What Happens When Court-Ordered Mediation Fails?

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Over the last few decades, most courts have begun requiring parties to attempt mediation, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), at various stages in the litigation process. The mediation process is very effective at resolving disputes as...

What Is Genetic Information Discrimination?

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While most people tend to think of discrimination in terms of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, and age, another category exists that many people are unaware of entirely: genetic information. Not only do civil rights laws protect against discrimination on...

Texas Sanctuary Cities Law: What You Need to Know

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Sanctuary cities -- those that decline to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement -- have become a target under the Trump administration. The president attempted to punish sanctuary jurisdictions by withholding federal funds, but his executive order was blocked by a...

Top 7 Legal Tips for Timing Your Divorce

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In divorce, as in life, timing is everything. And while there might be a million factors affecting a decision to get divorced -- not the least of which might be personal safety -- there are also a few legal considerations...

What to Do If Your Ex's Lawyer Is Harassing You

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Some lawyers are as annoying, pedantic, and greedy as every lawyer joke suggests. Unfortunately, as a result, for unrepresented parties, persistent or aggressive attorneys can often be mistaken as bullies or harassers. What’s worse though, is that, sometimes, attorneys cross...

7 Divorce Settlement Terms You Want, and 1 You Don't

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Reading about the multi-million dollar divorce settlements of the stars leaves a lot of soon-to-be-former spouses wondering what they should be asking for in their divorce settlements. Unfortunately, for those of us not counted among the super-rich, what's negotiated...

Can My Employer Limit My Bathroom Breaks?

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Thanks to the internet and those blessed meme things, many employees live by the meme-philosophy: Boss makes a dollar, I make a dime, that’s why I poop on company time. However, under the law, employers are legally allowed to restrict...

Non-Sequiturs: 05.04.17

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* What dystopian hell have we landed in? The Vice President of the United States is touting an anti-abortion  "A-Team." Stop the world, I wanna get off. [Huffington Post] * The double standard just may be too much for the Sessions Department of Justice to bear. [Litigation Daily] * NYPD has closed its investigation into the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, though the medical examiner has yet to determine cause of death. [Law and More] * A lawyer's death provides inspiration to help repair the system. [Guile Is Good] * Is it possible there'll be an actual check on Jeff Sessions? [Slate] * Don't think you're safe just because you have employer-provided health care. [Salon]

5 Questions You Should Ask an Elder Law Attorney

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Caring for a loved one as they age can be emotionally, financially, and legally difficult. Estate planning, long-term care, and guardianship decisions are never easy, and you may also be facing issues with Social Security, health care benefits, or elder...

Buying a Fake Green Card Is a Serious Offense

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Despite law enforcement’s best efforts, getting a fake ID, including fake green cards, drivers’ licenses, and social security cards, can be as simple as walking down the right street, having some cash, and a couple hours to burn. However, getting...

The Rise of Anti-Anti-Discrimination Laws

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Federal laws make it illegal to discriminate based on race, age, sex, nationality, disability, or religion when it comes to employment, housing, voting rights, education, and access to public facilities. And some states have extended these protections to prohibit discrimination...

Non-Sequiturs: 04.18.17

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* BYU and Pepperdine are the “most ideologically balanced faculties.” You know, if you want to give more fuel to the snowflakes. [TaxProf Blog] * When will Neil Gorsuch retire? [Empirical SCOTUS] * UCLA Law has a $20 million movie deal. Sort of. [Law.com] * CFPB sues law firm. Wow, there’s still a CFPB? [Law360] […]