Putting the Customer at the Heart of Your Business

In the customer-facing industry, your clients are the backbone of the business. Sometimes, due to pressures of financial success, organizations tend to forget this simple fact. Do that at your own peril. Whether you’re a grocery store, a dance studio, an e-commerce website, a law firm, or anything in between, in order to ensure long-term […]

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Practicing Internet Safety

Today, you can do absolutely anything on the Internet. You can shop for all of your clothing, food, and household items. You can shop for the home itself. Then, once you’ve lived in the home a while, you can find the person who is going to redo your kitchen using- what else- the Internet. We’re […]

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Somebody May Beat Me, But They Are Going to Have to Bleed to Do It: Injury Liability in Sports

A batter digs into the soft brown dirt to face down a pitcher throwing a ball at nearly 100 miles per hour. A halfback takes a football and runs full-charge into players looking to hit him with the same physical force of a small car. A basketball player dives into a sea of elbows chasing […]

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Word of the Week: Patent Prosecution

Each week we select a legal term or phrase that’s commonly misunderstood, interesting, or that gives a fancy name to a simple idea. Grey haired and bushy-browed, crackpot scientist Dr. Emmett Brown (Doc) stands on his toilet, trying to hang a picture. Then, crash! Slipping on the wet porcelain, Doc tumbles, striking his head on […]

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You’ve Got Mail… that Anyone Can Read: The Law’s Loose Grip on E-mail Hacking Service Providers

Despite the amount of behind-the-back trash-talking and whispered secrets passed along in e-mails between friends, we feel at ease because our electronic correspondence is secure, right? While most take solace in the fact that their e-mail accounts can only be accessed with a password, websites like Activehacker.net and Hackmail.net provide hacking services for anyone who wishes […]

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English, the Language of Shakespeare…and Golf?

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), perhaps subscribing to the theory that any publicity is good publicity, inflamed sensibilities this week when news leaked that it will soon require players to be able to hold a conversation in English. Some regard the policy as a protectionist reaction to the recent influx of non-English speaking Asian […]

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A Night in Coconino County Jail

Over Christmas break, a friend of mine was arrested. He was kind enough to recount the tale of his one night in county lock up (hopefully his first and last) and all of the lasting connections he made with regulars. Note: Names and charges have been changed to preserve confidentiality, duh. Another note: I do […]

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Witness Tampering: When Does Dirty Work Become A Crime?

There are some legal jobs where you just have to get your hands dirty. Criminal defense attorney Robert Simels may have such a job hes known for defending high-profile alleged criminals, including foreign drug kingpins. Simels found himself searching for his own defense attorney, however, when he was arrested on September 10 for alleged witness […]

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Rebuilding and Beyond: The Role of Human Rights in Post-Earthquake Haiti [Part I]

This is Part I of a two-part focus on Haiti.  In Part I, Stephen Robbins discusses issues from the state of affairs in Haiti before the earthquake on January 12, 2010, to  international and domestic reform, to U.S. – Haiti relations, and finishes by discussing the foundation that needs to be laid for a “fresh […]

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Sweet Sextteen: When Child Pornography Victims Become Defendants

UPDATE (3/16/11): Salons Tracy Clark-Flory writes about a new bill in New Jersey that would prevent minors who engage in sexting (taking naked pictures of themselves and sharing them with boy- and girlfriends) from being prosecuted as child pornographers. Child pornography convicts are widely considered the lowliest offenders, even among criminals; only the truly depraved […]

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