Antisemitism—Keep Shining

In the wake of last week’s massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, it is natural to want to understand the motivations; so natural, in fact, that the New York Times yesterday published an editorial whose author consulted a pair of research psychologists to try to explain it. The article attempts to answer …

A Tale of Two Schools

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times—for my elder son that is! As many of you know, he recently transferred elementary schools. He began the year at an urban public school in New York City, and he’s finishing it up at a suburban public school in Tampa Bay. Both schools …

Experts on Experts

In principle, you can use Bitcoin to pay for things electronically. But you can use debit cards, PayPal, Venmo, etc. to do that, too — and Bitcoin turns out to be a clunky, slow, costly means of payment. In fact, even Bitcoin conferences sometimes refuse to accept Bitcoins from attendees. There’s really no reason to …

Better Communication with Your Significant Other

We lawyers are trained communicators, and that’s great. However, we are not necessarily well-trained to communicate in our closest relationships, such as with our significant others (SO). Part of the problem lies in why we are trained to communicate. Lawyers learn to communicate in order accomplish goals such as (1) win arguments (2) convince others …

Product Review—Juul E-Cig and Juul Pods

As many of you may know from reading this blog, I am a big proponent of vaping. But one of the things I don’t like about vaping is that it can be messy and complicated. Even with a relatively simple mod, you have to deal with tanks, atomizers, wicks, batteries and vape juice, at the …

Your Pursuit of Happiness

My last post was very meta; in that I talked about the right to pursue happiness in general terms. But what does all of that theorizing really mean for you and me? As the pursuit of happiness is such a personal issue, I can’t even begin to imagine what it means for you. It could …

Pursuit of Happiness

Normally I don’t discuss politics in this venue; and I avoid it for several reasons. First, my goal is foremost to help disgruntled lawyers. If I take a position that alienates half of them, I can’t do that. Second, I think the quality of political discourse, at least in the United States, has sunk so …

The Abuse Stops With Us

Today we have a guest post from my wife, T. I offered to write this post on this topic because I am already in research mode with my graduate classes. I hope you read the entire post; I know it’s long, but I’ve written it for you. You who are in the trenches of the …

Watching Paint Dry

I wanted a job that was low maintenance with fewer hours and where I didn’t have to work with people. (Like many young and idealistic people, I used to always think I wanted to work with people, but I soon realized that there’s all kinds of people in the world, and every barrel has just enough …