GUEST POST: Build a Weblog Audience by Writing for the Lawyer You Will Become
by Josh Malher
I'd have to say one of the most frustrating things about running a blog of any kind
is when you feel like you are writing just for yourself. Oh, I've sculpted at least
a dozen brilliant insights into the mind of the parent-law student...and yet,
somehow, nobody feels compelled to comment. Maybe I shouldn't say "nobody"; I did
have one comment from my sixteen year old brother, and another post from a fella who
seemed convinced that he had found an investment opportunity that I'd be interested
in. I keep sending the latter emails, but he never replies. I'm beginning to think
maybe he doesn't take our e-friendship seriously.
A STRANGE WAY TO TRY A CASE . . . In the Vioxx trial that begins today in Starr County, Texas, the lawyers will break for a month after every four-day week of trial. They'll try the case this week, and then resume on February 14, March 14, and April 11. The breaks are necessary so that the judge can travel to two other counties where he also presides.
There's more information about the trial at Law.com. My collected Vioxx posts are here.
GUEST WRITERS WELCOME. . . Guests posts run here on Wednesdays and are permanently stored in the "guests" and "guest 2" categories. If you'd like to publish a post on Legal Underground, the rules are here. Writers of all political persuasions are welcome. I'd also be happy to give you feedback on your posting ideas.
To give you an idea of a typical guest post, here are a few good ones from past weeks:
WHEN TO ATTEND A DEPOSITION BY TELEPHONE . . . I usually think it's best to attend depositions in person. But I'll make an exception if I ever get a letter such as the one a friend received last week in a mass-tort case:
If you intend on participating in person in the cross-noticed deposition of Dr. H---, please be advised that Dr. H--- is highly allergic to all fragrances found in hair spray, perfumes, deodorants, aftershave lotion and other such substances. Washing down after applying these fragrances will not be sufficient to prevent Dr. H--- from suffering an allergic reaction. If any person attending the deposition in person fails to adhere to these requirements, the deposition will be stopped.
We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring there is not an unnecessary cancellation of this deposition.
A cramped roomful of lawyers who have been prohibited from wearing deodorant? I think I'd attend by telephone.
GADGET UPDATE: The Zeno . . . Are you one of those people with both a bad case of acne and plenty of cash to spare? Then this gadget is for you--
It's the Zeno by Tyrell, Inc, a handheld device with a 16-bit microprocessor that emits measured pulses of heat at a perfectly-calibrated 119 degrees. What do you use it for? You hold it on your zits and burn them off! The heat is guaranteed to stop those pesky bacteria in their tracks, usually within 24 hours. Only $225--dig it.