Friday Links

Two weeks ago, we brought to your attention Public Defender In Action, a legal themed comic book series from the 1950’s with which we were previously unfamiliar.  Above, you’ll find the troubling and uncomfortable cover of issue #9, published way, way back in 1957. Let’s consider this cover. We see the judge, the bailiff, a witness, and the public defender presumably cross examining said witness. (We doubt the public defender would be gesticulating so – or the witness reacting in such a way – during a direct examination.). So who is it in the foreground producing a gun from his attache case? Is it the public defender’s client – the defendant? We doubt it, as we can’t imagine why the defendant would want to interrupt his own lawyer’s examination with a fusillade. Is it the prosecutor? Surely not.  To be sure, it’s an odd and disturbing image. We’ll see if we can track down this issue and determine what is actually occurring.

Here’s our favorite excerpt from a federal court opinion this week:  “The Beastie Boys are a famous hip-hop group ‘from the family tree of old school hip-hop.'”  See Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Co., — F. Supp. 2d —-, No. 12 Civ. 6065(S.D.N.Y. Nov. 4, 2013) (citing Beastie Boys, InterGalactic (Capitol Records 1998)).

Jeff Richardson at the iPhone J.D. blog reviews the new iPad Air.

“With all the focus on using Facebook, Twitter, and the newest communication technologies, the basics of practicing law are often pushed to the wayside,” writes Bill Miller of Greer & Miller, L.L.P in “Witness Preparation Program,” which appears in this month’s Texas Bar Journal. To see the full article, please see here.

The ABA Journal brings us “The Top Trials That Changed The World.”

Finally, we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. are very pleased to announce that eight of our firm’s attorneys have been recognized as being among the 2013 Legal Elite of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly. Those who were honored include:

  • James Brogdon – Personal Injury
  • Johnston Cox – Insurance
  • Will Harbison – Workers Compensation
  • John Hudson – Healthcare
  • John T. Lay – Civil Litigation
  • Shelley Montague – Construction
  • Grayson Smith – Insurance
  • Childs Thrasher – Environmental

Our Columbia office opened in June 2011 with six attorneys.  In just two years, we reached sixteen lawyers. How about that?

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