Archive for April, 2010

Litigator vs. Trial Lawyer

I find it distressing that recent statistics point to an ever decreasing number of civil jury trials in Virginia. In 1999, there were 2,042 jury trials. In 2009, only 570. That’s a decline of 72%. On the one hand, that means that a lot of cases are being resolved. A good thing, right? That can […]


Food fights are fun. Celebrity food fights are even more fun.

Missy Lapine wrote a cookbook “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals.” Four months after it was published, out came a book from Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.” Apparently unable to stomach the competition, Lapine filed a civil […]


Lawyer Bashing is So Eighteenth Century

It is cold comfort to lawyers that at least their numbers have not sunk to the level of Congress, which has fallen to below 20% approval in some polling. Still, with the persistence of lawyer jokes, it is well recognized that lawyer bashing is by no means a new phenomenon. Take the following passage from […]


It’s the End of the World As We Know It, and I Feel Fine

Just coming off talking about the legal ethics of social media. Yah, before you say, “boring,” I offer a link to a pretty insightful presentation, which I had no part in producing. And, now, you are thinking things are looking up! Granted, I do not pretend to be a true convert. I am new to […]


Shedding the Briefs

For many of us, Justice Potter Stewart’s admonition that “I know it when I see it” in reference to obscenity is an insufficient way to regulate pornography or sexual expression. But defining what is or is not a proper expression based in large part upon the prevailing local community standards is equally frustrating. Are the […]


Spam is So 2003

The blue glare illuminates the face of the son of the purportedly wrongfully deposed Generalissimo of the former Republic of Northern Sahara Africa. Slowly he pecks out a message and clicks on the send button. If only he could find somebody to assist him in investing $29,000,000 . . . for a small commission, of […]