I recommend regularly updating ourselves on developments in our profession. For lawyers in the central Arkansas area, one way to do this is through the weekly Arkansas Advance Sheets meeting. For more information, see our web page.
According to the Urban Dictionary, a "time toilet" is Something that distracts you from your work for long periods of time. "I was clearing out my inbox when I clicked on a link a friend sent me about baseball, six hours later I was still clicking links looking at asian midgets having anal sex with goats! What a time-toilet"
Well, Asian midgets aren't my time toilet, but I'm not sure mine are much more admirable. Here's what I've been doing recently.
I need some time toilet paper.
Obviously I don't update this page enough for someone who claims to be a member of the First Immortal Generation. My premise is that centuries down the road, if anyone is interested in me for any reason, he or she will be able to look at old Internet archives and find things I've posted.
But if I don't post much, that's not going to be of much use.
The real reason I decided to post again is to provide a link to the Arkansas Advance Sheets Group. The group is growing. It is an excellent way to keep up on the law.
The other reason is that several months ago, I accidentally canceled the gerrysch.com page. The page was no longer useful. I had not updated it in years. I had been paying for it every month, for no good reason. I don't think anyone went to the site on purpose, and few stumbled onto it by accident.
I meant to cancel an old law firm page. The law firm of Eubanks, Baker, & Schulze was dissolved years ago. We only kept the page because a few people still had our ebslawfirm.com email addresses. The time had come to cancel it. I asked the webmaster to go ahead and close down that page. She misunderstood and closed down the gerrysch.com page. It was probably my fault. I had been talking about the need to close down the gerrysch.com page for a long time.
But it's not gone. It's still available on the "wayback machine," the Internet Archive. I expect that it will be around longer than I will.
I haven't posted much here recently, but I really should have mentioned that Helena won the Little Rock Holiday Lights contest. She did all the work this year decorating the house. I was busy with work and other things. But I was around to submit her entry to the contest.
We were pleased enough when we were named finalists. Then we both went to work asking our Facebook and Twitter friends to vote.
Thanks to our friends, we won. We win a bunch of valuable prizes, including:
Again we want to thank all of you who voted for us and helped us win this honor.
I don't think there are many pictures, maybe a couple, but Helena did get me to go camping last weekend. We went with a lot of her friends from Boy Scouts. It was an adult camporee. We stayed in a tent, but those who planned ahead got to stay in cabins.
There was far more than enough food. The weather at Petit Jean was perfect for camping. We had one early morning rainstorm, but otherwise there was absolutely nothing to complain about. It was cool enough that there were no insects.
We plan to go with this group again next year. This time it looks like we'v
A defendant cited Jackson, infra, for the proposition that my client didn't suffer a hostile work environment. Those are always tough cases, but the defendant here pretty much hung its hat on Jackson. West's Keycite shows that the case was substantially modified on reconsideration. It was no longer good law for the point the defendant cited it for. At first I was wondering how the hell they missed that the case was no longer good law, but when I followed up I noticed that in the F.3d it says (incorrectly) that rehearing was denied. The Keycite shows it cited by many courts without acknowledging the subsequent history. I decided it was better not to act too outraged about the defendant relying on a case that was no longer good law and instead to be very gentle about it.
Frankly, this is almost always the right way to go. I've had the privilege of talking to Judges about it, and one thing they are more than tired of is lawyers pointing the finger at each other about alleged mistakes. If anyone is going to get upset at lawyers who make mistakes, it ought to be the ones in the robes. Here, I'm not even comfortable calling it a mistake.
Jackson v. Flint Ink North American Corp., 370 F.3d 791 (8th Cir. 2004) was overturned on request for rehearing. On the petition for rehearing, the Court of Appeals, having had additional facts pointed out on rehearing, held that work environment faced by worker was objectively hostile, and thus was actionable arguably. Jackson v. Flint Ink North American Corp., 382 F.3d 869 (8th Cir. 2004).
There is some inconsistency in the treatment of this case in the reports. West’s reports that rehearing on this case was denied on September 3, 2004. Of course, West’s also published the decision on reconsideration (dated August 24, 2004). Plaintiff's counsel suspects that it is due to this inconsistent treatment that some courts continue to cite this case as authority without noting its subsequent history. See, e.g. Griffey v. Daviess/Dekalb County Regional Jail¸ Case No. 10-06099-CV-SJ-DGK p. 10 (W.D. Mo. 2012); Bell v. Amercian Greetings Corp., 3:04CV00303-WRW, 2007 WL 473693 (E.D. Ark. Feb. 8, 2007), n.43; aff'd sub nom. Bell v. Am. Greetings Corp., 279 F. App'x 415 (8th Cir. 2008); Carlson v. Leprino Foods Co., 522 F. Supp. 2d 883, 889 (W.D. Mich. 2007); Lindsey v. Cube Corp., 386 F. Supp. 2d 1037, 1040 (W.D. Ark. 2005); Brown v. Arkansas State Highway & Transp. Dept., 358 F. Supp. 2d 729, 734 (W.D. Ark. 2004) aff'd sub nom. Brown v. Arkansas State Highway & Trans. Dept., 166 F. App'x 885 (8th Cir. 2006).
I had the privilege of arguing on behalf of Patricia Cannady, personal representative of Anne Pressly, in our claim against St. Vincent's Infirmary and others arising out of the unwarranted intrusion on her seclusion while in the hospital. There have been several news reports about the argument.
We are hoping for a swift and just resolution by the Arkansas Supreme Court. We hope to be allowed to submit our claims to a jury.
The entire oral argument can be viewed on the Arkansas Supreme Court's webpage.
I am impressed with Weebly (which is where I am hosting this website). It's fairly inexpensive, but most importantly, it's easy t use. I have told myself for a couple of decades that I need to learn how to program, and for at least a decade that I need to learn some HTML, but I really haven't managed to do it.
These Weebly websites allow me to put together a site with very little effort. Using this technology, I created a webpage for our Advance Sheets group. It's arkadvancesheets.weebly.com. I can create up to ten websites if I want them. Granted, most people don't need ten websites. I certainly don't. But I am enjoying being able to manage my website in this manner.
This isn't an excuse for not learning how to program or write HTML.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Cannady v. St. Vincent's Infirmary for September 13, 2012. I will be participating on behalf of the plaintiff. The Arkansas Supreme Court assumed jurisdiction of this case because of the importance of the issues involved. The question is whether family members of a deceased person have any rights to bring a lawsuit against people who invaded the deceased person's privacy before death. We are optimistic that the Court will rule in our favor, but whatever the outcome, this case will be important in determining the extent of the right to privacy under Arkansas law.
Here are some of my recent CLE activities
J.G. "Gerry" Schulze is an amateur linguist who practices law for a living. For more information see his webpage, which has links to some of his other online activities.