The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Subway 1. Alan Rothman, who has been a fixture in the NYC tech scene, has launched a new blog, called The Subway Fold.

I first met Rothman when we were both active with ALM's infant Counsel Connect online service, the predecessor to law.com. He's a smart, thoughtful fellow, so welcome to the blawgosphere!

I've been busy yelling at Kevin Brown in Anaheim, so here's Bob Ambrogi's writeup of Rothman's inaugural posts.

And here's Bob's explanation of the moniker, for you non-New Yorkers:

"Alan's blog is named for the maneuver that allows broadsheet-sized newspapers to be read on crowded NYC subways. His intent is "to analogously gather, post and comment upon smaller samplings of news, trends, resources and connections therein across a range of topics in technology, science, law, business and media."

Lpmmag 2. The vivacious Marilyn Astin Tarlton, known among the tech-heads as editor-in-chief of Law Practice Management magazine (of the ABA Law Practice Mgmt section) has accepted a new gig. She's now chief marketing officer of Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley, a Denver firm with 32 attorneys and 30 support staff, specializing in lit, real estate, and corporate practice. Congrats!

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