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Lawyer Holiday News Roundup

With so much depressing economic news, we thought we'd leave you with a roundup of uplifting holiday stories before signing off for the week. Here's a sampling:

Associates v. Partners for Charity -- Each year, partners, associates and staff at Oklahoma-based Phillips Murrah attempt to outbid each other in a competition to see who can raise the most money to help the poor during the holidays. This year, the firm collected more than $5,700 for gifts and necessities for four needy local families.

Ross Dixon gives up holiday party to fund Make-a-Wish -- This year's holiday party would have been the last for Washington D.C.-based Ross, Dixon & Bell before it becomes part of Atlanta's Troutman Sanders, with which it will merge on January 1. But the firm scrapped what would have been its 35th holiday party and instead used the funds, along with personal donations from lawyers, to help 600 kids attend a football game at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, which they'd been promised through the Make-a-Wish Program.

New York Tenants get holiday respite from evictions -- The marshals who evict people from their city apartments began an unofficial two-week holiday break Monday. The annual eviction moratorium has been going on for decades, but even the marshals don't know when it was created.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...  -- In this WSJ Opinion piece, James Stewart, a former lawyer and American Lawyer writer, reminds us that even in these gloomy times, amazing opportunities abound:

Now we're in the midst of what many call the worst recession since World War II, something that might even qualify as a depression. I don't know what the future holds. But looking back over the years has brought me to a somewhat startling conclusion: Recessions have coincided with some of the best times of my life. Is this coincidence or causation? I'm not sure.

I don't mean to minimize the suffering that recessions bring, and that are all too evident now as evictions and unemployment soar and as charitable endowments and donations plunge. But to the extent recessions shake up the status quo and force us to examine our goals and priorities, they also offer enormous opportunities.

So this is my holiday wish for 2008: That in the midst of financial crisis and economic uncertainty, you, too, find the means to experience some of the best times, and best years, of your life.

From all of us here at Legal Blog Watch, here's to a holiday season full of silver linings. We'll see you back here on Monday.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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