I like individual lawyers, although, as a class, they can be a pain in the ass. That said, one of the great things about being a federal district judge is that you get to meet really interesting lawyers who are almost uniformly smart and nice. They frequently have good ideas.
Very recently I had some interesting correspondence with a lawyer about a particular series of recent Supreme Court cases. The lawyer wondered whether I might post my thoughts about those cases. I responded that I was reluctant to do so because of the ethical restriction that I not express myself on impending matters. But, I offered this lawyer a “guest post” on this blog. I hope to be able to post the lawyer’s thoughts in the coming weeks.
Anyway, this got me thinking. I would be happy to provide a similar “guest posting” gig to lawyers (or judges) who have something to write about relevant to this blog. So, herewith is my offer:
* If you are a lawyer (or a judge) who wants to write about a subject that is relevant to the role of federal trial judges, send me a Word* document no longer than a 1000 words. Use the e-mail address found here.
* If I decide to post your piece, I won’t edit it but I reserve the right to comment upon it. If I decide to post your offering, and it get’s screwed up in the process of posting, well that’s the breaks.
* I make no promises about posting. I reserve the right to accept or reject your piece as the spirit moves me.
* I prefer that your post carry your real name, but if you have a good reason for wanting anonymity let me know and we can work something out.
* I suppose there is a whole lot of other legal stuff I could add, but I don’t know how to make the font on this platform small enough to add all that crap. So here’s the overriding principle, I don’t endorse guest posts and I am providing this venue on my own nickel for legal-educational purposes only. If I get sued because I posted (or refused to post) your stuff, I will be really annoyed. Incidentally, I don’t know a damn thing about copyright law, but if you send me your piece I think you have waived your copyright.
* Finally, I get to change my mind anytime I want and I don’t have to tell you.
* I don’t like Word but most of you do.