After spending the better part of the last four decades giving my opinion on just about every topic -- from the law, politics, society, the environment, Springsteen, Mellencamp, Cleveland sports teams and recipes for the grill -- I have formally decided to enter the Blogosphere. Usually my opinions have been limited to those people who are within the sound of my voice, but in recent years, have appeared on Twitter and Facebook, so the evolution to starting my own blog was only natural.
Just so you understand, while I have no preconceived notions of this becoming the next SCOTUSBlog, I do think I have some insight to provide on issues in society and the legal community. I have spent well over the past decade in courtrooms in Ohio as a prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General and attorney in private practice. I have seen some of the most heinous perversions of the law, as well as been the witness to seeing the law work miracles no one thought possible. I have also been fortunate -- or unfortunate, depending on your viewpoint -- to sit at several different rings in the socioeconomic ladder, as well as worked with people from all walks of life -- from immigrants barely able to speak English to Midwestern farmers whose skin is permanently tanned from lifetimes spent under the sun to drug addicts craving their next fix to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies craving their next quarterly bonus checks.
I haven't lived in a bubble -- far from it -- which provides me a unique perspective on issues like the law, society and life in general. While the purpose of this blog is to discuss the law, changes in it, trends and observations, it may (will) occasionally wander into my general impressions on life in general.
Feel free to follow along, criticize, give input, give ideas and even give praise (if you think it's worth it). This blog is designed to provide information and insight, and not just to serve as my soapbox.
All of this being said, please remember that I am a practicing attorney. I am bound to the rules that govern attorneys, including the rules of ethics and professional conduct. You will not be reading about specific conversations with clients, nor will I be commenting on cases that I am an active participant in.
You will also not be hearing me give harsh criticisms about specific judges -- warranted or not -- because not only do I have to continue practicing before those judges, but I also have a very healthy respect for the judiciary and all of its pieces/parts. In my opinion, it is unprofessional for an attorney to publicly criticize a judge in terms of personal attacks -- I may disagree with their decision/opinion, but absent some underlying corruption, meanness or ill intentions, it is not proper or professional to attack a judge for their decisions.
So please feel free to follow along, give input, ask questions and share the pages on sites like Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, I leave you with a quote from someone way wiser than myself:
"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress." - Martin Luther King, Jr.