Build Your Own WordPress Dashboard Widget for Any RSS Feed

It’s easy to add your own dashboard widget to WordPress, and one of the easiest to widgets to add is one that displays recent updates from any RSS feed. I put together the above widget for a project I am working on so we can promote Lawyerist posts to users. Here’s what goes into the […]

HOME Line Website Renovation Launched!

Tuesday night, I launched a refreshed HOME Line website. HOME Line is a non-profit tenant advocacy organization that “provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services” to Minnesota tenants. I have been involved with home line for nearly a decade, and I am a member its board of directors. The number of people […]

Make Polldaddy Comment Ratings Work with Thesis

The Polldaddy Polls & Ratings WordPress plugin is an easy way to enable readers to rate comments, either on a 5-star scale, or “Nero”-style thumbs up or down. However, it won’t work for adding ratings to comments if you use Thesis. Fortunately, it is an easy fix. Just go to Plugins > Editor, then select […]

Check Me Out in the Volunteer Lawyers Network Annual Report

The Volunteer Lawyers Network helps thousands of low-income Minnesotans every year, providing free legal services to Minnesotans who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. I have been volunteering with VLN since I graduated from law school in 2003, and I joined the board of directors in 2010. VLN named me its Volunteer of the Year […]

Numbered Page Navigation for WordPress with Thesis 1.8

I wanted to share my code for numbered page navigation in Thesis. I started with a numbered pages tutorial that no longer exists, but wound up modifying it to add smart first/last and prev/next buttons. You can see it in action on Caveat Emptor, Lawyerist, and Bitter Lawyer. Here is what to plug into your custom.css […]

William Mitchell Law Review publishes my article on debt buyer lawsuits

My article, Has the Flood of Debt Collection Lawsuits Swept Away Minnesotans’ Due Process Rights? (pdf) was published in the William Mitchell Law Review, volume 35, number 3. In the article, Sam takes a hard look at the effect of Minnesota’s permissive procedural rules and garnishment laws, which have encouraged the enormous — and growing […]