Category: blogging

  • Blogging Rules

    D.A. Confidential describes some of the rules he follows when writing blog posts: Do not write about ongoing cases. If I want to draw attention to one of my cases, say it’s going to trial, then I let people know it’s going to trial and I post a link to a news story about the […]

  • Warning: This is Not the Happysphere

    If you are a blogging lawyer, and you want to be read by other bloggers, know that being read by other bloggers includes being taken to task publicly when you write something dumb or silly or ill-considered or even just vapid. If you don't want to be read by other bloggers, if you are blogging […]

  • Three Years

    Today begins my fourth year of writing Defending People. It all started on March 19, 2007 with Introduction. Since then I’ve written 1,325 posts and published over 6,000 comments. I’ve had about 429,065 unique visitors, and received enough positive feedback to keep me both blogging and humble. Thank you for reading Defending People. Without you […]

  • Tried to Comment on Texas Lawyer Blog

    I tried to leave a comment on Texas Lawyer magazine’s Tex Parte Blog. I got this in my email from the Managing Editor of Texas Lawyer: Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on Texas Lawyer‘s blog. To publish it, I need your written permission, full name and city, all of which will […]

  • Chris Dorbandt and Catalyst Design: Partners in Crime

    Rule 7.02 Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services(a) A lawyer shall not make or sponsor a false or misleading communication about the qualifications or the services of any lawyer or firm. A communication is false or misleading if it:(1) contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law, or omits a fact necessary to make the statement […]

  • The First Annual Bloggers’ Best Awards

    If you have a blog and agree that blog popularity contest are jokes, please join me at Social Media Tyro in choosing the best law blogs of 2009, and spread the word. Thank you.

  • Comment Bug?

    If you tried to leave a comment in the last couple of days and it didn’t post, please try again or leave a comment here. I had installed the Subscribe to Comments plugin, and I think it might have broken commenting.

  • Lessons in Media Relations and Blogging, from Tyler Flood [Updated, and Again]

    Tyler Flood (one of the smartest lawyers Tyler Flood has ever met!) says of his recent debacle in the Houston Press: During the course of this process I praised so many of my colleagues and even told Mike who to talk to, including Jed [Silverman], Gary [Trichter], Troy [McKinney], [Mark] Thiessen, Murph [Doug Murphy], Jim […]

  • Stuff I Don’t Want to Miss Mentioning

    Scott Greenfield makes the world a little safer for blawgers (via Houston criminal-defense lawyer Paul Kennedy). RIP John O’Quinn. A great lawyer and, like many great lawyers, not without personal demons (Rick O’Casey, Houston Chronicle). Memo from Pat Lykos to Harris County prosecutors: if you violate Batson you’re “incompetent;” if you violate Brady it’s the […]

  • Power, Responsibility

    As if it were not humbling enough being, on my very best day, the fourth-smartest mammal in the house, I’ve got this blog and my loyal readers to remind me of my modest position in the universe. If I were afraid of making mistakes, I’d never get anything done. Life and the practice of law, […]