Posts made in August 2013

15 of the Oddest Laws from Around the World

Everyone comes across a law at some point that strikes them as just plain weird. The good thing about ridiculous laws is that they’re generally not enforced, but the fact that they still exist might say something about the government that hasn’t gone to the trouble of abolishing them yet. These are 15 of the oddest laws both from overseas and right here in the USA.

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10 Completely Archaic Laws Still On the Books

If you come before a judge for one of these violations, he may be tempted to laugh you out of court. How do these crazy laws come on the books?

We live in a world of laws. Speed limits and traffic laws regulate the manner in which we drive. Criminal prohibitions on everything from fraud and embezzlement to assault and battery provide order and control to everyday life in a free society. Personal injury laws may seem like they are intended to pad the pockets of doctors, lawyers and insurance companies but most were intended to protect people in the event of an accident. Continue reading

How Lawsuits Work

By Lee Ann Obringer

You step in a puddle of spilled cooking oil in a grocery store and break three bones in your hand. You’re a concert pianist. How can you recover your lost income?

Your landlord claims you broke several things in your apartment that you didn’t pay for. You know they were broken when you moved in. The forms you signed when you moved in don’t specifically mention those items. How do you keep from having to replace something you aren’t responsible for?

Lawsuits are filed every day. In fact, according to an article on theCitizens for a Sound Economy Web site, there are more than 15 million civil cases processed annually in state courts alone, at a cost of over $1.8 billion. Although the number of product liability cases in 2000 was less than half of the number in 1997, the courts are still clogged with civil lawsuits. Most courts are trying to encourage people to settle their disputes out of court, and some requiremediation at some point in the process before you can go to trial. Continue reading

How to Beat a Speeding Ticket (Or at Least Better Your Chances)

How to Beat a Speeding Ticket (Or at Least Better Your Chances)

I’ve gotten about thirty speeding tickets in my short life, but I have zero tickets on my record. That’s because no matter how formal the processes may seem, when it comes to law enforcement, you are still dealing with human beings with hearts and minds just like yours. Appeal to them as such, and you will be amazed by the results.

Although I am a law student, I employed this advice before I ever went to law school, and my education has only reinforced these theories. My approach isn’t foolproof legal advice – it’s simply my experienced opinions with a little law mixed in. That said, here are my secrets to getting out of a speeding ticket ordered chronologically, from the point of being pulled over to your final options in the courtroom. Continue reading

12 GREAT LAWYERS EVERY LAW STUDENT SHOULD STUDY

As a law student, you might feel overwhelmed by or even resentful of the lawyers you have to study — after all, they keep you up at night studying and memorizing their court cases, arguments, and philosophies. But beyond the numbers, dates and motions that you have to study for class, try to take some time to consider the contextual history of these truly great lawyers. The sacrifices they made to loyally support and revolutionize the law, human rights, and their country’s judicial system are both humbling and impressive. Continue reading