Weinergate

* “I doubt this is constitutional, but let’s just do it.” Sounds like business as usual down in the Senate as to plans to extend the FBI Director’s term. [Blog of Legal Times]

* Are we really still talking about desegregating schools in Arkansas? I can’t even believe that this is a serious proposition. [WSJ Law Blog]

* This is what happens when lawyers from Yale stop being polite, and start getting real. What good can come from Kentucky or North Dakota? [PrawfsBlog]

* Ladies, should you take a new job while pregnant? To me, that’s kind of like asking, “Should I go bungee jumping while pregnant?” Not a good idea. [Corporette]

* Apparently, there’s some debate as to which city will be the next world capital of law. And no, it probably isn’t going to be one of these outsourcing cities. [Law21]

* Kash, of course it’s bad for America that Weiner is resigning. We don’t get to see any more big, kosher pickles. [The Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]

* Summer associates, please take note. Do not send emails to colleagues about wild, underage ragers like this JP Morgan intern did. You will look like a complete tool. [Dealbreaker]

* Leave it to Paul Clement to get this lady off with a 9-0 decision. It turns out she wasn’t a terrorist, just a little kooky. [CNN Justice]

* Bob Tennant of Recommind tells patent critics (and competitors) a thing or two about prior art and automated discovery. [Recommind]

There’s not much I can add to this Weinergate thing that hasn’t already been covered on these pages and everywhere else. Congressman Anthony Weiner has said that he’s not going to resign over the scandal that he tweeted various body parts to women other than his wife. I believe that he will have to resign, although not because of the tweeting, but because of the lying about it afterward. (Previously, he claimed that his social-media accounts had been hacked. He then admitted that that wasn’t strictly true. Or even a little bit true. He also conceded that the dog had actually not eaten his homework.)

This online imbroglio has made many wonder why he would even consider posting compromising photos and language on Twitter. Or for that matter, why he would even be on Twitter in the first place. Or why anyone would be.

Lawyers in particular often have trouble understanding why they should be on Twitter. Even my esteemed colleague Mark Herrmann has “proved” that Twitter doesn’t work. Well, I’ve got news for people who doubt that they should be tweeting:

Many of them probably shouldn’t be.

In fact, I’ve tried to identify the types of people (in addition to shirtless politicians in various degrees of arousal) who should stay away from Twitter. Here, then, are five people who should never tweet….

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The location of the chain on the frank is a bit... suggestive.

* Oh goodness — this might be too much Weiner, even for me. It’s the transcript (PDF) of Anthony Weiner’s nine-month cyber sex relationship with a 40-year-old blackjack dealer in Las Vegas. [Radar Online]

* This wiener probably isn’t getting a “World’s Best Dad” mug on Father’s Day from his ex-Skadden daughter. [Law Shucks]

* In continuing wiener coverage, anti-circumcision queen Jena Troutman is cutting out her crusade against circumcision in Santa Monica. [The Atlantic Wire]

* Rounding out our wiener news, here’s a dispatch from Chicago. [WSJ Law Blog]

* Musical Chairs: Mark Walker, former managing partner at über-diverse Cleary Gottlieb, is leaving the firm for Lazard, the über-elite investment bank. Ka-ching! [Am Law Daily]

* Think that accounting firms are so much more family-friendly than law firms? Think again. [The Careerist]

* There are several new listings on the Above the Law Jobs Board. Check it out! [ATL Jobs Board]

Anthony Weiner at today's press conference (via Getty Images).

* Kashmir Hill’s take on Weinergate. She shares my admiration for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sculpted physique, as showcased in his shirtless pics. [Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]

* Charles Colman poses a question for intellectual-property types to puzzle over: “at what point is a slogan so descriptive that it would simply be unreasonable to let just one company use it”? [Law of Fashion]

* Ross Fishman asks: How can law firms in smaller cities and legal markets generate inbound referrals? [Ross's Law Marketing Blog]

Kathy Ruemmler

* A closer look at Kathryn Ruemmler, President Obama’s new White House counsel — who’s only 40 years old. [WSJ Law Blog]

* What does the Indian legal community think of the growing trend of “onshoring” (i.e., keeping legal work here in the U.S., but outsourcing away from expensive markets / providers)? [Legally India]

* Summer associates in New York: check out this helpful guide to free and fun things in NYC. [Axiom]

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

* It’s official: John Edwards has been indicted. Which leading law firm is he turning to for help? [Am Law Daily]

* Paul Clement v. Ted Olson: Professor Matt Bodie’s firsthand account of the Eighth Circuit oral argument in the NFL lockout case. [PrawfsBlawg]

* In fairness to Assemblyman Charles Calderon, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is quite attractive (and Filipino-American — w00t!). [ABA Journal]

* Weinergate teaches a familiar lesson: “Information which we share about ourselves online should never be considered private. Always make the assumption that anything that makes its way to the Net could someday be found.” [An Associate's Mind]

* Speaking of wieners, here’s a legal question you’ve always wondered about: “Can a gay softball organization restrict the participation of heterosexual softballers?” [Gawker; WSJ Law Blog]

* Speaking of LGBT issues, spouting memorable quotes from Mommie Dearest won’t get you kicked out of the military, but some things still will. [Poliglot / Metro Weekly]

* If you’re a legal professional interested in social networking, you’re encouraged to take this survey. [Law 2.0]