Trading cards for lawyers lack statistics but include zodiac sign

The Connecticut law firm Day, Berry & Howard is printing trading cards featuring its lawyers. The cards will be distributed at trade shows and to potential clients. While sports trading cards typically include the athlete’s personal statistics, the Day, Berry cards will not indicate cases won and lost or number of deals closed. Instead, the lawyer trading cards will have the attorney’s area of specialization and, just in case you need it before selecting legal counsel, his or her zodiac sign.

Student vs. law school

Mock court competitions are evidently just not enough to satisfy the litigious urges of some law students. Two students recently had decisions handed down in suits they brought against their schools. A student at California’s Chapman University School of Law was awarded the amount of his tuition by a court after the student sued, alleging the law school had misled him about the likelihood of obtaining ABA accreditation.

A student at Duquesne University Law School sued after receiving an F in a class for which she failed to return a question booklet with her final exam. The grade was not reversed but she was allowed to graduate.

Prosecutors can be frivolous

Turns out personal injury attorneys are not the only ones being accused of filing frivolous lawsuits. A Kentucky court recently invoked the so-called Hyde Amendment allowing federal judges to impose fees against the U.S. Department of Justice for frivolous prosecution. In the Kentucky case, the prosecution was ordered to reimburse the defendant a portion of the money he spent to defend himself. Court watchers note, however, that a bigger deterrent than the fees is the embarrassment of having such a ruling on a prosecutor’s record.

Jail mail

A new software program now on the market compiles daily arrest information and merges it "into a letter, written by you [the attorney] on your letterhead." The letter is then "sent to those recently arrested" so that "those who do not know how to find a lawyer" can find one.


The world record for the most footnotes appearing in one law review article is 4,824.


Hooters restaurants havs been sued again, but not for the usual reasons. A former waitress has brought a breach of contract suit claiming that the winner of a Hooters beer-selling contest was promised a new Toyota. When the plaintiff won the contest, she was instead given a toy Yoda, as in a doll of the "Star Wars" character.

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11/04/2001 - 8:00pm