Thursday, July 31, 2014

Want to find a career outside the law? Consultants and authors provide help

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.

Latest legal victory has LegalZoom poised for growth

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.

Prisons create more crime.

Ironic.

Interesting point about immigrants

As someone who handles immigration cases, I found this interesting.  

Sad that this goes on in this country

We aren't supposed to have "vigilante justice" in this country.  While this group isn't the minutemen, they are despicable nonetheless. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This isn't fair

Very inconsistent too and ironic.

Michael Wells, Chair of NCBA YLD

I'm glad my firm values this important roll.  It is a great honor and responsibility.  Here's my name atop the roster, at the top of the pyramid so to speak.

Today marks Medicare's and Medicaid's 49th anniversary

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.

This seems applicable now

Good to be prepared. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wells Liipfert in bold

Comprised of Mike Wells, Michael Wells and Bailey Liipfert. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why is block in italics?

It adds nothing to the sign but confusion.  

A warning--really a disclaimer

These kinds of signs are mainly disclaimers so the entity that owns the property doesn't get sued.  They masquerade as warnings.  

Rails to trails is yet another good use of federal money

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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This a misnomer

It is meant to take advantage of a legal loophole.

Two hour execution in Arizona

Sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me.

SSD disability hearing delays

Lots of waiting.  My hearing was supposed to start at 12:30.  The hearing in front of me just started.  This is an example of why more finding for SSD cases is needed--there is too much waiting.

This makes no sense


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Physical fitness is important for lawyers

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.

More SSD hearings

I do a lot if them.  I have one tomorrow.  Fired up and ready to go.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This is based on a faulty premise (reductio ad absurdum)

It assumes I bought bottled water and didn't use tap water at my house.  False premise therefore premise is false.

Important to update your LinkedIn profile

Especially when you are a lawyer.  My profile views have been like a revolving door lately.

"Therein squats the toad"

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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

In action on TV


Important issue

This is a debate we need to have.

Obama nixes LGBT discrimination by federal contractors; there is no religious exemption

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.

Man who fell off cliff while drunk can sue those who took him there to watch sunrise, court rules

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.

Shooting death of law prof who founded PrawfsBlawg is investigated as homicide

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'm looking forward to Ronald Cotton's book, Picking Cotton

I've developed an interest in wrongful imprisonment cases.  Looking forward to work on the Innocence Project with the YLD. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

How much is this enforced?

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.

Malum prohibitum

Not malum in se.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Law prof analyzes former SCOTUS justice's 6 proposed constitutional amendments, deems these 2 worst

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.

Firm sues ex-client over Yelp review that claims firm will 'take everything you've got'

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.

Mistaken 'reply all' email leads to suspension without pay for prosecutor

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

This is mainly for liability purposes

Not for safety.  It is also awkwardly phrased, and it incorrectly uses a comma. 

Good blog stats

Solid blog stats.  Lots of readers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pretty day outside

Much improved view.

Lawyer is charged with cyberstalking after allegedly sending harassing text message to club owner

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.

Wells Liipfert PLLC at 380 Knollwood Street

Business is booming, and clients are rolling in.  When you treat your clients with respect and care about them it makes a difference.

Wreck on Robinhood

I was driving to Starbucks.  I heard a boom, and I saw a lady's van almost flip over.  It didn't appear she was hurt, but the firetruck and cops showed up later. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

People can see when you view their LinkedIn profile

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

No fishing in two languages

But what's the fine if you do fish?  Can a fine be imposed if the fine isn't posted?

Was law prof's 'frenzied output' worth it? His widow says work devotion came at a price

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.

Blogging federal judge says it's time for SCOTUS to 'stfu'

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."

Well-known law firm sues prominent clients over alleged unpaid bill of nearly $6.4M

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

Me at the April NCBA Board of Governors meeting


These words may be relevant later


SCOTUS issues second hit to contraceptive mandate; dissenters claim order rewrites Hobby Lobby

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.

Two public defenders fired over 'hate speech' in Facebook comments

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.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Is this an ordinance?

It doesn't appear to be.  It is a prohibition listed at the border fence between a public greenway and private property.  The trail is likely an easement.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Accepting the gavel as NCBA YLD chair


Curriculum vitae is a hackneyed expression

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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Darth Vader would have been a good lawyer

He is mean.  He is smart, analytical, all business, and he never forgets his client, the Emperor.  He does kill the Emperor so that's a strike against him. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

YLD Chair in DC


Signed by President Clinton when I met him


Throwing stuff in the trash can is a bad way to dispose of documents

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.

Lawyers give info cards to defendants outside courtroom to protest judge's arraignment procedure

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.

I don't think this is the correct statute

They towed me anyway.  Justice is blind and sometimes a woman of ill repute.