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Police Think They're Above the Law, and for Good Reason: Here's One Way to Change It

Matt Kaiser | Posted 01.30.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Police have a lot of power. What they don't have is a lot of accountability. That needs to change.

Alabama Judge's Grandstanding Over Same-Sex Marriage Is Pure Demagoguery

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

This morning, we filed an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public statements urging the governor and state judges to defy federal law and continue to enforce Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages.

Will Justice Roberts Join the Marriage-Equality Majority for All the Wrong Reasons?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I offer a potential outcome on marriage equality when the Supreme Court takes it up this spring: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the majority and writes the decision himself.

The Other Shoe Drops: The Importance of Cybersecurity Insurance Post-Sony

Daniel Garrie | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Daniel Garrie

Obtaining cybersecurity insurance coverage is an important part of a company's overall cybersecurity plan and companies should consult with legal counsel to most effectively meet their overall goals.

Williams-Yulee Is Not About Free Speech, It's About Judicial Integrity

Yael Bromberg | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

The Supreme Court is hearing a case tomorrow that threatens to further politicize the bench at a time of skyrocketing spending in judicial races.

What Color Is Your Student Loan?

Mekela Panditharatne | Posted 01.16.2015 | College
Mekela Panditharatne

Geographies of class and color segregation are cementing inequalities in schools. Overworked and faced with crippling debt, many low-income students and students of color drop out of university or opt out entirely.

Corporate Violence as Crime: Anniversary of the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Rena Steinzor

Under American law, criminal prosecutions serve dual, mutually reinforcing purposes: they both punish and deter. Yet until recently, prosecutors have been excessively cautious about defining routine industrial behavior as a guilty act that triggers criminal culpability.

Family Law Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

Michelle Crosby | Posted 01.06.2015 | Divorce
Michelle Crosby

For those who have not experienced it first hand, divorce may seem like an unlikely starting place to change the world. But those of us who deal with divorce every day know differently: divorce touches so many families, we must not only disrupt it, we must fix it.

Tax Tips for Gifting Yourself This Year

Mark Steber | Posted 12.23.2014 | Money
Mark Steber

So give yourself one final gift this year and consider your taxes as you do what you normally do during the end of the year and the holiday season. A bit more attention to the tax rules and possibly tweaking what you do, might give you a bigger refund at tax time.

My Take on Ferguson

Christopher Atamian | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

I realize that many factors play a role in the examples I cite above, including the judicial system itself; official versus real life police attitudes, not to mention the law and recent questionable policing techniques implemented in New York City and elsewhere.

Women in Business Q&A: Lois Liberman and Marilyn Chinitz, Blank Rome

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Lois Liberman has extensive experience advising clients in all aspects of matrimonial law at Blank Rome. She is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney, and has been a frequent guest on television

Mark Wahlberg Has a Problem, and He's Not the Only One

Marsha Levick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime
Marsha Levick

Today, he is asking for "official public redemption." His success and celebrity will likely earn him that. But success comes in many packages. We hope Mark Wahlberg gets the pardon he seeks. But let's not stop there. Let's give all our kids a second chance.

Why the United States Needs A "Ladenschlussgesetz"

Susan Kraus | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Susan Kraus

The U.S. will never prohibit stores from opening on Sunday. But after this past Thanksgiving, it does feel that the scales have tipped away from holding anything sacred --- or even special.

Eric Garner's Value

Ekow N. Yankah | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Ekow N. Yankah

Just as no person of good faith denies the extraordinary challenges and heroisms of being a police officer, no person willing to listen should ignore the times we shield our eyes, hurrying past a police officer demeaning and humiliating someone, usually poorer and too often a person of color.

10 Best States for Paying Back Your Law School Debt

Stephen Dash | Posted 12.11.2014 | Money
Stephen Dash

Having helped over 1,000 lawyers with their student debt in the last three weeks alone, we have perspective on which states are most attractive destinations for young lawyers trying to repay their law school debt.

The New World of Parentage and Parenting

Fred Silberberg | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Fred Silberberg

It's a brave new world when it comes to conceiving and raising children. And in many cases, the potential parents and providers of genetic material haven't thought all the details through before deciding to proceed.

The New Norm: Crazy Contracts and How to Fight Back

Jack Garson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Businesses -- large and small -- are producing insanely one-sided contracts. In the past, you could find fair contracts. Most were short and simple, too. You do this and I do that. But now we've arrived at crazy. And these agreements are putting your business in jeopardy.

Domestic Violence Cases in Refugee Law: It's Time for Reform

Nicholle Lamartina Palacios | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Nicholle Lamartina Palacios

Victims of domestic abuse deserve international protection, and hopefully with more pressure to reform the refugee system and more funding being placed in NGOs, they can receive it.

Woman With a Gun: A Talk With Phillip Margolin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In Woman With a Gun, obsessed with finding answers, Stacey learns the woman in the photograph was suspected of having killed her millionaire husband on their wedding night, but the 10-year-old murder remains unsolved.

Illinois Restaurants: Differing Minimum Wages Throughout the State Would Hurt Our Business

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.31.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The race is on to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. The question this week appears to be whether lawmakers in Springfield will act first and prevent the Chicago City Council from creating an eventual $13 minimum wage that would be significantly higher than the statewide wage.

'How David Beats Goliath': A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Financial Management

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.31.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

If you don't have experience in the arena of contingent-fee law firms, then you may wonder exactly how they make money if they happen to lose a case. The answer is that they don't. There is no catch with contingent-fee law firms. If they lose the case, they don't get paid.

Getting the Facts Right About the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Nancy Leong | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Nancy Leong

As we discuss and debate the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, we'll inevitably have differences of opinion -- some slight; some extreme. But we owe it to one another to ensure that our opinions are founded on a correct understanding of the underlying facts.

The Great Ferguson Okey-Doke

Bryan Monroe | Posted 01.28.2015 | Crime
Bryan Monroe

So rather than take the hit back in August, he used the grand jury for political cover. He could just say: "See, it was the grand jury, not me, who said there wasn't enough evidence for an indictment. They did it, not me. I was just seeking the truth."

Transgender and Privileged

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am a transsexual woman. I am therefore marginalized and oppressed. Such is the nature of life for transgender people in the home of the brave and the land of the free. I live in a red state. I am therefore pushed further to the margins. However, for me, this is only part of the story.

Suing Cruise Ship Doctors for Medical Malpractice

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Holding cruise ship doctors and nurses accountable for medical mistakes has been nearly impossible for injured passengers because for decades cruise lines have been insulated from legal liability when passengers receive inadequate or negligent medical care from the ship's doctors and nurses.