Opiates

I have not much to say besides the opiate epidemic infuriates me. After loosing many friends over the years I’d like to say: If I ever have the opportunity, I would like to spend significant resources to do what I can to bring attention to this issue.

Issues:

  • Doctors need to be held accountable for what they prescribe
  • Doctors need to be better trained (to treat underlying causes and not focus so much on symptoms)
  • Doctors need to take mental health seriously
  • Doctors and pharmaceutical companies need to be held accountable for kickbacks and other loopholes like speaking engagements in exchange for prescribing
  • Addicts need to be treated like humans and given a fair amount of time when they are in the hospital
  • Other issues like pharmaceutical “evergreening” require reform
  • All of this goes towards greater issue with the healthcare system while still remain unaddressed

Entrepreneurship: Why? and The Law of Diffusion of Innovation

I was recently introduced to Simon Sinek’s TEDTalk on Why:

It really reminds me of another interview I found quite inspiring by Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank:

These articles bring up a number of questions for me:

What motivates you?
Why do you do it?

How do you inspire those you lead?
How do you move beyond inspiring/motivating people with money, stability, power and career advancement?
(Rather, WHY do you inspire/motivate people? ūüėú)

What are some struggles that are individual to your life experience?
How does having overcome them help you today? Why do they help you?

The Oxford Comma in Legal Writing

To make cookies you need: eggs, butter, sugar, sugar, different sugar, more sugar, and/or comma and soul.

I was involved in heated discussion with two co-workers today on the use of the oxford comma in legal writing. Tonight I was interested in exploring this topic, and settling the score, once and for all. <——see what I did.

When do we comma in legal writing??

Heh, heh, and heh

After reviewing numerous sites and reading many articles on this topic, it seems to be pretty cut and dry:

In legal writing:
Creativity and rhythm is not the priority.
Clarity is the priority.

Therefor, WHEN IN DOUBT, use commas. Personally, I think most of the time I don’t use a comma before and. It is redundant and bad style. Regardless, I respect those who are concerned with using this comma before an and. Personally, I’m generally so focused on content when reading, I don’t really have time to be noticing commas or lack thereof.

Conclusion: USE IT in legal writing, especially where clarity and logical separation is an issue.

  • (1) The The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage says you don’t need it, but
  • (2) the The Chicago Manual of Style says you do, and
  • (3) i just like lists.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

-Robert Frost

vs

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.

-Lawyer

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club – Mountaineering Section 2018 – Journeys Photo Winner!

I’m very grateful to share with you an image of mine I took with my DJI Mavic drone of my friends Will and Emil climbing a route in Mexico last winter climbing season.

See later in this post for more videos and images. 

Make sure you are full screen and in High Resolution on youtube to do these Justice

Mota Wall, Park: Potrero Chico, City: Hidalgo, State: Nuevo Leon County: Mexico

Those of you who know me know I have been rock climbing for a number of years as my preferred method of getting exercise and interacting with nature. I have found it both exciting and challenging to train for this physically and mentally challenging sport while also learning the many many many systems and techniques of using ropes and other assorted equipment to maintain safe practices. While this sport has been expensive, challenging, and (since it is body weight dependent) quite hard on a 195 lbs 6’4″ individual, I am have enjoyed it tremendously.

I LOVE introducing people to climbing. If you are reading this and want to try it out, feel free to ask. It is truly a gift for me to share something I have loved doing with someone that shows interest.

This shot took a lot of preparation: Good conditions required that the route be well lit, easily accessible by drone and somewhat secluded from other climbers as not to disturb them for safety reasons. When filming or taking images of climbers, I really prefer to get “in-and-out” with drones. We chose a tall route on the far end of Mota wall which got a lot of sun in the morning since it faced the inside of the Potrero.

PATC-MS Website:
https://www.potomacmountainclub.org

Other Photo Winners from 2018: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMyIPG9eGSmQsck1m3ovF42Lpk98_SIlnY2gG1MurljMS8PS8PrwDioRaStkbxrRw?key=dFJuSjY5dU9ab2w1NTl3cW1XVjdpSE1DbjlmM2lR

(Just to brag) here is some of my rock climbing equipment:

The ATV

This case resulted in a multi-hundred thousand dollar settlement 

This advertisement caught the eye of a young gentleman who had been treated quite unfairly by the Prince George’s County Police.
I designed this advertisement, managed the campaign that collected and sent out the advertisements. In addition, I did much of the leg work in managing this case until it was settled on the 2nd day of trial.

This case attracted prime time TV news coverage on News Channel 7.

We started using postcards because I realized people don’t open mail:

Rockville Divorce Lawyers

I designed this site on top of the WordPress as the content management system for a collaboration between two attorneys.

All original photographs, logos, graphics, etc were designed by me. There are a few stock images. 

Interactive Asset Distribution Spreadsheet

NOTE:

If I were re-do this project today I would make the divorcees gender-neutral. 

Developed this primarily to be used in divorce cases for experimenting with different asset distributions and seeing the results on the fly. It has been used both out of court and in court.

Fun Fact:

“When the new wing of the Circuit Court in Montgomery County, Maryland opened, this spreadsheet was FIRST used in the FIRST trial held in the building and it also just so happened to be the FIRST trial to take advantage of the facility’s new technological capabilities. I secretly regretting not calling the media before the trial in an attempt to get us and the county some mutually beneficial positive coverage.”

Instructions:

Below is a link to a sheets.google version of the spreadsheet. It hasn’t been tested so please let me know if you try it and it doesn’t work.

Google Sheets Version

Interactive Distribution Sheet

Click here to make your own