Archive for November 2013

Losing a close friend doesn’t get easier with time

Losing a close friend doesn’t get easier with time
Three years ago today, my closest friend in the legal world, Sheryl Lapka, died after a very brave six year battle with ovarian cancer (see http://www.chicagonow.com/chicagos-real-law-blog/2010/12/how-to-fight-cancer/). You know how on the news when someone dies that their neighbors and family all talk about how great they were and you are thinking there is no way... Read more »

Texting and driving will be the death of me

Texting and driving will be the death of me
My wife and I like to play a game when we are driving and the car in front of us is going really, really slow or swerving. In the old days you would have thought the driver was drunk or high.  Not now.  Our game now involves guessing whether the driver is really old or... Read more »

Selling something worthless isn’t always illegal

Selling something worthless isn’t always illegal
Kevin Trudeau got busted, in part, because he was selling books that contained fibs, half truths or somehow violated Federal law. But if you look back in time, the sellers of the pet rock made millions and didn’t offer anything of value to the public. Big Mouth Billy Bass was incredibly annoying, but those sold... Read more »
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Why are some athletes so stupid?

Why are some athletes so stupid?
If you are a high level professional athlete in a major sport, you’ve essentially won the lottery.  Sure, most of them work their butts off and they risk great physical injury, but the financial reward for playing a game is ridiculous. Even for marginal players, if you are just a good guy who sets a... Read more »

The Darwin Award winners and the law

The Darwin Award winners and the law
                      Perhaps you saw the story last week of the Bears and Packers fans that are married.  They made a friendly wager over the Monday night game last week as to who would win.  The Packers fan wife must have been feeling pretty good about... Read more »

Richie Incognito should go to jail

Richie Incognito should go to jail
There are so many thoughts I have about the bullying (alleged, hey, I’m still a lawyer) going on in Miami between offensive lineman Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. First off, the most unreported angle on this is that Incognito’s father was caught on Deadspin.com having posted on message boards anonymously in support of his son... Read more »
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Great advice for struggling law students

Great advice for struggling law students
Probably the best book I’ve read in a long time is Toughness which is written by former Duke basketball player and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas.  I’ve always liked him because he doesn’t give canned comments and isn’t afraid to take a position that isn’t popular. Aside from being a great analyst, he’s also a... Read more »