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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Pogue's Law

PogueDavid Pogue, The New York Times' popular technology columnist, was the keynote speaker at this fall's Courtroom Technology Conference in California, discussing disruptive personal technology. But did you know he has legal roots? Check it out here.

Image: courtesy of David Pogue

December 8, 2011 in People | Permalink


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