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In the Line of Fire: How Dangerous is the Legal Profession?

A majority of people do not realize how dangerous the legal profession is. As an aspiring attorney and legal blogger, I stay current on legal news and in effect I am more conscious of reports and situations in which attorneys and judges are threatened, injured or killed.

The following is a compilation of a few of the most recent tragedies involving the legal profession. This is only a small sample of the reported attacks and killings of attorneys and judges:

  • On February 3, the 28-year-old daughter of an attorney was murdered by one of his former clients, an  ex-Los Angeles police officer.
  • Then again on January 30 2013, an Oklahoma man facing assault charges attacked his lawyer, Larry Monard, in court. He punched, kicked and choked Monard.
  • On January 22 2013, two attorneys, who should have known better, got into a fight in which attorney Scott Radman was severely beaten by fellow attorney, Sean Murphy, inside of a courthouse.

In result of the January 30, 2013 murder of Mark Hummels in Arizona, the State Bar of Arizona released a statement regarding the danger of being an attorney as well as the senseless murder that should have never taken place.  Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the State Bar of Arizona, John F. Phelps, issued this statement in response to the death of Hummels:

“The death of our colleague, Mark Hummels, is heartbreaking on so many levels. The loss of any life is tragic. But in this case, Mark was killed as a result of simply trying to do his job. We all know that attorneys are Read more »


Legal Links 2/15

Olympic and Paralympic, Pistorius charged with murder of  model, law school graduate girlfriend (Washington Post)

Formally charged with murder (NY Daily News)

Real life ‘Minority Report’ in the making? Software tracks and predicts your next move. (

Meteorite hits central Russia, 500 hurt (Yahoo)

80’s Soap Opera fan leaves $1 million estate to a The Young and the Restless actor he has never met (ABA Journal)

Golfer bit by black widow, digs venom out with tee, finishes round – plus other strange athlete injuries  (USA Today)



Legal Links

Sue Paterno to release a report defending her late husband, Joe Paterno (ESPN)

Yahoo! Sports videos of the week: Including Ray Rice falling off Super Bowl float, Usain Bolt is awful at basketball  (Yahoo! Sports)

Now is the time to go to Law School, apparently. (ABA Journal)

Man swore at cops, had 25 bags of cocaine, shouldnt have been arrested, says NY state court. (ABA Journal)

Duke basketball fans go too far with chant about opposing player’s recently deceased grandmother (Sports Illustrated)




Top Reader Questions and Comments Answered


It is Friday again (already) and that means it is time to address the best questions and comments the we have received from readers. You can ask us anything, just click on the “Ask us a Question” tab on our home page.

This week was a little slow, and we only received a few questions, some of which were questionable at best:

Q: Erik W. from Florida asked, “Is it true that if you don’t use it, you lose it?”

A: I was not quite sure what Erik meant. I interpreted his question in two ways;

(1) If you ask Lance Armstrong, he would probably tell you, yes, if you use, you will lose your titles, trophies and reputation… Up with hope! Down with dope(ing)! Or,

(2) This was statute of limitations question. The Statute of Limitations, according to is, “A law which sets the maximum period which one can wait before filing a lawsuit, depending on the type of case or claim. The periods vary by state.” These statutes are in place to preserve the integrity of a case. Overtime witnesses can disappear or die, evidence can be lost or tainted and a witness can have a loss of memory or their memory can become foggy. All of these problems could have a drastic effect on the outcome of a legal proceeding.


Legendary Coach Schnellenberger Thinks Kentucky has Opportunity to be as Good as Alabama, Ohio State

In an interview featured on Courts & Sports, John and I spoke with legendary football coach, Howard Schnellenberger.


Coach Schnellenberger has an impressive resume which includes head coaching positions with Oklahoma, Louisville, Miami (where he won a national championship), and the Baltimore Colts. He was also on the coaching staff of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins.

Oh, and remember that guy Joe Namath? Schnellenberger recruited him while working as an assistant coach under Bear Bryant. Needless to say, Coach Schnellenberger is one of the greatest football minds to ever live. Which is why you may find it interesting that Schnellenberger believes that the University of Kentucky football program has (almost) everything it needs to compete with powerhouses like Alabama, Notre Dame, and OSU.

The interview took place in November, in the height of the UK coaching search. John asked Schnellenberger, “If the University of Kentucky comes calling are you going to get back into coaching?” Schnellenberger replied, “No. I don’t think so but I’ll try to give them all of the help I can give them.” It certainly couldn’t hurt UK’s chances with a little help from Schnelleberger.

“There are as many assets there (Kentucky) as there are in Alabama or Notre Dame or Ohio State or anywhere.” Schnellenberger said. “And to Figure out what they are doing wrong. Become optimistic about who they are and what they can do…. And it wouldn’t be long before they could go back to the glory years of Kentucky when (Bear) Bryant was there… Bryant had it going at Kentucky in probably worse conditions than there are now. It can be done, it’s just a matter of people. Facilities don’t make the difference, climate doesn’t make the difference, conference doesn’t make the difference, people make the difference.”

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Legal Links 2/5

Woman gives judge middle finger, gets 30-day sentence

Man arrested after allegedly driving motorized shopping cart drunk inside Walmart 

Family accused of smoking on an airplane causes emergency landing, gets arrested

Boy throws cookie at dollar-store clerk, clerk spanks him, calls him demon boy

Prison inmates save three boys from drowning in creek

Man tattoos his name on girlfriends face within 24-hours after meeting


Legal Links, 2/5

Ever wonder if someone spit in your food? You may have grounds for a claim (ABA Journal)

HS football star, despite Auburn Tattoo, signs with Alabama. (ESPN)

Lance Armstrong has no intention of paying $12 million, potential lawsuit (ESPN)

Right to a speedy trial… Judge denies delay in Trayvon Martin case (CBS)

A profoundly disturbing memo? DOJ outlines legal basis for targeted killings (

Client attacks lawyer, tries to flee, continues trial in restraints (ABA Journal)

Vijay Singh & Deer Antler Spray, from a legal standpoint (