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December 27, 2004

the heedless snowman

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:44 pm

Holiday Bonus: I found a few more George Swede haiku in my Christmas Stocking

coldest day of the year
the lone skater laps
his breath

ice-ringed branches
the leg in the cast
starts to itch

in the howling wind
under the full moon
the snowman, headless

George Swede from Almost Unseen: Selected Haiku of George Swede .. snow pile

by dagosan:

coins inside walnuts –
cracking a smile

[Dec. 27, 2004, for Grandpa Bart]

one-breath pundit

coyote moon small 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.



tiny check 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.


tiny check  Overlawyered.com‘s update on the California case of Rinaldi v. Pisano notes that an holy family

emotional distress case against a divorce lawyer has been rejected by the 1st District Court of Appeal.

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.

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