Zinos on Fundamental Rights in Early American Case Law: 1789-1859

Nicholas Zinos, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is publishing Fundamental Rights in Early American Case Law: 1789-1859 in volume 7 of the British Journal of American Legal Studies (2018). Here is the abstract. Fundamental Rights Law is a ubiquitous feature of modern American jurisprudence. Where did the term “Fundamental Rights” come from, and how was it applied in early American case law? This article outlines the genesis of fundamental rights law in early 17th century England and how this law developed and was applied over time. The English Bill of…

Shaviro on Gilded Age Literature and Inequality @DanielShaviro

Daniel Shaviro, New York University School of Law, has published Gilded Age Literature and Inequality. Here is the abstract. We are an intensely social species, and often a rivalrous one, prone to measuring ourselves in terms of others, and often directly against others. Accordingly, relative position matters to our sense of wellbeing, although excluded from standard economic models that look only at the utility derived from own consumption of commodities plus leisure. For example, people can have deep-seated psychological responses to inequality and social hierarchy, creating the potential for extreme…

Mirow on Spanish Law and Its Expansion

M. C. Mirow, Florida International University, College of Law, is publishing Spanish Law and Its Expansion in the Oxford Handbook of European Legal History (Pihlajamäki, Dubber & Godfrey, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018) (Forthcoming). Here is the abstract. This chapter provides an overview of the legal aspects of Spain’s enterprise in the Americas. It addresses the uses of law in discovery, exploration and conquest; Castilian law before its expansion to new territories; the use of law to justify conquest; slavery and indigenous labour; institutions; sources of law; legal actors;…

What Lawyers Do

As the country of law suits, United States seems to have the most lawyers. It almost seems too easy to become a lawyer in America since there are too many around and the common perception that people have about what lawyers do is just arguing very well. But actually, earning the right to practice law and the responsibilities they carry are very difficult things to do. In United States, law is taught at law schools. Law schools in America are graduate schools where a BA degree, most often Bachelor Degree…

Tips for Finding the Right Lemon Law Attorneys

Today, products need to be verified for faultiness or breakages. If you are planning to buy a product, particularly a new, leased or used vehicle, you need to be familiar with the lemon laws applicable in your state. Lemon laws are helpful in protecting consumers from financial losses arising from purchasing a product that fails to meet the acceptable standards of performance. Consumers should not forfeit their rights arising from purchasing a faulty product. The lemon law provides protection from bad purchases, even in situations where the product has no…

Affordable Housing Income Limits

The United States began its official foray into public housing in the 1930s. The National Housing Act of 1934 established the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and authorized its Administrator to federally insure a multitude of financing institutions including banks and mortgage companies. The original purpose of the FHA was to facilitate the funding of “alterations, repairs, and improvements” to real property by various financial institutions. Over time, the Federal government’s role expanded, and the United States Housing Act of 1937 established the first rental subsidies, complete with residential income limits.…

Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK

In March 2011, the UK Border Agency released a statement outlining significant changes to their existing UK immigration policies and procedures. This statement aimed to change the way in which overseas migrants can qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (also known as settlement). The proposed changes came into effect on 6th April 2011. A summary of these changes are as follows: • Convictions -All applicants must be free of unspent convictions at the time of application (both within the UK and overseas). A conviction becomes ‘spent’ after a specified rehabilitation…

Understanding the Basics of Child Custody and Divorce Law – Protect Your Parental Rights!

When two adults get divorced and there are children involved, decisions as to which spouse will gain custody of the children are always a critical – and emotionally draining – issue. Child custody and divorce laws vary from state to state, so for the sake of this article we will be focusing on Divorce Law in Georgia. If you do not live in Georgia, I recommend that you read this article to get a basic understanding of Child Custody & Divorce Law in general, and then check with an attorney…

Finding a Custody Lawyer

If you are fortunate, you and your ex will be in basic agreement about custody of your children, and you will be able to amicably settle a custody agreement. However, most custody cases are contested, and even cases that begin amicably can quickly turn sour. In all likelihood, you will require an attorney to represent you, and to help reach a resolution that is in the best interest of your children. There may be hundreds of lawyers in your area who specialize in custody cases, so you may need to…

Benefits of Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

The stress a divorce brings on a couple and their family is very immense. Although finding a good divorce lawyer can bring added stress to the situation, in the end this could be one of the most beneficial decisions you make in your divorce process. A professional divorce lawyer can help you in more ways than you probably think because they understand how just difficult this time is for you the best way to navigate through the difficult process. Here are a few ways that hiring a divorce lawyer can…