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Story Telling

No. 1,559 I’m reading (actually listening to) a new book by one of my favorite biographers, Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is titled “Leadership in Turbulent Times”.  Goodwin has been writing books about Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson for fifty years. This one draws upon a lifetime of study to focus […]

JACK SEZ: Coach K Scores Big in Nomination Speech.

No. 1,529   How did he ever find the time to do all those things on top of being a judge?   Coached his daughter’s basketball team to a championship. Ran the Boston Marathon twice, no less.  Taught at three major law schools. Amazing.

Hardiman, if Nominated and Confirmed, Would Be the Third Pittsburgher to Sit on the Supreme Court.

No. 1,527 Thomas Hardiman, the Pittsburgher on the list of potential Supreme Court nominees, would be the third Pittsburgher to sit on the Supreme Court. The first was Henry Baldwin, who was appointed by Andrew Jackson in 1830.  The second was Justice George Shiras, who was appointed in 1892 by President Benjamin Harrison. Although Baldwin […]

If you wait until you think you are ready, you may never know what might have been.

No. 1,517 “If we wait until we’re ready,” said Lemony Snicket, the kid with legendary bad luck, “we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” Yes, there’s a price to be paid for doing nothing.  It is never knowing. If that’s you in the photo on the left, here’s a little encouragement. Slaters Intellectual […]

Do you know who is listed in the Guinness Book World of Records as the world’s most successful lawyer? Don’t even try to guess.

No. 1,432 Yes, Guinness really did designate such a lawyer and his name is Lionel Luckhoo. No kidding. Between 1940 and 1985, Barrister Luckhoo successfully defended 245 homicide cases in a row. A few of them had to be won on appeal. He practiced mostly in his native Guyana and in England. Think of that. […]

#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.

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 […]

The Most Outstanding Presidential Resume Ever.

No. 865 What President of the United States had perhaps the most outstanding resume?  No, not Obama — not even close. George H. W. Bush, who was Ambassador to China and Director of the CIA, as well as a decorated war hero, ranks high. So do Jefferson, Madison and the two Adams Presidents. Garfield was […]

Death of Dr. Sam Astorino, Law Professor

No. 834 The following remembrance of Dr. Sam Astorino, who died recently, was posted in the Duquesne Law Alumni page of Linked in.  Click here for the Post Gazette Obituary.

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 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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