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Martha Minow To Step Down As Dean

Martha Minow
Martha Minow. Credit: Harvard Law Record

I remember the very first hour of my very first day of law school. I was sitting in the back rows of one of the large amphitheaters in Austin Hall, waiting nervously with my new classmates for Professor Kingsfield to arrive. Well, not really. We knew that our civil procedure professor was going to be Martha Minow, but that didn’t mean anything to me or, I think, to most of my classmates. Maybe she was a Kingsfield.
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Lawyer Advertising Around The World

Who needs a hobby, like tennis, or philately? (Bouns points for anyone who can name that song). As I mentioned earlier this year, I have a hobby when traveling: I like to photograph lawyer advertisements. The best place to do this, in my experience, is Florida. See my prior post for an example, and here is another example sent to me by an eagle-eyed photographer recently:
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Case of the Day: Alharbi v. The Blaze, Inc.

Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck. Credit: Gage Skidmore

The Case of the Day is Alharbi v. The Blaze, Inc. (D. Mass. 2016). Foreign readers may not be familiar with Glenn Beck. He is one of the group that I like to call the carnival barkers: unserious, pseudo-intellectual commentators from whom many right-wing partisans get their news. (I’m sure there are carnival barkers of the left, too, but I’m not writing about them today). After the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Beck identified an injured bystander, Abdulrahman Alharbi, “as an active participant in the bombing, even after the authorities had publicly exonerated him.” He also told listeners that Alharbi, a Saudi Arabian student living in Massachusetts, “was involved in recruiting the Tsarnaev brothers, gave the ‘go order’ for the bombing, and was the ‘money man’ who funded the attacks.” Alharbi brought a defamation action.
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