Friday, December 31, 2010

Pink - Family Portrait

This song is an reminder about the kids who often get stuck in the middle in domestic cases.  It's an interesting point of view from an unexpected source.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Alzheimer's on the CBS Evening News

There was recently a story on the CBS Evening News discussing the detection, presentation, and delayed onset of Alzheimer's Disease.  There is text as well as a link to the news program.

As the baby boomers inch towards old age, the prevalence of Alzheimer's - and the care of patients who have it - becomes an ever-more-important issue in our society.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

From Divorce Insurance to Divorce Funding

An article published earlier this month identifies a new trend in lawsuit finance: divorce funding.  Companies have been around for years which offer to front the costs of a personal injury lawsuit in return for a portion of the recovery, but the foray into the domestic realm is fairly new.  The article focuses on a company called Balance Point, which was founded by a woman who initially received an inequitable settlement in her divorce because she had exhausted all her resources and could not keep fighting for a better arrangement.

The article is available on the New York Times website, although only page 1 of the story is viewable without a NYT account.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Risks (and benefits?) of being pro se

About a year and a half ago, there was an episode of the public radio show This American Life entitled "Pro Se."  If you've never listened to the show, the typical format is something like this: each week, the editors pick a theme, and provide listeners with a variety of stories - as few as one, as many as five or six - on that theme.

The discussions in "Pro Se" were understandably mostly related to litigants who choose to represent themselves in court.  Very interesting stories; definitely worth a listen.