"Alito Cites GOP Ad to Argue Against Televising Supreme Court Arguments"

“Alito Cites GOP Ad to Argue Against Televising Supreme Court Arguments”: Jess Bravin has this post at WSJ.com’s “Washington Wire” blog.

And Friday at that very same blog, Bravin had a post titled “With Court at Full Strength, Alito Foresees Less Conservative Compromise With Liberal Bloc.”

Both posts originate from Bravin’s coverage of Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.’s remarks at a fireside chat Thursday afternoon at the Third Circuit‘s Judicial Conference. As I noted in this post earlier today, I came this close to recognizing Bravin, whom I have never formally met in person, that afternoon while he was sitting at a table in the conference’s main hallway typing his reports on his laptop.

Some highlights from last week’s Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Some highlights from last week’s Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: Finally had the pleasure of meeting in person Senior U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett (N.D. Iowa), whose writings and accomplishments I have long admired. Plus, narrowly avoided having to say that this guy was the first federal judge I ever met with his own publicly accessible Twitter account.

Finally got to meet in person fellow Third Circuit Bar Association board member Matthew Stiegler, author of the “CA3 Blog,” with whom I previously co-authored an article criticizing an opinion written by the most recent SCOTUS nomination runner-up.

Had lunch with the always fascinating law professor, law blogger, Twitter superstar, and former law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Orin Kerr and got to discuss lots of really interesting stuff with him.

Got to say “hey” and share an electrical outlet with Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal without even realizing it until a day later. Next time I’m at a judicial conference and see a Jess Bravin look-alike, I will explore further.

Received a shout-out from Justice Alito during his fireside chat, as noted here and here. According to a longtime Third Circuit judge in attendance at the conference, Justice Alito has been a loyal reader of “How Appealing” almost since this blog’s creation nearly 15 years ago, and early on sent around an email to his Third Circuit colleagues suggesting that they too might enjoy reading the site.

Met the two most recent Third Circuit appointees, neither of whom I have yet had the privilege of appearing before in person.

Received an invite from a Third Circuit judge to speak at an event in Pittsburgh on Halloween. Sounds like a solid strategy to avoid consuming too much leftover candy at home.

Saw lots of old friends and met many new ones; realized I can enjoy attending a federal appellate court’s judicial conference even if I’m not among the speakers/panelists.

China Hardware Startups: Recalls, Returns and Failures

China manufacturing contractA houghtful and helpful blog post over at the Dragon Innovation Blog, entitled, Recalls, Returns and Failures: Let History Be Your Guide. This post is geared to companies that have their hardware made in China, but its words of wisdom apply to the manufacturing of pretty much any product in China.

The post starts out by emphasizing the need to focus on how your product may not work as promised and how product defects can harm your company, perhaps even bankrupt it:

When it comes to quality planning, hardware startups tend to spend most of their time working on ensuring that a product will work as promised however many teams do not spend significant time addressing the subject of how the product will not work as promised. Returns, return logistics, and possible recalls can be financially devastating especially in the early life of a product. What may appear as a small change in warranty rates can have significant impact on a company’s bottomline and financial viability.  For example, if a company assumes a $250.00 total cost, $50.00 margin and sales of 100,000 units per year, a change from a 5% to a 7.5% warranty rate can decrease profits by 17% and increase working capital by $50,000. A recall or major quality failure can easily bankrupt a company.

It goes on to advise that you figure out the what if scenarios for your product and then include those factors in your design process as early as possible. It then lists out various tools and techniques you can employ to tease out potential product problems. It even lists out the “major root causes” of recalls, including the following:

  • Loosening of joints/connection
  • Small parts or magnets swallowed by children
  • Not following or adhering to federal safety standards.
  • Pinch, cut or severing risks for fingers
  • Breaking/cracking or other failure
  • Overheating
  • Battery failures
  • Excess material or insufficient material
  • Small pieces or magnets falling off
  • Poisoning

If you are looking to have your product(s) made in China, I urge you to read this post. And to further protect against product defects — especially those that are the fault of your Chinese manufacturer — I urge you read the below posts on China manufacturing contracts as well:

 

 

China Hardware Startups: Recalls, Returns and Failures

China manufacturing contractA houghtful and helpful blog post over at the Dragon Innovation Blog, entitled, Recalls, Returns and Failures: Let History Be Your Guide. This post is geared to companies that have their hardware made in China, but its words of wisdom apply to the manufacturing of pretty much any product in China.

The post starts out by emphasizing the need to focus on how your product may not work as promised and how product defects can harm your company, perhaps even bankrupt it:

When it comes to quality planning, hardware startups tend to spend most of their time working on ensuring that a product will work as promised however many teams do not spend significant time addressing the subject of how the product will not work as promised. Returns, return logistics, and possible recalls can be financially devastating especially in the early life of a product. What may appear as a small change in warranty rates can have significant impact on a company’s bottomline and financial viability.  For example, if a company assumes a $250.00 total cost, $50.00 margin and sales of 100,000 units per year, a change from a 5% to a 7.5% warranty rate can decrease profits by 17% and increase working capital by $50,000. A recall or major quality failure can easily bankrupt a company.

It goes on to advise that you figure out the what if scenarios for your product and then include those factors in your design process as early as possible. It then lists out various tools and techniques you can employ to tease out potential product problems. It even lists out the “major root causes” of recalls, including the following:

  • Loosening of joints/connection
  • Small parts or magnets swallowed by children
  • Not following or adhering to federal safety standards.
  • Pinch, cut or severing risks for fingers
  • Breaking/cracking or other failure
  • Overheating
  • Battery failures
  • Excess material or insufficient material
  • Small pieces or magnets falling off
  • Poisoning

If you are looking to have your product(s) made in China, I urge you to read this post. And to further protect against product defects — especially those that are the fault of your Chinese manufacturer — I urge you read the below posts on China manufacturing contracts as well:

 

 

Redux. Blawg Review #318: Fully-Engaged, Participatory, Risk-Taking, Pro-Immersion, Get-Off-Your-Knees, Change-the-World Will Shakespeare-Hunter Thompson Edition.

Cobbe  shakespeare.jpg

HORATIO
O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!

HAMLET
And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Hamlet, Act 1. Scene V.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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“Maybe there is no Heaven.”
Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame & Degradation in the ’80’s.
Hunter Stockton Thompson (1937-2005)

And Heaven on Earth? That’s up to us, right?

Welcome to Blawg Review No. 318, which follows Texas trial lawyer Mark Bennett’s inspiring No. 317 at the well-regarded Defending People. My name is Dan Hull. I practice law to (1) make money, (2) ensure that every day will be different than the one before, (3) use everything I have practicing law so I can feel alive, (4) serve sophisticated purchasers of legal services who “get it”–corporate clients with in-house counsel normally represented by much larger firms–and put them first, and (5) treat my law practice and firm as both a shop and a laboratory for new ideas.

“Immersion” is what I seek in life and work. So that my life is full, and full of surprise. For me, this is exactly what William Shakespeare (or whoever authored the works bearing his name) and Hunter Thompson had in common. It is the gift, and courage, to get us to fully participate in the story along with its creator. The Singer, if you will, becomes the Song.

April of course is National Poetry Month. Today, April 23, is the day on which William Shakespeare was very likely born and also (strange as it seems) most definitely the day on which he also died. Happy 448th Birthday, Sir–and thank you. In your plays, characters, story and theme strut, bellow, work, play, dart and dive in and out together with all the surprise and verve of real life. As in Thompson’s work generations later, you are always “there”. With us. In fact, the sense of writer participation in the work of both Shakespeare and Thompson shoots through each line. In Thompson’s case–“as your attorney, I advise you to take a hit out of the little brown bottle in my shaving kit”–writer involvement is impossible to ignore as he throws himself into the narrative. The capacity for detachment, while occasionally important and present in the works of both, is just one tool in the arsenal of storytelling. These two authors are fully-engaged. In the story. With us. Now. Immersed.

I want to be that kind of lawyer, too.

Six years ago, in Blawg Review #43, Boston’s Diane Levin gave us a fine Shakespeare edition which celebrates a man whose 38 plays, 154 sonnets and other poems changed the English tongue forever and made it work harder, bend more, stretch mightily and finally give England a language that could keep up with its cascading, unrelenting and wonderfully vibrant and ancient imagination. He used words, made new words and experimented with word-combinations so that both the writing and the author were fully-engaged, participating, immersed in the story, risk-taking. It was not like anything that had gone before it. Read, for example, the entire Hamlet scene above.

Hunter Thompson–I have inadvertently channeled this journalist for nearly three decades since I covered for a college daily an infamous speech he gave–took participatory one step further in his feisty-funny yet oddly clear-eyed new journalism. But, for his time, William Shakespeare’s body of work revolutionized what the English language could do. Changed forever how we saw ourselves. His work demonstrated in and of itself what humans could do to change the world. Simply put, Shakespeare, like Geoffrey Chaucer before him, made English cool. Very cool.

And all of you? I hope all of you will do the same thing with your law practice–and with the entire law profession itself. Please push the envelope a bit for us all.

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But first things first, as they told me when I exited my Final LL.M Program. Shakespeare’s Works? Who wrote them? Francis Bacon or Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, are my two personal favorites for the honor. Perhaps a number of people or a combination wrote them. But not Shakespeare. The chances that the historical person, a well-meaning actor-bumpkin from Stratford named William Shakespeare, wrote all these assorted, richly-layered erudite and intricate gems in a working life in which he retired at 49 is about as likely as learning in a few years that Billy Carter, Jimmy’s brother, invented the Internet, thought up Twitter, and did both theoretical and initial lab work resulting in three Nobel Prizes in Physics over a 20-year period. Or, staying with rogue presidential brothers, that Roger Clinton brokered several Middle Eastern cease fires, engineered Procter & Gamble’s Gillette acquisition, and still had time to join the special forces, get buff and shoot Osama bin Laden.

If he were living today, Will Shakespeare would reside as a community theater local “star” amongst my many cousins in eastern Tennessee in a house with a front porch decorated by all-year-long Christmas tree lights and featuring a really big Coke Machine. My childhood friend Ernie from Glen Burnie, who has an English degree from Yale, and is now a partner and trial lawyer in a well-known DC-based law firm, dismisses the historical Will Shakespeare more comprehensively, if crudely: “Kind of guy who’d try to blow himself with a Dust Buster, if you ask me.” Note: Just heard that Ernie lost his slot again at The University Club.

So Shakespeare couldn’t have written “Shakespeare”. But Someone Cool, Brave and Hard-Working did–and he, she or it changed Everything: character, story, our sense of an inner life, consciousness itself, words–and how they could sing.

So let’s celebrate those who do things, whoever they are, famous or unsung, and especially those who do great things. Which are almost always difficult, frustrating things. A gentleman from South Carolina, trial lawyer Bobby G. Frederick, reminds us at Trial Theory that today is also the 112th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Citizenship In A Republic” speech delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, 23 April, 1910. It is an Ode to Quality long-loved by hard-working full-time lawyers worldwide. Excerpt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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You get the idea. This Edition of Blawg Review for lawyers who get up and do it every day. Let’s start with three “non-virtual” friends of mine. Patrick Lamb, the Chicago business trial lawyer and law firm innovator who got me interested in blogging back in 2005, is a “trench lawyer” if there ever was one. We share similar career paths and a real drive to build a completely new kind of law firm for higher-end clients. I’ve spent more time personally with Pat than any other lawyer who writes. For several years, and directly due to our connection through blogging, our respective law firms were main drivers together in the same invitation-only international business law consortium based in Austria. We are still members together of a second invitation-only group based in Charleston. We’ve served on each other’s panels on the subjects of higher-end customer service, law practice, and litigation. Pat has great business sense (rare in lawyers) and a fabulous legal mind. See his commentary in “WSJ on ever increasing hourly rate: anyone else get a sense of deja vu?” at his always-provocative In Search of Perfect Client Service. He is one of a handful of people who is changing our profession.

Brit pundit, law professor and velvet-voiced Charon QC, another innovator and doer I met in London in 2007, is one of the funniest and most erudite human beings alive, in or out of the law. If Pat Lamb got me writing again, Charon kept me doing it because he always made blogging, well, great fun. And there were all these great young female “assistants” around him when we met in Mayfair. Anyway, a useful and serious guest post on the UK Facebook litigation by Stephens Scowns Solicitors comes our way in “Careless talk costs jobs“. The UK now has 30 million Facebook users. In Preece v. Wetherspoon, an employment tribunal held that a pub manager was fairly dismissed for gross misconduct after she used Facebook during working time to make comments about two difficult customers. You say you had your privacy settings on? Sorry, Sweetie, not a defense. It’s still public domain.

The ultimate New York City trench lawyer, and non-virtual friend, is criminal defense lawyer Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice. Scott’s made legal blogging–there is no other way to say this–important. Scott, like any number of great lawyers, and great men, is a straight-up pain in the ass. Verbatim quote: “Not trying to be difficult. I just am.” He owes me lunch. He owes me at least $5. But I would, and will, refer any corporate criminal investigation I encounter to any general counsel I know to this man. In serving clients, which is the hardest thing on earth to do well, he gets the importance of: speed, lightning application of law to fact, being right there and being organized. He knows how to talk to the most sophisticated clients in the world when they need a little tough love. Hear him, for example, charm Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Yard and Harvard itself in this one: “Taxing the Frugal Future“. Talk about immersion in the subject matter.

Another Brit doer, David Allen Green, aka Jack of Kent, is a lawyer-blogger with an impressive record of investigative journalism. He asks “should there be a legal blogging prize?, based on his experience last year of reviewing 2000 blogposts for the George Orwell political blogging prize. One of his sources for this thoughtful piece? Our man Charon QC.

Back in the States, well-known Miami trial lawyer Brian Tannebaum writes at “The Practice”, his “combat pay” column at Above the Law, “It’s Not Always About the Clients“, about abusive clients. It’s at once a brave and common sense article that educated me about other practices, especially in the criminal defense area. I did not like the title–I can think of a few others that might fit better here–but I liked what he had to say. He made me think.

Another Alpha Dog, Innovator and Doer: Fellow Midwesterner and Seattle-based Dan Harris writes China Law Blog. Like Greenfield and Tannebaum, he lawyers–and writes–every day. If you work, or want to work, in Greater China, follow Dan. See “The Apple-Proview China Trademark Litigation. It’s Gonna Settle. Bet On It“. Can you ever imagine Dan not telling a client what he really thinks? I can’t.

Super-Athlete and New York PI lawyer Eric Turkewitz covers the Boston Marathon, The Importance of Drinking Water, and my second favorite poet in The Boston Marathon (Highway to Hell)“. This Don Rumsfeld (disclosure: I like and admire the guy) quote and triple-haiku, frankly, has always made sense to me:

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

And humorist-lawyer Kevin Underhill of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a name which is at once lyrical and kind of funny-sounding, but I am not sure why, has written “Plaintiff: This Soap Did Not Attract Women as Promised” at his Lowering the Bar. In my next lawyer life, I would like to do some serious class action work in male pheromone or enhancement products that fail.

Mega-Doers in the Profession:

See the ABA Journal‘s interesting piece, which echos my thoughts on how powerful GCs have become, called The Rise of General Counsel“. “The supply of sophisticated business lawyers has increased beyond demand, increasing the power of a few hundred general counsel who control the budgets,” the article notes. And I think that is a very good thing for the right outside lawyers who can make the transition from specialists to “quarterbacks” and project managers.

At Above The Law, find out what lawyers worldwide are among the most influential people in the world on the Time 100 list.

At Jamison Koehler’s Koehler Law, see a post addressed to the dreaded Slackoisie as infants. It’s entitled “Advice To An Incoming 1L: Humble Yourself Before The Law. Surrender“.

AttorneyatWork has something that I, for one, can use: “Staying Healthy: 10 Tips for Traveling Lawyers“.

The Economist and the Judge on the Bigger Picture, Services, Subsidies: Near and sadly dear to my heart is a must-read by Decline of U.S. Manufacturing by Richard Posner of the enduring Becker-Posner Blog, where Judge Posner hits a few Rust Belt nails on the head. Excerpt:

Becker points to the analogy of agriculture. Employment in agriculture has plummeted, leading to anxieties spurred by agricultural companies about the decline of the “family farm” and the loss of the imagined virtues of the independent farmer, to combat which agriculture continues to be heavily subsidized. The subsidies are widely recognized to be a pure social waste, and the same would be true of subsidizing manufacturing. Like manufacturing, American agriculture is thriving with its historically small labor force.

Finally, here’s a soulful, erudite and off-beat article by Steve McConnell, one of the writers of Dechert LLP’s Drug and Device Law called “The Long Goodbye“.

What About Paris/Clients? is grateful for the opportunity to host Blawg Review a third time. Blawg Review needs to sign up future hosts. It’s always an experience. If you are game, get in touch with Ed, the Editor ‘n’ Chef. The next scheduled Blawg Review will be on May 21 and hosted by Cyberlaw Central, by Kevin Thompson, of Chicago’s Davis McGrath LLC.

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Original post: April 23, 2012 In memory of John (aka Ed. Post)

Redux. Blawg Review #318: Fully-Engaged, Participatory, Risk-Taking, Pro-Immersion, Get-Off-Your-Knees, Change-the-World Will Shakespeare-Hunter Thompson Edition.

Cobbe  shakespeare.jpg

HORATIO
O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!

HAMLET
And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Hamlet, Act 1. Scene V.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

hunter_thompson_motorcycle.jpg

“Maybe there is no Heaven.”
Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame & Degradation in the ’80’s.
Hunter Stockton Thompson (1937-2005)

And Heaven on Earth? That’s up to us, right?

Welcome to Blawg Review No. 318, which follows Texas trial lawyer Mark Bennett’s inspiring No. 317 at the well-regarded Defending People. My name is Dan Hull. I practice law to (1) make money, (2) ensure that every day will be different than the one before, (3) use everything I have practicing law so I can feel alive, (4) serve sophisticated purchasers of legal services who “get it”–corporate clients with in-house counsel normally represented by much larger firms–and put them first, and (5) treat my law practice and firm as both a shop and a laboratory for new ideas.

“Immersion” is what I seek in life and work. So that my life is full, and full of surprise. For me, this is exactly what William Shakespeare (or whoever authored the works bearing his name) and Hunter Thompson had in common. It is the gift, and courage, to get us to fully participate in the story along with its creator. The Singer, if you will, becomes the Song.

April of course is National Poetry Month. Today, April 23, is the day on which William Shakespeare was very likely born and also (strange as it seems) most definitely the day on which he also died. Happy 448th Birthday, Sir–and thank you. In your plays, characters, story and theme strut, bellow, work, play, dart and dive in and out together with all the surprise and verve of real life. As in Thompson’s work generations later, you are always “there”. With us. In fact, the sense of writer participation in the work of both Shakespeare and Thompson shoots through each line. In Thompson’s case–“as your attorney, I advise you to take a hit out of the little brown bottle in my shaving kit”–writer involvement is impossible to ignore as he throws himself into the narrative. The capacity for detachment, while occasionally important and present in the works of both, is just one tool in the arsenal of storytelling. These two authors are fully-engaged. In the story. With us. Now. Immersed.

I want to be that kind of lawyer, too.

Six years ago, in Blawg Review #43, Boston’s Diane Levin gave us a fine Shakespeare edition which celebrates a man whose 38 plays, 154 sonnets and other poems changed the English tongue forever and made it work harder, bend more, stretch mightily and finally give England a language that could keep up with its cascading, unrelenting and wonderfully vibrant and ancient imagination. He used words, made new words and experimented with word-combinations so that both the writing and the author were fully-engaged, participating, immersed in the story, risk-taking. It was not like anything that had gone before it. Read, for example, the entire Hamlet scene above.

Hunter Thompson–I have inadvertently channeled this journalist for nearly three decades since I covered for a college daily an infamous speech he gave–took participatory one step further in his feisty-funny yet oddly clear-eyed new journalism. But, for his time, William Shakespeare’s body of work revolutionized what the English language could do. Changed forever how we saw ourselves. His work demonstrated in and of itself what humans could do to change the world. Simply put, Shakespeare, like Geoffrey Chaucer before him, made English cool. Very cool.

And all of you? I hope all of you will do the same thing with your law practice–and with the entire law profession itself. Please push the envelope a bit for us all.

220px-Chaucer_ellesmere.jpg

But first things first, as they told me when I exited my Final LL.M Program. Shakespeare’s Works? Who wrote them? Francis Bacon or Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, are my two personal favorites for the honor. Perhaps a number of people or a combination wrote them. But not Shakespeare. The chances that the historical person, a well-meaning actor-bumpkin from Stratford named William Shakespeare, wrote all these assorted, richly-layered erudite and intricate gems in a working life in which he retired at 49 is about as likely as learning in a few years that Billy Carter, Jimmy’s brother, invented the Internet, thought up Twitter, and did both theoretical and initial lab work resulting in three Nobel Prizes in Physics over a 20-year period. Or, staying with rogue presidential brothers, that Roger Clinton brokered several Middle Eastern cease fires, engineered Procter & Gamble’s Gillette acquisition, and still had time to join the special forces, get buff and shoot Osama bin Laden.

If he were living today, Will Shakespeare would reside as a community theater local “star” amongst my many cousins in eastern Tennessee in a house with a front porch decorated by all-year-long Christmas tree lights and featuring a really big Coke Machine. My childhood friend Ernie from Glen Burnie, who has an English degree from Yale, and is now a partner and trial lawyer in a well-known DC-based law firm, dismisses the historical Will Shakespeare more comprehensively, if crudely: “Kind of guy who’d try to blow himself with a Dust Buster, if you ask me.” Note: Just heard that Ernie lost his slot again at The University Club.

So Shakespeare couldn’t have written “Shakespeare”. But Someone Cool, Brave and Hard-Working did–and he, she or it changed Everything: character, story, our sense of an inner life, consciousness itself, words–and how they could sing.

So let’s celebrate those who do things, whoever they are, famous or unsung, and especially those who do great things. Which are almost always difficult, frustrating things. A gentleman from South Carolina, trial lawyer Bobby G. Frederick, reminds us at Trial Theory that today is also the 112th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Citizenship In A Republic” speech delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, 23 April, 1910. It is an Ode to Quality long-loved by hard-working full-time lawyers worldwide. Excerpt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

492px-Theodore_Roosevelt_laughing (1).jpg

You get the idea. This Edition of Blawg Review for lawyers who get up and do it every day. Let’s start with three “non-virtual” friends of mine. Patrick Lamb, the Chicago business trial lawyer and law firm innovator who got me interested in blogging back in 2005, is a “trench lawyer” if there ever was one. We share similar career paths and a real drive to build a completely new kind of law firm for higher-end clients. I’ve spent more time personally with Pat than any other lawyer who writes. For several years, and directly due to our connection through blogging, our respective law firms were main drivers together in the same invitation-only international business law consortium based in Austria. We are still members together of a second invitation-only group based in Charleston. We’ve served on each other’s panels on the subjects of higher-end customer service, law practice, and litigation. Pat has great business sense (rare in lawyers) and a fabulous legal mind. See his commentary in “WSJ on ever increasing hourly rate: anyone else get a sense of deja vu?” at his always-provocative In Search of Perfect Client Service. He is one of a handful of people who is changing our profession.

Brit pundit, law professor and velvet-voiced Charon QC, another innovator and doer I met in London in 2007, is one of the funniest and most erudite human beings alive, in or out of the law. If Pat Lamb got me writing again, Charon kept me doing it because he always made blogging, well, great fun. And there were all these great young female “assistants” around him when we met in Mayfair. Anyway, a useful and serious guest post on the UK Facebook litigation by Stephens Scowns Solicitors comes our way in “Careless talk costs jobs“. The UK now has 30 million Facebook users. In Preece v. Wetherspoon, an employment tribunal held that a pub manager was fairly dismissed for gross misconduct after she used Facebook during working time to make comments about two difficult customers. You say you had your privacy settings on? Sorry, Sweetie, not a defense. It’s still public domain.

The ultimate New York City trench lawyer, and non-virtual friend, is criminal defense lawyer Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice. Scott’s made legal blogging–there is no other way to say this–important. Scott, like any number of great lawyers, and great men, is a straight-up pain in the ass. Verbatim quote: “Not trying to be difficult. I just am.” He owes me lunch. He owes me at least $5. But I would, and will, refer any corporate criminal investigation I encounter to any general counsel I know to this man. In serving clients, which is the hardest thing on earth to do well, he gets the importance of: speed, lightning application of law to fact, being right there and being organized. He knows how to talk to the most sophisticated clients in the world when they need a little tough love. Hear him, for example, charm Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Yard and Harvard itself in this one: “Taxing the Frugal Future“. Talk about immersion in the subject matter.

Another Brit doer, David Allen Green, aka Jack of Kent, is a lawyer-blogger with an impressive record of investigative journalism. He asks “should there be a legal blogging prize?, based on his experience last year of reviewing 2000 blogposts for the George Orwell political blogging prize. One of his sources for this thoughtful piece? Our man Charon QC.

Back in the States, well-known Miami trial lawyer Brian Tannebaum writes at “The Practice”, his “combat pay” column at Above the Law, “It’s Not Always About the Clients“, about abusive clients. It’s at once a brave and common sense article that educated me about other practices, especially in the criminal defense area. I did not like the title–I can think of a few others that might fit better here–but I liked what he had to say. He made me think.

Another Alpha Dog, Innovator and Doer: Fellow Midwesterner and Seattle-based Dan Harris writes China Law Blog. Like Greenfield and Tannebaum, he lawyers–and writes–every day. If you work, or want to work, in Greater China, follow Dan. See “The Apple-Proview China Trademark Litigation. It’s Gonna Settle. Bet On It“. Can you ever imagine Dan not telling a client what he really thinks? I can’t.

Super-Athlete and New York PI lawyer Eric Turkewitz covers the Boston Marathon, The Importance of Drinking Water, and my second favorite poet in The Boston Marathon (Highway to Hell)“. This Don Rumsfeld (disclosure: I like and admire the guy) quote and triple-haiku, frankly, has always made sense to me:

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

And humorist-lawyer Kevin Underhill of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a name which is at once lyrical and kind of funny-sounding, but I am not sure why, has written “Plaintiff: This Soap Did Not Attract Women as Promised” at his Lowering the Bar. In my next lawyer life, I would like to do some serious class action work in male pheromone or enhancement products that fail.

Mega-Doers in the Profession:

See the ABA Journal‘s interesting piece, which echos my thoughts on how powerful GCs have become, called The Rise of General Counsel“. “The supply of sophisticated business lawyers has increased beyond demand, increasing the power of a few hundred general counsel who control the budgets,” the article notes. And I think that is a very good thing for the right outside lawyers who can make the transition from specialists to “quarterbacks” and project managers.

At Above The Law, find out what lawyers worldwide are among the most influential people in the world on the Time 100 list.

At Jamison Koehler’s Koehler Law, see a post addressed to the dreaded Slackoisie as infants. It’s entitled “Advice To An Incoming 1L: Humble Yourself Before The Law. Surrender“.

AttorneyatWork has something that I, for one, can use: “Staying Healthy: 10 Tips for Traveling Lawyers“.

The Economist and the Judge on the Bigger Picture, Services, Subsidies: Near and sadly dear to my heart is a must-read by Decline of U.S. Manufacturing by Richard Posner of the enduring Becker-Posner Blog, where Judge Posner hits a few Rust Belt nails on the head. Excerpt:

Becker points to the analogy of agriculture. Employment in agriculture has plummeted, leading to anxieties spurred by agricultural companies about the decline of the “family farm” and the loss of the imagined virtues of the independent farmer, to combat which agriculture continues to be heavily subsidized. The subsidies are widely recognized to be a pure social waste, and the same would be true of subsidizing manufacturing. Like manufacturing, American agriculture is thriving with its historically small labor force.

Finally, here’s a soulful, erudite and off-beat article by Steve McConnell, one of the writers of Dechert LLP’s Drug and Device Law called “The Long Goodbye“.

What About Paris/Clients? is grateful for the opportunity to host Blawg Review a third time. Blawg Review needs to sign up future hosts. It’s always an experience. If you are game, get in touch with Ed, the Editor ‘n’ Chef. The next scheduled Blawg Review will be on May 21 and hosted by Cyberlaw Central, by Kevin Thompson, of Chicago’s Davis McGrath LLC.

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Original post: April 23, 2012 In memory of John (aka Ed. Post)

Redux. Blawg Review #318: Fully-Engaged, Participatory, Risk-Taking, Pro-Immersion, Get-Off-Your-Knees, Change-the-World Will Shakespeare-Hunter Thompson Edition.

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HORATIO
O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!

HAMLET
And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Hamlet, Act 1. Scene V.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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“Maybe there is no Heaven.”
Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame & Degradation in the ’80’s.
Hunter Stockton Thompson (1937-2005)

And Heaven on Earth? That’s up to us, right?

Welcome to Blawg Review No. 318, which follows Texas trial lawyer Mark Bennett’s inspiring No. 317 at the well-regarded Defending People. My name is Dan Hull. I practice law to (1) make money, (2) ensure that every day will be different than the one before, (3) use everything I have practicing law so I can feel alive, (4) serve sophisticated purchasers of legal services who “get it”–corporate clients with in-house counsel normally represented by much larger firms–and put them first, and (5) treat my law practice and firm as both a shop and a laboratory for new ideas.

“Immersion” is what I seek in life and work. So that my life is full, and full of surprise. For me, this is exactly what William Shakespeare (or whoever authored the works bearing his name) and Hunter Thompson had in common. It is the gift, and courage, to get us to fully participate in the story along with its creator. The Singer, if you will, becomes the Song.

April of course is National Poetry Month. Today, April 23, is the day on which William Shakespeare was very likely born and also (strange as it seems) most definitely the day on which he also died. Happy 448th Birthday, Sir–and thank you. In your plays, characters, story and theme strut, bellow, work, play, dart and dive in and out together with all the surprise and verve of real life. As in Thompson’s work generations later, you are always “there”. With us. In fact, the sense of writer participation in the work of both Shakespeare and Thompson shoots through each line. In Thompson’s case–“as your attorney, I advise you to take a hit out of the little brown bottle in my shaving kit”–writer involvement is impossible to ignore as he throws himself into the narrative. The capacity for detachment, while occasionally important and present in the works of both, is just one tool in the arsenal of storytelling. These two authors are fully-engaged. In the story. With us. Now. Immersed.

I want to be that kind of lawyer, too.

Six years ago, in Blawg Review #43, Boston’s Diane Levin gave us a fine Shakespeare edition which celebrates a man whose 38 plays, 154 sonnets and other poems changed the English tongue forever and made it work harder, bend more, stretch mightily and finally give England a language that could keep up with its cascading, unrelenting and wonderfully vibrant and ancient imagination. He used words, made new words and experimented with word-combinations so that both the writing and the author were fully-engaged, participating, immersed in the story, risk-taking. It was not like anything that had gone before it. Read, for example, the entire Hamlet scene above.

Hunter Thompson–I have inadvertently channeled this journalist for nearly three decades since I covered for a college daily an infamous speech he gave–took participatory one step further in his feisty-funny yet oddly clear-eyed new journalism. But, for his time, William Shakespeare’s body of work revolutionized what the English language could do. Changed forever how we saw ourselves. His work demonstrated in and of itself what humans could do to change the world. Simply put, Shakespeare, like Geoffrey Chaucer before him, made English cool. Very cool.

And all of you? I hope all of you will do the same thing with your law practice–and with the entire law profession itself. Please push the envelope a bit for us all.

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But first things first, as they told me when I exited my Final LL.M Program. Shakespeare’s Works? Who wrote them? Francis Bacon or Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, are my two personal favorites for the honor. Perhaps a number of people or a combination wrote them. But not Shakespeare. The chances that the historical person, a well-meaning actor-bumpkin from Stratford named William Shakespeare, wrote all these assorted, richly-layered erudite and intricate gems in a working life in which he retired at 49 is about as likely as learning in a few years that Billy Carter, Jimmy’s brother, invented the Internet, thought up Twitter, and did both theoretical and initial lab work resulting in three Nobel Prizes in Physics over a 20-year period. Or, staying with rogue presidential brothers, that Roger Clinton brokered several Middle Eastern cease fires, engineered Procter & Gamble’s Gillette acquisition, and still had time to join the special forces, get buff and shoot Osama bin Laden.

If he were living today, Will Shakespeare would reside as a community theater local “star” amongst my many cousins in eastern Tennessee in a house with a front porch decorated by all-year-long Christmas tree lights and featuring a really big Coke Machine. My childhood friend Ernie from Glen Burnie, who has an English degree from Yale, and is now a partner and trial lawyer in a well-known DC-based law firm, dismisses the historical Will Shakespeare more comprehensively, if crudely: “Kind of guy who’d try to blow himself with a Dust Buster, if you ask me.” Note: Just heard that Ernie lost his slot again at The University Club.

So Shakespeare couldn’t have written “Shakespeare”. But Someone Cool, Brave and Hard-Working did–and he, she or it changed Everything: character, story, our sense of an inner life, consciousness itself, words–and how they could sing.

So let’s celebrate those who do things, whoever they are, famous or unsung, and especially those who do great things. Which are almost always difficult, frustrating things. A gentleman from South Carolina, trial lawyer Bobby G. Frederick, reminds us at Trial Theory that today is also the 112th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Citizenship In A Republic” speech delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, 23 April, 1910. It is an Ode to Quality long-loved by hard-working full-time lawyers worldwide. Excerpt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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You get the idea. This Edition of Blawg Review for lawyers who get up and do it every day. Let’s start with three “non-virtual” friends of mine. Patrick Lamb, the Chicago business trial lawyer and law firm innovator who got me interested in blogging back in 2005, is a “trench lawyer” if there ever was one. We share similar career paths and a real drive to build a completely new kind of law firm for higher-end clients. I’ve spent more time personally with Pat than any other lawyer who writes. For several years, and directly due to our connection through blogging, our respective law firms were main drivers together in the same invitation-only international business law consortium based in Austria. We are still members together of a second invitation-only group based in Charleston. We’ve served on each other’s panels on the subjects of higher-end customer service, law practice, and litigation. Pat has great business sense (rare in lawyers) and a fabulous legal mind. See his commentary in “WSJ on ever increasing hourly rate: anyone else get a sense of deja vu?” at his always-provocative In Search of Perfect Client Service. He is one of a handful of people who is changing our profession.

Brit pundit, law professor and velvet-voiced Charon QC, another innovator and doer I met in London in 2007, is one of the funniest and most erudite human beings alive, in or out of the law. If Pat Lamb got me writing again, Charon kept me doing it because he always made blogging, well, great fun. And there were all these great young female “assistants” around him when we met in Mayfair. Anyway, a useful and serious guest post on the UK Facebook litigation by Stephens Scowns Solicitors comes our way in “Careless talk costs jobs“. The UK now has 30 million Facebook users. In Preece v. Wetherspoon, an employment tribunal held that a pub manager was fairly dismissed for gross misconduct after she used Facebook during working time to make comments about two difficult customers. You say you had your privacy settings on? Sorry, Sweetie, not a defense. It’s still public domain.

The ultimate New York City trench lawyer, and non-virtual friend, is criminal defense lawyer Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice. Scott’s made legal blogging–there is no other way to say this–important. Scott, like any number of great lawyers, and great men, is a straight-up pain in the ass. Verbatim quote: “Not trying to be difficult. I just am.” He owes me lunch. He owes me at least $5. But I would, and will, refer any corporate criminal investigation I encounter to any general counsel I know to this man. In serving clients, which is the hardest thing on earth to do well, he gets the importance of: speed, lightning application of law to fact, being right there and being organized. He knows how to talk to the most sophisticated clients in the world when they need a little tough love. Hear him, for example, charm Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Yard and Harvard itself in this one: “Taxing the Frugal Future“. Talk about immersion in the subject matter.

Another Brit doer, David Allen Green, aka Jack of Kent, is a lawyer-blogger with an impressive record of investigative journalism. He asks “should there be a legal blogging prize?, based on his experience last year of reviewing 2000 blogposts for the George Orwell political blogging prize. One of his sources for this thoughtful piece? Our man Charon QC.

Back in the States, well-known Miami trial lawyer Brian Tannebaum writes at “The Practice”, his “combat pay” column at Above the Law, “It’s Not Always About the Clients“, about abusive clients. It’s at once a brave and common sense article that educated me about other practices, especially in the criminal defense area. I did not like the title–I can think of a few others that might fit better here–but I liked what he had to say. He made me think.

Another Alpha Dog, Innovator and Doer: Fellow Midwesterner and Seattle-based Dan Harris writes China Law Blog. Like Greenfield and Tannebaum, he lawyers–and writes–every day. If you work, or want to work, in Greater China, follow Dan. See “The Apple-Proview China Trademark Litigation. It’s Gonna Settle. Bet On It“. Can you ever imagine Dan not telling a client what he really thinks? I can’t.

Super-Athlete and New York PI lawyer Eric Turkewitz covers the Boston Marathon, The Importance of Drinking Water, and my second favorite poet in The Boston Marathon (Highway to Hell)“. This Don Rumsfeld (disclosure: I like and admire the guy) quote and triple-haiku, frankly, has always made sense to me:

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

And humorist-lawyer Kevin Underhill of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a name which is at once lyrical and kind of funny-sounding, but I am not sure why, has written “Plaintiff: This Soap Did Not Attract Women as Promised” at his Lowering the Bar. In my next lawyer life, I would like to do some serious class action work in male pheromone or enhancement products that fail.

Mega-Doers in the Profession:

See the ABA Journal‘s interesting piece, which echos my thoughts on how powerful GCs have become, called The Rise of General Counsel“. “The supply of sophisticated business lawyers has increased beyond demand, increasing the power of a few hundred general counsel who control the budgets,” the article notes. And I think that is a very good thing for the right outside lawyers who can make the transition from specialists to “quarterbacks” and project managers.

At Above The Law, find out what lawyers worldwide are among the most influential people in the world on the Time 100 list.

At Jamison Koehler’s Koehler Law, see a post addressed to the dreaded Slackoisie as infants. It’s entitled “Advice To An Incoming 1L: Humble Yourself Before The Law. Surrender“.

AttorneyatWork has something that I, for one, can use: “Staying Healthy: 10 Tips for Traveling Lawyers“.

The Economist and the Judge on the Bigger Picture, Services, Subsidies: Near and sadly dear to my heart is a must-read by Decline of U.S. Manufacturing by Richard Posner of the enduring Becker-Posner Blog, where Judge Posner hits a few Rust Belt nails on the head. Excerpt:

Becker points to the analogy of agriculture. Employment in agriculture has plummeted, leading to anxieties spurred by agricultural companies about the decline of the “family farm” and the loss of the imagined virtues of the independent farmer, to combat which agriculture continues to be heavily subsidized. The subsidies are widely recognized to be a pure social waste, and the same would be true of subsidizing manufacturing. Like manufacturing, American agriculture is thriving with its historically small labor force.

Finally, here’s a soulful, erudite and off-beat article by Steve McConnell, one of the writers of Dechert LLP’s Drug and Device Law called “The Long Goodbye“.

What About Paris/Clients? is grateful for the opportunity to host Blawg Review a third time. Blawg Review needs to sign up future hosts. It’s always an experience. If you are game, get in touch with Ed, the Editor ‘n’ Chef. The next scheduled Blawg Review will be on May 21 and hosted by Cyberlaw Central, by Kevin Thompson, of Chicago’s Davis McGrath LLC.

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Original post: April 23, 2012 In memory of John (aka Ed. Post)

We Love Animals Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing animals in the We Love Animals Photo Contest with chances to win a Camera Bundle and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Elke Vogelsang for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Elke Vogelsang is a photographer and author specializing in dog portraiture. She has a passion for creating unique, individual, and expressive pictures that always capture the essence of the moment and her subject. Her images have been featured in publications across the globe. She lives in Germany with her husband and their three dogs.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Fairy Terns and a Fish! ” by LesImgrund

“This picture tells an exciting story in wonderful colours and a pleasing composition. It’s also sharp where it should be (might sound basic, but often enough pictures are rejected as they lack this basic requirement). The light is gorgeous, the exposure spot on, the depth of field beautiful. Congratulations.” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Runner Up “Foraging headless – Lesser flamingo ” by Roy_

“This was an instant favourite of mine. I love the humour. Often enough you’ll find a picture that tells a great story or is funny but lacks the technical qualities. In this case, I think everything works really well. The colours are gorgeous, the composition good, the light is wonderful. Great picture. Congratulations.” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Runner Up “Zander and the Polar Bear ” by stevehikida

“We’ve seen a ton of pictures of polar bears in zoos and some of us might even be slightly tired of them. This picture, though, is very well done. The scene is intriguing, the exposure spot on, the colours are gorgeous and that reflection of the child’s surprised face in the glass adds that little extra storyline. Wonderful picture. congratulations!” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Amateur Winner “Shy Eyes” by christosmit

Congratulations People’s Choice “A portrait of a king ” by nyanamoli

“Red fox family !! ” by philippedebruyne

“Barbary Macaques ” by philipbebbington

“Bullish” by antoniozarli

“Death from Above” by HuyHo

“Peekaboo” by mgtoni

“Tiger ” by duanneanderson

“Red Fox in Puddle” by jessicakirste

“Selfie Master” by meganlorenz

“Chocolate!” by danielventer

“sparrowhawk1” by noelsouthcott

“Elephant in the Dust in Amboseli” by pattebrownell

“concentrate..concentrate…” by JDJohnson

“Great Grey Owl ” by fredlemire

“Sisters” by helgemjs

“Now that you wake me up is better for you to run” by albertoghizzipanizza

“Bear” by robertsijka

“Common Noddy, the angry bird of the Indian Ocean” by StephanieManuel

“A Full House” by terryc

“”Coopers Hawk”” by Iconoscope

“LOOK !” by Dragos_Pop

“We Must Protect” by lenscover

“Open Wide” by garybrennand

“Falcon” by BCF_Photography

“Chameleon” by amina

“Puffin-1” by malcolmlearman

 

“Hey Bulldog” by DaveRogers220380

“_DSC1278” by TheoShilton

“Take Off, Eh…” by DanielParent

“Secrets” by BIGDOGPHOTOG

 

“Daisy ” by JakeOlsonStudios

“Flying in water ” by ErikB

 

“Jag ” by tylerfisher

“The Sign show ” by rodneyervin

“The Love of Gannets ” by NicoFroehberg

“DSC09344bw ” by alef0

“Osprey ” by rjb8267

“Two Little Brothers ” by corradomariani

“summer time vol. 2 ! ” by Marcin_Rutkowski

“Turn that corner ” by marrieladurandegui

“Cock A Doodle Doo ” by KyleBehrend

“Using Paw ” by ClaudioPiccoli

“Free Spirit ” by tonybruguiere

“Peak ” by galinasimphoto

“Posing for the picture ” by gugucuquinha

“B&W Bison 02 – ” by LCdutch

“Yearling Black Bear ” by blurrr001

“Let me see your wings ” by ruthjolly

“Wise One ” by amyholley

“lonely horse ” by BensPhotography

“_Z4T5568-Edit ” by B1RD

“True Grit ” by colinharley

“Rainy day ” by shikhei

“Capra Hispanica ” by GEFAELL

“Elephant-2 ” by PaulPersys

“Cougar Cresting the Ridge ” by anitae403

“Cold ” by hotpixel

“fallow deer ” by marcusfranklin

“By the jetty ” by hamidrad

“9N4A5305 ” by Anneliese-Photography

“Wild horse ” by vedranvidak_1401

“Co-Exist ” by FotoflyStudio

“Somewhere on the river ” by Photomarky

“The End ” by Viesinsh

“A Dazzling Implausibility ” by mpelli

“one eyed king ” by Abulman

“bird of grace ” by premio

“Attention ” by florajakab

“The chase ” by CarolPlummer

“We are one. ” by robertmatakovic

“20150830-Finland 02-2719 ” by milert

“The Stare Down ” by sabatesphoto

“puffin cuddle ” by chrispopsperry

“Asian leopard ” by spicspics

“close up ” by archivlad

“The Cat & The Bunny ” by chertel

“Cheetah and Cub ” by lonniewehunt

“close encounter ” by saboytjie

“Angry Liger Closeup Showing its Teeth ” by macropixel

“Tired Jaguar!! ” by tmc407

“Wildlife ” by volkerhandke

“The Lioness ” by K_Srinivas

“Explorer ” by DanielleLyneePhotography

“The wolf ” by Uni_so

“Curious Neighbour ” by Xsgraphicdesign

“Face off ” by Beyerphoto

“Surprise! (2) ” by lindagagnon

“blues ” by ClaireJean

“Rat ” by Nixx

“Deer ” by Mougaard

“Bonds ” by slowwalking

“moo ” by MariLaegreid

“A Coalition of Cheetahs ” by Mikeirelandphotography

“King Of The Jungle ” by circlepranch

“Fighting Hippos ” by koskarathanasis

“Sad Eyes ” by IanDMcGregor

“Let’s play together!! ” by ceciliazuccherato

“Hello!!!!! ” by charlotterhodes

“catch treat lab ” by thatblacklabby

“Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies ” by tmh775

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“Who was knocking on my door ? ” by Cezary-Wyszynski

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“Light Ray ” by TanyaHouppermans

“Basset Hound pup ” by rpgdepictions

“Bonnet macaque’s hand ” by saravphotography

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“SNOW MONKEY ” by russellpearson

“”A Low Blow” ” by davidcschultz

“Love in Captivity ” by claudia_lothering_1704

“Rays on Giant ” by bmeiri

“Bob Kat ” by melissa3339

“GREETING ” by joannegraham

“Kitty ” by pattyschmitt

“siberian tiger at the tree ” by icefish

“I am gonna get you! (1) ” by SylwiaUrbaniak

“Turtle Hunt ” by Scubadaddy

“On the Road ” by suellenwinstead

“South Georgia Island ” by Forrest_Brown

“Bundle of Joy! ” by michelewingo

“Baby Blue ” by chrisknight

“Attack ” by thurstonphoto

“Close up of an African wild dog ” by Giulia_avanzi

“IMG_9952 ” by Noizephotoworks

“Devon ” by KarolGams

“_IGP7762bwrino ” by Serina

“All About The Eyes ” by Cobble-Art

“Great white shark ” by davidpstephens

“Cheetah Teeth ” by Mbeiter

“Fox cubs ” by lregoli

“Minor Mynas ” by brendanharvey

“Screech Owl ” by wadeaiken

“Hiding cat ” by Paolo-K5

“Gooood Moooorning Essaouira ” by aminefassi

“En plena puesta ” by jaguarnegro

“Open Wide ” by DanielNorwood

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“blizzard ” by DanielCharlesImage

“Panda Bear ” by sandyseyecatcher

“Angus Bull ” by Soers

“Dreaming ” by juliet_lovephoto

“Rum ” by diegoantonelli

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We Love Animals Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing animals in the We Love Animals Photo Contest with chances to win a Camera Bundle and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Elke Vogelsang for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Elke Vogelsang is a photographer and author specializing in dog portraiture. She has a passion for creating unique, individual, and expressive pictures that always capture the essence of the moment and her subject. Her images have been featured in publications across the globe. She lives in Germany with her husband and their three dogs.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Fairy Terns and a Fish! ” by LesImgrund

“This picture tells an exciting story in wonderful colours and a pleasing composition. It’s also sharp where it should be (might sound basic, but often enough pictures are rejected as they lack this basic requirement). The light is gorgeous, the exposure spot on, the depth of field beautiful. Congratulations.” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Runner Up “Foraging headless – Lesser flamingo ” by Roy_

“This was an instant favourite of mine. I love the humour. Often enough you’ll find a picture that tells a great story or is funny but lacks the technical qualities. In this case, I think everything works really well. The colours are gorgeous, the composition good, the light is wonderful. Great picture. Congratulations.” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Runner Up “Zander and the Polar Bear ” by stevehikida

“We’ve seen a ton of pictures of polar bears in zoos and some of us might even be slightly tired of them. This picture, though, is very well done. The scene is intriguing, the exposure spot on, the colours are gorgeous and that reflection of the child’s surprised face in the glass adds that little extra storyline. Wonderful picture. congratulations!” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Amateur Winner “Shy Eyes” by christosmit

Congratulations People’s Choice “A portrait of a king ” by nyanamoli

“Red fox family !! ” by philippedebruyne

“Barbary Macaques ” by philipbebbington

“Bullish” by antoniozarli

“Death from Above” by HuyHo

“Peekaboo” by mgtoni

“Tiger ” by duanneanderson

“Red Fox in Puddle” by jessicakirste

“Selfie Master” by meganlorenz

“Chocolate!” by danielventer

“sparrowhawk1” by noelsouthcott

“Elephant in the Dust in Amboseli” by pattebrownell

“concentrate..concentrate…” by JDJohnson

“Great Grey Owl ” by fredlemire

“Sisters” by helgemjs

“Now that you wake me up is better for you to run” by albertoghizzipanizza

“Bear” by robertsijka

“Common Noddy, the angry bird of the Indian Ocean” by StephanieManuel

“A Full House” by terryc

“”Coopers Hawk”” by Iconoscope

“LOOK !” by Dragos_Pop

“We Must Protect” by lenscover

“Open Wide” by garybrennand

“Falcon” by BCF_Photography

“Chameleon” by amina

“Puffin-1” by malcolmlearman

 

“Hey Bulldog” by DaveRogers220380

“_DSC1278” by TheoShilton

“Take Off, Eh…” by DanielParent

“Secrets” by BIGDOGPHOTOG

 

“Daisy ” by JakeOlsonStudios

“Flying in water ” by ErikB

 

“Jag ” by tylerfisher

“The Sign show ” by rodneyervin

“The Love of Gannets ” by NicoFroehberg

“DSC09344bw ” by alef0

“Osprey ” by rjb8267

“Two Little Brothers ” by corradomariani

“summer time vol. 2 ! ” by Marcin_Rutkowski

“Turn that corner ” by marrieladurandegui

“Cock A Doodle Doo ” by KyleBehrend

“Using Paw ” by ClaudioPiccoli

“Free Spirit ” by tonybruguiere

“Peak ” by galinasimphoto

“Posing for the picture ” by gugucuquinha

“B&W Bison 02 – ” by LCdutch

“Yearling Black Bear ” by blurrr001

“Let me see your wings ” by ruthjolly

“Wise One ” by amyholley

“lonely horse ” by BensPhotography

“_Z4T5568-Edit ” by B1RD

“True Grit ” by colinharley

“Rainy day ” by shikhei

“Capra Hispanica ” by GEFAELL

“Elephant-2 ” by PaulPersys

“Cougar Cresting the Ridge ” by anitae403

“Cold ” by hotpixel

“fallow deer ” by marcusfranklin

“By the jetty ” by hamidrad

“9N4A5305 ” by Anneliese-Photography

“Wild horse ” by vedranvidak_1401

“Co-Exist ” by FotoflyStudio

“Somewhere on the river ” by Photomarky

“The End ” by Viesinsh

“A Dazzling Implausibility ” by mpelli

“one eyed king ” by Abulman

“bird of grace ” by premio

“Attention ” by florajakab

“The chase ” by CarolPlummer

“We are one. ” by robertmatakovic

“20150830-Finland 02-2719 ” by milert

“The Stare Down ” by sabatesphoto

“puffin cuddle ” by chrispopsperry

“Asian leopard ” by spicspics

“close up ” by archivlad

“The Cat & The Bunny ” by chertel

“Cheetah and Cub ” by lonniewehunt

“close encounter ” by saboytjie

“Angry Liger Closeup Showing its Teeth ” by macropixel

“Tired Jaguar!! ” by tmc407

“Wildlife ” by volkerhandke

“The Lioness ” by K_Srinivas

“Explorer ” by DanielleLyneePhotography

“The wolf ” by Uni_so

“Curious Neighbour ” by Xsgraphicdesign

“Face off ” by Beyerphoto

“Surprise! (2) ” by lindagagnon

“blues ” by ClaireJean

“Rat ” by Nixx

“Deer ” by Mougaard

“Bonds ” by slowwalking

“moo ” by MariLaegreid

“A Coalition of Cheetahs ” by Mikeirelandphotography

“King Of The Jungle ” by circlepranch

“Fighting Hippos ” by koskarathanasis

“Sad Eyes ” by IanDMcGregor

“Let’s play together!! ” by ceciliazuccherato

“Hello!!!!! ” by charlotterhodes

“catch treat lab ” by thatblacklabby

“Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies ” by tmh775

“Caterina Ballerina ” by PeterCannon

“Studious Creature ” by jennifersummer

“Who was knocking on my door ? ” by Cezary-Wyszynski

“Watch out !! ” by Bridgena_Barnard

“Light Ray ” by TanyaHouppermans

“Basset Hound pup ” by rpgdepictions

“Bonnet macaque’s hand ” by saravphotography

” ” by sarahking

 

“SNOW MONKEY ” by russellpearson

“”A Low Blow” ” by davidcschultz

“Love in Captivity ” by claudia_lothering_1704

“Rays on Giant ” by bmeiri

“Bob Kat ” by melissa3339

“GREETING ” by joannegraham

“Kitty ” by pattyschmitt

“siberian tiger at the tree ” by icefish

“I am gonna get you! (1) ” by SylwiaUrbaniak

“Turtle Hunt ” by Scubadaddy

“On the Road ” by suellenwinstead

“South Georgia Island ” by Forrest_Brown

“Bundle of Joy! ” by michelewingo

“Baby Blue ” by chrisknight

“Attack ” by thurstonphoto

“Close up of an African wild dog ” by Giulia_avanzi

“IMG_9952 ” by Noizephotoworks

“Devon ” by KarolGams

“_IGP7762bwrino ” by Serina

“All About The Eyes ” by Cobble-Art

“Great white shark ” by davidpstephens

“Cheetah Teeth ” by Mbeiter

“Fox cubs ” by lregoli

“Minor Mynas ” by brendanharvey

“Screech Owl ” by wadeaiken

“Hiding cat ” by Paolo-K5

“Gooood Moooorning Essaouira ” by aminefassi

“En plena puesta ” by jaguarnegro

“Open Wide ” by DanielNorwood

“Purple delight ” by EyeToEyeXperience

“Is this one for sale? ” by ericakinsella

“Blending in… ” by mufasa74

“blizzard ” by DanielCharlesImage

“Panda Bear ” by sandyseyecatcher

“Angus Bull ” by Soers

“Dreaming ” by juliet_lovephoto

“Rum ” by diegoantonelli

“The girl and Elephant ” by kenvinpinardy

“Gentoos in the snow ” by NInature

“Beluga ” by cmatwishynphotodotcom

“I’m a pretty flower ” by ElyseCarpenterPhotography

“_MG_9751 ” by nathanwillsphotography

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We Love Animals Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing animals in the We Love Animals Photo Contest with chances to win a Camera Bundle and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Elke Vogelsang for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Elke Vogelsang is a photographer and author specializing in dog portraiture. She has a passion for creating unique, individual, and expressive pictures that always capture the essence of the moment and her subject. Her images have been featured in publications across the globe. She lives in Germany with her husband and their three dogs.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Fairy Terns and a Fish! ” by LesImgrund

“This picture tells an exciting story in wonderful colours and a pleasing composition. It’s also sharp where it should be (might sound basic, but often enough pictures are rejected as they lack this basic requirement). The light is gorgeous, the exposure spot on, the depth of field beautiful. Congratulations.” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Runner Up “Foraging headless – Lesser flamingo ” by Roy_

“This was an instant favourite of mine. I love the humour. Often enough you’ll find a picture that tells a great story or is funny but lacks the technical qualities. In this case, I think everything works really well. The colours are gorgeous, the composition good, the light is wonderful. Great picture. Congratulations.” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Runner Up “Zander and the Polar Bear ” by stevehikida

“We’ve seen a ton of pictures of polar bears in zoos and some of us might even be slightly tired of them. This picture, though, is very well done. The scene is intriguing, the exposure spot on, the colours are gorgeous and that reflection of the child’s surprised face in the glass adds that little extra storyline. Wonderful picture. congratulations!” – Elke Vogelsang

Congratulations Amateur Winner “Shy Eyes” by christosmit

Congratulations People’s Choice “A portrait of a king ” by nyanamoli

“Red fox family !! ” by philippedebruyne

“Barbary Macaques ” by philipbebbington

“Bullish” by antoniozarli

“Death from Above” by HuyHo

“Peekaboo” by mgtoni

“Tiger ” by duanneanderson

“Red Fox in Puddle” by jessicakirste

“Selfie Master” by meganlorenz

“Chocolate!” by danielventer

“sparrowhawk1” by noelsouthcott

“Elephant in the Dust in Amboseli” by pattebrownell

“concentrate..concentrate…” by JDJohnson

“Great Grey Owl ” by fredlemire

“Sisters” by helgemjs

“Now that you wake me up is better for you to run” by albertoghizzipanizza

“Bear” by robertsijka

“Common Noddy, the angry bird of the Indian Ocean” by StephanieManuel

“A Full House” by terryc

“”Coopers Hawk”” by Iconoscope

“LOOK !” by Dragos_Pop

“We Must Protect” by lenscover

“Open Wide” by garybrennand

“Falcon” by BCF_Photography

“Chameleon” by amina

“Puffin-1” by malcolmlearman

 

“Hey Bulldog” by DaveRogers220380

“_DSC1278” by TheoShilton

“Take Off, Eh…” by DanielParent

“Secrets” by BIGDOGPHOTOG

 

“Daisy ” by JakeOlsonStudios

“Flying in water ” by ErikB

 

“Jag ” by tylerfisher

“The Sign show ” by rodneyervin

“The Love of Gannets ” by NicoFroehberg

“DSC09344bw ” by alef0

“Osprey ” by rjb8267

“Two Little Brothers ” by corradomariani

“summer time vol. 2 ! ” by Marcin_Rutkowski

“Turn that corner ” by marrieladurandegui

“Cock A Doodle Doo ” by KyleBehrend

“Using Paw ” by ClaudioPiccoli

“Free Spirit ” by tonybruguiere

“Peak ” by galinasimphoto

“Posing for the picture ” by gugucuquinha

“B&W Bison 02 – ” by LCdutch

“Yearling Black Bear ” by blurrr001

“Let me see your wings ” by ruthjolly

“Wise One ” by amyholley

“lonely horse ” by BensPhotography

“_Z4T5568-Edit ” by B1RD

“True Grit ” by colinharley

“Rainy day ” by shikhei

“Capra Hispanica ” by GEFAELL

“Elephant-2 ” by PaulPersys

“Cougar Cresting the Ridge ” by anitae403

“Cold ” by hotpixel

“fallow deer ” by marcusfranklin

“By the jetty ” by hamidrad

“9N4A5305 ” by Anneliese-Photography

“Wild horse ” by vedranvidak_1401

“Co-Exist ” by FotoflyStudio

“Somewhere on the river ” by Photomarky

“The End ” by Viesinsh

“A Dazzling Implausibility ” by mpelli

“one eyed king ” by Abulman

“bird of grace ” by premio

“Attention ” by florajakab

“The chase ” by CarolPlummer

“We are one. ” by robertmatakovic

“20150830-Finland 02-2719 ” by milert

“The Stare Down ” by sabatesphoto

“puffin cuddle ” by chrispopsperry

“Asian leopard ” by spicspics

“close up ” by archivlad

“The Cat & The Bunny ” by chertel

“Cheetah and Cub ” by lonniewehunt

“close encounter ” by saboytjie

“Angry Liger Closeup Showing its Teeth ” by macropixel

“Tired Jaguar!! ” by tmc407

“Wildlife ” by volkerhandke

“The Lioness ” by K_Srinivas

“Explorer ” by DanielleLyneePhotography

“The wolf ” by Uni_so

“Curious Neighbour ” by Xsgraphicdesign

“Face off ” by Beyerphoto

“Surprise! (2) ” by lindagagnon

“blues ” by ClaireJean

“Rat ” by Nixx

“Deer ” by Mougaard

“Bonds ” by slowwalking

“moo ” by MariLaegreid

“A Coalition of Cheetahs ” by Mikeirelandphotography

“King Of The Jungle ” by circlepranch

“Fighting Hippos ” by koskarathanasis

“Sad Eyes ” by IanDMcGregor

“Let’s play together!! ” by ceciliazuccherato

“Hello!!!!! ” by charlotterhodes

“catch treat lab ” by thatblacklabby

“Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies ” by tmh775

“Caterina Ballerina ” by PeterCannon

“Studious Creature ” by jennifersummer

“Who was knocking on my door ? ” by Cezary-Wyszynski

“Watch out !! ” by Bridgena_Barnard

“Light Ray ” by TanyaHouppermans

“Basset Hound pup ” by rpgdepictions

“Bonnet macaque’s hand ” by saravphotography

” ” by sarahking

 

“SNOW MONKEY ” by russellpearson

“”A Low Blow” ” by davidcschultz

“Love in Captivity ” by claudia_lothering_1704

“Rays on Giant ” by bmeiri

“Bob Kat ” by melissa3339

“GREETING ” by joannegraham

“Kitty ” by pattyschmitt

“siberian tiger at the tree ” by icefish

“I am gonna get you! (1) ” by SylwiaUrbaniak

“Turtle Hunt ” by Scubadaddy

“On the Road ” by suellenwinstead

“South Georgia Island ” by Forrest_Brown

“Bundle of Joy! ” by michelewingo

“Baby Blue ” by chrisknight

“Attack ” by thurstonphoto

“Close up of an African wild dog ” by Giulia_avanzi

“IMG_9952 ” by Noizephotoworks

“Devon ” by KarolGams

“_IGP7762bwrino ” by Serina

“All About The Eyes ” by Cobble-Art

“Great white shark ” by davidpstephens

“Cheetah Teeth ” by Mbeiter

“Fox cubs ” by lregoli

“Minor Mynas ” by brendanharvey

“Screech Owl ” by wadeaiken

“Hiding cat ” by Paolo-K5

“Gooood Moooorning Essaouira ” by aminefassi

“En plena puesta ” by jaguarnegro

“Open Wide ” by DanielNorwood

“Purple delight ” by EyeToEyeXperience

“Is this one for sale? ” by ericakinsella

“Blending in… ” by mufasa74

“blizzard ” by DanielCharlesImage

“Panda Bear ” by sandyseyecatcher

“Angus Bull ” by Soers

“Dreaming ” by juliet_lovephoto

“Rum ” by diegoantonelli

“The girl and Elephant ” by kenvinpinardy

“Gentoos in the snow ” by NInature

“Beluga ” by cmatwishynphotodotcom

“I’m a pretty flower ” by ElyseCarpenterPhotography

“_MG_9751 ” by nathanwillsphotography

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