This name “iJudge iAm” is chosen in contemplation of developement of an internet character who offers comments which may vary with satire, seriousness, humor and sarcasim on the issues of our times. Think of it sort of like a Judge Joe Brown or Judge Judy on tv or even Here Comes the Judge of Flip Wilson fame (probably not). It is not contemplated to include any sort of actual cases like those judge personalities, where
guests are parties to litigation. No, it is more like a pen name for character flavor, like Samuel Clements used “Mark Twain”. The character does have mid-career origin from that part of Steve Drinkard’s career as an Alabama trial judge but would be evolving quite differently in this internet characterization.
Of course, judges do have the role of looking into facts in real life which become the basis of decisions and written opinions. And we all no that opinions are like — ugh — well let’s just say we all have one! Here the name “iJudge” is tapping into the internet culture where “i” is for internet. Steve would like to add what he hopes to be a voice of reason and discernment to the crowded and noisy opinions of today. There are such important issues that confront our country and the world with many voices that seem more exploitive and less clarifying of these circumstanes. I don’t want to be another one of those that’s for sure. Under the pseudonym iJudge iAm instead of facts of cases, the interest and commentary will be regarding the challenging circumstances of events in politics, business, the environment, living and learning. Since many issues have a legal twist or relevance, there will likely be times when the law related to the issues is discussed.
However, it is not intended that the blog be on legal issues as such. The real interest may focus more on the general philosophy of life that drives us and the spirituality that guides us, or even defines us. Many times these become legal issues so commentary moves into that sphere of reflection.
There is some symbolism in the name iJudge iAm. Ancient writings caution about the way we judge others and the judgements we form, because as we judge, in that same way shall we be judged. Therefore, the reason for the “iAm” portion of the name of this blog. It is symbolic of the power and importance of the individual and the spiritual center in men and women. Is there anyone who has not asked? Who am I? Why am I here? And it is said: “As a Man thinketh in his heart so is he.” So I hope we will talk together about many different things in many different ways that the light of understanding might overtake the darkness of confusion. Join Steve Drinkard here in these pages. Let us share.
Steve Drinkard is an Alabama lawyer and retired judge located in Montgomery, Alabama. He is married to Karen Brock Drinkard and has three grown children and two grandchildren. For the past 29 years, Steve has devoted himself to helping
people solve their problems and recover for their injuries. He is a former shareholder in the national law firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, PC based in Montgomery. Steve Drinkard is the owner and creator of this site. He was an elected, public official serving as Circuit Judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit for the state of Alabama. The site is newly created and under initial development during July 2010.
From time to time I come back here to edit these notes in “About” to clarify what the developement of the blog is all about.
Additional Note – Saturday, August 21, 2010 – I have just been at this blog thing for two – three weeks and really have so much to learn. I have some ideas about the psuedonym character for writing and video blogging but must fight through some of the doubts that arise with such contemplation. I know that I will write under my own name as well. It seems that work-in-progress is the right name for this. If you visit us here, your registration and comments are certainly welcomed. Those experienced in the blog process might have some good advice for me. This would be appreciated. Thanks Steve.