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What is an appeal and how do I know if I should appeal?
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Protecting Separate Property in Arizona: Basic Principles
How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Allen Matkins Sponsors CASA Hispanic Advisory Council Art Workshop for Kids
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Sonora police officers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims alleging unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on an “out-of-control” juvenile. ...more
Pacoima police received information that a shoe store there was selling narcotics. The police then put the store under surveillance. On February 2, 2009, police saw Carlos Garcia go into the store and leave with a large white...more
Attorney Steven Getman reports that New York State has enacted new penalties for repeat domestic abusers, including tougher standards for bail pending trial.
The law was signed on Thursday (October 25). It creates the...more
The Michigan Supreme Court reversed the Michigan Court of Appeals and ordered the case remanded for a new trial of the child support payor, Selesa Likine. The Likine Court recognized the applicability of the impossibility...more
Legal Byte: After a parent sexually abuses his daughter should the courts grant him custody of his sons? Find out what California courts have to say....more
Although the focus of our blog is land use and related topics, our practice involves more than that -- we also take appeals in other areas of law that present unsettled or untested questions. Here's the latest example, a...more
Here again, Ms. Likine, through her able appellate lawyers, argues that state law cannot criminalize the impossible; that "cross-over collateral estopple" does not apply to this case; and that Ms. Likine should be allowed to...more
This amicus brief brings the considerable resources of PAAM, and specifically the sharp appellate mind of the long-serving Wayne County Prosecutor's appellate chief, Timothy Baughman, to bear on the crux of the constitutional...more
Here is the Attorney General's response to Appellant in the Likine case, challenging the constitutionality of Michigan's felony child support statute. In Michigan, the Attorney General charges many of the more offensive...more
This brief is the culmination of the constitutional challenge to Michigan's felony child support statute, MCLA 750.165, brought by the University of Michigan Law School's "Innocence Project" and UM Law Professor David Moran,...more
I created this document for the purpose of public information and assistance when seeking legal counsel. For most people, it is a daunting task. These tips will give people some direction....more
The New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department has declared the City of Rochester's youth curfew to be unconstitutional and contrary to New York State law. ...more
On appeal from an order adjudging him to be a juvenile delinquent and, inter alia, placing him in the custody of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, respondent contends that the petition fails to comply...more
The Seneca County Board of Supervisors says an Ovid man, who has become engaged since
his assault and arson conviction in January, may no longer qualify for a public defender for
The woman whom Eric Harris, 35,...more