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Construction Success

Jack Garson | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Jack Garson

When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or - worse - expensive lawsuits. Your project may be steel and concrete. But even a "minor" mistake can turn it into a leaky, moldy mess.

Trump These Thoughts

Rob Taub | Posted 08.28.2015 | Comedy
Rob Taub

I am the best. This is true because I said so. Even the sentences I write are the best except perhaps for the last one, which a teacher told me ended in a preposition, yet if I construct a sentence then whatever words I use are the best, because I said so.

Keep Our Children Safer -- With One Simple Step.

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 08.28.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Now that the first back-to-school day is officially passed in some states, I want to talk about something simple, yet understated, and in urgent need of addressing. One of my pet-peeves when driving anywhere in the U.S is to see rental cars passing yellow school buses on the streets.

Why We Should Thank Defense Attorneys For Defending Criminals

Quora | Posted 08.28.2015 | Crime
Quora

It does not follow that just because a defense attorney represents a person who has committed terrible crimes, that the attorney wants everybody to be allowed to do the same thing. At first blush, it is easy to understand how someone might make that mistake. Careful thought, however, will make the answer clear.

Rentboy: For What It's Worth

Dale Cooper | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Dale Cooper

The message from the federal government has largely been a threat to the lives and livelihood of US citizens, who are, it must be said, under the law, criminals.

Future Lawyers Should Be Screened and Trained for Empathy

Mark Baer | Posted 08.27.2015 | Divorce
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Mark Baer

Law schools must begin recognizing the damage that is being caused to interpersonal relationships and our overall society, due to the low EQ levels of those involved in the field of law and make a concerted effort to address this extremely serious problem.

The Best Question You're Not Asking

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

What frequently gets lost in the exchange of competing drafts is honest-to-God, real life communication -- not between the lawyers, but between the people who really matter.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Must End the Barbaric Practice of Solitary Confinement

Bill Blum | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime
Bill Blum

Before Harris departs Sacramento and climbs another rung on the ladder to success and power in Washington, I have one urgent message for her: Settle the class-action lawsuit of Ashker v. Brown, which challenges the state's solitary confinement practices at the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison.

Review: The Myth of the Cultural Jew

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.16.2015 | Books
Fern Siegel

Being Jewish is more than bagels and lox and Seinfeld. But for many Jews, especially American Jews, the concept of cultural Jewry is often delineated from Jewish law and practice.

Say It Ain't So, Bob

Frank Askin | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Frank Askin

As a long-time supporter of Senator Menendez, I would certainly give him the benefit of the doubt if he were seriously challenging the allegations against him. But that does not appear to be the case.

Is That Domestic Violence?

Fred Silberberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

People need to be educated that domestic violence is far broader than physical violence. People involved in contentious family law proceedings need to proceed cautiously and keep their emotions in check.

Black Women are Not Simply Black #SayHerName

Rukayatu Tijani | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Rukayatu Tijani

Black women and girls are more than the weeping women who have stood by while society perpetually terrorizes the bodies of Black and Brown men. Our bodies have been profiled, beaten, assaulted, and killed by law enforcement. We too are victims of this struggle.

Fairness and Equity Are American Values

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

In 1873, when Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner published their book, The Gilded Age, they satirized the greed, political corruption, and skewed distribution of wealth that pervaded the United States at the time.

A Little-Noticed Supreme Court Case Could Deny Justice For Sandra Bland

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

Sandra Bland's mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, wants a federal court in Texas to get to the bottom of what happened to her daughter, whose traffic sto...

Happy Endings: The Unrealistic Expectation

Emma Shenton | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Emma Shenton

Life, in all reality, is a balancing act -- a balancing act of depravity and morality, of your needs and the needs of others, of humor and solemnity, of individuality and commonality, of privacy and disclosure, and the list stretches on for an eternity.

Sheila Hiestand: Hall of Fame Basketball Player to Ironman With 125 lbs Weight Loss in Between

Don McNay | Posted 08.02.2015 | Sports
Don McNay

Louisville trial lawyer Sheila Hiestand is 6 foot tall, outgoing and vivacious. She has the total inner confidence that made her a Hall of Fame college basketball player and now one of Kentucky's top trial attorneys.

The Asterisk to the Constitution: *Rights Exist Only for Those Who Can Enforce Them

Lori Rifkin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Crime
Lori Rifkin

The fact that something happens frequently should not make it "routine" in the sense of the law. Yet this is exactly the legal standard that has devolved from the shiny promise of the Constitution.

Chasing the Slave Traders: A Law Enforcement Perspective on Operation Underground Railroad

Anne Gallagher | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Anne Gallagher

Why are police in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia not arresting child sex traffickers if they are so easy to find? The simplest explanation is law enforcement complicity in such crimes. Agreeing to cooperate with OUR is a win-win: local cops get to keep an eye on what's happening and ensure OUR doesn't stray into their turf; they also gain international kudos for taking on the traffickers.

How Do Police Officers Feel About Legalizing Drugs?

Quora | Posted 07.30.2015 | Crime
Quora

I'll preface by saying that I can only answer as a former officer; I could pretend to be able to retrospectively muse about what I'd have said when I was on patrol, but that's all it would be.

Oh No! The Supreme Court's Opinion Season Was So Head-Spinning That One Federal Court Got Whiplash

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Those of us outside the courthouse cannot know which cases fall by the wayside, receiving less judicial attention than they require. Every litigant expects what the courts promise: Justice. But some of us aren't getting it.

Does Posting Trespassers Will Be Shot Signs Give You Freedom to Do So?

Quora | Posted 07.29.2015 | Crime
Quora

So long as you haven't agreed to any limitations on the appearance of your home (such as through a Homeowners Association or deed restriction), you're free to put up any signs you want, regardless of how violent, offensive, or profane they may be to others.

Homeless Families Win Class Action Lawsuit

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 07.28.2015 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

This decision is a resounding victory for homeless families based not just on esoteric interpretations of law, but on a common understanding of basic human rights that must be protected for all DC residents, no matter their income.

Sex Trafficking; Beneath the Veil

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Crime
Nicholas Denmon

It is an industry that rakes in over $32 billion a year. More than 300,000 people fall prey to it each year in the U.S. alone. More than four million people couldn't stop doing it even if they tried.

Federal Court: Yes, Naked Economic Protectionism is Constitutional

Evan Bernick | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Could the government prohibit LeBron James from playing professional basketball simply to put more money in the pockets of less talented athletes? Absolutely, said the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in a surprising -- and appalling -- decision last week.

6 Reasons Why Lawyers Are Unhappy With Their Jobs

Quora | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Quora

Most attorneys work about six days a week, generally fifty plus hours per week, and the norm now is to be available anywhere at any time. It is not uncommon during extreme times (trial, an important deal closing, etc.) for those hours to increase substantially and days off to become elusive.