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Some love Valentine's Day. It's a special day for them to celebrate their love, in the form of poems inscribed by hand on cards, sweets for your beloved, and a date night for an overstressed couple, free from work, the kids, etc.
Others see it for what it is: a miserable corporate exploitation of love. A day meant to remind us of our barren love life. Basically, it's Friday.
Here are five other reasons why some of us love to hate Valentine's Day:
Loneliness kills, as we reminded our legal professional audience not too long ago. And nothing magnifies the depth of your despair like a day dedicated to love. Ugh.
4. The ABA Journal Digs Up the Past.
Thanks, American Bar Association, for dredging up this self-loathing masterpiece from July and turning it into a painful Valentine's Day reminder for your loyal audience of legal practitioners:
"I speak from a place of failure," blogger William Peacock wrote. "I went into law school thinking I'd spend the rest of my life with the woman I was dating at the time. By the end of 1L year, we were teetering on the edge. Shortly after 2L year began, and long-distance entered the equation, we were finished."
That was from a list of tips for helping your relationship survive law school (or other stressful life periods). Go ahead, learn from my miserable failures.
3. Desperation Leads to Online Dating.
We totally only signed up for six or 12 online dating services just to come up with blog topics. It was for you, dear readers. Totally for you.
Yeah, there was that list of six sites and apps. And Coffee Meets Bagel has become a favorite around the office. But there is a shady underbelly to online dating as well. FindLaw Consumer Blogs Senior Writer Brett Snider shares 10 tips for making sure you don't get shanked by a serial killer or, ya know, get into other types of legal trouble.
2. Valentine's Day DUIs.
Let's see. Half of the population is out celebrating their love. The other half? They're drinking to mask the pain. Either way, much like every other holiday in America, Valentine's Day (and Valentine's weekend) is going to be big for DUI arrests. Seriously folks, try an app or a designated driver, because the consequences of a DUI, especially for repeat offenders, can be big.
1. Sexual Harassment at Work.
Well, another one of our Consumer Blog writers just ruined everyone's fun, but it's not her fault. You see, some people are creepy. Now, we have to think about things like "consensual relationship agreements," prohibiting public displays of affection at work, and even no hugging. Seriously.
In honor of Valentine's Day, we blogged about 10 ways to make sure that no one gets any lovin' in the workplace. From a legal perspective, that's probably a good thing.
All my single ladies (and men): got any plans? We have a few ideas for singles. If you have any ideas for coping with the loneliness, give us a shout-out on Facebook, either on FindLaw for Consumers or FindLaw for Legal Professionals on Facebook.