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A battle of semantics between two US lawyers has culminated in one requesting to be referred to as "Captain Justice" in a surreal court filing that has swept the internet over the weekend...
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 trademark of AMI’s ownership of the Sexually Dynamic Mustached American Lifestyle, and in particular, our legal right to approve via 'expressed written consent' of any use of said beardism or mustacheularity in marketing the Red Sox’s winning ways or merchandise."
Does it really matter if you don’t know what to do with your life? Perhaps not, writes legal academic and blogger Paul Bernal
Though I am now a legal academic — lecturing at the UEA Law School — if you had told me in my undergraduate days that this was where I would find myself as I approach 50 years of age I would have laughed in your face.
At that time I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was faced with the prospect of entering the employment market with such little idea what I wanted that I chose to train as a chartered accountant. If I had known then what strange and convoluted paths life can take you down, and how many times and ways your directions can change, I would have been far less depressed at my prospects.
I was a maths undergraduate who had fallen out of love with the subject and had no idea what to do. I saw fellow students who seemed very clear about what they wanted — law students who were going to be the next Rumpole, English students who saw a clear path into journalism, medical students who were going to cure cancer and so on. I didn’t have a clue — and it depressed me so much I took the first job that seemed possible.
In those days (the early 80s) that meant accountancy, particularly for someone even vaguely numerate. And yes, accountancy was pretty much every bit as boring as I expected. Mind-numbingly so. I was pretty good at it, so I progressed, but as I did I found myself getting more bored, and more worried about where I was headed — because I still had no idea what else was even possible. I just got angry. And that anger started to manifest itself at work…
But perhaps that anger was actually the key. Because after I encountered a piece of quite startling sexism from my employer (one of the biggest firms of accountants), which reached a peak when the partner involved said to me "why do you care, you’re a man?", I decided that enough was enough.
That began a pattern that I followed with seeming regularity. I left that job, and did a series of different things, each one lasting three or four years. I worked next for Reuters (who were great), then went to live on Dartmoor trying to bring the benefits of the fledgling internet to the hippies, farmers and hoteliers of south Devon, then headed to New Zealand to work at a kind of new age health resort, before returning to the UK to become the finance director of a mental health and criminal justice charity.
That then led to the law — I went on a one-day course about the impact of the Human Rights Act on mental health services, and found myself hooked. A masters in human rights at the LSE followed that, and from that a PhD on internet privacy and law. That, in turn, led to my being recruited by the UEA. From accountancy to law in six not very simple steps.
Each move seemed a little mad at the time — and some of them really were a bit mad — but what I’ve realised since is that though I didn’t know it, and didn’t even recognise the signs, I was actually finding some kind of way in my life. In my work since I have found that every single part, even the most boring bits of accountancy that drove me close to a breakdown, has been useful. They all fit together like some kind of crazy-paving.
What I know of accountancy helped me to understand the way that internet businesses like Google work. Reuters taught me about electronic communications, my time at the mental health charity taught me a great deal about vulnerability and the role of the law in protecting people. Even my new age stuff taught me a lot — sometimes you need to find your inner peace, even at a university.
Now, I would say I’m closer to doing what I really want to do than I have been at any stage in my life — and I’ve found it without a plan. At first I thought I needed one. Now I’m quite clear that even if I had had a plan, it would have been important to be able to break with it, to follow my nose — and not to be afraid to change plans. Sometimes you don’t know what the right thing is for you until you start to do it. The thing I’ve learned, more than anything else, is that that’s OK. In fact, it’s great.
Paul Bernal is a lecturer in IT, IP and media law at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He blogs at Paul Bernal's Blog.
The law students behind the viral parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines have made a new video that pokes fun at their fellow legal hopefuls' obsession with photo messaging app Snapchat...
The video (see below), which is inspired by Akon ‘s chart topping hit ‘Smack That’, features the catchy chorus: "Snapchat, A selfie whore, Snapchat, Look I do law, Ooh ooh oohhhh..."
Its creators are students at the University of Auckland, whose law library and lecture theatres make up the backdrop for the filming. At one point, law faculty dean and former fellow of Oxford's Brasenose College Dr Andrew Stockley (pictured below) even makes an appearance.
For those who are unfamiliar with Snapchat, the basic idea is that people send images to each other via their phones, with recipients only able to view them for up to ten seconds, after which they're deleted from the receiving device and Snapchat's servers*.
While law students have taken easily to the medium, lawyers appear to be struggling...
Snapchat, very confusing… even a lawyer doesn't know how to use it
— Ortona (@joeortona) October 14, 2013
*Last week Snapchat, which is thought to be worth £500m, sullied its cool start-up image when it admitted to handing over images not yet seen by its users to American law enforcement agencies.
Comedy blog Slacktory has put together a compilation video of rappers reflecting proudly on their lawyers. The twist? The rappers' apparent enthusiasm for Jewish lawyers over members of the legal profession of other faiths. As the clip documents, it is a preference which has regularly been celebrated in song.
US lawyer Justin Bieber, the owner of Philadelphia-based J.Bieber Law, has launched a social media campaign in order to help promote his firm's burgeoning personal injury and general litigation practice...
US lawyer Chris Sevier has filed a claim against Apple for failing to protect him from porn after he accidentally typed "Fuckbook.com" into Google. The misspelling meant that, rather than arrive at Facebook as he had expected, Sevier — who was using Apple's Safari web browser at the time — was directed to a host of pornographic images. This soon led to "an unwanted addiction" that "poisoned his life". A full copy of Sevier's claim seeking damages and injunctive relief against Apple for making devices that can display porn is below. But first the best bits...
"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 with the incredible good fortune of being married to TaQuita Thorns...Going forward, I plan to be a supportive husband and do all I can to help TaQuita achieve her mission to improve the world through music," continues Waltzer, who is in his early 50s and got together with Thorns after his ex-wife "fell in love with her personal trainer". The lovestruck corporate lawyer then proceeds to add a host of links to Thorns' website and YouTube performances. The full email is below...
SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM — DEPARTURE MEMO — GARRETT WALTZER
Today is my last day as a partner of Skadden Arps. For the last 24 plus years, I have had the honor of calling the Firm my home. Starting off in the Los Angeles Office and then practicing as a partner in the Bay Area for the last 15 years, it has been a pleasure to work with so many wonderfully talented lawyers and staff in Skadden offices around the world.
I am forever grateful for the rich and diverse professional opportunities and the terrific mentoring that taught me how to be a lawyer. I am especially thankful for the many friendships I have developed with my partners and colleagues at the Firm.
I have decided to start a new phase of my life. I do not plan to practice law.
Instead, I have been blessed with the incredible good fortune of being married to TaQuita Thorns, a talented singer from Detroit, Michigan who is just beginning her career in the music business. In addition to writing and recording outstanding R&B, Rock & Soul songs, TaQuita is an energetic performer with a dazzling voice and stunning looks. I am very excited about TaQuita’s prospects. Going forward, I plan to be a supportive husband and do all I can to help TaQuita achieve her mission to improve the world through music and, in the process, become a force in the music industry.
I hope to stay in touch with my many friends at the Firm. You can always reach me at [redacted].
Best wishes for your health and happiness,
PS: you can follow TaQuita’s career at www.TaQuitaThorns.com and on her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/TaQuitaThorns. You can preview TaQuita’s new yet-to-be-released music video, “Nobody But You” by clicking http://youtu.be/WnhfHcp2f9k.
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 attorneys? Any old powerful legal representation? Let me show you how to get you guys rollin'!" bellows Rhymes in the clip, before breaking into song.
Thanks to Clerksroom barrister Thomas Goodhead, who attended the conference, for the tip-off.