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    Rumplestilskin v. Beautiful Princess  

    Utopian Higher Court, 1691

     

    As my inaugural blog entry, I am posting this article as a sort of disclaimer to future blog posts that will appear here, so you will have been warned.  Every law student dreams of having a seriously scholarly article published.  This was my "scholarly" article, reporting the Utopian Higher Court's 1691 landmark decision in a seminal breach-of-contract case, that ended up published in The Journal of Contemporary Law when I was a law student.  It was originally written by me anonymously in serial form, with each installment scotch-taped to the door of my 1st year Contract Law classroom in the dead of night.  When the professor (also dean of the law school) found out who had written it, what ensued was reminiscent of the scene in The Paper Chase when uber-intimidating Harvard Law contracts legend Professor Kingsfield (John Houseman) calls 1L student James Hart (Timothy Bottoms) to the front of the class and says "Mister Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer."  I actually wrote it to make practical sense of the often arcane principles of contract law we were learning in class, by applying them to fact situations that literally everyone is familiar with (and are rife with the conflicts lawyers get rich on).

     

    [Ed. Note: A Layman's guide to a couple of the principles of contract law referenced herein whose "names have been changed to protect" the satirical context: Statute of Frogs = Statute of Frauds; queasy-contract = quasi-contract. The rest are, well, accurate.]

     

    P.S. Easier reading on a laptop than mobile - I had to copy the pages of the book it was later published in.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Yep.  I found out about ten years later, almost by accident, that it had been included in a published compilation of legal humor, Amicus Humoriae.   But seeing as it's mine, I never agreed to it, and never got anything for it, I brazenly post it here, copied right from the book, unintimidated by the army of copyright lawyers - like me - spoiling for a takedown fight (smiley face).

     

     

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