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News Roundup—Boston's Serial (Man) Killer, Comedy Central's Law Profs, and Dayton's Seduction

Vivia Chen

February 2, 2012



1. What's more complicated than Newt Gingrich's love life? Those wild and crazy lawyers in Boston, of course.

 You've undoubtedly heard that Edwards Wildman is being sued by former partners Lawrence Cohen and Jay Rosenbaum who allege that they were forced out of the firm by then-managing partner Walter Reed. As you recall, Reed had been having an affair with Cohen's wife, Laurie Hall, who's also a partner at the firm. (Reed and Hall have since announced that they plan to divorce their respective spouses and wed each other.)

Well, here's a little tidbit that seems to have escaped the radar: Cohen and Hall were married to other people when they started their own affair! "Laurie and Larry were married and working in the same [private client] department when they got involved," says a former lawyer at the firm. So there's at least one serial adulterer in the triangle. (The happy trio is pictured below—from left to right: Reed, Hall, and Cohen.)

Really, no one can play the innocent victim here—except maybe Rosenbaum who was dragged into this soap opera because he's Cohen's business cohort. Who knew Boston was such a swinging town and that estate planning lawyers could be so hot, right?

2. Did we not tell you that being a law professor is the best job in the world? Not only do you get cushy hours and amazing sabbaticals, but you also get to go on TV and hangout with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Yale Law's Jonathan Macey chatted about private equity on The Daily Show, while Harvard Law's Lawrence Tribe talked about everything else on The Colbert Report. Of the two profs, I thought Lawrence was the funnier one.

3. Oh, honey, you've got to do better than this. The University of Dayton School of Law has a new marketing plan to reel in new law students: It's offering accepted students $1,000 to cover their first year textbooks, reports Karen Sloan at The National Law Journal. The only catch is that accepted students must first tour the campus to show they're serious.

Faced with fewer applicants (applications to ABA-accredited schools dropped by 10 percent last year), law schools are trying all sorts of gimmicks to entice students to attend their schools, reports NLJ. Some are even throwing in ITune gift cards and free travel to the schools. 

But a free bag full of contracts, torts, crim law, and civ pro books? Now that's a compelling reason to go to Dayton!

Photo: from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

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I wonder if Nixon Pebody knew what they were getting when hiring Cohen and Rosenbaum and their team. NP must be just waking up to the most disruptive acquisition in their history!! These guys are not innocent.

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