Summons to Go Abroad?  Nothing Special About It. Via Wikimedia Commons. On at least three separate occasions in as many weeks, a client or client’s paralegal has asked me for guidance on the issuance of a summons.  In each case, the clerk of court insisted that (1) a special summons was necessary in order to comply with “Hague Convention requirements”, and that (2) the foreign Central Authority had to be appointed as a special process server. View Full Post
Reams of paper, gallons of fuel “Since brevity is the soul of wit / And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief…”Polonius, Hamlet, Act. 2, Sc. 2.  “Each allegation must be simple, concise, and direct. No technical form is required.”  FRCP 8(d)(1). In a valiant quest to be a paperless lawyer, I strive to limit the hard copies I produce.  View Full Post
Italy: the Original Global Trade Center On the little island of Murano, the glass-blowing subsidiary of Venice, Inc. Mille grazie, Italia. I’m exhausted.  My feet hurt.  My back is killing me. And better moods are rare in my life.  Peggy and I flew back from UMKC Law’s CLE program in Rome last night, along with two dozen friends, both new and old.  View Full Post
La Bella Italia! The Basilica (the three-arched building in the upper right corner).  In ancient Rome, “Basilica” meant “courthouse.”  This one was massive. Ah, Roma. This morning, I had the distinct pleasure to once again speak on my alma mater’s CLE Abroad Program in the one-time capital of the western world.  View Full Post
Tom Pickert, Trial Attorney From his firm bio. Tom Pickert was an outstanding lawyer, by all accounts around the local bar.  Our paths never crossed, at least as recollection says, but our circles overlap considerably.  Word of his death came via the listserv of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, just as a few of us were walking into the Association’s membership meeting in Kansas City.  View Full Post
Five Essential Things– Elaborated, Part 1: Service Agent Taos County, New Mexico. Sheriff Montoya discusses business with a process server, 1941. NARA photo. The vast majority of cases I work on are a lot like the material we read in law school.  My Torts professor told us on more than one occasion that “there are real people behind every one of these cases– and they are in these casebooks because some lawyer goofed.”  Or words to that effect, anyway.   View Full Post