Category: Law

Moving a Convention from North Carolina, because of a discriminatory, hateful law

By , August 19, 2016

September 8, 2016: I was pleased to receive this announcement from Informa today: “Informa and Channel Partners value and celebrate diversity in all its forms within our workforce and among sponsors and attendees.  With that in mind, Channel Partners finds North Carolina’s recently passed law, known as HB2,  incompatible with its values and cannot therefore move forward with plans to hold the Channel Partners Evolution event in Charlotte in September 2017.” Read more »

Wisconsin? Really? (Every Vote Counts)

By , April 6, 2011

The most expensive judicial election campaign in history. In Wisconsin? Really?

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Asserting the Right to Remain Silent (Media Fairness)

By , June 1, 2010

While scanning the Google News headlines this morning, I thought something momentous had happened: according to the headlines, the U.S. Supreme Court had limited a suspect’s “right to remain silent” (Berghuis v. Thompkins).

Instead, I quickly recognized that some of the headlines were deceptive, as reporters sought to churn a minor clarification into a major story. Read more »

Are Bloggers Journalists? (Apple v. Gizmodo)

By , May 6, 2010

Everyone seems to be criticizing the search of a blogger’s home-office by a law-enforcement task force, following the blogger’s report (at Gizmodo.com) about an iPhone prototype, which he said he’d purchased from someone who found it in a bar.

While I’d love to join the chorus criticizing both Apple and law enforcement, I simply don’t have enough information to make a reasonable decision about the conduct of various parties. Read more »

IANAL: I Am Not A Lawyer (any more)

By , February 26, 2010

Update Juy 13, 2012: My resignation from the State Bar was accepted and approved by the Supreme Court of California. (Yes, that’s a Thing.)

Update February 2012: I have just submitted my resignation from the State Bar of California.

February 26, 2010: This week, I finally took a step that I’ve been considering for a decade: I changed my status from “active” to “inactive” with the State Bar of California.  That means that I cannot give legal advice, represent clients in court, or identify myself as an attorney entitled to practice law.

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Law & Justice: Two New Developments

By , August 19, 2009

Two news reports today pertain to “Law and Justice,” and I think both demonstrate fundamentally absurd views of law and justice. Read more »

Privacy, Liberty, Respect, and the U.S. Constitution: Lawrence v. Texas

By , June 26, 2003

(June 26, 2003) Something incredible happened today: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for the government to regulate private sexual conduct, and that the government may not act in ways that would demean persons in homosexual relationships. (Lawrence v. Texas).

In a 6-3 decision, accompanied by a broad and sweeping written opinion, the Court struck down a Texas law which criminalized consensual sexual conduct between two persons of the same sex. In doing so, the Court overturned a 1986 decision in the case of Bowers v. Hardwick, which had upheld a Georgia “sodomy” law. Read more »

Why I Am A Lawyer (Buck v. Bell)

By , October 12, 1996

Every once in a while, someone asks me why I chose to become a lawyer, and I am usually uncomfortable with the question. We all choose our careers for a wide variety of reasons, and each of us is motivated by an uncountable number of events and impressions.

But invariably, when I think about why I chose to attend law school, and when I think about what I would like to achieve as an attorney, I am drawn back to a newspaper article I read in the spring of 1980, while I was a freshman in college. Read more »

What’s Wrong With The Communications Decency Act?

By , February 9, 1996

UPDATE June 12, 1996: The “Communications Decency Act” has been declared unconstitutional after a lengthy hearing and review. Read more »

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