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Demand Letters: How to Handle Them

Demand letters are formal notices that may be written by private individuals as well as lawyers. The term itself stems from the fact that the letters essentially require recipients to rectify an apparent wrong. Accusations that are made in demand letters include the need to pay a sum of money, or to perform a commitment that has been previously agreed in a contract. The reasons for demand letters are wide ranging and people receiving them might feel understandably threatened.


Working While in Grad School: Getting Your Employer to Pay

Graduate school is expensive. That said, not everyone has the luxury of being able to be a full-time student. If you’ve made the decision to go for a higher degree while continuing to work full-time, you should see if your employer offers tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement. If your company does have a tuition reimbursement plan, or if you’ve talked them into offering you one, the next step is knowing your rights.


Jury Selection & the Ross Harris Trial

The court and attorneys on both sides face an extra challenge when picking a jury in Cobb County, Georgia for the Justin Ross Harris trial, a case that has had heavy publicity. Mr. Harris is on trial for murder, malice murder, and child cruelty for the death of his 22-month-old son who died in June 2014, after being left in a hot car for over seven hours while his father was at work. Prosecutors accuse Harris of sending lewd text messages, having online conversations, and conducting incriminating Internet searches. Prosecutors believe this is evidence shows Harris’s motive, which was to live a childfree life.


Diversity, Workplace and the Law: Winning Business

Recently, I heard the CEO of a Fortune 100 company (who is a white male) describe an “a-ha” moment he had. His “a-ha” moment occurred when he finally realized what diversity really means. While looking over the agenda for a senior leadership meeting, he saw “team building activity” on the list and asked the group, “So, where are we playing golf?”


What We Can Learn From Celebrities’ Social Media Blunders

Sometimes famous people do dumb things on social media.

Like in 2014, when Shaquille O’Neal, (former NBA star) used the social media site Instagram to post a picture of himself mocking Jahmel Binon—a young man with ectodermal dysplasia. Ectodermal dysplasia is a disorder that limits hair and tooth growth.


Did Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Kill Union Fees?

In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, nine teachers who all declined to join the California Teachers Association filed suit. They claimed that the mandatory collection of an agency fee paid to unions violates their First Amendment rights, as collective bargaining is an inherently political activity. The case looked like it would be a victory for conservatives and a blow to organized labor. However, with the sudden passing of conservative maverick, Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now numbered at 8, deadlocked 4-4, thus preserving the status quo for unions.