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The Law Is a Baseline and Nothing More

Mark Baer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Consider the impact of a family systems and service based approach, meaning that there are value-added inputs being offered to the families, rather than merely a brokering of deals.

We the Sheeple

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The government is not above the people, but below it. "We the people" created this government; when it encroaches on our freedoms, it is our constitutional right and duty to encroach on its freedoms.

The Separation of Church and State -- Then and Now

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

In the recurrent clash over the separation of church and state, both the religious right and the secular left invoke the Founding Fathers' original intent to justify their positions. In reality, neither side is completely correct on the historical dimension of the issue.

Originalism: The Dark Misunderstanding

Deedee Freedberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Deedee Freedberg

At the time of his now crucial rejection by the senate, Robert Bork's importance did not fully reach me. I knew him only as Solicitor General, third o...

The Top 10 Arguments Against Gay Marriage: All Receive Failing Grades!

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

There is no logical or reasonable basis for denying same-sex couples access to secular marriage laws. Opposing the inevitable (marriage equality) is a waste of time, money and energy.

Congress Still Puts Out for Wall Street

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Not content with having swindled tens of millions of Americans out of their homes and life savings, the very bankers who caused the biggest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression are now subverting government regulations designed to prevent comparable disasters in the future.

From Field to Table: Rights for Workers in the Food Supply Chain

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

The Food Chain Workers Alliance has a goal of nothing less than full rights and fair wages for the 20 million workers who grow, harvest, process, pack, ship, cook, serve, and sell food in the US.

Another Reason Not to Get Behind the Wheel After a Nip

Saul Segan | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Saul Segan

If the officer asks any questions, you can respectfully decline to answer. Answers to simple questions can get you in a heap of trouble.

Our Unethical Republic

William E. White | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Obedience to the law is not enough. Americans demand legal and ethical behavior from themselves and their fellow citizens.

If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it-But it is Broke!

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

By removing the power of the "convening authority" from commanding generals any appearance of impropriety on the part of a commander is eliminated. Claims of undue command influence in the legal system would stop.

It's Time for the IRS to Crack Down on Phony Non-Profits

Jessica Levinson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

There is little doubt that the IRS' approach to determining whether to grant tax-exempt status should be politically even-handed, without regard to partisan affiliation. But this kerfuffle is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Tsarnaev Burial Saga Highlights Flaw in the Law of Human Remains

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 07.13.2013 | Crime
Tanya D. Marsh

It is sad that a system that is dependent upon everyone exercising character has shown such a fatal weakness.

Peter Perlman- Life Lessons from a Lawyer's Lawyer

Don McNay | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Don McNay

"I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night. He's gotta be strong And he's gotta be fast And he's gotta be fresh from the fig...

Pushing for More Progress in the District's Children's Mental Health System

Judith Sandalow | Posted 07.08.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Last year Children's Law Center published a plan with practical recommendations to improve the children's mental health system in the District. Today, Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we are releasing a report card that assesses progress in the areas outlined in our plan.

When Brains, Beauty and Arts Collide: The Women of Dubai Represent

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 07.06.2013 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

As a parent I know my intention for my kids. I am passionate, driven and borderline obsessive about their position in society and the use of our family name.

New York Needs a Gun Offender Registry

Ruben Diaz Jr. | Posted 07.03.2013 | New York
Ruben Diaz Jr.

New York City is the safest big city in America, in part because our registry allows the police to shine a light on gun offenders. Now, the State Legislature must follow in the City's footsteps by providing law enforcement with this common-sense crime-fighting tool that will help keep the public safe.

Why Did the Boston Marathon Bombers Seem So Normal? They Smoked Pot!

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

It seems everyone who knew them characterized their embrace of pot smoking as evidence of their integration into the norms of American student life in high school, college and young adult communities -- even if they sometimes were obnoxious neighbors throwing loud, drunken parties.

WATCH: I Quit My Job For Yoga

Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living

A recent survey of the happiest jobs in the United States placed "Associate Attorney" at the bottom of the list, which wasn't news to Kelly Newsome. ...

Five Hidden Company Killers

Jack Garson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Jack Garson

Some company killers are obvious. Competition. Obsolescence. Too much debt. They're sexy problems. They make the headlines and you're already aware of them. But there are hidden threats that you don't even know exist.

Putting Intellectual Property to Good Use

Irene Khan | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Irene Khan

India's case is proof that the intellectual property regime, when properly applied, can work for the poor as well as the rich. The decision by the country's Supreme Court has created a giant legal footprint for others to follow.

Prosecuting General Musharraf Is Not Selective Justice

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

Unless all players are charged with the crime of high treason, his lawyers argue, singling out Musharraf is unfair and unjust. Fearful of backlash and another military coup, these lawyers hope, a pragmatic high court will dismiss the high treason case against Musharraf.

The Biggest Misconception About Prenups

Jason Marks | Posted 06.25.2013 | Divorce
Jason Marks

A well-drafted prenuptial agreement can prevent future heartache in the event of a divorce, even if the couple does not have a lot of money.

Helping the Wounded Trial Warrior

Don McNay | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Trial lawyers have a unique caveat to their job. They are always making someone mad. Often times, like Atticus Finch's character in Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, they can find that their entire community has turned against them.

SEC Taps Wall Street Lawyer to Police Wall Street

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The appointment comes as no surprise because the agency typically draws regulators from the ranks of the regulated. But it does illustrate a significant problem: by relying so heavily on people with industry connections, the SEC can tangle itself in conflicts of interest.

Why I Wrote Complicit

Steve Fleischli | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

During my nearly 20 year legal career, I have worked on all sides of environmental issues - representing community groups, the government and even corporations. My new novel, Complicit, synthesizes much of what I have learned so far.