Casual Friday presents: Technology ho!


I know Michigan Law School attracts the best and brightest, and perhaps some others.

It seems that during the admissions period, anxious applicants like to call and berate speak anonymously to admissions officials about why it takes so long to make a decision the process.

But assistant dean of admissions Sarah Zeafoss, well, I’ll let her tell you:

“I have some bad news for the recent spate of ‘anonymous’ phone callers to the Admissions Office,” Zearfoss wrote. “What with our being in the 21st century and all, we have caller ID.

“It’s sort of awkward for us when someone calls and says, ‘I don’t want to tell you who I am,’ but we’re sitting there looking at a screen that, in fact, tells us who you are. On the one hand, saying ‘too late!’ seems a little confrontational and snarky; on the other, playing along seems a little disingenuous. The solution? I’m putting it out there: we know who you are.”

[From ABA Journal]. Yes, type A law applicants (Are there any other kind?), 1990s technology has hit Michigan. We have TiVos and DVD players, and cell phones that don’t require carrying a bag around.

I’ve heard of forced overtime, but this is ridiculous. A Florida woman crashed through the gate at the prison where she worked. The sheriff found she was driving under the influence of a controlled or chemical substance. She was held in the jail at which she worked. But hey, it helped with the commute.

Iron(y) Man: Did you hear the one about the plaintiff class action law firm that was sued by a former employee for failing to pay overtime hours? [New York Times].

Defense lawyer in ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ scheme indicted


From The Detroit News:

The attorney representing the Brighton businessman accused in an alleged $53 million "Billionaire Boys Club" Ponzi scheme has himself been indicted for a criminal investment fraud scheme.

Gregory Bartko, the Georgia attorney representing John J. Bravata, his wife Shari Bravata, and his son Antonio Bravata on civil fraud charges brought in Detroit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is named in a six-count federal indictment handed down in North Carolina, according to court papers filed today.

Bartko, 56, along with a California man, are accused of running an interstate scheme to profit from the fraudulent sale of investments starting in 2004. He faces charges that include conspiracy, false statements, obstruction, and mail fraud.