On Saturday August 30, 2014, the University of Florida Gators were set to play a game against the University of
Idaho Vandals, at 7 p.m. Severe weather was in the area, so officials governing both schools decided to temporarily suspend the game, which ultimately spanned 2-hours and 48-minutes. The game finally kicked off at 9:50 p.m. Read more
You Won An Award, But It Is Going To Cost You – Use of Paid Lawyer Awards and TV to Inflate Legal Credentials
Recently, I was informed that I was selected by Southwest Airlines as one of the top six trial lawyers in the country and would be featured in Spirit, its magazine, on every plane they have. We’d be featured in a “full-page, four color ad” with a “photograph and contact information” for our firm, as one of the “Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyers in America.” Even better, only one attorney or firm from each market would be selected and featured- and we were it! They ended the email saying, “Hope to have you on board!” I smiled knowing hard work had been rewarded. Read more
The old MLB tradition of the ceremonial first pitch. The tradition is almost as old as the game of baseball itself. The first pitch used to be thrown from the grandstand (where the guest of honor was sitting) to the pitcher on the field. That all changed when Ronald Reagan made a guest appearance at a Baltimore Orioles game and threw the ball from the mound to the catcher. Read more
It is easy to tell when an election is coming up. Everywhere you look, on television, the internet, radio, in newspapers, there are adults acting in ways that they would punish their own children for. Name calling, bullying, lying and the such. This behavior is exemplified every election, election after election. It is easy to overlook the attacks, as we have become immune to the questionable political antics being shoved in our faces. These campaign strategies do not really bother me. When they do bother me, it is when they are being used by judges to gain an edge against other judges. Judges hold such an important and powerful position, they must be held to a higher standard.
Most parents want to be “in the know” when it comes to raising their children. They read books and articles, go to parenting websites, talk to their fellow parent peers and try to stay up with all of the newest parenting trends. However, many parents fail to educate themselves on the laws that surround the lives of their children and affect the parenting decisions that you should make. From which car seat to buy to your children on the internet to breast feeding, there are laws that pretty much cover all aspects of parenting. Read more
I sure hope that there is more to this report than meets the eye. In 2010, Florida Governor Rick Scott adopted a yellow Labrador at the beginning of his campaign for Governor. He was praised for rescuing a dog instead of buying a pure bread one. He even named the dog “Reagan” after the former president. What a great story, right? Well, there is more to it. Read more
In February, a Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty on four of five charges in a case in which Dunn shot ten times at a car full of teenagers over a dispute that started about loud music. However, the 12 person jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the charge of the murder of Jordan Davis and a mistrial was declared on that count alone. A retrial of that count is scheduled for September 22. Dunn faces a minimum of 60 years for the other convictions. Sentencing has been delayed until after trial has concluded.
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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are back. It has become a celebration of something MTV famously doesn’t show much any more- the music video. Despite it, the VMAs are one of the biggest television and social media events of the year. During 2013, almost 19 million tweets were sent about the VMAs during the MTV pre-show and the event itself, accounting for more than 90 percent of all TV-related conversation on Twitter that weekend.
The State Department’s lawyers, the Committee on House Administration and the Defense Department’s Office of General Counsel Standards of Conduct Office and other government legal departments have banned U.S. Ambassadors, high-profile workers stationed overseas, current service members, DOD employees, members of Congress and the President from participating in the ALS’ ice bucket challenge. According to the fuddy duddy attorneys, the ice bucket challenge “runs afoul of federal ethics rules barring officials from using public office for private gain no matter how worthy the cause.” Read more
Yesterday, a cell phone video was released that shows 25-year-old Kajieme Powell being gunned down by St. Louis cops. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson made a statement that both of the officers opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife “in an overhand grip.”
Just when I thought peace was going to find itself in Ferguson, Missouri, the violence increased. Below you can find a small collection of (the many) powerful videos coming out of Ferguson. This list is in no particular order and is not conclusive. Some of these videos have a million views, some have under 100, but they all tell a little bit of the story. I will be adding more videos soon. Read more
Under Florida Bar Rule 4-7.15, Unduly Manipulative or Intrusive Advertisements, the Florida Bar prevents an advertisement which “contains the voice or image of a celebrity, except that a lawyer may use the voice or image of a local announcer, disc jockey or radio personality who regularly records advertisements so long as the person recording the announcement does not endorse or offer a testimonial on behalf of the advertising lawyer or law firm.” Read more
In a prior post, we focused on the best ALS Bucket Challenges we’ve seen. It is mainly celebrities dumping ice on their heads, but there is also some creativity there, too.
However, we spiced together some of the worst- mainly failures- people having the buckets dropped on them or their helpers, people falling and one lady who just can’t contain her excitement named Lady Sweet Escape.
The campaign is still working. That is great news for the 12,000 Americans who have the disease, which is devastating and ultimately fatal, and for their families and future generations. Learn more about ALS here.
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