The Use & Abuse of Words

John Adams notably wrote that “facts are stubborn things.”  Words, however, can be fluid, flexible, and subject at times to arbitrary diktat.  This last sense was famously expressed in Alice in Wonderland  “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather...

The Client Seat: Coda

The final installment in the saga of our intrepid volunteers of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church wrestling with the hairball of New York City land use, zoning, landmarks, and countless other laws and regulations in trying to reach what should be a simple...

Meaning in Your Career

Here at Adam Smith, Esq., we cover the array of law firm management issues from strategy and finance to compensation and cultural issues—”an inquiry into the economics of law firms,” to coin a phrase. But there’s much more to life. Specifically,...

Brian Williams’ Nemesis

Hardly ever does a breaking story in the news serve as the peg for a column here on Adam Smith, Esq., but we reserve the right to make exceptions to all customs, so today a briefish note on the still-unfolding slow-motion descent of Brian Williams, the NBC Nightly...
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