Law and Conversation

October 7, 2010

Thursday Thanks: Adrian Mark Baron and The Nutmeg Lawyer

Filed under: Law,Social media — Helen Gunnarsson @ 9:09 am
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Today I’d like to thank Connecticut lawyer Adrian Mark Baron, who writes the outstanding Nutmeg Lawyer blog, for including this blog on his blogroll.  As the name of Baron’s blog suggests, it’s a mite spicy–just enough to make its substance, the trials and tribulations of daily law practice, interesting and fun to read.  How could you NOT click on a link to a post entitled “Lawyer Lessons From Lady Gaga?”

Like this blog, The Nutmeg Lawyer is a relative newcomer:  Baron began it in 2009, when I remember reading more than one article suggesting that the legal blogosphere was saturated.  He’s proven that there’s always room for high quality writing and content, having already been profiled, reprinted, and recommended in major legal publications in the US and Canada, including American Lawyer Media’s law.com and Oklahoma lawyer Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog.

Speaking of the fabulous Lady Gaga, two weeks ago I linked to this video of her hit, “Bad Romance,” by the University of Oregon a cappella men’s group, On The Rocks .  For a much different, but equally delightful, interpretation of a Lady Gaga hit, check out tween Greyson Chance’s rendition of “Paparazzi” (if you’re not among the more than 31 million who have already watched it).

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September 23, 2010

Thursday thanks: TJ Thurston

Filed under: Law — Helen Gunnarsson @ 7:37 am
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Everyone who posts or  lurks on the online discussion groups of the Illinois State Bar Association knows Rob “T.J.” Thurston.  A solo practitioner with experience in law firms and as general counsel, TJ always has helpful, cogent, professional responses to questions about practice issues that lawyers frequently encounter, especially in small or solo settings.  Because my “beat” at the Illinois Bar Journal is practice-oriented topics that appeal to a wide cross-section of lawyers in the state, TJ has been one of my “go-to” sources over the years that I’ve been writing for the IBJ.  Among many other topics, I’ve quoted him on electronic filing in the courts, representing friends and family members, and using technology effectively to manage a solo practice.

I’d like to thank TJ not only for his consistently responding to my requests for commentary, no matter how busy he’s been, but also for linking to this blog on his own new blog, “Dee’s Battle with MS,” in which he chronicles his wife Deanna’s fight with multiple sclerosis. 

As you can read in his posts, TJ and Deanna are exploring a treatment for MS that’s based on a relatively new theory for its cause that’s not yet accepted in the North American medical community.  The theory is that MS is caused by “Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency” (CCSVI), and you can read more about it here.  The treatment is, of course, expensive and will require TJ and Deanna to travel, adding even more to the cost.  If you’d like to consider donating to help them pay for this procedure, you can do so on this page that TJ has set up.

TJ and his family moved to New Jersey earlier this year.  We miss you back in Illinois, TJ, and hope you’ll think about returning.

If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you may have noticed that I’ve been thanking people, one by one, who have linked to this blog or otherwise referenced my work.  If you’ve done so, please let me know so I can thank you, too.

On a humorous note, take 5 minutes out of your day to smile by watching this video of Lady Gaga’s hit, “Bad Romance,” by the University of Oregon a cappella men’s group, On The Rocks.

September 16, 2010

Thursday Thanks!

Filed under: judiciary,Law — Helen Gunnarsson @ 12:01 am
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Today I’d like to thank Chicago lawyer Jack Leyhane, who blogs at “For What It’s Worth,” for adding this blog to his blogroll.  Leyhane’s blog features current, in-depth news and analysis on the process of becoming a judge in Illinois that, unfortunately, you won’t find much of in the mainstream media.  In this election season, Leyhane’s timely posts on such breaking news as the contested election for chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the appointment of Illinois appellate justice Mary Jane Theis to replace retiring Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald of the Illinois Supreme Court, and bar association ratings for judicial candidates deserve particular attention.

Leyhane and several others, including two federal district court judges and no fewer than four of the seven sitting justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, provided me with thoughtful, realistic, and specific commentary on how lawyers can best position themselves to become judges in this state for three articles, including the lead article, in the current (September 2010) issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.  Leyhane, who has run twice for judge in Cook County, explained to me in detail what a lawyer has to do to prepare for a run for office.  It’s time-consuming, tiring, unglamorous, and expensive–but the potential rewards are enormous.  I loved hearing and writing about his and my other sources’ stories.

I have some more posts in the works thanking others who have linked to this blog and referenced my work.  If you’ve linked to this site and/or included it on your own blogroll, or otherwise referenced my work, please let me know.  And please tune in tomorrow for some more thoughts on recent judicial developments in Illinois and some great reading to supplement the MSM and Leyhane’s fine blog.

September 9, 2010

Thursday thanks!

Filed under: CLE,Law,legal writing — Helen Gunnarsson @ 12:01 am
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I recently came across Advocate’s Studio, the blog of Martha Sperry, a Boston lawyer who, like me, has a strong writing background and is also interested in music, technology, and a wide range of other subjects.  On her blog, Martha covers legal research and modern tech tools to assist the professional practice of law.  Unbeknownst to me, Martha praised my presentation for MentorCLE, “Persuasive Writing for Lawyers,” in a post last June.  Many thanks, Martha!

As I noted in a previous post, you can watch my presentation and any of MentorCLE’s other great offerings for free; if you’re a lawyer, you can pay a small fee and receive one hour of professionalism (ethics) credit for it in Illinois.  If you’re licensed in a different state, check out your state’s policies to see whether you can get CLE credit there.  As I mentioned last week,  I receive a small royalty every time someone views my course and pays for CLE credit.

A literary agent provides some adjectival suggestions for us writers to freshen up our prose at SlushPile Hell.  A LadyGagaLicious reference is guaranteed to make the judges of the Seventh Circuit (or any other court) sit up and take notice of your brief!   Hat tip:  Janet Reid via Twitter.

September 2, 2010

Thursday thanks!

Filed under: CLE,Law,lawyer writers,legal writing,trials — Helen Gunnarsson @ 12:01 am
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I’d like to thank Illinois lawyer and superstar blawgger, Evan Schaeffer, for mentioning my recent article from the August 2010 Illinois Bar Journal, “Uncivil Action.”  I’ve interviewed Schaeffer on multiple occasions for articles on trial practice and legal technology.  He’s always responded to calls or e-mails promptly and provided spot-on commentary.  His inspiring, well written blogs have a wealth of information for lawyers on trial practice, writing, and technology, with occasional other fascinating tidbits thrown in.  And, in true superstar fashion, Evan sent me a very gracious e-mail when I started this blog, welcoming me to the blogosphere!

Evan was also kind enough to review my presentation for MentorCLE.com, “Persuasive Writing for Lawyers,” and gave it a thumbs up.  You can watch my presentation and any of MentorCLE’s other great offerings for free; if you’re a lawyer, you can pay a (rock bottom) $19.95 and receive one hour of professionalism (ethics) credit for it in Illinois.  If you’re licensed in a different state, check out your state’s policies to see whether you can get CLE credit there.  FULL DISCLOSURE:  I receive a small royalty every time someone views my course and pays for CLE credit.

Here’s a fun site for others who love good writing:  The Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks.  Hat tip:  writer Sandra Boncek Hume.  On the other end of the punctuation spectrum, Jane Austen apparently didn’t DO punctuation in her mss., says Jack Malvern in The Australian.  Hat tip:  Jane Austen Today.

Have I missed you?  I have some more posts in the works thanking others, one by one, who have linked to this blog and referenced my work.  If you’ve linked to this site and/or included it on your own blogroll, or otherwise referenced my work, please let me know.

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