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I flew down to Nashville this week—and boy, are my arms tired.

OK, that’s a pretty tired line. But welcome to Change of Venue Friday, this week coming to you from the Music City, where I’m attending a great communications conference.

Because it’s Nashville, I point you to a few brief items with Music City roots.

First, I posted a few random photos on Tumblr. That fall into the category of my tumblog as “law-ish things.”

Second, here is a Nashville story about a unique approach to homelessness—essentially, lock ’em up.

Richard Stewart, who was arrested 47 times in 2010, recently spent 20 days in jail for trespassing and littering. Stewart, No. 4 on the Metro Police chronic offender list, has been arrested 274 times since 1998. / JOHN PARTIPILO / THE TENNESSEAN

Here’s the lede:

“A controversial police program aimed at reducing crimes by homeless people has saved taxpayers money since it was launched this year, but it also has drawn pointed criticism that it violates due process rights and does little to curb quality-of-life offenses in the downtown area.

“The program focuses on people like Richard Stewart, who last week completed a 20-day jail sentence. Stewart’s crime? He was found seeking shelter under the loading dock behind the downtown Sheraton during a thunderstorm, and arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and littering.”

Anyone who lives in a mid-sized or large city is faced with homeless people every day. What do you think of Nashville’s response? Send your thoughts to me at

The last item isn’t so much a story as a website. If you’ve tracked law school news over the past year, you’ve probably heard about the Law School Transparency Project—an effort to make available more accurate information about law schools. And this Project is not shy about calling foul when they spot facts and figures that they claim the schools have fudged.

What I had never noticed about the Project is that its home is Nashville. Founded by a Vanderbilt grad, it has made quite a few waves, maybe even in a law school near you. And they have not left the ABA alone, which it has faulted for allowing the law school industry to put out questionable numbers that take applicants down a garden path.

Just today, the ABA released a response to criticism on the topic from Sen. Barbara Boxer—criticism that arose largely due to facts and figures the Project provided. Here is the ABA’s response.

In speaking with many lawyers and law students about this, it seems to me that your own law school experience—narrow though it may be in the big scheme of things—colors your response to those questions. Of course, you may have a feeling about the Project independent of your own school experience—everyone’s mileage may differ.

So how has the Project done? Go to their site and review the large amount of information they’ve gathered.

Do you think they provide a valuable service, or have their claims of widespread misrepresentation in schools gone too far?

Have a great weekend. I’ll be back in Arizona and its “unseasonably warm weather” (ha!) this weekend.

The other day, thinking I was keeping current, I posted the following photo on the Arizona Attorney Magazine Facebook page:

Head-gripping fear and anxiety

The debt crisis and the ensuing Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States have been in the news a lot lately, so why shouldn’t we reflect that on our page? (I thought.)

Little did I know that I was merely swept up in a cliché—the Trader With His Hands On His Head Photo.

It’s true. News outlets around the world appear to have captured people on trading floors hands-on-head—a lot! So much so that a wise and smart-assy person created an entire Tumblr page dedicated to the prevalence of that recurring image.

I felt a little silly, until I remembered, that’s why they call it pop culture. It’s popular.

Have a great weekend, and don’t hold your own head too tightly.

By the way (not to bury the lede), I’ve decided to launch my own Tumblr page. It’s quiet so far, but its potential is mighty!