Labor Day. A day off for working citizens. The end of summer and the beginning of fall. Still the start of the football season and in decades past the last day before school. Barbeque. Fireworks. The whole nine yards.
After my last Blawg Review the anonymous editor assigned me this particular slot for my next BR. Which of the above listed associations with Labor Day could have been his reason?
Maybe he thought I’d follow a great American tradition of the work day… showing up late? (This Blawg Review is being posted well after the midnight deadline – sorry about that.)
Or did he know that when I’m asked what I believe in, the litany often includes “I’m for labor over capital”?
Ah, wait a minute. I’ve got it. Perhaps our dear ‘Ed.’ has a slightly off center sense of humor. He’s given me this weekend’s assignment because I’m a DWI lawyer. (What can I say? It seemed like such a good idea when he proposed it a year ago.)
Welcome to the Labor Day Edition of Blawg Review.
Res Ipsa Blog gives us some helpful hints for how to use Firefox when we get back to work. And Jordan Furlong’s suggestion that non-lawyers can do the work of lawyers if it’s ‘good enough’ might put some attorneys out of work all together.
Why do you work? Proabably at least in part to get paid. But if there’s no government in Antarctica taxing your paycheck you don’t get the normal benefit of excluding eighty thousand dollars in income as earned in a foreign country.
And speaking of getting paid, how many long time lawyers would have liked Dan Hull’s suggestion that first and second year associates be paid in experience rather than dollars when they were in law school? (Yeah, yeah – I know it sounds like a good idea now that you are partner…)
Every job has its requirements. Dre Cummings writes about the LPGA’s new policy requiring all tour players to speak English proficiently or face suspension.
Off Work Related
Want to see a movie on your day off from work? Quick – go see the newest Bollywood blockbuster Harry Puttar. (Spicy IP tells us Warner Brothers has a legal beef.)
After a lifetime of laboring for the boss, we can all look forward to retirement, that is unless we read Jonathan Rosenfeld’s blog alerting us to all kinds of problems in the nursing home community.
Criminal Law / DWI
Stephen Gustitis starts a series on Texas executive clemency, i.e. how to get a pardon.
Shawn Matlock posits the MADD’s slogan ‘Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.’ is meant to contaminate jury pools, rather than to deter.
Troy Burleson answers the question DWI lawyers hear from their clients: “Why did the officer say I couldn’t talk to a lawyer?”
Lawrence Taylor writes again on a topic coming to a community near you: DUI cops with needles. San Diego DUI Blog asks ‘Isn’t it Time to Change DUI Penalties?”
To tell or not to tell? Mark Bennett expounds on the theory of what to do with a Nasty Little Surprise in a criminal case. Gideon follows up with his own thoughts on the subject.
Walter Reaves asks ‘Who is Responsible for the Cost of Indigent Defense?’
Grits for Breakfast catches Austin Police Department hyping ‘stranger danger’. Mark Draughn at WindyPundit notices we are becoming a police state. A Harris County Lawyer loves to be in trial.
Victoria Pynchon documents the FBI’s latest efforts to overcrowd our jails by arresting bloggers where at best a civil suit would do, and offers us tips on what to do when we see the agents arriving on our own doorsteps. Susan Crawford writes about battle over nondiscriminatory Internet access.
Mike Masnick alerts us that a New Zealand judge has banned the internet publication of the names of two men accused of murdering a child. In the U.S. we’d call that a clash between the right to a free press and the right to a fair trial – and I fell sure in predicting that the press would win such a battle.
Jeremy Richey tells the story of a Kentucky prosecutor who can’t take (or figure out) a joke.
Overlawyered posts about the defendant (or his insurer) suing the city for not properly taking car of his car in the impound in a fatal hit and run case.
QuizLaw posts an oldie but a goodie from the internet DWI archives.
Random (but still included)
As Labor Day precedes the start of the NFL season, Scott Greenfield writes about recently retired New York Giant Michael Strahan’s child support appeal. On a side note, he also takes his approximately 40th consecutive win for Headline-of-the-Week with ‘Three Ponies is Enough for Anybody’.
Professor Randazza suggests that if wearing a jacket that says “Fuck the Draft” was found to be protected speech by the Supremes in 1971, the Department of Homeland Security should have known that the t-shirt slogan “lesbian.com” was A-OK.
Mark Herrmann gets to say “I told you so” to the Volokhs when a terminally ill plaintiff succeeded in getting a judge to issue an injunction ordering a drug company to provide him with an unapproved, experimental drug.
David Harlow writes about an OIG advisory opinion barring a contractual joint venture.
Is it against Google’s terms of service to sell links? The comment section of Kevin O’Keefe’s post about FindLaw lights up. And Paul Ohm writes about the possibility of lawsuits when free wi-fi terms of service are editable by the user.
That’s it for now folks. Blawg Review has information about next week's host Legal Literacy, and instructions how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.