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April 26, 2004

no fooling, he’s gone

Filed under: — David Giacalone @ 11:15 pm

prof yabut small  It must have been the 04-01-04 dateline, because many visitors have ignored our post ethicalEsq Sells Out.  You’ve been coming here expecting rants and sermons about evil lawyers, marketplace misdeeds, and proposed ethical standards.  The former editor has even uploaded some of that poppycock from an unknown, remote location this month.  Well, no more!

closed . . ethicalEsq is no more

We are under new managementProf. Yabut is now your unhumble Editor and haikuEsq has stayed on to add some class to this corner of the webiverse.  The only things we plan to take seriously from now on are naptimes and haiku.  Right now, we don’t know how this weblog will evolve, but we have no fear of change.  We can’t hope to be as entertaining as Evan Schaeffer, as erudite as George M. Wallace, or as intriguing as Scheherazade, but we plan to explore and opine (though rarely judge) on a variety of topics, and on a sporadic schedule. 

  • Further Disclaimer: It is also very unlikely that we will have as many cute baby pix as our Baggy friend, nor as many gadget reviews as Ernie.  And, although we will surely not mention Madison County as often as Walter, nor sing solo like Carolyn at My Shingola, it’s quite likely will be at least as curmudgeonly as that anonymous law clerk.  And, one more thing: we will not blame anyone else for our content.

  • The only remaining trace of ethicalEsq on this site will be the warehousing of his Legal Ethics Resources, which his sainted Mama begged us to keep in his memory.

Encore:  Here’s what we said on April 1, 2004, when we announced that whats-his-name had left the building:

ethicalEsq Sells Out

prof yabut small flip   Welcome.  I’m Professor Yabut, twin brother of that ne’er-do-well skepticalEsq.  “As of now, I am in control here.”   Reluctantly. 


The self-proclaimed ethicalEsq has apparently abandoned this weblog — to get rich quick through an “ethics certification” program called EsqChecker.  Previous Editor vanished so quickly that there has been no time to compose a proper introduction of myself or our faithful mascot Donkey O. T.


donkey . . Donkey O.T.

our mascot . .


The little that we have learned about the plans and schemes of the so-called ethicalEsq has been gleaned from metadata hidden in his curt farewell notice.  The hidden text appears to be the rough draft of a brochure for EsqChecker.  Here are its contents:




announcing gray


EsqChecker . . . your firm’s key to credibility (and higher profits)


with the EsqChecker logo, you can

leverage the ethicalEsq brand to gain instant trust and respectability


esq red check er

– we sent our check to ethicalEsq

and he gave us this one  –



Is there a Code of Conduct for EsqChecker members?

Of course not.  ethicalEsq respects the self-disciplinary tradition of the legal profession.  We at EsqChecker take your word (and your check).

Are any fees involved?

Is that a trick question?  Of course, there are.

How much?

We at EsqChecker, and our parent organization ethicalEsq, PC, strongly believe that our members come first.  Therefore, we subscribe whole-heartedly to the concept of value billing.   So, you tell us how much you think it’s worth to achieve an instant reputation for the highest level of integrity and professionalism.  Trust us, if your commitment to integrity is not high enough, we’ll let you know.

What else do we need to know about EsqChecker?

If there were more you needed to know, we would have told you.


That’s all the metadata we were able to recover.  Needless to say, Prof. Yabut is (relatively) speechless.  We don’t now how all this will turn out.  Check back soon, to see if this weblog is real, has reinvented itself, or is at least doing better than its predecessor.

P.S.  As he ran out the door, Previous Editor was heard mumbling, “There’s no money to be made in poetry, you can keep that useless haikuEsq.” 

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