Last week I attended a CLE (that’s continuing legal education for the uninitiated) on practice in District Court, at which I was reminded that you can bring suit in any judicial district in which one of the parties lives or has a usual place of business, OR in the judicial district adjacent to that one. Yesterday, I was trying figure out where I could file a case, wondered which district was adjacent, and couldn’t find a map available on the internet. Naturally, I then spent several hours creating my own with Google Fusion Tables. Map after the jump… [Read more…]
One of the most common questions I’ve heard from people thinking about incorporating their business is, “Should I incorporate in Delaware? I’ve heard it’s better.” Typically, the individual doesn’t have any information beyond that, “I’ve heard it’s better,” but everyone seems to have heard that. So the question is, what’s the advantage of incorporating in Delaware, and is that a reason for you to do it?
While there are myriad potential advantages to incorporating in Delaware, the big one is probably not what you’d think: The Delaware Court of Chancery. [Read more…]
I’m a little slow on the uptake on this one, but on January 4 on the official Library of Congress blog (yes, of course there’s an official Library of Congress blog), they posted an update regarding their ongoing joint effort with Twitter to archive and make searchable every tweet ever.
In their post, the LoC announce that they’ve successfully transferred (or will by the end of the month) the originally agreed upon archive of tweets from 2006 to 2010 to the Library, and also developed a system for archiving all tweets through the present, as they happen. All told, they’re currently sitting on 170 billion tweets. That’s kind of amazing in its own right, but it also has some really interesting legal and evidentiary implications. [Read more…]
This morning I was alerted to an excellent article on NPR.org about the situations tenants find themselves in when their landlord has been foreclosed upon and the bank fails to keep the unit habitable. Naturally, I tweeted it. This, unfortunately, is a situation that I see all too often though, so I thought it deserved a little more in-depth discussion about a tenant’s rights here in the Commonwealth.
My practice is now coming up on its two year anniversary in a few months and, despite that impending milestone I’m still doing a lot of learning by doing and picking up new lessons every day, sometimes from successes, sometimes from failures, sometimes just from being out there. Here are some reflections on a lesson of the third kind that I learned a while back…
It’s a refrain I had heard a thousand times from everyone I’d ever heard discuss the topic, “Whenever possible, if opposing counsel asks for a continuance because of a conflict, give it to them.” I’d internalized it, I’d bought into it, I’d made it my own. I was ready to go forth and be the lawyer who protected his client’s interests while maintaining civility and a shared professional respect among my legal brethren. So naturally, the first opportunity I had, I screwed it up. [Read more…]