Above The Law: Non Sequiturs

April 21, 2019

How often do you see this? A federal judge praises counsel — specifically, J. Christian Adams of the Election Law Center, Douglas R. Cox of Gibson Dunn, Michael E. Rosman of the Center for Individual Rights, and local counsel Mun Su Park — for their “conscientious billing practices.”

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Lawyers’ “Billing Judgment … Demonstrates an Extraordinary Dedication to Containment of Cost …”

April 19, 2019

Not something you hear often. First, the legal backstory, from Chief Judge Frances M Tydingco-Gatewood (D. Guam) in Davis v. Guam:

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Bias suit costs Gov Guam almost $1M in fees

April 10, 2019

Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam awarded $947,717 in attorneys’ fees and costs, in a civil rights action that dealt with the topic of self-determination of the political status of the island and who should have the right to vote on a related referendum. The court

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Is It Time to Revisit the Constitutionality of Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules?

April 10, 2019

Every jurisdiction has a rule against the unauthorized practice of law. Rule 49 of the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, for example, governs the unauthorized practice of law in the District of Columbia. Like virtually every other such rule in jurisdictions throughout the United States, it

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If This Man’s Speech Isn’t Protected, No One’s Is

January 03, 2019

In the age of online shaming and political correctness, many people rightly fear that they could lose their employment for their private opinions. Last month it was Kevin Hart, who stepped down from hosting the Oscars over homophobic tweets from his past. Before him, Nicholas and Erika Christakis were forced

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Veteran teacher exposes teachers’ unions in new book

December 07, 2018

Rebecca Friedrichs, an elementary school veteran teacher of almost 30 years and plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, knows from experience that teachers’ unions are the number-one corrupting force in education. Her new book, Standing Up to Goliath, features testimonies of teachers, parents, and kids who have been harmed

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The delightfully, annoyingly persistent Rebecca Friedrichs

November 20, 2018

In Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers’ Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country, teacher, wife, mother, devout Christian and Supreme Court plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs (David) has written an informative, enjoyable and, at times, infuriating book in which she weaves revelations about her

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PA Senate Majority Policy Committee held hearing on U.S. Supreme Court public sector union decision

October 29, 2018

The Pennslyvania Senate Majority Policy Committee recently held a hearing on the recently decided U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to gather information about the decision’s impact on public employee unions and potential state legislative responses.

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Legislators told they must adjust laws to comply with Janus ruling or face further legal woes

October 26, 2018

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case this summer, there’s been much debate in Harrisburg about how Pennsylvania should adjust its laws in response. Some Democratic legislators have proposed bills that would tend to blunt the impact of the decision, while Republicans have favored efforts

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Senate panel holds hearing regarding public sector unions

October 25, 2018

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) chaired a Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing with experts on the recently decided U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v AFSCME at the state Capitol on Oct. 25 to learn more about the court decision’s impact on public employee unions and potential state legislative responses.

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