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December 21, 2022
Special Masters: the court’s (not so) secret weapon

“For more than twenty years, responses to questions about my career often drew blank looks, followed by: “What do you do exactly?” Donald Trump changed that. Now, most people seem to understand that a special master is an independent arbiter appointed by the court to support the management and resolution of complex civil cases.” Read the full article here.  

“For more than twenty years, responses to questions about my career often drew blank looks, followed by: “What do you do exactly?” Donald Trump changed that. Now, most people seem to understand that a special master is an independent arbiter appointed by the court to support the management and resolution of complex civil cases.”

Read the full article here.

 

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November 29, 2022
Natural disasters compound construction defects

Torrential rains in Italy this last week triggered landslides on the island of Ischia, Italy. Densely populated and known for its thermal baths, the island also sits in an earthquake zone. Proper construction methods take these environmental factors into account. However, it appears that the race for construction to catch up with population growth may have resulted in corners being cut. Multiple structures were destroyed last weekend in the port city of Casamicciola Terme. Several people are still missing. The fallout from this most recent disaster will require people with different, and perhaps conflicting, goals to come together to create…

Torrential rains in Italy this last week triggered landslides on the island of Ischia, Italy. Densely populated and known for its thermal baths, the island also sits in an earthquake zone.

Proper construction methods take these environmental factors into account. However, it appears that the race for construction to catch up with population growth may have resulted in corners being cut. Multiple structures were destroyed last weekend in the port city of Casamicciola Terme. Several people are still missing.

The fallout from this most recent disaster will require people with different, and perhaps conflicting, goals to come together to create plans for relocating citizens, adopting new construction standards and executing those plans. Understanding the role of experts, builders, insurers, government, other groups and local customs will be integral to managing a successful solution.

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November 16, 2022
American Education Week 2022

November 13th – November 19th is American Education Week and certainly education is something to be celebrated. This year, that celebration includes recognizing how education in America has changed. Schooling of every level, from preschool to post graduate, has been affected by the lasting effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. It will be years before the sum total of these effects on professions that require highly educated talent to operate properly will be fully understood. Even before Covid, law schools saw decreasing numbers of first year students. For many perspective students, the debt load incurred in pursuing a law degree…

November 13th – November 19th is American Education Week and certainly education is something to be celebrated. This year, that celebration includes recognizing how education in America has changed. Schooling of every level, from preschool to post graduate, has been affected by the lasting effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. It will be years before the sum total of these effects on professions that require highly educated talent to operate properly will be fully understood.

Even before Covid, law schools saw decreasing numbers of first year students. For many perspective students, the debt load incurred in pursuing a law degree was enough to deter enrollment. However, the law school application process can be a determent in and of itself. Just this year the ABA proposed making the LSAT an optional assessment for admission, allowing schools more flexibility in their selection process.

The ABA Young Lawyers division has done well to create a national network of mentors, and recently even began a first generation initiative to support those brave students striving to be the first lawyers in their families. Also, the national conversation around the cost of higher education has prompted some colleges and universities to reexamine their tuition. These efforts will no doubt impact who gets to practice law. Remember, the true value of education is not a numerical one, rather it is a value that dictates the quality of America’s future professionals.

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