I’ve squeezed a lot of info onto this page, so here are some handy links to the different sections:


This stuff is a little dry but it’s necessary, so let’s do it:

  1. I’m a lawyer, but unless we have met face to face and talked about money and I have started a sentence in a conversation between us with “my advice as your attorney is…”, I am not your lawyer.
  2. I work for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) in its Office of Policy and Regulatory Development (“OPRD”). Nothing I say on this site is an expression of the position or views of the State of New Jersey, DCF or OPRD.
  3. I have not, as of December 2015, ever used an affiliate link on this site, but I may do so in the future and I’ll clearly label them if I do.
  4. I use profanity sometimes. Fu#ki*g deal with it.


Hello, my name is Joe. I earned an English degree at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where I focused on literary theory and dived deep into the rabbit hole of existentialism, modernism and postmodernism.

I worked for a few years at the Philadelphia Housing Authority and then attended Temple University Beasley School of Law, where I earned a law degree in 2013.

I currently work for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families in its Office of Policy and Regulatory Development.

In addition, I build websites and other digital marketing solutions with my brother Brian at our aptly named project, Advertising Brothers.

I have been licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 2014 and am a member of both state bar associations. I’m also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a loosely organized group of death-positive professionals, artists and others dedicated to removing stigma and fear from discussions of death and dying.

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Here are the best ways to get in touch with me:

  • @joeross on Twitter
  • hi@joeross.me
  • 215-253-7146


Modern Law is a newsletter I’m experimenting with. My introductory blurb for it is:

The law, always and by design, lags behind society’s fiercer debates. Modern Law is a weekly email newsletter about how it is, or isn’t, catching up.

It’s really hard to be sufficiently descriptive and brief at the same time. But that’s why I’m trying this newsletter thing out: I write here infrequently because I don’t want to half-ass anything that’s meant to be comprehensive. The newsletter is designed for brevity, and that limitation makes it easier to publish.

It will only rarely include links I’ve already shared here on the blog, so you can read both without enduring repetition. Give it a try, and tell all your friends.

Subscribe using the form below. View older previous issues at tinyletter.com/modernlaw and new ones at getrevue.co/profile/modernlaw.


I’m a geek who knows just enough about front-end web development to simultaneously impress Normals and annoy real developers and designers. I’m also a compulsive domain buyer. It’s a real problem, but it leads to fun stuff sometimes.


This is just a page at this website which embeds a list of the (way too many) podcasts to which I subscribe. You can find the raw data at GitHub (you beautiful, beautiful nerd, you).


This one I coded from scratch, which might impress normals. As for the developers and designers? Well, in case the name didn’t give it away, the page is full of iFrames, which aren’t picture frames made by Apple, but an outdated way to quickly display a bunch of different websites in the same tab.


This is just a page at this website which embeds Forecast.io weather information for multiple locations on one easy-to-scan page.

Countdown to X-Files

This is a domain, a WordPress page, a plugin, and potent sense of anticipation

Geek, Esq.

A tumblr-based (mostly) mirror of this blog, which by some strange accident currently has more than 4,000 fellow tumblr users following it(!)

Lawyer Says

I wish I updated this one more frequently. It’s a collection of exact quotes from attorneys (and sometimes judges), as found all over the web. Many are controversial but controversy isn’t a requirement. It was inspired by Officials Say the Darndest Things.