Legal assistants have chosen a career where time is always of the essence. We understand that the matters we work on daily are often among the most important problems that will occur in our clients’ lives. Everything in our work world comes with strict deadlines and a lot of pressure to get it done right, on time and without unnecessary expense to clients. In a word, we deal with loads of stress every single day.… Read more
Jun 14, 2018
As we all know, at the urging of the Department of Education and under the weight of Title IX, colleges and universities have taken on the role of sexual referees with the power to investigate and adjudicate the sexual interactions of students as their inquisitors deem best. But what happens when both parties to a student sexual encounter deny that they consented to any intimate contact?
Two University of Cincinnati students got drunk and apparently … Read more
Jun 12, 2018
Getting fired or losing your job is never easy and it can be especially difficult if you were fired or terminated for reasons that are unjust or discriminatory. Oregon and federal law have many protections regarding discrimination and firing. Read on to get the “lay of the land” regarding Oregon law with respect to wrongful termination.
At the most basic level an employer can discharge an employee at any time and for any reason … Read more
Jun 8, 2018
Have you ever wondered how big is a really big rabbit? Apparently, a really big rabbit is really big as an Iowa case now pending in federal court has brought to light. In that case the plaintiffs are claiming damages for the death of Simon, a 10-month-old rabbit that had already grown to more than 3 feet in length. The story of both the litigation and Simon are most recently linked here.
However, Simon … Read more
May 25, 2018
The Latin term “per se” peppers many conversations though it is often used incorrectly.
The literal translation of per se is “by itself”; however, many Americans use it as a synonym for “quite” and “exactly”. The phrase is so misused that it has won an entry in Urban Dictionary. When utilized correctly the phrase pinpoints a single element of a larger thing, e.g., I didn’t enjoy the movie per se, but the cinematography was … Read more
May 18, 2018
The terms “et al.”, “etc.” and “inter alia” are similar, though different in meaning.
Et al. is an abbreviation for et alia (neutral), et alii (masculine) or et aliae (feminine). When translated from Latin, it means “and others”. Etc. is an abbreviation for et cetera (commonly written without the space in English), translated from Latin as “and the rest”. The literal Latin translation for inter alia is “among other things”.
Et al. is used at … Read more
May 17, 2018
One of the readers of my previous article commented: “While I don’t know everything, I do know what I know.” Despite my admission that legal assistants don’t know everything related to law, there are circumstances in which we do know everything.
Legal assistants are the detailers of the legal profession. We make the attorney’s vision of their solution to a client’s problem come to fruition. We get ‘er done.
Many attorneys only understand their part … Read more
May 1, 2018
Habeas corpus is a legal procedure to keep the government from indefinitely detaining someone without showing cause. The literal Latin translation for habeas corpus is you shall have the body.
Any person can petition the court to issue a writ of habeas corpus ordering the detainer to present the detainee in court along with proof justifying why the detainee should continue … Read more
Apr 24, 2018
I work in a small general practice law firm. Despite that description, I am not familiar with every area of law. There are dozens of areas of law, some broad in scope and others very specific. Some law firms opt to practice in limited areas of law while others, like the one I work in, practice in several areas of law. There are benefits and drawbacks to each law firm model; however, I prefer working … Read more
Apr 17, 2018
Today, April 17, is National Haiku Day – let us all break out our pencils and pay homage to the Japanese art form! Without further ado, here is mine (with tongue solidly in cheek):
Snakes, spiders, rats, wolves
Slither, creepy, dirty, sly
The den of lawyers
Don’t worry, I plan on sticking to my day job.