Note: This month’s CLE, “Family Law Goes Global,” is Wednesday, July 21.Christopher Savoie got the kind of telephone call that terrifies a parent on Aug. 12, 2008. The school where his two young children attended classes wanted him to know that they had not shown up that day.But Savoie’s first thought was not that Isaac and Rebecca had been victimized by some stranger. Instead, he rushed over to his ex-wife’s home not far from his in the Nashville, Tenn., suburbs. “The first thing that came to mind was murder-suicide,” he says. “It was a horrible thing to imagine. I’d had no contact with her in two days, and that wasn’t normal.”Savoie found his ex-wife’s house empty and the blinds drawn. That’s when another explanation for the children’s disappearance began to worry him.For months, Savoie had been telling people—including the judges overseeing the couple’s divorce—that he feared his … [Read more...] about When Global Families Fail
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SPRING is the season of new beginnings - but many of us are not always sure when it starts. Here's our guide to the calendar, when to change your clocks and the Vernal Equinox. When is spring 2019? The start of spring depends on whether you follow the astronomical or meteorological calendar. Traditionally the change of seasons has followed the recorded movements of the Sun in the sky. Spring officially begins at the Vernal Equinox - around March 20/21. Summer then begins around the solstice, the longest day of the year which falls around June 21/22. Autumn begins at the autumnal equinox around September 22/23 and winter at the winter solstice around December 21/22. In 2019 spring began on March 20 and it will end on June 20, according to this tradition. However, forecasters prefer a different way of defining the seasons, which roughly coincides with the weather typical for the time of year. The Met Office defines spring as the three calendar months of March, April and May. Summer is … [Read more...] about When do clocks go forward, when did spring start in 2019, and what is the Vernal Equinox?
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEWhen the President outlined his Climate Action Plan on June 25, he stressed the importance of federal leadership on emissions reduction efforts. A little over five months later, he signed a presidential memorandum directing the federal government to obtain 20 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020. The December 5 directive creates an action item for the Climate Action Plan and builds upon the 2009 Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. A fact sheet on the memorandum can be found here.In the week after Thanksgiving, the Senate was in recess while the House addressed legislation on patent litigation and private equity fund advisers. Members of the farm bill, budget, and Water Resources Development Act conference committees continued to meet. Many do not believe that all three will be finished by the end of the year, with one or two being pushed back into … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update – December 9, 2013
Energy and Climate DebateEnergy issues received some significant national attention last week as both houses of Congress began to lay out their plans for the 113th Congress, and President Obama delivered his second inaugural address after he was sworn in for his second term.President Obama highlighted climate change in his inaugural address January 21, signaling a renewed commitment to action on the issue, but it is too early to tell whether and how that will translate into a broad agenda or a new push for legislation this year. Legislation, however, is not the only path forward for addressing climate issues in the coming months. The Environmental Protection Agency has already released a rulemaking agenda that includes regulation to address emissions from new power plants, and the president has wide-ranging administrative authority that allows him to use executive orders and new regulations to benefit the clean energy sector. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) included a … [Read more...] about Energy & Environment Law Update – January 30, 2013
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATEThe House and Senate returned from the Memorial Day recess this week, with much of the focus on the National Security Agency, fiscal year 2016 appropriations, trade promotion authority. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has outlined additional June issues to include agricultural legislation, Affordable Care Act measures, and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, specifically legislation allowing states to opt out or defer compliance with the Clean Power Plan (H.R. 2042), to address coal ash (H.R. 1734), and to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (H.R. 2576).Prior to recessing for the Memorial Day holiday, Senator John Thune (R-SD) indicated that tax extenders could be tied to a multiyear long-term highway bill, perhaps towards the end of the year. Given Representative Bill Shuster’s (R-PA) planned timetable for the Highway Bill, debt increase, the highway bill, tax extenders, and some small portions of tax reform could culminate in … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update for June 1‚ 2015