Here’s a hard fact about free speech: vindicating it in American courts takes either money (and lots of it), or lawyers willing to provide pro bono help. Right is right, and law is law, but court is court — and winning in court generally requires competent representation, which is ruinously expensive for normal people. It’s not fair, it’s not right, but it’s true. Therefore the vitality of the First Amendment depends not just on the law, but on the service of lawyers like Troy Sexton of Motschenbacher & Blattner LLP in Portland, Oregon.
If you bought a home from Beazer Homes between August 2001 and August 2007, you may be eligible for restitution payments. Charlotte School of Law students will hold a free clinic Saturday, April 26, to help home buyers who were victims of Beazer’s mortgage practices.
The Obama administration’s use of unmanned drones to kill terrorism suspects overseas has withstood its strongest legal challenge — a constitutional lawsuit by the father of a U.S. citizen slain by a missile strike in Yemen nearly three years ago. The case was dismissed on Friday in a forty-one-page decision by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Rosemary M. Collyer. Her ruling can be appealed.
State Sen. Dan Clodfelter was named mayor of Charlotte Monday night, replacing Patrick Cannon, who resigned nearly two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges.
LexisNexis’ Frank Strong (@Frank_Strong), reporting from last week’s ABA TechShow shares that per an ABA Technology Survey, 10% of lawyers have blogs. The survey goes further in finding that 27% of law firms have legal blogs. On first glance I liked those numbers. That would be a heck of a lot of lawyers providing insight and commentary on the law. But you need to take a step back and take a critical look.
Thom Tillis, one of the Republicans running against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, raised $1.3 million in the first three months of the year, according to a person familiar with his totals. The first-quarter fundraising haul – his best since entering the race last spring – comes as congressional Republicans rally around Mr. Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, ahead of a crowded May 6 primary.
In case you didn’t mark it on your calendar, April is Financial Literacy Month. That’s 30 days dedicated to educating consumers about the contents of their wallets, spearheaded by nonprofit credit counseling agency Money Management International. And why do we need an entire month of learning? A survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling gives us a clue.
One of my favorite parts of ABA TECHSHOW a few weeks ago was a presentation that Ben Stevens and I gave on March 27, 2014 called iGadgets and iGear for the iLawyer. In that session, Ben and I talked about and showed off some of our favorite iPhone and iPad accessories.
From her extraordinary autobiographies to her beautiful essays to her lesser-known children’s verses, Angelou has served as an inspiration to generations. To generations of women in particular, her poem “Phenomenal Woman,” found in the sublime and soul-lifting 1978 poetry volume And Still I Rise (public library), became an anthem of empowerment, and nowhere does it come to life more beautifully than as it pours out from Angelou’s own lips, who recites her iconic poem in this rare recording…