Bradley Manning faces legal and social difficulties as transgender
The COMET workshops are being held at Mara House, which provides supported accommodation for teenage girls in Hobart. The sessions are run by law students and funded through university grants and provide information on drug offences, assault, police powers and other criminal justice issues. The project is the brainchild of student Charlotte Hunn, who says it is all about about teaching rights and responsibilities. "They'll have some knowledge around it, whether they've had personal experience, they know friends that it's happened to or family," Ms Hunn said. Mara House case manager Leanne Decleva has seen the project work and says it should be expanded. "I think it'd be a great idea," she said. "I think that the younger, the better, particularly for teens where they're at that age where they're experimenting and having lots of new experiences so if that gives them information that's going to be useful to them then that's great."
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Modernising legal practice in Nigeria
Only one of the agencys lawsuits has reached a jury, while 10 have been settled out of court. There have been repeated delays as defendants seek to have cases thrown out and argue that their bank was the victim of a bad economy not negligence. Critics say the FDIC should have moved faster to bring cases to the courts. But agency officials argue that a thorough examination of misconduct is not quickly , or easily, achieved. We generally dont have people come in saying, Were really sorry we caused the bank to fail, heres a check, said Richard Osterman Jr., acting general counsel at the FDIC. We have to investigate, uncover information, subpoena records, do depositions and often file actions. It usually takes the FDIC about 18 months to investigate a bank failure. If investigators identify misconduct by officers or directors, they must receive approval from the FDIC board before taking action. Osterman said the agency tries to settle with executives, which can take time, rather than go through expensive litigation. But many cases end up in court.
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FDIC waging legal battle against hundreds of former bank leaders
(Carlo Allegri / Associated Press /June 26, 2013) By Rene Lynch August 23, 2013, 6:52 p.m. Paula Deen was the type of employer who allowed racially and sexually charged language to fly -- and even occasionally took part in it herself, according to earlier legal allegations made against the Queen of Southern Cooking. But now, the woman who made those allegations against Paula Deen is singing a different tune. In fact, the plaintiff is now singing Deen's praises, calling her a "woman of compassion and kindness" who would "never tolerate discrimination or racism." Also PHOTOS: Paula Deen through the scandal Shortly after it was announced that the case would be dropped following a mutual agreement, both sides released statements through the Rosen Group, a public relations firm. The firm has represented Deen as her Southern food empire has been destroyed by the allegations made against her, and by Deen's own admission of her use of the N-word. And it is the statement released on behalf of Lisa Jackson, the plaintiff, that is raising eyebrows. The statement says that Jackson learned during the course of litigation that Deen was unaware of issues going on in the restaurant where Jackson worked, and goes on to describe Deen as a "woman of compassion and kindness." Here is the statement in full: "During a very difficult period in my life the Deen family gave me hope and the opportunity to work to build a brighter future for my family and me. "I assumed that all of my complaints about the workplace environment were getting to Paula Deen, but I learned during this matter that this was not the case. The Paula Deen I have known for more than 8 years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone. "I now know that the workplace environment issues that I raised are being reviewed and will in the future no longer be at issue. "I wish Ms. Deen and her family all the best in all of their future endeavors and I am very pleased that this matter has now been resolved and can now be put behind us." Jackson was not available to discuss this about-face.
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Paula Deen accuser is singing new tune after legal agreement
"If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that they are forced to do so." Neal Minahan, a Boston lawyer who won a federal court decision in 2011 for his client to receive hormone therapy in a Massachusetts state prison, said federal judges have consistently knocked down bans on such therapy. "What is very clear is that prisons cannot do exactly what Leavenworth is doing in saying that there is a blanket ban on hormone therapy as a matter of policy," he said. But while Manning's first step would be getting a doctor's prescription for the treatment, the soldier will likely face years getting legal approval in the courts, Minahan said. Manning's lawyers argued during the sentencing phase of the court-martial that the soldier suffered from gender identity disorder. Coombs said on Thursday that Manning has had feelings of being female since childhood. The American Psychiatric Association in its newest diagnostic manual replaced "gender identity disorder" with "gender dysphoria" to remove the stigma associated with the diagnosis and avoid what it said was the incorrect indication that gender nonconformity was a mental disorder. Prescribed treatments for gender dysphoria can range from hormones, which typically affects breast development and other secondary sex characteristics, to facial feminization and genital surgery. Challenging the Army's policy on hormone therapy could have long-term broader benefits, said Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD. In the Massachusetts case, she said, the ruling not only knocked down the policy but also helped launch training for prison staff. "It's that kind of training and education that I think ultimately changes the ways people view the transgender experience," Levi said.
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Your Legal Corner: Wills
Interestingly, Sapara Williams was not the only one involved in the practice of the law at the time. Due to the shortage of qualified lawyers, it was common for nonlawyers with basic education and some knowledge of English law to be appointed to practice as attorneys until 1913. As a former National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Oladipo Jimilehin in a lecture titled : The Legal Profession and role of lawyers in Nigerian politics delivered at the Faculty of Law, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye recently, states that The role of lawyers in politics cannot be thoroughly discussed without particular reference to Christopher Sapara Williams, the first Nigerian Lawyer who was called to the English Bar by the Inner Temple on the 17th November, 1879. Sapara Williams who played a dominant role in politics once said: A lawyer lives for the direction of his people and the advancement of the cause of his country. Indeed, as one of the prominent elite of the period, Sapara Williams was nominated to the Nigerian Legislative Council, and served as a member from October 1901 until his death on March 15, 1915. Besides Sapara Williams, one should not gloss over the activities of other lawyers who also took keen interest in public affairs. History has it that notable lawyers like Joseph Egerton Shyngle, Eric Moore and J. 1. Nelson-Cole demonstrated a flair for political leadership. It was gathered that after Sapara Williams was nominated into the Legislative Council, Shyngle became the most active, zealous and ablest legal champion of the peoples cause. Because of the role that legal practitioners seemed to have played in the politics of Lagos before the end of the first decade of last century, lawyers were looked upon for leadership and as a fighting brigade of the people.
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Tech legal news site Groklaw shuts down because email privacy 'is impossible'
"There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum." Groklaw, which was launched 10 years ago, has been known for its exhaustive coverage of technology law, particularly involving software patents, open source software and privacy issues. "There is now no shield from forced exposure," Jones wrote. "Now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write." Secure email provider Lavabit recently announced it would shut down due to an ongoing legal dispute, presumably with the U.S. government. "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit," company owner Ladar Levison wrote on its website. Lavabit was reportedly used by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked documents related to NSA spying programs and is now in Russia after being given asylum. Following Lavabit's closure, Silent Circle also shut down its secure email service, while calling the move a preemptive one rather than something precipitated by a government subpoena or warrant. On one level it's little surprise Jones felt compelled to shut down Groklaw, given how fiercely she has protected her own privacy over the past 10 years. "There is now no shield from forced exposure," Jones wrote.
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Reminiscences: First generation lawyers and legal development
Or, maybe you would like to put a monthly dollar limitation on Shopping Sally, so her inheritance is not squandered within the first year. These types of dilemmas and more should be discussed with your attorney. Taxes Taxes are yet another reason to create a will. Estate planning may minimize federal, state, estate and inheritance taxes. Although federal estate taxes may not be a consideration for most, state, inheritance, gift and income usually are. To fully address any tax issues, before making a will, determine the value of your estate by completing an inventory packet. Prepare a list of all real and personal property. The list should include real estate, bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, stocks, bonds, automobiles, furniture, jewelry, artwork, and any other assets. List insurance policies as well, even though they are usually paid directly to a beneficiary and pass outside a will. Legal Contact an attorney when you are ready to make your will. Have a clear idea of how you wish to dispose of your property before the meeting. Do your homework first. Start with the basics complete an inventory packet. In this way, the attorney has a written record of your preferences.
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If you doubt this statement, you might want to interview some of the increasingly unemployable graduates that are turned out yearly by our Universities. You might want to consider the poor West African Examinations Council results that Nigerian Secondary School children bring home nowadays. At the Law School, a law student is introduced to the ethics of the profession but one wonders if nine months is not too short a period for this. The Law Faculties could be made to incorporate professional ethics into their curriculum over the five sessions that a law student is expected to spend in the university. Overtime, the ethics of the profession become engraved in the minds of the law students who will most likely know them by heart by the time they become lawyers. This same solution could be applied to other aspects of law in which lawyers experience problems today. That way, the introduction to procedural law is gradual and not sudden. It should also be a pre-condition that a law student must be found worthy both in learning and in character before he/she is sent to the Nigerian Law School. This will go a long way in preparing law students for the side of law which is nothing like what they have learnt in the university. Better and more experienced teachers The universities and to a lesser extent, the Nigerian Law School, are the factories in which an aspiring lawyers foundation is built.
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