Quote of the Day

– the total cost for hotel accommodations during the July 2012 New York Bar Exam at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, one of the NY BOLE-approved test sites. Their “special rate” for the bar exam is $209.00 per night. The same room goes for $179.00 per night the following week.

Laurence Silberman

Here, both parties abandoned any attempt to write in plain English, instead abbreviating every conceivable agency and statute involved, familiar or not, and littering their briefs with references to ‘SNF,’ ‘HLW,’ ‘NWF,’ ‘NWPA,’ and ‘BRC’…

– Senior Judge Laurence Silberman, writing for the D.C. Circuit, in a footnote lamenting the litigants’ in National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners v. United States Department of Energy overuse of alphabet soup.

Shawn Lillegren

Go for a million — that’s plaintiff’s message. God bless America. Go for it. Got some coffee to spill on me?

– Attorney Shawn Lillegren, attempting to paint the woman who sued his client over a genital herpes infection as overly litigious.

Kenneth Kratz wins 'the prize' of being homeless.

This court is not just one of law, but of equity also.

Kenneth Kratz, former district attorney for Calumet County, Wisconsin, pleading for state’s Office of Lawyer Regulation to drop its misconduct charges against him. Kratz claims that he’s “lost his career, his reputation, his home, and filed for bankruptcy,” all thanks to his salacious sexting scandal.

Brian Tamanaha

The average debt of law graduates tops $100,000, and most new lawyers do not earn salaries sufficient to make the monthly payments on this debt. More than one-third of law graduates in recent years have failed to obtain lawyer jobs. Thousands of new law graduates will enter a government-sponsored debt relief program, and many will never fully pay off their law school debt.

Washington University Law professor Brian Tamanaha, author of Failing Law Schools (affiliate link), painting a rosy picture of what life is like for recent law school graduates.

(What can be done to remedy this situation? Additional insights from Professor Tamanaha, after the jump.)

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Chen Guangcheng

The fundamental question the Chinese government must face is lawlessness. China does not lack laws, but the rule of law.

– Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, in an op-ed piece in yesterday’s New York Times. Guangcheng is currently studying law at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at NYU Law School.

(Keep reading to see how Guangcheng describes the lawless conduct he and his family have allegedly faced — at the hands of law enforcement — in his homeland.)

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Andrea Saul

Mistakes happen. I don’t think any voter cares about a typo at the end of the day.

– Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul, commenting on the rather unfortunate typo on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s iPhone app.

(What was the typo, and why was it so offensive? Take a look.)

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William Eskridge Jr.

America is a mobile country. You notice that I am not living in West Virginia anymore.

Yale Law professor William Eskridge Jr., commenting on enduring prejudice in the South when it comes to gay marriage.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented.

Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes. But I have every confidence we’re going to be successful.

– Governor Chris Christie, commenting on his plans to defy a federal ban on sports betting in New Jersey.

Ryan Karben

This restores credibility to the system, which should be used to help solve the real problems of real people.

– Attorney Ryan Karben, commenting on the recent dismissal of Richard Katz’s lawsuit against the Setai Wall Street Club and Spa and Karben’s client, Amanda Wells. Katz, a lawyer, had demanded a six-figure sum in damages due to the ritzy spa’s failure to provide a “full complimentary breakfast.”

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