Like some of you, when a thought pops into my head, I feel compelled to write it down. I’m not sure whether, at that particular time, I’m more concerned that I might lose the substance of the thought or that ...Read More »
There we stood, in the middle of the trail, screaming at each other. Like most American males, my relationship with my father has, with some fairly blatant irony, gotten closer as I’ve entered fatherhood. But here we were arguing about ...Read More »
After returning from a recent haircut appointment, I realized one of my sideburns hung about half an inch below the other. I generally believe my stylist does a great job cutting my hair. But why, then, was that detail overlooked this time? The answer may be instructive to us as attorneys.
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It seems cease and desist letters and witty responses to them are all the rage these days. Online you can find an exceedingly polite letter sent by a lawyer for Jack Daniel’s and what some have dubbed “The Best Response to a Cease and Desist Letter Ever” sent on behalf of a website owner embroiled in a dispute with the Township of West Orange, N.J.Read More »
Fresh off losing a race for Mecklenburg County Commissioner by a mere 0.3 percent of the vote, it would be easy to think election night was the low point of my first campaign for public office. You’d be wrong. The low point came sooner, and from an unexpected source: fellow lawyers.Read More »
There was a quote I read on a friend’s loft in college that asked, “Are you the man the boy wanted to be?” This always struck me as an interesting thought, although I’m not sure I grasped its full meaning as a twenty-something know-nothing. But from time to time things in my legal career cause me to pause and to reflect on this question and ask myself whether I am, in fact, the lawyer the first year law student wanted to be.
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It seems just about every profession has its own version of the same axiom. For the clergy, it's "Practice what you preach." Doctors are offered a taste of their own medicine. If you played sports, you are familiar with too-old-to-play coaches imploring players to "Do as I say, not as I do." And who of us missed out on a frustrated parent yelling at us to "Do as I say, not as I do"?Read More »