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April 3, 2012

Federal Ethics

Here's a one-stop shopping center for finding records and other information in various forms about federal government accountability. No need to bookmark this one, if you're looking for something about federal government ethics, just type: www.ethics.gov

April 13, 2012

Dress Codes in Courtrooms

The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog has a posting called, "A Judge's Crusade Against Saggy Pants," reporting about a defendant's imprisonment for wearing allegedly offensive clothing in the courtroom. Apparently, the defendant was charged in Alabama's Autauga County Circuit Court with "contempt of court" for wearing saggy pants at his plea hearing. The judge told USA Today that he didn't think the penalty was excessive. In fact he told reporters, "the only thing that's different is that most of the time I give a person five days in jail."

Easy moral to this story: Always keep emergency belts handy for court appearances. Or conversely, don't appear in Autauga County Court unless you pass muster with that court's fashion police first.

April 18, 2012

Immunity for Private Lawyers Working for Municipalities [Update]

The Supreme Court has unanimously reversed the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Filarsky v. Delia, a case involving the immunity status of private attorneys working for municipalities. As you may recall, we previously noted here on our CAPS Blog the Ninth Circuit's determination that that private attorneys were not entitled to the same qualified immunity privileges as government attorneys. The Supreme Court has now ruled that private counsel hired by municipalities are entitled to the same protections against lawsuits generally available to government lawyers. Here's a good recap of the underlying facts and the Supreme Court's decision from the New York Times.

April 25, 2012

Pathologically Committed

The Legal Skills Prof Blog has a thought-provoking entry on the types of people that are committed to nonprofit careers. Pointing to an article in the Harvard Business Review, Professor Louis J. Sirico ponders "why we do what we do, why we have made the financial choices we have." Although the entry is about nonprofit careers, it's potentially applicable in the legal public service career sector too.
For example, the Harvard Business article asks:

[W]hy would we choose to go into an industry where our compensation is not tied to our value? Where we are constantly told that there are not enough resources with which to fulfill our potential to make a difference? Why would we do that if I really do want to change things? And why would we choose to work on problems that are so intractable? What in our personalities draws us to frustratingly difficult -- perhaps unsolvable -- problems?
Aptly titled, "Nonprofit Pathology", its definitely worth a click to read more about the topic.

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