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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Stras to Preview October 2009 U.S. Supreme Court Term

The MSBA Administrative Law Section is co-hosting with the Appellate Practice Section an exciting CLE at the Minnesota Judicial Center.

Professor David Stras, of the University of Minnesota Law School, and a key player in the ensemble that writes SCOTUSblog, will give a detailed preview of the U.S. Supreme Court’s October Term 2009.

The event is scheduled for Monday, October 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Professor Stras, who clerked at the High Court during the October 2002 Term, is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker. This will be a great event.

Plus, because the event organizers are receiving a selection of “supremely” gourmet pizzas from Cosetta’s, and because of the very courtly attendees that we are likely to draw to this talk, the 70 seats that we have allotted for the event are likely to go fast.

Details on how to RSVP for this not-to-miss event are accessible here.

On Neglect

Neglect (ni-glekt′) – transitive verb: 1. to ignore or disregard; 2. to fail to care for or attend to sufficiently or properly; 3. to fail to carry out (an expected or required action) through carelessness or by intention.

I know that I have been neglectful of this blog. And I do feel bad about it.

The crawl spaces in my week that I used for reading reported decisions and writing case summaries, slowly collapsed under the weight of projects that I had piled nearby. I took on some additional responsibilities at my day job; and then the chairmanship of the Administrative Law Section of the MSBA. I agreed to do a CLE webinar for the American Bar Association; accepted some other speaking engagements around town; and pledged to lead a committee at the kids’ school; et cetera, et cetera …. The adjacent pile just got higher and higher.

As small as my crawl space for blogging has always been, it was the one enterprise that did not have a firm deadline. And so, I put it off a day. And then a week. And then some more.

In this season for turning, however, I see the error in that plan. I should not be so neglectful. My new plan is to say “no, I really can't” to more things in the future, making for larger spaces to write here. So, with any luck, there will be more postings soon. So please stay tuned.