He must not have a dog

I wrote last year about the Oregon state bar association magazine's pitiful annual cover story canonizing the new president of the organization. They make whoever wins that beauty contest out to be a giant in the history of jurisprudence. The kissing-up helps keep the president from noticing how many staff people there are sitting around doing things like writing a glossy magazine full of fluff pieces that don't address the real issues in the legal community.

Anyway, not to belabor the point, but this is to confirm that they're still at it. This year's spread runs on for 10 full pages, as well as the cover.

But for the first time I can ever remember in many decades of scoffing at these things, there's no picture of the prez and his pet! The closest they come is a shot of the guy and his wife having some fun on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

As a fellow Jerseyan, I can relate. Been there, done that! But honestly, the whole thing is ridiculous. Wake me when the state bar makes headway on the public defender crisis.


  1. I chuckle as well when this "feature" comes out every year. It's like they have 4-5 versions of the same narrative, just with slightly different words and structure, and use whichever one fits the new prez best. "No dog? Looks like Version B this year!"

  2. Not only has the Bulletin become a paen to sychophancy and political correctness, it won't even publish a follow-up article to one I wrote some years ago which it enthusiastically published when Paul was editor. The political tides are so strong now, I was told, despite the earnest solicitation of member articles, that I wasn't one of their "regular" (only 2 published submissions) contributors and they'd need to solicit opposing views to my suggestion that perhaps our efforts to "protect" tenants from capitalist pig landlords through ORTLA have contributed to homelessness and rising rents.

  3. What's the difference between a catfish and a lawyer? One is a scum sucking bottom feeder and the other is a fish...


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