Spaces are open, with application deadline of 11 January 2010, for persons wishing to testify at the first public hearing of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Ethics 20/20, to be held on 5 February 2010 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel near Orlando, Florida, USA.
Individuals or organizations wishing to testify are invited to contact Kimley Grant at email@example.com or 312/988-5319.
For more information about the commission’s work and agenda items, many of which concern… [read post]
Written testimony submitted to the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Ethics 20/20 at the commission’s first public hearing, held on 5 February 2010 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel near Orlando, Florida, USA, is now available.
Click here for public comments on the commission’s Preliminary Issues Outline.
Here are upcoming commission events:
April 29-30, 2010: The commission plans to meet in Washington, DC;
June 2-5, 2010: The commission’s agenda will be the focus of
the 2010… [read post]
Reasons for judgement were released this week by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry, discussing the requirement that disabled people must be represented by a lawyer (or the Public Guardian and Trustee) when suing in the BC Supreme Court. In short the Court held that despite some minor changes in language, the current Rule 20-2 is to be applied identically to the former Rule 6(4).
In today’s case (Sahyoun v. Ho) the plaintiff was “incapable of managing himself or his affairs” and his… [read post]
An arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois is recorded, in most respects, for all time. This is a distressing fact for someone who has never been arrested before. One bad decision can make for a lifetime of regret. But it does not have to be that way. The record of a DUI arrest [...] [read post]
Drive a vehicle illegally on Illinois roads, and you might not take the vehicle home with you. An obscure law in this state allows the police to seize the vehicle and sell it.
And in situations where someone other than the owner was driving, those vehicles can be seized and sold over the owner’s objection.
The process is called an Article 36 seizure. Most vehicle owners become aware of it when they attempt to pay an administrative towing fee at the police station and are told that the vehicle… [read post]
Trademark International Class: Class 20 (Furniture and articles not otherwise classified) All goods or services are categorized within International Classes (IC hereafter). Goods run from classes IC 1-34, while Services are in IC 35-45. Please see a complete chart here. Let's take a closer look at one of these trademark classes – class 20. What is International Class 20 All About? Each class has a short title heading that gives a snapshot of what that class is all about -- IC 20's short title… [read post]
So my friend Amy came to to talk to me about family law problems. Her husband had walked out rather unexpectedly. They owned a home in Virginia, and her children were mostly grown and gone. She was really annoyed that Mike was gone for the last few weeks, and asked our Firm what she should do. I answered her question thus: Sounds like it might be time to file for divorce. If he has been absent for more than 30 days, you have a strong case for desertion. That gives rise for an at-fault… [read post]
Illinois law provides that any person who is found guilty of a sex offense must register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act. See 730 ILCS 150/1.
A person who is required to register will have his identity made part of the public registry managed by the Illinois State Police. The registry allows users to search for specific individuals as well as search for sex offenders nearby their location on a map.
Sex offender registration in Illinois lasts for a minimum period of… [read post]
An arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois is recorded, in most respects, for all time. This is a distressing fact for someone who has never been arrested before. One bad decision can make for a lifetime of regret.
But it does not have to be that way.
The record of a DUI arrest does not have to haunt a person for life. While it may be difficult to clear the record of a drunk driving arrest, it is possible. But to clear a record of DUI, it is first necessary to understand what the record… [read post]
The FAA issued a new advisory circular (AC) on flammability testing for aircraft cabin interiors, on June 4, 2012. The new AC is entitled Flammability Testing of Aircraft Cabin Interior Panels After Alterations and it is identified as Advisory Circular 20-178. Continue reading » [read post]
I was flipping through legal newspapers to gather some to show to our advanced legal research class, when I came upon a truly alarming letter to the editor in the San Francisco Daily Journal by Judge Terence L. Bruiniers. In his letter, “Protecting Personal Data From Online Access,” Judge Bruiniers writes: . . . As [...] [read post]
I think there is a need to publish some material on the ongoing G20 legal discussions. First, here is a legal analysis by an Osgoode student published on “the Court” (a blog): Click here.
For starters, here is the suspicious ‘order-in-council’ which amended the public works act within the jurisdiction of Ontario: Click here. It was passed June 21 and expired June 28.
For some alternate media coverage, please consult the Toronto Media Co-op.
More to come.
Each G-20 meeting has created its own Web site of documents, with varying degrees of comprehensiveness. No central repository exists of G-20 documentation, but some recent initiatives might help. Bloomberg Law has started a G-20 Declarations library under the “Global Law” tab. It includes declarations from the G-20 summits since 2008. http://www.bloomberglaw.com Search > Global [...] [read post]
Last night, ABC 20/20 aired a program about the controversy surrounding the cruise industry's refusal to install automatic man overboard systems.
There is no question that the systems exist and can be installed. However, the cruise industry refuses to do so. (Disney says that its cruise ships have the technology). But it's clear that Carnival and its brands (HAL, Princess for example) don't.
The cruise industry has endless excuses why it has still not complied with the law enacted 4 years ago.… [read post]
A Canadian tech activist has been acquitted of all five charges against him, according to Jesse Brown, a Toronto-based journalist, who has been following the case for months and attended the verdict hearing on Tuesday. The full legal decision has not yet been published.
The case dates back to 2010 when the City of Toronto hosted a two-day meeting of the G20 heads of government. As security preparations were underway, a 37-year-old Canadian geek named Byron Sonne made a point of examining, testing,… [read post]
May 18th is “All Out” Day for the Ohio State Highway Patrol
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting an “All Out Day” on May 18, in which all sworn officers from all ranks will be patrolling Ohio roads in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes. The initiative, which serves as a high visibility enforcement effort, is not only a deterrent for crash causing violations, but also calls attention to dangerous driving behaviors. Troopers warn Ohio motorists that, “with the onset… [read post]
The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has recently handed down two cases on insurance premiums and service charges. I'm not going to deal in any detail with either of them, as both are entirely on their own facts. However, in one case Akorita v Marina Heights (St Leonards) Ltd  UKUT 255 (LC), the Upper Tribunal did make a comment about the correct approach to s.20C, LTA 1985, that I do think is worth bringing to your attention. In general terms, the LVT and Upper Tribunal have exceptionally… [read post]
Tonight ABC's 20/20 will take a look at the case of a cruise passenger who fell from her balcony, struck a lifeboat below her, and then plunged into the water.
Although her fall was captured on the cruise ship's surveillance cameras, the ship sailed on. That's because Carnival did not have an automatic man overboard system in place to notify the bridge that a person went overboard.
The camera which recorded the passenger going overboard was not monitored by a cruise ship employee, not was it tied to… [read post]
Photo: Lee Cannon
Utah House Bill 20 (HB 20), which amends the liabilities of police officers during vehicle-related pursuits, recently squeaked its way through the House by about as narrow a margin as possible.
What is HB 20 All About?
HB 20 is specifically titled Emergency Vehicle Operator Duty of Care, but it’s safe to say that it details what police officers can and cannot be held liable for in the event of an auto chase involving a criminal suspect.
This bill essentially provides that a… [read post]