A word to the (un)wise...

Work product gets reused by other attorneys all the time in the legal profession. No big deal, right? If someone crafts a good argument on an issue, and someone else is facing that same issue, it makes sense to present that good argument. I take no issue with that.

What I do take issue with, however, is false attribution of the original source of the argument. That treads into dangerous terrain. I note this distinction because it has come to my attention that an “enterprising” young lawyer out there copied a large number of very elaborately formatted and designed Microsoft Word templates and then began passing them off as his own to other employers. Re-using an argument I’ve created is fine. Who could blame you really? But to tell an employer that you bring value because of the hard work that went into creating the templates that you ripped? That’s just shady. I am providing this public service announcement while maintaining the anonymity of the little rapscallion in the hope that this friendly note will encourage more honest disclosures going forward. By the way, I have the very first versions of many of those templates (like the mediation brief format I devised to resemble an appellate brief, rather than a letter or a pleading), creation-date-stamped and all, so I could prove my point if I had no other option…

A word to the…wise.

The Complex Litigator is now updated under the hood

I'm sure you missed me immensely.  All five of you.  Between the demands of work and some under the hood adjustments, I haven't had an opportunity to post anything since September.  I am pleased (or just relieved) to report that I have moved safely to SquareSpace hosting platform 7 without any major glitches thus far.  I took the opportunity to fiddle with site design to make things ever so slightly cleaner to look at and easier to read.  I may do more in the design area, but, for now, the plumbing overhaul is done.

Oh, and there are some cases begging for some special attention.  I will take care of that forthwith.

The biggest move...

After four years at Spiro Moore (formerly, Spiro Moss), I have decided to take the biggest step of all and chart my own course.  There are still some things to sort out, but in short order I will have an announcement about my landing spot and my partner in this venture.  Until then, let me say that it was a privilege to work at Spiro Moore, but I am very excited by what is to come.

I won't be leaving the class action field, but I will be re-tooling my focus a bit.  Much more of my time will be devoted to union corruption cases, and much less will be focused on wage & hour.  There will be some other things to work on, but why spoil every good surprise, right?

Happy 5th Birthday to The Complex Litigator!

To celebrate surviving 5 years (holy smokes!) of blogging here at The Complex Litigator, I have rolled out a new look and feel to this site (now live), put the pipes in place to offer MCLE credit for the Class Re-Action Podcast, and generally tinkered quite a bit behind the scenes.

The second episode of Class Re-Action will be recording March 24th and available some time that evening for direct download, for streaming, and through the iTunes and XBox stores.  I will get the MCLE store up and running shortly.  The podcast will remain free; you will have the option of purchasing MCLE credit for a show that you have listened to at your discretion.  The sales are intended to offset the substantial cost of getting the Class Re-Action podcast off the ground with recording equipment and the ongoing costs of providing guests with higher quality (recording quality) microphones for better sound control.  I think it will be more like a tip jar than a commercially viable endeavor.  I just want to come close to break-even.

First episode of Class Re-Action now available for streaming

 

Episode 1 of the Class Re-Action podcast is now available for streaming.  It should also be available for subscription through iTunes shortly.  I think it's a respectable first production, though technical aspects should improve with tinkering and practice.  CLE credit for listening will be offered as an option soon.  It was a lot of fun to putting this together, though it diverted a lot of my spare time that I could have used to try to keep current with updated posts.  Hopefully the podcast will settle into a routine and take less time going forward.  Feel free to suggest topics that would interest you or guests that you'd like me to try and get on future shows.

Squarespace soon to lose backup generator power for main data center

I just received word that Squarespace's backup generator has roughly 4 hours of fuel remaining.  The building housing the main data ceter is flooded and once current fuel stores are used by the generator, no more fuel can be pumped to the generator from the flooded fuel tanks.  Might be a while before The Complex Litigator is back online.

Best wishes to everyone in New York and elsewhere affected by the storm.

The Complex Litigator is now on Alltop

The Complex Litigator is now listed on Alltop, in the legal news section.  Alltop is the magazine newsrack for the Internet.  Here's how Alltop describes its purpose:

The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.

Alltop is a unique way to view current events or issues of current interest in any particular field.  I recommend skimming the legal news section from time to time, to spot trends if nothing else.

So...cool.