YES! I Made The Law Journal!

  • Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal

    To be accurate, an article I wrote was included in a law journal article published by a law school.

  • To be more accurate, I made the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Journal, written by Ebony Nicholas (Volume 28, Issue 2).
  • To be even more accurate, out of 28 pages of legalese and legal citations, I was footnote number 70 (out of 158 footnotes). Hooray! (We all know how important those footnotes can be :-)

For the first time in more than 22 years of law practice, I can now say that something I wrote has been quoted in a scholarly law journal article. But wait…

Let’s look closely at what this 28 page journal article was about. It was titled “A Practical Framework For Preventing Mistrial By Twitter.” In other words, it was a scholarly journal article delving into the details of social networking and the perils of using Twitter in the legal world.

I was fascinated to find that one of my articles was actually contained within a scholarly piece. I took the trouble to locate the article and then to actually read the entire 28 page scholarship. I was even more amazed that the author used my article as a footnote to show a contrarian viewpoint of the whole Twitter thing.

What made this even more interesting was that the article I wrote did not appear on my website, nor in the multiple blogs that I write. Instead, it appeared in my New York injury Times newsletter. My article took the position that all jurors should be allowed to twitter. I gave very specific reasons about the benefits of allowing jurors to twitter and how all lawyers and judges could greatly benefit from learning what the jurors were thinking at any given time.

The footnote to the Journal article states following:

“But at least one New York attorney believes that jurors should be allowed to tweet
during trial: Gerry Oginski, The Law Office Of Gerald Oginski, LLC, Why Jurors in New York
Should Be Allowed to Twitter.”

A contrarian viewpoint on the whole Twitter thing. Nice. A footnote in a scholarly law article. Even nicer. When I was on Moot Court in law school I never understood the whole ‘footnote’ and ‘footnote editor’ thing. Instead, I was happy for receiving a nice plaque for our success during Moot Court competitions.

At least now I can say “I’m a footnote in history!”















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Gerry-- This is truly one of the BEST videos explaining this little known fact I have EVER seen produced by a personal injury attorney! Well done!

Stephen Fairley
Rainmaker Institute