If 'Survivor' wasn't enough, consider this show

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In case you weren’t sure whether a stop should be put to reality television shows, now you will be. A recent classified advertisement appearing in a California legal newspaper announced that a television producer was seeking "Lawyers (ages 25-35) who are intelligent, outgoing, attractive, and have passed the California bar exam, to star in a reality law firm television program. Send resume, video, and recent photo. This is for real."

God in court

Many lawyers think they have God on their side when they enter a courtroom, but one may actually be right about that.

Defense attorney Mary Ross attended law school and practices law despite being a Catholic nun. She is now a staff attorney for Legal Aid Society in Hempstead, N.Y. "We’re all guilty of something, you know," she said in an interview.

Her supervisor at Legal Aid says Sister Mary too often believes her clients’ stories.

Lawyers still low

A Harris poll has measured the amount of prestige associated with various professions. Lawyers ended up toward the bottom of the list -- but not the very bottom! Only 19 percent of those participating in the survey said that the law provided "very great" prestige.

That may make lawyers feel bad but not as bad as journalists and bankers may be feeling. Those two professions came in at 15 percent each. In last place were union leaders.

By contrast, more than 50 percent of the survey participants associated "very great" prestige with doctors and scientists.

’A’ for attorneys

Personal injury lawyers in Connecticut are competitive -- even when it comes to listings in the Yellow Pages. A lawsuit filed against Southern New England Telecommunications Corp. alleges that lawyers are being allowed to list themselves in the telephone directory out of alphabetical order.

The suit sites the case of personal injury lawyer John Haymond who, instead of being listed with the H’s where a potential client’s fingers may never walk, is listed with the A’s under "Affordable Legal Services."

Haymond’s name, however, comes after that of another lawyer who lists himself as "AAAAA" for "Accident Attorneys Always Affordably Available."

Footnote

A Finnish man recently received a $71,400 fine for driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. The reason is that Finland bases such fines on income and the driver was Internet millionaire Jaakko Rytsola. Rytsola had previously received a $44,000 ticket for reckless driving.

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Updated: 
02/03/2001 - 8:00pm

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