October 2, 2015 |
Two law degrees for the price of one! Well, kind of. Now that the Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark law schools have become one Rutgers Law School, alumni have the option of receiving a new diploma, printed fresh from the university's press in New Brunswick, N.J. Alumni can register to get a new diploma mailed to them free while keeping their old one. "Our merger is still within Rutgers, and the Rutgers Law School in Camden has always been...
October 1, 2015
D EAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 22 years. My father-in-law's health declined and he died last year. My mother-in-law, "Babe," and I didn't get on well in the past, but we have seemed to patch things up. Since my father-in-law's death, she has become very needy. As a result, my father has been at her beck and call, and I have become closer to her, too. My mother has started to become suspicious of the relationship between Babe and my dad. They have been seen drinking together and ignoring my mother.
October 1, 2015 |
TRENTON - A little-known New Jersey board charged with ensuring that state mandates are paired with funding sources on Tuesday called into question the 2014 state law that requires police departments to outfit newly purchased patrol vehicles with dashboard cameras. The Council on Local Mandates, responding to a complaint from Deptford Township, said it would place a temporary injunction on the law because implementing it could cause "irreparable harm" to the township and others like it. A formal order halting the mandate is expected within weeks.
September 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The suspension of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's law license may not keep her from remaining in her job for now, but it could prevent her from running for reelection. The embattled attorney general, facing criminal charges for allegedly leaking confidential documents, said she did not believe she would be able to seek another four-year term when she is up for reelection next year. "I believe you have to be a lawyer in good standing to be able to run," she told the Associated Press on Thursday.
September 23, 2015 |
NEW YORK - As fantasy football advertisements are pushing aside beer commercials on TV broadcasts of Eagles games, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D., N.J.) is trying on multiple fronts to get equal legal treatment for sports gambling. Last week, he called for congressional hearings, with the hope of changing federal law to make gambling as legal as sports fantasy. On Monday, after a gambling-fantasy panel discussion here, Pallone was asked what he would say to the judges on the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit who were asked to reconsider New Jersey's challenge to a 1992 federal law that in effect restricts legal sports gambling to Nevada.
September 18, 2015 |
As a Supreme Court justice, Stephen G. Breyer sometimes takes it upon himself to explain what jurists do, thinking that sharing his views will bolster the court's credibility. That is what Breyer did in 2010 with a book showcasing his idea that the court's power is based on acceptance by the public, since it has no budgetary authority like Congress or executive power like the president. Now Breyer has written a new book, in which he argues there is a growing need for judges and lawyers in the United States to take foreign laws into account as they seek to resolve disputes that arise not only here but also abroad.
September 12, 2015 |
The family of the late Owen Roberts, a onetime U.S. Supreme Court justice and University of Pennsylvania law school dean, on Thursday announced an $8.6 million gift to the law school. The money, a bequest from the estate of Elizabeth Hamilton, Roberts' daughter, will be used for student financial aid. Roberts played a pivotal role on the Supreme Court during World War II, and voted against the Roosevelt administration in a case testing its policy of placing tens of thousands of Japanese Americans in internment camps.
September 11, 2015 |
Scores of Philadelphia's public bathrooms would have to become gender-neutral and drop the labels "Men" and "Women" under legislation that is to be introduced Thursday in City Council. The bill - which applies only to single-occupant bathrooms, not those with multiple stalls - would place Philadelphia among the first major U.S. cities to take a step long sought by transgender advocates. "Using a public bathroom can be a highly stressful, rising to even dangerous experience for certain individuals," said Helen "Nellie" L. Fitzpatrick, director of Mayor Nutter's Office of LGBT Affairs, which drafted the bill.
September 10, 2015 |
RALPH ROMANO had an impressive ability to mingle through the classes. He could sit with his fellow judges and hash out the complexities of a case in the afternoon. And at night, he could crack a beer with ordinary joes and discuss the frustrations of his golf game. "That [bleepin'] little white ball," he'd say. Even in his final days, he maintained the acerbic wit that served Romano so well in his days on the bench. He jokingly blamed a frequent adversary for the cancer that eventually took his life on Sunday.
September 7, 2015 |
New Jersey Democrats, anticipating a veto from Gov. Christie, are considering asking voters to amend the constitution to bring sweeping changes to the state's voting laws. In doing so, they're betting on a reliable but controversial strategy to advance policy initiatives that would otherwise stall under the Republican governor and presidential candidate. Democrats, who control both chambers in Trenton, have turned to the ballot box to skirt Christie on such measures as raising the minimum wage and dedicating funding for open space.