Archive for March 9th, 2008

Henry Porter on the erosion of civil liberties in Britain. A well constructed and impassioned piece…

My thanks to Geeklawyer for reminding me of an excellent piece by Henry Porter in the Observer today – a thought provoking article: “Why I told Parliament: you’ve failed us on liberty.”

A Tale of Tourettes

RollonFriday can usually be relied upon to find something to amuse as, indeed, can the US legal system. So a hat tip to RollonFriday for alerting me to the story about Judge Robreno and the client who swore 73 times in court. A taste for you…

Wider (the client) erupted, saying: ‘I’m taking a break. Fuck him. You open up the document. You want me to look at something, you get the document out. Earn your fucking money, asshole. Isn’t the law wonderful?’ In another passage, Bodzin said: “We’re going to adjourn this deposition if this happens again because you are offending every single person.” According to Robreno’s opinion, Wider responded: ‘Don’t speak for anybody in here except yourself fuck face.”

Robreno said the transcript showed that Wider “used the word ‘fuck’ and variants thereof no less than 73 times.” By contrast, Robreno noted, the word “contract” was used only 14 times.

AbovetheLaw reports: Law Students with Guns: Bad Idea, or Worst Idea Ever?

Dan Filler at The Faculty Lounge gives his response:

“I fancy myself a Second Amendment moderate – I believe in a well-regulated right to bear arms – but I’m not at all excited about having armed students in class. For one thing, it changes the dynamic of a classroom when any odd turn during Property immediately creates the risk of armed conflict”

Somewhat ironic is a story from across the pond: “The Manitoba Bar Association has pulled out of the upcoming Taman Inquiry because of a lack of money to hire a lawyer, association president Mike Law said today.” Winnipeg Free Press


John Bolch, author of Family Lore, has done a very detailed review of the leading Family Law blogs – a useful overview.

If you are a family lawyer and would like the poster (right) for your reception area – you may buy it here…

Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog, has written a very detailed and interesting anaysis on Seroxat: The legal questions that must be asked.

Justin Patten, author of Human Law Mediation, has done an excellent podcast with Cole Silver on Mediation. Story

IMPACT, the blog from law firm Freeth Cartwright, has a very useful article : Memory trick shows that encryption isn’t the answer to data security

Nick Holmes of Binary Law has a useful note to a link on “Legal profession on the brink”

Ruthie, of Ruthie’s Law, busy with a four week trial, has posted about Court Dress. Happy with her wig, she now wants a barrister’s gown… but only to…. “avoid scenes in the robing room resembling starving sharks circling fresh meat.” Story

White Rabbit continues to mix the surreal with serious and has a collection of fascinating ephemera – appeals to me! Also… he has collated some interesting ASBOS.

Very busy week last week with three podcasts (Below or click here) : Chairman of The Bar, Timothy Dutton QC | Nigel Savage, CEO, College of Law on the rising cost of education | Mark Rawlinson, recruitment and training partner at Freshfields on The Interview process at Freshfields and what they are looking for… and last, and very definitely least… my first attempt at a “Charon After Dark” podcast.


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