Top Ten Blog posts of 2013

December 30, 2013

Top 10 graphicI hope everyone had a great 2013 and is looking forward to a successful 2014.  I would like to thank you, our readers, for making this a remarkable year and helping this blog thrive.  Let’s take a look back at the top ten most-read posts of 2013.

10. Perry v. Hollingsworth prediction: Prop 8 is going down – in a very big way  Predicting the outcome of Hollingsworth v. Perry – the legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8 – presents some interesting questions.  (by Jeremy Byellin)

9. Evolution of Legal Technology: A Look Back Fewer and fewer attorneys these days can remember practicing without some form of information technology. The desktop PC has been common in the workplace since the mid-80s, but until the mid to late 90s they were largely used only as word processors. (by Max Zawojski)

8. Today in 1984: Carmaker John DeLorean acquitted of cocaine smuggling charges by reason of entrapment  Not only did the defense successfully portray DeLorean as being unwittingly drawn into the conspiracy, they also produced evidence and testimony demonstrating some gross misconduct by federal authorities. (by Jeremy Byellin)

7.  Pardon the Disruption: The first thing that needs to go—the billable hour  For our first post, we take aim at an ongoing issue that plagues firms of all sizes: how to charge clients. The vast majority of firms still live under the tyranny of the billable hour. (by Jay Edelson & Chandler Givens)

6.  Today in 1893: The Supreme Court rules that tomatoes are vegetables, not fruits  Although the Court conceded that, “[b]otanically speaking, tomatoes are the fruit of a vine,” it further held that the common conception of the produce is as a vegetable. (by Jeremy Byellin)

5.  What were Obama’s executive orders on guns and are they constitutional?  Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed 23 executive orders designed to curb gun violence.  Gun rights advocates and some Republicans claimed that the President overstepped his constitutional bounds in so doing. (by Jeremy Byellin)

4. 10 quotes from the same-sex marriage Supreme Court oral arguments and what they might mean (part 1) Here is a compilation of ten important quotes from the Supreme Court justices — five from each case — and how they may suggest the Court is leaning. (by Kellie Pantekoek)

3. Was the Second Amendment intended to be used by or against the states?  If the Second Amendment enshrined a fundamental individual right to bear arms, as Heller claims, Fourteenth Amendment jurisprudence from the early 20th century onward would all but dictate that such a right would be incorporated against the states. (by Jeremy Byellin)

2.  Ralph Lauren upset over U.S. Polo Association horse logo (again), court agrees  On Monday, the court held that just because U.S. Polo Association has the right to use a horseman logo on apparel does not mean it can use a similar mark on its fragrances. (by Will Ashenmacher)

1.  Legal Writing: Word Choice Every good lawyer knows that persuasion begins with framing the issue, and framing the issue begins with effective word choice. (by Jason Steed)