Due to deadlines and other real life commitments, Walter Olson has graciously invited me to guest blog here through the holidays, which I shall begin in earnest on Sunday. I am your lump of coal from Overlawyered. I regularly blog at my own site, Social Services for Feral Children, to which Overlawyered has linked on several occasions, for which I am deeply thankful. I am an attorney with a civil defense practice in a medium southern state, and enjoy writing about bizarre or abusive lawsuits among other topics. You may notice that at my own site I write with a rather more acerbic style (meaning I cuss and call people names) than prevails at Overlawyered. In keeping with the conventions established here, I shall attempt to maintain a dignified presence in order to avoid spoiling Walter’s holiday.