Law in Hyperspeed

The ADDventures of a practicing attorney in a southern state. I hope those in the law and those with ADD can find some comfort and help in these postings. The only real person in this blog is the author. The people described in this blog mostly represent sterotypes of some of the characters I see in my travels.

Location: Southern, United States

Monday, February 28, 2005

What if Einstein Had Taken Ritalin? ADHD's Impact on Creativity

ADD is both a blessing and a curse. It is both positive and negative. Most people believe that Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein were ADD. Would they have had the same impact on the world if they were taking medication? Does medication affect the ADD brain in negative ways? This article presents some unique points of view on this issue. | What if Einstein Had Taken Ritalin? ADHD's Impact on Creativity

Friday, February 25, 2005

Misunderstood Minds | PBS

I recently linked to a PBS article on medicating kids with ADD. This is another excellent resource on the whole spectrum of learning/processing disorders. I think more information such as this will help society see that each individual has a unique brain. Just because my brain works differently from the brains of the majority of society doesn't make mine defective.

Misunderstood Minds | PBS

ADD/ADHD Outcome and Opportunity

This is a page on a site by a pediatrician who also specializes in treating ADD/ADHD in adults and children. On the page he lists some of the life issues that arise with this condition. The introduction to this page really resonates with me. It says:

"This is a plea that we must find ADD/ADHD in children early and treat them effectively to prevent their outcome and consequences"

ADD/ADHD Outcome and Opportunity

ADD Tests

This is the most comprehensive list of ADD assessment tests I have found. If you are an adult and are trying to figure if you are ADD, they have a self scoring Excel spreadsheet of the Wender Utah Rating Scale here.

Psychiatric Rating Scales for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) --

Thursday, February 24, 2005

I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman

Two doctors have an affair for four months. Two years later, the male doctor is slapped with a paternity suit. He claims that the other doctor kept some of his sperm and used it to impregnate herself. He sues her claiming that she caused him emotional distress.

You've got to read this story. It shows just how wacky human behavior can be. I really liked the part where the court of appeals talks about how the "transfer" was a gift.

CBS 2 Chicago WBBM-TV: Man Can Sue Woman For Sperm Theft Distress

ADD and Intuition

A recent post on the Adult-ADD-issues Yahoo group talked about ADDer's who are able to read people. The interesting thing about ADD in their relations with people is that it can manifest itself in very different ways.

I have a friend, also an attorney, who is should be an ADD poster child. One of the ways her ADD manifests itself is with her non-stop talking. She is so distracted and hyperfocused on what she is saying that she totally misses the signs others are giving to her. Signs that would tell her that the other person really wants to end the conversation and get something done. She is unfortunately viewed as annoying by many people.

As an inattentive ADDer, I'm the quiet sort you saw in school. I'm quiet on the outside, but inside my brain is going in hyperspeed. One of the things I do with the overly active brain is study the people around me.

Psychologists say that our faces will show many of our deeply hidden emotions. The unfortunate part is that those glimpses into someone's hidden side only occur in flashes of 5-10 second facial expressions. Since I'm easily distracted, I will often notice those flashes in other people. I think this is why I can often get somewhat of an "intuitive" feel for people.

It's one of the blessings of being ADD.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Why Do I Like Being a Lawyer?

This all started with a post on the blog Notes from the (Legal) Underground. The interesting items are the comments and the links. I know a lot of lawyers that just hate what they do.

Since a large part of my practice is family law, it is often some high conflict stuff. I’ve loved and hated practicing law in my 18 years of practice. I’ve had the joys of seeing an abused child adopted by loving parents and the sorrows of knowing that my recently divorce client killed his brother-in-law.

What I like about practicing law is that it keeps my ADD brain occupied. I’m always pondering my cases and thinking about new approaches. I’ve also managed to keep my practice where I can earn a good living while not going into ADD overload. I also get to try to help real people get through tough times. I get to see sorrow and suffering up close. This is what makes me more compassionate than I would be not practing law. The hard part is reminding myself to be detached.

There is so much raw humanity in my law practice. That’s why I like being a lawyer.

My Lawyer Made Me Plead Guilty

A man points a gun at an officer, struggles with him, bites him on the hand and is arrested.  He was stopped for an allegation of aggravated indecent assault.  He claims that since he still owes his lawyers $15,000 out of a $25,000 retainer, his lawyers pressure him to plead guilty on the night before trial and the next day he does.  He appeals his case he is given a new trial.

Unfortunately we don’t know what evidence the prosecution had on this guy.  Clearly they had the officer who would testify that this guy pointed a gun at him.  Should he have gotten a new trial?  In my state, this person most likely would not get a new trial.

Here’s the details.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Defining Decency

Oh, the wonders of the first amendment. If it's art it can't be indecent, can it? So, when Boise passes a law against totally nude clubs, some bright club owner starts holding "art night" where customers sketch the "models."

Think I can tell my wife, "Honey, I think I'm going to take up sketching. There's this meeting on Mondays that I just have to attend."

I'll just have to suffer in the name of art. Full details here:
Gentleman's Club Challenges Nude Ordinance

Partners in Making Your Case

Having ADD has affected by life. ADD can seriously impact many aspects of a person's life including home, school, and work. This is an online course about advocating for someone with developmental disabilities. Anyone who has ADD or who has a child with ADD should check out this resource.

Partners in Making Your Case

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Crime & Federalism: Client, Heal Thyself?

Obviously since I have a "unique" brain, I am very sensitive to clients who have issues caused by the unique ways their brains work. This post talks about the lack of training for lawyers in the areas of mental health and the ethical and moral issues dealing with clients with these iissues. I like the idea of a continuing education course dealing with the seven deadly sins.

Crime & Federalism: Client, Heal Thyself?

Friday, February 18, 2005

Equifax 3 in 1 credit report Personal Solutions

Many people going though divorce suffer negative effects on their credit. Many people don't remember if they applied for credit in their own name or jointly with their spouse. Equifax has an online 3 in 1 credit report that should find most accounts on your credit. It might be a good idea to check even if you're not going through a divorce.

Equifax Personal Solutions

Friday, February 11, 2005

Detecting deception

Can you really tell when someone is lying? The following article details some of the research going on in this area. There is an interesting part of linguistic clues.

Detecting deception

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Lying in Family Court

Having been a lawyer for a number of years, I now know that there are always two sides of a story. Often I go to court and can't figure out who is telling the truth. Sometimes it takes a long time before I get some feel for the truth. The following article addresses some of the reasons and possible solutions to this issue in the family court context.

�Lying in Family Court

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Search for Autism's Cause

Why do some people have brains that function differently than others? Autism is caused by brains that have difficulties in understanding communication, social interaction, and imagination. Many have problems processing their sensory inputs. This article details how scientists are discovering some of the causes of the differences in autistic brains. Unfortunately for autistic persons, there is no drug that can help with part of their problem. All they can do is try to develop coping skills to help them function in a world where people view things much differently than they.

The New York Times > Health > Focus Narrows in Search for Autism's Cause