Monday, January 5, 2015

"oxymoronic 'personal, generic' holiday letters" et al.

Three appellate delights in today's DJ:

  • PJ Gilbert starts off the new year with his column titled "A Personal Letter," in which he skewers obnoxious holiday letters and then eulogizes Judge Aldisert. (Don't forget that the Beverly Hills Bar Association will be honoring PJ Gilbert with the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence on Feb. 18 -- something he can include in his 2015 holiday letter!)
  • Don't miss "Panel-Packing Claims at 9th Circuit Lead to Calls for Investigation: After allegations of liberal panel-packing, even supporters say investigation is needed to clear the air."
  • Finally, GMSR's Alana Rotter presents "Which Orders Regarding Arbitration are Appealable," directing us to the five categories of rulings in CCP section 1294 and discussing two cases issued in mid-December.

Sticking w/the holiday imagery for just a bit longer...
3 French Hens to accompany the DJ's 3 appellate tidbits.

Also today, speaking of the literary eruditeness of 2/6, Justice Perren provides a nice poetry lesson in this start to an unpub'd decision here:
A California poet famously questioned whether good fences make good neighbors.[fn 1 (Frost (1914) Mending Wall in North of Boston, pp. 11-13 ["'Why do they make good neighbours? . . . Before I built a wall I'd ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out, / And to whom I was like to give offence . . .'"].) Although Robert Frost's poetry is "intimately associated with rural New England, one tends to forget that the first landscape printed on his imagination was both urban and Californian," Frost having lived in San Francisco until the age of 11. (Parini, Robert Frost: A Life (1999) p. 3.) ].