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.”

Written by Tim Kowal

May 22, 2009 at 5:38 am

Posted in Legal Theory, Rants

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