Web week

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com.

Woof justice
Some niche practices appear not to be affected by the credit crunch. Dog bite litigation in Pennsylvania, for instance.

Jeffrey Harlan Penneys, a specialist in litigation arising from dog attacks, has developed a website (www.thedogbitelawyer.com) so glitzy and modern that it would put those of many bigger law firms to shame.

The only problem is the hard sell content on the site. Penneys is almost breathless in his passion for dog bite claims, writing: “I ­represent individuals ­bitten and/or attacked by dogs. If you look at all the lawyers who advertise on the web or yellow pages, you will see that they handle everything from car accidents to slip and falls – or they are not a law firm, but an attorney referral service run by marketing companies. ALL I handle are Dog Bite claims!!”
Web Week understands that Penneys’s cat bite practice did not enjoy as much success.

Thirty grand larceny

Legal jobs are few and far between these days. A spoof internet job ad flagged up by legal blog Above The Law (www.abovethelaw.com) is testament to that.

The ad describes what could possibly be the worst job in law. It promises an annual salary of $30,000 (£20,541), no health insurance, a 72-hour week and one week of holiday time a year. The best bit is the bonus, which consists of “a one-year membership to a ‘food-of-the-mouth’ club of your choice”.

Accessible to those who bill more than 2,100 hours a year, naturally.

No way in hell that anyone would apply? Tell that to the 100 poor souls who emailed in looking for a shot at the big time.