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The Dark Side

Aug 25, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: I can play with any of ’em

People say I’m crazy because I’ve gone back to practicing law full time out of my basement. Actually, people say I’m crazy for lots of reason[...]

Aug 22, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: Why bother with law review articles

I was having lunch last month with a friend who happens to be a law professor, when I remarked that I was finally going to write a law review article that I have been contemplating for some time.

Aug 16, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: Shoot a gun outside your house and I’ll take your house

When you are a friendly neighborhood lawyer, you never know what sort of advice or representation your clients may need.

Aug 9, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: The personal really is political

There is an expression that goes, “The personal is political.”

Aug 2, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: Don’t trust your soul to no union lawyer

When I was a child, a song by Vickie Lawrence reached number one on the charts, about an innocent man hung for murder, entitled “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” The song warned, “Don’t trust your soul to no backwoods Southern lawyer.”

Jul 26, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: Divorced lawyers are a very powerful lobby group

The first thing attorneys learn in law school is not really a legal principle, but rather a historical fact: back in the day, railroads were really important.

Jul 19, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: ‘We’ already know the solution to obesity

Wisconsin is going to receive $27.5 million from the federal government to hector the citizenry into losing weight.

Jul 12, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: The primates are howling for new legislation

The latest cause de jour is passage of what its proponents call “Caylee’s Law,” which would make it a federal crime for a parent not to report a missing child within 24 hours.

Jul 6, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: Lawyers need to be more like carnies

Hanging out with some of the carnies who came to town this year, I was astonished at how, in a mere 10 years, the carnival industry had become so professional. And they did it without even spending mandatory carnie dues on a public image campaign.

Jun 28, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: My lungs are full of asbestos and I’m fine

Back in the day, there was a tavern near 29th and Cleveland in Milwaukee called, “The Duke of York.”

Jun 21, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: My favorite words in the English language: ‘Not guilty’

The two most beautiful words in the English language are: “Not guilty.”

Jun 14, 2011

THE DARK SIDE: Reflections on the protests at the Capitol

The Takings Clause provides that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


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