Hans Poppe at his law firm's web site has posted the following blog entry entitled "Louisville Lawyer Suspended from Practice and Criminally Charged For Allegedly Stealing". The post references a Courier Journal story on the suspension and criminal charges and Hans adds the following comment. However, click on the story for his entire post and a link to the Courier Journal story referenced therein.
As reported today in the Courier Journal, Louisville attorney Louis Smith has been accused of stealing money from his clients. Prosecutors allege that Smith, an estate attorney, began stealing from clients, including Emily Strange, around 1999. * * *
It has been my [Hans Poppe's] experience that lawyers that steal money from clients don't usually have any insurance or assets. This necessarily means that it will be very difficult for any of his victims to recovery in a legal malpractice lawsuit; however, that doesn't mean his victims should sit idly by, they should hire an attorney to investigate if insurance is available and what, if any, assets are available to reimburse the clients and their estates.
Hopefully, you will have learned that the University of Louisville Law School's faculty is up and blogging. This is an important development as I have always maintained there are two key elements of legal scholarship - depth of research and analysis and timeliness.
If there was a mathematical equation available, it would seem the with time legal research would increase but relevancy lost while at the same time legal relevancy increases with quick postings but the depth of the citations and legal resources decreases as time passes.
Law review articles are strong on scholarship but can be weak on timeliness. Law blogs have the oppositive strengths and weaknesses as they are stronger on timeliness but pay a price in the depth of their research. However, there is a happy medium between the two critical components that law blogs can meet as depth of legal research gives way to the analysis and timeliness of the postings.
To that end, I have been and will continue posting links to the UofL Law blogs by their faculty. A good idea two months later is no longer a good idea if it is too late. A good idea with quick analysis but no string citations can still be darn useful. Furthermore, our law school faculties possess the scholarship, the wisdom, the analysis, the gravitas, the respect, and the time to provide input and analysis on current and developing legal issues in Kentucky that the typical practitioner can never possess, myself included.
As our courts, legislature, and governor grasp and grapple with legal issues, the faculty from each of our three law schools can offer priceless commentary and critical analysis in their various specialties which includes Kentucky concerns splattered with what has happened in other jurisdictions.
Our courts, our state, our lawyers, and our legislature do not possess a monopoly on legal concepts. I, for one, am estatic that the UofL Law faculty is stepping out from their cloistered cells of academia and sharing their knowledge, their insight, and their concerns with the local community, citizens, and counsel.
Thank you, University of Louisville Law School! (updated: Although some individual law professors throughout Kentucky may have been blogging previously and for some time, this is the first instance of a concerted effort and opportunity for legal blogging by members of the entire faculty with the blog being hosted at the school's web site! If I err, I am sure the comments will take a nick out of me soon.).
Oh, yes. Here is the link to their faculty blogs! http://www.law.louisville.edu/blog
That was a link to the web page, but here is a link to the RSS feed: http://www.law.louisville.edu/blog/feed
Congratulations, kudos, and kindest regards to Marcia Oddi at the Indiana Law Blog for this milestone. Five years and still going strong. www.IndianaLawBlog.com
The ILB is one of the nation's top blogs per www.Blawgsearch.com and has been rated consistently in the top ten for as long as I can remember. And to do this with a focus on an individual state's legal developments is amazing!
Her perseverence is admirable. The number of times I have called it quits is too numerous to mention. The financial support she gets is regretably low, and I am well aware of the committment in time and money to do this solo.
She is supported by the Indiana State Bar Association, and received the 2006 Excellence in Public Information and Education Award from the Indiana Judges Association!
She does a great job. Tip of the hat to Marcia. Class act, classy lady, classy site.
From Bluegrass Business Law Blog is a digest and analysis of recent COA decision. click on heading for entire post at their site:
The Court of Appeals just released a decision that shows that getting greedy will get ya’ in the end. Despite precedents that show that contracts substantially favoring the party with the greater power often are deemed unconscionable (so unfair as to not be enforceable), lawyers stiff draft them and companies still like them. [...]
An example of resistance to change:
I encourage everyone to read this full article on an interview with Professor Robert G. Lawson in the Courier Journal. Bob Lawson is that rare individual who is willing to go against the popular tide and critical examine a position most take for granted and it was an honor to be taught by him. . . . .
From the Kentucky Tort and Insurance Law Blog by Ed Brutscher is a digest of recent SCOKY decision reversing earlier Kentucky precedent:
Another local law blog has resumed active posting after a two-month hiatus. Here are recent posts from the Bluegrass Business Law Blog:
I know I don't post as much from the out of state law blawgs, but to give you a taste of the rest of the world, here is a link to Blawg Review #127 prepared by Milwaukee trial lawyer and jury consultant Anne Reed with a jury-selection twist.