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Why Should a Lawyer Need a Website?

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  • Law posted:Appeals
  • Date:March 09, 2020

Excuse the digression, and the answer is obvious. But I remember the practice of law in the early 2000s, when bigger firms (and some smaller ones) started posting basic information online. I resisted. Then I got a call from a client who asked me, after describing her case, how many years’ experience I had. That’s a fair question, and then she asked me “How can I see your website?” The implication was that I would have one. I did not.

That client never retained me, and in the next several months I generated a basic website with information about my background, my victories, my practice area. It was low tech, but it sufficed.

Then graphic artists became more sophisticated in their website work. I upgraded to something more bouncy. That worked fine for a while, then I found my website “Host” had not properly updated its capacities. Suddenly my “PHP” was vastly out of date. I had (have) no idea what PHP is, though I tried to find out. But I am not a coder; I was, alas, unable to upgrade my PHP. So I changed my “Host.” I am not entirely satisfied with my new “Host,” but it has the proper PHP. In the transition meanwhile, I lost about ten good blog posts that I had spent a lot of time on – and they attracted potential clients. And I stopped blogging for about six weeks I was so discouraged.

So this is my first blog post since 2018 . . . that is except for the 8 lost a month ago. So if I start blogging again today, it’s still got to be about my case at the Supreme Court, Altitude Express v. Zarda (which will be known as Bostock v. Clayton County). The consolidated cases have not yet been decided, but will be by June 2020.

So as the interested await that decision, there have been interesting pieces written about the issues:

NBC News

Washington Post

Masha Gessen, The New Yorker

The argument was held on October 8 and is on CSPAN: https://www.c-span.org/video/?Zarda/Bostock Oral Argument

That’s enough, but here are a few pictures from the big day in the basement (which includes the famous cafeteria) and after the argument:

Supreme Court, Early AM

These kind people were from the Aimee Stephens team. Aimee is the plaintiff in a case argued the same day as Zarda. The related issue questions whether a transgender person is protected under Title VII because that law forbids sex-stereotyping. From left: Chace Strangio, Esq.; David Cole, Esq.; Laverne Cox.

Pamela Karlan preparing for oral argument at breakfast.

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