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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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POLLAK CHAIRS PRO BONO NET

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Congrats to Bill Pollak, ALM president and CEO, who has been elected chair of the Pro Bono Net board of directors.

Pro Bono Net is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that focuses on using technology programs (including web-based programs) to empower legal advocates and help them better serve the underrepresented. It provides assistance directly to the public (via LawHelpInteractive), as well as helps legal organizations manage pro bono activities (Pro Bono Manager). See Pam Weisz' story in the January 2010 issue of LTN.

Executive Director Mark O'Brien cited Pollak's "talents and experience, knowledge of the legal market, and commitment to the cause of access to justice" as strong assets for the leadership post he has assumed.

Pollak joined ALM in 1998, and has served on the PBN board since 2000. He succeeds the organization's founding chair, Michael Cooper, of Sullivan and Cromwell (who remains on the board).

July 2, 2010 in Good Works | Permalink

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