July 16, 2022

Retiring this blog

       I just learned what happened to the lawyer Elon Musk tried to get fired from Cooley. He moved from Cooley to the stock trading platform Robinhood. Mr. Musk had posted a negative tweet about Cooley just a few days before this move, presumably related to his issues with the lawyer. So why did Robinhood risk provoking Mr. Musk's ire by hiring him?

       Well, here's some speculation. About a year ago, Mr. Musk was interviewed on a Clubhouse call. According to one of the hosts, the call was so popular that it almost broke the Clubhouse app. After taking questions about space travel for an hour, Mr. Musk asked audience member Vladimir Tenev if he would like to speak. Mr. Tenev is the CEO of Robinhood. Mr. Musk then proceeded to grill and embarrass Mr. Tenev for twenty minutes (fast forward to 1:17:00 in the video.) Is that why Robinhood hired the attorney? Because billionaire Tenev and billionaire Musk like to antagonize each other? (And again this is complete speculation. The attorney's move might have had nothing to do with Mr. Tenev and Mr. Musk's relationship.)

       Whatever the reason, it reminds me that most lawyers are just pawns and soldiers in fights among the powerful and wealthy. On that note, it seems like a good time to do something I've been wanting to do for a while, retire this blog. I've verbally beaten up on the poor soldier enough. 

       The lawyers I wrote about can actually be sympathetic, in a sense, if you put yourself in their shoes. People don't do such things unless they're desperate. Every single story in this blog is borne out of desperation that transformed the person, whether it's desperation for money, for billable hours, to bring in a client, to please a wealthy or powerful person . . . or something else. Heck, this lawyer was reportedly just desperate for fellatio; who knows what was going on in his mind that drove him to that. Unlike Elon Musk, lawyers don't get up every morning and revolutionize space travel, cars, satellite internet, or whatever else he and his engineers are working on. Lawyering can be a dirty job that brings out the worst in people.

       And it's not like this blog educates anyone. The most common reactions I've gotten to it are: "of course" or "you're preaching to the choir." Not a single person has responded with, "you taught me something." I think I'm the only person who learned anything from this journey. It's not journalism if you're providing examples of something people already knew. It's sort of like if I created a newspaper titled, "The Sun Rose Today" and wrote an article every day describing that morning's sunrise. Actually, that would probably be more interesting than this. At least that might be beautiful.

       Finally, I'm never going to place ads or make money off of this site. If I wanted to enter the "profit off of eyeballs" game I would pick a more catchy and broader topic. This site was more like writing an academic paper. (Amusingly, the 300,000 views this website got dwarf the 2,600 SSRN downloads received by the three law review articles I published ten years ago, so I guess this informed more than those did. And I spent less time on this too.)

       So this will be the blog's last post. To close things out properly, I'd also like to apologize to everyone I've written about here. Starting with Brian Boyle, whose ability to carry responsibility and burdens on his shoulders was something few could match, and which I admired. That has been the hardest part of writing this blog, having to focus only on the bad. It taught me that I could never be a reporter. People are more than the worst thing you can find and say about them. That's true for everyone I wrote about here. I could go down the list and find something admirable about everyone I've written about, and that's how I would like to remember them. Remember the best things about people. Remember people at their best.