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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Post-Apocalyptic Rules of Civil Procedure

Federal Rule 26(a)(1)(A)(v) [Amended July 15, 2023]:

Duty to Disclose; General Provisions Governing Discovery
(a) Required Disclosures.
(1) Initial Disclosures.
(A) In General. Except as exempted by Rule 26(a)(1)(B) or as otherwise stipulated or ordered by the court, a party must, without awaiting a discovery request, provide to the other parties:
(v) the location and description of any and all long-range tactical nuclear and/or chemical weapons that the disclosing party may use to support its claims or defenses.

Post-Apocalyptic Academy Bar Exam: Question #1

A homeowner whose lawnmower broke down started borrowing his neighbor's mower one day per week to mow his lawn. One week, the homeowner borrowed the lawnmower from his neighbor, who was not home at the time. Unfortunately, the neighbor had drained the oil from the lawnmower without the homeowner's knowledge. The homeowner ran the lawnmower for an hour, completely destroying the motor. The mower cost $250 when the homeowner took it. The cost of repairing the mower is $150, and a new mower would cost $400.

If the neighbor sues the homeowner, what should the court do?

(A) Award the neighbor $250 and allow the homeowner to keep the mower.

(B) Award the neighbor $150 and order the homeowner to return the mower.

(C) Award the neighbor $0, but only if the neighbor had specifically agreed to let the homeowner borrow the mower when the neighbor was not home.

(D) Permit the litigants to fight to the death using the neighbor's remaining lawn and garden tools.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mountain Hardwear Double Wicked Lite Tee: For When You Have to Wear a Shirt

Let’s face it: unless you’re in court, there’s no reason to sport the Oxford shirt and tie combo. With global temperatures rising and air conditioning only sporadically available, you might be tempted to eschew clothing altogether. But only partners can get away with that. So what do you wear when you have to wear something?

Enter the Mountain Hardwear Double Wicked Lite short sleeve tee. Blissfully free of collar stays and cuff links, the super-light shirt is an attractive and affordable choice in a wicking tech tee segment otherwise packed with uninspiring options. Lightweight and quick-drying, the tee is perfect for those ozone action days when you don’t have to appear before the judge. The two-tone color scheme is a refreshing change in a field filled with uncreative single-color competitors, and adds a slimming effect that’s actually flattering on most, er, some lawyers’ physiques.

The shirt does have some downsides. It’s a bit of a tight fit, especially in the shoulders. I haven’t had any trouble so far, but the fabric feels very delicate. I’m not sure it would survive scrambling through crumbling concrete and rebar.   And although it does dry relatively fast, the wicking action leaves a little bit to be desired. On the bright side, it doesn’t have to be dry cleaned or ironed, and the anti-odor technology can overcome all but the cheapest of colognes.

The Mountain Hardwear Double Wicked Lite tee shirt is an excellent, ultra-lightweight choice. It’s not the most versatile option in its class (I don’t recommend it as an insulating layer) and is best used in very hot weather, but for most attorneys it’s a better option than going shirtless.

Mountain Hardwear Double Wicked Lite Short Sleeve Tee Shirt – Rating:
8 of 10 Gavels

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MEMO #1: Rebuilding society one lawsuit at a time.

In 2006, something went awry.

The stock market collapsed. Then the credit market collapsed. Then the housing market collapsed. Then actual houses collapsed. Suddenly, a law degree isn't what it used to be.

It's a brave new world of jurisprudence out there. The kind of world in which a brave new kind of lawyer will rise:

The Post-Apocalyptic Lawyer.

Let this site be your guide to surviving, lawyering and living the PAL way. With great gear reviews and discoveries, fitness-minded info and even a little hilarity to brighten your day, you'll stand ready to take on the new American legal wasteland in no time.