Friday, October 16, 2009


Thank you everyone for your warm welcome to the Northern Law Blog community. I’d also like to thank Mr. Huseman for allowing me the opportunity and space to write my musings.

For those of you who do not know me, I suppose a brief introduction is in order. I was born, raised and lived in the Chicagoland area for most of my life. I attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies before venturing back to Illinois for law school in 2000. After graduating from law school I went on to do graduate work in Philosophy focusing on Political Philosophy and Ethics. Then, last year I inexplicably ( Tucson ) decided that I would return to Arizona and have been working more in the political arena than practicing law.

Ahh, but ever the two shall meet.

I realize off the bat, that this website has been devoted to most readers coming from Illinois and I will do my best to refrain from writing on Arizona subjects. I’ll try and cover issues more federal in nature, such as Immigration or housing matters, but I can’t promise anything.

Every now and then you may find a post comparing a civilized legal system (Illinois) to that of the third world atmosphere (legally and politically) where I now find myself. As I continue to discover the differences between the legal thought and conditions within the two states, I may force part of that journey unto you.

Just when I was thinking of a subject to write the first post on, a gift was presented to me by our fine AZ Supreme Court.

On October 13th, The Arizona Supreme Court, for the first time, announced the states in which Reciprocity will be granted. (Reciprocity_List.pdf)

And you guessed it, Illinois is on the list.

Now this news will fill many of you with strange sensations. Some will be infused with a sense of enthusiasm, others ever hopeful, and still many of you may feel an unidentified impulse, strangely related to hate or spite.

Don’t worry.

These are natural events which occur when one finds him/herself in conditions ( Elmhurst ) beyond their control.

So after stepping through a few hurdles ( ), all Illinois attorneys practicing for 5 years or more may be eligible to be licensed in Arizona.

I hope this news finds you well.

1 comment:

Michael W. Huseman said...

Jim, I noticed that it was windy one day last week in Tucson. I don't know how you guys manage.