Beathan Vale was concerned about his local court system, which had only one judge.As a member of the Confederation of Democratic Simulators, he took an active role in the development of his local government in the community of Neufreistadt. Ideally, Vale believed the community’s judicial branch should be modeled to resemble the U.S. Supreme Court. But its lone judge, an English barrister and fellow confederation member named Ashcroft Burnham, favored an English common-law approach. Burnham also got to personally select the court’s new appointees, and the lack of oversight didn’t sit well with Vale.Ultimately Vale prevailed. Neufreistadt rejected Burnham’s court scheme—and the idea that participation be limited to lawyers.Both men meet on a regular basis to discuss—and often debate—the direction of Neufreistadt’s legal system. Yet they have never actually seen each other in person. That’s because Neufreistadt isn’t … [Read more...] about Fantasy Life, Real Law
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Podcast Transcript: This ABA Journal podcast is brought to you by WestlawNext, the most advanced technology combined with market-leading content and West’s history of trusted editorial excellence. Helping legal professionals save time is what they’ve been doing for over 125 years. Learn more at WestlawNext.com.Stephanie Francis Ward: People often don’t want to part with their money, especially when they’re divorcing. I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and today we’re discussing family law assets recovery with Randall M. Kessler, an Atlanta, Georgia lawyer; and Ira Freedman, who practices in Beverly Hills.Randy and Ira, welcome!Ira Friedman: Hi, thanks for having us.Stephanie Francis Ward: Let’s start this out–I have a question for both of you. And Ira, perhaps you want to take this first. Are there some ethical ways to shield assets in a divorce and if so, can you give me some examples?Ira Friedman: Well, unfortunately, it’s a … [Read more...] about Show Me the Money: Helping Clients Find and Protect Assets in a Divorce
We’ve consulted with some of the legal profession’s best prophets, prognosticators and soothsayers to bring you a report from the future.In 2007, judges will increasingly get creative with sentencing, shaming defendants in the hope they will think twice about violating the law again. Partners being pushed out by their firms will have new leverage to negotiate sweeter severance deals. And patent holders will find their way to a forum that resolves their disputes in record time.Americans will battle over who’s really a citizen, online background checks will raise thorny questions about discrimination, prosecutors will zero in on medical ID theft, and lawyers will discover that MySpace ain’t just for kids.For a closer look into our crystal ball, read on.Who’s a Citizen?Immigration reformists want to deny citizenship to “anchor babies.” Saul Arellano is 8 years old, but he may carry … [Read more...] about Next!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markel meet wellwishers as they visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, in London. The public has warmed to this refreshingly real royal-to-be, who seems to be having a positive influence on Harry. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty World On a sunny day this April, teenage girls from a local school were having a picnic in a park. I was on a bench near them, reading a book, until the noise got too much. The students were in uniform, easy with one another and bursting with adolescent enthusiasm. They reflected London’s infinite class, race and ethnic variety. Some had clustered around a lovely, mixed-race girl and were weaving wild flowers around her curly hair: “Straighten your hair,” one said. “You’ll look just like Meghan!” They took selfies, squealed over sites for bridal gowns and pored over celeb mags with pictures of Meghan Markle. Idolized and envied by them, she was the luckiest woman in the world. The girl with the … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle And Prince Harry: Can the Royal Wedding Change Centuries of Racism and Classism in Britain?
Here is the text of Theresa May's conference speech as provided by the Conservatives: Thank you very much for that warm welcome. You'll have to excuse me if I cough during this speech; I've been up all night supergluing the backdrop. There are some things about last year's conference I have tried to forget. But I will always remember the warmth I felt from everyone in the hall. You supported me all the way - thank you. This year marks a century since the end of the First World War. Just a few hundred yards from this conference centre stands a Hall of Memory, built to honour the sacrifice of men and women from this city in that terrible conflict. Inscribed within it are some familiar words: "At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them." We do remember them. We remember the young men who left their homes to fight and die in the mud and horror of the trenches. We remember the sailors who shovelled coal into hellfire furnaces in the bowels of battleships. We … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s Conservative party conference speech in full