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VOL. 79 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2021
November 1, 2021. Professor Pindell comes from the University of Nevada,
Las Vegas, where he is the International Gaming Institute Professor of Law.
Melissa A. Louie was appointed as a director of the Legal Services Society
for a term ending October 1, 2022.
Judge Matthew F. Cooper of the Supreme Court, New York County may be
at the forefront of referring to The Jetsons in reasons for judgment. Speaking
of the transition to virtual courtrooms early in the COVID-19 pandemic in
S.C. v Y.L., 2020 NY Slip Op 50590(U) (18 May 2020), he noted that “those
of us who grew up watching the cartoon show ‘The Jetsons’—where the
funny, futuristic fantasies included George seeing his wife Jane on a videophone
as he flew home in his car from a hard day’s work at Spacely Space
Sprockets—may still find Skype, Zoom, and the other videoconferencing
platforms rather amazing (and from my perspective, rather daunting). All
that’s left now is for there to be cars that fly.” This was not the judge’s first
Jetsons reference, however. In 2013, speaking of disputes over dogs on marital
breakdown, he noted “it is impossible to deny the place they have in our
hearts, minds and imaginations. From Odysseus’s ever-faithful dog Argo in
Homer’s The Odyssey, to the All-American collie Lassie, to the Jetsons’
futuristic canine Astro, to Dorothy’s little dog Toto too, they are beloved figures
in literature, movies and television”. The judge added, in a footnote:
“Full disclosure: I own a dog, a rescued pit bull mix named Peaches. She is
loving, loyal and kind, and at age 12 is still able to leap tall buildings in a
single bound in order to catch a frisbee”: Travis v. Murray, 2013 NY Slip Op
23405 (29 November 2013).
Geordie Proulx, Q.C., recently retired after serving 32 years as Crown
counsel in Vancouver and is now kicking up his heels in Roberts Creek.
Pawanjit Singh Joshi and Harveen Thauli were both reappointed as members
of the British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board for terms ending
July 31, 2022 and July 31, 2023, respectively. This board’s statutory mandate
includes hearing appeals and complaints, as well as supervising British
Columbia’s regulated agricultural commodity boards and commissions.
Valiantly channelling Lord Denning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit wrote in its 1979 decision in Baram v. Farugia, 606 F.2d 42: “In this
age of space travel and computer technology, a horse named Foxey Toni a
bay filly race horse requires us to return to a more tranquil era and examine
elements of trover and conversion under Pennsylvania common law.”