Light Blogging

PG will be a bit less vociferous than usual today.

His reason will be understandable to a certain subset of visitors to TPV who have spent three years (in the US at least) learning about things such as the Statute of Frauds, the Rule in Shelley’s Case and Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins.

It may be summed up in three letters – CLE – and one word – deadline.

5 thoughts on “Light Blogging”

  1. If it’s any consolation (it probably isn’t), a number of years back the California Supreme Court rejected a malpractice suit against an attorney who had allegedly misunderstood the Rule Against Perpetuities, proclaiming that nobody actually understands the Rule. Conversely, the Illinois Supreme Court in 1995ish had to declare that the Rules of Professional Conduct were ambiguous on whether it was unethical for an attorney to have sex with his/her/their client, and that henceforth it would be.

    It will not surprise you to hear that each of those instances were turned into a full hour of MCLE credit at seminars.

    • It happens whenever a CLE deadline approaches.

      If anyone offered CLE courses that were actually relevant to my practice, I would be happy to attend/listen. However, Disgorgement of Profits from Design Patents, 11 Most Commonly Asked Questions about Expungement and Dealing with the New Virtual Currency Question on Form 1040 Schedule 1 just don’t get my pulse racing.

  2. Well PG, I now know the meaning of CLE (it was CPD when I was working – different profession though) and more than I’ll ever need to know about the Rule in Shelley’s Case and Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins, though my understanding of both remains superficial. My conclusions are that it’s a good thing Shelley was repealed in England in 1925 and that all UK railway tracks have to be fenced off to protect stray animals and people.

    • The Rule in Shelley’s Case and Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins will live forever in law school classes.

      Those sorts of things never become completely outmoded because they’re precedents for one thing or another.

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