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Commentary: Te’o joins Notre Dame’s long tradition of hooey

Whatever else Manti Te’o manages to accomplish in his interview with Katie Couric, the humiliated Notre Dame linebacker will at least be proving Karl Marx right: All historical events really do occur twice, first as tragedy, then as farce.

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Commentary: Veto-proof GOP might amend Human Rights Act

The only open question at the moment appears to be whether the veto-proof majority will use its historic numbers to pass legislation to dramatically amend the MHRA, or whether the veto-proof majority will work with Gov. Nixon to pass legislation to make more modest reforms to the MHRA.

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Commentary: Examining the American culture of law-breaking

With the recent “legalization” of marijuana use in several states, most discussion has centered on the taxes that will be raised, the health issues, and whether it’s a morally good idea. Strangely, nobody seems to be focusing on the fact that state government is literally giving the proverbial finger to federal law.

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Commentary: Lawyers’ world, jurors’ world and the communication breakdown

Lawyers usually hate jury selection. Not only does voir dire provide limited time and information to identify jurors who will decide the fate of their clients, but it directly confronts attorneys with a problem they have in communicating complex cases to today’s demanding and skeptical juror: that jurors and attorneys think and communicate in completely different ways.

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Commentary: Are you entitled to retire? How is your practice valued?

Practice needs should always be met first, and personal needs should be the minimum expense necessary to maintain a standard of living. If you are a partner in an existing firm, you are personally responsible for the debts and liabilities, in addition to having put in your own capital.

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On Opinions: Late response by employer nets larger award for claimant

An employee who was raped by a co-worker and suffered psychiatric injuries will receive the maximum average weekly wage because her employer submitted a late response to her claim, the Missouri Court of Appeals decided in a case of first impression.

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Commentary: Three dimensions of small firm change

Upheaval is the “new normal” for law firms of all size, and many observers wonder if the solo and small-firm practitioners will survive this kind of current and future turmoil.

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