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#Law: The Reason Lawyers Who Practice Until Age 100 Give.

Several American lawyers who are still practiced until age 100 and beyond gave the same reason: once you stop working, you die.

Now that we’ve deposed McKinley, lets rename Mt. Rushmore.

Who was Rushmore anyway? A nobody. He was an attorney who used to come to that location to hunt. Look it up.

The First Amendment and “Falsely Shouting Fire in a Crowded Theater” .

Everybody knows the aphorism about falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater. I am pretty sure that I heard it for the first time in class in elementary school and then countless times thereafter. The concept is universally accepted, or is as close to universal acceptance as any such statement is likely to be.

Hercules and the Umpire — a small sample

No. 1,179 Federal Judge Richard G. Kopf is a fearless blogger, as this partial reprint will attest.  Does he mean all the stuff he says below?  I don’t know.  Some of it, I guess.  But judges are pretty fearsome, even if they don’t offer to shoot you if you plan an unscheduled home visit. By […]

Please Read Somebody Else’s Blog Post about Former Justice John Paul Stevens.

This Blog Post about former Justice John Paul Stevens will brighten your day. It appears in Neil Steinberg’s Blog: Every Goddamn Day. There is no point in me embellishing on Steinberg’s riveting story. Just read it.

Old Dogs/New Tricks and Other Bunk We Tell Ourselves.

No. 1,135 It is hard to think of an old adage that is more disempowering than this one. It is a negative idea, intended to discourage old dogs from even trying to learn something.  In a rapidly changing world, this leads to the marginalization of some of our most experienced and capable people. As a […]

Who Said “To Ask the Question is to Answer It?”

I thought it was Learned Hand, a famous Chief Judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals . I said so at least three times in prior posts. Wrong!

Oliver Wendell Holmes Biographer Discusses the impact of the Civil War on the Great Jurist.

If your interests include history, read the post about Oliver Wendell Holmes in SCOTUS Blog. Holmes was wounded twice, including on the bloodiest day in American history, the Battle of Antietam.

Saintly Lawyers

This event reminded me that we haven’t seen the canonization of a lawyer for quite a few centuries. The patron saints of lawyers and judges are St. Thomas More and Saint Ives. Both were great men and worthy patrons of the profession. But why are there no saintly lawyers recognized by the Church who lived in the past five centuries?

An Unobserved Landmark

Justice Michael Angelo Musmanno died on Columbus Day, October 12, 1968. But his name is still on the door of his chambers, 45 years later. This door is located on the Eighth Floor of the City County Building, on the upper level, where the Office of the Board of Viewers is now located.

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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