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Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 2

Last week I started a three-part blog series to address Justice Alito’s recent statement that “Our country needs lawyers.” In Part 1, I explained that because lawyers spend their time resolving ambiguity, they allow everyone else to operate as though things were clear. The world can look black-and-white only because there’s been a lawyer to worry about the unavoidable grey-ness….

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Pothole repair = $3.25 million

After failing for years to address complaints about a pothole-laden thoroughfare in the Oakland hills, the city of Oakland will pay $3 million to a cyclist who suffered severe injuries after crashing on the street. In a closed session Tuesday, the Oakland City Council agreed to a $3.25 million settlement with a cyclist who crashed while bicycling downhill on Mountain…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Do We Really Need Lawyers? – Part 1

SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito recently delivered a lecture for Pepperdine University at its “Annual Law School Dinner” on March 8. Justice Alito touched on a variety of topics, including the personal challenges he has faced while serving on the Court. I appreciate his candor; it’s nice to know that someone up there might struggle with a decision from time to…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Congress, SCOTUS, & Rails to Trails

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down a decision Monday that could hurt the popular redevelopment trend of transforming abandoned railroad lines into public bike paths. The ruling states that abandoned railways revert back to the landowners that granted the easement and those are not required to continue granting a federal right of way. The decision may…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

National Pancake-Grammar Day

 Pancakes and Grammar—both worth celebrating. Today is a good day for me because the county is celebrating two of my favorite things: grammar and pancakes. Grammar is important for lawyers. Unfortunately, however, precise legal writing is rare—most lawyers are sloppy with their grammar and thus sloppy with their writing. Many people are sloppy with their pancakes, too, but that’s less of…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

February 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Results

We are posting the February 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam results here just in case the court website crashes. It has crashed in the past. Best of luck to everyone—friends & family included, who often suffer the worst—waiting on these results. Folks passing in February who passed the MRPE: Alexander, Nicholas Howard 1645 Rockwater Blvd, Apt. 101 North Little Rock, AR…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Please taze me bro

Florida is the Sunshine State. It apparently is also the state where Don’t taze me bro and Please taze me bro both occur. A 69-year-old man tried to go fisticuffs with a police officer but got a tazed instead. The arrest report didn’t describe events leading up to the confrontation, but apparently John Sherman McCormick of Fort Walton Beach poked…

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Business Law

Contractor or Employee? The IRS will decide.

More and more businesses are meeting their needs by hiring independent contractors.  Business owners benefit by avoiding the administrative hassles and the out-of pocket costs of payroll taxes and fringe benefits. The trend toward independent contractors will likely continue as business owners cope with the insurance mandate of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by hiring independent contractors…

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Business Law

What is a LLC?

Liability shield of a LLC Like corporations, LLCs provide their owners—called “members”—with a strong statutory liability-shield that protects their personal assets from claims against their business.  Indeed, the LLC shield is arguably stronger than the corporate shield. Management structure of a LLC The default management structure of LLCs is much simpler than corporations.  The management structure of single-member LLCs is…

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