Every Attorney Needs to Study Paul Heyman

About a year or two ago I got asked who my biggest influences were when I spoke in court.  I usually tend to give two answers: Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Paul Heyman. I think the latter is someone who every attorney needs to watch tape of carefully to learn the art of getting your…

“Hope is a Virus” reaches pandemic status

I’m sure many of you remember me talking fondly about Knoxville-based comedian J.C. Ratliff’s album recording last year.  It was an amazing evening at Sassy Ann’s, an incredible set by J.C., and full of crazy moments including the Knoxville Fire Marshall attempting to shut the entire show down. Since that night, people have been asking…

Removing Reasonable Efforts from the Equation

Via Jamie Satterfield at the Knoxville News Sentinel’s “Lady Justice Unmasked” blog, we have a ruling from the Tennessee Supreme Court that shocks absolutely no one who does work in Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice system.  The Department of Children’s Services is now under no restraint whatsoever to prove they have made reasonable efforts to reunite children with…

When Parents Fighting Back Gets Futile

Via the very nice folks in my Facebook feed, I come across an article by Slate’s Hannah Rosin describing the term “free-range children” and the dangers parents of such children face for raising their children in this diabolically devious fashion.  In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, “free-range children” are kids with the freedom to…

In Which I Talk The Business Of Sports Entertainment

Last year in February, World Wrestling Entertainment launched the “WWE Network,” a 24-hour streaming service granting subscribers access to a full library of content and the company’s traditional monthly pay-per-view events for $9.99 per month.  The service was touted as “like Netflix, but better,” and gave people who subscribed the chance to leave the traditional…