monday miscellanea


Here are a few items discovered over the weekend: ornamentR

  •  (update: 1 PM): The New York Times real estate section had a useful article yesterday titled “How Not to Scare Off Buyers (Dec. 17, 2006).  The thematically consistent stressed how “evil lawyers” can sabotage deals.
  • Tim Benton, the technology director at the Superior Court of San Mateo County, California, was awarded the Presiding Judge’s Service to Justice Award last week.  According to the Court’s Dec. 15th press release, Benton is “best known for his invention and development of “EZLegalFile,” an interactive program that assists in filling out forms necessary to request or respond to papers for a variety of legal issues.”  Presiding Judge George A.Miram noted that EZLegalFile covers family law, small claims, domestic violence, and guardianship issues, and has been adopted by 40 counties in California and. “It helps bring justice into the homes of self-represented litigants through their home computer.” (see cbs5 BayCityNews Wire)
  • [update: Dec. 19, 2006: see AG’s Office jumps the gun, C-JOnline, which explains that there is no final Supreme Court order yet, but merely the findings of one judge, which may be challenged by respondents before final action.] The Kansas Supreme Court declared on Friday that “three Topekans and their associates at Pro Se Advocates were involved in unauthorized practice of law.” (The Capital-Journal, “Topekans fined $5,000 for unauthorized practice of law, ” Dec. 16, 2006) According to the Kansas Attorney General, the investigation of David Martin Price, Rosemary D. Price, Janice King and Pro Se Advocates began earlier this year in response to concerns from Kansas judges.  The respondents “collected money to write legal arguments that were filed in Kansas courts by others,” a practice that also violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.  They were ordered to cease and desist, to make restitution, and to pay fines and expesnses to the AG’s office.  
  • ornamentG Having recently pointed our readers to verse reditions of various statutory schemes, we’d be remiss if we missed the chance to tell you about “The School of Rock: Learn Criminal Law by Listening to the Radio“, by U. Washington law lecturer Sarah Kaltsounis, from the Kent County (WA) Bar Association Bar Bulletin, Nov. 2006.  At her main gig, Trial Ad Notes, shlep’s Mary Whisner tells us the article offers “a light review of criminal law — from possession of controlled substances to escaping from custody — by quoting lyrics from popular music and relating them to Washington law.”  [More than ever, we remind you that shlep cannot guarantee the accuracy of materials to which we link.] 


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