Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Sad to report, the good-news file is slim.

Byline: Business and Law MARTIN PASKIND For the Journal

Everyone knows that newspapers print a large chunk of bad news. People say, "They sell more newspapers that way."

Still, this is Christmas morning, and despite my desire to sell as many papers as the next guy, I have collected good news for the holiday season for some time. Sad to report, there wasn't much, at least not in the realm of law and business.

Funny lawyers, however, are good news. Famous improvisational comedy clubs such as Second City in Chicago and Assylum in Boston send stand-up comics out to teach lawyers improv techniques.

Somehow, this comic approach promotes cliches such as "hyperactive listening," which in turn generates "thinking outside the box."

Lawyers who are funny and more fun certainly are good news even if they remain addicted to cliches. …

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