Let me start off by saying I am not a great reporter. I’m a good reporter, I’ve got good instincts, but I’m not great ... yet. I’m working on bridging that gap.
Welcome to my October newsletter. If you’re receiving this email it’s because you’ve expressed an interest in my career, you’ve asked me to keep you updated, or you filled out the newsletter form on my website. So welcome once again; I’m very happy to have you all here.
This past month I’ve been really frustrated with my work. I feel like it’s not up to par with where I want it to be. I have high standards, but it’s hard to meet those standards when I don’t have the experience to get myself there. These thoughts cloud my mind sometimes, and it can be a little distracting. So, I’ve developed a game plan to get myself back on track: I listen to these words of wisdom from NPR’s Ira Glass.
“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap,” Glass says in the soundbite. “For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good.”
Many of the articles I’ve written lately feel incomplete, and I don’t know exactly what they’re missing. But I know I’ll get there in time. If I keep working, writing and challenging myself, I’ll soon be able to make the visions I have for my stories come to life. I always come back to Glass’ quote to remind myself I’m not alone.
“It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile,” Glass says. “You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
Undefeated Jenner & Block Attorney Eyes Sixth SCOTUS Win
Adam Unikowsky’s undefeated 5-0 record at the U.S. Supreme Court is on the line again this term, and he’s prepared to make it six.
“I have no idea what’s going to happen with this case, but there’s only one way to find out,” Unikowsky, a partner with Jenner & Block, told Bloomberg Law.
Oral arguments for Artis v. District of Columbia are set for Nov. 1. The case will be the fifth Unikowsky, who is only 36, has argued before the court and his sixth Supreme Court case granted certiorari in the last four terms.
This is my first story outside the paywall on my new beat. I like it because it paired a traditional “walk-up” story to an oral argument with a profile, and it worked really well. Shout-out to my editors for thinking of this one!
Why You Might Rent Your Next Office Space
Thomas Kamm’s German shepherd lies on the floor of the architecture studio, watching through a glass wall as people pass by in the hallway.
Just around the corner, past couches and cold brew, Michael Lovett manages his company while snacking on chips purchased from one of his company’s high-tech vending machines in the office.
Kamm Architecture and Vagabond Vending run their businesses out of offices they rent from WeWork, and they’re part of a growing trend of businesses using shared workspaces.
This is one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on so far. There was way too much visual potential here to keep this a print-only story, so I paired up with our video editor RJ Jewell to produce Bloomberg BNA’s first ever video story. BBNA had produced interviews and explainers in video form before but never a full video package. It was a challenging task to pave the way, but in the end it was a very rewarding experience. I’m very proud to have this package (and article) as a part of my portfolio.
Class Action Waiver Disputes Get Their Day in High Court
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Oct. 2 in three consolidated cases— NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis,and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris—presenting the question whether employers can enforce employment agreements that bar employees from pursuing employment-related claims in class or collective lawsuits or arbitrations.
The issue is vital to employers, who have adopted arbitration procedures to sidestep costly class actions. Employees, in turn, will be watching to see whether they can be required to arbitrate grievances against employers one at a time in proceedings that may make it impractical for them to pursue small claims against large corporations.
First oral argument ever (check). There is something so poetic about the Supreme Court. No recorders, no phones, no computers -- just a pen, pad, and your game face. I loved working on this story because for the first time in my career I got to see the dynamics of the court at work, and the show didn’t disappoint.
What I’m Consuming
“More Perfect”: I’ve never listened to a podcast that had “me” written all over it more. This series produced by WNYC Studios does all things SCOTUS. It takes a deeper look at both current and historic Supreme Court cases and discusses their many facets in an entertaining way. (Excuse me while I go finish the entire first season right now).
“Goodbye Christopher Robin”: I saw this movie a few weekends ago on a whim, and I couldn’t be happier with the decision. The film is based on the true story of how A. A. Milne, a World War I veteran and writer, drew inspiration for “Winnie-the-Pooh” from days spent in the woods with his son. It’s great for anyone who had this classic story touch their lives in some way, which feels like pretty much everyone. If you choose to watch this, I’d pair it with this article from Time Magazine. It does a great job explaining what parts of the film are true to life and what parts take some silver screen liberties.
“Stranger Things”: Two episodes left. No spoilers!
Kimberly Robinson: Kimberly has been one of my inspirations since I started at Bloomberg BNA as an intern. She’s BBNA’s Supreme Court reporter and a familiar name to anyone who knows the court well. Kimberly seems to do it all, from podcasts, to weekly summaries, to books, to beat coverage with a comedic twist. And she does all of it really, really well. I’m not entirely sure she sleeps.
Kimberly is currently recovering from “surprise surgery” last week, but she’ll be back in the office soon leading the way. Feel better, Kimberly!
For the latest SCOTUS news, follow her on Twitter @KimberlyRobinsn.