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A 29 Hour Workday?

A recent article highlighted an attempt by an Ohio attorney to claim that he worked in excess of 20 hours on multiple days. In the disciplinary proceedings, the lawyer’s lawyer indicated that he did the work but may have been sloppy in his timekeeping.  The “sloppy” defense is hard to swallow. Like many busy professionals, […]

 

Lawyers on Social Media Have Risks

The mixture of lawyers and social media seem to be the equivalent of the Tom Cruise/Katie Homes relationship—let’s get married and see how it works out.  But, as we have observed, that is “risky business” (insert groan). Social media has sprung a number of ethical issues on which I have commented previously and which Paul […]

 

How We Communicate

In an interesting article in the ABA Journal, Debra Cassens Weiss investigates the societal change in human interaction brought about by technology. While she directs her attention to how law students work with others, the emphasis is on a perceived lessening of human interaction. I think many would surmise (not earth shattering) that our electronic […]

 

Hemingway Look-a-Like vs. the Court

I love a good story.  The defendant is accused of a host of serious crimes.  His counsel requests a continuance of trial.  Why?  So that the attorney can appear in an Ernest Hemingway look-a-like contest.  The court gamely explained that: Between a muder-for-hire trial and an annual look-alike contest, surely Hemingway, a perfervid admirer of […]

 

European Vacation

Allow me an international aside: Within hours, the much anticipated soccer a/k/a football match begins between Germany and Greece in the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.  The backdrop, of course, is one full of tension between the nations as to complaints over Germany’s insistence as to Greek austerity measures while it remains in the Eurozone. So, […]

 

Thirsty?

Here is a great post to a great court opinion concenring intellectual property protection of brands.  Just like the color “pink” and Pink Panther is to Owens-Corning fiberglass insulation, red wax is to Makers Mark Bourbon.  Drink up!

 

The Wild Side of Lawyers: Line Spacing

Do you remember when you were in elementary school and the teacher told you to write a 250 word essay? Or when you were supposed to write a two-page story about your summer vacation? Of course, for many of us, this was before the days of computer-assisted word counts and line spacing. As an aside […]

 

Don’t Tread on my Internet

Regulation of the Internet is almost always in vogue.  The Luddites are scared of the technology and the politicians want to control it.  Recent proposed legislation has attempted to address copyright holders’ concerns over piracy of their digital content.  Specifically, the PROTECT IP and the Stop Online Piracy Acts aim to enhance powers for both […]

 

Taking People’s Land: A Proposed VA Amendment

My colleague, Andrew McRoberts, posted recently on a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution designed purportedly to protect property rights.   Purportedly, you say?  Yes.  I am all for property rights and embrace fully the notion that no one can take my property without paying me for it.  And there’s the rub.  You are entitled to […]

 

Thoughts on Germany

Having graduated from high school at Patch American High School in Stuttgart, Germany, and obtaining a minor in German at William & Mary, I have a strong affinity with all things German (and it does not hurt that my last name is Geiger).  Understandably, there is a great degree of pressure to “internationalize” your business […]