Andrew Speaker

Andrew and Sarah Speaker

* We’re sure this post will be warmly received by our readers: “Dear Legal Community, Enough With the Cynicism.” [World Wide Whit]

* Remember Andrew Speaker, aka TB Andy? Congratulations are in order. [How Appealing]

* Jose Cuervo to Eliot Spitzer: Forget the Harvard Club and come party with us instead. Will the “responsible festivities” include Ashley Dupré? [MarketWatch]

* They say water is necessary for life; apparently so are lawyers. [WSJ Law Blog]

* You posted the “roommate wanted” ad at your church; was it really necessary to include the word “Christian”? [Fox News]

* Meg Whitman’s kids can’t seem to stay out of legal trouble. [Gawker]

* Oral argument in New Jersey v. Delaware. [U.S. Supreme Court (PDF) via How Appealing]
* I’ll have a Joey Bag of Lawsuits. [AP via Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
* TB Andy didn’t hurt anybody. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
* Grandpa got screwed over by a lawsuit … [AP via Reno Gazette-Journal]
* Pakistan lets (almost) everyone go, but will the rule of law return? [Jurist]

* Can a shoe infringe on copyright? [Fashionista]
* Maybe there IS such a thing as bad publicity. Business ain’t so hot for “TB Andy” right now. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Some Chemerinskygate updates. [TaxProf Blog; TaxProf Blog]
* Thinking of a career as a professional blogger? Read this first. [Career Journal]


Andrew Speaker 2 small Andrew H Speaker Andrew Harley Speaker Andy Speaker.JPG* What will become of Justice O’Connor’s precedent? [Slate]
* Baseball agent gets prison for smuggling clients. [ESPN]
* Civil suit vs. TB Andy. [CNN]
* Civil verdict vs. Allen Iverson. [ESPN]

Andrew Speaker 2 small Andrew H Speaker Andrew Harley Speaker Andy Speaker.JPGClick here to listen to a cute musical parody, to the tune of Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.
Don’t Fly With Me, Andrew Speaker [Dave Ross (mp3)]

As you could probably tell from the results thus far in our reader polls, Georgia lawyer Andrew Speaker — the patient with drug-resistant tuberculosis, who engaged in extensive air travel despite knowing of his condition — hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the world.
If you run a search for “Andrew Speaker” on Facebook, here’s what you get:
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We don’t endorse what Andy Speaker did; but we find these anti-Andy clubs a bit over-the-top. If you’re going to join a Facebook group centered on a specific individual, why not join one that’s about celebration rather than condemnation?
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Search: Andrew Speaker [Facebook]
Monica Goodling Fan Club [Facebook]

Andrew Speaker Andrew H Speaker Andrew Harley Speaker Above the Law blog.jpgYesterday’s Lawyer of the Day here at ATL, Andrew Speaker, is a 31-year-old personal injury lawyer from Atlanta. He is currently infected with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. He got married and honeymooned in Europe, then returned home — initially flying into Canada, from which he drove back to the United States — to have his TB treated.
His critics argue that Andy Speaker, in traveling despite being urged not to by the CDC, endangered his fellow passengers, exposing them to a potentially fatal illness. His defenders point out that he is not symptomatic — and that many of us might have done the same thing in his shoes.
Anyway, enough commentary. You’ve all read a great deal about this story already. Time for a pair of (unscientific and imprecise) reader polls:


Thanks to commenter “legal beagle” for drawing our attention to what currently graces the Drudge Report. Our annotations appear in red.
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Matt Drudge, you are a genius.
Exclusive: Diane Sawyer Speaks to TB Patient [ABC News via Drudge Report]

Andrew Speaker Andrew H Speaker Andrew Harley Speaker Above the Law blog.jpgThe Atlanta lawyer who has been quarantined with a case of drug-resistant tuberculosis, Andrew H. Speaker, has become an overnight celebrity of the legal world. And we’re happy to bring you more information about him.
First, from a fellow alum of the University of Georgia Law School, who knows Andrew Speaker personally:

He was a generally well-liked, pretty gregarious fellow, who did reasonably well in law school as far as I know.

I like it when a product of UGA Law makes the national news, but not this way!

Second, from the Denver Post:

[T]he patient, who had hastily left Rome earlier this week after CDC officials begged him to go into isolation at a hospital there, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that he thought the security was excessive.

“I’m a very well-educated, successful, intelligent person,” he told the paper. “This is insane to me that I have an armed guard outside my door when I’ve cooperated with everything other than the whole solitary-confinement-in-Italy thing.”

Third, as several commenters pointed out, Speaker’s wife, Sarah Cooksey, appears to have a personal website.
A screencap, plus links and more discussion, after the jump.

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Here is the annotated engagement announcement for Andrew Speaker — aka “The TB Guy,” whom we just named our Lawyer of the Day — and his wife, Sarah Cooksey.
It’s a tale that’s abounding in irony. Check it out:
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Engagements: Sarah Cooksey — Andrew Speaker [Appen Newspapers]
New Father-in-Law a Microbiologist [Associated Press]

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