Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Big Pink in the news!
Actually, just in the background as the camera pans Lancaster Avenue to reveal Swedish cars, Sanders law signs and a gigantic statue of Lenin.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Well hey, Greil Marcus' Real Life Top Ten is back! In his Paris Review interview James Thurber relates an anecdote about Harold Ross which I think of every time I read anything by Marcus:
I once wrote a piece called “The Beast in the Dingle” which everybody took as a parody. Actually it was a conscious attempt to write the story as [Henry] James would have written it. Ross looked at it and said: “Goddamn it, this is too literary; I got only fifteen percent of the allusions.” My wife and I often tried to figure out which were the fifteen percent he could have got.
I'm doing pretty well if I get 15% of any given piece of writing by Greil Marcus; sometimes I think he is actually making 75% of it out of whole cloth, a sort of avant garde experiment in criticism, like Nabokov's Pale Fire.                                       

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spent last night trying to explain substantive due process to my class, a task made more difficult by the fact that the concept is essentially incoherent, at least as it has evolved.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wouldn't you like to know where Dennis Hastert got all that money? He was a high school wrestling coach, and then a congressman-- how'd he make that much dough?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Boz Skaggs at ArtPark might be fun.... Not much else on that lineup excites me.

Monday, April 25, 2016

This Facebook post, by my friend Steve Rudner, makes me so proud that I stand with him:
I'm the father of a 21 year old daughter.  There are lots of things I worry about.  I worry about her being sexually assaulted, because that happens a lot.  I worry about her being the victim of a drunk driver, because that happens a lot.  I worry about her being the victim of gun violence, because lots of people die from gun-related injuries.  Here's what I do not worry about:   I don't worry about her being attacked in a restroom by a trans woman because (a) it has never happened; and (b) trans women are the most victimized group of people I've ever met, and the least likely to commit a crime of indecency in a restroom, because they are afraid of getting beat up when all they want to do is pee.   And here is something else I don't worry about:  I don't worry about my daughter being cruel and inhumane to trans men, women or kids, because my wife and I have raised her to have values and because she is a kind person.    There are things to worry about.  and then there are things people want you to worry about to conceal their agenda of discrimination and hate.    Wake up.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Although last night's returns disappointed me I am firm in my belief that Senator Sanders is doing great work. I let my expectations run away with me, but he is still pulling HRC in the right direction, and he is still engaging people who have never been engaged before, or who have been apathetic for so long that they'd forgotten how to care. It was exciting to hear people greeting each other by saying, "Did you vote yet?"

The numbers tell the tale.  In Erie County it came down to 705 votes, less than a percentage point. That's pretty amazing when you consider that the institutional Democratic Party here came out early for Secretary Clinton, and worked it hard. 7,714 Democrats came out in my district, which seems light. Amherst, which I'm guessing is where most UB students who voted locally live, had a pretty good turnout, but wasn't very close. There is a lot to chew on in this data.

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