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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Welcome to 2012

NewyearShakin' off the holidays, back at work! New York City has been giving Al Gore ulcers with our crazy weather. We wore shorts last weekend, today we've all pulled out our "puffer" coats, hats, and gloves. It's ch-ch-chilly!

As we gear up, just a quick reminder that if you are a vendor planning to launch a new product or upgrade at LegalTech New York, be sure to reach out to Evan Koblentz (ekoblentz@alm.com) today — as we are in the final stages of preparing our "sneak preview" for Law Technology News magazine (it will be distributed at LTNY).

And watch this space, I'll soon be announcing the winners of the 2011 LTN Innovation Awards!

Hope you had a refreshing vacation. Happy New Year!

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January 3, 2012 in LTNY 2012 | Permalink


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