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12 Jul 2013, 2:42 pm by Gregory Forman
I occasionally get calls from folks wanting to change their child’s name.  Often both parents agree on the name change.  Yet South Carolina not only requires parents to obtain an order from the family court to change their child’s name, it also requires that a guardian ad litem be appointed for the child as part of any name change proceeding.  S.C. Code § 15-49-10(B). For contested name changes (i.e., when the parents don’t agree) there’s a need for a… [read post]
29 Aug 2010, 12:00 pm by Randall Ryder
I just wrote a post about whether the solo-small realm is better than working at a big firm. Another crossroads that many lawyers encounter is working for a big firm or doing public interest work. According to a recent article, more attorneys are choosing public interest work over a gig at a big firm. Helping [...]--------------------- Thanks for subscribing to Lawyerist! Become a Fan of Lawyerist on Facebook or sign up for our free weekly Lawyerist Insider… [read post]
11 Mar 2014, 7:03 am by Gregory Forman
I received an email from a recent client this weekend which concluded: On a better note I just took [my son] to disney world and the florida keys. ten days camping out of a pickup with a cap living the good life all for $1500 and half of that was gas. thank you so much for all of your help. worth every dime. Such expressions of gratitude are not uncommon for family law attorneys, especially those who handle custody cases.  The father above retained me in early 2013 to seek custody of his son… [read post]
15 Mar 2012, 1:30 pm by SierraMarie
Image:  CASA Lawyer Michelle Fontenot One of the things that led me to even think about a career in the law was my experience volunteering as a guardian ad litem. I found out about the position when reading the novel My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Feel like sobbing hysterically? Give it a read). In the book the main character, a child, was represented by a GAL lawyer in a legal action against her parents. Years later, I was… [read post]
13 Jul 2012, 5:00 am by Gregory Forman
Though not a family court appeal, the July 11, 2012 Supreme Court opinion in State v. Whitner has important application to family court proceedings.  Whitner sets the parameters under which a parent may tape a child’s telephone conversations without that child’s consent. In Whitner, Mother, based on concerns that their child was being sexually abused by Father, taped the child’s telephone conversations with Father without Father’s consent or knowledge.  Mother and Stepfather testified they… [read post]
19 Dec 2010, 4:58 pm by Adam Thierer
“Regulatory capture” occurs when special interests co-opt policymakers or political bodies — regulatory agencies, in particular — to further their own ends.  Capture theory is closely related to the “rent-seeking” and “political failure” theories developed by the public choice school of economics.  Another term for regulatory capture is “client politics,” which according to James Q. Wilson, “occurs when most or all of the benefits of a program go to some single, reasonably… [read post]
23 Apr 2013, 9:28 am by David Oxenford
In a decision granting the license renewal of a noncommercial radio station, the FCC’s Media Bureau addressed a number of interesting issues – including the requirements for noncommercial underwriting announcements, whether PSAs meet a station’s public service obligations, and the ability of stations to run cigarette ads in historical radio programs from early radio days. These issues all came up in a decision to renew the station’s license despite a… [read post]
29 Oct 2012, 4:00 am by Terry Hart
Last September, broadcasters and amici supporters filed their briefs in the Second Circuit in WNET v Aereo. Within the last week or so, Aereo and its amici began to file their briefs in response. You can read Aereo’s brief here, as well as a brief from the EFF, Public Knowledge and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and a brief from law professors. Aereo, if you recall, is an online service which, like cable or satellite TV, retransmits broadcast television signals to paying services.… [read post]
29 Oct 2012, 4:00 am by Terry Hart
Last September, broadcasters and amici supporters filed their briefs in the Second Circuit in WNET v Aereo. Within the last week or so, Aereo and its amici began to file their briefs in response. You can read Aereo’s brief here, as well as a brief from the EFF, Public Knowledge and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and a brief from law professors. Aereo, if you recall, is an online service which, like cable or satellite TV, retransmits broadcast television signals to paying… [read post]
14 Aug 2012, 9:44 am by David Oxenford
 The Online Public File for television stations is now a reality. While appeals of the imposition of the rules remain pending, both the FCC and the US Court of Appeals denied stays of the August 2 effective date for the new requirements, so full-power and Class A television stations should now be complying with the new obligations to maintain their public files online. The Online Public File is hosted by the FCC, and uses the FCC’s newly created system for uploading, storing and accessing the… [read post]
29 May 2012, 3:50 am by tracey
“Statement from Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions: On the 2 April 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service requesting charging advice in relation to two suspects. The first is a serving Metropolitan Police Officer in the Operation Weeting team whose name is not in the public domain. He is currently suspended. The second suspect is Amelia Hill, a journalist who writes for The Guardian… [read post]
14 Dec 2012, 11:10 am by David Oxenford
The care and feeding of the broadcaster's public file is a hot topic once again. For many years, the public file was often overlooked, being visited most often by competing broadcasters looking for dirt on their cross-town rivals, or by college journalism students assigned a project by their professor requiring the review of local stations' files. But, with the debate that occurred earlier this year over the online public file for television stations, the file has received much… [read post]
3 Nov 2010, 6:35 pm by Gregory Forman
I happily represent a number of parents in family court whom the general population would label perverts.   Perhaps this is a result of my growing up in what may have been the most sexually accepting bourgeois society in American history (the San Fernando Valley in the late 1970’s: think Boogie Nights).  There’s a tremendous amount of sexual behavior that doesn’t interest me but doesn’t bother me either.  You can get a decent feel for the sort of odd behaviors some of my clients engage in… [read post]
14 Mar 2012, 7:38 pm by cmulder
Image:  cmudler.jpg  Welcome back to the third installment of The Offbeat Path! This month is particularly special to me, as our interviewee, Caitlin Gossett, is a friend from Notre Dame, which is where we both attended law school! I hope you’ll enjoy her story. Please feel free to contact me at carissa.mulder@gmail.com if you have questions, comments, or would like to discuss being profiled!  Caitlin, in her own words:  I am a… [read post]
18 Feb 2012, 5:11 am by Gregory Forman
No modern authoritarian government acts “lawlessly.”  Instead such governments cloak their actions with the veneer of due process but they manipulate the law so that due process is meaningless.  There are (at least) two ways they can accomplish this.  The first is by creating a web of laws so complex and contradictory that no one can possibly obey them and then selectively apply the law only against the state’s enemies.  The second way is to create jurisprudential rules that allow for… [read post]
24 Jul 2012, 8:23 am by SierraMarie
Image:  (Left to Right) Tamkeen Lawyers Noor Mazen Al Hadid, Mai Hatem, and Hanan A. Al Aydi Visiting Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights For my first interview in Jordan I decided to hunt down a local grassroots public service law office. I found what I was looking for with Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights. Making the interview actually happen was easier said than done; the Director, Ms. Linda Alkalash, was more than gracious… [read post]
20 Jun 2012, 10:33 am by Gregory Forman
In the June 20, 2012 decision of Argabright v. Argabright, the South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed a permanent restraint against Mother exposing Child to her convicted sex-offender boyfriend [Doe] until the Child turned age eighteen. Mother began dating her boyfriend in 2003.  Four years prior boyfriend pled guilty to lewd act upon a minor.  Boyfriend had performed oral sex on his daughters, then ages six and eight, and his sentence required him to register as a sex offender.  Mother learned of… [read post]
24 Jul 2012, 8:23 am by SierraMarie
Image:  (Left to Right) Tamkeen Lawyers Noor Mazen Al Hadid, Mai Hatem, and Hanan A. Al Aydi Visiting Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights For my first interview in Jordan I decided to hunt down a local grassroots public service law office. I found what I was looking for with Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights. Making the interview actually happen was easier said than done; the Director, Ms. Linda Alkalash, was more than… [read post]
13 Oct 2012, 11:17 am by Gregory Forman
The rare occasions when I am required to wade into the morass of the federal Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records Access Act (SCA), 18 U.S.C. § 2701 and Wire and Electronic Communications Interception and Interception of Oral Communications Act. 18 U.S.C. § 2501, I find myself hopeless lost and call upon our state family law/wiretapping guru, Richard G. Whiting, for clarity. Thus it is with a combination of admiration, pity and confusion that I note the October 10,… [read post]
26 Apr 2011, 6:11 am by Matteo Tonello, The Conference Board,
Editor’s Note: Matteo Tonello is Director of Corporate Governance for The Conference Board, Inc. This post is based on a Conference Board Director Note by Shuili Du, C.B. Bhattacharya and Sankar Sen. Since creating stakeholder awareness is a key prerequisite for reaping the strategic benefits of any business initiative, it is imperative for board members and senior executives instituting a social responsibility program to have a deeper understanding of the key issues related to CSR… [read post]