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2003/00/00: "RealWorld: Ad Sales," Folio: Sourcebook 2003, at 66:

"[D]o publishers have a legal leg to stand on when it comes to saying no to a potential client? Can a publisher refuse any advertiser he wants to?

"Generally, the courts have allowed magazines some leeway here, answers Lawrence Savell, an attorney with Chadbourne & Parke LLP. For example, publishers can avoid potential liability by rejecting ads that practice the 'bait-and-switch' method, that make competitive statements widely acknowledged to be unfair or inaccurate, or that promote illegal or harmful activities or substances. But a would-be advertiser may have a claim against a magazine if a publisher's refusal to sell space breaches a prior agreement or is found to be anticompetitive or discriminatory.

"To protect their legal interests, Savell suggests that publishers post a notice in their magazines and media kits stating that the title reserves the right to accept or reject ads at the staff's discretion. But most important, he says, 'each publisher needs to decide for himself what is the most appropriate course to follow here, given the magazine's (and possibly its readers') viewpoints and preferences and its economic priorities and realities.'”

2003/02/00: "From the Editor," California Lawyer, February 2003, at 7:

"Research by another contributor took a lifetime. Lawrence E. Savell says he's qualified to write his Valentine's Day law review parody ('Law Review: A Love Story,' page 26) because he has practiced law for 20 years and once wrote a law review article. He's now of counsel for the New York firm Chadbourne & Parke. He has also found time to produce a holiday music CD, The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album, with such potential hits as, 'Let ’em Sue' and 'It’s Gonna Be a Billable Christmas.'"

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2003/02/14: "Inside," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 14, 2003, at 1:

"One L(ove)[:] Lawrence Savell spins a tale of law school lovers who separated but found each other again."

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2003/02/17: "Lawyer Humor on the Web," Law Library News (Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington School of Law; published in Condon Crier, law school newspaper), February 17, 2003, at http://lib.law.washington.edu/news/2003/Feb172003.html:

Among the "list of top law-related humor websites" is one "where you can: read a love story in the form of a law review article (http://www.lawhumor.com/)"

2003/03-04: "Surfing From River City: Top Law Humor Sites," Sacramento Lawyer, March/April 2003, at http://www.sacbar.org/saclawyer/mar_apr2003/surfing.html:

This funny site is 'dedicated to the proposition that zealous representation of clients and furtherance of the public good can be only enhanced by a healthy willingness to poke fun at ourselves appropriately on occasion.'"

2003/05/00: "Reader Forum": "Right of Floating Power," Cars & Parts, May 2003, at 11 (editor's response to Letter to the Editor):

"Our friend Lawrence Savell, an attorney for Chadbourne & Parke in New York, found a 1936 trademark appellate decision involving the parties where it ruled that Chrysler had the right to register the words 'Floating Power' as a trademark for use on engine mountings."

See article on "Floating Power" litigation in June issue

2003/06/22: "The Corporate Blog Is Catching On," The New York Times, June 22, 2003, Section 3 (BU: Sunday Business Section), at 12, cols. 1-4 (formerly at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/business/yourmoney/22EXLI.html) (reprinted in The Tuscaloosa News, June 23, 2003 http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?SearchID=73139745277984&Avis=TL&Dato=20030622&Kategori=ZNYT05&Lopenr=306220404&Ref=AR); “Blogging Spreads Beyond Geeks; Executives are Embracing Technology’s Newest Way to Communicate their Ideas,” The Globe and Mail (Canada), July 1, 2003):

"Lawrence Savell, counsel at the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke in New York, suggests posting a legal disclaimer concerning the links listed on a corporate blog, in case it inadvertently points readers to a Web site that advocates illegal conduct.

"Mr. Palfrey and Mr. Savell agree that libel laws in the print world apply to blogs."

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Note: Cited in "Say What?: Blogging and Employment Law in Conflict," 27 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, 145, 182 n.217 (2003-2004) ("Weidlich, supra note 108 ('Lawrence Savell, counsel at the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke in New York, suggests posting a legal disclaimer concerning the links listed on a corporate blog, in case it inadvertently points readers to a Web site that advocates illegal conduct.').")

2003/06/23: "Legal Humor," WashLaw WEB (Washburn University School of Law Library), June 23, 2003 (http://www.washlaw.edu/humor.html):

LawHumor.com listed as a "Representative Site[]"

2003/07/14: University of Baltimore Law Library Weblog, July 14, 2003 (http://ubaltlawlibrary.blogspot.com/2003_07_01_ubaltlawlibrary_archive.html):

Citing LawHumor.com and quoting its description

2003/07/17: "Law - More or Less," Law in Popular Culture Collection, The University of Texas School of Law, Tarlton Law Library, July 17, 2003 (http://www.law.utexas.edu/lpop/sites2.htm):

LawHumor.com listed

2003/07/21: "Legal Humor, Anecdotes and Oddities: Selected Bibliography of Materials available in the Northeastern University School of Law Library," Northeastern University School of Law Library, Summer Display Case, July 21, 2003 (http://www.slaw.neu.edu/library/Legal%20Humor.pdf):

"LawHumor.com by Lawrence Savell, a litigation attorney from New York supplies links to witty articles and outrageous musical parodies"

2003/10/24: "Shop Talk," Metropolitan News-Enterprise (Los Angeles legal newspaper), October 24, 2003, special supplement at 1, 4 ("Metropolitan Lawyers chats with members of the legal community about their fascination with the cars they buy, sell, collect, restore, show, and sometimes race.")


"County Law Librarian and New York Lawyer, Columnist Teamed Up for Exhibit

"Five years ago this month the Los Angeles County Law Library presented a unusual exhibition.

"Titled 'Classic Cars and the Law,' it was organized by Law Library Research Librarian Gilbert M. Acuna and inspired by a monthly column in Car Collector magazine written by New York attorney Lawrence Savell.

"In the column, entitled 'Old Cam and the Law,' Savell uses appellate rulings to explore legal issues of interest to car collectors. Acuna, himself a collector, paired Savell’s efforts with examples from his own collection of die-cast models of classic automobiles.

"Savell’s column topics range from the practical to the strange.

"In this month’s column, for example, he discusses a North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling arising out of a crash involving two 1970s vehicles, one of which was being used to tow the other at night. Another driver struck one of the vehicles as the maneuver was being attempted and was killed, raising the issue of which vehicle’s insurance coverage applied.

"The court, Savell explains, ruled the owner was 'using' both of the vehicles, doubling the amount of insurance coverage available.

"The September column, which begins with a quote from Thomas Huxley, uses a Georgia case to explore the issue of what remedies are available to a collector who buys a car that may or may not have been stolen.

"Though he is a lifetime Manhattan and Brooklyn resident who until recently didn’t even own a car, Savell says he recalls reading books about cars growing up and being fascinated by old cars owned by his grandfather.

"'I think for a lot of people positive aspects of their lives are defined by the cars that they had at the time,' the attorney comments.

"When he married about four years ago, Savell relates, he tracked down, purchased and had restored a 1966 Pontiac Catalina convertible of which his wife had happy memories from her high school days. It wasn’t just the same model, the lawyer explains, it was the actual car.

"He got the vehicle identification number from his father-in-law and eventually got the car through the executor of the estate of its most recent owner.

"He started the car column for a different magazine in the middle 1980s, Savell recalls.

"'I was being paid by the word, so it really inspired verbosity,' he says.   -

"The attorney says he has little difficulty finding 12 topics a year for his columns. It’s deciding which cases to use that poses the challenge, he asserts.

"Acuna says he had been a reader and admirer of Savell’s columns for years before organizing the Law Library exhibit.”

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2003/12/00: "Editor's Note[:] Times of Change[:] The Ebb and Flow of Publishing," Car Collector, December 2003 at 4:

"This issue marks another turning point for Car Collector as we begin our 26th year. December will be the last issue for three of our longtime columns, Bud Juneau’s “Commercially Speaking,” Carl Bomstead’s “Automobilia,” and Lawrence Savell’s “Old Cars In Law.” All three authors will remain with Car Collector, writing about their areas of expertise in expanded feature articles throughout the coming year."

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2003/12/01: "Holiday Humor II," The National Law Journal, at 3; reprinted as "Top Firm NY Lawyer Releases Second Comedy Album," New York Lawyer, December 2, 2003, at http://www.nylawyer.com/news/03/12/120203n.html:

"So how's your tolerance for holiday music that rhymes 'Prancer and Dancer' with 'revenue enhancer'?

"Five years after he debuted a CD called 'The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album,' Chadbourne & Parke's Lawrence Savell has come out with an update. He's got more sophisticated backup of the synthesizer variety, but he's kept that ching-ching-ching that may or may not be a length of sleigh bells. His lyrics continue to bemoan how tough it is to be a workaholic - Santa in a red pinstriped suit tells him that he left the office one night before 6 p.m. and so his bonus is going to somebody at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom - and his voice remains a likeable, light baritone that goes a tad flat only when he tries to get fancy on us.

"Savell, who defends products liability cases and styles himself a frustrated musician, said it all started with his entertaining friends and relatives. The firm has certainly been supportive: Clients have received the discs as holiday gifts. And he reports that his new sons, aged 1 and 2, show their approval by drifting right off to the tunes. Among the songs in the expanded CD is 'Rainmaker Reindeer,' which Savell describes as an homage to the Beach Boys. 'I know the same three chords as they do,' he said."

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2003/12/12: "Attorney writes parody of holiday songs," The Daily Reporter (Columbus, OH), December 12, 2003, at 15:

"Are you a lawyer?

"Do you work with a lawyer?

"Do you live with or date a lawyer?

"Do you like (or dislike) lawyers?

"Do you ever watch “The Practice” or “People’s Court”? Do you enjoy arguing with people or wearing vests?

"These opening words from Lawrence Savell’s Web site give visitors an instant glimpse of his sense of humor and insight into what they’ll hear if they purchase a last-minute holiday gift for themselves or the attorneys on their shopping lists.

"A Manhattan litigation attorney, Savell, has composed, performed and produced 'The Lawyer’s Holiday Humor Album,' a collection of Christmas songs that should prove good for a few chuckles this hectic holiday season.

"Song titles from the album and its addendum (a second CD) include: 'Santa and I are Gonna Pull an All- Nighter,' 'All I Want for Christmas is a Stomach Lining,' 'I Dreamed I Saw Santa Workin’ in the Library,' 'A Million Christmas Trees (The Document Production Song),' 'Santa v. Acme Sleigh' and 'Billin’ on Christmas Eve.'

"Savell, a self-proclaimed middle aged, sleep deprived, song writing attorney, has been producing these works for many years, distributing them as gifts to 'tolerant family, friends, colleagues, clients and people he meets on airplanes.'

"Savell says the CDs, which are available from his Web site, www.LawTunes.com, are his attempt to 'reverse the unfortunately persistent inaccurate belief of some people that lawyers are necessarily humorless, boring and incapable of self deprecation.'

"Savell is with the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York. His original CD, with the free update disc, is $15."

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2003/12/16: Global Law Review (India Law & International Resources) Newsletter, December 16-31, 2003, http://www.globallawreview.com/nl21.html#Useful Websites:

"LawTunes, the Lawyer's Holiday Humour Album," listed under "Useful Websites"

2003/12/21: "A Lawyer Who Just Wants Some Fun," The New York Times, Westchester Section at 5, cols. 1-3:

"So there's this tense moment, see, in the life of the lawyer defending Acme Sleigh in a product liability suit, brought by a Mr. Claus in an unidentified northern state.

"'I made a motion to bring the trial to a halt,' the lawyer recalls,

"'That one of Santa's helpers was instead at fault

"'The judge rejected my argument as without sense,

"'"In this jurisdiction you can't plead elf defense."'"

"The real-life lawyer/songwriter closest to this case is Lawrence Savell, of Croton-on-Hudson, whose newly-updated compact disc, 'The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album,' features songs like 'Let 'em Sue' and 'Bill Those Hours,' (to the tunes of 'Let It Snow' and 'Jingle Bells,' respectively.) Another song, 'All I Want for Christmas is a Stomach Lining,' features clever rhymes between Santa and Mylanta.

"The judge in the above-captioned case, by the way, refused to throw out the case with a summary judgment, since it's winter. Ar ar ar.

"Mr. Savell, 46, has a day job as a lawyer at the eminent Manhattan firm Chadbourne & Parke, but late at night, after he has tucked in his two sons, ages 2 and 3, he writes original songs and the occasional set of new lyrics to old standard tunes. He also wears a Winnie the Pooh and Piglet tie, perhaps as part of his campaign to change the world's dismal view of lawyers and to show that a regular job need not stifle creativity.

"'Lawyers have a very strange image, that they're stuck up and dull,' he said. 'Some of them are. I want to show that we don't take ourselves too seriously.'

"His day job provides him with endless inspiration for songs, as well as the wherewithal to afford the equipment he keeps in his recording studio and office at home.

"'You don't have to go to a studio,' he said. 'You just need a relatively quiet computer, some software under $100 and a half-way decent microphone.' He plays guitar and keyboard, with a little help from software called 'Band-in-a-Box.'

"His law firm has encouraged his music-making, inviting him to play at office parties, even paying for rehearsal time for him and co-workers in his band.  The band has had what Mr. Savell calls 'multiple iterations,' including a cross-section of Chadbourne staff members -- lawyers, partners, associates, paralegals, word processing workers and support staff -- and has had various names, including 'The Breach (of Contract) Boys.' 'I don't think you could do what I do at other firms,' he said. 'The firm is supportive, to the point where they would ask me, "Could you send a CD to the client?" It shows we have an outside life, and we're not stuck up.'

"Even though his avocation fills up valuable hours that most people would spend sleeping, it keeps him sane, he said.

"'Letting yourself vent this way, you feel more that you've done what you want to do, that you haven't had to give it up,' he said. 'I think being able to enjoy or express ourselves or just blow off steam ends up making us happier, and thus better, at what we do that actually pays our bills.'

"Asked if he would ever consider quitting his day job for music, he barely pauses before saying yes.

"'My ultimate goal is to achieve success with some of the over 100 serious songs I have written,' he explained. 'I have over the years submitted a few of these songs to the major labels, with no success.'

"But that hasn't kept him from trying a variety of ways to break in to the market. He said he has convinced the publicist for Mike Love, of the Beach Boys, to send to Mr. Love one of his CD's and a request for Mr. Love to sing with him, as part of a charity project.

"His other inspirations include Roy Orbison and Bruce Springsteen. (Mr. Savell did a parody album cover of the Boss's hit, 'Born to Run,' changing it to 'Born to Pun.') His first paycheck from Chadbourne & Parke went to a Rickenbacker electric guitar, like the one John Lennon played.

"Next, he may branch out to writing children's music, 'given my built-in focus group,' he said.

"His CDs are made in Harlem by a company that charges less than $1 each, including printing. His music is available at his site Lawtunes.com, and also at Amazon.com and CDBaby.com.

"There's a note in fine print on the back of the jewel case of 'The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album' that is worth reading:

"'Let the record reflect that said album constitutes a nondenominational holiday celebration intended to evidence that lawyers can make and take a good-natured joke about themselves without resulting in protracted (albeit lucrative) litigation.'

"There's also a glossary, for those who aren't familiar with terms like 'Skadden Arps,' another major law firm; 'cites,' citations identifying court decisions and other legal materials; and 'Does,' 'multiple currently-unidentified ('John Doe') parties to a lawsuit.'

"That's helpful for those who might not otherwise understand the case of Santa v. Acme Sleigh. The antlered co-plaintiffs are known as 'Does One through Eight.'"

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2003/12/21: "The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album," FedLawyerGuy.com, December 21, 2003, http://www.fedlawyerguy.org/2003/12/the_lawyers_holiday_humor_albu.html:

"Even the busy federal lawyer can use a little holiday spirit, especially if spiked with humor. Thanks to Larry Bodine for the tip about Lawrence Savell's 'The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album,' a CD with law-related holiday songs parodies, as follows:

"'Santa And I Are Gonna Pull An All-Nighter On Christmas'
'Let 'Em Sue' (parody of 'Let It Snow')
'All I Want for Christmas Is A Stomach Lining'
'Santa v. Acme Sleigh'
'It's Gonna Be A Billable Christmas'
'Ridin' On A Red-Eye With Santa On Christmas Eve'
'Bill Those Hours' (parody of 'Jingle Bells')
'I Dreamed I Saw Santa Workin' In The Library'
'It's Still A Billable Christmas.')

"The project is profiled in New York Lawyer. It's for sale at LawMarketing Blog."

2003-2004: "Say What?: Blogging and Employment Law in Conflict," 27 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, 145, 182 n.217 (2003-2004):

"Weidlich, supra note 108 ('Lawrence Savell, counsel at the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke in New York, suggests posting a legal disclaimer concerning the links listed on a corporate blog, in case it inadvertently points readers to a Web site that advocates illegal conduct.')."

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