Judge Dread’s coming to town


A chap standing for the bench in the home of country music bears some striking resemblances to the man with the Lawgiver pistol and purveyor of summary executions

Hashtag hilarity: #FakeWongaLawFirms


Following Wonga’s creation of fake law firms Chainey, D’Amato & Shannon and Barker & Lowe, Twitter users have been having some fun with the #FakeWongaLawFirms hashtag. Here are a selection.

Cease and desist letter sent to prevent ‘beardism’ that violates ‘Sexually Dynamic Lifestyle’ moustache trademark goes viral

A spoof cease and desist letter sent by the American Mustache Institute (AMI) to a baseball team featuring a high number of facial hair-sporting members has gone viral after a major news agency took it seriously. The letter — re-produced in full below — states that the Boston Red Sox’s “marketing of beardism violates the expressed federal… Read more »

What Mid-Life Crisis? Skadden Partner Quits Law Because He Has ‘Been Blessed With The Incredible Good Fortune Of Being Married To TaQuita Thorns’

“I have decided to start a new phase of my life. I do not plan to practice law,” explains Garrett Waltzer, a California-based partner at international law firm Skadden, in a departure email leaked yesterday to US blog Above the Law. At which point the prose takes an unlikely turn. “Instead, I have been blessed… Read more »

Has There Ever Been A More Unlikely Legal Conference Attendee Than Busta Rhymes?

News came through overnight on Twitter that rapper Busta Rhymes closed yesterday’s American Association For Justice (AAJ) conference. And sure enough this morning on YouTube was a freshly-posted video of Rhymes – whose nickname ‘Busted’ is a tribute to his extensive experience of the judicial process – serenading lawyers at said event… “Any old lawyers? Any old… Read more »

Fired Allen & Overy Lawyer-Turned-Sex Novelist Tells Of New Life in 2 Room Cabin Rented By The Night On Her Credit Card

Pursuing your dreams can come at a price. Deidre Dare (real name: Deidre Clark) used to earn over £130,000 a year as an associate in Allen & Overy’s Moscow office. Then she started blogging, publishing erotic fiction that was heavily influenced by her experiences as an expat lawyer. She accompanied her prose with pictures and… Read more »

Practising Lawyer With Sideline As A Rapper Releases New Single – And It’s Just As Awful As His Previous Efforts

Mike Shipwash (aka ‘Lawyer Mike’) is an American sole practitioner specialising in personal injury law, who over the last few years has wowed YouTube with a series of R&B-infused raps. With their terrible lyrics (“rain: that sweet precipitation coming down from the skies, it’s like a nectar”) and cheesy videos, the tracks have developed a cult… Read more »

REVEALED: The Original South Korean ‘Lawyers Gangnam Style’ Video

When Southampton University law student Tommy Chuang posted his brilliant ‘Lawyer Style’ video on YouTube last month, we billed it as the first legal Gangnam Style parody. But it turns out that the Korean Bar Association narrowly beat Chuang to this honour with its surreal ‘Lawyers Gangnam Style’ video, released three days earlier on 7… Read more »

Law Student Assoc Slammed For Using ‘Disrespectful’ Image To Plug Benefits Of Networking Via Its Facebook Page

Take a school uniform-clad Hollywood star, superimpose over her the logo of your law students’ association, add in some text encouraging female law students to “network” their way to the top rather than follow traditional pathways, and you have a recipe for trouble. Especially when you factor in the power of social media to make… Read more »

Survey Slams ‘Dry’ And ‘Staid’ UK Law Firm Websites

Most of the top 30 UK law firms have “mediocre” websites that are defined by their “dry” approach and “staid” tone, according to a survey by a digital benchmarking company. It names the worst five sites as Holman Fenwick Willan, Addleshaw Goddard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, DAC Beachcroft and SNR Denton…

Judge Gives Verbose Lawyer a Lesson In Editing

A US judge’s stinging criticism of a lawyer’s ability to write concisely has been doing the rounds on the internet over the last few days. Having criticised the lawyer for exceeding a page-limit of 25 pages, Judge Steven Merryday states… He then proceeds to heavily edit one of the paragraphs submitted by the lawyer:

Lawyer’s Porn Star Past Returns To Haunt Him

A US lawyer has admitted that he starred in porn films in the 1970s then lied when questioned about it during his second campaign for an elected district attorney position. In a news conference on Friday, the upstate New York district attorney Mark Suben (pictured, left, in action during the 70s), said: “Recently materials have… Read more »

Lawyer Beats Astronaut In Survey Of Childhood Dream Jobs

A LinkedIn survey has found that law is the sixth most common dream job, making it a more widely held aspiration than becoming an astronaut, writer or professional athlete. But as you can see in the list below, law (the dream job of 3.9% of those surveyed) is no match for engineering (7.7%) or being… Read more »