May they please the court

A would-be lawyer jeopardizes her career by baring her breasts for a Playboy video.


Catherine Price
April 11, 2007 1:03AM (UTC)

According to the New York Daily News, a Brooklyn law student and University of Pennsylvania grad named Adriana Dominguez has put her future legal career in jeopardy by participating in a Playboy TV series called "Naked Happy Girls" in which she "happily strips naked, gets spanked and holds gavels up to her bare breasts."

Dominguez decided to participate in the video because, she said, she "wanted to do something a little crazy before [she] graduate[d] ... do something kind of out of character," the Daily News reports. "Lawyers can be boring," she's quoted as saying.

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Unfortunately, sometimes being boring is a good thing -- at least when compared with the alternative: having a video that features your naked breasts be passed around to law professors and potential employers. (Not to mention earning yourself a new nickname from your law school classmates: "Porn Star.")

One of the most bizarre aspects of the story is that Dominguez is quoted as saying that she did not expect the video to become "so widespread." I'm sorry, what? You do a naked video of yourself for Playboy, you know about YouTube, you go to law school, and you think that somehow that's not going to surface? It's the Murphy's Law of the Internet: The thing you most don't want to get spread around is exactly what's going to top the list of Google hits. Especially if boobs are involved. Also, not to get too preachy here, but as the legal tabloid Above the Law points out, if you work for the domestic-violence unit, it's probably not the best idea to announce in a nude video that you like getting spanked.

A couple of months ago, in a fit of procrastination, I started a Web site called Illegal Briefs, featuring legally themed underwear. I never thought there'd be a practical use for a "Tool of Discovery" tank top -- but oh, how wrong I was.


Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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