February 24, 2012 § 5 Comments
- A bill pending in the Mississippi legislature may have far-reaching consequences for the people of Mississippi who need access to courts, as well as for the legal profession. It’s a bill that describes itself as “An Act to Provide for the Payment of Costs and Expenses Incurred by a Prevailing Defendant in a Civil Action …” What that means for chancery court, I believe, is that if a party in good faith seeks modification of custody to rescue a child from an abusive situation, and that party loses, he or she will have to pay the other side’s attorney’s fees and expense. You can imagine what effect that law would have on the willingness of people to risk bringing an action to have that addressed. Philip Thomas has a post here on the subject, with a link to the bill itself, and another post here, and here. This is really important to your clients and the legal profession. You need to educate yourself about this and talk with your legislator.
- The formidable Garry Wills, a Catholic himself, skewers the church’s position on contraception and health insurance in this acerbic article, Contraception’s Con Men, in the New York Review.
- So, which is the best language to learn? Robert Lane Greene opines in More Intelligent Life. Hint: Il n’est pas le Mandarin des Chinois.
- You can read the entire publication, William Faulkner and the Tangible Past: The Architecture of Yoknapatawpha, by Thomas S. Hines, online, complete with illustrations.
- The classic American dream: a home and a college education. Now that the housing dream has faded, is higher education next? The Christian Science Monitor thinks so.
- Nobel-prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has a 4-point plan for reducing the deficit and restructuring the US economy.