Understanding the Law

Explaining court cases, statutes, and executive actions across the country, providing valuable analysis of the facts and legal impact on the public.

You Are Entering the Exception Zone

June 18, 2012

Meet Emily Herx – an English teacher at a parochial school.   Emily is a happily married, ambitious young woman who wants nothing more than to start a family.  Emily suffers from a diagnosed medical condition that causes infertility.  Last June she began in vitro fertilization (IVF) ...[Continue Reading]

The Pros and Cons of a “Do it Yourself” Divorce

June 12, 2012

“Do it yourself” became a common phrase in the English language around the 1950’s, and originally referred to home improvement projects individuals could complete without hiring a professional.  Today, a multitude of magazines, websites and even television networks are devoted to “DIY” ...[Continue Reading]

Objection, Hearsay :(

April 17, 2012

As lawyers (or aspiring lawyers) we pride ourselves on our ability to interpret language or the intended meaning behind various assertions.  Let’s put this skill to a little test. Consider the following two text messages from John: 1) “I don’t know if Bubba will be able to make it to the a ...[Continue Reading]

Is a Man’s Home Really His Castle?

April 17, 2012

The nationwide outcry over the recent shooting of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch coordinator in Florida has renewed the public debate about self defense laws.  Collectively referred to as the “castle doctrine,” states have enacted various forms of statutes that ...[Continue Reading]
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