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News Briefs—Incurable Romantics

Vivia Chen

March 7, 2013

Some curious news items you might have missed:

1. Isn't it romantic? What is the most romantic way for one lawyer to propose to another lawyer in New York City? On bended knees at a swanky restaurant? Under the stars on a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park? No, silly. At a bar convention, of course.

That's where Seyfarth Shaw lawyer Israel Burns popped the question to Misha Wright. (He also got a little help from Newark mayor Cory Booker.) (Buzz Feed; Above the Law)

Tea_and_Sympathy_poster2. Wasn't being a movie star exciting enough? Did you ever see Tea and Sympathy or South Pacific? If so, you might remember John Kerr, who starred in both movies. (In Tea and Sympathy, he played a teenager at a prep school who has an affair with a faculty member's wife; in South Pacific, he was the young soldier who falls in love with the native girl, then gets killed). Kerr was an acclaimed actor who tended to play the quiet, sensitive type. I've always liked him.

He died recently at the age of 81. But the surprise was that he turned to law as a second career, enrolling at the law school at UCLA in 1966, while still doing television work. After he graduated in 1969, he chucked show biz to become a personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer—and was apparently much happier. Go figure. (The New York Times)

3. This is not Big Love country, but so what? Bigamy gets New York lawyer suspended. But really, it was just a little play- acting, and was anyone really hurt? (Reuters) (Hat tip: ABA blog)

4. Dumber than going to law school. I have friends who dream of dumping law to become a vet. But hear this: Veterinary school is one of the worst career investments you can make now. Two big reasons: The debt can be crippling ($300k), and there's diminishing demand for vets. It turns out that the number of pet owners is shrinking (though you wouldn't know it by the amount of dog poop on the streets of New York).

Another depressing fact: Vet school is now a female ghetto (80 percent of the grads are women).  Come on, girls, wise up: Get a career with an established future—like being a secretary. (NYT)

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I was interested to read the NYT article on veterinarians. Eye-opening.

John Kerr, I had no idea and missed the obit. Thank you for pointing it out.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen, The Careerist's chief blogger, has been covering the business and culture of law firms for a decade. A former corporate lawyer, Chen is fascinated by those who thrive (as well as those who don't) in the legal profession. Her take: Success in the law (and life) doesn't always travel a linear path. If you have topics you'd like to discuss or information to share, contact her: VChen@alm.com

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