This Week by the Numbers: 101-Year-Old Lawyer, Law School Slump and 281 Questions

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101

The world’s oldest living man may be in Japan, but one of its oldest living lawyers works in Philadelphia. Murray H. Shusterman started practicing law in 1936, and, at age 101, he’s still going strong. Currently a senior counsel at Fox Rothschild, he was also, until recently, an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law. Don’’ bother asking him when he’s going to retire—the concept doesn’t interest him. Or, in his own words: “What? Retire? Sit in a rocking chair and wait to die?” Well, when you put it that way …

 

37%

The law school numbers slump continues with still more data: The Law School Admission Council recently released statistics showing that this year’s applicant pool shrank by 8 percent and that, since 2010, applicants have decreased by more than 37 percent.

 

281

During an recent federal corruption trial in Boston, jurors were allowed to submit questions to the judge. They took to the practice with gusto, submitting a whopping 281 queries. Witnesses were asked 104 of the questions.

 

400

Winston & Strawn is cashing in on e-discovery. Not too long ago, the firm set up a department to handle the process — and it’s working.  Last year the group raked in more than $20 million in revenue, according to its chair, John J. Rosenthal. And people are taking notice: Rosenthal said he recently received 400 applications to fill just 10 open positions.

 

304

The number of federal lawsuits filed by Frederick Banks (though there may be more that we don’t know about). Banks recently filed a motion in which he pretended to be Bernie Madoff and argued that the US Attorney’s office (excuse us, “US Attornie’s office [sic]“) didn’t have a right to prosecute him “to recover statutory penalties.” Banks claimed that he, or in this case, Madoff, had not committed any “vilation of any ‘revenue law.’”

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