Virginia derives a twisted pride in not doing anything too quickly.In the late 1950s, it opted to close public schools rather than allow black and white students to sit in the same classrooms. In Prince Edward County, schools were shuttered for five years, finally reopening under federal supervision in 1964.American women got the vote in 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law. But Virginia refused to ratify the provision until 1952, long after women had started winning local and legislative office here.In both instances, Virginia’s defiance was about one thing: protecting those in power — conservative white guys, many of them from the countryside.Virginia’s resistance to gambling, which has been slowly eroding since voters approved the lottery in 1987, is about one thing: protecting people from themselves.That’s a lot tougher to do in 2018, even as Wall Street and the gambling industry worry about saturation in the gaming market.And … [Read more...] about Schapiro: Improved odds on casinos, but obstacles remain
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Location, location, location is a well-established mantra in the real estate business. Tribal casinos are not exempt – particularly in California, where tribal casinos are a dominating influence in the state’s gaming industry (card rooms being the other major gaming industry).The impact of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, California, on the River Rock Casino on the Dry Creek Rancheria is a case on point. The River Rock Casino is some six miles west of the Geyserville, California, exit on U.S. Highway 101 on a two-lane road and up a narrow driveway to the top of a hill overlooking the Alexander Valley wine country. While the setting offers sensational views, it is not easy to get to. However, for 12 years it was the only casino in its service area. As a result, its location was of little significance until the Graton casino opened last November.The Alexander Valley is one of California’s most productive grape-producing valleys and the home of some of the … [Read more...] about Casino Location Impacts Long-Term Success
In White v. University of California, 2014 WL 4211421 (9th Cir. 2014), archaeologists employed by the University of California–Los Angeles (University) in 1976 had discovered two human skeletons (La Jolla remains), estimated to be between 8977 to 9603 years old, making them among the earliest known human remains from North or South America. The property on which the La Jolla remains were discovered was aboriginally occupied by members of the Kumeyaay Nation (Tribe), which consists of a number of federally recognized Indian tribes. A lengthy controversy over custody of the remains ensued between the Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee (Repatriation Committee), a tribal organization that was formed by the 12 constituent members of the Tribe and scholars wishing to study the remains. In 2011, the University, after determining that the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) governed the issue, decided to transfer custody of the remains to the La Posta … [Read more...] about Indian Nations Law Focus–September, 2014
Uniquely situated in the mid-south, the state of Tennessee and its “three grand divisions,” or regions, each have their own tourist attractions and destinations. East Tennessee has the Great Smoky Mountains along with attractions such as Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and the quaint town of Gatlinburg nestled in the heart of the mountains. Middle Tennessee has Nashville, known as Music City USA, with the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Music Row, and the famed honky-tonks on Broadway. West Tennessee and Memphis are home to the blues, barbeque, Beale Street, Elvis, and Graceland. While all of these attractions bring tourists and their dollars into the state, is Tennessee losing a stream of revenue from tourists and, in particular, Tennessee residents, who are leaving the state’s borders in order to gamble in casinos? The answer to this question is a resounding “YES”!While Tennessee has not yet legalized casino gambling, … [Read more...] about Dollars In, Dollars Out: Does it Make “Cents” for Tennessee to Further Legalize Gambling in the State?
In August, we announced the very first winner of the inaugural ABA Journal Short Fiction Contest. The winner of the $3,000 prize was Whitehall, Mich., lawyer Lance Hendrickson, whose haunting submission is published here. The annual contest, supported by the Erskine M. Ross Trust, is intended to encourage literary fiction that illuminates the role of the law and lawyers in society. As you will see in the following pages, Hendrickson’s gritty exploration of a circumstantial infant death case reveals the variety of truths a lawyer may be forced to confront to achieve the best result for a client—and explaining painful reality may well be the toughest part of the job.Shauna Kinney was scared. Frightened. And rightly so. Anybody would’ve been. I would’ve been, too, in her shoes. I mean, seven days before, she’d been booked in to jail for the first time, on a million-dollar bond, and for the last three days she’d been living under suicide watch. In the … [Read more...] about A dead child, an old grudge, and a lawyer caught between the facts and the truth