My Summer Post about Gun Control – Redux

This past summer I wrote a blog post about gun control. It was August, 15th. This was just after the movie theater shooting in Colorado, and the Sikh mosque shooting in Wisconsin by a white supremacist (do you even remember that one?). My conclusion was that the issue of gun control would never gain a foot-hold in an election year since the GOP is firmly on the side of the NRA and democrats don’t like the issue since it polls badly – many democrats are Read More +

President Jimmy Carter: My Former Law Professor and the Value of Mediations

When I was a law student at Emory Law School in Atlanta, we had a very distinguished professor teach us about this newly developed process to settle serious disputes: Former President Jimmy Carter stood at the head of our classroom that semester in front of maybe 25 of us and spoke to us about Mediation. At the time, President Carter was out of office a number of years and his main accomplishment in the White House was peace in the Middle East through the Camp Read More +

Hola from Spain!

The photographs here were taken today, November 28, 2012, just outside the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. As a long time European traveler I’m used to seeing protests in action in socialized countries. One thing Americans and Europeans have in common is the love of griping about their government through free speech. Last fall when I was in Munich, there were huge protests over, of all things, a local airport opening up another runway. Odd, but there were the masses chanting with sign posts in hand, arms Read More +

The Happy, Thankful Lawyer

It is said there are no such things as happy lawyers, only happy people who made serious career mistakes. After all, the stereotyped attorney is a grumpy professional, surly, growling at the world through rapacious teeth just looking for a fight. In actuality, while there are some of those out there, they do tend to prematurely “self-deport” from the profession after massive strokes and heart attacks when they’ve won the legal fight but lost the war of living a meaningful life. And I have known Read More +

ObamaCare – Here Comes the Affordable Care Act!

The Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare”, is the law of the land. Now that all the legal and political hurdles have been scaled with the recent Supreme Court ruling and President Obama’s re-election, full implementation is coming, so let’s summarize where we’ve been and where we’re going. This is probably my most important blog post for those worried about health insurance in the future. The A.C.A. is a four year plan. The government started implementation in 2010 and it will be largely completed Read More +

Low Speed Impacts Cannot Result in Injuries? Baloney!

For years car insurance companies have been hammering personal injury attorneys on cases where the car that was hit showed little-to-no property damage. The theory being, how can your client possibly be hurt when the car involved had a minimal amount of property damage? What’s “minimal” property damage? Believe it or not, most adjusters seem to think the $1,000 mark is the threshold. So, if it cost $900 to fix your car, there’s no way you can be injured. If it cost $1,010 to repair, Read More +