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Security clearance issues, it seems, are in the news just about every day as of late. The news covers a lot of areas. Security Clearance Process in the News at the Highest Level Do you have to complete the SF 86 in its entirety to be given Security Clearance that allows access to classified material? Security Clearance Applications (SF 86) – Full and Complete Disclosure ...
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Jere Beasley. I can’t imagine a lawyer in the state of Alabama who doesn’t know the name of attorney Jere Beasley. In fact, it is probably the same way for at least 90% (if not all!) of the lawyers in the entire United States. Jere Beasley is that universally well-known and respected.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Honorable (Ret.) Martha Lynn Sherrod. Judge (Ret.) Martha Lynn Sherrod has given a great deal back to both our North Alabama community and the legal profession itself. She has previously served as an assistant district attorney for Madison County, Alabama, Presiding Judge of the Huntsville Municipal Court and, fi ...
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Joan-Marie Sullivan. If you have ever read the Alabama Law Weekly and picked up useful and up to the minute case law and information to use for your own cases, you have Joan-Marie Sullivan to thank. Joan-Marie has served as the editor of the Alabama Law Weekly for several years.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Pete Barry. Pete is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota but he has a nationwide consumer law practice, Barry & Helwig, LLC. Pete is a lawyer’s lawyer and I mean that literally. He is a much sought after speaker wherever consumer lawyers and people who want to know about consumer law gather.
For anyone who was ever held a security clearance, he or she knows the importance of full and complete disclosure on the SF 86 form, which is the application form to be able to get a clearance. That is why this story is shocking. Beyond that, before anyone who holds a secret clearance, there is a new formal investigation and a new completed SF 86 form that is required every 10 ...
Is it just me or does it seem like calls to your cell phone are exploding in volume? I am probably getting five or more unsolicited and unwelcome calls each day trying to sell me items and services that I do not need nor do I want! I feel like I am under assault! Given the fact I know the law in this area, I thought I would share some ways we can help when you are getting this same type of telep.
Up until I read this story, the answer has always been an emphatic yes. I will amend my answer to say yes in all but the most unique of circumstances. To quote John Fogerty, “I ain’t no fortunate son.” I believe that most of my clients fall into this category as well so my advice to them is to answer the SF 86 in a full, complete and honest manner.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Amber James. When you listen to this podcast, it will be very evident why Amber’s counsel is so eagerly sought. Amber is a very talented and driven lawyer who practices in all areas of family law. Her law firm, New Beginnings Family Law, is well-respected throughout North Alabama.
As of March 24, 2015, the VA (Veterans Administration) implemented a new regulation requiring that all VA claims be filed on standardized forms. The VA will also no longer accept informal claims in order to establish a claimant’s effective date for benefits. Federal Register rule changes were announced here: Standard Claims and Appeals Forms; Final Rule Filing a VA Disability C ...
In the private, civilian non-government related world, doing stupid thing can have consequences but, when someone is in the military and/or has a security clearance, the consequences of bad judgment and behavior can be exponential. I am prompted to write this blog post based upon the disturbing news reports out of the Marine Corps.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Doug Martinson. Doug comes from a long line of attorneys and, along with his brother Mac, he leads the law firm of Martinson and Beason started by his grandfather in 1937. Martinson and Beason is a well-known law firm with excellent lawyers and support staff.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Taze Shepard of Huntsville, AL. In a manner of speaking, a large part of the population of North Alabama lives here and works here because of Taze’s grandfather, Senator John Sparkman. Senator Sparkman was instrumental in moving the Von Braun missile team to what was then a sleepy little military outpost called Re ...
This news story caught my eye. It struck me as odd. The White House dismissed 6 staffers who were “walked out of the building by security after not passing the SF 86.” In my experience, the security clearance process does not work in this manner. In practical terms, the way the system works is that someone applies for a job that requires a security clearance.
Since all of us are human, we all have normal desires for companionship. Those desires, however, when coupled with bad people and the ubiquitous internet can, unfortunately, sometimes lead to negative consequences. This is especially true for anyone who holds a security clearance. Whether the problem is due to drugs, alcohol, financial, criminal issues or sexual behavior, if so ...
This podcast features attorney Derek Simpson. Derek, along with his law partner, Barton Warren, are both considered top plaintiff’s attorneys in the state of Alabama. Together, they make a very formidable team. Besides that, both of them are just good guys – compassionate, respectful and easy-going.
I was fortunate enough to sit down and speak with both attorneys Allen Brinkley and his son, attorney John Brinkley. As a result, this is a long podcast! Allen and John practice with another Brinkley, nephew/cousin Charles, so the firm name, Brinkley and Brinkley, makes a lot of sense. As my partners and I often discuss, it seems like everyone in Alabama and Tennessee knows the Brinkleys.
In the world of consumer law, especially with regard to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), attorney Dave Philipps is one of the leading lawyers throughout the country. There are a number of very talented and driven consumer lawyers throughout the country and Dave is among that select group.
North Alabama is fortunate to be the home to many fine lawyers. Whenever the discussion revolves around the top lawyers throughout the state of Alabama, attorney Tommy Siniard is always on the list. His credentials, background and the work he has done for his clients over the years is impressive and well-respected throughout the state of Alabama.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Amy K. Tanner. Amy has been my law partner, friend and colleague since 1999. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama where she was born and raised. Since the work of being a lawyer is a lot about the grind, meaning putting in a great deal of time and effort on every case for every client, maybe that is why I focu ...