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Quote of the Day - If your book has pictures in it, don't act like it. - Sign on the entrance to the law library at the University of Iowa
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Unorthodox Uses For A Law Degree

Admittedly, I've got a skinny connection with the law here, but it is a connection. Sex and Stanford Law School, with tuition of just over $33K (scroll all the way down) a year.

That's a chunk of change. But, then again, Stanford graduates right out of law school average $125K a year (see the last link).

But if you can get admitted, you've accomplished something not many can do.

Which leads me to the front page of today's Daily Journal, that oftentimes stuffy legal newspaper that contains the Daily Appellate Report of cases decided by the Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit and various California Courts.

You get the idea. Lots of newspaper ink on the page, not a lot of photographs. Just like casebooks. Boring.

Not today, though.

We've got sex for sale, right there on the front page, above the fold. Complete with a reference to ..... you guessed it, Stanford Law School and a SLS grad, Christina Warthen, nee Cristina Leann Schultz, a.ka. "Brazil" (before she married internet tycoon David Warthen, founder of Ask Jeeves).

IRS federal agents allege she charged $625/hour right out of law school. Now that's not unheard of for lawyers, but it's admittedly high. The IRS, however, alleges that rate was for non-legal services (be careful with that last link - it may not be suitable to open at work, but it's the least X-rated link I could find on that site).

You know what the IRS is talking about. They're claiming she provided escort services (go right ahead - that link is safe). They also allege she suggested that $300,000 to $450,000 was the cost for a year of her services.

What did she do with all of that money? Paid off her law school loan (although probably not through that program).

What's the flap all about? The IRS seized some $61,000 of her money (not even two years of Stanford), without charging her with a crime. Her lawyer, Brian Getz, claims that the IRS is "picking on her because of their puritanical point of view," and adds, "that's not my idea of justice," according to the Daily Journal.

As for Brazil, she says on her site, "I came to the United States to complete my B.S. in Atmospheric Science (Harvard and later UCLA), and J.D. (Stanford University). During my education, I was continually taught to question paradigms and assumptions. I never understood however, why this questioning had to stop when it bumped up against accepted social and sexual norms."

Now aren't you glad you're not reading all that grey type in the newspaper? Here you can at least click on the links.

Don't burn out your mouse.

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