Thursday, July 31, 2014
Want to find a career outside the law? Consultants and authors provide help. It is sad the legal profession has an entire profession dedicated to getting out of it. Getting out of the practice of law is end result of many a John Grisham novel. And why is that? To be blunt, lawyers aren't always nice; the work is tough and sometimes tedious; and not all personalities are fit for law.
Posted by The Scribe at 4:01 PM
Latest legal victory has LegalZoom poised for growth. This has been coming for awhile. Eventually LegalZoom will be able to in effect practice law. Whether the distributing of forms constitutes the practice of law I am not sure. It is unclear to me.
Posted by The Scribe at 3:56 PM
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed both Medicare and Medicaid into law. Medicare has provided medical coverage to millions of seniors. Medicaid has provided coverage to millions of vulnerable Americans; more specifically, low-income parents, children and those with disabilities. They are two of the best programs government ever conceived, and we would be in horrible shape without these programs. These programs show how government can be a force of good in this country.
Posted by The Scribe at 4:21 PM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
When the federal government converted old railroad track paths to walking trails, it made parks. These parks encourage physical fitness which makes people healthier, property values higher, promotes conservation and ultimately saves money on health care.
Posted by The Scribe at 3:59 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In order to opetare at optimum level as an attorney you need to be in good shape. Note: this does not mean you only work 9-5. Physical fitness helps clear the mind and sharpen the intellect. In recognition of the role fitness plays, rhe YLD continues with its wellness committee this year. In full disclosure, I work out five times a week.
Posted by The Scribe at 7:49 PM
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
It assumes I bought bottled water and didn't use tap water at my house. False premise therefore premise is false.
Posted by The Scribe at 6:35 PM
Is a metaphor to describe an ugly truth underlying a complicated problem. The ugly truth about lawyers is not all lawyers care in the way they should about their clients. This is especially true in the Social Security disability realm where lawyers think they can handle a case because they get the medical issues. Disability cases are about people's stories with the medical proof to prove it. It takes time and the ability to emphathize to handle these cases. Saying you handle these cases isn't enough.
Posted by The Scribe at 3:50 PM
Monday, July 21, 2014
Obama nixes LGBT discrimination by federal contractors; there is no religious exemption. Way to go Mr. President. Leaders lead, and that's what you are doing when it comes to this issue especially. Everyone has value, and that's what your executive order is saying.
Posted by The Scribe at 5:02 PM
Man who fell off cliff while drunk can sue those who took him there to watch sunrise, court rules. It does sound like a jury question here, maybe even in NC where willful and wanton behavior can overcome a contributory negligence defense. There is at least a genuine issue of material fact here, and that's all it takes to get it to a jury.
Posted by The Scribe at 4:59 PM
Shooting death of law prof who founded PrawfsBlawg is investigated as homicide. This is a sad story. Too many gun violence deaths in this country. We are the most violent country in the world even more so than war torn countries. That's staggering.
I've developed an interest in wrongful imprisonment cases. Looking forward to work on the Innocence Project with the YLD.
Posted by The Scribe at 10:43 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2014
It is a national park, and we all know Congress loves to defund parks. If it were up to some members of Congress we would have no national parks, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the VA or even the GI Bill. So I doubt anyone will be there to enforce parking restrictions at this monument to an American loss but strategic victory and British win but Pyrrhic victory.
Posted by The Scribe at 6:31 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Law prof analyzes former SCOTUS justice's 6 proposed constitutional amendments, deems these 2 worst. Way to go Justice Stevens. I agree with your 6 proposed constitutional amendments, especially the ones related to Congressional districts and forcing states to enforce the federal law.
Posted by The Scribe at 1:55 PM
Firm sues ex-client over Yelp review that claims firm will 'take everything you've got'. This is a tough call. Do you leave it alone or take it on? It is probably worse that it was brought to national attention by virtue of the lawsuit. There will be a percentage of the population that believes "John B," and it is a larger segment than before the lawsuit. The problem is now compounded.
Posted by The Scribe at 1:47 PM
Mistaken 'reply all' email leads to suspension without pay for prosecutor. The prosecutor is also a breast cancer survivor, so that gives her a little more latitude here. The DA's office had to suspend her, but it is more for being careless. Crap is said all the time in the course of litigation about your opponent. The key is to not "talk out of school" to the wrong person.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Lawyer is charged with cyberstalking after allegedly sending harassing text message to club owner. This lawyer didn't think clearly. He left a record of his threats. Now he will feel the consequences, which could be quite dire.
Posted by The Scribe at 11:37 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
If you are social media illiterate, then you don't know this. It is interesting to see who has viewed your profile. I check mine pretty regularly--thank you iPhone. Most people look out of interest. Those who are trolling for info, I know who you are. Do you really think I would say something I don't want repeated? LOL.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Was law prof's 'frenzied output' worth it? His widow says work devotion came at a price. This is sad. I didn't know law professors worked this hard. I guess when you publish it is a very demanding job. However, I don't think the widow can blame it on his job. Her husband chose to spend most of his time writing. It is sad, but it is true.
Posted by The Scribe at 11:48 AM
Blogging federal judge says it's time for SCOTUS to 'stfu'. This judge is right. SCOTUS should shut up. Hobby Lobby was a horrible decision. The Court is out of touch with reality. I wonder who the North Carolina lawyer was. Can you imagine writing a letter demanding a blog be taken down because you don't like what's being said? Talk about "getting your panties in a bind."
Posted by The Scribe at 11:32 AM
Well-known law firm sues prominent clients over alleged unpaid bill of nearly $6.4M. The firm mentioned in the article is very well regarded and very well run. I'm speaking in generalities. People need to pay. Accounts receivable should stay low. When firms let accounts receivable creep up, it is a sign of poor management.
Friday, July 11, 2014
SCOTUS issues second hit to contraceptive mandate; dissenters claim order rewrites Hobby Lobby. This may be more damaging than Hobby Lobby. Does the free exercise clause circumvent the reproductive rights of women? Apparently. Disturbing.
Posted by The Scribe at 10:35 AM
Two public defenders fired over 'hate speech' in Facebook comments. I'm glad these guys were fired. There is no place for this kind of speech, especially amongst public defenders. What they said was stupid. Likewise, they should have exercised better judgment and not said it. They were fired for 1) "hate speech" and 2) exercising poor judgment. Their future employment prospects are dim.
Posted by The Scribe at 10:28 AM
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Lawyers call it a "CV," but it is Latin for a brief account of qualifications (literally "account of one's life"). Doctors and other professionals use it. Lawyers like to use it to qualify a doctor as an expert. It is a hackneyed expression though; biography is better. I love Latin too, but its use is off putting to most.
Posted by The Scribe at 11:22 AM
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Not everyone agrees with my widely circulated blog. I found this in a trash can at an undisclosed location a few weeks ago. Tisk tisk--glad there isn't confidential information.
Posted by The Scribe at 5:28 PM
Lawyers give info cards to defendants outside courtroom to protest judge's arraignment procedure. I'm not sure I agree with the judge or the lawyers. While I appreciate the spirt of what the lawyers are doing, their methods create possible ethical issues. Are they giving legal advice via these cards? Have they formed an attorney client relationship? Arguably the answer is yes to both of these questions.
Posted by The Scribe at 11:36 AM