Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently vowed to fight debt collectors use of arrest warrants to pursue money they are owned on credit cards, auto loans and other bills—a practice that is flourishing statewide. More than one-third of U.S. states allow borrowers who can’t or won’t pay to be jailed. Nationwide statistics aren’t known because many courts don’t keep track of warrants by alleged offense, but a tally of court filings in nine counties across the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal earlier this year showed that judges signed off on more than 5,000 such warrants since the start of 2010.
I was reading this morning yet another warning about using food as a vehicle of terrorism. This time it was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning of infectious disease outbreaks caused by pathogens falling into the wrong hands and into our food. She said:
On this 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I can’t help but revisit one of the more memorable blog posts that I did four years ago. In it, a federal judge references the day that will live in infamy in reference to an attack on a protective order.
Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that Cravath, Swaine & Moore, the industry pacemaker in this matter, announced that it will keep associate year-end bonuses for 2011 the same as last year–$7,500 for a first year associate up to $37,500 for the most senior associates. Not only are these bonuses far below 2007, when first years received a total of $45,000 and seventh-years a total of $110,000 (in each case including a second year-end bonus), but the fact that that they are not being raised at all this year from low bonuses last year also indicates the continuing weakness of the legal industry, according to the article.
With a relatively recent purchase of an iPad 2, I have made a quantum leap in technology utilization. The iPad is not only a brilliant piece of technology in and of itself, but it is also a platform for a host of brilliant applications. Indeed, there are so many nifty applications that using my iPad has become a process of continuing discovery as I encounter new ways of using the device on virtually a daily basis.
It is a truism among trial lawyers that compelling stories win cases. Jim Perdue, a trial lawyer in Texas, wrote a trial advocacy book literally titled Winning with Stories: Using the Narrative to Persuade in Trials, Speeches & Lectures. I’ve written several times before about studying the methods of the great storytellers of our times and of classical times and how juries respond to the emotions conveyed by counsel.
You know how when you say a word over and over again, or stare at it long enough, it stops making ordinary sense and starts becoming something else? To some extent, that’s how I’m beginning to feel about “occupy.” Regardless of what you may think about the movement – that it is democracy in action or just a bunch of people who need to “take a bath and get a job” – there is no doubt that the term “occupy” means more than just “to take up space.”
Before the start of the Connecticut-Arkansas game this Saturday, some 14,333 fans, coaches and players were asked to join in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The practice of reciting the pledge before home games began as a tribute on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Though it has been received favorably thus far according to the university, The New York Times reports that controversy appears to be rising.
As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but this imitation is downright criminal. Identity theft is not a crime of violence, but the impact can be awfully similar. Wounds from an injury will generally heal over time. The fear that remains after being a victim of violence can be very troubling, and last a long time. In cases of identity theft the impact can last a very very long time and it starts out with no one believing you!
This morning, I had the opportunity to talk with members of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce about social media and the law. My thanks to that organization for the invitation. We talked for a while about the National Labor Relations Board’s stance on broad social media policies — something which I’ve discussed many times on this blog as well.