.. Wendy & Windy . . . .. Today is a travel day, with the f/k/a Gang facing strong winds and trying to stay ahead of a rain and snow storm that will be arriving very soon along the road from Rochester to Schenectady, NY. Two posts have dominated activity at this weblog during our visit home:
- Upset that f/k/a called him “whiny” and would not remove that word from our headline, and feeling that his positions were being distorted, lawyer Kurt Mausert spent much of the past few days assaulting the Editor (and even Scott Greenfield) instead of focusing on his campaign to become Family Court judge in Saratoga County, New York. You can judge for yourself whether the mud he is slinging at us repaired his image or not. update (Nov. 5, 2008): As we report here, Mausert was defeated by Judge Hall, receiving about 42% of the vote. afterwords (January 23, 2009): On January 2, 2009, Kurt Mausert left a comment to this post, and he wants to make sure you see what he has to say. You can click to go directly to his Jan. 2 comment.
- On a more pleasant front, the allure of lovely lawyer Wendy Savage brought an extra 2000 visitors a day to this site over the weekend. We hope all this attention will help sell the Beautiful Lawyers Calendar for the benefit of several public interest causes. Thank you Wendy (who left us a Comment below, plus links to more of her fashion photos), Google, Above the Law, and the FootballGuys.com Forum for all the referrals.
afterwords (Oct. 31, 2008): At Mass Lawyers Weekly‘s weblog, The Docket, Julia Reischel writes “15 Minutes of Beautiful Lawyer fame,” where she states a truth that’s plain to see: “Wendy Savage, the in-house insurance lawyer who graces the cover of the calendar, is really the one responsible for turning the product into an Internet phenomenon.” (Nov. 3, 2008): And, Bob Ambrogi posted “Mild-Mannered Blawger Gets Savage” today at Legal Blog Watch.
.. A year ago today, we featured a post on Richard Susskind’s book “The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the nature of legal services,” (Oxford University Press, 2008), and his End of Lawyers series at the London Times Online. The issues are still important and worth considering. So far, Susskind has not taken our advice to start his own weblog:
An urgent (if somewhat selfish) request to Richard Susskind: Please start a weblog and bring your insights and commentary about the Future of Lawyers to us every day. For the f/k/a Gang, it gets tiring being just about the only voice speaking realistically and consistently about the evolving market-and-digital revolution. Your presence is much needed, Richard. Frankly, within the American Bar and its weblawg community, the members who most pride themselves on being future-oriented and “proactive” (and their consultants and coaches) all paint a happy-face future, where they’ll use tactics such as law firm branding, value billing, and price sensitivity (along with a large dollop of psycho babble) to achieve premium pricing and increased income, in the face of marketplace realities, and at the expense of their clients (while, miraculously, satisfying them more, and somehow working fewer hours, freed from the hourly-billing bogeyman).
Take another look at our list of “signs to look for that will help determine whether the American bar is choosing to act like a guild protecting its own interests first, or like a learned profession seeking to best serve the public interest in creating a truly accessible and affordable legal system.”
update (1 PM): As discussed more fully in our prior posting, U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson issued a temporary injunction yesterday blocking enforcement of the parts of the new Missouri Halloween law that restrict the movement and behavior of registered sex offenders, because they are too vague and confusing to sex offenders and to those who would have to enforce the law. However, Judge Jackson would not block the sections requiring sex offenders to leave their outdoor lighting off during evening hours and post a sign at their home stating “no candy or treats at this residence.” See “Judge: Parts of law restricting sex offenders on Halloween will not be enforce” (Southeast Missourian, Oct. 28, 2008); “Rules limiting sex offenders on Halloween blocked” (Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2008); and “Judge Blocks Rules Limiting Sex Offenders on Halloween” (New York Times, Oct. 28, 2008)
Here are the poems we posted a year ago, by our Honored Guest Matt Morden:
part of the moon
follows a bicycle home
small fingers trace
a saint’s name in slate
a bean-counter shakes
my cool hand
thousands of starlings