In a creative if misguided use of the law requiring many occupations to report to the state’s child protective services whenever they have reasonable cause to believe child abuse has occurred, a Pennsylvania dental clinic is notifying parents of children it has treated that it will need to report them for child neglect if they do not bring their children back to the clinic for treatment. In its letter to parents the clinic reminds them … Read more
Apr 3, 2018
In 2016 Seattle adopted an ordinance known as the “First-in-Time” (“FIT”) law requiring landlords to accept the first prospective tenant who applied and met certain pre-established standards. The announced purpose was to eradicate implicit or unconscious bias in the selection of tenants by depriving landlords of any discretion in their choice among qualified applicants. The ordinance required each landlord to post written notice of all criteria used in qualifying applicants as tenants both in hard … Read more
Feb 28, 2018
With school shootings, threats of missiles from Korea, law enforcement agencies claiming to be “above the law”, and no major sport to watch in February, it’s reassuring to know that the inept criminal, idiosyncratic in the object or method of crime or in his chosen means of escape can still offer a reprieve from the banal rhythms of daily life.
Feb 12, 2018
Lucy graduated in 1986 with her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, then earned her law degree at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas in 1991 and was admitted to the Kansas bar shortly thereafter. She went on … Read more
Feb 2, 2018
You’d think that someone who’d gone to the effort to escape from prison wouldn’t return as a matter of course. Yet that’s exactly what inmates in a federal prison in Jefferson County, Texas were regularly doing as reported here.
Inmates would dash out of the prison to pick up contraband from a passing car and … Read more
Jan 31, 2018
There’s a socially cultivated sense of importance about our judicial system. There’s even an aura among some lawyers of reverence, if not sycophancy, toward appellate judges as though the work of appellate court judges is serious and intellectually demanding so that only the brightest minds can do the job.
It’s refreshing then to see an appellate court struggling with a question of great jurisprudential and social import: Whether a self-propelled lawn mower is a “motor … Read more
Jan 8, 2018
As one of my daughters once perceptively noted, Oregon in general and Portland in particular act like middle children always waiving their arms and asking the world to “look at us”. For some reason, much of the populace in Oregon thinks it is that interesting that others should take notice.
Oregon is somewhat unique in that it is one of only two states that do not allow people to pump their own gas. That changed … Read more
Nov 15, 2017
Law school deans often assume an aura of intellectual superiority and moral authority ever ready to opine about how some other person or institution should act. In fact, law schools and their captains seem in an odd sense to be above the law.
The brief abstract confirms that last thought. Specifically, two Emory University Professors note the criminal culpability of many laws schools, their deans and other administrators for wire fraud and other offenses for … Read more
Sep 22, 2017
Hurricane Harvey was a disaster for almost everyone it touched. Yet, showing that no disaster is without profit to someone, lawyers are already thinking of ways to blame damage from the storm on governments, architects, builders and others. As Reuters reports in a recent story by Sebastien Malo, those lawyers are trying to show that certain targets, all with presumably deep pockets, should be legally responsible for the damages and injuries millions suffered in the … Read more
Jul 25, 2017
A recent story in the Oregonian tells how the state of Oregon has taken a married couple’s children because the state claims the couple isn’t smart enough to be parents. In fact, the state took their younger child from the hospital before his mother was even able to see him.
As the story points out, both parents have held jobs and they maintain a household. While neither parent looks like another Einstein, when has anyone … Read more