Friday, September 26, 2014

National Association of Real Estate Lawyers

The National Association of Real Estate Lawyers has recently announced that it is offering full memberships to all law students and practicing legal professors. NAREAL's mission is to better educate those in the legal profession and provide real world networking opportunities to lawyers and all of those who work with real estate lawyers.

Also, all practicing real estate attorneys are free to join the association as well. Benefits for real estate attorneys are:
  • Great CLE courses at a discount.
  • Annual conventions that provide educational and networking opportunities.
  • Opportunity to network with real estate attorneys from across the country.
Additionally, NAREAL is open to non-attorneys who associate with real estate attorneys. There are affiliate members from the construction industry, architects, and property managers.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Legal Briefs: Bail, Religious Freedom, ACLU & Days of '47

  • Bail reduced for man accused of posing as Mormon missionary in Las Vegas, Nevada robbery. Las Vegas Sun.
  • Norman Vincent Peale award winner speaks of defending religious freedom. Church News.
  • ACLU cries foul on the Salt Lake City Council as it tries to officially influence the decision to exclude Mormons Building Bridges from the Days of '47 Parade. While the ACLU understands the council's intention to improve Mormons' relationship with the gay community, it's still "a bridge too far". They feel a governmental body should not try and influence a private event. Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Florida Judge Fights Public Defender

I know I shouldn't laugh at this but it's just so unbelievable... It seems to me that both of these guys need to take a long vacation.

Amicus Brief in Eller v. Intellectual Reserve

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief (see below) in Eller v. Intellectual Reserve. The case involves the dating website Mormon Match and it's use of the term "Mormon". The LDS church argues that the term Mormon may be used to describe church members generally, however, the term cannot be used in commerce.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Legal Briefs: Pleasing the Court, Utah Attorneys General

  • What do Judges really think about the phrase 'May it please the court?' Is it obligatory or just old fashioned? I can say from personal experience that it is very uncommon for an attorney here in Arizona to use that phrase. ABA Journal.
  • Investigators served search warrants Monday at the homes of former Utah attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff. Sounds like they may have been involved in some Chicagoland style politics. Deseret News.