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Act I, Scene III: Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P. A. v. United States I am blessed with an artistic family. We are creative, brilliant, and socially awkward because of our unique perspective. Pondering connections between ideas or exploring issues from multiple angles is just the natural process of art making. Growing up, my sister loved drawing and naturally wanted to be a drawer (definition: noun; one who draws). I wanted to be a counter! Thanks…
Act I, Scene II: Wood v. Allen Now this case, for me at least, is terribly confusing, because I thought, reading the cert petition, that the Court granted cert to deal with a legal question that has confused the lower courts, that is, what is the relationship between (d)(2) and (e)(1) of AEDPA? Justice Ginsburg I agree, Ruth. This case is terribly confusing. First things first, what is “cert” and why does the court grant…
Five-Four is one of my favorite podcasts. I look forward to Peter, Rhiannon, and Michael cracking jokes and skulls (parody! parody! parody!) each week. One tiny seed they planted in my brain is about Justice Ginsberg. Maybe she is a complex human being (aka fallible), not a super-powered elder fighting injustice. Maybe Notorious R.B.G, RBG, and On the Basis of Sex have oversimplified her story. (Review: The Danger of a Single Story).…
This summer, I participated in Passport to Practice. The focus was on competencies outside of legal know-how needed for success in the legal profession. It was great! I felt vindicated (I am selfish, I am wrong). But one major take-away? So. Much. Jargon. For instance: valuation. What does that even mean? According to Oxford Dictionary, valuation is “an estimation of something’s worth, especially one carried out by a professional appraiser.” Since I’m not a…
If you ask Googs, it says a primer is “an elementary textbook that serves as an introduction to a subject of study or is used for teaching children to read.” An introduction. A place to start. Training. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when there is a lot happening – pandemic, protest, violence, political incompetence. Sometimes it has been a relief to divert my attention to automated document assembly and sometimes it has been just as…
Welcome to the Alaska Court System Self-Help Service’s web page. With just one click, anyone can travel back to the internet as it was in the 1990’s (if only it had an animated GIF). The thing is, they know it isn’t great and they want to change it. But that’s not my project. Back in 2016, Alaska developed their Justice for All project. It aims to create justice for all Alaskans by building…