Category: Law Office

Jan 29

Retiring from Law Practice

[Translate] After 28 years, I am retiring from the practice of law and closing my law office effective February 2, 2015.  It’s been a great learning experience, and it’s been a privilege to make the acquaintance of so many excellent clients as well as adverse parties and attorneys. This is not necessarily a final decision. …

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Feb 20

A Writer’s Tool Worth Paying For

[Translate] While I’m in the mood to do product reviews, I have to give a shoutout to Scrivener.  Created and maintained by the Literature & Latte group in the UK (literatureandlatte.com), Scrivener is the writing tool I have been looking for for years.  They say that Shakespeare wrote his plays in one flow without corrections …

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Feb 20

Lawyer’s Best Friend: A Fast Little Printer

[Translate] As a lawyer I sometimes take depositions.  The witness sits across the table from me, I ask them questions, the court reporter takes it all down.  Typically, in a deposition you confront the witness with documents — emails or letters they’ve written, reports, charts, whatever matters in the lawsuit.  Some cases involve thousands of …

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Jan 12

Ex-tended Family Tree Inheritance

[Translate]   Like many people these days, mine is an ex-tended family, with the hyphen, meaning that it includes exes.  I know ex-tended families where the exes get along so well that at reunions there’s several sets of exes with their new spouses plus their exes, and all their kids, etc. all making up a …

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Nov 27

Provide Alternatives to 12-Step Or Else!

[Translate] Provide secular alternatives to 12-step treatment, or else!  That’s the message of the Hazle v. Crofoot decision issued this fall by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  My analysis of the case appears this month in Counselor Connection, the online newsletter of Counselor Magazine.  This goes out to addiction counselors nationwide, but whether many …

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Aug 27

What price constitutional rights?

[Translate] Barry Hazle served a year in prison for possession of methamphetamine.  He was released on parole on condition that he attend and complete a 90-day residential drug treatment program.  Hazle repeatedly told authorities that he is an atheist, and requested treatment in a non-religious program.  He was assigned, instead, to the Empire treatment program …

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