When I was a lawyer, I often fantasized about being in a non-fatal traffic accident to get out of work. Not “faking” a non-fatal accident, but actually allowing myself to be struck by a moving vehicle.

I didn’t like my job. But I’m no liar. I’m not like this guy who pretended he was too sick to go to work when he was really just unprepared…

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Before the reality of being a lawyer in the 21st century set in, I bet you had an image in your head of what that would look like. A big office, fancy diplomas on the wall and a door that actually closed. Maybe some of you were more realistic in your daydreams, and you anticipated the officemate drama that can dominate the life of a first year associate. Even so, after a year or so of that malarkey your very own office was going to be a reality. Wasn’t it?

Yesterday Joe wrote about the rich tapestry of sadness that is the world of the unemployed lawyer. I’ll see your sadness blankey and raise you a pillow of despair.

Because as bad as it is to sit at home unemployed, at least it’s not a biohazard…

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* Merry Christmas! House Republicans will get one less lump of coal in their stockings this year after accepting a two-month extension of unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts. [New York Times]

* Another birther lawsuit has been thrown out, but Orly Taitz won’t be stopped. She’s like the Energizer Bunny of questionable litigation. She’ll keep appealing, and appealing, and appealing… [Los Angeles Times]

* John Edwards is trying to delay his criminal trial, claiming to have a mystery medical diagnosis. What kind of disease does karma hand you for cheating on your sick wife? [New York Daily News]

* Nora Demleitner will be will be stepping in as the new dean of Washington and Lee University School of Law. Hofstra Law, you M.A.D.? [National Law Journal]

* Is the American Bar Association really driving up the cost of law school tuition, or is it the law schools themselves? Here are some graphs that might surprise you. [Am Law Daily]