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Imagine being stuck on the It's a Small World ride at Disneyland for 40 minutes. Worse, think about being a quadriplegic trapped on the attraction, unable to move as the other patrons are being evacuated, the music is blaring and an employee at the Anaheim amusement park is insisting on an immediate exit from the tunnel. In 2009, Jose Martinez found himself in that position.
For the next entry in our Beginner’s Guide series , I will touch upon patent law, an area of law that, despite its seeming need for specialization and technical knowledge, holds a large amount of interest for the public at large. The Law Library of Congress receives many questions regarding patent law, particularly with regard to the United States’ patent process . These questions about the patent process seem all the more timely in light of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ’s (USPTO) very recent change from a first-to-invent to a first-investor-to-file system.
What’s more controversial than a hip-hop star beating his pop-star girlfriend so badly she can’t sing at their Grammy gig that night? SVU portraying a barely-fictionalized version of their relationship, which ends with the guy killing the girl. Last night’s Law & Order: SVU took Chris Brown and Rihanna’s tumultuous relationship to its most extreme conclusion: with a thinly-veiled Brown beating a thinly-veiled Rihanna to death.
A new progressive group in central Oklahoma designed to “promote progressive ideals, issues and candidates” has named itself the “Brennan Society” in honor of Justice Brennan. There are plenty of legal lectures, awards and groups named after Justice Brennan but this was the first overtly political group that took him as their inspiration. So I contacted Tom Guild, one of the organizers, who helped found the group last September, to find out what prompted them to bestow this particular honor. “Justice Brennan is our role model,” Guild, a former University of Central Oklahoma political science professor, explained in an email. “He was able to put together coalitions on the court to promote one man, one vote, women’s rights, the right to privacy, racial integration, social justice and led the court in taking many other important steps forward … We intend to try to build on the progress that he achieved for our country. He is a progressive giant and a role model for our group.”
When it comes to your career, your business, your life, if you could ask for anything and get it, would you hesitate? We don't think so. When we're learning to ask for what we want, we're often stumped by gender blowback when pricing our services, seeking a raise, or asking for benefits. In fact, women expect to earn 20-30% of what men expect to earn.
In a recent op-ed piece by Sean Pidgeon , he defines research rapture: “A state of enthusiasm or exaltation arising from the exhaustive study of a topic or period of history; the delightful but dangerous condition of becoming repeatedly sidetracked in following intriguing threads of information, or constantly searching for one more elusive fact.” Pidgeon’s column triggered many rapture memories from my days as a research librarian. The opportunity and challenge of engaging in the research of faculty and students over the years has been one of the joys of my professional life.
On February 14, 2013, Governor Matt Mead signed House Bill 3 into law, which will extend the effectiveness period of UCC financing statements from the current 5-year duration to 10 years. The change will be effective on July 1, 2013, which coincides with the date the 2010 Amendments to Revised Article 9 will also become effective in that state. The new law states that financing statements filed after July 1, 2013 will be effective for 10 years, not 5 years as current law provides. The filing of a UCC-3 continuation statement after July 1, 2013 will extend the effectiveness of the financing statement for an additional 10-year period. There is no change to the effectiveness period of currently active financing statements filed before July 1, 2013 if a continuation is not filed after the new law takes effect.
Last to cast his vote at the conference was the most pivotal vote: Chief Justice Roberts. What Roberts would say at this pivotal moment remains one of the most hotly contested rumors in Washington history. On July 1, 2012, days after the Supreme Court decided NFIB v. Sebelius , Jan Crawford released a bombshell story. She reported that at the conference, Chief Justice Roberts “initially sided with the Supreme Court’s four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama’s health care reform law.”