Monday, August 18, 2014

Mr. T. appears for jury duty

Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, in comments made outside the Third Municipal District Courthouse in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, where he’d been called for jury duty.

Article here (via Above the Law). 

Taking and defending depositions - what are proper objections?

The difference between deposition and trial is that questions not allowed at trial may be allowed at deposition. Depositions are about asking questions that may lead to admissible evidence. That's what discovery means.

Read this article to learn more about which objections are proper and which are not. (via the lawyerist blog). 

Don't skip it: Why vacations are important for your brain

It's August. So that means there is a lot of room to park in the lots at work, and it's hard to reach people on the phone at work. Vacation in August is just as American as apple pie and baseball. 
But beware the false break. Make sure you have a real one. The summer vacation is more than a quaint tradition. Along with family time, mealtime and weekends, it is an important way that we can make the most of our beautiful brains. ...
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there’s a reason: The processing capacity of the conscious mind is limited. This is a result of how the brain’s attentional system evolved. 

Article here (thanks, taxprof blog!). 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Judicial vacancy - 61st District Court (Grand Rapids)

The State Bar of Michigan announces a judicial vacancy in Grand Rapids. The Hon. J. Michael Christensen is vacating his position as district court judge. Go to this site if you are interested in applying for this position.

Why does law school cost so dang much? The ABA ponders the question.

At its first public hearing, the ABA's new Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education spent much of its time trying to determine exactly what is leading to increases in law school tuition, and debilitating debt loads being carried by so many law students.

The task force, chaired by former Detroit mayor and onetime ABA President Dennis Archer, met over a day and a half Saturday and Sunday during the ABA's Annual Meeting in Boston. Its aim is to examine the cost of legal education for students, and to explore student lending and how law schools are being financed. Beginning with the public hearing, the task force is delving into how law schools use merit scholarships, tuition discounts and need-based financial aid.

Article here (via taxprof blog). 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Michigan State Bar annual meeting: Grand Rapids, September 18: Celebrate Diversity!

Get to know other members of the Michigan State Bar, network and socialize, and generally be awesome. Article here (via sbm blog).

This event also takes place during the Solo & Small Firm Institute continuing legal education seminar. More info here (via sbm blog). 

Can Congress sue the president? Update: Michigan lawmakers vote in favor of lawsuit

West Michigan Reps. Justin Amash and Bill Huizenga joined a majority of Republican colleagues in agreeing to authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

The measure, which passed the U.S. House by a 225-201 vote, gives Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue the president. They argue Obama's executive orders toward the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," and other policy matters are unconstitutional.

Article here (via mlive).

This is an update to this post, on whether the Congress can sue the President. It's an area of Constitutional law that hasn't been addressed before in the nation's history.