Tag: Lawyers

Following Up on Your Followup

 

To all those people on Ricochet who called and wrote in the last week wondering about how my wife and I were doing after our traffic accident… oh, wait. Not a single one of you called or wrote. You all have pretty much minded your own business and I cannot express how much that’s appreciated.

Regardless of your lack of concern over my well being, you wouldn’t have been able to reach me if you wanted to. Just this morning, between 8:30 and 9am ET there were eight unsolicited calls from lawyers and chiropractic “injury recovery centers” reminding me that every day that goes by is a lost opportunity to claim what’s “rightfully” mine.

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The Rule of Lawyers

 

Let me start by telling you a story. Mr. @MattBalzer and I, we make board games. One of these games we call the Presidential Rumble. You play as one of history’s greatest presidents in the midst of a knock-down drag-out election against each other, marshaling characters from the past and laying claim to the symbols of liberty. You get some pretty great things going on; in one game Martin Luther King Jr. named Frank Sinatra to the Supreme Court. In another, Joe McCarthy declared Tecumseh to be a communist. You’ll frequently see the FBI confiscate the Constitution as evidence or the EPA declare the Statue of Liberty to be polluting and destroy it.

I’ve printed up several prototypes too. There’s a company out of Madison, WI called The Game Crafter that specializes in this sort of thing. They’ve got a pretty good racket; there are a lot more people who want to make board games then there are people who will make a living that way. The Game Crafter will professionally print and assemble single copies of a game, so you can get your idea produced even if your only customer is your mother. Really I’ve had excellent experiences with them, excepting one thing.

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Member Post

 

I know very little about actual legal procedure other than some broad principles, but that’s usually enough to make me roll my eyes at most courtroom scenes depicted in TV and movies. When a “classic” like 12 Angry Men suggests wholesale corruption of the jury process in order to achieve a fair result, it really […]

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Quote of the Day: Impeach Rosenstein

 

“Certainly Congress should not seek to wreck a criminal investigation, and should be open to acceptable compromises. But Congress shouldn’t let the mere fact of a criminal investigation lead it to step aside and shirk its core constitutional responsibility: holding the government accountable to the people.

“Impeachment is a perfectly appropriate means to this end, which is why the Constitution provides for it. True, the last appointed federal executive impeached by Congress was a cabinet member in the administration of Ulysses S. Grant. But Congress impeached a judge as recently as 2010, and there are no constitutional exemptions for deputy attorneys general…”

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A salute to honest, ethical attorneys at law (you know who you are) — I have had the privilege of being represented by two different attorneys, at two different times, both of them skilled, eloquent, honest, experienced, compassionate, generous, thoughtful, powerful and effective men who have restored my faith in their profession. As John Adams puts […]

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You’ve made it. Maybe it took six months (HA!), or maybe it took six years (yea), but your long personal nightmare is over. Whether by settlement or trial and appeal, you must now put the lawsuit behind you. There’s a whole lot of living to do. Lawsuits are much like long term illness. If you’ve […]

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How to Survive a Lawsuit, Part III: Are You Ready to RUUUMMMBBBLLLE???!!!

 

ambulance-chasersParts I and II of this series dealt with the dos and don’ts in the event you are sued. Now, however, and due to popular demand (10 cents was desperate), some thoughts on how to avoid a lawsuit. I’ll begin by saying that the first trick to avoiding a lawsuit is to be a lucky, lucky son of a gun. If you’ve made it this far in life without getting sucked into the dark spaces of the litigation system, you are thrice blessed because you’ve probably done at least three things in your life that, were the planets otherwise aligned, would have landed you in court. If, for example, you’ve ever driven drunk, only a special sort of grace prevented the police from spotting you, and only your guardian angel guarded you against running into someone. Believe me. If you keep it up you might as well paint a bullseye on your car bumper. And you’ll deserve it.

As for business owners, if you’ve been around for more than 10 years and never found yourself on the business end of a civil complaint, you are living under the blessing. This is doubly true if you have employees, and triply true if your business involves contracts (as most do). Whatever you’re doing, keep it up.

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Canuckistan Legalized SSM 10 Years Ago. Here’s What the US Should Expect Next

 

Laws will have to be re-written, for one thing; words like “husband” and “wife” have to be removed, along with the phrase “natural parent.” But there’s much more…

Because this process will have to be repeated in all 50 states and Washington D.C., there are likely lots and lots and lots of lawyers popping champagne corks today.

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I am married to the most dangerous type of lawyer, a law school professor. I call this the most dangerous type of lawyer because it creates new lawyers. It’s a bit like when you get your gremlin wet – not that AMC you had in the seventies, the movie from the eighties – and it […]

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