A Connecticut Law Blog Turns 9

The original header on my blog.
The original header on my blog.

Nine years ago, I’m sitting in my basement. I’m writing my first words on this blog. At the time, WordPress defaulted to making the first post read “Hello” – hence the title of my first post “Hello”. 

I wrote:

This blog is hot off the server and hopefully, in a few days, I’ll figure things out and post some substantive content in this space.

This site will serve as my law blog. I’ll be writing about legal issues, the practice of law, Connecticut legal stories and really anything law related that interests me enough to write about it.  All that and I’ll probably work in some posts about Red Sox as well.

In the meantime, I wish you a very happy holiday season.

And though I have stopped writing about the Red Sox in this space the blog has remained otherwise true to its original purpose. The 955 posts on this blog tell the story of my journey as a lawyer. I’m grateful that this site has resonated with so many of you through the years. As of right now, WordPress says I’ve had 578,265 views on this site. Though at one point the stats on my site got deleted. And I believe that 578,265 number is low by about 100,000. Whatever the number, I’m grateful. I had no expectations that anyone other than my mom would ever click here.

In that time the American Bar Association has recognized the site as a top 100 law blog (2010). I have been linked to by the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, Volokh Conspiracy, the Hartford Courant, Yale Law School, Boston Globe, Hartford Business Journal, Wikipedia, and a number of other media outlets and blogs.

This past year has been one of tremendous growth on this site. I have spent a lot of hours improving the backend of the site, to make it secure (HTTPS), mobile (AMP) and fast. I’ve also begun to organize my content with the law practice and personal injury vaults. I have also focused my posts to personal injury and law practice.

I have also posted a lot more than I have in recent years.

I believe 2016 has laid the foundation for a strong future for this site.

Thank you and happy holidays.


As Close As I’m Getting To Yale

Yale let me in! Well more accurately they linked to me. Close enough. Close as I’m going to get.

While doing some routine site maintence I noticed an inbound like from the Yale Law School Library.  Aside from going to the Peabody Museum with my children this is as close to Yale as this proud Framingham State and WNEC Law grad can get.

When I clicked on it, here’s what is what I found: 

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A Connecticut Law Blog Turns 3


What a year.   This is the annual post, where in the words of Colin McEnroe, I congratulate my blog for staying upright for another year:

For instance, after posting eight times in the whole month, McKeen went dark from a Dec. 23 post congratulating his own blawg for staying upright for two years to a couple of short, interesting posts on Jan. 4 and 6. He squibbed out a Jan. 11 post that consisted of a five-word quote from Ben Franklin.

I launched this blog on Christmas Eve in 2007. This is my 574th post.  In 2010, I wrote 190 posts. This site has been viewed several hundred thousand times by people from all over the world since I first hit post. In so many ways,  this site has grown in ways that have exceeded my wildest expectations when I decided to create it.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for joining me on my journey through Connecticut law. I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

And in case you were wondering, there’s no doubt that Susan Bysiewicz is qualified to run for U.S. Senate in 2012.

CT legislature considering a dog and cat lemon law

By Ryan McKeen

I’ve written about lemons before and Attorney Sergei Lemberg writes about them all the time.

If you’re a long time reader then you know my dog Brady. I adopted Brady from the Hartford Pound as a puppy. Dogs at the pound are given 8 days to be adopted or be put to sleep. Click here for a list of pets available at the Hartford Animal Shelter.

Brady is many things.

She is loving, kind, and a good pet.

She’s also a lemon. 

Within months of owning her, Brady had to have major hip surgery. The surgery was needed so that she can walk. Her condition was no fault of Hartford Animal Control.

The legislature is considering protection for residents who purchase a dog or cat from a breeder or a pet store. The proposed law would seek to ensure that cats and dogs sold in Connecticut are healthy at the time of purchase and not subject to inhumane conditions. Check out the text of the bill here.

I’ll take back what I wrote earlier. In no sense is Brady a lemon. She’s lemonade.