Noon-Thirty News 08/19/10

ABA Want Moar Fail!

The ABA’s Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will be considering whether the ABA ought to expand accreditation to foreign law schools.  While this will certainly increase competition for American lawyers and make the employment situation here a lot worse, the capitalist in me says if the schools are up to snuff, they should be accredited.

But, the realist in me says that the ABA has done such a piss-poor job of ensuring quality among accredited schools that they ought not to be organization doing it, abroad or at home.

Breaking Up is Harder to Do, But What About Flaking on the First Date?

Sarah Martinez, a class of 2008 grad who was supposed to start at Howard Rice before the recession hit found herself with an offer deferred, and now rescinded.  Unlike most people who just packed up their bindle and hit the rails, she’s decided to sue.

The first reaction to a breach of contract claim would be that she’s an at will employee, and the firm can dump her whenever they want.  But, then what does an offer mean?  She wasn’t fired at will, the offer of employment was rescinded after it had been accepted.  Classic breach of contract. Trouble is proving damages for an at will employee. Can’t really argue lost wages, though there’s probably some legitimate damages based on a reasonable failure to seek other employment and perhaps moving expenses.  Hopefully the case will go to trial, because this could create a really interesting opinion.

Oh, and also she’s suing because after she was deferred the firm allegedly went on to hire several other white male associates. Martinez is a latina.

10 Greatest Overlooked Fictional Lawyers
[Bitter Lawyer]

This month’s ABA Journal featured the top 25 fictional attorneys who are not Atticus Finch.  I thought the list was a little lacking, so jog on over to Bitter Lawyer and read my top 10 fictional attorneys overlooked by the ABA.  I mean come on, She Hulk is better than Ally McBeal, right?

And just to turn this in to a teachable moment, the ABA’s list of 25 included only 2 women and no racial minorities.  My list of 10 managed to squeeze in 2 black men, and 2 women (one of whom is green), without trying to stack the deck and without including Claire Huxtable (Uncle Phil bumped her from the list, call it a Gen Y thing).

Dr. Laura v. Mr. Nigga


Just as a sign of solidarity with the now defunct Dr. Laura, yes, if you turn on an HBO comedy special with a black male comic, you will hear a lot of “nigger, nigger, nigger.”  If you have a problem with that, complain about the comics, not Dr. Laura.


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3 Responses to “Noon-Thirty News 08/19/10”

  1. thenambypamby Says:

    How the list misses Denny Crane is beyond me.

    But at least you got Harvey Birdman and Bob Loblaw

  2. bl1y Says:

    ABA already hit Boston Legal, and I didn’t want to take two bites at that apple, makes the whole thing a bit too easy. But, Denny Crane is far better than that other guy with the name I can’t remember.

  3. Debbie Says:

    I think Dr. Laura was not wrong. If I used the term nig***, I would be in trouble if I said it in Harlem or in Watts, or in DC. But a black guy can say it and a black woman can say it to each other. Why is that?

    Can someone explain this to me?

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