Ruth Madoff

* Like many of the victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, he and his wife contemplated suicide, too. But come on, why bother? Was career suicide just not good enough? [New York Times]

* For Sale: One Illinois law license at discount price! Hasn’t been used in 15 years — almost like new. Slightly tarnished. If interested, please contact Rod Blagojevich ASAP. [Chicago Sun-Times]

* Howrey gonna get paid? With a $3M bill and a new Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee in place, that’s what all of these professional service firms are wondering. [Am Law Daily]

* 1Ls may be dumber this year, but prospective law students have gotten 13% smarter. That isn’t saying much, though, because 68% of them still want to go to law school. [National Law Journal]

* The TSA agent who advised this lawyer to “get her freak on” after spying a sexy personal item in her luggage has been professionally spanked. [New York Post]

* Sure, stoners can totally get their act together to file for a patent a trademark trademark protection (or something — bite me). [WSJ Law Blog]

* Step 1: Make sure your Facebook wall is appropriate for employers. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit from new job! [Legal Blog Watch]

* With her Ponzi-scheming husband languishing in federal prison, what’s Ruth Madoff up to these days? [Dealbreaker]

* Washington Post explains why the Washington Post doesn’t care about the New Black Panther party. I didn’t say it was a convincing explanation. [Volokh Conspiracy]

* Things that suck: the music industry, the journalism industry, the legal industry, etc. [Nintyfiveyears via Blawg Review]