f/k/a archives . . . real opinions & real haiku

April 12, 2006

markowski: in your ear & “at the ballgame”

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 2:31 pm

What a treat. Joe Harnett, longtime radio host of “The Old BallGame“,

has a website by that name that is constantly refreshed with new

lore and literature about baseball — with audio versions of many fine

short stories, comic routines, managerial rants and more. This week,

he added readings of 20 baseball-related poems by our Honored Guest

buddy ed markowski.

OldBallGameLogo

The Old Ballgame

Joe says:

“To my ear, there is something about the Haiku and baseball

that seems to fit so very well. Listen and maybe you’ll agree.

I picked out about 20 that I loved and they are here just for you.”

Concur.

Most of the selections already appear on our f/k/a Baseball Haiku page.

But hearing them so well rendered orally adds a great new dimension. (The

only thing we’d do differently is to leave out the Asian sounds — Ed’s poetry

and the game sounds are All-American.)

infielderG You can click directly to hear Cut One Cut One and Cut Two Cut Two (of the four original cuts).


Here are three winners from ed that I had never seen

before, which Joe presents at The Old Ballgame:

April rain
my grandson practices
his infield chatter

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Seattle sunset
Ichiro sends one
toward the Sea of Japan

first baseman’s autograph
my grandson says,
“i’m the luckiest kid in the world”

ed markowski, The Old BallGame (April 2006) http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/blogs/static/ethicalesq/girlSliding.jpg

contingent serendipity (no conspiracy)

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:43 pm


Walter Olson is absolutely correct [this time]: there appears to be a

Contingency-fee-o-rama going on.  In addition to his kind pointer to

our series last week, Walter notes that “Anyone interested in the

ethical, practical and philosophical case for and against the lawyers’

contingency fee (or contingent fee; usage varies) should be sure to

check out” the new Featured Discussion at Point of Law (since April 10),

which “pits George Mason lawprof Alex Tabarrok, who’s generally sup-

portive of contingency fees, against Jim Copland of the Manhattan Institute,

who’s critical.”


WOlson For Walter’s own views, see Chapter Two of his 1991

book The Litigation Explosion, pdf-posted at Point of Law.

Tabarrok and Copland agree that there are legitimate (and helpful) uses for

contingency fee arrangements.  They differ on what consititutes an abuse

of contingency fee and what (if anything) to do about it. We’ve criticized a

well-known study co-authored by Tabarrok here, for elevating the results

that he posits from economic theory over the reality that is before our eyes

on how lawyers and clients act.  Copland seems to do a bit of that, too.

 

Nonetheless, I tend to agree with Jim’s statement

 

                                                                                      greater than eq  one third gray  


“Lester [Brickman]’s study, importantly, looks at the top quartile

of contingency fee lawyers. Some of those lawyers are indeed

getting paid handsomely for risk, luck, or performance. Others

are exploiting the information imbalance between plaintiffs and

lawyers to get extra cash based on the absence of price compe-

tition over fees. But among the lawyers not in the top quartile,

a lot are doing worse than hourly lawyers. They’re often less

skilled, in courtroom work, in preparation, in case screening, or

even in advertising strategy. Still, they stick around chasing the

big payoffs, at least as long as they can. The absence of price

competition over contingency fees leads directly to more contin-

gency fee lawyers — and more lawsuits and cost to society.”

 

tiny check  On a related note, Moe Levine left this Comment yesterday, in

response to our contingency fee analysis:


. . . saying that no firm has been willing to budge from the statutory

maximums . . .

 

Which is just as likely to be evidence that the statutory maximums

are too low  

 

Second, show me any other business that charges less than the

statutory maxmiums–look at cable tv, credit cards, etc. etc.

I sure hope the p/i bar has better arguments than this for charging so much

to each injured client (no matter how large or winnable the case may be). In

part, I replied to Moe: 


I’m still of the opinion that lawyers have higher ethical and fiduciary duties

to clients to avoid charging excessive or unreasonable fees than do cable

tv companies or “any other business” to their customers. 

 

blossomBrach

 



taking up

the holy man’s chant. . .

croaking frogs

 

 






the first snowfall
doesn’t hide it…
dog poop

 

 

 

the katydid–
even while they sell him
singing

 

 

 

 

 

the world today!
even while blossom viewing
a little thief

 

    Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue

 

 

                                                                                                     one third flip

 

contingency fee serendipity

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:40 pm

Walter Olson is absolutely correct [this time]: there appears to be a

Contingency-fee-o-rama going on.  In addition to his kind pointer to

our series last week, Walter notes that “Anyone interested in the

ethical, practical and philosophical case for and against the lawyers’

contingency fee (or contingent fee; usage varies) should be sure to

check out” the new Featured Discussion at Point of Law (since April 10),

which “pits George Mason lawprof Alex Tabarrok, who’s generally sup-

portive of contingency fees, against Jim Copland of the Manhattan Institute,

who’s critical.”


WOlson For Walter’s own views, see Chapter Two of his 1991

book The Litigation Explosion, pdf-posted at Point of Law.

Tabarrok and Copland agree that there are legitimate (and helpful) uses for

contingency fee arrangements.  They differ on what consititutes an abuse

of contingency fee and what (if anything) to do about it. We’ve criticized a

well-known study co-authored by Tabarrok here, for elevating the results

that he posits from economic theory over the reality that is before our eyes

on how lawyers and clients act.  Copland seems to do a bit of that, too.

 

Nonetheless, I tend to agree with Jim’s statement

 

                                                                              greater than eq  one third gray  


“Lester [Brickman]’s study, importantly, looks at the top quartile

of contingency fee lawyers. Some of those lawyers are indeed

getting paid handsomely for risk, luck, or performance. Others

are exploiting the information imbalance between plaintiffs and

lawyers to get extra cash based on the absence of price compe-

tition over fees. But among the lawyers not in the top quartile,

a lot are doing worse than hourly lawyers. They’re often less

skilled, in courtroom work, in preparation, in case screening, or

even in advertising strategy. Still, they stick around chasing the

big payoffs, at least as long as they can. The absence of price

competition over contingency fees leads directly to more contin-

gency fee lawyers — and more lawsuits and cost to society.”

tiny check  On a related note, Moe Levine left this Comment yesterday, in response

to our contingency fee analysis:


. . . saying that no firm has been willing to budge from the statutory

maximums . . .

 

Which is just as likely to be evidence that the statutory maximums

are too low  

 

Second, show me any other business that charges less than the

statutory maxmiums–look at cable tv, credit cards, etc. etc.

I sure hope the p/i bar has better arguments than this for charging so much

to each injured client (no matter how large or winnable the case may be). In

part, I replied to Moe: 


If you’re this Moe Levine, I sure hope you are not teaching lawyers

that we have no more ethical and fiduciary duties to clients to charge

reasonable fees than cable tv companies or “any other business” have

to their customers.  Such an attitude needs no further comment from me.

 



taking up

the holy man’s chant. . .

croaking frogs

 

    Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue

 

 

                                                                                                     one third flip

 

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