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The latest contender for the what-were-they-thinking prize is Texas attorney Jane Allen Clark. Last month, the blog Above the Law posted a racy photo of Clark taken from her attorney profile on the State Bar of Texas Web site. Clark reacted by swapping the racy pic for a much milder one. Now Above the Law says that racy photo wasn't even Clark's body, but her face superimposed on a picture of model Stephanie Seymour that appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. Asks Above the Law's David Lat, "Does this raise an issue of false advertising?"

"Is legal consulting going the way of BigLaw?" wonders Ron Friedmann at his blog Strategic Legal Technology. Just as virtual and boutique law firms now compete effectively with larger firms, the same is happening among legal consultants, he suggests. "My sense is that 2 or 3 consultancies dominated legal consulting circa 1990 but that they have since lost significant relative market share" to solo and small consulting firms.

After our post here on Monday about the arrest of the man who secretly taped ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, in which we mentioned the role played in the investigation by attorneys Marshall B. Grossman and Daniel Alberstone of Bingham McCutchen, our sibling blog Legal Pad interviewed Grossman about his strategy in the case. "It requires a skill set of public relations, media savvy, relationships with law enforcement and nurturing the feelings and hurt of clients who are used to controlling the media instead of being controlled by the media," he said.

Our legal first of the day: Silvia Hodges, a marketing consultant and marketing professor at Emerson College in Boston, has become the first person ever to earn a doctorate in legal marketing, reports Larry Bodine. Hodges completed her Ph.D. on the topic, "Marketing legal services to mid-size companies," at Nottingham Law School in England.

"A stripper and a priest walk into a courtroom ... " No, it is not the start of a bad joke. It is the scenario for a child custody case underway in Florida, according to the Miami Herald. The Catholic priest admits he fathered a baby girl with a former stripper and now wants custody.

Finally for this Friday, today's installment of "wish I hadn't taken those pictures." A man took pictures of his girlfriend engaged in a threesome (not with him). When they later broke up, he e-mailed the photos to her mother, her ex-husband, her boss, her co-workers and others. She filed a lawsuit for intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. Now, the case is head to trial, Evan Brown reports. That can't be good for anyone involved.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 9, 2009 at 02:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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