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On April 1, Tort Lawyer Announces His New Gig as White House Law Blogger

Posted Apr 1, 2010 6:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The author of the New York Personal Injury Law Blog has waited until April 1 to announce that he has been hired as the official White House law blogger.

Lawyer Eric Turkewitz explains the attraction. “'I’ll have the opportunity to both expand the scope of my writing and serve my country at the same time,” he writes at his blog. “As blogging gigs go, it doesn't get any better than that.”

The Volokh Conspiracy noted the announcement in a post ruminating on the meaning of it all.

Two years ago, Turkewitz created a stir on April 1 when he wrote that three justices recused themselves in a cert grant involving fantasy baseball and the First Amendment. Turkewitz hid clues in the post to give baseball insiders hints that it was an April Fool’s joke. One of them was a reference to a justice’s retired administrative clerk, Ernie Thayer. The author of Casey at the Bat is Ernest Thayer.

Also on the legal front, Avvo chose April 1 to reveal its new dating service, "Avvo Singles," to help match consumers with lawyers profiled by the company. According to the Avvo blog, "Lawyers who have signed up for Avvo Singles will be called-out by a simple, elegant heart in their profiles. Two versions of the heart [one is rainbow striped] are offered depending on sexual orientation."

Meanwhile, TechCrunch is listing April Fool’s posts, most of them tech-related. Among them:

Starbucks is announcing two new beverage sizes—Plenta and Micra—to “satisfy customers’ needs for more and less coffee.”

YouTube announces its videos can now be viewed in text-only mode.

Google has renamed itself "Topeka" in response to the decision by the city of the same name to call itself "Google" for a month.

• According to TechCrunch, Google is building a uranium enrichment plant, possibly to combat the China threat.

Updated at 11:50 a.m. to include the Avvo Singles announcement.

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