Recent Articles from Spencer Farris
I have been self-employed for a couple of decades, or as I call it, unemployed with overhead. Unless it was one of the days I skipped, no one in law school taught us how to operate a law firm.
The Supreme Court has been grabbing headlines lately, and not for their opinions. At least, not their official opinions. A long history of gifts from litigants appearing in front of the Court is coming to light, and the light isn’t flattering.
In case you missed it, as I did, the online court records system is being thrown open to the public. Because of that change, it will be necessary for lawyers to be more careful when loading documents into the system, to protect the privacy of litigants.
It is summer, and graduation time for law students. It is also time for my semi-regular rant on law school.
Back in the day, I think it was a Tuesday, my mentor told me not to write anything I would be embarrassed to see on the front page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch tomorrow.
When I first began my solo law practice, a wise lawyer advised me to buy a good chair since I would spend more time in it than I would in my bed. He was right. I don’t know if it is more frustrating when a good chair fails than a crummy one but at least the warranty is better.
I have a confession to make. I saw the Broadway play “To Kill A Mockingbird” recently.
In a mechanically operated dystopian future, robot lawyers are our only hope. They will argue our case to the Supreme Robot Counsel, assuming they can get past the metal detectors and rise above their own anti-robot sentiment. In short, we should make nice with them now.
My high school coach told me that for every advantage you gain, there are disadvantages. I remember this clearly — as a bench warmer, I wasn’t distracted by playing when the coach was philosophizing.
I just had the Monday-est of Mondays. I was loafing through my morning routine, walking the dog in the cold, pretending to work out, and having breakfast.
- Immigration: Asylum-Withholding of Removal-Appellate Jurisdiction
- Criminal Law: Child Pornography-Bottom-of-Guidelines Sentence-Substantive Reasonableness of Sentence
- Criminal Law: Child Abuse-Sufficiency Of Evidence-Closing Argument
- Civil Rights: Religious Freedom-RLUIPA-Res Judicata
- Civil Practice: Res Judicata-Stop Work Order
- Immigration: Drug Conviction-Removability-Overbreadth of State Offense
- Civil Practice: Asset Forfeiture-Sanctions
- Civil Rights: Due Process-Failure to State Claim
- Probate : Revocable Trust – Amendment – Reformation
- Employer – Employee : Unpaid Commissions – At-Will Status
- Criminal Law : Post-Conviction Relief – Effectiveness Of Counsel – Conflict Of Interest
- Appellate Practice : Jurisdiction – Final Judgment
- Nurse entitled to disability benefits despite working months after accident, Supreme Court rules
- Eastern District rules 10 cases against TitleMax may proceed without arbitration
- Supreme Court declines to hear Republican appeals on abortion ballot initiatives
- Cole County jury awards $1.56 billion in Roundup case headed for appeal
- Jury gives massive award after fleeing suspect causes fatal crash
- 8th Circuit tosses suit claiming false sale prices
- Attorney general releases report on Kim Gardner investigation
- Legal Limelight: Jason C. Smith, Office Managing Partner, Spencer Fane