For the few interested in these sorts of things, the site template theme that I had been using for quite a while was deprecated, no longer receiving support or updates. While I put off moving to a new theme for a while, it had to happen. Unfortunately, there was no way to fully configure a new theme to match all the customizing I had done in the old theme (things like custom css controls specific to the them because they address unique labels). The only option was to take a lot of notes about style settings and then jump in with both feet. I managed to get things fairly close, even making some changes I’ve wanted to make for some time but could not because they weren’t supported in the old theme. I still have some work to do to add a few missing things, but the content is basically all there. Anyhow, just wanted to explain what motivated some of the changes (as opposed to sheer boredom with the appearance).
The Complex Litigator is moving all domain services…right about now. It may be smooth, but it may cause a day or three of strange behavior. The upside is that I can install proper certificates for secure connections, which will speed things up. Also, I can manage the domain in the same place that I manage the blog, so one less trip when things need updating.
UPDATE: Like, OMG, it finally worked. I spent the entire day fighting to push this transfer through.
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.
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.
Got my client off with a "not guilty" verdict today. Yeah! Of course, I was the client, and it was a bogus traffic ticket, but...still. Not Guilty!
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?
Episode 2 of the Class Re-Action podcast is now available. After sorting out some audio issues, I can say with confidence that the sound is massively improved upon over Episode 1. Episode 2 should be available through iTunes and the XBox music store very soon, if they aren't there already.
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.
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.
as soon as I figure out how to wire up the pile of audio equipment I just ordered and get my first discussion panel lined up.