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  • A Look at the Proposed Constitutional Amendments on Hawaii's 2014 Ballot

    As we quickly approach Election Day, 2014, we thought it might be helpful to provide some history and analysis of the proposed amendments to the Hawaii Constitution to help voters get through the legal-ese. Question 1: Relating to Disclosure of Judicial Nominees. Shall the judicial selection commission, when presenting a list of nominees to the governor or the chief justice to f ...

    39 readers - Mark Murakami/ hawaiioceanlaw.com
  • Hear No Evil, See No Evil Is Not A Smart Game Plan

    After posting recently about the jury verdict in New York against Arab Bank on claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) by victims of terrorist violence, I ran across an excellent client alert from Sullivan and Cromwell that discusses a decision by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals, rendered on the same day as the jury verdict, that involves a lawsuit against National Westminster Bank (prev.

    9 readers - Kevin Funnell/ Bank Lawyer's Blog
    • Credit Unions Also Weighed Down By Regulatory Burdens

      Recently, a group of credit union executives in Cincinnati sat down with Staff Reporter Steve Watkins of the Cincinnati Business Courier and let him know that when bankers complain about the regulatory burden that is crushing them, credit union executives feel their pain (albeit, in a tax-free kind of way).
      5 readers - Kevin Funnell/ Bank Lawyer's Blog
    • Our New Headquarters...

      I'm thrilled to announce that we have moved the law firm from a large office complex near downtown Glastonbury to the charming village center of South Glastonbury, less than 5 miles south of our old site. The new address is 787 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT 06073. All of our other contact infomation, including the phone number, remains the same.
      3 readers - The Connecticut Elder Law Blog
    • Start spreading the news: The UBE in NY

      Thursday, October 9, 2014 By lawschool academicsupport New York is considering the adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination. That is one sentence I did not imagine that I would be writing in 2014. But, it is true. NY may be the 15th state to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. The New York State Board of Law Examiners (SBLE) has recommended to the New York Court of Appeals that the curre ...
      4 readers - Law School Academic Support Blog
    • Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (for Second Time)

      According to this report (thanks, Elisa), a doctors' group in Alabama is protesting the not-yet-implemented ICD-10 medical-coding system by ridiculing it, an approach that I certainly endorse. See, e.g., "Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck by Turtle," Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13, 2011) (citing the WSJ). Given that the new system uses over 140,000 codes, and is intended to be über-compr ...
      2 readers - Lowering the Bar

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    • Start spreading the news: The UBE in NY

      …; Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; New Hampshire; North Dakota; Utah; Washington; and Wyoming. With New York possibly on board and other states considering it, the UBE is beginning to look more like a national exam. Since many law students do not yet know where they would like to practice law, the portability of an applicant’s UBE score allows…

      4 readers - Law School Academic Support Blog
    • Our New Headquarters...

      … discuss their legal concerns. If you're an existing client then please give us a call. We'd love to show off our new home with a 30-second tour and then catch up on any new developments on your end. And new clients are always welcome (of course)! Just give us a call at (860) 657-2683. Click here to see a photo album of the building's evolution from "nasty garage" to "cute little law office".…

      3 readers - The Connecticut Elder Law Blog
    • Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (for Second Time)

      …According to this report (thanks, Elisa), a doctors' group in Alabama is protesting the not-yet-implemented ICD-10 medical-coding system by ridiculing it, an approach that I certainly endorse. See, e.g., "Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck by Turtle," Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13, 2011) (citing the WSJ). Given that the new system uses over 140,000 codes…

      2 readers - Lowering the Bar
    • Viral Outbreak in Hawaii - What Can the Government Do?

      …Ebola Victim in Hawaii? Thankfully,it appears not, but the potential for an infectious or viral outbreak prompted this disaster-law wonk to crack open my copy of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and see what the government can actually do in the event of such an outbreak. Is the answer similar to what J. T. Walsh said in the movie Outbreak? <…

      1 readers - Mark Murakami/ hawaiioceanlaw.com
    • Hear No Evil, See No Evil Is Not A Smart Game Plan

      … of NatWest’s knowledge or suspicion of terror financing, despite its provision of banking services to a nonprofit ('Interpal') that was designated by the U.S. government as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist ('SDGT') for transferring money to Hamas." The Second Circuit held that Section 2333(a) [of Title 18 of USC] incorporates the knowledge…

      9 readers - Kevin Funnell/ Bank Lawyer's Blog
    • STAND And Deliver Legal Services

      …An unauthorized practice decision of the Ohio Supreme Court is described by Kathleen Maloney A Lorain County non-lawyer and his corporation engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by providing legal advice to individuals facing criminal charges, according to an Ohio Supreme Court decision today. The court directed King Ayettey Zubaidah…

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    • Credit Unions Also Weighed Down By Regulatory Burdens

      …Recently, a group of credit union executives in Cincinnati sat down with Staff Reporter Steve Watkins of the Cincinnati Business Courier and let him know that when bankers complain about the regulatory burden that is crushing them, credit union executives feel their pain (albeit, in a tax-free kind of way). A group of Greater Cincinnati credit…

      5 readers - Kevin Funnell/ Bank Lawyer's Blog
    • Los Angeles Police May Soon Change Enforcement of Leash Laws and Other Violations

      …Los Angeles Police May Soon Change Enforcement of Leash Laws and Other Violations An article in the Los Angeles Times reports on a new system being proposed by the Los Angeles City Council which would allow officers to immediately issue fines for "quality of life" violations such as walking your dog without a leash. Read the article here…

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    • MJ Co-Ops: DOA?

      …Readers may recallthe brilliant idea for "cannabis co-ops,"hatched by Colorado legislators who, sunshine on their shoulders, were not only crying at the beauty of the concept, but apparently flying at 30,000 feet on a Rocky Mountain High. And, of course, as was the case with the Dude's soiled floor rug, they were looking for a way to "tie the room…

      2 readers - Kevin Funnell/ Bank Lawyer's Blog
    • Benefit Plans: Upcoming Compliance Deadlines and End of Year Planning

      …ByBret BusackerandBret Clark Now that fall is in the air and school has started, we thought this would be a good time to summarize some of the key health and welfare benefit deadlines that are approaching this fall: September 22 Updated Business Associate Agreements.New HIPAA privacy and security rules adopted last year require revisions to most…

      4 readers - Employers' Lawyers Blog
    • Many HOA Owners Could Learn From Robin Williams and the No Asshole Rule

      …By David Swedelson, Senior Partner, SwedelsonGottlieb, Community Association Attorneys Robin Williams is dead. We lost a great talent, a very funny man. As one commentator wrote, the world is a lot less funny today. I read an interesting article about Robin Williams and the No Asshole Rule. Not surprising, it is reported that Robin Williams…

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