Not to make light of a serious issue that we've been debating for 40 years, but our interstate highway system risks becoming a sticky-note space ride through someone else's business, as 50 states adopt 50 different abortion policies. Already, the Guttmacher Institute calls the nation a "lattice work of abortion law." Earlier this month, Alabama passed legislation banning abortion in all cases, unless a woman's life is threatened (with no exceptions for rape or incest). Several other states recently have passed so-called "heartbeat" bills prohibiting abortion after six weeks, when something like a heartbeat is detected. … [Read more...] about Dueling billboards don’t improve abortion debate
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Wilkins also thinks the evolution in clients’ thinking about conflicts means they won’t necessarily be an obstacle to continued law firm expansion. “If you look at what most large law firms think of conflicts today versus what they thought in, say, 1982, it’s a dramatic difference,” he says, “and, of course, when it comes to conflicts, at the end of the day the people who are going to decide what the conflicts rules are aren’t the bar regulators. It’s the clients because, almost always, clients are able to waive whatever rules there are or establish new rules like positional conflicts that aren’t in the rules.” A positional conflict arises when a law firm argues a position for one client that is directly contrary to an argument it is making on behalf of another client in a different matter. … [Read more...] about The Rise of the Megafirm
And for the most part, these police tools have been acceptable to a broad swath of New Yorkers. One exception, however, has been the sticky business of “stop and frisk,” a proactive police tactic that grants broad law enforcement discretion to stop and search anyone suspected of intending to commit a crime. Though police have long had the right to search for weapons, even during such minor and temporary detentions as traffic stops, New York City police had expanded their use of those searches so broadly that their tactics became the subject of high-profile litigation and were a central issue during last year’s mayoral campaign. … [Read more...] about Has ‘stop and frisk’ been stopped?