Friday, February 3, 2017

DJ profiles retired Justice Grignon

The DJ is running a profile titled & subtitled: Retired appeals court justice-turned-neutral likes analyzing cases: Los Angeles neutral Margaret M. Grignon enjoys variety in cases, as she did on the bench, about former 2/5 Justice Grignon. "A voracious reader of everything from 19th century literature to science fiction, as a mediator and arbitrator with ARC, Grignon's list of specialties includes such disparate practice areas as family law, construction defect, employment law, and medical malpractice." "Her first position after law school was as a clerk to 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Robert Thompson, and by 1990 she had been appointed to the appellate court. Grignon also serves as the secretary-treasurer of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers."

Looking for a 90-minute webinar on appeal bonds? Strafford has one coming up on March 7 presented by H&L's Peder Batalden and appellate specialist Paul Killion: Appeal Bonds and Other Asset Protection: Staying an Adverse Judgment Execution: Navigating Supersedeas Bonds and Rule-Based and Discretionary Alternatives

Looking for some law-school related reading? Stanford Law Prof's Novel Satirizes 'U.S. News' Rankings Horse Race:
" 'Legal Asylum' tells the tale of a fictional state law school in New England whose ambitious dean Elspeth Flowers will stop at nothing to move her institution into U.S. News’ top five. Meanwhile, an ABA accreditation site visit team, a major donor under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a warring law faculty, and a scheming mail room clerk all threaten to derail her efforts."
In the WSJ: Under New Bill, Federal Appellate Court Based in California Could be Split Up: Sens. Jeff Flake, John McCain lead efforts to splinter off six states from 9th Circuit into newly-created appeals court. [Note that per most usage guides, "newly created" should not be hyphenated, right?]

Speaking of usage tips, do you get Garner's Usage Tip of the Day? If not, you're missing out on ditties like the one below. So if not, why not?

specious; spurious. The two words are related in sense but not at all in etymology (L. speciosus “beautiful, plausible”; L. spurius “bastard”). What is specious is seemingly true but actually false <specious arguments>. What is spurious is illegitimately produced <spurious offspring>; sham, counterfeit, or forged <spurious bank drafts>; or else insincere <spurious praise>. While specious more often refers to reasoning and arguments, spurious more often refers to fake things or conditions.