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30 Nov

Why fly U.S. Air?

On November 22, 2006, six Muslim religious leaders were removed from a U.S. Airways flight -- apparently at the direction of the pilot --  and detained and questioned by federal agents for lengths of time up to five to six hours. A U.S. Airways ticketing agent refused to...

10 Nov

Mikes in the courtroom: Check, check

In a society where a person can barely go anywhere outside the home without being picked up on camera, some courts are using microphones to playback oral argument to the public. For instance, the Supreme Court provides same-day oral argument transcripts. The Supreme Court releases...

08 Nov

To Blog or Not to Blog

The free speech fanatic I am, I fully support everyone’s access to the Internet, no matter the content or quality of the communications being bandied about. Consequently, I share the following practical tips and tricks to lawyers and non-lawyers alike for launching and running a...

02 Nov

Feds targeting employers of unauthorized workers

Federal authorities are bringing enforcement actions against employers of unauthorized workers. One of the targeted companies is IFCO Systems, with federal authorities claiming that 53 percent of the company's 5800 employees had faulty Social Security numbers. Marks & Katz believes strongly in widely opening the United...

02 Nov

Politicians – Weed out security goons

  Security goons are not wedded to any one political party, political stripe or politician. Witness, for instance, the First Amendment-violative arrests and hyper-security at recent Democratic and Republican national presidential conventions. Witness the manhandling of my former client and political conservative Ben Wetmore, who, after...

30 Oct

Overseas legal outsourcing on the rise

More law firms apparently are more often looking overseas to outsource support staff work. The October 27, 2006, New York Times details this trend. A recent trial lawyer listserv posting mentioned one particular company offering such outsourcing: Manthan Services in Bangalore, India.  This outsourcing situation goes to...

26 Oct

“Ghetto” Party by UT Law Students

The news is so over-saturated, that sometimes I miss such important stories as the "ghetto" party hosted and attended earlier this month, off-campus, by some University of Texas law students. Cox News Service reports that photos from the party "showed the students holding 40-ounce bottles in brown paper...

23 Oct

Rendering praise where praise is due

Sometimes I blog about some of the cases I handle. Critical to that work is our support staff. This month, we welcome my new primary secretary, Aleida, who comes to us with previous legal secretarial experience, criminal defense experience, and a big heart. We also welcome secretarial assistant...