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[By The Judge]
Well, the holidays are approaching quickly…and lawyers across the country are looking forward to two guaranteed days off. (I’ll refrain from discussing
those poor big firm associates who are going to have to come in to work hung over on New Year’s Day). I must admit I’m looking forward to a few days
off myself. I plan on doing lots of things…including dissecting the legal blogs because, as you know, that’s what I live for. It’s sad but true. But hey,
think about it this way: I’m doing all the work for you. Read on for this week’s highlights.

Most of us salivate over the thought of a           that, it’s hard to imagine why people call          defendants stated, “It wasn’t professional. I
day off from work, so naturally, we’re all          lawyers cold and calculating.                       think he crossed the boundaries.” I’m going
waiting for that precious day when we can                                                               to have to side with the defendant and rule
retire, even if it is 40 years into the future.     Moving on to a discussion about a group of          against the judge in this case.
However, believe it or not, there are actually      guys who are generally as productive as
people out there who refuse to throw in             some law firms would argue their senior             Finally, I know this column is supposed to
the towel. (I’m sure that as they read this,        partners are, Crime and Federalism tells the        deal strictly with law, but sometimes while
many associates’ thoughts will run to their         story of Judge Head (I swear that’s his real        searching for the most interesting legal
firms’ ancient of counsel.) Adam Smith,             name), whose concept of penance involves            stories, I come across stories that are just
Esq. reveals that these days, three out of          what the small-town locals refer to as “the         plain…interesting. I’m going to justify this
five firms have mandatory retirement ages.          judge’s probation program.” Apparently,             final paragraph with the following disclaimer:
While this may seem inherently wrong to             Judge Head takes a personal interest in             “I found this on a legal blog website.” Last
most of us, the blog discusses several,             the defendants who enter his courtroom,             week, 3L Epiphany posted a blog entry about
um, compelling arguments in favor of a              particularly the defendants who happen to be        potatoes in art. If people feel comfortable
mandatory retirement age for attorneys.             young men. According to the blog, he drives         blogging about potatoes, then I definitely
My favorites included “there’s only so              them around and even let one move in with           have no reservations about blogging about
much money to go around” and “beyond a              him for awhile (wow!). Before you ask, yes,         other bloggers.
certain point, lawyers are inherently less          the judicial rules of conduct prohibit these
productive.” Wow, with philosophies like            kinds of relations. One of the unfortunate


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