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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What Not to Do ....

• First, anyone who has ever suffered through a tedious PowerPoint presentation may well get a kick outta this one from the Laughing Squid. Hat tip: Russ Curtis. 

Second, Bob Ambrogi found this hard-to-believe-it's-for-real lawyer advertisement. As he says, the humor "fails miserably:"  Hat tip: Jeffrey Brandt


January 17, 2012 in Commentary & Analysis | Permalink


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