History of Tennis


This blog was originally posted on Jonathan Nadler’s website here.

While there is some debate as to the origins of tennis, historians generally concur that the crude origins of tennis took place in northern France during the 12th century.  Back then, the ball was struck with the palm of the hand and called, “jeu de paume,” meaning, “game of the palm.”  Louis X of France was extremely fond of this game, and he is considered to be the first individual to have a version of today’s modern tennis courts created indoors.  This indoor court design caught on and spread throughout Europe, and Louis X is widely considered to be the first tennis player in history to be known by name.  However, others debate that King Charles V of France was the first known player.

The development of tennis took some time, as it was not until sometime during the 16th century that the use of racquets became commonplace and they began to refer to the game by the name of tennis.  This name stems from a French term, “tenez,” which, when translated, means “hold,” “receive,” or “take,” which was a  commonly used term between players.  The game was extremely popular throughout England and France, but was primarily played indoors and the ball was hit off of the walls.  Despite the sport’s developments into the game we know today, the aforementioned version is known as, “real tennis.”

The game began to develop differently in various areas throughout Europe, and allegedly the game was begun in the U.S by socialites who, while on vacation, had witnessed British army officers play the game.  These socialites set up a tennis court at the Staten Island Cricket Club, which was ultimately the location of the first ever American National Championship of tennis, played in 1880.  Originally, different racquet clubs had different rules/standards for the game.  For example, in Boston, the ball used was larger than the tennis balls used in New York.  On May 21, 1881 the United States National Lawn Tennis Association, which has since become the United States Tennis Association, was created in order to lay out the standardized rules and regulations for the game.  The first U.S. National Men’s Singles Championship was held in 1881 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Tennis has come a long way since then, and is still an incredible, energetic game that is played all over the world.


Becoming a Lawyer


This blog was originally posted on Jonathan Nadler’s website here.


For those who are interested in becoming an attorney and practicing in some certain field of law, there are certain things that you must consider prior to taking that leap.  Law School is a huge commitment and takes a great deal of time and energy.  Below are some of the things to carefully think about in deciding whether or not becoming a lawyer is the right decision for you.

Cost of Law School:  The debt that law school students face upon completing their Juris Doctorate is extremely high.  On average, law students graduate with debt of over $72,000, while those at other schools have reported have come away with $100,000 worth of debt or more.  Law degrees are extremely expensive, no doubt but the issue that comes along with this is the fact that having a law degree no longer insures that you will have a more than comfortable socio-economic status.  Expense is the first thing to consider in looking to become a lawyer.

Time Consumed with Education:  Attending law school full time will take three years, which you can only attend in the first place if you have earned a bachelor’s degree.  Not only will you have to attend classes with a great deal of outside study required, more often than not there will be internships required, law journals to participate in, and other time commitments related to law school that will make free time for simultaneous employment elsewhere virtually impossible.

Public Speaking:  Being a lawyer not only requires dedication, long hours, and a lot of study time, but also a great deal of face-to-face interaction.  As a lawyer, you should feel confident in your abilities to speak on information and facts to large groups of people.  Between meetings, speaking with prospective clients, the courtroom, depositions and so on, lawyers do a great deal of interaction with others.  If this is not something you can see yourself doing on the day-to-day, perhaps becoming a lawyer is not the right path for you.

These are just a few of the main components of becoming a lawyer.  To see more that you might want to take into consideration before beginning your journey into law school, please have a look here.

Andy Murray Late to Meet the Prince


This blog was originally posted on Jonathan Nadler’s website here.

It was a big day for professional tennis player, Andy Murray.  Early int he morning, he was preparing to hop in a cab at 8:30 am to travel to meet Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.  However, a slight hurdle was thrown in his path, when before he could get out the door, an unexpected visitor showed up at his door.

recent article discusses how Andy Murray’s schedule was thrown by the issuing of a random drug test that same morning, just minutes before he was supposed to be on his way to his formal meeting with the Duke.  Ever the good sport, Murray tweeted, “In the middle of a drug test hahaha I’m goin to be late!!!” according to the article.

Murray explained to reporters that he was completely unaware of the drug test being that day.  While he has had to take them before, being a professional athlete, it was almost comical that the day for the random test had to be the day he had such big plans.

“It’s part of the job,” Murray said, “but when you have a day like today you are looking forward to, it’s the last thing you need.”

Murray hurriedly carried out the drug test and departed immediately for Buckingham Palace, where he was honored by Prince William with a medal declaring him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

It would seem that Andy Murray is not the only professional athlete to be faced with a random drug test while in the middle of an important or personal event.  This same article noted that the professional skier Lindsey Vonn was confronted with a, “random,” drug test while she was at a formal gala.  Similarly, Olympic hurdler and bobsledder, Lolo Jones, was approached for a drug test right in the middle of her own birthday party.

Looking at situations like these, its hard to wonder how, “random,” these situations really are.  Then again, as a professional athlete, you’re always on the job, and for someone like them, random days may coincide with bigger events than the rest of us face in our day-to-day.

Impact of Presidential Election on Employers

Attorney Jonathan (Jon) Nadler currently serves as a partner at the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, where he concentrates on labor and employment law, including discrimination cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Before beginning his career, Jonathan Nadler earned his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

In 2012 Jonathan (Jon) Nadler co-authored a series of articles in Forbes on the impact of the presidential election on employers. The first article noted the shift away from standard full-time jobs to hiring workers on a contract basis. In just the short period between 2005 and 2010, the number of contract workers increased ten-fold, from 4 million to 40 million, which constituted 23% of the workforce. The Department of Labor announced new proposed regulations that increase burdens for companies that use contract labor.

One factor driving the proposed regulations is tax revenues. Classification of workers implicates the collection of payroll taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, unemployment and workers’ compensation taxes, as well as others. State governments are concerned with worker classification as well. For example, a 2011 Pennsylvania law imposes civil and criminal penalties for misclassification of independent contractors in the construction industry. Other states are also stepping up enforcement efforts.