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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 12.02.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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 11.28.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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.

International Operators of Equity Crowdfunding Sites Beware -- The SEC May Come After You

Gary Emmanuel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Gary Emmanuel

Until the adoption of SEC rules to implement the crowdfunding exemption, operators of crowdfunding platforms should tread with extreme caution to ensure compliance with U.S. securities laws. Eureeca discovered this the hard way.

Putting a Stop to Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Christie Peale | Posted 12.02.2014 | New York
Christie Peale

It's now widely known that the foreclosure crisis and the resulting recession have been devastating to homeowners and neighborhoods across New York State. Sadly, the foreclosure crisis has also generated a second wave of hardship for homeowners: foreclosure rescue fraud.

Are the President's Actions on Immigration Legal?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Prosecutorial discretion -- the power of the executive to determine when to enforce the law -- is one of the most well-established traditions in American law. Prosecutorial discretion is, in particular, central to the enforcement of immigration law against removable noncitizens.

Expressing All of Who We Are: In Honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Jo-Na Williams | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jo-Na Williams

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance let's express all of who we are without apology and remember those that had the courage to do the same.

To Harvard and Other Universities: In Protecting Students From Sexual Assault, Don't Disregard Due Process

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.20.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Yes, Harvard's previous sexual assault policy was utterly inadequate to protect survivors of sexual misconduct -- as are far too many policies still in place at other American universities. But the new policy goes dangerously far in another direction, and law professors were right to call their university out.

Demystifying Law: How LegalZoom Uses Technology to Make Law Affordable

Ondi Timoner | Posted 11.20.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

In our latest episode for A TOTAL DISRUPTION we speak with all four founders of LegalZoom to learn how they were able to succeed against all odds. This episode is a fantastic example of perseverance, grit and the dedication required to build a company from nothing.

How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.

14 Questions And Answers About The Ferguson Grand Jury

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri grand jury has been hearing evidence for months as it weighs whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in ...

China's Reforms: Law Without Rights or Law Without Substance?

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Ryan Mitchell

For two reasons, we should be cautiously optimistic that despite the problems he will run into in implementing the new reforms, Xi's administration now at least intends meaningful progress towards something Western scholars and professionals would recognize as "law."

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.

Mule-ing it Over: High Heels and the Law

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 11.04.2014 | Style
Stacy Slotnick

Women's fashion choices are rarely motivated by reason. Each time we put on a shoe, a belt, or a cocktail ring, we hope our attire and outward appearance can have a transformative effect on our inner mood.