Rory Little: professor, ethics guru, of counsel for Big Law, former appellate chief of the U.S. attorney's office and rumored Ninth Circuit aspirant. Now add pop singer to the resume.
The UC Hastings professor took a Tenderloin bar stage Thursday as Will i am. (Lawyers of a certain age may wish to click here before reading further.)
Little was joined by some brave law students for the, um, spirited, rendition of the hit song "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.
The karaoke contest was, of course, for a good cause. It was the annual fundraiser, "GAAP Idol," which supports the GAAP pro bono project started by Hastings students 30 years ago to assist the needy in the Tenderloin.
This wasn't Little's first time on stage. Last year, he and another professor did their best Blues Brothers impression (which included a lot of jumping around on the part of Little). Lucky for them, Legal Pad wasn't armed with an iPhone in 2010. This year, we bring you this:
In case you have trouble spotting Little in the shadows, we also bring you photographic evidence, courtesy of the professor himself.
Said Little: "I don't think I recognize anyone in it!"
At $5 a head, it might not have been the most effective money maker, but we found it thoroughly amusing.