Crisis brings opportunity. As the President remarked, we might not bail out failing companies in normal times. Acquisitions that prevent venerable American institutions like Lawyers Title and Commonwealth Title from going down in flames are welcomed with open arms. Roll over, TR.
Benjamin Franklin just celebrated his 300th birthday two January’s ago and it is worth sitting up and taking note when his writing is still able to draw a crowd. I have noticed Poor Richard’s Almanac is written in a style much like blogging. I’m sure that if Franklin were living today, he’d be blogging.
In my Travels I once saw a Sign call’d The Two Men at Law. One of them was painted on one Side, in a melancholy posture, all in Rags, with this Scroll, I have lost my Cause. The other was drawn capering for Joy, on the other Side, with these Words, I have gained my Suit; but he was stark naked.”
University of Pittsburgh Law School, under the direction of Professor Bernard Hibbitts, publishes this continuously updating web site that covers world-wide legal news. This ambitious project is manned by an army of student editors who follow legal developments around the world, around the clock. Of course, courts are only open in any given jurisdiction for maybe 40 hours in a week, but legal news is happening somewhere in the world every hour of every day. If you decide to check out Jurist, be prepared to learn how large and complicated the world really is.
Here’s some free advice: If you are starting up a blog and the first comment reads something like: “I was searching the web for excellent prices on v**gr* and somehow I came upon your site. Great stuff!” — SPAM IT!
Expect to hear more about constitutional attacks in court on gun control laws of various kinds in the future.
Criminal Law: Keeping Guns Off the Street — Guest Post by Philadelphia Lawyer and Blogger Brad V. Shuttleworth
The proposed Stop and Frisk Program, was, for the most part, a political response to the high homicide rate in Philadelphia over the past few years, with more than a homicide a day. It proposed emergency zones in the city, areas with very high levels of violent crime. In those emergency zones, it was proposed that police could stop and frisk people in those high-crime neighborhoods without articulable reasonable suspicion.
Posted by Cliff Tuttle Word is that House Bill No. 1543 was signed by the Governor, amending the Crimes Code to authorize expungement of the criminal history of summary offenses, subject to conditions, exceptions, etc. There are three basic ways to qualify: 1. Turn 70 and be free from arrest or prosecution for ten years [...]
National Law Blogs, called blawgs by some, have been reporting layoffs at big law firms for some time. There was one about Reed Smith not too long ago and another about Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, too. Actually, if you look around the net, you can find a report of layoffs at a large law firm just about any day of the week. Firms employ a variety of strategies and the youngest associates have not always proven to be the most vulnerable. I could spread a few links here or here, but frankly, layoff stories are pretty much the same and are starting to become very boring.