“The Music Man” and the Law @LawLibCongress

Jim Martin of the Law Library of Congress investigates legal issues raised in the iconic film The Music Man here in a post for the blog In Custodia Legis. Mr. Martin points out, for example, One law that appears very early in the movie is when the train that Harold Hill is riding enters Iowa. At that point the conductor announces that “cigarettes illegal in this state,” and removes a cigarette from the hand of one of the passengers. I figured that was just part of the script but the movie…

Curating a Miscarriage of Justice @UTSLaw

Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law, is publishing Evidence in the Museum: Curating a Miscarriage of Justice in Theoretical Criminology (2018). Here is the abstract. After the conclusion of criminal proceedings, criminal evidence sometimes survives in what is described here as an afterlife. In its afterlife, criminal evidence is preserved in various locations; this article explores the museum as a repository for evidentiary exhibits. It examines the case of Lindy Chamberlain, the victim of Australia’s most notorious miscarriage of justice, and the evidence that has survived since…

The Papers of Lindy Chamberlain @UTSLaw

Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law, has published The Archival Turn in Law: The Papers of Lindy Chamberlain in the National Library of Australia at 36 Sydney Law Review 277 (2018). Here is the abstract. Lindy Chamberlain is the victim of Australia’s most notorious miscarriage of justice; in 1982 she was wrongly convicted of the murder of her baby daughter, Azaria. In the decades following her exoneration, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, as she is now known, came to an arrangement with the National Library of Australia to care for…

Why a Family Lawyer Is Essential

When we talk about lawyers, the most popular types are probably the criminal and corporate lawyers-with the divorce lawyers coming at a close third. These are all just observations, but you have to admit that it makes sense. Family lawyers probably do not make the cut when we speak about popularity. But you know what? They are important nonetheless. Why else would family law be included in the Constitution? So, if you are still asking why you need a lawyer like the title above, let me point out some basic…

Gallerani on Lyric and Legal Languages in Contemporary Poems @ArsScripta @GuidoMGallerani

Guido Mattia Gallerani, University of Bologna, has published Beyond Forensic Poetry: Lyric and Legal Languages in Contemporary Poems in Law, Culture, and the Humanities 2018 at 1-21. Here is the abstract. In the field of Law and Literature studies, contributions on poetry are rare. This article focuses on a selection of contemporary poetic works: Cornelius Eady’s A Brutal Imagination (2001), Frédéric Boyer’s Le Goût du suicide lent (1999), Maurizio Cucchi’s Il disperso (1976) and Corrado Benigni’s Tribunale della mente (2012). Their lyrical shaping of law establishes a difference from the model of…

Anne Marie McElroy Examines Canada’s Former Supreme Court Chief Justice’s First Legal Thriller @McElroy_Law @simonschuster

Anne Marie McElroy checks out the law in former Canadian Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s first novel Full Disclosure (Simon & Schuster, 2018) and gives her verdict on her blog, McElroy Blog, here. Ms. McElroy points out some inaccuracies, such as that under Canadian law, there’s no right to have an attorney present during police interrogation, or that in a first degree murder case, bail is not a simple matter. Other criticisms also seem tied to substantive criminal law. Perhaps Justice McLachlin wasn’t a criminal lawyer before going on the bench? (She was a law…

Anne Marie McElroy Examines Canada’s Former Chief Justice’s First Legal Thriller @McElroy_Law @simonschuster

Anne Marie McElroy checks out the law in former Canadian Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s first novel Full Disclosure (Simon & Schuster, 2018) and gives her verdict on her blog, McElroy Blog, here.  Ms. McElroy points out some inaccuracies, such as that under Canadian law, there’s no right to have an attorney present during police interrogation, or that in a first degree murder case, bail is not a simple matter. Other criticisms also seem tied to substantive criminal law. Perhaps Justice McLachlin wasn’t a criminal lawyer before going on the bench?…

Permission for homelessness petition for judicial review to proceed against Glasgow City Integration Joint Board (Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership)

Lady Paton has granted permission today for a petition to proceed for judicial review of a homelessness decision against the Glasgow City Integration Joint Board (GCIJB; also known as the ‘Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership‘). A procedural hearing has been assigned for 22 August, and a substantive hearing for 3 October 2018 at 10am in Zungunde v. Glasgow City Integration Joint Board. The intentional homelessness decision was made by Glasgow City Council on behalf of the GCIJB. It is believed that this may be the first petition for…

The Notorious RBG Gets Her Own Recording @NPR

From NPR’s Nina Totenberg: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, the soprano and composer Patrice Michaels has composed a number of songs based on letters by Martin Ginsburg, the Justice’s late husband, as well as other materials. These compositions as well as others by other composers (Lori Laitman, Vivian Fung, Stacy Garrop, and Derrick Wang) are now available on Notorious RBG in Song on James Ginsburg’s label Cedille Records.  Professor Laitman holds an M. M. from the Yale School of Music. Professor Fung holds a doctorate from the Juillard School. Professor Garrop earned…

Divorce Without Court – A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

Going through a divorce is an emotionally and financially taxing time. To make matters worse, the complexities of the unknown process and the adversarial conflict that often accompanies divorces increase the stresses tenfold. One has to ask, “can you have a civilized divorce and minimize the financial and emotional conflict?” Attorney – Mediator Katherine E. Stoner answers this question with an unflinching, “Yes!” Her book, “Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation & Collaborative Divorce, 2nd Edition” provides a guide to the steps necessary to negotiate a divorce settlement using…