Content is a hungry beast. I starved it last week. Apologies.
It was really a bit of a rough week to let things get away from me and not be able to write anything because there were actually quite a few things worth delving into that happened. Perhaps the biggest piece of news actually came the same day that I had a speaking engagement at a CLE for in-house counsel here in Memphis. There were California in-house lawyers with the hosting corporation who were attending remotely and I apologized at the outset for the fact that the differences between their rules and Tennesssee’s were going to make their next hour of time pretty wasted and, also, mentioned that they were certainly striving to change their rules but then saying that we all strive toward lots of things … implying that they’d never manage to adopt rules that look like the ABA Model Rules. That very same day California was able to announce that, after 17 years of effort to get there, rules patterned after the Model Rules are being adopted and will become effective in November 2018. I can’t write much more about that in any meaningful way because I haven’t had time to study any of it, so I won’t. You can read the first wave of information about what those rules will look like here.
I’m also not going to “write” today about any other ethics topic of interest. But, I do want to ask for 6 minutes of your time today in the name of the important issue of attorney well-being to watch the clip you can get at the link I’m posting below. (I promise this is not me trying to “pivot to video.”)
I shared this story about me for the first time during last year’s Ethics Roadshow after staying quiet about it for more than 7 years. If you didn’t attend, or you didn’t stay for the last 12 minutes, then you won’t have seen it. It offers an indirect window into why there was no new content offered here last week. (Also, I know I said I’m only asking for 6 minutes of your time. My personal story starts at the 6 minute mark on the clip.)
All things considered, I remain very lucky. Client obligations and family obligations come first in terms of what gets accomplished. After that, speaking engagements and all that entails comes next. Pretty much everything else, including this blog, ends up third on the depth chart. Sometimes I’m not deep enough to get that far down in the chart.