Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bad Lawyer Says "Goodbye"

I started the Bad Lawyer blawg in August of 2009 as my career, reputation, and life seemed to collapse.  Well, the first two collapsed, amazingly with friends and family the latter did not.  As painful as it has been this may prove to be the "good old days," I just need to learn to accept.

At that time I wrote because I was unable to sleep or get any relief from an abysmal depression and panic attacks I was suffering as I fearfully grappled with my disasters and the consequences caused by my conduct.  So in large part I wrote in a pathetic bit of self-pitying and as I was often accused by certain commentators, rationalization. 

In the last two years I documented the course of my disciplinary process (although not completely because I'm still in the midst of it), my legal proceedings, my prison sentence for attempted tax evasion, my probation and finally my return to work.  As I write I do not know if I will ever be reinstated as a lawyer.  I don't want to be grandiose, but I did view the law as a calling, one that I often loved as an advocate, hated as a unwilling businessman, but was privileged to practice from November 1982 till December of 2009.  As we say in AA, I've "turned that over,"  the question of reinstatement although I am forever indebted to the amazing attorney, Lester, who has done so much for me, pro bono, to try to help me through these thickets.

I liked "blawging" because it offered me a soapbox to try to be socially relevant despite my situation.  You should never doubt that the stories I posted about "bad" lawyers, judges, doctors, drivers, parents, idiots, and morons--these stories, were always about ME.  Likewise, I posted the occasional story about admirable persons in and out of the law, these were stories also about me, as well.  Or rather, I should say the stories were about--who I aspire to be by the grace of God. 

I have some other things, other projects, and a life with my family to live.  I'm now letting go of the "past" absolutely. 

Thank you for reading and commenting on Bad Lawyer.  There are a lot of great law blawgs: ABAJournal, Above the Law (when they remember that the law is mostly not "big law"), Simple Justice, Grits for Breakfast, How Appealing, Point of Law, the Agitator, Overlawyered, Injustice Everywhere, the WSJ Law Blog, and many others which I plan to continue to follow and comment at, in my nom de guerre, Bad Lawyer.  Maybe I'll chat with you along the road. 

Good bye.

124 comments:

  1. Best of luck. I've enjoyed your perspective.

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  2. BOOOO! I want more prison stories!

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  3. I'm grateful, of course, but I feel bad for the people who now will get to spend more time with you. I hope they know how to say "enough already!"

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  4. I hope you come back eventually, BL. I myself have not been in the blogging mood these past months, but I think I will pick it up again at some point. You wrote a lot of important and, yes, moving things here. I hope you'll come back to it when it feels right. The blog will be here, waiting for you...and so will your readers. Godspeed.

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  5. Say it isn't so, BL. I enjoyed immensely your perspective and your postings. As a suspended lawyer in recovery I identified with your angst and depression but I also received a healthy dose of hope here as well. I am going to miss you. God Bless You.

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  6. I am very saddened to hear that you have ended this blog. It was very important to me for many reasons, not least of which are that I practice in your town, drive by your preferred Starbucks on my way to work downtown, and probably live less than a few miles from you. I also share many of the struggles you have discussed challenging in your own life and saw some hope for my own struggles in your fight for redemption.

    Anyway, BC, I wish you every best wish and hope to run into you one day. Maybe buy you a cup of coffee to thank you for your insightful, honest, and often hilarious posts (a la early ones on fashion and Jim Trafficant).

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  7. Was it us? We'll behave better, I promise.

    Here's a tip of our hat to the wonderful man (you) who writes so well about people for whom good wasn't bad enough.

    God bless you, big dude. This will free you to train for next year's Tour de France! Keep your tires pumped.

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  8. Goodbye and good luck. I've enjoyed reading your blog.

    Hope you are managing to find some time to watch the tour. It is proving very interesting this year.

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  9. Too bad - as an AA, and someone who has found a calling to the law, but, alas, is unable to afford law school, I'll miss this blog greatly.

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  10. I am sorry to see you stop posting here. I just found this blog a couple of weeks ago and have placed it on my iGoogle page so that it is the first thing I see when I go online. As another "bad lawyer" (not caught, but voluntarily not practicing) it was encouraging to see someone turning a minus into a plus. In addition, your postings were always interesting. Take care and wishing you all the best in all your endeavors!

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  11. And to respectfully add just one more thought. You may be starting to realize, as many of us have known all along, that you never really were a bad lawyer.

    Just sayin'.

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  12. Bad Lawyer/Attorney Exit Interview -

    *Did you ever allow yourself to be interviewed by prospective client(s) & accept the case while knowing that you weren't qualified to fully represent them in a felony jury trial to verdict?

    *Have you ever advised a client to plea bargain while knowing that he/she wasn't guilty?

    *Have you ever experienced the prosecution team being allowed to enter a State's Exhibit (ex. .38 cal. revolver w/ 5 or 6 inch barrel) as evidence to be used against your client(s); having no chain of custody, not checked out from the evidence/property room, not listed in the police report nor barring any resemblance to the firearm described in the report (ex. .22 or .25 revolver w/ 2 inch barrel) & sat quiet?

    *Have you and/or your paralegal ever created & filed Discovery Motions 30 days prior to a felony jury trial and the Judge refused to fill out and sign the ORDERS.

    *What's your opinion of Divorce, Will & Estate Attorneys being allowed to accept felony cases, take them to trial & while in the process of making everyone in the system (including the jury) think they are real CDLs, screw everything up, allow clients to burn and walk away with little or no consequences?

    Note: Depending on your answers or beliefs (either they be public or private) is a sample of what defines a bad lawyer. Who knows, you very well may have been one of the best lawyers that simply had bad clients. Enjoy your vacation.

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  13. Selfishly, I am saddened by your exit. I found your blog, today...doing a search on the Danzinger trial. I find your story compelling, your writing enjoyable, and your point of view interesting. Good luck to you, you have contributed to this world in a meaningful and positive way. No BS.

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  14. I sure hope that you change your mind and keep blogging here. This is one of the few blogs I follow.

    Why don't you put a PayPal Donation link in your blogger template so we can pay you to keep going?

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  15. I've been looking at law blogs alot lately and I stumbled upon this blog just today.

    "latter" means the second of the two aforementioned items. So... yea... you just made no sense when you said "the first two collapsed, amazingly with friends and family the latter did not". I don't think I'm going to read on after that sentence.

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  16. This was one of the best blogs, not just law blogs, on the internet. The stories that are on this blog are amazing and frequently brilliantly commented upon. Congratulations on a great several years.

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  17. Thanks for blogging. I enjoyed our interactions on BSNYC. Best of luck. I can use some of that as well.

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  18. Thank you all for the comments, I'll see you on down the road.

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    I am sorry to hear of your troubles. I hope things are going better for you. I do empathize with your issues. Being an attorney is very stressful and sometimes drives us all to our wits end. I am writing this comment because I do not know how else to reach you. I do no even know who you are. My name is Anissa Bluebaum. You wrote a post about me on June 17,2011. I knew about it then. I found it on the internet. I had no idea what a huge thing your blog was until it started to affect me. When anyone puts my name in google now your blog entry the second or third thing that comes up is "BAD LAWYER; ANISSA BLUEBAUM HAS LEGAL WRITING ISSUES." When people see "BAD LAWYER" next to my name it is damaging to my reputation and it hurts my business. I could understand why you did this if I was guilty of some horrible crime or tax evasion or something. What I don't understand is why you used my name in your title when you have never done that to another attorney as far as I can tell going back into your blog titles. I am unsure why you believed I was so deserving of such negative criticism because opposing counsel on a high profile case was trying to make the headlines by criticizing the way I used the word "defendant's." The headline is months gone and I am now left with your blog "BAD LAWYER ANISSA BLUEBAUM" coming up in internet searches. I think this is defamation and I am asking you kindly to remove it. I wish you well as it seems you have fallen on some tough times. Please do not continue to make it rough on me. I haven't done anything to you and I don't even know who you are as you do not post your name to this blog.

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    1. Thjs is clearly not defamatory if this is a sample of your writing. Lawyers generally know what periods, commas, and paragraphs are.

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  39. THERE IS A LOT TO CATCH UP ON. HAVING JUST BEEN RELEASED FROM MORGANTOWN WV MYSELF, I NEED TO CATCH UP ON THE BLOGS AND I HAVE A FEW CASES I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON. BILL, DO YOU REMEMBER THESE GUYS, TOM GRECO, FAISAL ALATRASH, DR. JOHN SHARP, RICH COPPASS, GENE DINATALE. ALL INNOCENT AND ALL WENT TO PRISON LIKE YOU. I SPENT THREE YEARS JUST WRITING THEIR STORIES WHILE IN THE PRISON LIBRARY.

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    1. Hey Librarian, nice to hear from you. I hope we can arrange to connect a little more. I've been trying to figure out which librarian you were...my friend from where? BL

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