Some Recent Activity – and Some Upcoming Stuff

Victory at CSC! On September 15, 2017, the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission (CSC) ordered my client to be reinstated to his job, with full backpay, and with all benefits. (The City has appealed.) My client was the highest-ranking employee to lose his job (forced resignation) in the supposed Mail Room overtime scandal reported on widely in Philly media a year ago. We first proved that his resignation was forced, which then entitled him to a just cause hearing.  The City failed to prove that my client did anything wrong. We have since filed defamation actions against some of the involved investigators and others, in their individual capacity.

I received a “Client’s Choice Award” badge from AVVO, a lawyer directory, based on recent client reviews.

Teaching Public Speaking for Everyone at Mt Airy Learning Tree in November. Sign up here!

Teaching Evidence at Rutgers School of Law again this semester (Fall 2017).

I presented “The Funny Relationship Between Law and Comedy” at the Sixth Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference in July, 2017, in Washington, DC. I also co-created and co-organized the conference and conference series. We  had attendees and presenters from all over the world and have been doing these conferences every other year since 2007, in London (2007), Portland, OR (2009), Denver, CO (2011), London (2013), Seattle, WA (2015).

Teaching “Know Your Rights: Dealing With the Police” at Mt. Airy Learning Tree on March 2, 2017, evening. Sign up here!

Teaching “Public Speaking for Everybody” at Mt. Airy Learning Tree in March 7 and March 14, evenings – the class is in two parts. Sign up here!

In CounterPunch and on Chicago radio’s award-winning This is Hell! with Chuck Mertz, I discussed the ethics lawsuit against President Trump by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), represented by legal scholars Laurence Tribe, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Zephyr Teachout, and the DC law firm Gupta Weiss. My piece was entitled “The Ethics Suit Against Trump: A Waste of Star Legal Power?”  The radio interview is entitled “Some bad news on the first legal challenge to Trump’s presidency.” Hear all my This is Hell! interviews here.

Teaching Evidence as an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers Law, January 2017 – May 2017.

Taught “Know Your Rights – At Work” at Mt. Airy Learning Tree, October 2016. (I’ll be teaching this course again this spring.)

Taught “Public Speaking for Everybody” at Met. Airy Learning Tree, October 2016. (I’m teaching this course again this winter and spring.)

Taught “Know Your Rights – Dealing With the Police” at Mt. Airy Learning Tree to a great group of concerned citizens, on June 7. I’m teaching this course again this winter.

Hear me discuss the difficulty of the middle class to afford lawyers, despite the increasing need — interview from my LAWPAGANDA segment on Chicago’s award-winning radio show This Is Hell!

I stepped up to do the winning oral argument, pro bono, in Commonwealth v. Eddy Cox, No. 2783 EDA 2014, in Pennsylvania Superior Court.  Judgment of sentence reversed!

My book chapter, “REFORMING THE SECURITY COUNCIL TO ACHIEVE COLLECTIVE SECURITY”, was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for: PSN: Alliances (Topic). Download here.  Still #2 as of February 12, 2017.

Taught “Public Speaking” and “Know Your Rights – Dealing With the Police” at Mount Airy Learning Tree. Get in on these courses in coming terms:

Hear my thoughts on Justice Scalia — interview from my LAWPAGANDA segment on Chicago’s award-winning radio show This Is Hell!

Hosted and co-sponsored with American Constitution Society a great reading by humorist, novelist, and Boston University Law Professor Jay Wexler, December 15, 2015, at the Ethical Society in Philadelphia. Jay read from his new novel, Tuttle in the Balance, about a Supreme Court justice having a midlife crisis.  I read, too, from my satirical financial self-help book, A New Financial You in 28 Days! A 37-Day Plan.  Use the links to buy the books!

Here’s a caricature Jay drew of me in a book for a friend (I put it in duplicate to make it seem more “arty”):







Presented my scholarly chapter from a book celebrating the work of the great and influential international law scholar, Board of Governors Professor Roger S. Clark, Rutgers Law, on October 30, 2015. Saw lots of old friends and met some great people, and I was honored (or should I say, “honoured”) to have been asked to contribute a chapter.  My chapter is entitled, “Mobilising Law on the Side of Peace: Security Council Reform and the Crime of Aggression.”  As I wrote, “I decided to look at how a proposal I have made to improve the Security Council’s decision-making when it considers whether to authorize military force coheres with the ICC crime of aggression,” a crime that Roger has been instrumental in drafting for the world. The book, For the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger Clark, is available here.

Published A Cautionary Tale Showing the Need for a Civil Right to Counsel in Domestic Violence Cases, Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy, October 15, 2015 (co-authored with Ruth Anne Robbins)

Published Storytelling for Lawyers: Disappointing and Dated (Review of Philip Meyer, Storytelling for Lawyers (Oxford 2014), published in Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, Vol. 12, 2015)

Wrote winning response to motion in a civil rights case – September.

Did the oral argument in victorious appeal of criminal sentence in Pennsylvania Superior Court – March/April.

[Much of a lawyer’s work is private and confidential, but I can share these.]

I’m an “irregular correspondent” with my segment, LAWPAGANDA, on Chicago’s award-winning weekly radio show, This is Hell!  Here are links to some interviews:

Forms and Dysfunction in America’s Patchwork Local Legal Systems. And How to Make Your Lawyer Lots and Lots of Money.

Legal Storytelling Sketches Human Narratives  Into Legal Settings

Bullying in the Workplace is Damaging, Ignored, and Usually Legal

Jury Nullification is a Right that Turns Jurors Into Citizens, Not Court Employees

The Case for Providing Poor People With Legal Representation for Civil Lawsuits