I haven’t blogged in many months. As spring turned to summer, and summer to fall I had the intention, just not the time. So on a rainy first day of a three-day weekend, here is what I accomplished this summer:
I enjoyed working with my friend, Tom Watson, of Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance to co-author a
valuable article for the Sept/Oct issue of Law Practice magazine about getting the most bang for your buck on malpractice insurance. It has great information, especially if you have a solo or small law firm.
I also began working on an article that discusses the intersection of technology and the unauthorized practice of law. It’s in the early stages, but I am enjoying the research.
I spent a number of weekends on the road with my son who is a high school senior as we visited college football camps up and down the east coast. I don’t know whether he will play in college, but it was a great experience to spend that quality time with my youngest son.
Beginning in July, I worked to organize efforts to find pro bono representation for unaccompanied minors (UACs) coming across our southern border to escape the violence in Central America. This is a massive undertaking that includes hundreds of national and local organizations including the ABA, KIND, CLINIC, and many others. I am quoted in an AP article about these continuing efforts.
But mostly I worked to help create a project to provide pro bono legal services for women and their children who have fled gang and domestic violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. These families are detained at a government facility in Artesia, New Mexico, far from any city or metropolitan area where most lawyers work. Couple the lack of local attorneys with a fast-track docket to return these asylum seekers as fast as possible to their home countries, and you have a formula for due process disaster. I’ve been pleased to be part of the chorus of attorneys calling out the government (specifically the White House) for denying due process for these families. There is much more to be done, but it has been very challenging and rewarding.
Finally, slowly, but surely, I’ve been working on my holiday gift guide for lawyers, making notes, tearing out pages of magazines, bookmarking websites throughout the summer in anticipation of my tenth annual guide. Watch for the guide just before Thanksgiving . . .