Douglas Whaley. Law professor, gay rights advocate, atheist, heart transplant recipient, actor, director, novelist, playwright, bridge player, husband, father, cat owner, storyteller. Much humor and, since the writer is a teacher, advice on many topics.
My New One Act Play Debuts on YouTube
I didn’t know I was a playwright until last year.To my surprise my play “The Turkey Men”
received a professional Equity production at Evolution Theatre Company (see “Related
Posts below for details about it) and was very well received.There had been talks about the play being
produced elsewhere but of course those discussions were sucked into the
I thought “The Turkey Men” would be a one-off event in my life,
but Evolution then sponsored a play writing competition, asking for submission
of one act gay plays with a political or governmental theme.That set me to thinking, so I wrote a short play
about the possibility of the United States Supreme Court considering a case
that might overrule Obergefell
v. Hodges, the 2015 gay marriage case.I sent in
my play (anonymously as required by the rules) and was very pleased when it was
chosen (from among twenty + entries) to be one of four such plays presented at
the Evolution Local Playwrights Festival 2020 RAINBOW WAVE.The festival was to run for two weeks this
spring, but (sigh) that didn’t happen.
However, the artistic director of Evolution, Mark Phillip Schwamberger,
a determined man, has managed to salvage some of the festival.The cast has been
assembled for a Zoom sort of presentation, and that will be available online at
the link below starting at 6 pm on Monday, May 11thand ending at 6 pm Thursday the 14th. I
have not seen it, but since the short play (about 15 minutes) has no real action at all, it should translate well to this medium. Evolution Theatre Company put out this announcement:
If interested tune in and then let me know your thoughts [firstname.lastname@example.org]. I'm anxious to see what it sounds like with professional actors performing it under the direction of my good friend Frank Barnhart (a theatrical name to conjure with in Columbus, Ohio).
But here's the thing: when I wrote the play in December it consisted of words on my computer screen. Now "Wrong When Decided" (whether good or bad) is available as a video all over the world. Isn't that just amazing?
Since I graduated from law school in 1968 I've always had some sort of legal practice which varied from extensive in the early years, to these days when I'm retired and mostly just doing consulting work for a hefty fee.In this period I've written a lot of letters threatening legal action on behalf of my client (or, on the rare occasion, myself—see Related Posts below).In the classroom I've passed on my advice on how to create an effective letter, and now I offer it to you, blog reader.
A letter threatening legal action almost always discombobulates a recipient who is not him/herself routinely involved in legal actions.I tell my law students that in their coming practices they will often receive such letters (or nowadays even emails), and they will calmly evaluate what to do about them depending on the legal issues involved and the wisdom of litigating them.But the non-legal recipient of such a letter is in a very differen…
Having a dispute with a creditor? One way to win it (and fast) is to send that creditor a "payment in full" check [hereafter "PIFC"] and end it things in your favor. How does this bit of legal magic work? Read on.
It's always been the law that if you and I have an existing contract, either one of us can propose a modification to that contract, and if we both agree, the contract changes accordingly. There are technical names for this. Say, for instance, that I owe you an undisputed amount of $500. I send you an email and ask if you would take my horse Dobbins is settlement of the debt, and you reply in the affirmative. My offer of something different than what was originally owed (the horse for the money) is called the offer of an "accord." Your agreement to take Dobbins is the "satisfaction." Thus an "accord and satisfaction" in our law is nothing more than a fancy name for a modification agreement. I no longer owe you $500; I owe…
For the last few years I have been crossing the country giving lectures on what I now call the "Golden Rule of Mortgage Foreclosures," which is that such foreclosures cannot proceed without production of the original promissory note signed at the closing. A symposium at Western State University Law School last year at which I gave the keynote address turned into a law review article on point, and that law review article is reprinted below in full. The correct citation for the printed version is 39 W. St. U. L. Rev. 313 (2012). As subsequent developments occur I will add them in red to the original article below. Any corrections or suggestions may be sent to me at email@example.com.
Mortgage Foreclosures, Promissory
Notes, and the Uniform Commercial Code By Douglas J. Whaley*
Introduction As is true
of many things in life the Uniform Commercial Code’s statutes concerning the