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!



Oconnor Tom O'Connor, a long-time member of LTN's Editorial Advisory Board, and director of the Electronic Documents Institute, was among those honored for his tireless work on behalf of the Gulf Coast legal community, at the International Litigation Support Leaders Conference, May 15-16, sponsored by Litigation Support Today magazine. The awards, named for the late Betsy Reynolds (also a member of LTN's board), spotlighted excellence in lit support.

O'Connor took the "industry consultant," honors. Other winners included Beth Kellermann, lit e-discovery manager at Apple Inc.; Florinda Baldridge, director of practice support at Fulbright & Jaworski; and Carl Kikuchi, branch chief, office of lit support, U.S. DOJ-Civil.

Congrats to all, and Betsy, we all think of you often.

May 20, 2008 in Awards & Accolades, Good Works | Permalink


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Wish you could have been there, Monica. It was an amazing moment for me personally as I watched Tom get the award. Brought tears to my eyes as I know how much of his heart is in all he has done and continues to do in the Gulf Coast. I was so very proud of him...

Posted by: Gayle O'Connor | May 21, 2008 11:35:19 AM

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