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2009/01/07: "Some People Love the Blawg 100 a Little Too Much," ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter (http://www.abajournal.com/weekly/some_people_love_the_blawg_100_a_little_too_much), January 7, 2009:

Follow-up to December 2008 ABA Journal cover story on the top 100 legal blogs selects legal affairs podcast "Lawyer2Lawyer" as best in category, and again highlights that "the catchy Lawyer2Lawyer theme brags that listening is 'the most fun you can have while wearing a vest.'" The theme was composed and performed by Lawrence Savell.

2009/09/00: "Justice, Distractions and the Occasional Footnote," Hearsay (Pace Law School newspaper), September 2009, at 5, online at http://www.pace.edu/lawschool/files/hearsay/issues/Hearsay_2008_09.pdf:

For a nice reprieve from studies and stress, it’s important to have healthy distractions. I have found one such distraction in the form of a hot new band. That’s right folks, you heard it here first. Their name: The LawTunes. The Album: Live at Blackacre. This album features such chart toppers as, "(She’s an) Electronic Discovery," "Lawyers’ Blood is Typo," and "Little Bluebook." This beauty can be sampled and, should you feel so inspired, purchased at www.lawhumor.com. Enjoy!

2009/11/00: "Law alum continues musical tradition of holiday cheer" Amicus (University of Michigan Law School Newsletter) November 2009

Newsletter story start: http://www.law.umich.edu/newsandinfo/amicus/Pages/index.html?utm_source=November%2B2009%

Extended story: http://www.law.umich.edu/newsandinfo/amicus/archive/nov2009/4.html

Clearly the holiday spirit, for Lawrence Savell, includes a healthy dollop of music—and legal humor.

The New York City litigator and 1982 Michigan Law grad is releasing his fifth CD, "Seasons Briefings from the LawTunes," which he composed, performed, and recorded in his home studio in what he dubiously refers to as his spare time.

Among the 10 selections are "Season's Briefings," "Was That You I Saw in Santa's Suit?" "De Novo Dreidel," and "There's No Billin' on Christmas"—which dares to admonish listeners to shut off their BlackBerries.

Savell maintains that inspiration for a recording career came from his participation in what he modestly refers to as Michigan Law's Law Revue " 'alleged' talent competitions." Standards of evidence being what they are, it’s unclear how much proof will be required before those talent allegations are proven – five CDs of material seems like it may constitute a preponderance – but listeners are bound to get a wry chuckle out of Savell's legal-themed lyrics, no matter what.

More information is available on Savell's website, www.lawtunes.com.

2009/11/00:  "The LawTunes[:] Season's Briefings," Christmasreviews.com, November 2009, online at http://www.christmasreviews.com/wseasonsbriefings.shtml:

Summary: Makes a clever argument for kicking back and having some seasonal fun

With a son in a law school and my reviewing partner (in crime) a law professor at Hamline University, I would probably be better off leaving The LawTunes Season's Briefings to better judges. But I've never allowed a lack of authority (or knowledge) to hold me back. Though my credentials are better suited for bailiff or court reporter, I stand prepared as judge, jury, and executioner (if need be) of this clever appeal.

Actually, I think my role here as critic is not to make my own bad legal puns, but to adjudicate those submitted by The LawTunes. And adjudicate, I shall!

Season's Briefings is a lot of fun, from the first song to the last. On first look, I was afraid they were going to lose me with their incomprehensible legalese. But while on the surface this one looked as though it would be a lot of inside legal jokes in latin, it turns out that the only danger here is that my groan muscles can't hold up to challenge. And even that danger is minimal, as these songs turn out to be goodhearted and quite accessible, even to someone who has trouble obeying all the laws, not to mention understanding the nuances of the legal system. I liked all the clever lyrics, the nice pop arrangements, and the concept, generally. Having fun on Christmas is de rigueur, and the LawTunes are clearly having fun here. Aside from the title tune, I think my favorite song is There's No Billin' On Christmas. But all of these tunes have merit, and to set aside one over another would be a travesty of justice.

Okay, I've whipped out the Latin and the puns, and have offered little more than dicta. So I'll close my arguments here and render a verdict before someone declares a mistrial or petitions for a change of venue.

Somehow, early on a Monday morning in November, The LawTunes sweet, comical take on the holidays gives me hope. Summary judgment for The LawTunes!

--Richard Banks (Reviewed in 2009)

More From the liner notes:

Words and music by Lawrence Savell, Esq.

CONCLUSION: For the reasons set forth in detail above, The LawTunes respectfully request that the aforesaid Motion to Show Claus be granted in all respects. The LawTunes further respectfully request prospective relief, specifically that all have the most wonderful of holiday seasons, with the very best of wishes for the ensuing 12-month period.

Further Movants humeth (and singeth and playeth) not.

Artist link

Label: Lawrence Savell
Length: 40 minutes
Genre: Novelty
Release: 2009

Track List
Song Title
Season's Briefings
Was That You I Saw In Santa's Suit?
Headin' Home On A Holiday Night
What A World
Clothes In the Hamper, Tushies In The Tub
In A Holidaze
All Nighter
De Novo Dreidel
We Give The Gift
There's No Billin' On Christmas

2009/11/16: "The 2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers," Reid My Blog!, November 16, 2009, at  http://reidtrautz.typepad.com/reidmyblog/2009/11/my-holiday-gift-guide-for-lawyers-is-back-for-the-fifth-year.html:

LawTunes is the brainchild of litigator Lawrence Savell who cleverly writes, performs and produces humorous songs about the legal profession and the lawyers who inhabit it. Larry’s catalogue of lawyer-focused CDs now includes his fourth holiday album, Season’s Briefings from the LawTunes. His on-line webstore conveniently provides clips of all his songs so you can pick the CD that will tickle the funny bone of your favorite lawyer!

2009/11/27: "Oklahoma celebs spice up Christmas CDs," NewsOK.com (website of The Oklahoman), November 27, 2009, at http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-celebs-spice-up-christmas-cds/article/3420357:

Comedians Rodney Carrington and Kathy Griffin, groups REO Speedwagon and Sugarland and singers Andrea Bocelli and Sting are among the array of recording artists ringing in the holidays this year with seasonal compact discs.

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And even lawyers should have the chance at a merry Christmas. New York litigator/singer/songwriter Lawrence Savell, performing as The LawTunes, files his latest holiday music-comedy novelty CD, 'Season's Briefings.'"

2009/11/30: "The LawTunes Season's Briefings," ChristmasReviews.com, November 30, 2009, at http://www.christmasreviews.com/wseasonsbriefings.shtml:

With a son in a law school and my reviewing partner (in crime) a law professor at Hamline University, I would probably be better off leaving The LawTunes Season's Briefings to better judges. But I've never allowed a lack of authority (or knowledge) to hold me back. Though my credentials are better suited for bailiff or court reporter, I stand prepared as judge, jury, and executioner (if need be) of this clever appeal.

Actually, I think my role here as critic is not to make my own bad legal puns, but to adjudicate those submitted by The LawTunes. And adjudicate, I shall!

Season's Briefings is a lot of fun, from the first song to the last. On first look, I was afraid they were going to lose me with their incomprehensible legalese. But while on the surface this one looked as though it would be a lot of inside legal jokes in latin, it turns out that the only danger here is that my groan muscles can't hold up to challenge. And even that danger is minimal, as these songs turn out to be goodhearted and quite accessible, even to someone who has trouble obeying all the laws, not to mention understanding the nuances of the legal system. I liked all the clever lyrics, the nice pop arrangements, and the concept, generally. Having fun on Christmas is de rigueur, and the LawTunes are clearly having fun here. Aside from the title tune, I think my favorite song is There's No Billin' On Christmas. But all of these tunes have merit, and to set aside one over another would be a travesty of justice.

Okay, I've whipped out the Latin and the puns, and have offered little more than dicta. So I'll close my arguments here and render a verdict before someone declares a mistrail or petitions for a change of venue.

Somehow, early on a Monday morning in November, The LawTunes sweet, comical take on the holidays gives me hope. Summary judgment for The LawTunes!

Summary: Makes a clever argument for kicking back and having some seasonal fun

2009/11/30: "A Musical Motion to Show Claus," Law.com Legal Blog Watch, November 30, 2009, at http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com/legal_blog_watch/2009/11/a-musical-motion-to-show-claus.html:

One sure sign of the holidays is the arrival of the latest holiday humor album from lawyer Lawrence Savell. The lawyer, musician and humorist -- not necessarily in that order -- just released his latest compilation of legally themed holiday songs, "Season's Briefings from the LawTunes." It joins the musically prodigious lawyer's earlier collections of holiday recordings, "The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album," "Legal Holidaze" and "Merry Lexmas from the LawTunes," and his rock 'n' roll album, "The LawTunes: Live at Blackacre."

This year's album differs in tone from his prior recordings, "a reflection of the circumstances over the past two years that have affected everyone, and our profession in particular," Savell tells me in an e-mail. The songs are less peppy and more introspective, while still providing a humorous diversion, he says.

On the album's introspective side is the song, "Headin' Home On A Holiday Night," in which a weary lawyer boards a late-night flight.

Long ago when I started out
I thought i knew what it was all about
but what i did not appreciate
was all the sacrifices that we'd make
the time apart, the moments lost
were the rewards worth the cost?

Even the peppier songs on the album are tinged with cynicism, it seems. Take, for example, the song, "De Novo Dreidel," about a lawyer wishing for a second chance at a trial:

De novo dreidel give me a new spin
maybe this time I'll finally win.
Take me back to when I recall,
give me one more swing at that ball.
De novo dreidel turn it around,
so what was lost can now be found.
De novo dreidel let me do it right,
let me give that apple another bite.

Other songs on the album include "Season's Briefings," "Was That You I Saw in Santa's Suit?," "All Nighter" and "There's No Billin' on Christmas."

Savell, counsel to Chadbourne & Parke in New York City, writes and records the songs himself in a home studio. You can buy his latest CD and any of his earlier recordings through his LawTunes Web site. Each is $14.95 plus shipping, or you can buy the boxed set of all five Savell CDs for $64.95.

And while you're visiting Savell's site, be sure to take a moment to listen to The Lawyer2Lawyer Song, which he composed for the legal-affairs podcast I co-host with J. Craig Williams, Lawyer2Lawyer.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 30, 2009 at 09:35 AM

2009/12/07: "Host of new holiday CDs are ready for Christmas; here's our picks" The Grand Rapids Press, December 7, 2009, online version at http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/12/host_of_new_holiday_cds_are_re.html:

The Lawtunes
"Season's Briefings"

The courtroom strains: The latest holiday CD from New York attorney Lawrence Savell once again pokes fun at our litigiousness with simple arrangements of "There's No Billin' on Christmas" and "Was That You I Saw In Santa's Suit?" with Ol' St. Nick filing action against those masquerading as Santa. A fine gift for legal beagles in the family. Details online at lawtunes.com.

2009/12/10: "Deseret News looks at new Christmas CDs this season," The Deseret News (Salt Lake City), December 10, 2009, online version at: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705350683/Deseret-News-looks-at-new-Christmas-CDs-this-season.html:

THE LAWTUNES; "Season's Briefings From the Lawtunes" (LawTunes)

In 1998, litigation attorney Lawrence Savell released a CD called "The Lawyers' Holiday Humor Album." Since then, he — the heart of the LawTunes — has released three additional holiday CDs, including this new one. The crafty songs that take on the holidays in sing-along melodies are laced with tales of litigation and other lawyer lingo. The double meaning of "Was That You I Saw in a Santa's Suit" or the humorous tale of "Headin' Home on a Holiday Night" and the declaration of "There's No Billin' on Christmas" are fun and will bring a smile to even the most stern and solemn judge. Check out www.lawtunes.com and find what it's all about.

2009/12/16: "Legal Humor for the Holidays." Lancaster (Pa.) Law Blog, December 16, 2009, http://www.lancasterlawblog.com/2009/12/articles/legal-tidbits/legal-humor-for-the-holidays/:

'Tis the season to be jolly, at least that is what we are told. With the stresses that accompany last minute shopping, crowded malls, rising credit card debts and dysfunctional family members, finding that holiday jolliness can be difficult at times. To help you find that holiday joy, I have combed the web for some light-hearted legal bits related to the holiday season. And yes, you may find this hard to believe, but sometimes lawyers can actually be funny. Admittedly, it doesn't happen often, but it does indeed happen.

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•  Want to rock around the Christmas tree lawyer style? Then this website [http://www.lawtunes.com/] is for you! I'll bet these CDs just fly off the shelves. Seasons Briefings!

2009/12/17: Lawyer2Lawyer Spreads Some Holiday Cheer, Legal Talk Network, Posted December 17, 2009,  http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/lawyer-2-lawyer/2009/12/lawyer2lawyer-spreads-some-holiday-cheer/:

The holiday season is upon us—and we would like to wish all our listeners out there a happy holiday! On Lawyer2Lawyer, we will celebrate the holidays by spotlighting three very special attorneys who are spreading some holiday cheer in some shape or form this holiday season! Attorneys and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi welcome Attorney Larry Savell from the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, to talk about his new album, Season’s Briefings from the LawTunes.

2009/12/18: "Lawyer2Lawyer Internet Radio Dips Into The Holiday Gift-giving Spirit," May It Please The Court (blog), December 18, 2009, at http://www.mayitpleasethecourt.com/journal/journal_comments.asp?JournalID=2052:

The holiday season is upon us-and we would like to wish all our listeners out there a happy holiday! On this week's Lawyer2Lawyer, we will celebrate the holidays by spotlighting three very special attorneys who are spreading some holiday cheer in some shape or form this holiday season! Please join me and my fellow attorneys and co-host Bob Ambrogi as we welcome Attorney Larry Savell from the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, to talk about his new album, Season's Briefings from the LawTunes.

2009/12/18: "Legal Podcasts for Your Holiday Travel," Law.com Legal Blog Watch, December 18, 2009, at  http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com/legal_blog_watch/2009/12/legal-podcasts-for-your-holiday-travel.html:

Should your holidays involve travel, what better way to while away the hours spent behind the steering wheel or sitting on airplanes than listening to the latest legal podcasts? Here are some recent shows you might want to download onto your player of choice.

Lawyer2Lawyer. Sure it may seem self-serving of me to plug a podcast I cohost, but our holiday show is worth hearing for the guests: lawyer Larry Savell talking about his new holiday album

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