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17 Sep, 2013

A Couple Weeks of Media Craziness

2019-03-18T18:47:41+00:00September 17th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , |

I kind of figured what would happen after Adam Liptak from the New York Times called to say he was going to write a follow-up piece to his 2010 article about my life and legal successes while in prison. After the article in the Times, my wife Annie and I had a crazy couple of weeks that [...]

20 Sep, 2012

LAW MAN Comes to the Supreme Court Community

2019-03-18T18:47:43+00:00September 20th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I have just the best friends. Last week, a few friends hosted a LAW MAN book party for me at WilmerHale in Washington DC. The event was hosted by WilmerHale Attorneys Seth Waxman and Noah Levine, UW Law Professor (and my ConLaw teacher) Ronald Collins, Davis & Wright Attorney Robert Corn-Revere, and my good [...]

13 Jul, 2012

Ninth Circuit Ruling is Monumental for Those Suffering From Eating Disorders

2012-07-13T21:24:42+00:00July 13th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Guest Post By Ann Marie Hopwood On July 12, 2012, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals summarily denied Blue Shield of California’s request for rehearing and rehearing en banc for the decision made in Harlick v. Blue Shield of California. In the decision made on June 4, 2012, the Ninth Circuit withdrew its prior [...]

17 Jun, 2011

So I Want to Go to Law School: The University of Washington and the Gates Program

2019-03-18T18:47:58+00:00June 17th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

Yes, even after watching David Kazzie’s video about the fun and joy of law school, even after weighing the investment risk versus reward of attending law school, and even after heading Elie Mystal’s repeated warnings, I am still determined to follow through with my dream. In August, my wife, son and I will be moving to [...]

25 Mar, 2011

My First Visit To The Court That Changed My Life

2019-03-18T18:48:04+00:00March 25th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

On Wednesday, Annie and I visited the Supreme Court. Although I have studied, filed briefs in, written about, and generally gushed over the Court for eleven years, it was my first visit to the place that has enormously impacted my life. I was kind of nervous that the Court could not possibly [...]

2 Mar, 2011

The Fight for Adequate Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders

2019-03-18T18:48:05+00:00March 2nd, 2011|Tags: , , , |

We are fortunate to have my wife, Ann Marie, guest blogging today about an important issue: eating disorders. If you unaware of my wife’s story, here it is: She struggled with anorexia for twenty years. At several points, she dropped down to 60-some pounds and was on the verge of death. But [...]

3 Feb, 2011

The Solo Practitioner

2019-03-18T18:48:07+00:00February 3rd, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

On January 25th, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Fordham Law Review Symposium. Everyone that my wife, Annie, and I met from Fordham was gracious and welcoming. The topic of the discussion was the difficulties faced by pro se litigants, and it was enlightening to hear the varying perspectives; from Federal Judge James Francis, who must routinely deal with pro se prisoners filing civil suits to Columbia Professor Brett Dignam, who has been involved with prisoner rights litigation for over 20 years. I think the law profession, generally, tends to discount pro se litigants but that was not the feeling around the room on this night.

3 Jan, 2011

An Illogical Treatment Of Sex

2019-03-18T18:48:09+00:00January 3rd, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Last week, CockleBur contributor Jacob Huebert filed a petition for writ of certiorari in MacDonald v. Johnson. [By way of full disclosure, the Petitioner’s wife contacted me several months ago about assisting her with the Supreme Court filing, and I in turn reached out to Jacob who, fortunately for the MacDonalds, took the case on a pro bono basis.] In the petition, we ask for the Court’s review in part because the Commonwealth of Virginia continues a practice of randomly enforcing its sodomy statue.

10 Mar, 2010

A Tour of Talent: My Weekend Trip to Harvard University

2019-03-18T18:48:13+00:00March 10th, 2010|Tags: , , , , , |

My wife Annie and I had a wonderful trip to Harvard University.  We stayed at the famous Preacher’s Suite in Lowell House, and Sandy Alexander of WilmerHale was a gracious host.  The following is a recap of our trip. We toured the Cambridge campus on Saturday.  I gave a short speech to a group of [...]