US Courts News - The Third Branch

by Rob 29. October 2010 12:13

The Federal Courts produce their own newsletter called The Third Branch. Monthly issues give insights into the workings, struggles, and opportunities within the federal court system. Email and RSS feeds are supported and no registration is required. See The Third Branch web site. News feeds and locators are also available, for example the widgets below.


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Dora the Explorer Law Suit

by Rob 13. October 2010 11:20

Catlin Sanchez, the voice of Dora the Explorer, is suing Nick claiming an unconscionable contract and unfair termination, inter alia. The complaint contends that Catlin was “pressured to sign within a half-hour of first seeing” the contract in 2008. ¡Si se puede!

This is something my 3 year old daughter Allison & I will want to track. I find the concept of property rights to be highly developed by children in this age group!  


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IOLTA in Arizona

by Rob 7. October 2010 10:43

Under the Arizona Supreme Court rules, interest on lawyers trust accounts (IOLTA) supports programs for education and legal services to the community. Lawyer retainers or money owed to third parties accrue in interest-bearing trust accounts and the accumulated interest is tapped for the IOLTA program. IOLTA supports the non-profit Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education with programs such as legal aid to the poor and law-related public education. One Arizona based IOLTA example is . Another example of IOLTA funds in action is the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Other states also participate in IOLTA programs and more that $2 billion has been transferred into these programs since IOLTA began in the 1980s.  Yearly in Arizona $2.5 million is provided to support services.

See for more.  


Creativity Explained

by Rob 30. September 2010 15:33



Teen Court

by Rob 29. September 2010 11:30

Real cases and crimes are adjudicated by the Teen Court system. Phoenix School of Law recently hosted a Teen Court Summit.

Teen Court is a diversion program for young people to avoid Juvenile Court by volunteering to go to a court of their peers for the purpose of not building up a criminal record, and steering clear of prison. Teens serve as advocates, bailiffs, as well as juries for the teen accused. Some teens achieve Advanced Attorney Training certification. Sometimes an adult judge is involved.

Teen Courts are closed to the public but parents and victims usually may attend. A guilty plea is often required.  The teen jury renders punishment that is enforceable.  Teen juries are often tougher than adults on the accused. The consequence of failure in Teen Court for the accused is being sent back to the juvenile justice system for proceedings.  Currently there are 81 Teen Courts in the state of Arizona.

The Arizona Teen Court Association has more information.

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