A doughnut can be a Friday present for you or a friend on this national day of celebration (photo from the Tumblr of Bogart's Doughnuts).

A doughnut can be a Friday present for you or a friend on this national day of celebration (photo from the Tumblr of Bogart’s Doughnuts).

Today is National Doughnut Day—or, if you were born in a barn, National Donut Day.

The people who manage the national day of celebration have opted for “donut,” but they have an awesome website, so all is forgiven. Besides, anyone committed to the advancement and propagation of such a delicacy is a friend of mine.

I share three items on this sweet, sweet day:

First, here is a story detailing where you can obtain a celebratory free doughnut today. (Though I would recommend this only for doughnut amateurs or newbies; if you do not have the fire in the belly to pay for a quality morsel of fried dough, please do not clog the lines of committed doughnutophiles. We have needs.)

Also, note that in that previous news story, Jiffy Lube is handing out free doughnuts. If this appeals to you, please reexamine your life’s choices.

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Second, if you are in the Phoenix area, get thee to Rollover Doughnuts to indulge. They are the people who bring us Short Leash Hot Dogs, so no more recommendation needs to be added. Go. Eat. Repeat.

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Third and finally, because my readers apparently like some legal content (even on Change of Venue Friday), here is a delightful video about a Minnesota lawyer who set aside her life in the law to open … a doughnut shop.

The video is from last year, so I worried I was sharing news of a long-gone, flash-in-the-frypan venture. But here’s the website for Bogart’s Doughnut Co., and you can read more about the vision of attorney Anne Rucker there.

And here is a story about Anne, written before she opened her brick-and-mortar building.

Anne Rucker, founder of Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Anne Rucker, founder of Bogart’s Doughnut Co.

I defy most anyone to look at the Bogart site, gaze into the faces of the shop’s talented staff, and read about the deliciousness created on a daily basis, and NOT muse for a moment on booking a flight to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport tout de suite. Me? I would arrive bearing my appetite and a willingness to start work ASAP.

Can’t travel? You can still follow Bogart’s on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

And though the world may enjoy throwing brickbats at lawyers, we must appreciate that the legally trained Anne got the spelling of doughnut exactly right. Well, of course she did.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful—and occasionally indulgent—weekend.

Keep on rollin', doughnut love.

Keep on rollin’, doughnut love.

I'm guessing your dog doesn't greet clients at your law office. You may want to rethink that. (Meet Rosie, Ruth Carter's companion.)

I’m guessing your dog doesn’t greet clients at your law office. You may want to rethink that. (Meet Rosie, Ruth Carter’s companion.)

If you’re like most lawyers, your office probably did little or nothing to mark National Doughnut Day.

Well, that’s a shame.

If that’s the case, then your office must not be that of Arizona attorney Ruth Carter. Ruth has many attributes and high points in her brief career—including being named an ABA Legal Rebel and being an author of multiple books. And now we can add pastry-sharer.

I mentioned doughnuts, so let’s get to it.

Ruth is aware of the great value in social interactions. And why not: One of her areas of focus is flash-mob law. So a day dedicated to fried-dough goodness seemed to her as good a time as any to gather her myriad circles in her new law offices. A Venn diagram with smiles and Bosa doughnuts at the center, you might say.

Every exuberant, Ruth Carter greets guests at her Doughnut Day open house.

Every exuberant, Ruth Carter greets guests at her Doughnut Day open house.

The June 6 event gave attendees the chance to visit with folks in different but affiliated industries. And we all got to catch up with what Ruth has cooking in her own practice. Smart move, that.

Plus, her wonderful Basset, Rosie, was present, as always.

Thanks, Ruth, for kicking off our June well. Here is the thank-you note I posted after the sweet, sweet event.

Doughnuts = the circle of life (or something, my thank-you note tried to convey).

Doughnuts = the circle of life (or something, my thank-you note tried to convey).

And how do you gather people informally in and around your practice? Doughnuts work, but they’re only one idea. Share yours!