30. Charmin? (Video 0:24)

Do you think this about covers President Trump? Be sure your sound is on, then click the “Play” arrow:

29. Covid Commercials (Video 1:02)

A lighter touch for Covid: I obtained a stop-motion app on my iPhone in the Spring of 2020. This is one of my creations. Be sure your sound is on, then click the “Play” arrow:

28. Stools & Straight Lines (5 pp.)

More on Covid, but as a symptom of a currently ineffective federal government.  It is therefore unavoidably critical of Trump and his enabling Republicans:


27. Covid Economic Recovery (3 pp.)

As in Post No. 26, I was also moved in April to reflect, this time, upon appropriate economic recovery post-Covid:


26. Covid Humanity (1 p.)

In April I was moved to ruminate upon humanity’s reactions, and my own, to the Covid pandemic:


25. Patriotism (3 pp.)

I was asked to speak at a Presidents Day party/celebration, for less than 10 minutes, on the subject of patriotism. Here are the results:


24. Washington Experience is Unique (31 pp.)

To read much of my, and my family’s, adventures of living, working, and volunteering in the Washington, D.C. area from 1962 to 2018, click here:


23. Permissible Poetry (3 pp.)

Judges are ethically bound to uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and avoid not only impropriety in that regard, but the appearance of impropriety. It is generally contrary to these requirements to express partisan or political views. A judge must interpret and apply the law, for example, without regard to whether the judge approves or disapproves of the law in question.

However, judges are encouraged within these constraints, because of their expertise, to express views about the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice through speaking, writing, teaching, and research. And they’re not totally prohibited from expressing their views on something nonlegal just because it might have policy or political implications. Judges have a right of free speech, too.

I have dabbled from time to time over the years in poetry (mostly limericks), and I must admit they have not been wholly apolitical. I have therefore kept them pretty much to myself. Having retired in September 2018 I am no longer required to be apolitical. But habits die hard.

I here choose to share four poems (among 29) I’ve written over the years. For a couple of them, they clearly express disagreement with current law and legal policy (money in politics and guns). That there are also inherent political implications does not prohibit their expression; at the least, my retired status pushes their recitation across the line of permissibility. The other two poems raise concerns so broad that they can be published here despite the fact any policy may inevitably have political implications. Click here:


22. Advice to Witnesses (4 pp.)

As a trial lawyer who often had to prepare witnesses for their testimony, I’d talk to each one I planned to call for any trial, civil or criminal, about much of this information, and then give them one or more of these three lists of things to remember:


21. What Happens to a Black Man Shot by Police? (31 pp.)

This is Post No. 20 rewritten from the perspective described in the title in an unsuccessful effort to get it published. Shorter, no footnotes. Click here:


20. The Life of a Trial Lawyer (Through the Prism of One Indelible Case) (40 pp.)

The title speaks for itself. I’m publishing it here because it’s too short for a book and too long for a magazine article (plus there are footnotes!).

If you’re ever faced with serious litigation I think it would be worth reading ahead of time; or if you’re a law student thinking of a litigation career.  Most of my legal, judicial, and other friends have found it poignant and fascinating.  Click here:


A shorter version, rewritten from a different perspective, appears as Post No. 21.

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18. Wigs in Court (1 p.)

Who knew they cost this much!  Click here:


17. How a Judge REALLY Feels Sometimes (2 pp.)

To see how a judge really feels sometimes, click here:


16. Humor in the Court (6 pp.)

To view my 2001 article on humor in the court, click here: