The First Amendment and the Supreme Court

The First Amendment and the Supreme Court

“The right, which had for years been hostile to and very nervous about a strong First Amendment, has rediscovered it,” said Burt Neuborne, a law professor at New York University.  The Citizens United campaign finance case, for instance, was decided on free-speech...
A Role for Lawyers in Restoring Civil Discourse

A Role for Lawyers in Restoring Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is on the decline in America.  Well-reasoned policy arguments are largely replaced by mutual insult, and unpopular ideas are shouted down rather than refuted.  Lawyers committed to civility are in a unique position to be a positive influence on the...
Court Declines Recusal Request

Court Declines Recusal Request

As an attorney who practices family law in Clearwater Florida, I have written a recent blog on the subject of the recusal of a judge.  It is a dilemma that an attorney can find him or herself in when appearing before the court. It sometimes happens that the judge will...
A Better Way to Die

A Better Way to Die

Unless the way healthcare is organized changes, most people will continue to suffer unnecessarily at the end.  In the United States, many deaths are preceded by a surge of treatment, which is often pointless.  The way healthcare is funded encourages over-treatment. ...
Florida Legislature Seeks Term Limits on Judges

Florida Legislature Seeks Term Limits on Judges

The Florida house has passed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to impose term limits on appellate judges and state Supreme Court justices.  The state Senate has yet to act on this amendment and it has been suggested that the Senate should reject this...