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!

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Blt It's a l(a)unch! Legal Times' new BLT blog, is up and running. Congrats to editor-in-chief James Oliphant and the gang at D.C.

I'll turn the mic over to James:

Hey look, it's a blog! Not exactly revolutionary at this point is it? So why would Legal Times do it?

The reason is the opportunity this medium affords us, one that despite the wretched excess of blogs polluting the net remains very real, particularly in the areas this publication watches.

Here at Legal Times, we like to think that we've got a decent little franchise that sits at heart of the power structure in Washington, which is another way of saying that we have our own kiosk at the crossroads of the world. This blog becomes another way for us to offer more, particularly where law, business, and politics intersect.

We hope to translate the smaller bits of information that comes across our transom in a given week into something interesting and entertaining on a daily basis. And if possible, perhaps break a little news, too.

Our other hope is that with these posts, you might get to know the people who make up this publication in a way that will never come through in print. Even better, it's possible this could become the best of journalistic endeavors, an interactive community where our readers can contribute as much as our writers.

So we invite you to check us out on a daily basis and to contribute with your comments.

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