Guest posts

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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.

2 responses

  1. Sound like the rest of us u accept are at-will bloggers 😄

    Mark W. Bennett U.S. District Court Judge Northern District of Iowa Sioux City, Iowa Sent from my iPad

  2. Mark,

    Trouble maker!

    But, yes, you are, as is most often the case, correct.

    All the best, my friend.


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