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Kevin Underhill – Who Says A Lawyer Can’t Be Fun!

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Lower The Bar: Legal Humor. Seriously

6a00d83451bd4469e20120a6d51f1b970b-120wiKevin Underhill is a partner in the San Francisco office of Shook, Hardy & Baco.  His website is a must see.  A lawyer with a great since of humor can help relieve the pain of a large invoice for some of his clients.  I studied literature in college and Kevin’s collection of essays in his  If Great Literary Works Had Been Written by Lawyers section, is a must read.  Forget Literary Theory and Marxist deconstruction through a perspective of gender, class or race when you can gain insight of great works of literature from a legal interpretation.  Who says lawyers can’t be fun.  Just imagine a world in which  the canon  of Western literary achievement had been composed and compiled by attorneys and you get the idea of how original this man is. A lawyer that makes you feel good even when you receive his bill, now that is talent!

What if William Shakespeare had written A Midsummer Night’s Hearing Before the U.S. Patent Examiner

How about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, or, The “Whale” (A Narrative About, But Not Necessarily Limited to, the Species Enumerated at 50 C.F.R. sec. 224.101(b)(xiv).

What if John Milton had actually written, Paradise Lost, New Business Found 
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Of Mankind’s first inconvenient slip and Fall
Upon the ice, and the party whose petition
Brought the hourly bill into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of joy, till a Judgeship may
Sustain us, and inspire more blissful work,
Sing, Heavenly Muse, that, on the secret top
Of downtown’s height, didst inspire
That Partner who first sowed the holy seed
Of business and brought forth the fabled green
From out of Chaos; or, if oral argument
Delight thee more, and thy advocate that holdeth
Fast unto the oracle of God, I thence
Invoke thy aid to my most friv’lous brief,
That with no better voice will never soar
Above appellate mount, though it pursues
Things unattempted yet in prose or headnote.

But also check out his:

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Hearing Before the U.S. Patent Examiner

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, or, The “Whale” (A Narrative About, But Not Necessarily Limited to, the Species Enumerated at 50 C.F.R. sec. 224.101(b)(xiv).

 


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