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.

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