Thursday, February 24, 2011

how not to make oatmeal!

mcdonald's is at it again! why can't they just produce something in a normal, healthy form... :)

How to make oatmeal...wrong

note the similarities to the way they've added all these non-oatmeal ingredients to the oatmeal. so maybe the solution is they can't call it oatmeal. just like they shouldn't be able to call chicken mcnuggets chicken!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

more on the mt.vernon school firing case

once this teacher exhausted his administrative remedies [not to mention his own bank account--according to previous news reports], he has jumped into the state court system. actually, there seemed to be more pressure on the mt.vernon schools--who already spent almost a million dollars to get him fired--not to spend much more.

of course an individual's rights to try and prove he was unjustly fired are important, but this case is causing great hardship for a school district that i have to imagine is strapped for operating funds, like ever other district in the state. maybe the teacher is hoping the school board won't have the $$$ to continue the case...sometimes, legal issues are never resolved on their merits. instead, they are resolved by who runs out of money first. [or the will to continue to fight].

Freshwater appeals termination, claims his rights, laws violated

interesting lawsuit

this is definitely not the kind of plaintiff who gets a lot of sympathy. he wasn't pleased with seller representations and was offered the chance to get his deposit back [plus interest] but instead has pursued a litigation remedy for 3+ years. note that he himself is a lawyer and his lawyer is his buddy in his firm and they have prayed for legal fees. [they means, they ask for them in the complaint...called a prayer]. i think there is a decent chance his law firm doesn't have a lot of business anyway these days so they went ahead and filed suit and now they are looking to get paid.

Dispute shines light on how homes are measured

another interesting lawsuit

read this story and try to sort out the civil procedure moves each side is making [including the mayor of NYC in a suit against the police], and also note the purpose of the police issuing the original citations. it's sad really, that this would happen in the US--police harassment and bullying for the purpose of trying to get a place closed down. it doesn't seem like the kind of thing that should happen here...

City Fails in Bid to Block Porn Bust Suit

Monday, January 31, 2011

an example of a public interest legal job...

hi folks...just got an announcement about this today. it gives you an example of the kind of job you might be qualified for if, for instance, you took Professor Colker's ADA class and worked independently with her and became someone of an expert in laws related to the ADA. actually, there are lots of legal advocacy groups that hire their own attorneys...other examples are Equal Justice Foundation, Foundation for Individual Rights, ACLU, etc.




Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC) is a private nonprofit agency which is designated as the protection and advocacy system for Tennessee. DLAC is currently accepting applications for a staff attorney to work primarily in its employment law area which includes employment discrimination and vocational rehabilitation.

Licensed Tennessee attorneys with strong written and oral communication skills who want an opportunity to work on issues which significantly impact people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Although DLAC would prefer to receive applications from attorneys with employment and/or disability law experience, the agency is willing to consider applications from less experienced attorneys who have engaged in activities that demonstrate a strong interest in disability rights issues.

Submit cover letter, resume and writing sample to
P.O. Box 121257,
Nashville, TN 37212 or by e-mail to by February 11, 2011.

Attorneys with disabilities are encouraged to apply. E.O.E.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pelotonia death lawsuit

note how the lawsuit in this case is being used:
1) to get answers
2) to promote awareness

and how it is not being used:
1) to get money [the defendants didn't have insurance]

Bicyclist's family wants answers in her death

note also how the article mentions the insurance company Progressive was named as a party even though they are already cooperating. this is a standard move in civil litigation procedure--to name every party possible.

Attorney allegedly took his pay in painkillers

well, you don't want to do this after you graduate from law school and become a lawyer. my real question though is why is he in jail instead of a treatment center. he's pretty clearly an addict and even though he broke the law, wouldn't everyone be a lot better off if he went straight into treatment?

Attorney allegedly took his pay in painkillers