Holiday Bonus: I found a few more George Swede haiku in my Christmas Stocking
coldest day of the year
the lone skater laps
the leg in the cast
starts to itch
in the howling wind
under the full moon
the snowman, headless
coins inside walnuts -
cracking a smile
[Dec. 27, 2004, for Grandpa Bart]
Well, our Republic is much safer now, along with our consciences: Mark Sarvas at Elegant Variations calls for delinking our book cites from Google and un-subscribing from Time Magazine, while he calls the President a nitwit. With such clear-thinking laptop liberators as Mr. Sargas, our liberal Thermidorian Revolution must be right around the corner.
Mike Cernovich has been thinking about Blogger Ethics in the context of lawstudents writing on their weblogs about law professors. But, other than the question of privacy expectations, Mike’s hortatory “should” advice comes down to don’t do it, because your professor might retaliate. This approach doesn’t even rise to the status of etiquette,much less ethics, which has to do with right and wrong, obligations and duty. For the record: CYA and Lawyer Suicide Avoidance Tactics (LSAT) are not Ethics.
- Any law student weblogger who doesn’t realize he or she needs to be circumspect with what is said on a weblog (whether anonymous or not) doesn’t have the common sense needed to be a lawyer.
- Any weblogger who doesn’t have the courage to write about significant matters of principle, values or tactics, when his or her opinion differs from that of a professor or other authority figure, may not have the fortitude it takes to be anything more than a mediocre lawyer.
I hope the client’s attorney is correct that the theory is still a viable one, even though the facts here do
not support the claim. In my own practice (representing children and acting as a mediator), I have seen
divorce lawyers frequently press their clients to raise issues, or use tactics, in custody and visitation
disputes that serve only one purpose — increasing lawyer billing time — while they have only one sure
effect: causing great emotional distress for the children and both parents. A few cases
raising this issue successfully against divorce lawyers might be just the right cure.