UK Innovative Lawyers Show US the Ways Big Law Fights Back

The FT Innovative Lawyers honors for 2014 have been released, so it’s time to peer across the pond and see what our friends in the UK have been doing. This look becomes more interesting each year as competition heats up with the UK’s adoption through the Legal Services Act of 2007 of the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) model.

As I flipped through the honorees in different categories, and looked at the contenders for and ultimate winner of the Legal Innovator of the Year award, several things stood out. I should note that the award goes to an individual, not a firm. But, I talk about the firms below and not the individuals, in part because I believe the environment must be somewhat open to innovation for the individual to succeed.

I’ve listed below the things that stood out to me with my comments. The list is not ordered, which partly reflects my drafting and partly reflects the eclectic nature of what is happening in the legal industry.

  • Of the ten firms with contenders for Legal Innovator of the Year, four (Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, Orrick, Sidley & Austin) were US-based law firms. FT’s recognition of US legal innovation will come out in December. It will be interesting to see how many, if any, of the same US firms appear on that list. It is too soon to tell whether any of these firms are becoming global innovators, or if innovation is still the domain of isolated partners.
  • One firm with a contender (Mishcon de Reya) has applied to be an ABS. Mishcon is one of the first if not the first major law firm to apply for ABS status.
  • None of the firms with contenders are in the Magic Circle group of firms (Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter and May). There are many other awards more specific to practice areas and some Magic Circle firms do appear on those lists.
  • Two of the ten individuals contending were women (Joanne Wheeler, Susana Almeida Lopes), and one of these women (Joanne Wheeler) won the Legal Innovator of the Year Award.
  • One of the ten firms with contenders (Eversheds) had a service delivery model that brought it to the judges’ attention. Eversheds has been known for its single-supplier deal with Tyco. That deal, which includes metrics and project management, has expanded and Eversheds has struck more such deals. This structure goes well beyond convergence. We now see a model under which one firm handles or manages the legal services for a company, just as IBM might manage the IT services for a company.
  • The innovations that put the individuals in contention were diverse. The winner (from Bird & Bird) has built a space law practice. Several others were in contention for law firm or talent management initiatives.
  • Practicing law and being a good place to work can work together. One firm (Mishcon) was listed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For – for the past five years.

I believe competition is having an impact on the UK legal market, and is, at least in part, driving some of the innovative activity now appearing in descriptions of the contenders.

Lawyers are professional skeptics, so I’m sure many reading this post and the FT Innovators list will say there is nothing new here. I respectfully disagree. Although the list may represent the tip of the spear, change is moving lawyers and law firms forward to do things different and in some cases ahead of the market. When the December awards for US firms come out, we can compare how far and fast things are moving in the two markets. Anyone want to make bets about which country will be in the lead?

Design and the Legal Industry

Stop and think about design in the legal industry for a moment. As with most things in the legal industry, design has not changed for a very long time. Prior to 1961, most typewriters used a Courier font. In 1961, IBM introduced the Selectric typewriter with its replaceable typeball. Typists could change the ball, switching between Courier and Times New Roman typefaces (with the Selectric II, they also could change between 10 and 12 characters per inch). Lawyers moved to Times New Roman and never looked back.

This is what Matthew Butterick, a lawyer, Fastcase 50 winner, author of the book Typography for Lawyers, and founder of the website says about the Times New Roman font:

When Times New Roman appears in a book, document, or advertisement, it connotes apathy. It says, “I submitted to the font of least resistance.” Times New Roman is not a font choice so much as the absence of a font choice, like the blackness of deep space is not a color. To look at Times New Roman is to gaze into the void.

Today, lawyers live in two worlds. One world, mostly the judicial world, often requires that we use Times New Roman font. Specifying the font restricts the creativity of lawyers who sometimes try and wedge more words into the space allotted for legal briefs. Outside the judicial world, however, lawyers generally may do what they want, and yet lawyers typically “connote apathy” and stick with Times New Roman. Beyond typefaces, legal document lack color, graphics, and even a hint of design.

Good Design leads to Delightedness

Design is important. Outside the legal industry, design carries great weight since it can make the difference between successful and unsuccessful products. Designers focus on what separates the good from the bad. At a recent Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, executives from leading software companies talked about how empathy and delight define good from bad.  Without empathy, the user doesn’t engage with the product. Frustrating experiences defeat user delight.

Using good design in legal documents can help accomplish many of our goals. Good design helps clarity. We want clients and opposing parties to understand our documents. Clients need to use contracts, and clear and engaging documents will help them do so.

Good design helps with readability. In an age when adult literacy is declining, it is ever more challenging for lawyers to create documents clients are willing to read. We compete with smartphones, YouTube, Netflix and a host of other content sources. The less distance we put between our content and the competition’s content, the easier it will be to draw our clients into engaging with what we do. We don’t have to create 30 minute sitcom contracts, but a contract that looks more like it came from a magazine than a 1960’s Selectric typewriter will take us a long way towards clients believing we want to delight them.

Change is Easy

Using the same font, even one that causes us to “gaze into the void,” is not the biggest challenge in the legal industry. But, it does speak to our creativity. Even though we have no design restraint on most of what we do, we refuse to deviate from a typeface used for over 50 years that connotes apathy. In this modern era where it is incredibly difficult to engage audiences, we choose to use the path of least interest.

Fortunately for all of us, updating our legal designs does not take much effort. Changing fonts is easy to do, and through the Internet and advisors such as Mr. Butterick, we have a wealth of advice on what to do. Modern software permits us to add colors to titles, callout boxes to emphasize certain points, use formulas rather than text for precision, and add many other design elements to our documents. We have extensive experience putting legal terms in documents that contain other elements (advertisements, instructions) so we know how to point the user to what is helpful and what is binding. Now is a great time to transform legal documentation from apathetic to delightful.

Best Character on “Law and Order – Criminal Intent”

Although I think television is an intellectually barren wasteland with idiotic, crude programming, I have to admit I’m hooked on a few programs. L&O; – Criminal Intent is my favorite. A spin-off of the highly acclaimed Law and Order series, it has an intriguing hook like few others. I’m drawn to it like a moth to the flame. The story lines are “ripped from the news headlines”, as it self-proclaims, and the dialogue, cast, settings and balance between the law (justice sytem) and order (police who investigate the crimes) sides are superb.

What cinches it for me, though, is one character in particular: Detective Bobby Goren, played by Vince D’onofrio. In my mind’s eye, he is the modern day equivalent of Sherlock Holmes. Goren sees things, both physical and mental, that the ordinary cop on the beat misses. What might appear to be minutiae to one person, even his attractive assistant detective Eames, becomes the springboard for further evidence to investigate.

When I first started watching this series a few years ago, I recognized his name but couldn’t quite place him. I then did what every red-blooded, curious person would do — I Googled his name for background info. When I saw his credits, I laughed out loud! He was the freaking “Bug” in the movie “Men in Black”! Holy bug catcher, Batman! What a contrast between the cockroach-eating alien bug from outer space and the erudite, polished investigator on Criminal Intent. It didn’t seem plausible, but it is. That in itself says something about his acting talents, by being able to break out of a comically ludicrous role into a deadly serious one. Normally they get type-cast and can’t make the transition between the vastly different genres.

Bobby’s peers, and certainly his precinct commander, don’t quite know what to make of him. I noticed, though, a progression of understanding and acceptance by those around him, particularly his sidekick played by Katherine Erb. In the early episodes, she is almost besides herself with Bobby’s intellect and gestures. He is certainly out of the mold of the average detective. She discovers, along with their commander and the assistant D.A., that for all his kookiness and eccentricities, he blows them all away with his powers of deductive reasoning. Indeed, it’s revealed, through a flashback, that Eames had actually requested a different partner due to Bobby’s persona. She didn’t understand him back then, but is now an integral partner in their investigative forays. They play off each other very nicely.

Goren is a complex, multi-faceted character that possesses the right degree of conflict, both inner and external. The son of a paranoid-schizophrenic mother, he is acutely aware of mental illness and, I think, is fearful for his own psyche — the terrible fear of genetic eventuality, becoming a clone of his mother’s delusional life. The outer conflict seemingly involves his sense of place, as he is the proverbial square peg in a sea of round holes. A likable loner, he draws the viewer close to his world but never into it. The personal enigma becomes him. He can be both physically tough, slamming a criminal around (albeit on a rare occasion) and yet a very compassionate person. Even towards a criminal that he thinks is innocent while everyone else wants to hang the perp.

It’s interesting also to note the character development of those in his department from the earlier to the later seasonal episodes. They are not only more comfortable with his quirks, but understand and encourage his peculiar investigative style. He himself goofs on the various criminals during intensive questioning, always throwing them off guard with his exaggerated gestures and props. He has fully blossomed into a character that you either love or hate. I have yet to find someone who takes the middle ground in this regard.

His tenure on the show will eventually come to end, bringing a sad note to us fans of this creative series. Bobby, we hardly knew ye!

Lemon Law: The Importance of Documentation for Your Vehicle

Buying a vehicle can be a highly stressful time. Next to purchasing a home, American families struggle with the next major financial investment in car shopping. For some, shopping for a vehicle can be so overwhelming that we avoid it at any cost. However, once the financing process is complete, many will find the vehicle purchase will provide for a sense of accomplishment and excitement when traveling in the new car. Unfortunately, in rare cases, some individuals suffer from defective vehicles resulting in a complaint or claim filed under what is known as the Lemon Law.

Lemon Law, as it pertains to vehicle purchases, is a federal and state regulatory measure to ensure the vehicle consumer is protected against defective vehicle parts and accessories. By definition a vehicle which does not provide service, value or safety to the consumer is a vehicle which may fall under the Lemon Law. Depending on the state in which you reside, the vehicle Lemon Law may vary slightly. However, the overall goal of the Lemon Law is to protect consumers with proper financial compensation when the vehicle purchased does not hold up to the expectations of the market demand.

For many consumers, when purchasing a new vehicle, we do not anticipate the vehicle is a “lemon”. As a result, we fail to properly document the initial repairs made to the vehicle while covered under warranty. However, documenting not only the type of repair but also the name and numbers of those you speak with at the dealership, manufacturer as well as the timing involved with repair will only serve to proof up a case for compensation under the Lemon Law.

To file a complaint under Lemon Law, most states provide assistance in completing the appropriate complaint forms. In Texas, for example, the Texas Department of Transportation, also known as the DOT, will provide a complaint form to be filed when there is sufficient documentation to warrant a review of a vehicle under the Lemon Law provisions. The important key factor to remember, however, is to provide enough documentation to proof a consistent pattern of failure with the vehicle in question.

If confirmed as a “lemon”, there are a variety of suggested options for the vehicle owner. Most commonly, the vehicle manufacturer will provide you with a replacement vehicle, at no cost. In some cases, however, the manufacturer may opt to provide cash settlement or provide a full refund of the purchase process. The decision with regard to resolution of the Lemon Law compliant is, generally, made final by the state in which you reside.

For more information regarding Lemon Law, visit the National Lemon Law Center online.


The Top 10 New Health Foods for 2020

They may not be new, but here the top ten health foods for 2020. If you are like me and my family, and well, the rest of the world, the start of the New Year also signals a fresh start. This year I wanted to focus on eating healthfully, not just starving myself. As a result, I have come up with a list of the top ten health foods for the New Year.

Concentrated Tart Cherry Juice– My dad and my aunt started drinking concentrated Cherry Juice diluted in water. You can pick this super healthy drink up at any health food store. My dad swears it helps combat his gout flare-ups, and my aunt says that it helps with her arthritis. Not just those who suffer from gout or arthritis down this beverage because apparently athletes drink concentrated Cherry Juice to relieve post-workout pain.

Pumpkin Puree-High in fiber and quite tasty. I have recently started trying to find ways to incorporate pumpkin puree in my diet. Just this week, I mixed a can of pumpkin puree with lowfat yogurt and cinnamon. What a tasty and nutritious treat. Pumpkin packs a healthy punch!

Roasted and Milled Flax seed-Flax Seed is packed with Omega-3s, lignans, and fiber. The best part of this health food is you can sprinkle it on unhealthy things like… ice cream!! Ease the guilt of eating ice cream by adding some goodness to it. I like to add flax seed to my chocolate chip cookies, so I don’t feel so horrible eating them.

Raw Wheat Germ– Like flax seed, wheat germ can be added to other foods. I use it to bread chicken, as a filler in meatballs, to bake cookies, and to make smoothies. Wheat Germ has not only fiber, but folic acid and vitamin E. This is a great food for pregnant or soon to be pregnant women.

Whole Wheat Flour-Again, this is a easy swap from your regular Bleached White Flour, and the benefits are worth it. That way you can make your cookies and eat them, too. Whole Wheat Flour is a good source of fiber.

The skin on cucumbers-Really, the skin on cucumbers. For years, I have been eating cucumber with the skin peeled off. I have since discovered that the skin contains all the nutrients of this favorite on the crudités platter. The skin of the cucumber is full of tons of vitamins and nutrients. Vitamin C, A, magnesium, potassium, and fiber are just few found hanging out in the skin of a cucumber.

Coffee-Yup, another shocking new healthy food. It reduces the risk of Parkinson disease, type 2 diabetes, as well of colon cancer.

Dark Chocolate– Go ahead, drink a cup of coffee and enjoy a square of dark chocolate. It has been found to reduce blood pressure, and besides that it tastes great. Who says eating healthfully has to taste bad?

Blueberries-Eat them for the benefits in the future. It is believed that blueberries increase cognitive function and decrease the chance of memory loss (

Prunes-They aren’t just for old people. Besides being rather tasty, they help with constipation. They, like blueberries, are believed to decrease the chance of memory loss ( So, eat those prunes, so when you are old you won’t forge

New Law: Car’s Headlights Must Be On When Raining in Pittsburgh

This year something else became a law in Pittsburgh. When you are driving and it is raining and you put on your windshield wipers, now you much also put on your headlights. Driving in the rain without putting on your headlights can and will get you a fine. Starting this January you must put on your headlights when you are driving in the rain. Be sure that you do and you can save some of your money. The last thing you want is a fine for either not knowing about the new law or not following it. It just passed this year, so remember turn the headlights on at the first sign of rain and then you won’t have to worry.

So for a rule of thumb, if you are driving and it is raining, put on the headlights and don’t forget. This way you will always be safe as you travel about the Pittsburgh area. It is just another thing that you must be aware of when you are driving in and around the Pittsburgh area. Be sure that you pay special attention to it and make sure that you follow all the rules of the road when you are in the city of Pittsburgh. The rules are there for a reason and they must be followed.

The law passed in the beginning of the year and it seems that many people do not know that the law has passed. When it is raining you still see many cars without their headlights on. To be fair, perhaps some of the people don’t know that it is now a law. Maybe they don’t know that when it is raining and you have to have your windshield wipers on that your headlights must also be on. Hopefully they will know soon, because today there would have been many citations given. It rained and lots of people did not have their headlights on. As it seemed, one out of every three cars did not have their headlights on. Though, I didn’t see the police out in full force enforcing the new law, it is only a matter of time. So remember, that now when you are driving in and around the Pittsburgh area and it is raining, please put the headlights on. Follow the rules that they give in the city of Pittsburgh and you will save yourself some money. It is the law.


Why a Computer Won’t Replace Law Firm Associates Tomorrow

I am an unabashed technology fan, but I’m also a lawyer and, therefore, a professional skeptic. So, when I read speculation about the one of the artificial intelligence (AI) packages taking over the work of law firm junior associates in the near future, the geek in me is intrigued and the skeptic in me says “no way.” Right now and for the foreseeable future, the skeptic is going to win. In fact, right now the chances of getting a computer to do first year associate legal research in the near future are about the same as getting Shakespeare verses from a monkey with a typewriter.

Let’s start with what is possible in the real world today. Siri, Contara, Google Now and Watson each can do wonderful things when it comes to tracking down information in data sets. They have, in varying degrees, the ability to take a query, parse the query, search databases, and come back with information relevant to the query. In some cases, they just deliver web sites that seem to have relevant information. In other cases, they can go much further. Some of the sophistication in these packages lies in their abilities to understand queries with some ambiguity built into them. The more ambiguous the query, the more the software must work to decipher the query, and that is much more difficult than simply searching databases.

The challenge becomes even greater when the complexity of the query grows. In other words, as we move from data searching to compound analytics, the software can’t simply go to one database and extract the answer. It may have to tie together multiple databases and knit an answer. Parsing the query also becomes more difficult, since compound queries typically include more ambiguity.

If you read Wired’s story about Viv, an AI package in development that, from the sounds of it, would blow the existing contenders out of the water, you will find a nice infographic showing how Viv would work through and answer the query, “On the way to my brother’s house, I need to pick up some cheap wine that would go with lasagna.” Using database searches and matching the results, Viv finds the route to “my brother’s” house, locate wine shops along the way, picks red wines that go with lasagna, and finds the prices of the wines.

AI and the First Year Associate

Ron Friedman and Alan Rothman discuss the logical question of interest to lawyers: could Viv take over doing basic legal research? Basically, could Viv become a first year associate? The same question has been asked about other AI efforts, but since Viv aims to play in a different league, I’ll focus on what I think would be the barrier to Viv taking over that first year associate’s job.

Legal research is quite complicated, but for purposes of this post I’m going to grossly oversimplify it by dividing it into two very large buckets. The first bucket is the easier of the two. It involves queries such as: find a case that supports the statement I am making in my brief. If I want to say “granting summary judgment in a patent infringement case is appropriate in the Federal Third Circuit when …” I need a case supporting that statement. As I understand Viv, she would parse the sentence into something like “what is summary judgment,” “what is a patent infringement case,” “what is the Federal Third Circuit,” and “what is appropriate.” She would then do something similar to what any of us would do, and follow the databases to find that case in the Third Circuit that says, “granting summary judgment is appropriate in a patent infringement case when the following test is met …”

Of course, things become more complicated if there isn’t such a case in the Third Circuit. Now, Viv must reason that the general standard for summary judgment in the Third Circuit also should apply to a patent infringement case. To do that, Viv would have to know whether a patent infringement case is distinguishable from other cases in a way that is meaningful for determining summary judgment. Even this simple question can quickly become confusing.

Let’s go back for a moment to the “cheap wine for a lasagna dinner at my brother’s” example from the Wired article. Viv recommended wine stores selling cabernet’s ((Viv’s wine suggestion) on the route from the requestor’s house to her brother’s house and found the prices for those wines. While Viv’s ability is amazing, it misses the human elements. Would a different wine choice be more inspired? Was the requestor’s brother serving tomato sauce lasagna or white lasagna? Should the requestor also bring a white wine, because her brother’s girlfriend is allergic to red wine?

You could argue I’m just making the initial query more complicated by adding facts. But, that is what humans do, although often subconsciously. We simplify what we are doing when reporting it out loud, but when we actually perform the task we take into account those unspoken factors. Con=mbining database research on discrete factors into an answer isn’t the same as legal research.

Similarly, when lawyers do research they don’t articulate all of the factors they are using when they select cases, they rely on factors not articulated. It is the factors not articulated, but used in the research, that can distinguish the quality of product returned. Unless the person asking Viv to do the legal research is very detailed when giving Viv the inquiry, and unless Viv can handle extremely complicated inquiries for even the most basic case support, I think it is unlikely Viv will be doing legal research anytime soon. I’m also skipping over the fact that frequently legal research involves finding the analogous case, not the case directly on point (because no such case exists), and that type of reasoning is well beyond Viv’s capabilities.

Respect, But Don’t Fear

If Viv and other AI software won’t be doing legal research soon, should we as lawyers care (er, worry) about these packages? I think the answer is yes, and for several reasons. First, Viv may not get to legal research, but undoubtedly a Viv in the not-too-distant future will get there. The discussion about computers doing some form of research is not one of “if” but of “when.” Second, the path from Viv to that future researcher probably won’t be linear. The path will involve leaps and plateaus, but we should be prepared for the leaps because each one will be a bit more of technology encroaching on what lawyers formerly did. Third, even though Viv can’t do research there are things a Viv-like AI package soon will be able to do and even those things will impact the way we practice law.

Lawyers today already face a deluge of information. Software packages today are good at and quickly growing better at pre-sifting information. This isn’t legal research; it is sorting through hundreds, thousands or millions of documents to find those relevant to the inquiry. Obviously, eDiscovery is the leading area where we see this happening, but these skills are now being used in other (though related) areas such as due diligence. Vendors are starting to find ways to gather and structure the unstructured information sitting in corporate and law firm databases. As more data becomes readily accessible and “meaningful,” software will use it more effectively.

Right now, we all seem focused on when certain changes will occur.  Instead of focusing on the unknowable, we should focus on what we can control. Eliminating non-value added activities in what we do frees up our time to focus on value added activities. The more we focus on value rather than effort, the more we have a chance of staying ahead of the technology curve.

[N.B. – Points for those of you who figured out the “monkey with a typewriter” reference is to the picture which shows one of the members of the 1960’s band Monkees sitting at a typewriter. Extra points if you know which member of the band is shown, and points deducted if you have to look it up on Google.]

Elder Abuse & the Law

Our society is witnessing a steady climb in assisted living facilities and nursing homes as the population of the boomer generation continues to grow older. While some of our elderly are able to carry out the task of self-care, others require additional assistance.

Basic Care and Necessities of Life

“Elder neglect” refers to the service provider’s failure to ensure basic care and the necessities of life for the elderly. The service provider is anyone charged with the responsibility of caring for the elderly, such as an adult child, a family member, caregiver, or attendant. Necessities generally refer to food, water, shelter, clothing, medication, safety, personal care, and financial support. We attribute self-neglect as an elderly person’s failure to perform self-care. Depending on place of residence, an elder person is someone who is 60-65 years old.

Signs of Elder Neglect

Some signs that can suggest elder neglect are bedsores, poor hygiene, dehydration, weight loss, malnutrition, bruises or broken bones. The living environment does not have running water, heat, or appears to be unsanitary. Missed medical appointments, unfilled prescriptions, untreated medical ailments can suggest lack of care.

Contact the Authorities

If there is possible elder neglect, concerned citizens should, while not required by law, contact the proper authorities. Protective services agencies have the responsibility and resources to investigate reported cases or concerns they receive. In an emergency, please contact law enforcement and medical services. You may be the only help the neglected elder has, so take your concerns seriously.

Elder Abuse Prevention

In the same manner, if you suspect that an elderly person has suffered neglect and abuse, contact protective services agencies in your area. Protective services agencies will perform the necessary investigations to establish if there has been elder abuse. If it is warranted, contact emergency medical services and law enforcement. Concerned citizens are not lawfully required to report cases of elder abuse. However, the elderly may not have anyone else.

Elder Law Lawyer

The information provided in this article serves as a general introduction of an important subject matter. The law surrounding elder neglect or elder abuse requires a professional lawyer. Please contact a lawyer if you are dealing with a case of elder neglect or elder abuse.


The Janitorial Law

With the presidential elections coming up I began to wonder about the qualifications. As this thought passed through my ever curious mind, I found that there is one very important qualification missing. It is a qualification that should be known as the (Janitorial Experience). In order to have this as a qualification, we must first have it as a law, therefore I have written
this article to inform people of why a janitorial law should be enforced.

The law should read as follows: anyone person applying for a political chair must have four years of janitorial experience.

When applying for a janitorial position one must have these qualification.
1. Be a high school graduate/ GED. College, Treading Course or others are optional.
2. Be 18 years of age or older.
3. Be bonded
4. A citizen of the U.S.A.

The reason for the education is so that when a person in the janitorial position is requested to preform an act of duty, he/she will understand the request. There is also the belief that a person with at least 4 years of high school, is capable of communicating with those he/she is working with. Which is a plus to everyone. 18 years of age is a legal matter when it comes to hiring someone for full time work. It also protects both employer and employee. Being bonded provides thee employer with legal proof that the employee is not a thief. Which in the case of a janitor is very important. These people in such a position have full excess to the company store. They are trusted with the keys from the front door to the back door. They have access to the funds for purchasing supplies. It is the belief of those who hire them that they will make the right choice wisely. It is also a show of respect by the employee, and gives confidence to the employer.

Once the janitor is on the job, those that work indirectly with him/her, come to rely on them. Which leads to the diplomatic manner of the janitor. The reason this occurs, is because all of those that work within the company store come to think that the janitor is there for their benefit. Which is true, and leads to the assumption that the janitor will fit it, and in most cases they do, and they do so with a pleasing attitude. They are diplomatic.

It is because of these qualities that the janitor learns thee importance of being economical, the need to solve problems with satisfactory results to all concerned, and thee ability to keep the company in the best position to advance with success.

Now the only three qualifications one person needs to enter the elections for Presidency are as follows:
1. Must be 35 years of age on the day of inauguration.
2. Have lived in the United States for 14 years
3. Be a natural born citizen of the United States.

Yes there are unwritten qualifications, such as he/she should have an education, should be knowledgeable of economics, and should understand the need of being diplomatic. Now that does sound good, but the point being, they are not required to hold any of these qualities to run for the top office of the United States.

We also have learned in history that because of our neglect to back check all those who run for office, we have placed thieves in the white house, we have found some to be greedy, we have also become accustom to being mislead by double talkers.
All of this should tell the American voters, even myself, that we need a janitor whom has proven that they can be trusted, and not another high priced under achiever whom has bought their way into office. Shouldn’t the one who is leading the troops into a satisfying for all out come, have the ability of being diplomatic? After all, when one speaks with the janitor he or she accepts to receive an answer at the time of the question. Not to be told, I’ll get back to you, or, you can only ask the questions you have been provide with. A janitor doesn’t have a staff writer who is paid to make his sound intelligent, they just need to know how to answer the question.

So what this all boils down to is one major fact, we the people want to make certain that there is always enough toilet paper to wipe up are behind, but we aren’t smart enough to prevent the mess in the first place. Remember that the janitor understands there are only solutions and not problems. A candidate always says, I can fix the problem.

There are three solutions that would eliminate their problems.
1. Remove greed, and you have sharing.
2. Remove envy, and you have fairness.
3. Show humanity, and you will have humbleness.

Now, let’s get out there and vote for the “Janitorial Law”. After all, who among us does not prefer a clean toilet?



Unique Connecticut Law Firm Celebrates 70th Anniversary

As far as law firms go, you can probably recognize the names of those you find plastered on buses, billboards or on late night television commercials. This article is not about those lawyers. Instead it deals with a firm that has relied on word of mouth for over 70 years. Founded in 1940, the law office of Podorowsky Thompson & Baron has been representing generations of Connecticut families. The firm boasts loyal clients that have been using their services since the early 1950s. Not ready to sit on their laurels, PT&B; continued to evolve and in 2007, opened an office in the heart of New Britain’s Polish District.

If you’ve never been to New Britain’s “Little Poland”, you might want to bring along your passport. Whether you are getting a haircut, looking for dance lessons, need to do some banking, or want a cup of coffee, you can actually conduct an entire day’s business entirely in Polish. Not to be outdone, Podorowsky Thompson & Baron entered the fray. The firm added a Polish speaking attorney and purchased a former biker bar from the city of New Britain through a neighborhood revitalization program. Entering the unassuming entrance of Podorowsky, Thompson & Baron, former bar patrons may be surprised to now find an elegant office with high vaulted ceilings, antique Victorian furniture and paintings from local artists. As soon as you walk in, clients are offered a cappuccino which they can sip while reading a selection of reading materials in a variety of languages.

Aesthetics and coffee aside, what matters is the firm does great work and has become a wonderful addition to the community. Each month, the firm conducts legal seminars for area residents and is active in charity work.
They also put out a legal advice column that is printed in English and Polish newspapers available throughout New England. Through the firm’s legal intern program, students from UCONN Law, Western New England, Pace and even Poland have gained an insight into daily law practice.

Practice areas include personal injury, criminal defense, immigration, real estate closings and family law. It may be the only law firm in New England that can provide real estate closings in your choice of English, Polish or Spanish. Unlike most law firms, Podorowsky Thompson & Baron is unique in that it offers optional payment plans and 24 hour-7 day a week access to their attorneys via an emergency hotline. I know this from personal experience. As one of the firm’s attorneys, I often man the hotline. It often means late night calls and a crabby wife.

PT&B; is located at 202 Broad Street in New Britain, Connecticut. For more information, you can visit them on the web at

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