December 30, 2009

Year End 2009

It has happened without anyone much noticing. The year end has snuck up on us here at the worldwide headquarters of the Alaska Law Blog, and we are completely unprepared. It might be that we have been too busy actually practicing law these days to spend any time blogging about it. Or it might be that we’ve frittered away too much time staring out the window at Russia over the way there. (No wait! That might actually be the Mat Su Valley across the Inlet. Does Vladimir Putin even wear Carhartts?)

But regardless of the cause for our lassitude (and no, I don’t mean a collie dog with a chip on its shoulder), we have been unable to compile our annual list of Alaska law highlights for the year. (OK, so we only actually did that once.) Since Gov. Palin resigned there hasn’t been all that much of note going on anyway. The replacement unit, Gov. Parnell, has conducted himself in a much more level-headed manner. It’s probably just a coincidence that the replacement unit is a lawyer himself.

wayneslist.jpg So we have to confess that the Features Desk here at the Alaska Law Blog has fallen down on the job and cannot produce the annual list. To make amends to our reader out there, I’ve compiled a list of other people’s law-related lists. Hey, I know it’s filching. But in the law business this is an accepted practice. Original thinking usually means your motion will be denied or your case dismissed.

Besides the only real Alaska law highlight that occurred this year was the passing of Überlitigant Daniel DeNardo. Mr. DeNardo was a fixture in the Anchorage law library and he always good for at least five lawsuits every year, sometimes as many as ten or twelve. More often than not, the judge who last threw out one of his cases would be named as a defendant in the next one, as a part of an ever broadening consipiracy in Mr. DeNardo’s view. (It was kind of like a reverse Ponzi scheme.) Mr. DeNardo’s death has no doubt freed up a large amount of judicial resources in the Alaska Court System. So perhaps one of the trial court judges might be joining the unemployment line. (Shocked at the possibility? Don’t be, it’s happened elsewhere.)

Anyway, if you want to be entertained by year end lists, here are handful to check out:

The Weirdest Legal Cases of 2009 (Heavy emphasis on sex and lizard poo.)

The 10 Most Infamous Lawyers of 2009 (Heavy emphasis on -- what else -- Ponzi schemes and other violations of the securities laws.)

8 Outrageous Lawsuits (Personal favorite: the Hooters waitress who sued because she thought she had won a car in a sales contest at work. The prize turned out to be a Star Wars action figure: a toy Yoda. Her lawyer got her a good settlement.)

Beautiful Massachusetts Lawyers of 2009 (Proof that lawyers are good for more than just starting an argument.)

25 Reasons Hollywood Needed Lawyers In 2009 (Celebrities!)

The 16 Most Entertaining Law Blogs (This list is actually from earlier this year. The reason I like it is that several of the blawgs listed are now canceled or are no longer updated. So perhaps there's hope the Alaska Law Blog can make this list next year.)