48. in the magazine
    Sex Diaries: The Bisexual PolyamoristIt’s the Sex and Love issue of New York this week, and for it six New Yorkers kept Sex Diaries that chronicled their sexual lives (or lack thereof) over a period of seven days. Daily Intel has even more diaries, and today we end our week of sex diaries with a big one. Here’s the Bisexual Polyamorist: female, 28, lawyer, Boerum Hill, single. DAY 1 10:00 a.m.: Arrive for the weekend at a nudist swinger sauna retreat in Maine. 5:00 p.m.: Give an impromptu sexuality workshop. Two grandmothers ask for a G-spot demo.
  49. the morning line
    What the Bell? • This shouldn’t necessarily sway anyone’s opinion about the Sean Bell shooting, but it’s, um, interesting: A drug dealer tells the police he was once shot by Bell. Cops call the story credible (shocker). [NYDN] • Wesley Autrey, the Subway Superman, gains a Subway Lex Luthor in lawyer Diane Kleiman. Kleiman and her partner have allegedly swindled Autrey into a deal that would give them half of whatever he gets (book advance, speaking fees, etc.). [NYP] • Jacob the Jeweler is heading to the courtroom on some serious charges: helping launder $270 million in drug money for a Detroit-based crime ring. Now that’s cred. [AP via amNY] • JPMorgan Chase has released a twelve-page assessment that itemizes Brooke Astor’s fortune: $41 million in real estate, $23.5 million in stocks, and $816 in the bank. [NYT] • And the day’s Headless Body Award (it’s our new, ad-hoc headline-pun prize) goes to Metro New York, for running the gamut from the awesome “Marky Marksman” (a Shooter review) to the god-awful “An Indie-sent Proposal” (a SXSW feature). [MetroNY]
  50. in other news
    Ralph Nader Stands Up for the ShystersAmbulance-chasing in New York just turned into an obstacle course. Under new state rules, lawyers here can no longer freely advertise their awesome settlement-getting prowess (“Lead paint in your house? Over $100 million in damages awarded!”) without providing a sober, diet-pill-like disclaimer that “prior results do not guarantee similar outcome.” They’re also barred from using words like “heavy hitters” or “we’ll fight tooth and nail for you” or any of that macho trash talk beloved by personal-injury, medical-liability, and divorce mavens. Fair enough? Not really: The rule defines almost any private or public communication whose purpose is “the retention of the lawyer” as an ad. Thus, it forces firms to mark their mailings, including newsletters and law updates, as attorney advertising — and guess in which folder an e-mail with those words in the subject line is going to end up. Since the rule could be seen as impinging on First Amendment rights, its opponents have formed the weirdest bedfellowship in recent memory: Ralph Nader is getting involved on the lawyers’ side, through his Public Citizen organization. That’s right: Nader is now fighting on behalf of the shysters. We suspect this is about to get a little confusing but very, very good. New York Law Firms Struggle With New Restrictions on Advertising [NYT]
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