IN PICTURES: HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York City 0 Have your say HMS Queen Elizabeth has announced that her historic flight trials in US have resumed. The Royal Navy's £3.1bn aircraft carrier spent a week in New York City last month after concluding the first part of the tests. She is on deployment in America testing F-35 Lightening jets – having left Portsmouth in August. In a tweet today (November 1) the warship announced that the second round of flight trials had resumed. HMS Queen Elizabeth’s official account tweeted: ‘Lightning (Part 2) is forecast.’ READ MORE: HMS Queen Elizabeth: All you need to know about Royal Navy carrier's next voyageWhat has been achieved in flight trials so far? Before handing over the reins of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the aircraft carrier’s first ever CO Captain Jerry Kyd said: ‘It has been a superb effort by everyone across the Integrated Test … [Read more...] about HMS Queen Elizabeth: F-35 Lightning flight trials resume after New York City break
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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
MANSFIELD, Texas — Cam Jones won’t stop talking. He likes talking. He’s good at it. Teachers at Mansfield High School like when Jones talks. He raises his hand often. He’s never short on participation points. At lunch most days, Jones doesn’t even eat. Just talks. Here on the Mansfield turf after track practice on a windy March evening, the Nebraska signee isn’t ready to go home. “I got like, girl hair. I can do it all sort of ways,” he says, picking at his long curls blowing in the breeze. He then switches topics, as he tends to do. “Let’s get some tacos.”He hops in Corbin Frederick’s jet-black Ford Raptor, and Frederick, a soon-to-be preferred walk-on at Nebraska, tears out of the high school parking lot and merges onto U.S. Highway 287, heading away from the setting 6 p.m. sun.“Ever heard of Gunna? This guy goes hard,” Jones says, pulling out his phone and plugging it into the … [Read more...] about Nebraska signee Cam Jones is a big hitter and even bigger talker. Spend a day with the ‘baddest thing walking’
How Lawyers Ruin CLEHave you been to a good CLE course lately? If not, why do you think that is? Ernie Svenson, a New Orleans-based lawyer who stopped practicing to start giving continuing legal education presentations full-time, says that, ultimately, lawyers’ risk-averse thinking has helped bring CLE to the low it’s currently at.“Call me crazy, but the overriding objective of CLE programs should be to encourage lawyers to learn. CLE programs should be engaging, and—dare I say it—entertaining,” Svenson wrote at Ernie the Attorney. Instead, he says, CLE regulations focus on minimizing the risk that lawyers will leave the program before it ends rather than “how to make things convenient, interesting, or consistent with well-known principles about how our brains learn most effectively.”Another issue is the relative lack of incentive for those who lead CLE courses to give their all. Svenson notes that few CLE presenters are people who give … [Read more...] about Around the Blawgosphere: What’s Wrong with CLE; Wedding at SCOTUS; Do You Dress Like a ‘Real Man’?
Two days after Big Bob Chicken Day and three days before Christmas 2003, the U.S. Department of Defense sent Axion Corp. owner Alex Latifi a frantic request. U.S. troops in Iraq were rolling into battle in underequipped Humvees. Huntsville, Ala.-based Axion had a contract to build Humvee machine-gun mounts. The deadline was weeks away, but Defense needed them now.Axion’s 61 workers met some grueling deadlines that December. Latifi treated them to juicy chicken and fluffy lemon pie from Big Bob Gibson’s joint. He offered overtime, a $100 bonus and a turkey to anyone willing to work Christmas.“Our fighting men and women are in danger,” Latifi, a naturalized American citizen born in Iran, told workers. “Do it for your country.”Everyone volunteered.“He’s the best boss any of us ever had,” former Axion employee Connie Kidd says. “We’d work on Christmas, even without poultry.”Just five months … [Read more...] about The Curious Case of Alex Latifi