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Facing and reversing others’ trespasses

Recently — I think in one of Ram Dass’s two recent books — I was re-reminded how important it is not to take others’ seeming trespasses personally. For instance, if person A is yelling at person B, that may be more of a manifestation of...

Persuading and learning on the non-dualistic path

From the get-go in law school, I learned about the premium that big corporate law firms place on hiring law students and recent law school graduates from top-ranked law schools, with a high class grade rank, and who won highly competitive efforts to be on...

In Praise of Lawyer and Psychodramatist Simina Vourlis

My close friend and teacher Trudy Morse — a great grandmother who learned many key life lessons before I ever was born — once wrote in thanks to those who supported her along the path of life. Local taijiquan teacher David Walls Kaufman, who very generously...

Accumulated feathers sink the boat

Accumulated feathers sink the boat. It took me twenty-seven years to find, embrace and internalize that truism, posted on an Amnesty International calendar.  Likewise, stand on the shoulders of past and present giants rather than reinventing the wheel. Only arrogance would lead people otherwise. I...

Valentine’s day and trial lawyering

The following blog entry is adapted from my February 14, 2010, blog entry. A few years ago, my blog addressed Valentine’s Day in terms of the strange juxtaposition of Valentine’s Day and the Eleventh Circuit’s 2007 upholding of a ban on selling sexual devices, and the Fifth Circuit’s...