Notes From Babel

Empathy Means Going Under the Needle

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The NY Times on California Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno’s empathy:

His opinions are measured in tone but show an eye for telling detail. A 2005 case involved a dispute over child support after the breakup of a lesbian couple. In reversing a lower-court decision that denied child support, Justice Moreno described the complex interplay of laws defining parenthood and signs of intent to form a lifelong commitment, but cut through the technicalities with a mention that “Elisa obtained a tattoo that read ‘Emily, por vida,’ which in Spanish means ‘Emily, for life.’ ”

Perhaps in the future lawyers will need to start asking clients whether they would consider having their requested relief tattooed across their backs. “Workers’ Comp Por Vida.”

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Written by Tim Kowal

May 22, 2009 at 5:38 am

Posted in Legal Theory, Rants

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