Now she’s got bad blood! And it’s not with Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj…
Now she’s got bad blood! And it’s not with Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj…
Another ABA Annual Meeting is in the books. I only covered a few events this year (a far cry from last year). Here are the stories that came out of my coverage:
How can tensions between minorities and police be addressed? Reforms proposed.
Lawyers debate campaign financing, voter restrictions and other election issues.
Disruptive innovators try to convince skeptical attorneys of the need to collaborate.
What are the business costs of ignoring racial and gender diversity?
Meanwhile, the quote from the Tweet below caused quite a commotion.
From audience: “You talk about the law like it’s a business. It’s not. It’s a profession.” I guess that sums up the divide nicely #ABAAnnual
— Victor Li (@LawScribbler) August 1, 2015
I recently went to London to cover the 800th anniversary celebration of the sealing (no, King John never signed it- but I bet he still had that sourpuss expression on his face) of the Magna Carta for the ABA Journal. I may have also made a detour to Manchester to see Old Trafford (I also had the chance to see Take That in concert, but my wife never would have forgiven me for going without her). Anyway, here are the stories that came out of it:
— Victor Li (@LawScribbler) June 15, 2015
Last week, I covered Avvo’s Lawyernomics conference held at the Wynn Las Vegas. Here are the stories that came out of it:
— Victor Li (@LawScribbler) May 14, 2015
Last week, I covered the ABA’s National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services, held at Stanford University. Here are the stories that came out of it:
As Phil Rudd found out, it may be a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll, but it doesn’t take much to get shot down in flames. Rudd’s position as drummer for AC/DC has been on ice (Black Ice. Okay, I’ll stop.) ever since he was arrested last November for attempting to hire a hitman and possession of drugs (Chris Slade, who played drums on 1990’s The Razor’s Edge is replacing Rudd for the current tour). The murder-procurement charge was dismissed, and Rudd pleaded guilty on Tuesday to threatening to kill a former employee.(more…)
The lawsuit filed by the UFC (through its parent company, Zuffa) and several MMA fighters, including Jon “Bones” Jones, Gina Carano, Frankie Edgar and Brian Stann seeking to invalidate New York State’s ban on professional MMA events came to an end yesterday when U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York threw out the case.(more…)
I have no idea whether or not Ted Cruz will be a credible Presidential candidate. Who knows anymore? Especially with this Republican Party.
All I know is that he’ll be entertaining to watch. He’s the first GOP candidate in recent memory that, when it comes to substantive issues, is essentially gaffe-proof. While other candidates might try and avoid taking extreme positions or saying controversial things that could be damaging in a general election, or be forced into doing all kinds of verbal jiu-jitsu to explain their voting records to Tea Partiers that don’t care about what it takes to get stuff done in Washington, Cruz (assuming he remains true to form) doesn’t care about any of that.
Even Rick Santorum, by virtue of the fact he was part of the GOP Senate leadership while in Washington, had some votes on his record that he struggled to explain to conservative voters (like his vote in favor of “No Child Left Behind”). Cruz won’t have to worry about that since he’s actively trying to be the ultra-conservative culture warrior who won’t be outflanked on the right by anyone. Talking Points Memo has argued that he will push the entire GOP field to the right – and maybe that’s his #1 goal. Whether it’s a winning strategy in the general election is another question.(more…)
One of my big features at The American Lawyer was a look at how Toronto was using public-private partnerships to prepare for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The biggest selling point was that P3s would ensure that projects came in on-budget and on-time.
With five months left before the start of the games, it looks like the on-budget part isn’t going to happen. Unless spending 80% of the budget with five months left and construction yet to be completed was part of the plan. When I initially reported the story, I was more concerned about whether or not P3s could really keep the Pan Am preparations under-budget and under-deadline (the article ended up becoming more about the lawyers and law firms doing the work). I guess now we know that massive sporting events (a notorious sink-hole of sunken costs) are their own forces of nature.
I recently had the privilege of covering part of the ABA’s Annual Meeting, which took place in Boston. Here were the stories that came out of it:
I love it when I get to link back to something I wrote. For this story, I referred back to a 2012 story I did about an attack ad against Senate candidate Ted Cruz accusing him of working for a liberal law firm. That’s the last time anyone associated Cruz with anything liberal.
In March, I covered ABA Techshow for the ABA Journal. Here are the stories that came out of it:
I liked the lede on this one. My wife came up with the blog post headline. I was trying to think of something other than a variation of “Backstreet’s back… in court” that several sites used (another one I saw was “Quit Playing Games With Our Legal Fees.” Anyway, here’s the story from ABA Journal.
One of my best social media moments. My Tweet about #RejectedGrammyCategories made the Daily Rehash list. I’m there with the likes of John Fugelsang and Denny’s.
This marks the second time one of my Tweets made a Top Ten list. The previous time was in 2012 when Mashable put my Tweet about the “mystery speaker” at the GOP National Convention on its list of “Ten Hilarious Guesses About the GOP Mystery Speaker.”
On the flip side, this could mean that I only have a funny Tweet once every two years. Oh well…
And, of course, this doesn’t include the time I made fun of Right Said Fred in a Tweet, and the band responded to me (or, at least the band’s social media manager did).
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