Wasn't the sex good enough? Wow, I know the legal job market in the U.S. is tough these days, but it must be even worse in Singapore. How else to explain what law professors can extract from students in return for good grades?
Tey Tsun Hang, a law professor at the National University of Singapore, has been charged with “corruptly obtaining gratification”—that means having inappropriate sex, if you need a translation—from a former student. (Hat tip: Above the Law.)
You would think that pleasuring your law professor should be enough to secure decent grades, right? Well, apparently not for professor Hang. Besides the sex, the student had to dish out other gifts, including a Mont Blanc pen, an Apple iPod, and two custom-made shirts. Plus, she paid one of his bills in the amount of $1,278.60!
I guess professors in Singapore just get more respect.
Not even Joni Mitchell looks like Joni Mitchell anymore. This is the last thing I'm going to say about hair for a while. Honestly.
Poor Joni. Just the other day, I used her long, straight blond hair from her Court and Spark days as a cautionary tale of the kind of look that middle-aged women in corporate America might want to avoid. I don't know why, but I had always assumed that Mitchell still wore the same waif do.
But as my colleague Brian Zabcik recently pointed out to me, Mitchell has moved on. She's still blond, but she now sports a neater look (on left). Well, what do you know?
Do you really have to be nice to everyone? Associates barely have time to kiss up the partners in their own deparment. So let's hope this latest corporate trend won't spread to law firms. The Wall Street Journal reports that some companies are eliminating the "traditional top-down, manager-led performance reviews and leaning more heavily on the rank-and-file for evaluations."
That means peer reviews, or what's often called "crowd-sourced" feedback. "The thinking is that more people can provide deeper insight into an individual's performance than a single manager," reports the WSJ.
The article focuses on Hearsay Social Inc., a San Francisco–based social-media software company that is using this technique. The way it works is that each employee chooses the reviewers; department heads also pick coworkers to give feedback. Then it gets really messy:
In addition, any employee who wants to give feedback about another worker can chime in, says Steve Garrity, the chief technology officer. To help make the reviews more candid, the feedback presented to the employee is anonymous, he adds.
Anonymous reviews by peers? That doesn't sound good to me.
But don't worry, it will take years for law firms to catch up with this trend—or any trend.